- Compatible with everything
- Hyper-fast scrolling
- Sculpted for your hand
- Ergonomic shape/design
- Scroll wheel with middle click
- Customizable buttons
- Ergonomic shape and design
- Previous/next page buttons
- Easily change mouse speed
When working form home, you will need to use a mouse everyday. Selecting the right computer mouse is an important decision that will impact your day-to-day life while working remotely. We reviewed dozens of computer mice in order to help you make the best decision.
What To Consider When Buying A Computer Mouse
Most mice are relatively similar to each other, so there’s no need to stress too much about buying one. That being said, there are a few different types and nuances to each one, which we will take you though in this guide on what to look for when buying a computer mouse.
Select The Best Computer Mouse Type For Your Needs
Device Specific Computer Mouse
For starters, there are some mice that only pair with certain devices. For example Apple’s Magic Mouse is specifically made for Macs. There are also mice with windows buttons built in for pc users. While you could likely use these mice on a different brand’s computer, you will lose certain features that were made specifically for that mouse to be paired with the right device. On the whole, most mice we review (and most mice in general) are used for PC’s, Macs, and Chromebooks.
A travel mouse has generally the same functionality as most mice on the market but are far smaller. Take Microsoft’s Sculpt Mobile Mouse for example – it weighs 2.29 ounces and could fit in the smallest of jean pockets. Travel mice are obviously very portable and great if you are constantly on the go, or like to work at coffee shops regularly.
Some mice have very unique and ergonomic designs. For instance, take the Penclic B2 Bluetooth Ergonomic Wireless Laser Mouse. While these are not conventional, they help to reduce carpal tunnel and repetitive stress injury on your hand. They generally take a bit of getting used to and come with a learning curve, but some people swear by them. With their design, they keep your hand at a neutral position where it’s far less likely to tighten up or get stressed.
Choosing Between a Wired and Wireless Computer Mouse
The easiest and simplest way to connect your mouse to a computer is through a wired USB connection. These types of mice come with absolutely no setup – literally plug it in and you are good to go. These mice also don’t have batteries since they get their power from your computer and the USB connection.
If you want to reduce desktop clutter, wireless mice are a great option – and we certainly prefer them over their wired counterparts. There are two types of ways a wireless mouse can connect to your computer. The first connection type is through a wireless frequency, similar to the type of frequency your home wifi would connect through. Just plug in a small USB dongle into your computer’s port and you should be all set. The second connection type is through bluetooth. Bluetooth mice are great because they don’t need to use any USB ports and they pair really well with tablets (which don’t come standard with USB ports anyways).
The Difference Between Optical and Laser Tracking Mice
Who remembers that old trackball that we all used to know and love? After repeated use it would get too dusty and you’d have to clean it. Well luckily, those days are well in the past. Excluding unique and ergonomic mice, there are generally two ways in which a mouse will navigate: optical and laser.
Optical mice use imaging technology which essentially takes very tiny digital images of where they are located, assisted by a small LED light. They take hundreds of images per second to keep up with the most frantic of mouse users. Because this technology is optical based, it is generally pretty performant when moving over uneven surfaces.
Laser mice use a small laser which points down at the surface to navigate and understand its location or where the user is moving it. Given its sensitivity, we recommend using a laser mouse with a mousepad for best results. There are also some mice that come standard with both optical and laser technology. A lot of gaming mice, for instance, come standard with this technology as they require ultra fast speed and sensitivity by their users.
Do You Need a Mouse Pad?
If you opt for a laser mouse, we recommend getting a mousepad for top performance. If you have an optical mouse, it will work just fine on any type of flat surface. That being said, a mousepad will feel better on your lower wrist, it will feel smoother, and will be a lot quieter as you drag your mouse back and forth. You could also consider a full desk mouse pad.
We hope you found this informative and useful. We’d love to hear your favorite mouse setup and what works best for you. Leave a comment if you have any favorites or tips/tricks!
Scroll Wheels And Middle Click Buttons
Just about all mice have them, and we highly recommend them. They make computing needs easier, like scrolling slowly through this very document! A lot of scroll wheels also function as a middle click button! Through your computer, you can customize what this button does. For instance, you could customize it to open a new tab in your browser when “middle clicking” on a link.
Forward And Back Buttons
Forward and back buttons on mice can be very handy for surfing the web. Instead of having to find the back button in your browser, you can use your mouse to go back in an instant! This is definitely a feature we recommend opting for when looking at mice and as a result, most of the mice we’ve selected include this feature. It will save you time in the long run.