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The best mouse for MacBook Pro and Air November 2021

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Best mouse for Mac: an Apple Magic Mouse and Magic Keyboard.
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Getting the best mouse for Mac can go a long way to improving your daily usage of your Apple computer. Considering how often you’ll be moving the little pointer around your screen, it’s important to get the right mouse for your needs.

But what exactly does that entail? Should you get one with programmable buttons to ramp up your productivity? Or perhaps a super-lightweight mouse would be better? Do you need a left-handed mouse? And what about Apple’s own Magic Mouse?

Our guide is here to help you work out what’s best for you. We’ve also got a broader guide on the best mice in 2021 if you use more than just a Mac. Now that Black Friday and Cyber Monday 2021 is here, don’t forget to keep an eye on our round-up of the best Apple deals to score some money off more Apple products, and we’ve also examined the best iMac alternatives if you’re thinking of moving away from the Cupertino giant.

The best mouse for Mac in 2021

The Logitech MX Master 3 for Mac mouse.CB

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01. Logitech MX Master 3 for Mac

The best mouse for MacBook Pro and MacBook Air.

Specifications
DPI: 200-4,000
Wired or wireless?: Wireless Bluetooth
Buttons: 7
Ergonomics: Right-handed
Reasons to buy
+Superb design and fit+Tons of features+Performs native Mac gestures
Reasons to avoid
-Nothing at this price

Logitech’s MX Master is world-renowned for being one of the best mice on the planet. Now, the company has launched a Mac-specific version that’s even better for Apple fans. What makes it so good for Mac users? Well, there’s a clever gesture-control button that rests just below your thumb; hold it and swipe to perform native Mac gestures. That means you don’t have to miss out on the trackpad gestures you get with your MacBook. There’s a brilliant fast-scrolling MagSpeed wheel, plus a horizontal scroll wheel too. Simply put, it’s the best Mac mouse by some distance.

The SteelSeries Prime Mini mouse.cb badge

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02. SteelSeries Prime Mini

The best lightweight mouse for Mac.

Specifications
DPI: 100-18,000
Wired or wireless?: Wired
Buttons: 5
Ergonomics: Right-handed
Reasons to buy
+Weighs just 61g+Switches rated for 100 million clicks
Reasons to avoid
-Fewer buttons than many mice-Not wireless

There are tons of lightweight mice out there, but few as feature-rich as the SteelSeries Prime Mini. Whereas most companies strip out features to get the weight down, SteelSeries has done an admirable job in keeping this mouse brilliantly capable. It may be aimed at gamers, but its high-quality TrueMove sensor, customisable buttons, and switches rated for 100 million clicks will benefit everyone. It’s got a detachable cable, too, so if that frays and breaks you won’t need to replace the entire mouse. And its price is very reasonable considering everything it offers.

Best mouse for Mac: Magic Mouse 2.cb badge

03. Magic Mouse 2

The best mouse for Mac gestures.

Specifications
DPI: Not listed
Wired or wireless?: Wireless Bluetooth
Buttons: 2
Ergonomics: Ambidextrous
Reasons to buy
+Minimalist design+Gesture controls
Reasons to avoid
-Odd port placement-Low profile negates palm gripping

Apple’s Magic Mouse will be the default choice for many a Mac user, and it’s easy to see why. As you would expect, it integrates perfectly with macOS thanks to its top surface, which doubles as a gesture pad. It recognises many of the same gestures you can use on a MacBook or on Apple’s Magic Trackpad, meaning Mission Control and your virtual desktops are just a quick swish away. It looks gorgeous and fits in perfectly with your other Apple kit, and it can be set up for left- or right-handed users too.

The Logitech MX Ergo Wireless mouse for Mac.CB endorsed

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04. Logitech MX Ergo Wireless

The best ergonomic mouse for Mac.

Specifications
DPI: 512-2,048
Wired or wireless?: Wireless, USB receiver and Bluetooth
Buttons: 8
Ergonomics: Right-handed
Reasons to buy
+Built-in trackball+Customisable tilt angle
Reasons to avoid
-Takes some getting used to-Quite bulky

There’s no doubt about it: If you use a mouse all day, every day – especially one that’s poorly designed – you can find yourself headed towards wrist pain and discomfort. If you’re worried about that, or are already suffering from aches and soreness, help is at hand in the form of the Logitech MX Ergo Wireless mouse. It has a tilting design that can be angled at up to 20 degrees for a more comfortable grip, and a built-in trackball so you don’t have to physically move the mouse as much. It can help put your mind at (wrist) rest.

