The best mouse for MacBook Pro and Air in 2023

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The best mouse for MacBook Pro, MacBook Air or a Mac PC can really enhance a Mac-based setup for creatives, or anyone else for that matter. MacBooks have superb trackpads, but they can't compare with a mouse when it comes to certain tasks, whether its design, 3D modelling or gaming. 

Often, the best mouse for Macs can be more functional and more comfortable to use for long periods. There are also benefits for productivity when you use the best mouse for MacBook since they can be more precise when it comes to making fine adjustments. Programmable buttons can allow save time, allowing you to quickly access shortcuts for the tasks you perform most regularly.

But which is the best option for you? Below, we've made a selection of nine of the best mice for MacBooks based on our own reviewers' experiences and the opinions of creatives who use Macs for their work. We've sought out options to suit different requirements and budgets. We've included Mac-compatible mice that we find comfortable to use and that offer sufficient sensitivity and smooth tracking for creative work. 

We've been sure to include options with programmable function buttons that work for Macs, and we've looked for mice whose looks also fit the Mac. But we've also included some budget options and lighter mice that are more suitable for travel. Obviously, all of these options connect either with a USB-C cable or wirelessly. 

We've evaluated each mouse for ergonomics, performance, features and value for money. If you can't find the best mouse for MacBook for you below, take a look at what made it to our choices of the best mouse overall and the best USB-C mouse. We also have a guide to the best left-handed mouse

For savings on Apple products, 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.

The best mouse for MacBook Pro and Air

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A white Logitech MX Master 3S for Mac mouse on a brown wooden deskCB

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The best mouse for MacBook Pro and MacBook Air just got better

Specifications

DPI: 200-8,000
Wired or wireless?: Wireless Bluetooth / Logi Bolt USB
Buttons: 7
Ergonomics: Right-handed

Reasons to buy

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Superb design and fit
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Lots of useful features
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Performs native Mac gestures

Reasons to avoid

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Perhaps a little bulky for using on the move

As the best mouse for MacBooks, the Logitech MX Master 3S offers a subtle but confident upgrade on its predecessor, the MX Master 3. It has all the benefits of the previous mouse, including comfortable ergonomics, adjustable DPI, programmable buttons for shortcuts and accurate tracking, with a few nice improvements.

An increased maximum DPI of 8,000 will be welcomed by some creatives working with 4K displays or higher. The other change is the introduction of silent clicking. When we reviewed it, we found this really works a treat and doesn't feel mushy like it sometimes can. Of course, whether you want your mouse to be silent is quite subjective – some find a clearly audible click to be quite satisfying.

We tested the mouse for intricate photo editing in Lightroom and Photoshop, as well as general navigating, web browsing and Mac management, and found this mouse felt smooth and pleasant to use for everything. The thumb wheel works well as does the clever gesture-control button that rests just below your thumb. You can hold and swipe this to perform native Mac gestures, so you don’t have to miss out on the trackpad gestures you get with your MacBook. 

If you don't want a silent mouse and have no need for such high DPI (anything over 4,000 offers little practical benefit for many general users), then there's still the original MX Master 3 (opens in new tab). Both come in four colour options. 

See our full Logitech MX Master 3S for Mac review for more details.

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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

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Weighs just 61g
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Switches rated for 100 million clicks

Reasons to avoid

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Fewer buttons than many mice
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Not wireless

The SteelSeries Prime Mini is designed for gamers and looks like it, but if you can forgive its styling (and frankly it's quite restrained by gaming standards) you'll find that it's a lightweight and capable mouse for your Mac. It has five programmable buttons, perfect for your most useful shortcuts, and its button switches are guaranteed to last more than 100 million clicks. Its TrueMove sensor delivers adjustable DPI up to a ludicrous 18,000, and you don't need to worry about batteries or charging as it's a wired mouse. It even 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.

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03. Magic Mouse 2

The best mouse for Mac gestures – now also available in black

Specifications

DPI: Not listed
Wired or wireless?: Wireless Bluetooth
Buttons: 2
Ergonomics: Ambidextrous

Reasons to buy

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Minimalist design
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Gesture controls

Reasons to avoid

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Odd charging port placement
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Low profile negates palm gripping

Anyone who owns a desktop Mac most likely already has an Apple Magic Mouse, but if you're on a MacBook and want the full Mac experience, there are some good reasons to treat yourself to 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. And you're no longer restricted to white, with Apple releasing a version with a black multi-touch surface this March.

However, the one thing that makes the Magic Mouse not so magic is that the charging port it located on its underside. This means that if you run out of power halfway through the day (or when you're approaching a deadline) your mouse becomes completely unusable. That's a big vote against in our books.

