Our Top Pick for 2017: Logitech MX Master Wireless Mouse
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There is nothing more frustrating than sitting down to work at your computer and having one of your most important pieces of hardware not function in the way you need or want it too. As a frequent PC user, I can attest to this unfortunate situation and have admittedly been road-blocked from many nights of working, gaming or scrolling due to a mouse malfunction. After all, it is literally an extension of our hands when dealing with a computer, regardless of it being a Mac or PC. So, imagine this is you, and you decide to treat yourself to a brand new mouse. First, I say, good for you! Everyone should invest in a good piece of hardware for their computer, but before you go forth and rush out to the nearest big box store, you’d be best to do a bit of research into which one of the many, many choices are out there, is the right one for you.
Let’s Have a Quick Look of Our Top 4 Picks:
|Logitech MX Master Wireless Mouse – High-precision Sensor, Speed-adaptive Scroll Wheel, Thumb...||3,421 Reviews||$102.99||Buy on Amazon|
|Microsoft Arc Touch Bluetooth Mouse||906 Reviews||$155.99||Buy on Amazon|
|Logitech MX Anywhere 2 Wireless Mobile Mouse – Track on Any Surface, Bluetooth or USB Connection,...||1,043 Reviews||$59.90||Buy on Amazon|
|JETech M0884 Bluetooth Wireless Mouse for PC, Mac, and Android OS Tablet with 6-month battery life||1,722 Reviews||$14.99||Buy on Amazon|
#1. Logitech MX Master Wireless Mouse
There is a reason that this mouse is called ‘Master’ and why it lands on this page as the number one Gold Pick. It may not be the prettiest girl at the prom with its basic black and bronze tone, but it can easily make your computer time a pleasurable experience with its sleek design and six different buttons that are function friendly.
The Logitech MX Master Mouse has the ability to be wireless and connect through Bluetooth technology, USB dongle or wire depending on your preferred method. Weighing in at 5 oz. makes the MX Master a little on the heavy side, but given its enormously functionality and multiple programmable buttons, this mouse may not be for the average user. The gesture button allows the users to move the mouse up, down, right or left, with each move tied to a different action.
The MX Master is built with Logitech’s Darkfield Laser Sensor tracks which allows this mouse to track flawlessly on any surface, even glass. I don’t know about you, but that would be a huge plus for me! For some reason, hotels and conference centers love having those glass tables, and if you are traveling with a laptop and mouse, this would be a fantastic solution to that problem.
Another really great feature of the MX Master is the “Speed-Adaptive Scroll Wheel” that allows you fly through documents if needed. This is one of the features that is adjustable by downloading the additional software from Logitech. The scroll wheel is also designed for horizontal scrolling which is a must for those users who work in MS Excel especially.
The MX Master has a rechargeable battery with a lifespan of up to 40 days on a single charge (based off of a 6 hour office day). That is an impressive battery life! However, if you find that it needs a charge when you weren’t expecting it, Logitech boasts that this mouse is fast charging and can go from 0-100% within minutes. Even if that isn’t fast enough, you can always plug it in to your PC or MAC through the wire included.
One of the best features of this particular mouse is that it will allow you to switch between three different machines. If you do so using the Bluetooth Technology, the switch is nearly instant and seamless. You would just have to be sure that each of those machines, whether PC, Mac or tablet, meet the system requirements of Bluetooth Smart for Windows 8.0 or later or Mac OS X 10.10.
It is easy to see why this mouse ranks at the top of many tech-lover’s lists. With programmable buttons, proficient tracking and Bluetooth connectivity enabled, it seems like a perfect option to pair with your favorite machines.
Is it perfect? No, rarely anything is, but this mouse comes close. However, to present you a fair review, there are a couple drawbacks to consider with the MX Master. Its larger size (3.4x5x2 in, 5 oz.) may make portability a little more of a challenge. While it isn’t designed with the optimal flexibility and weight of a dedicated gaming mouse, it can be used for that function. The only other drawback is that this particular mouse wasn’t designed with lefties in mind. (But hey, I bet Flanders has something for you at the Leftorium!)
So, if these features are something that pique your interest, you can find this beauty through the Logitech site, Amazon or several other online retailers with prices ranging anywhere from 99.99 – 79.99. The overall system requirements shouldn’t be a problem for most users (Windows 7 or later and Mac OS X 10.8 or later). The MX Master Wireless Mouse boasts a 1 year limited hardware warranty and has a wireless operating distance of up to 32 feet.
#2. Microsoft Arc Touch Bluetooth Mouse
This futuristic looking piece of hardware will make anyone who travels with a laptop for work or school want to invest in one right away. The MS Arc Touch BT Mouse is one of the coolest looking mouse I have personally seen. Its main function is portability, as it is designed to flatten out for easy storage once you are ready to pack up for the day. Once the mouse is turned back on, it once again rises up to fit the contour of your hand for immediate use.
