The best USB-C mouse in 2022

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The best USB-C mouse can be a real boon for your workflow. If you're looking to buy a mouse, a good USB-C mouse is probably you're best bet today, especially if you have a fairly recent laptop or PC. Even if you already have an older USB-A device, it could be worth upgrading. 

The best USB-C mice have several benefits. For one, there's no need for an adapter if you have a newer laptop that doesn't have a USB-A port (a USB-C mouse is essential if you use a MacBook or iMac). But even if you have the option of USB-A, the best USB-C mouse offers the benefit of either-way-up connection, so should be able to plug it in on first attempt, and improved data throughput.

We've picked out the best USB-C mouse options including wired and wireless USB-C mice at different price points. We've evaluated them all for comfort during long sessions, pressure sensitivity (dpi) and useful productivity-enhancing features such as programmable buttons. We've also considered value, making sure we've included some cheaper options as well as the best USB-C mouse overall (see more about how we test and review).

 We've also aimed to cover different needs with some smaller, more portable mice, that aren't the most comfortable to use for a long time, but can be useful for people working on the go. For more options, see our choices of the best mouse overall. We also have a guide to the best mouse for MacBook

For more USB-C devices, see our selection of the best USB-C monitors. You'll also find plenty of USB-C options in our pick of the best power banks.

The best USB-C mouse options available now

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01. Logitech MX Master 3

A precise, versatile USB-C mouse for power users

Specifications

DPI: 4000
Interface: Bluetooth and 2.4GHz wireless
Buttons: 7
Ergonomic: Right-handed
Battery: Rechargeable

Reasons to buy

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High DPI
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App-specific customisation

Reasons to avoid

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Pricey
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Larger than the average mouse

The Logitech MX Master 3's far from cheap, but we absolutely love it. You'll also find it top of our general roundup of the best mice for designers, and with good reason: it's packed with useful features, it performs brilliantly and yes, it's definitely the best USB-C mouse too. Its DPI goes up to 4,000, which frankly is a lot more than you're ever likely to need, but it means it'll track perfectly on pretty much any surface (including glass). It also has a stack of programmable buttons as well as a handy thumb wheel, and it's easy to set up profiles for all your apps so that you can instantly unleash your favourite shortcuts.

With all the precision you're likely to need, the ability to connect to up  to three devices and the battery that can last 70 days on a full charge, it's well worth the outlay for power users. We recently did a full review of the new Logitech MX Master 3S for Mac.

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02. Logitech MX Anywhere

A more portable alternative to the MX Master

Specifications

DPI: 4000
Interface: Bluetooth and 2.4GHz wireless
Buttons: 6
Ergonomic: Right-handed
Battery: Rechargeable

Reasons to buy

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Compact and portable
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Electromagnetic scroll wheel
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Pairs with three devices

Reasons to avoid

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A little on the small side

We're big fans of the Logitech MX Master 3, as you might have guessed, but if you'd prefer something a bit cheaper and a little less chunky, there's always the Logitech MX Anywhere 3. A more compact alternative to the MX Master 3, it loses the thumbwheel but is otherwise functionally identical, and it's perfect for slinging in a bag to take out and about with you. It's also a great choice if you have smaller hands and find most mice just a bit too big for you.

The drawback, of course, is that its reduced size means it might not be a mouse you'd want to use all day. But if you need the best USB-C mouse for designing on the go, this is definitely it.

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03. Seenda Wireless Mouse

This super-silent USB-C mouse offers adjustable sensitivity

Specifications

DPI: 1000/1500/2000/2400 (adjustable)
Interface: 2.4GHz wireless
Buttons: 6
Ergonomic: Right-handed
Battery: AA

Reasons to buy

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High, adjustable DPI
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Both USB-C and USB 
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12-month warranty 

Reasons to avoid

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Right-handed only

Here's another decent option for anyone in search of the best USB-C mouse. The Seenda wireless mouse benefits from a noise-reduction design, enabling you to click and scroll silently, and its ergonomic design makes it comfortable to use all day. It also has an adjustable DPI that goes all the way up to 2,400; not the highest on offer here, but still good enough for just about anybody, even if you intend to use it for a bit of fast-paced gaming on the side.

It takes single AA battery (not included), and has an automatic switch-off feature to save battery life. It's compatible with both USB-C and USB-A-equipped computers thanks to its dual adapters, making it useful if you're working across multiple devices.

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04. AURTEC Type C Wireless Mouse

A simple, comfortable USB-C mouse powered by AAA batteries

Specifications

DPI: 800/1200/1600 (adjustable)
Interface: 2.4GHz wireless
Buttons: 3
Ergonomic: Curved grip
Battery: AAA

Reasons to buy

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Comfortable design/shape
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Lifetime warranty

Reasons to avoid

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A little pricey 
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Batteries not included

So far we've seen some relatively expensive USB-C mice; if you'd rather go for something a little cheaper, take a look at the Aurtec Type C Wireless Mouse. It comes at a great price but still performs well, with a 2.4GHz wireless connection that'll work within a 10-metre range, as well as three DPI settings that you can cycle between by holding the left button and scrolling the wheel.

It's comfortable to use, compatible with both Windows and Mac systems, and takes two AAA batteries, which don't come included but are easy to get hold of. Just make sure you have a pair at hand when you come to use it for the first time.