A Product shot of the Macally UCTURBO wired mouse, one option as the best mouse for MacBooks

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04. Macally USB C Mouse for Mac

A super budget mouse that doesn't look bad with a Mac

Specifications

DPI: 800-2400
Wired or wireless?: Wired
Buttons: 3
Ergonomics: Ambidextrous

Reasons to buy

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Great value at under $20 / £20
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Looks decent with a Mac
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Performs well for such a cheap price

Reasons to avoid

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Pretty basic

When you've spent big on a new MacBook Pro, you might not want to get stung for the cost of an expensive mouse. If you want to save money, this budget option from Macally is likely to be your best mouse for Mac. Designed specifically for the purpose, it has an all-white design and adjustable DPI up to a generous 2,400, and its USB-C cable will plug straight into a Thunderbolt 3 port.

As it's wired (with a generous 5ft cable) 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, we've found that this does the job nicely.

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05. 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

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Built-in trackball
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Customisable tilt angle

Reasons to avoid

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Takes some getting used to
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Quite bulky

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.

Product shot of the Logitech MX Anywhere 3 mouse, one of the best mouse options for MacBooks

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06. 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

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Pre-defined shortcuts for creative apps
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MagSpeed scroll wheel

Reasons to avoid

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So-so design
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Doesn’t specialise in any area

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.

A black Corsair Katar Elite Wireless gaming mouse, among the best mouse for MacBooks

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The best gaming mouse for a MacBook

Specifications

DPI: 26,000
Wired or wireless?: Wireless (wired version also available)
Buttons: Six
Ergonomics: Right-handed

Reasons to buy

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Very economical
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Very light
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Good DPI and good battery life

Reasons to avoid

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Feels quite cheap
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Not ideal for creative work

Focused very much on FPS games, the Corsair Katar Elite Wireless gaming mouse is compact, super light mouse with great optical sensor DPI specs for gaming. When we reviewed it, we were pleased with the battery life (over 100 hours) and we found the programmable buttons easy to reach and use. The grip and light weight is not ideal for creative work, but if you need a mouse for Mac with higher DPI for gaming, this is a very well priced option with good battery life. It also has relatively restrained lighting for a gaming mouse, so doesn't look too out of place with a Mac. See our full Corsair Katar Elite Wireless review for more details.

Product shot of the Logitech MX Vertical mouse, an option as the best mouse for MacBooks

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08. 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 (see left-handed alternative below)

Reasons to buy

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Comfortable, ergonomic shape
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Designed with the help of ergonomists

Reasons to avoid

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Unusual shape takes some getting used to
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Only four buttons

If using a mouse all day is causing you actual pain, a more ergonomic design can help stave off RSI. And they don't come much more ergonomic than the Logitech MX Vertical. It's a weird-looking mouse that can feel strange to use at first, because its vertical design aligns your arm in a more neutral and natural 'handshake' position, keeping your carpal tunnel in line and helping to reduce muscular strain. 

If you can get along with it your wrists should be very grateful, but we'd recommend getting hands-on before you buy so you know what you're going to have to adapt to. The MX Vertical is available only in a right-handed version. For a vertical mouse that comes in a left-handed version, you might consider the Logitech Lift Vertical Mouse (opens in new tab). It's smaller than the MX Vertical and requires a battery but it is slightly cheaper.

Product shot of the Logitech MX Master 2S, one of the best mice for MacBooks

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09. Logitech MX Master 2S

A more affordable earlier version of the best mouse for MacBooks

Specifications

DPI: 200-4,000
Wired or wireless?: Wireless Bluetooth / Logi Bolt USB
Buttons: 7 customisable
Ergonomics: Right-handed

Reasons to buy

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Lots of features
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Gesture support

Reasons to avoid

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Not as ergonomic as the newer generation

You'll have noticed by now that Logitech is definitely one of our preferred brands when it comes to choosing the best mouse for MacBooks. It offers several ergonomic mice that perform extremely well. The latest MX Master, the third generation, is our clear first choice at number one on this list, but it is rather pricey. If you want a slightly more affordable option, the Logitech MX Master 2S is still widely available, and usually sells for at least $20 / £20 cheaper than the latest model.

It has the same number of buttons, gesture support and the same DPI as the MX Master 3 (though the new MX Master 3S has doubled maximum DPI from 4,000 to 8,000). The real improvement that the newer mouse offers is in terms of design, specifically the placement and sizing of the buttons on the thumb side of the mouse, which are rather small and hard to reach on Master 2. For our money, this improvement makes it worth paying extra for the Master 3, but if you're on a tight budget this earlier model is well worth considering. It actually has a slightly lower click latency than its replacement, although most people really won't notice that.

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 MacBook?

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?

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.