It may not look as fancy as other mice in its silver or black casing, but it has features that go beyond your basic hardware. One of its more unique features is the programmable touch-sensitive strip that is homed between the left- and right-click buttons. The touch strip is able to be adjusted to the speed and sensitivity the user prefers. It also has a vibration and sound feedback much like a regular scroll mouse to give the user the full mouse experience.
If this mouse ends up in your possession, you should also know that there is a free app available through the Windows store that allows users running Windows 8.1 (or later) to add hyper-scrolling to the programmable touch-strip. A quick swipe up the strip enables scroll up, and a swipe down will scroll down. Pretty simple, right?
The Arc Touch is very lightweight and streamlined to enhance its efficiency for portability. Weighing in at only 2.8 ounces and measuring 2.3×5.1×1.4 (WxDxH), makes this particular piece of hardware feel almost non-existent in the user’s traveling case which allowing for easy storage and transport. When the mouse rises for use, its shape makes it is easy to use by both right-handed and left-handed people.
The Arc Touch is Bluetooth capable, as long as the machine in question sports an interface of Bluetooth 4.0 and is made for PC compatibility. Some online reviewers claim that it can be used with a Mac OS X of 10.10, however there is no clear resolution on that issue.
This mouse is a great companion to the Surface Tablet line and has a maximum operating distance of up to 66 feet. There is no rechargeable battery on this model, but instead uses 2 AAA batteries that should last you well into six months, depending on the amount of daily use.
While this mouse doesn’t boast the ability to track on glass, Microsoft did include its own BlueTrack technology which will track on any other surface as long as it is non-transparent and non-mirrored. The only real drawbacks of this particular piece of hardware is that it doesn’t have thumb button nor does it allow for horizontal scrolling.
The Arc Touch comes with a three year warranty and works with machines using an OS of Windows 8 or later, this mouse is definitely one to keep in mind for the on-the-go laptop or Surface user! You can find this mouse through the Microsoft site, Amazon, online or box store retailers for anywhere from 59.99 to 69.95.
#3. Logitech MX Anywhere 2 Wireless Mobile Mouse
Sequels aren’t always a good thing, at least in the movie business. However, when we are talking sequels in computer hardware, it is a bit easier to get excited. This happens to be the case when talking about the Logitech MX Anywhere 2 Mouse. Its predecessor was a popular piece of hardware, so when this model was released, users tended to flock to it when needing a replacement mouse.
Initially people weren’t sure of the differences between the two, but after some time those features began to stand out amongst the crowd. Much like our Gold Pick, the MX Anywhere 2 has many of the same outstanding features that the MX Master has. The Darkfield Laser Sensor tracks on glass just as well as a mouse pad or non-transparent surface making it usable nearly anywhere.
This mouse is also easily able to switch between three different machines quickly using the Bluetooth Smart technology on Mac or a PC. The MX Anywhere can also connect with its Pico Unifying Receiver or a wire if Bluetooth isn’t an option.
Much like the MX Master, there are programmable buttons, just not as many. There is a small programmable button that sits behind the left and right click buttons that, once set, can be used for fast or horizontal scrolling, depending on the user’s needs.
No need to worry about the battery life of this mouse either. It comes with a rechargeable Lithium battery that is able to store up to 2 months of power before needing another charge. Again, that is based off of a 6-hour work day.
There were a few specific items that were important to users on its predecessor that aren’t included in this newer model. The MX Anywhere 1 was sold with a carrying case and was able to storage the dongle within the mouse itself. The newer model is sans case and now that it comes with a rechargeable battery, the internal storage for the receiver has been removed.
The main power control, Bluetooth and device switching controls reside on the under-carriage of the mouse. The four easy-glider feet allow for these to be positioned there without any interference to the tracking ability of the laser.
When you examine the specs of this model, it is easy to tell whether this will be the one to best fit your needs. The MX Anywhere 2 weighs in at 3.74 oz. and measures 2.4×3.9×1.4 (WxDxH) and has an operating distance of up to 33 ft.
This mouse comes with a 1-year warranty and works easily with either Mac or PC as long as the system is MacOS X 10.8 or later or Windows 7 or later. With a normal scroll mouse, and compact size for easy travel, this mouse may be the best choice for the average user. Finding the MX Anywhere 2 is easy, its name says it all! If you are interested in purchasing this one, online retailers have this ne available from round 59.99 and up depending on the site.
#4. JETech M0884 Bluetooth Wireless Mouse
Sometimes a very simple, basic piece of hardware may the just the thing for your computer and your budget. This sleek black mouse comes Bluetooth ready with a range of up to approximately 33 feet. With this model, what you see is really what you get.