Product shot of Macally USB C Mouse for Mac

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05. Macally USB C Mouse for Mac

A stylish wired USB-C mouse designed with Macs in mind

Specifications

DPI: 800/1200/1600/2400 (adjustable)
Interface: USB-C cable (5ft)
Buttons: 3
Ergonomic: Ambidextrous design
Battery: None

Reasons to buy

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Generous cable length
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Windows and Mac-compatible
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Adjustable DPI

Reasons to avoid

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Fairly basic

If you're after the best USB-C mouse that'll play nicely with your Mac, the aptly-named Macally USB C Mouse for Mac is guaranteed to fit the bill. Its all-white looks seem to have been designed specifically to go well with any stripe of Mac, whether it's a desktop model or MacBook, and its USB-C connection plugs into any of its Thunderbolt 3 ports. And while the earlier Macally UCTURBO mouse had just 1,000 DPI on offer, this one has adjustable DPI all the way up to 2,400, which should be more than enough for most people.

While it's made with Macs in mind, it's also Windows-compatible and it'll also work with Chromebooks, Android devices and pretty much anything else with a USB-C port. It's not wireless, but with a generous 5ft cable you're unlikely to feel restricted by this; in all this is a great-value, good-looking mouse for just about any computer.

Logitech Mouse MX Vertical mouse product shot

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06. Logictech MX Vertical Mouse

The best vertical USB-C mouse

Specifications

DPI: 400 – 4,000
Interface: USB-C, wireless and Bluetooth
Buttons: 6
Ergonomic: Vertical design, right hand only
Battery: Rechargeable

Reasons to buy

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Ergonomic design combats RSI 
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Adjustable DPI 

Reasons to avoid

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Right-handed only

This mouse might look a little unusual, but vertical mouses orient your hand and wrist in a more natural 'handshake' position, which makes them better to avoid putting tension on your wrist or contracting RSI. The Logitech MX Vertical Wireless Mouse takes a bit of getting used to but once you get used to the feel of it, it can offer great relief for your wrists. It has 6 functional buttons and is compatible with both Windows and Mac.

Product shot of Redragon Vampire Elite, one of the best USB-C mouse options

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07. Redragon M686 Vampire Elite Gaming Mouse

The best USB-C mouse for gaming

Specifications

DPI: 1,000 – 16000
Interface: USB-C, wireless
Buttons: 8
Ergonomic: Right hand only
Battery: Rechargeable

Reasons to buy

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Versatile 
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Reasonably priced for the specs

Reasons to avoid

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Right-handed only
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The gaming look won't be for everyone 

The Redragon M686 Vampire Elite is mouse that's hard to miss with a backlit design clearly designed for gaming. It boasts DPI up a massive 16000, eight customisable buttons and wireless 2.4Ghz nano for low latency. We've not tried this one ourselves, but gamers report being pleased with the ergonomics and build of the buttons and say it's easy to use. Battery life can be extended with an eco-mode.

Product shot of Jelly Comb Wireless rechargeable USB-C mouse

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08. Jelly Comb rechargeable wireless mouse

The best USB-C wireless mouse for value

Specifications

DPI: 800/1200/1600 (adjustable)
Interface: USB-C and USB-A 2.4 GHz wireless
Buttons: 4
Ergonomic: Ambidextrous design
Battery: Rechargeable Li-Ion

Reasons to buy

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Responsive and comfortable
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Works with macOS and Windows
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Wireless receiver slots underneath

Reasons to avoid

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Unexceptional battery life

This budget USB-C mouse is very cheap indeed. And while it's a little basic, it does the job, with an adjustable DPI up to 1,600 and a 2.4GHZ connection with a range of up to 15 metres. 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 it's easy to recharge. It's dual-mode, which just means that you get both a USB-C and USB-A port, which makes it a flexible option for using with different devices.

Verbatim USB-C mouse, one of the best USB-C mouse options

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09. Verbatim Go Mini optical USB-C mouse

The best mini optical USB-C mouse for travel

Specifications

DPI: Not given
Interface: USB-C, wired
Buttons: two
Ergonomic: Ambidextrous design
Battery: N/A

Reasons to buy

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Small and light
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Retractable cable

Reasons to avoid

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Very small and can be difficult to control

Let us clarify from the outset that this is not the best USB-C mouse to use for regular work, nor for creative design or anything that requires a lot of precision. The mouse is very small and we found the experience to be jittery and frustrating at times, with the mouse sometimes sticking. But, that disclaimer aside, if you're looking for a mouse that's super light, takes up barely any space and could help you out in an emergency, this should do the job for occasional use while travelling.

How should I choose the best USB-C mouse for me?

The first thing to consider when choosing the best USB-C mouse for you is whether you want a wireless or wired mouse. Wireless mice are now the norm, and most of our picks for the best USB-C mouse are wireless. They have the advantage of being, well, wireless, so you don't have a cable dragging across your desk. The downside however is that they require batteries, which will need charging or replacing at some point. 

A lot of the negatives that wireless mice used to suffer from have now been resolved: they're no longer so bulky as they used to be, and the batteries can now usually last for months. That said, we have also included the best wired USB-C mice because with a wireless USB-C mouse. Wired USB-C mice are still usually lighter, and they never need to be charged.

The other thing to consider when choosing the best USB-C mouse is DPI, which here refers to a mouse's sensitivity. The higher the DPI, the further your pointer travels in response to each movement. Some gaming mice offer a DPI of up to 25,000, which seems impressive but is actually unusable; for everyday use, a DPI of around 1,000 should be more than adequate. Most of the best USB-mouse options have adjustable DPI so you can modify the level of sensitivity.

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Jon is a freelance writer and journalist who covers photography, art, technology, and the intersection of all three. When he's not scouting out news on the latest gadgets, he likes to play around with film cameras that were manufactured before he was born. To that end, he never goes anywhere without his Olympus XA2, loaded with a fresh roll of Kodak (Gold 200 is the best, since you asked). Jon is a regular contributor to Creative Bloq, and has also written for in Digital Camera World, Black + White Photography Magazine, Photomonitor, Outdoor Photography, Shortlist and probably a few others he's forgetting. 

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