COVID-19 has done more for working from home in a year than I expected to see happen in a decade. People have left — or been pushed out of — their offices and have had to set up home office spaces, whether it’s a simple desk in a spare room or a full-blown converted shed. Having the right equipment is essential for remote workers, as it can boost productivity and comfort.
A good mouse, along with a good keyboard, makes a huge difference. Here are some of the top mice to buy. Most of them are great for all you left-handed people out there, too.
Bluetooth mouse that will offer years of service
A super-comfortable mouse, built from quality materials (the base has Teflon inserts for smooth gliding, and the scroll wheel is machined from aluminum). It features three customizable buttons that you can assign to app-specific functions to boost your productivity.
$36 at Amazon 11 customizable buttons and a wireless charging system
Need buttons? Lots of buttons? The Logitech G903 Lightspeed offers an amazing 11 — yes, 11! — buttons that you can customize to your heart’s content.
It’s also wireless, but to eliminate all the hassles associated with charging, this features the world’s first and only wireless gaming mouse charging system to keep you in the game — or working — for longer. There are endless features to tweak and play with — from lighting to weight — so you can truly make this mouse your own!
Logitech has designed the G903 Lightspeed to be ambidextrous, so it’s great for everyone!
$123 at Amazon Low-cost and a long battery life
Small, compact, and 10-month battery life.
It works with pretty much any device and features a convenient set of controls that allow you to customize the basic functions. The compact design is also ambidextrous, so it’s great for both right- and left-handed people.
$35 at Walmart Lightweight gaming mouse that’s corded
A high-performance, ambidextrous gaming mouse that’s also perfectly at home in the office, and it comes with a price tag that is very reasonable for a regular mouse — let alone a gaming one.
This is a corded mouse, so there are no charging hassles involved, but there are eight customizable buttons, allowing you to set it up as simply or as complicated as you want it to be. It’s also very lightweight, so you can use it for hours without feeling it in your neck, shoulders, and wrists.
$49 at Amazon Comfortable, customizable, and a battery that lasts four months
Not a mouse, but an ergonomic trackball that Logitech says creates 20% less muscular strain than a mouse (and who couldn’t do with less muscular strain in their lives?). The MX Ergo is comfortable, customizable, offers high-precision scrolling and cursor movement, and it has a very futuristic look that is bound to attract attention.
And it features a built-in battery that only needs charging every four months!
$99 at Walmart
Razer’s Basilisk Ultimate Wireless Mouse With Charging Dock Is On Sale For $100
The primary knock against Razer’s Basilisk Ultimate is the high price tag: At $169.99, it’s not a cheap gaming mouse by any stretch. If you’ve been eyeballing this rodent, however, this is the time to make a move. It’s on sale at Best Buy for $99.99 right now.
Best Buy’s sale price is for the SKU that comes bundled with a charging dock. It’s now actually cheaper to buy the mouse and dock together, than it is to purchase the mouse by itself, even with the latter being on sale as well—the mouse alone is discounted to $119.99 at Amazon (down from $149.99).
Better battery life
Razer Basilisk Ultimate Wireless Mouse | $169.99 $99.99 at Best Buy (save $70)The Basilisk Ultimate sports one of the best optical sensors we’ve ever used. It’s also supremely comfortable in the hand, and is rated to deliver up to 100 hours of continuous battery life.View Deal
It’s still not cheap, but you are saving around $40-$70 over what the Basilisk Ultimate and charging dock normally cost, based on the bundle’s price tracking history at CamelCamelCamel.
We reviewed the wired version last year, the Basilisk V2, with the same best-in-class Focus+ optical sensor. It boasts a super-sensitive 20,000 DPI, optical mouse switches for the two main clickers, 11 programmable buttons, and an adjustable scroll wheel to make it as smooth or tactile as you want.
Other features include onboard memory to store up to five profiles, up to 100 hours of continuous battery life, and RGB lighting on both the mouse and charging dock.