The best mouse for MacBook Pro and Air in 2023

Three of the best mouse for Mac options on a green background
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If you've got a Mac-based creative studio, the best mouse for MacBook Pro, MacBook Air or a Mac PC is the perfect final touch. 

Of course, Apple produces its own Magic Mouse, but there are many more options that may suit your needs. We've compared the specs, reviews, comfortability, performance, and value to help you choose the best mouse for your needs, making sure they're Mac-compatible with USB-C connectivity.

For a broader, non-Mac-focused selection, check out our guides to the best mouse overall, the best USB-C mouse as well as the best left-handed mouse. If you're opting for an all-Apple setup, see our guide to the best Apple deals, or take a look at our pick of the best iMac alternatives if you’re considering other options. You might also want to find more of the best MacBook Pro accessories.

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How to choose the best mouse for MacBook

When you're looking for the best mouse for MacBook there are a few questions to ask yourself. We've covered the most important ones below. Beyond a new mouse, if you're keen to improve your work setup in general, you may also want to check out our guide to the best MacBook Pro accessories,  the best keyboards, and the best office chair 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. Generally, when choosing the best mouse for MacBook for you, you'll want a USB-C mouse. Otherwise, you may need a USB-A to USB-C adapter if your Mac only has USB-C ports and your mouse requires a USB-A slot. We also have a guide to the best USB-C mouse.

One thing to watch out for, however, is how fully compatible a mouse is with your Mac. Some mice that are advertised as Mac compatible actually feature buttons that only work on Windows. There's no point getting stuck with a bunch of buttons that you can't actually use, so always check in the specifications whether the buttons will work, or can be configured to work, on a Mac.

What size and shape mouse is best for MacBooks?

Size and ergonomics are important and your preferences will be much the same irrespective of what computer or laptop you want to pair your mouse with. You will want something that's comfortable to hold, especially if you use it for long periods. 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.

An ergonomically designed mouse is the best choice to protect your wrists from repetitive strain injury over long sessions on your Mac. Consider how you hold your mouse in use. Different mice are suited for different grips, for example, resting just the fingertips on the mouse or covering it with your whole palm. Vertical mice might seem odd, and they do take a bit of getting used to, but many people eventually find them more comfortable. 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 for MacBook?

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 too regularly. Things have improved, however, with better wireless connections and super power-efficient sensors meaning that the best wireless mice available today can often even outperform wired mice and can run weeks or months before needing a recharge or a fresh battery (although of course with wired mice, you can forget about batteries completely.)

What other features should I look for in a mouse for Mac?

Buttons can be useful if you want to use shortcuts. Meanwhile, you should look for a decent level of sensitivity – around 1,500 dpi is good for most uses. You should also consider ergonomics and consider choosing a mouse that's been designed to alleviate wrist and arm strain, as have many of the options in our guide to the best mouse for MacBook above.

Is the Magic Mouse a good mouse for MacBook?

if you have a MacBook and you're looking for a mouse, you may well be tempted to stick with Apple and go for the Magic Mouse. That has its benefits since you know from the off that it's going to integrate perfectly with MacOS. We find the gesture pad on the top surface works well, and it's easy to adapt to if you're used to the MacBook's trackpad. You also have a choice of two colours now. 

So why's it not at the top of our list as the best mouse for MacBook? Well, the main downside for us, and it is quite a downside, is that the charging point is on the bottom of the mouse, which means you can't use it while it's charging. So the battery should last you around a month, so it's not like you're mouse will be out of action for a couple of hours every week, but it's still frustrating if you run out of power in the middle of work.

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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.

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