The Logitech MX Anywhere 3 mouse.

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05. Logitech MX Anywhere 3

A great all-rounder mouse for Mac.

Specifications
DPI: 200-4,000
Wired or wireless?: Wireless, USB receiver and Bluetooth
Buttons: 6
Ergonomics: Right-handed
Reasons to buy
+Pre-defined shortcuts for creative apps+MagSpeed scroll wheel
Reasons to avoid
-So-so design-Doesn’t specialise in any area

If you’re looking for a great general-purpose mouse for Mac, it’s hard to go wrong with the Logitech MX Anywhere 3. Its MagSpeed scroll wheel ratchets when you move it slowly and spins freely when you scroll quickly – perfect for zooming through long documents. It has a ton of pre-defined button profiles for various apps, including handy shortcuts for Adobe Photoshop and Premiere, which is ideal for creative users. And its comfy design suits whatever grip you use. It’s a high-quality mouse for just about any situation.

Best mouse for Mac: Razer Naga Trinity.

06. Razer Naga Trinity

The best Mac gaming mouse.

Specifications
DPI: Up to 16,000
Wired or wireless?: Wired
Buttons: Up to 19
Ergonomics: Right-handed
Reasons to buy
+Tons of programmable buttons+Swappable button plates
Reasons to avoid
-Fiddly if you need to keep swapping plates-RGB lighting doesn’t match the Apple look

Now that Apple’s Macs are outfitted with the company’s own Apple Silicon chips, they have become far more capable gaming machines. And if you want a great gaming mouse, the Razer Naga Trinity is one of the best thanks to the sheer breadth of its customisation. It’s got three swappable button plates with up to 19 programmable buttons that let you change the look and feel of the mouse. With so many buttons, you can map almost any command you want to the mouse – which also makes it perfect for creative apps and everyday use. Throw in Razer’s great optical sensor and you have a top-notch gaming mouse.

The Logitech MX Vertical mouse.

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07. Logitech MX Vertical

The best vertical mouse for Mac.

Specifications
DPI: 400-4,000
Wired or wireless?: Wireless, USB receiver and Bluetooth
Buttons: 4
Ergonomics: Right-handed
Reasons to buy
+Comfortable, ergonomic shape+Designed with the help of ergonomists
Reasons to avoid
-Unusual shape takes some getting used to-Only four buttons

An alternative to the Logitech MX Ergo Wireless, this vertical mouse is tilted at 57 degrees to really tackle wrist pain head on. Logitech claims it has been designed in collaboration with ergonomists and can reduce muscular strain by up to 10% compared to standard mice. One way it helps is with its cursor speed switch – increase the DPI and you’ll need to move your wrist less, reducing strain. So, if regular mice give you too much pain in everyday use, try the MX Vertical – it could help stop your soreness in its tracks.

Picking the best mouse for you

Before you make a decision over what you consider to be the best mouse for Mac, there are a few other things to think about.

We've also covered the best left-handed mice money can buy if you're a southpaw. And if you need to improve your setup in general, you may also want to check out our best keyboards and best office chair buying guides.

Will my mouse work with my Mac?

When you're looking at getting a mouse for your Mac, the good news is that you have a huge amount of choice. Any mouse will work with your Mac, whether it's wired, uses a dongle, or connects over Bluetooth. Bear in mind that you might need a USB-A to USB-C adapter if your Mac only has USB-C ports and your mouse requires a USB-A slot.

What size and shape is right for me?

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.

Look at how you hold your mouse in use, too. Different mice are suited for different grips, such as resting just the fingertips on the mouse or covering it with your whole palm. Once you know what's comfortable for you, you'll know what to look for in a mouse.

Wired or wireless?

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 or recharge it. That's one thing you don't have to worry about with a wired mouse. Wired mice are popular because traditionally they've had more reliable connections than their wireless siblings, but the gap has closed massively these days and most wireless mice should be solid in this department.

What about extra features?

Think about how you use your current mouse and what you need it for. That will help you decide if you need lots of buttons of if just a couple will do. As we've covered above, many mice are designed to alleviate wrist and arm strain. And then there are plenty of options if you're left-handed -- in fact, we've rounded up all the best left-handed mice so you can find one that suits you.

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Alex Blake

Alex Blake is a freelance tech journalist who writes for Creative Bloq, TechRadar, Digital Trends, and others. Before going freelance he was commissioning editor at MacFormat magazine, focusing on the world of Apple products. His interests include web design, typography, and video games.