Best mouse 2018: control your PC or laptop with these state-of-the-art rodents

From casual surfing to office-based sessions, these peripherals will keep you in control

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Let’s face it - whether you have a souped-up PC tower, a measly work-provided laptop or something in between, you need a proper mouse to get the most out of it. Problem is, there are just so many on the market, and this is why we have created a best mouse guide to help filter out the bad products and present you with only the best available.

If you’re in the market for more of a gaming-focused rodent, then check out our 2018 guide to the best gaming mice (which is updated throughout the year with the latest models), but if you’re after something with a more casual or general use in mind, then this is definitely the guide for you.

We’ve collected together ten of the best and most innovative models around, but that doesn’t mean each one will break the bank. We’ve included affordable models, high-end designs, wired options, wireless efforts and more. 

Each one we’ve selected will offer a comfortable fit too (although some are larger than others, so it all depends on what feels most natural for you), a range of DPIs and all the buttons and wheels you could possibly want. 

As with our other buying guides, be sure to bookmark the page and check back as we regularly update them with new models and exciting additions to the peripheral market. Enjoy!

Best mouse

Microsoft Bluetooth Mobile Mouse 3600

Affordable and ever reliable

Reasons to buy
+Sturdy, robust design+Works with almost any machine

While we’ve included plenty of high-end and mid-table models with oodles of cash to spend, but for those looking for a cheap and cheerful option that’s solid, dependable and simple in design, the Bluetooth Mobile Mouse 3600 from Microsoft is for you. It works with everything from Mac to Android devices, and can offer up to 12 months of use on one set of batteries.

Best mouse

Logitech USB Marble Mouse

Still a reliable and affordable option

Reasons to buy
+Ambidextrous design+Large and easy-to-use trackball

While it may be one of Logitech’s older designs, the Marble Mouse remains incredibly popular thanks to its large trackball, silky smooth tracking and a build that supports both left and right-handed users. It’s also more than affordable in 2018, making it an ideal way investment if you’re looking for highly accurate control without all the added strain on your hand and wrist.

Best mouse

SteelSeries Rival 100

Professional accuracy at an affordable price

Reasons to buy
+Super-accurate control+Sleek, attractive design

SteelSeries may have made a name for itself with peripherals aimed at the gaming market, but many of those devices work perfectly in non-gaming use. The Rival 100 offers a compact and comfortable design that packs in an incredibly accurate sensor, six programmable buttons and the ability to customise buttons for quick program and action access. It also comes in a range of snazzy colours for the fashion-minded among you.

Best mouse

SpeedLink Jixster Bluetooth

A Bluetooth mouse for everyday use

Reasons to buy
+DPI up to 1,400+Can work up to 10m away

Speedlink is slowly starting to break into the affordable corner of the gaming mouse market, but it's still putting out plenty of wallet-friendly everyday mice that include useful features and sturdy builds. The Jixster is a small design, so it won't fit all hand sizes, but with a strong Bluetooth signal and up to 1,400 DPI it's a simple and reliable alternative that's also great for packing away when you're working on the train or away from home. 

Best mouse

Logitech M330 Silent Plus

Seen and not heard

Reasons to buy
+Very affordable price+Near silent buttons

Does the sound of mouse buttons clicking drive you up the wall? Well, Logitech has something for you, namely the diminutive M330 Silent Plus. Not only is it a rather affordable little investment, but it offers an impressive 90% reduction on its left and right buttons. Add in optimal tracking (meaning it can work on most surfaces), an ergonomic design for comfort and a built-in sleep mode and you’ve got a tidy little package.

Best mouse

Anker Wireless Vertical Ergonomic Optical Mouse

Ergonomic to the max

Reasons to buy
+Unusual ‘handshake’ design+Comfortable button placement

While ergonomic mice have struggled to make an impact in the high-sensitivity world of gaming, they’re still a viable way to control your PC, Mac or laptop for every other kind of task. This flagship design from Anker is one of the more unusual approaches, and its side-on ‘handshake’ shape will take a /lot/ of getting used to but it takes the strain off your wrist and lower arm, and its button placement makes navigating your machine a breeze.

Best mouse

Razer Basilisk Ergonomic FPS Gaming Mouse

Another solid entry from Razer

Reasons to buy
+Super-comfortable ergonomic design+16,000 DPI optical sensor

Much like SteelSeries, Corsair, Logitech and a handful of other companies in the computing peripheral market, Razer has carved a niche for itself offering up some of the best gaming mice money can procure. Some of these rodents are brilliant outside of eSports use, including the outstanding accuracy of the Basilisk. Its mechanical buttons offer 50,000 lifetime clicks, as well as a whopping 16,000 DPI as standard.

Best mouse

Logitech MX Ergo Wireless

Odd-looking, but so versatile

Reasons to buy
+Inbuilt trackball+Precision scroll-wheel

The MX range from Logitech features heavily in this list, and for good reason - it’s one of the best sets of rodents you can for everyday computing at home or in the office. The Logitech MX Ergo Wireless is one of the oddest additions to the pantheon, with its inbuilt trackball (located under your thumb) and wide ergonomic build. However, it’s incredibly comfortable to use for long periods and ideal if you’re working at the office and/or as an illustrator.

Best mouse

Apple Magic Mouse 2

A classic design, redesigned

Reasons to buy
+Impeccable Apple style+Gesture control

While it’s one of the most expensive outlays on our list, the Magic Mouse 2 design from Apple comes with all the hallmarks you’d expect from the people who’ve been confidently styling tech for decades. Not only is a dream to look at (and comfortable to use), but it completely eschews traditional buttons in favour of a trackpad-esque multi-touch feature. Using gestures to control your machine can be a little odd, but you’ll soon realise how genius it really is.

Best mouse

Logitech MX Master 2S

A multi-tasking monster mouse

Reasons to buy
+Easy device switching+Cross-platform functionality

These days, finding a mouse that can do it all, and do it all well is a rarity, but that hasn’t stopped Logitech from delivering an update to the MX Master that riffs on its original design in all the right places. It’s a chunky peripheral, but with that size comes functionality aplenty. You can switch between devices at the click of a button, copy and paste data and documents across platforms and an impressive 4,000 DPI for a truly pinpoint level of accuracy.