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Best Mouse for Macbook Pro – A prospective rodent needs to fulfill several prerequisites before being considered MacBook worthy. It should be wireless for starters, so you don’t need to worry about wires when on the go. That connection should preferably be Bluetooth on account of the Pro’s port shortage. The mouse needs to feel well in hand and run for weeks or even months before its battery gets low. Features that enhance your productivity or gaming experience are a plus.
They vary in price, size, and use case, so settling on one won’t take long. Find out what each is capable of and Start using your MacBook Pro to its fullest.
Apple Magic Mouse 2
|2.||Logitech M720||Check Price|
|3.||Logitech MX Master||Check Price|
Corsair HARPOON RGB Wireless
|5.||Logitech MX Ergo Wireless Trackball Mouse||Check Price|
5 Best Mouse for Macbook Pro – Roundup
One of the biggest gripes that Mac users have with the Apple Magic Mouse is its relatively short battery life. It isn’t unheard of to find the mouse needing new cells in as little as four weeks, which means you’re burning through a lot of AA batteries.
Side by side, the Magic Mouse 2 looks just like the Apple Magic Mouse, with the same white, polycarbonate, arched profile. It’s 0.85 inch tall, which is an almost-imperceptible 0.1-inch difference from the older model, and less than a quarter-ounce heavier at 3.52 ounces. It glides on a pair of low-friction strips, tracking just as smoothly as the last Magic Mouse. The optical sensor on the bottom reacts quickly to movements, and you can adjust sensitivity and tracking in the Mouse system preferences on your Mac.
Multitouch commands are easy to execute, including swiping left and right between browser pages, and up and down between full-screen apps, and bringing up Mission Control with a double-tap of two fingers.
If you flip the mouse over, you’ll notice two things that are new: There’s no battery-access door, and there’s a Lightning port in the base. With the Magic Mouse 2, it only takes two minutes to charge the batteries enough to last a 9-hour workday, though if you leave it plugged in overnight Apple claims the batteries will last a whole month.
The Magic Mouse 2 also exhibits the same ergonomics as the previous Apple mice. And like the previous iteration, it takes some getting used to. While it tracks your movements without any undue effort, the mouse is half to a third as tall as many standard mice. Since it’s so short, you either have to arch your unsupported palm to move the mouse, or essentially leave your hand almost flat on your work surface while using it.
The Apple Magic Mouse 2 is an evolutionary update to a distinctive, minimalist design. It addresses the issue of burning through disposable batteries, and using the Lightning-to-USB cable to pair the mouse instead of mucking about with Bluetooth settings is a neat bit of kit. It’s a pity that Apple couldn’t put the mouse’s Lightning port in a better spot. Realistically, however, not everyone will find the mouse as comfortable as a traditional scroll-wheel mouse, so if you’ve tried the previous model and it’s not for you, consider other Mac-friendly mice from manufacturers like Logitech with its MX Master.
- Rechargeable battery.
- Multitouch surface.
- Good for both left- and right-handed use.
- Automatically pairs with Macs via Bluetooth.
- Ships with Lightning-to-USB cable.
- Requires OS X El Capitan or later.
- Cannot use the mouse while it is charging.
- Shallow design doesn’t fill the curve of your hand.
Logitech’s M720 Triathlon Mouse is easy to share wirelessly across up to three computers or Android devices, but we miss support for iOS, and the scroll wheel is too sensitive.
The omission seems strange, given that the K780 supports iOS. We had, in fact, noted in that review how we wanted the K780 to have an integrated touch pad for seamless motion and keyboard control without having to finagle with and switch through two input devices. We’d hoped the M720 could fill that void, but Apple doesn’t officially support mice on any iOS devices, so we can’t put the blame for its absence here squarely on Logitech. That said, even the Android support is limited to Android 5.0 or later. So if you’ve got an older Google device, you may have to look elsewhere, or upgrade your tablet or smartphone.
While we lament the shortfalls in the M720’s mobile OS support, we have to admit that it’s nifty to have one mouse that can be shared among three systems. This is especially useful in the cross-platform world, where many of us have some combination of at least a Mac and PC, or more than one computer of the same platform designated for work and personal use.
The M720 Triathlon Mouse has a comfortable design and is packed with no fewer than eight buttons. And the mouse is modestly sized; those with hands large or small should find it a satisfying middle ground.
