The best Mac mice for 2021

There are a lot of great mice out there, but picking the best one for you and your Mac can be a challenge. It very much depends on what you want to do with it — after all, some are great for carrying out various MacOS gestures, while others excel when it comes to sensitivity and ergonomics.

The best mouse will pair ergonomic handling with precision and a satisfying click. While the Logitech MX Master is our pick for best overall mouse since it has an excellent design, we have gathered some other options for those needing more mobile mice or more budget-friendly options.

Best Mac mice at a glance

Logitech MX Master 3

Why you should buy this: Superior ergonomics meet precision and features at an excellent price in this stellar wireless mouse.

Who’s it for: Anyone seeking a premium mouse for Mac, except left-handed users.

Why we chose the Logitech MX Master 3: Logitech’s MX Master was top of our list last time, so it should come as no surprise that the third iteration of the wireless mouse is still among the best mice for Mac. The MX Master 3 is further refined with excellent features, and it’s the ultimate mouse for just about everyone, whether you spend all day in creative workflows or coding. The MagSpeed Wheel has been improved, making it faster, more precise, and still super quiet.

The MX Master 3 also is distinctive for its comfortable and ergonomic design, and it’s designed for multiple operating systems, including MacOS. The MX Master 3 charges via USB-C and can last 70 days on a full charge.

Its $99 price is very fair for what it offers, making it clear why the MX Master 3 is so popular and still one of our favorite mice for any platform.

Logitech G203

Why you should buy this: It’s a decently priced and high-quality gaming mouse.

Who it’s for: Gamers who want a lot of customization options.

Why we chose the Logitech G203: If you’re not fussed about buying a wireless mouse, Logitech’s G203 is a great budget option for gamers who want a high-quality mouse. The G203’s sensitivity ramps up to 8,000 DPI, with five customizable sensitivity settings that you can tweak through the Logitech G HUB software. That makes it great for gaming, especially if you need to adjust your sensitivity for different games.

The software also can be used to adjust the RGB logo, as well as map the six buttons on the mouse. The primary left-right buttons are mechanical, delivering satisfying clicks during play, and guaranteeing many thousands of hours of life.

All in all, the G203 is a comfortable and affordable mouse that gives players a lot of control over how to use it. It comes in some appealing colors as well, such as lilac purple, for those who want a very different look to their mouse.

Logitech G Pro Wireless

Why you should buy this: It’s the ultimate wireless mouse for gaming.

Who it’s for: Gamers who want a top-tier experience with a cable-free setup.

Why we chose the Logitech G Pro Wireless: The Logitech G Pro Wireless is exactly what it sounds like — a top-of-the-line pro gaming mouse. It’s incredibly lightweight at just 2.82 ounces, but it’s packing a 16,000-DPI sensor for supreme precision. The G Pro Wireless also utilizes Logitech’s Lightspeed wireless technology, creating an experience with no latency that is near identical to a wired mouse setup.

From there, the Logitech G Pro Wireless has everything else you would expect, such as programmable buttons and RGB, as well as compatibility with MacOS, Windows, and Linux. And since Apple’s M1 chip makes the Mac a viable gaming machine, now is the perfect time to get a great gaming mouse.

Logitech MX Ergo

Why you should buy this: It’s a comfortable mouse that helps improve your mousing posture.

Who it’s for: Office workers or anyone who spends extended time at their desk.

Why we chose the Logitech MX Ergo: There are a lot of ergonomic-friendly mice out there, but none compare to the Logitech MX Ergo. This wireless mouse has been designed entirely to improve comfort for long-term use. The mouse can be adjusted up to a 20-degree angle to help improve forearm comfort, and the rollerball locomotion makes it way more friendly for long-term wrist posture. You’ll feel the benefits right away and after many months of usage.

The MX Ergo is designed to minimize hand movement. Thanks to the trackball over the thumb area, there isn’t really a need to move your hand at all since it can be used to control the cursor. It also has an easy-switch button beneath the scroll wheel to easily change which device you’re working on. That’s crucial if you’re switching between a laptop and a work PC regularly.

Satechi M1

Why you should buy this: It’s a nice-looking and simple mouse at a reasonable price.

Who it’s for: Work professionals who want a simple and inexpensive device.

Why we chose the Satechi M1: Satechi has gained a lot of traction over the past few years as a quality budget-oriented accessory company. The M1 wireless mouse is a perfect example of their lineup because of its clean and modern aesthetic and affordable price. It’s a Bluetooth mouse with a 32-foot range, and it comes in a variety of metallic covers, including gold and rose-gold options. It doesn’t have any special features, but at $30 it doesn’t really have to. It’s just a clean and straightforward wireless mouse for working professionals. It won’t be used for gaming, and there are better mice for creative workflows. However, for those who just need a simple mouse to get them through the day, the Satechi M1 is an excellent and affordable option.

Apple Magic Mouse 2

Why you should buy this: Apple’s Magic Mouse 2 offers MacOS gesture control unlike any other mouse on the market.

Who’s it for: Those seeking the most authentic Mac experience — a gesture power-user.

Apple’s Magic Mouse features some questionable design choices, including the decision to place the charging port on the bottom of the unit — meaning you can’t use the mouse while you charge it. However, despite some of the negative complaints some users may have about Apple’s Magic Mouse 2, primarily the design, which seems to favor aesthetics over ergonomics, the product packs many features worth noting. For those who love navigating around their Mac with ease, the Magic Mouse 2 can handle all of the gesture controls included in MacOS. With the flick or tap of fingers, you can quickly scroll, zoom, and rotate, in addition to swiping between webpages, switching full-screen apps, opening Notification Center, accessing Launchpad, and much more.

