The best USB-C mouse can make all the difference to how efficiently you can work. Using a mouse with the most recent type of USB universal connection offers a range of advantages, not least faster connection. Unlike USB and Micro USB, USB-C also works both ways up and is less likely to break.
So what should you bear in mind when choosing the best USB-C mouse? Firstly, you'll want to decide whether you want a wired USB-C mouse, which can be plugged directly into your computer, or a wireless model that operates via a bluetooth connection to a USB-C receiver.
Another term you’re likely to come across is DPI – and it's nothing to do with image resolution in this context. DPI is a measure of a mouse's sensitivity. The higher a DPI, the further the cursor will travel on the screen when it's moved. A DPI of above 1,000 should be more than adequate for creative work.
Our buying guide below surveys the best USB-C mouse options on the market in 2021. If you're after a non-USB-C mouse, then you can also check out our best mouse guide. For more USB-C devices, take a look at our rundown of the best USB-C monitors.
The best USB-C mouse: Top models available now
Our recommendation for the best USB-C mouse you can buy right now is the Jelly Comb Type-C Optical Mouse. Its powerful 2.4GHz wireless connection works at an impressive distance of up to 15m, just in case you ever find yourself working 15m away from your computer – well, you never know! You can also avoid losing the wireless receiver by slotting it neatly into the underside of the mouse when you're not using it.
This optical mouse works with any operating system, and its adjustable DPI allows you to choose how sensitive you want the mouse. The battery life isn't the most impressive (the manufacturer claims 15 days, but this will obviously depend on how much you use it), but the device is easy to recharge. Best of all, this mouse is one of the most affordable USB-C mice on the market, making it perfect for anyone looking for a quality mouse on a budget.
An ergonomic, ambidextrous design and a soft covering on the sides and back make the LogiLink ID0160 USB-C wireless mouse extremely comfortable to hold. It's also very portable, making it a good mouse to carry with you if you're working on the go.
At 1200, its DPI isn't the highest around, but it should be more than sufficient for most applications creatives will need to use. The USB-C receiver offers a strong wireless connection, and the mouse takes a single AA battery for power (one comes included, so no need to go rooting around for a battery before you can get started).
Another of the best USB-C mice currently available, this sleek, ultra-silent wireless mouse from Seenda is a pleasure to use. Its noise-reduction design allows you to click and scroll in silence, making it ideal for working quietly.
The Seenda wireless mouse boasts an ergonomic design that feels comfortable in the hand and offers highly adjustable DPI, with four options going right up to an impressive 2400. This makes it a flexible mouse that can be used for gaming as well as work.
This is another mouse that's powered by a single AA battery (not included), and it has an automatic switch-off feature to save battery life. It's compatible with both USB-C and USB-equipped computers thanks to its dual adapters, making it useful if you're working across multiple devices.
An ergonomic USB-C wireless mouse might be a little more pricey, but it's well worth considering if you spend a lot of time scrolling and clicking during your working day. The Jelly Comb Ergonomic USB-C mouse has a vertical design to lower the amount of pressure on the wrist, reducing the risk of RSI.
This USB-C mouse comes in left- and right-handed versions, although left-handed buyers might be slightly put out to see that they’re asked to pay slightly more (you can find the best deal for the left-handed version below).
The Jelly Comb Ergonomic USB-C mouse is designed to work on both Windows and Mac, but some of its function buttons work only on Windows. Mac users may want to consider other options.
The Aurtec Type C Wireless Mouse is a straightforward option with a powerful 2.4GHz wireless connection, promising to operate at up to 10m distance. It's comfortable and the DPI can be easily adjusted between 800, 1200 and 1600 DPI by using the scroll wheel while holding the left button.
This three-button mouse is compatible with both Windows and Mac systems. It takes two AAA batteries, which don't come included but are widely available. Just make sure you have a pair at hand when you come to use it for the first time.
The last on our list of the best USB-C mouse options, the Macally UCTURBO 2 plug and play mouse positively yells "Apple" with its sleek white design. Mac users will find it responsive and easy to use when plugging it into their Thunderbolt 3 port, although it may not be as precise as some other USB-C mice on our list.
While this mouse was very overtly designed to be used with Macs, it's actually perfectly compatible with Windows systems, so there's no reason to rule it out if you don't have a MacBook. The generous length of the cable makes up for the lack of wireless functionality and makes the UCTURBO mouse just as useful for a desktop computer as a laptop.