It felt comfortable to use with our smallish right hand, though the curve was pronounced enough that we had to pay attention to support our wrist properly. We particularly liked how the indented, textured thumb rest provided a cozy spot for our thumb to sit while using the mouse. That spot is functional, too: At the top edge of it sits a row of three function buttons, one each for forward, back, and toggle-and-connect.
Despite the curve being more pronounced than on the Logitech M330 Silent Plus , we found it worked well for our fingers to splay over the buttons. In fact, we liked how long and smooth the button mechanism was: We could push with the whole length of our finger, which in turn took stress off our joints.
The setup process is straightforward: Pull on an underside tab so the battery will be made available, remove the battery cover to access the dongle, jack in the dongle to a USB port, and you’re off. That part, at least, is as easy as it gets.
Logitech says the battery can last up to 24 months. The underside power button will help preserve battery life, as will the mouse’s ability to automatically enter sleep mode if it detects it’s not in use.
The Logitech Options software lets you change configurations and program buttons. You can swap the left and right buttons, change the pointer speed, and adjust the scroll-wheel direction. Adjusting the scroll-wheel speed didn’t dispel our sense that the “hyper-fast” wheel was a shade too slippery. However, we did feel that the left and right tilt/toggle action of the scroll wheel was just right, with no resistance.
- Comfortable shape.
- Sturdy design.
- Easy-access dongle storage.
- Scroll wheel is a bit over-sensitive.
- “Multi-device” support limited to computer operating systems and recent Android, not iOS.
The MX Master wireless is Logitech’s current flagship mouse, which comes with a spec sheet that’s almost as long as a spoilt child’s birthday wish list. As well as a stunning, ergonomic design, it has a clever speed-adaptive scroll wheel, the ability to connect to three different devices at once and a thumb wheel.
The MX Master is a striking mouse, featuring a funky-looking blend of smooth and gently textured surfaces, and curved, swooping edges. It essentially looks like a classic mouse mounted on an extra piece of plastic that juts out from the left side of the base. An eye-catching mix of metallic gold and matte black, all soft to the touch, is the colour scheme of choice.
This all results in a unique look, but in a really good way. It’s far more visually appealing than most mice, and approaches – dare I say – cool territory. The downside of this, however, is that the Master sticks out like a sore thumb on the average desktop. Our dull grey telephone and clunky keyboard look shabby alongside it, almost like seeing a suited-and-booted David Beckham sandwiched between Paul Scholes and Nicky Butt.
The top of the mouse, which is almost entirely black, features the main left and right buttons, as well as the scroll wheel. At the centre sits a small, square button, called “manual shift”, which controls the wheel. We’ll discuss its role in more depth later in the review.
Far more unusual is the left side of the MX Master. Towards the top is a thumb wheel, which neighbours a pair of long, angular buttons shaped vaguely like arrowheads. Beneath this group is the textured thumb rest, which doubles up as what Logitech calls the “gesture” button. A trio of LED lights that indicate battery life sit just in front of this.
Poorly designed devices can cause just as many problems as they solve. In the worst cases, they can lead to painful injuries, such as carpal tunnel syndrome and RSI. You’re unlikely to face any such problems with the MX Master, however, since almost everything about its design is aimed at maximising comfort. Put simply, it’s great to use, though its dramatic shape makes it very much a mouse for right-handers.
It’s slightly larger than most mice in all dimensions and, at 147g, is close to twice as heavy too. However, these are strengths rather than weaknesses. The Master feels both substantial and stable, making it harder to accidentally nudge with a resting hand.
All of the main controls are well positioned and easy to reach, particularly the thumb wheel. However, there are a few issues. The left and right buttons don’t offer enough resistance, making them too easy to push down accidentally. We got used to this within a week or so, but it’s initially very annoying.
On the other hand, the gesture button is actually fairly tough to press, requiring slightly excessive amounts of thumb power. Saying this, we’d rather stray on this side of perfect than the other, since it doubles up as a thumb rest, which would be an almighty pain in the backside if it was too easy to click.
Establishing a connection is a slightly less simple process than usual, as the Master can be paired with up to three devices at once, though it’s still far from complex. Once it’s on, you need to select a channel using the Easy-Switch button, press connect – at which point one of the three numbers will start blinking rapidly – and either pair via the Unifying Receiver or Bluetooth.
