Finding the best mouse for Mac can make a world of difference to your relationship with your Apple hardware. While you may be happy with your MacBook's trackpad or the Magic Mouse that came with your desktop machine, neither of them are perfect and if you're using your Mac every day there are better options available for moving that little pointer around.
If you look around you'll find that there are all manner of mouse options that'll make your life easier, with features such as programmable buttons for instant execution of your favourite shortcuts, ergonomic designs for comfortable all-day use, and lightweight, portable models for taking out and about with you. You might need a left-handed mouse (which can sadly limit your choices), but whatever you're looking for, we've already found the best options available now.
Can't find what you need? Our broader guide to the best mouse has more options that'll almost certainly work with your Mac. And 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
We're big fans of Logitech's MX Master 3; it's already sitting pretty at the top of our round-up of the best mice for designers, and now there's a version specifically for Mac users. On top of all the brilliant existing features (programmable buttons, adjustable DPI, thumb wheel and more), this one has 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. In short, it's the best Mac mouse by some distance.
It's aimed at gamers, as the styling might suggest, but if you fancy a lightweight and capable mouse for your Mac then the SteelSeries Prime Mini is a fine option. Its TrueMove sensor gives you an adjustable DPI up to a frankly unusable 18,000, it has customisable buttons for some of your top shortcuts, and its button switches will keep going for at least 100 million clicks. It's a wired mouse and comes with a detachable cable, so if it breaks you won't need to replace the mouse. If you can live without wireless then this is a lot of mouse for the price.
If you have a desktop Mac then you probably already have an Apple Magic Mouse, and if you don't, there are plenty of reasons to get one. Naturally it integrates perfectly with MacOS, and its top surface doubles as a gesture pad, so if you're used to using gestures on your MacBook's trackpad you'll find it easy to switch to the Magic Mouse. It's a good looker, too, but there's one huge design fail that we can't overlook, and that's the charging port on the underside. Don't let it run out of juice when you're on a deadline.
If you'd rather avoid paying handsomely for the best mouse for Mac, this budget option from Macallyis definitely deserving of your attention. Its all-white design seems to have been conceived with Apple in mind, and while there's nothing particularly cutting-edge about it, you can simply plug it into a Thunderbolt 3 port and it'll just work.
It's a wired mouse (with a generous 150cm cable), so you'll never need to worry about recharging it or changing the battery, and while its complete lack of advanced features might put some people off, if all you want is a no-nonsense, no-fuss mouse, this'll do the job nicely.
Using a mouse all day isn't the most natural state of affairs for your hand and wrist, and if you overdo it with a poorly-designed mouse you can find yourself on the way to RSI. If you're already suffering or simply keen to avoid carpal tunnel mishaps, a more ergonomic option such as the Logitech MX Ergo Wireless mouse can make a world of difference. It's a trackball rather than a mouse, so it stays in one place while your thumb does all the manoeuvring, and it has a tilting design that can be angled at up to 20 degrees for a more comfortable grip.
Logitech's MX Master 3 is one mighty fine mouse, but if it looks a bit too big and chunky for your tastes there's an excellent alternative in the form of the Logitech MX Anywhere 3. Designed as a more compact and portable mouse to be taken anywhere, it's also almost identical to the MX Master 3 in terms of performance and functionality; the only thing you'll be missing out on is the thumb wheel and the gesture button. It also has plenty pre-defined button profiles for various apps, including handy shortcuts for Adobe Photoshop and Premiere. It's possibly a little small for all-day use, but in general it's a high-quality mouse for just about any situation.
For the best mouse for Mac that's also good for some after-hours gaming, take a look at the Razer Naga Trinity. Yes, it's a gaming mouse, but that means top performance and high DPI (don't turn it up too high), and an absolute stack of programmable buttons: up to 19 of them, all of which can be set to almost any shortcut you want. It has three swappable button place so you can set it up the way you like it, and there's even RGB lighting, which you can of course turn off if you prefer.
Designed in conjunction with ergonomists, the Logitech MX Vertical is another mouse that can help with RSI problems. Rather than hold it in the usual mousing position, this one's meant to be gripped in a more natural 'handshake' position, which can get your carpal tunnel lined up properly and help reduce muscular strain. Like the MX Ergo Wireless it can be a strange one to use and may take a while to get used to, but if you get along with it your wrists should be very grateful.
How to choose the best mouse
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, best office chair and best office chairs for back pain buying guides.
Will my mouse work with my Mac?
You shouldn't have any problems finding a mouse for your Mac; nearly all the options will work straight out of the box, whether they're wired, use a wireless receiver or connect 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 mouse 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.
Should I get a wired or wireless mouse?
Most modern mice are wireless, which is a lot less of a problem than it used to be. Older wireless mice could be heavy and unresponsive, with batteries that needed changing all too regularly. However there have been some great advances in mouse technology in recent years, and improved wireless connections paired with super power-efficient sensors mean that the best wireless mice available now can actually perform better than wired mice as well as running for weeks or months before needing a recharge or a fresh battery.
What about extra features for my mouse?
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.