As usual, we are impressed with Apple’s superb build quality, with the Magic Mouse 2 featuring materials such as aluminum for its bottom shell and glass for its top surface. We know that its design will likely attract those looking at the Magic Mouse 2, and we can reassure you that the mouse does indeed come in both classic silver and Space Gray — however, you’ll be paying an odd premium for the latter. Lastly, as with most Apple products, users will be shelling out quite a bit of money for the honor of owning the Magic Mouse 2, but for some, the privilege is worth it. If you get one with a new 24-inch iMac, the Magic Mouse will even come in a matching color (same goes fore the Magic Trackpad 2).

Oh, and if you like the idea of the Apple Magic Mouse 2 but find that it’s a little too slippery and weird to hold, you can get Magic Grips for the sides of the mouse that can make it more comfortable to use.

Apple Magic Trackpad 2

Why you should buy this: You absolutely love the trackpad on your Macbook and want it for your desktop.

Who’s it for: Those wanting the best Trackpad for Mac.

OK, so the Magic Trackpad 2 isn’t a mouse, but it is an excellent pointing device, and we’d be doing a great disservice to our readers by not including it in our review. Apple has a reputation for having one of the best trackpad designs in the laptop world, and now you can enjoy that experience on your Mac desktop.

You’ll be able to use all the gestures you’re accustomed to on your laptop, making your desktop experience simple and pleasant. If you’re a Mac user who finds standard pointing devices awkward, the Magic Trackpad 2 is a terrific alternative, making it one of our top choices.

You’ll notice that the Apple Magic Trackpad shares your laptop trackpad’s sleek, responsive touch. It uses Apple’s Force Click technology, letting you fully immerse yourself in whatever program you’re using.

Lastly, this trackpad delivers the top-tier aesthetics for which Apple is known. It has an aluminum exterior and a seamless glass surface area and is available in classic silver or Space Gray.

You’ll need to shell out some extra cash for this trackpad, but it’s one of the best products available on the market.

Mac mice questions and buying FAQs

With so many options and designs for mice for the Mac, you’ll need to figure out if you want to choose a wired or wireless mouse. In the past, a wired mouse offers more accurate tracking and lower latency, though modern advancements have reduced those advantages for those looking for a more mobile and versatile wireless mouse.

Should I buy a wired or wireless mouse?

Though there are plenty of wireless mice to choose from if you’re a Mac user, you’ll want to pay attention to how you’ll need to recharge your mouse when the battery dies. If you’re a minimalist and don’t want to carry a ton of charging cables with you when you’re traveling, you’ll need to choose a mouse that can recharge with the same charging cable as the peripherals that you will want to take with you. Fortunately, most wireless mice today have a long battery life, and you can often go months between charges.

Most modern mice can be recharged with a USB-C cable, which makes them perfect for Mac users as Apple’s line of laptops rely on the same USB-C cable for charging. By choosing a mouse with a USB-C cable, you won’t need to carry a separate cable to recharge your mouse. If you’re an iPhone user, Apple’s line of first-party mice and trackpad connect with a Lightning cable for charging. Those who live within Apple’s ecosystem will want to stay away from older mice that recharge with micro USB.

Can you use the same mouse for Mac and iPad?

Given that Apple has added mouse support to its iPad, you may not want to have a separate mouse for your tablet and for your Mac. A number of modern mice can support two or three devices, making it convenient to share the same mouse across your Mac, iPad, and a second computer in the home.

These mice come with a switch, usually on the bottom, where you can switch between devices. The advantage of being able to switch between devices is that you won’t need to re-pair the mouse every time you move from your iPad to a Mac or from a Mac to your iPad. Having a mouse that supports three devices will be useful for those who have a separate work computer to add to their setup of a Mac and iPad at home.

Can Mac mice use gestures?

Gestures are an important way for Mac and iPad users to interact with their devices, and having a mouse that supports this type of input can make your life easier especially if you’re used to using a trackpad on your MacBook. Mac users will have several options for devices that support gestures, including Apple’s Magic Trackpad 2. The TrackPad 2 is as close to the MacBook’s trackpad as you’ll get on Apple’s desktop, and it’s the perfect companion for your iMac, Mac Pro, or even a MacBook connected to a monitor.

The second option for those who want or need gestures is to find a mouse with a touchpad or touch-sensitive controller built into the surface of the peripheral. There are a few mice that have a touchpad integrated onto the top surface. This gives you the flexibility of using a mouse — rather than a trackpad — but you’ll also have access to the same gestures for input.

What are the best mouse ergonomics?

A mouse designed for comfort may not be as appealing aesthetically, but ergonomics is an important consideration when you’re using your peripheral for hours every day. Apple’s Magic Mouse, for example, may be elegant, but its low-profile design makes it less comfortable to use than something that’s more sculpted and can contour better to your palm. In general, you’ll want to test out the mouse to ensure that it’s comfortable to use for long durations. There are even a few models of mice that are designed for left-handed users if you’re a southpaw. And additional buttons, dials, or controls on the mouse can be useful in complex apps, as they can help trigger shortcuts or launch commands when pressed. If you’re working on long documents or browsing webpages, choosing a mouse with a scroll wheel or touch gestures can be useful.

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