It’s compact and nearly weightless measuring in at 4.8×3.7×1.8 and 0.3 ounces. It is easily compatible with PC or Mac and the system requirements shouldn’t cause you any concern. It’s design allows for ambidextrous use and quiet clicking and scrolling.
The JETech model doesn’t come with a rechargeable battery, or any battery for that matter. You’ll have to purchase at least 1 AA to power it up and get it working, but after that, it’s smooth sailing. Nearly instantons syncing with its Bluetooth ability, this mouse is exactly what it appears to be: a basic mouse with a basic scroll.
You can use the switch to turn the Bluetooth capability on or off and it is easily compatible with the Surface line as well as iPads. Which is great because it allows the single USB port on these devices to be free for other hardware connections, but still able to use a mouse. The Bluetooth toggle and power buttons are both places on the underside of this mouse about the battery compartment.
Users claim that there are little to no connectivity issues with this mouse and its Bluetooth function. In fact, when you read various user reviews, there is no negative comments or common issues they all seem to deal with. It doesn’t have multiple function buttons, and it only has a basic scroll, but for the casual user on the go, this is a great piece of hardware at a great price. You can find this JETech Model mouse at most of the big box stores, or online through the company’s site or other alternatives starting at 16.99 and up.
It is important to consider how you plan on using the hardware above all else. First, are you working on a PC or Mac? Desktop, laptop or tablet? Does your machine have Bluetooth technology, and if it does, what version is available? These are important considerations because, as you have read above, certain hardware, including a mouse, will not work on every machine or OS (operating system) that’s out there.
You may need to consider using an older model mouse, if you are still working in Windows Vista. Or, if your Mac is in need of an upgrade, you may have to wait on the latest gaming mouse that’s available. So, before shopping for new computer accessories, be sure to know what type of technology and software you are working with in order to save yourself sometime in the long run.
After you can determine your computer or tablet’s hardware capabilities, ask yourself, where will you predominantly using this mouse? Are you sitting at a desktop PC where a wire isn’t really an issue? Or, maybe you are constantly on the go because of work or school and portability is your biggest concern.
Depending on how you plan on using the mouse will be a big determination as to what kind of mouse you should look for. Bluetooth capable mice are a great product for people who are using tablets with limited USB ports and for those who need to set up and breakdown a work station quickly.
Type of Use
Every single person in the world who uses either a computer or a tablet of some kind, has a motivating force behind it. From casual scrollers, to hard-core gamers, there are hardware pieces available that are built to each user-type’s specifications. Now, unless you are a serious techie, and want to have something custom built for you, finding the right mouse to suit your unique purpose is important.
Even within the examples above, each has features that would be geared towards one user type over another. For me personally, I am a casual internet user, but I also play some games and do the majority of my work on a PC laptop. So, if I were looking for the right mouse to suit my needs, I may go a little higher end to have some extra functions to enable better game play, but also something that is reasonable priced and can help to further assist me when I am working. If you are on a computer solely to enter data in Excel, then a mouse that features horizontal scrolling may be an important feature for you in order to help increase productivity and efficiency within your work. Of, if you’re mom or grandma just needs a mouse to help her scroll through Pinterest, then you don’t really need more than a bare-bones budget option.
In other words, think about the user and what they will be utilizing this hardware for. Having that knowledge before purchasing can be extremely helpful in limited the field.
Now, I am sure a lot of people will consider price their first hurdle when thinking of buying a new accessory for their machines. It’s not like the majority of the public has an unlimited budget. However, I agree price is a factor, you also have to weigh the initial out-of-pocket cost versus long-term replacements.
In the last few years, I have gone through approximately four different mice with my laptop. Why? Well, first and foremost, I bought really cheap mice from one of the large chain stores. Since I work on a laptop, I made sure they were wireless and connected via a dongle. In time, either the dongle would go missing, the users in the house were far too hard on it (thanks, kids!) or the buttons just stopped clicking.
Since then, I decided to research and purchase a more expensive piece of hardware. Once I found the ‘mouse for me’, it was easy to see how the money out of pocket money was worth it. The investment I made has been invaluable because I am comfortable using it, it is extremely durable regardless of who is using it, and I am no longer searching high and low for missing parts or spending hours untangling wires.
Conclusion (Wrapping it up)
Regardless of which mouse you go with, either one from the choices above, or one you find on your own, be sure to research the biggest determining factors: system requirements, portability, functionality and affordability. If, during your research, you come across technical terms and jargon that aren’t familiar, turn to your good friend Google and find out what it means.
You will be surprised about how many different functions and features are available with computer hardware accessories like the mouse, keyboard or even the machines themselves. In a wide open world of technology, only you can really determine what will be the most efficient piece to choose.