Buying the best mouse for your creative work is one of the most important purchases you'll ever make. This is because the mouse (or trackpad or trackball) is arguably the thing you use most when interacting with your PC.
That means, if you spend hours working at your PC or laptop, then you'll need a mouse that is both comfortable to use, as well as fast, responsive and offers you plenty of feature (such as extra programmable buttons).
If the mouse you use doesn't do the job properly, or is uncomfortable, then you'll soon find yourself getting frustrated – or worse.
There's an enormous amount of choice out there, and that's where our guide to the best mice of 2020 comes in (also see our best mouse for Mac post for more Apple-specific products). Each mouse in this guide has been carefully picked, so you can buy in confidence – and our price comparison tool will also help you find the best deals as well.
Buying the best mouse is important even if you mainly use a laptop with a built-in touchpad, or a PC with a stylus, as many applications, especially creative ones, are much easier to use if you have a mouse.
Picking the best mouse: What to look for
Figuring out which is the best mouse for you will depend on what you're going to be using it for, but there are some common features that we look out for when considering what products to include in this list.
For a start, the best mice need to be ergonomic, so they are comfortable and safe to use for long periods of time. They also need to be fast, responsive and accurate, and able to be used on different surfaces – not just a mousemat.
There are also some features that will depend entirely on use case. To cover all the bases, we've picked a wide range of options here. There are budget mice that are small and easy to carry around with you, to wireless wonders with all kinds of extra buttons and features, and everything in between.
The best mouse in 2020
Logitech's line of MX Master mice are some of the best mice for designers ever made, and its latest model, the MX Master 3, has landed straight at the top of our best mouse for designers list.
This new version takes everything we loved about the previous version (below), and improved some areas, while bringing complete new features as well, making this simply the best mouse for designers. It's comfortable to use, and it can charge in a few minutes thanks to the USB-C connection. One of the best features is that you can connect it to several devices and easily switch between them - useful if you want to use the mouse on your PC, laptop and tablet, for example.
It's got a lovely new design as well. However, it is expensive, and it's not ambidextrous. This means you can only use it if you're right-handed.
Its cordless Logitech MX Master 2S Wireless Bluetooth Mouse improves on almost every aspect of the original MX Master, offering unrivalled comfort thanks to its ergonomic design. You can comfortably use it for hours on end, and it features a super-responsive scroll wheel that lets you browse web pages or documents at your own speed, depending on how fast you flick the wheel.
Buttons located on the side of the mouse also let you flit between windows, and you can configure the buttons to help speed up your workflow. It's wireless as well, which gives you more freedom when working on your desk. The only downside is that it is expensive.
Even though there's a newer version out (above), the MX Master 2S is still easily one of the best mice for designers.
The Logitech MX Vertical is an extremely comfortable mouse to use. The handshake grip is designed to reduce the stress on your wrist and hand muscles. You can connect to up to three devices at a time, and a handy button on top of the mouse enables you to switch between different computers instantly. It also promises fast recharging and smooth performance. On the downside, there's no slot of a wireless receiver, and the quirky and slightly bulky design won't be for everyone.
If you're after a reliable, cheap, no-frills option, try the Logitech M185. This wireless mouse comes with an unobtrusive nano USB receiver, and offers 2.4GHZ connectivity that promises virtually no delay or dropouts. It works with Windows, Mac, Chrome OS and Linux, and is super-simple to get started with: just plug in the receiver and start using the mouse.
Of course, for this price, you're not getting anything fancy. While the symmetrical design can be used in either hand (good news for lefties), if you're going to be using it for long hours you might want to consider something with a more ergonomic design.
Apple was late to join the innovative mouse party then it created the Magic Mouse. Its replacement, the imaginatively titled Magic Mouse 2, has a super-light design and laser-tracking capabilities that make it easy to flick between InDesign CC pages and make even the smallest changes on practically any surface.
However, the downside is that it’s perhaps a little over-sensitive at times. The multi-touch area on the top of the mouse, which lets you scroll in any direction, can sometimes become frustrating when you want to keep your finger in the same place for a long period of time. But for Magic Mouse evangelists, there is nothing that comes close to this mouse.
Alternatively, a lot of designers prefer the Apple Magic Trackpad 2, which brings Force Touch pressure-sensitive technology (as seen in the screen of the Apple Watch) and the trackpad of the 2015 12-inch MacBook. Or for a cheaper option, try the older Apple Magic Trackpad.
Sure, the Anker Vertical Ergonomic Optical Mouse looks weird. It’s vertically aligned to encourage healthy, neutral 'handshake' wrist and arm. But once you get used to it, it’s a cheap and very comfortable way to avoid RSI. If you're a digital creative that spends a lot of time using a mouse for work, then having one that is comfortable to use is essential. After all, if you injure yourself and cannot work, it could mean you lose money. That makes this odd-looking mouse a very wise investment, which is why we think it's the best ergonomic mouse for digital creatives.
Smaller than Logitech’s flagship, the MX Master, the Logitech MX Anywhere 2 is the ideal travel mouse for digital creatives that work on the road. It can connect to three different devices via Bluetooth, and it can last all day with just four minutes of charging!
Despite its small size, it still comes with the high-build quality we've come to expect from Logitech. It's not as ergonomic as other mice in this guide, but if you're looking for a mouse to carry around with you, this is the one to go for.
The MX Ergo Wireless is a distinctly retro-looking mouse thanks to its trackball. While many mice-makers have ditched trackballs in favour of optical laser mice, Logitech has continued to release trackball mice, and for that we're thankful. For many people, the tactile trackball makes working on creative projects much more intuitive and comfortable, and the MX Ergo Wireless can be used flat or at a 20-degree angle.
Not every person is comfortable with a huge mouse, so if you're after a smaller mouse, that still offers excellent features and performance, then the Microsoft Bluetooth Mobile Mouse 3600 is a brilliant choice. It's small enough to easily carry around with you, and it's cheap as well. However, most importantly, it's comfortable to use, easy to set up, is wireless and has a battery that can last up to six months on a single charge!
The low price, long battery life and compact design makes this one of the best mice you can buy if you travel a lot. It means you never have to leave without a trusted pointing device that's comfortable to use.
For people of a certain age, the Microsoft Intellimouse will bring back strong memories of a real workhorse of a mouse, that wasn't flashy, but did the job brilliantly. Microsoft has tapped into that nostalgia with the Microsoft Classic Intellimouse, which modernises the classic design and improves the sensor, allowing users to ramp up the DPI to 3,200. It’s not wireless, but for a comfortable and dependable mouse, this is a brilliant update to a computing icon.
Just like designers, gamers need a mouse that is sensitive and accurate, so it stands to reason that gaming mice are a good option for designers too. And the Razer range of gaming mice is one of the most responsive out there.
Razer mice have three types of sensors – dual, laser and optical – and an ergonomic shape designed to support the flow of your hand. The Razer Deathadder mouse is the bestseller (as well as the cheapest), and features an optical sensor and rubber side grips. It also syncs with all of your mouse settings stored in the Cloud.