This guide to the best mouse for Mac in 2021 will give you all you need to chose the ultimate mice to use with your Mac or MacBook. Because while Macs come with mice included, you may not want to use the one Apple gives you in the box – especially when it comes to doing creative work.
We've included mice that suit a tighter budget, that are ergonomic, and that are perfect for gaming. No matter what you want from your mouse, we've got you covered in our guide below.
Of course, if you're not looking for a Mac-specific model, don't worry. We've also got a more general best mouse for designers guide.
Picking the best mouse for you: Things to think about
Before you start buying, there are a few things to think about. Size and ergonomics are essential, as you will want something that's comfortable to hold, especially if you use it for long periods. Also, compact mice might seem convenient and portable, but if they are too small, you could find yourself in pain when using them for long periods of time. Many mice are wireless, which is handy but you'll want to make sure that the mouse has decent battery life, so you're not constantly having to buy batteries.
Then there's the grip style (fingertip, palm or claw), surface texture, button layout, and whether you use your left or right hand to control your mouse (if you want a specific mouse for left-handers, see our best left-handed mouse guide). But don't feel overwhelmed! We've thought about all of this while putting this list together. So, whether your priority is price, looks, ergonomics or performance, here are the products that ensure you'll get your hand on the best mouse for Mac, whatever your needs.
The best mouse for Mac in 2020
Starting with grip, the Logitech MX Master 2S supports all three styles – fingertip, palm and claw – but you’ll likely default to a palm grip, as the product is designed to offer your right hand the snuggest fit of any mouse out there. And it does. Using this mouse is a joy, and it has been engineered for prolonged use, which will suit almost any design task.
However, one thing we wouldn’t recommend it for is gaming. At 145g it weighs a little too much, and – despite the ease of DPi switching – once you stop using it with a palm grip (as is the case for most gamers), it starts to get a little fiddly.
Gaming aside, though, the performance of the Logitech MX Master 2S is unsurpassed. You get 70 hours of battery on a single charge, it works perfectly on almost any surface, and it comes with left and right buttons, a middle scroll wheel, an additional wheel next to the thumb grip for horizontal scrolling, and five more buttons for, well, whatever you want (as they can all be configured using Logitech’s Control app).
Whilst being the best budget mouse out there, the Anker Vertical Ergonomic Optical is also one of the best ergonomic options too. As far as value goes, this is the best option that you're going to find for under $20 / £20. Yes, it's rather tall, and if you haven't used a standing mouse before, it might take a few goes to get used to, but that's also a strength. It is held in a handshake-like position, and so there is minimal twisting of the wrist and unnatural, cramp-inducing hand positions to hold and use it.
Taking two AA batteries, this mouse will last a few months use from a single charge, and it will also automatically switch off after eight minutes idle use. There's a ratcheting scroll wheel that will automatically scroll the page in four directions when clicked, and particularly nifty is the DPI switch found on the top of the mouse that will move the mouse sensitivity between its 800, 1,200, and 1,600 settings. And as well as left and right buttons, you also get two side buttons for forward/back browsing.
Connecting the mouse is a cinch, too, as it’s plug-and-play, so simply pop the USB dongle into an available port and you’re up and running in seconds. From there, this mouse is particularly suited to people who are going to be using it for prolonged periods of time (we're looking at you creatives), but who also don't want to break the bank.
It’s hard to know where to start with Apple’s Magic Mouse 2. Over the last few decades, designers have scratched their heads as Mac mice either underperformed, or introduced bizarre design features. We’ve seen perfectly symmetrical mice that meant you couldn’t tell which way up they were supposed to go, and in its most recent iteration you’ll find the Lightning port underneath the device, meaning that it’s unusable while being recharged.
However, among the bad and the ugly, there’s also a huge amount of good. The Magic Mouse 2 eschews buttons for a touch-sensitive surface, which supports a decent range of gesture controls; so in addition to left and right buttons you can scroll sideways or horizontally, and also two-finger tap, extending Apple’s multi-touch functionality to its mouse. (And this functionality can be extended via the third-party app BetterTouchTool.)
Beyond this functionality, the Magic Mouse 2 also looks incredible, and now comes with a rechargeable battery (though the low profile of the Magic Mouse doesn’t lend itself to a palm grip). And although we’ve flagged up the odd placement of the Lightning port, it does only takes a few minutes of ‘quick charge’ to get nine hours of use – just hope that you’re not doing anything important when the battery does eventually run out.
There are three words that strike crippling fear into any designer: ‘carpal tunnel syndrome’. We all know that poor posture and prolonged mouse/computer use can lead to terrible and debilitating pain, sometimes resulting in the need for surgery, and if there’s any way it can be avoided then it’s worth considering. For decades now, a small band of proselytisers have preached that using a trackball mouse has staved off the dreaded CTS, and that includes a good number of designers. So, are they onto something?
Firstly, we should point out that making the shift from a traditional mouse to a trackball takes time and patience. But after spending some time with one, you will start to feel the benefit. There’s no denying that ergonomically, a trackball is superior to a standard mouse design.
Logitech is a brand with plenty of experience in the trackball market, and with the Logitech MX Ergo Wireless mouse it continues to excel. This wireless upgrade boasts left and right buttons, a scroll wheel, a quick sensitivity switcher, and – of course – the trackball. The trackball itself is easy to spin, doesn’t slip, and can be completely removed from the mouse for cleaning (they can tend to get a little grubby).
If you’re an existing trackball user looking for an upgrade, or want to make the switch, then this is the mouse for you.
With so many gaming mice on the market, and Windows being the prevailing platform for PC gamers, we’ve chosen a mouse that will cater to a specific genre of gaming here, which is equally as popular across all platforms: the MMO (massively multi-player online game).
In this category of gaming, the Razer Naga has become the mouse of choice, thanks to its staggering 12-button layout. And with the upgraded Razer Naga Trinity, you now get a selection of three removable game plates, which support its traditional 12-button layout, as well as a circular hex layout, and a simple two-button layout geared towards first-person shooters (the plates are magnetic, making them incredibly easy to switch out).
Put simply, you get three gaming mice in one. Gamers can be a fussy bunch, and one downside of the Naga Trinity is that you can’t switch weights in and out to get the right balance, but beyond that we struggled to find any weaknesses.
Logitech has once again made a brilliant portable Mac mouse with the compact MX Anywhere 2S. As a follow-up to the brilliant Logitech MX Anywhere 2, the MX Anywhere 2S comes with some great new features, and it proves that just because it's a compact mouse, it doesn't mean you have to sacrifice features and performance.
It's our pick for the best compact mouse for Macs, and connects via Bluetooth, so you can quickly hook it up to your MacBook even if you don't have any free ports. There's also an included USB receiver, which can be inserted into another Mac, or even a Windows PC or laptop, and you can easily switch between the two computers without having to mess around with any settings. It's ideal for people who use their MacBooks while out and about, as you can get a full day's charge for this wireless mouse in just 3 minutes of charging!