Once connected, the flashing will stop and the number you’ve chosen as your channel will remain steadily lit for five seconds. Repeat the process on a different channel to add another device.
As mentioned above, the MX Master is packed with lots of handy extra features. The Easy-Switch button is one of the niftiest of these. You can connect the mouse to up to three different devices (including tablets) at once, either through the Unifying Receiver that’s included or via Bluetooth. It’s a straightforward process that takes a matter of seconds. By pressing the switching button, you can jump from device to device, which is great for those who make use of multiple screens.
The Master works at a range of 10m (33ft), though we did find that the Bluetooth occasionally cut out at a much shorter distance than this.
The Logitech MX Master is rechargeable through the Micro USB port on the front. Based on six hours of use per day, Logitech says a full battery will last up to 40 days. While we can’t yet confirm these figures, our unit still has more than a third of its battery left after around two weeks of relatively heavy use. The trio of LED lights on the left-hand side indicate battery life – three greens is high power, two greens is 33-66%, one green is 10-33%, and one red means you need to get your cable out sharpish. The Master is a quick charger too, with a minute at the filling station providing around two hours of playtime.
The MX Master is a lovely mouse that delivers in terms of both form and features. Most importantly, it works almost perfectly. Apart from some Bluetooth connectivity issues, we experienced no major issues with it. It’s accurate, packed to the brim full of handy extras and comfortable to use over long periods of time.
- Excellent performance
- Striking, ergonomic design
- Clever ‘Easy-Switch’ function
- Speed-adaptive scroll wheel
- Bluetooth sometimes cuts out
You’ll consider the Harpoon RGB Wireless either understated or plain, depending on how flashy you like your gaming mice. The chassis is solid black all around, with a relatively small profile (4.6 x 2.7 x 1.6 inches) that suits both palm and claw grips. While the Harpoon RGB Wireless’ appearance is not exactly a flaw, the mouse does look extremely similar to a lot of other gaming mice; there’s nothing really distinctive about it.
Even so, it’s got pretty much everything you need in order to tackle everyday single-player or multiplayer PC games. There are textured grips for the thumb and the two outermost fingers, as well as a textured scroll wheel, a dots-per-inch (DPI) sensitivity button just beneath it and two thumb buttons off to the side. Everything is easy to reach and offers a satisfying click.
The most important feature of the Harpoon RGB Wireless is right in its name. The device is one of the cheaper wireless gaming mice from a major manufacturer. Other products in the same price range tend to be smaller, laptop-oriented models or those that on disposable batteries. Not only do the wireless features on the Harpoon RGB work flawlessly, but also, you can switch at will between USB and Bluetooth. This is impressive, considering that some much-more-expensive mice tend to stick with USB-only setups.
Corsair designed the original Harpoon as sort of a jack-of-all-trades, entry-level mouse, and the Harpoon RGB Wireless performs very similarly. I tested this mouse with Destiny 2, StarCraft: Remastered, Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales and World of Warcraft and found that it handled every game equally well. Shooting down legions of foes in Destiny 2 was as simple as optimizing my deck of cards in Thronebreaker, and the two thumb buttons were helpful for programming extra commands.
Corsair has stripped all the pretense out of the wireless gaming mouse and delivered a device that’s both high in functionality and low in price. The Harpoon RGB Wireless is neither the cheapest wireless mouse available, nor the most feature-rich, but it arguably strikes the best balance between the two. Unless you specifically need something fancier, or something smaller, it’s hard to think of any reason to pass up this mouse.
- Comfortable grip
- Excellent performance
- Reasonable price
- Long battery life
- Unnecessary lighting
I find the learning curve to be shallow. Also, the potential payoff (a reduced chance of carpal tunnel syndrome) is well worth the effort required to transition from a conventional mouse. Throw in exceptional build quality, useful software, and the freedom of a wireless connection, and Logitech’s first new trackball offering in almost a decade is one of the best ergonomic mice you can buy.
The idea of using a ball as a pointing device has been around since at least the 1950s as a way to control military radar displays, but it’s currently a fringe alternative to the mouse as a PC peripheral. That’s a shame, because it requires much less wrist movement than a traditional mouse does, and eliminating precise repetitive wrist motions is a good way to reduce the risk that you’ll develop carpal tunnel syndrome. Sure, trackballs are available from obscure retailers on eBay, and Logitech still sells its Trackman, the earliest version of which first hit stores in the late 1980s.
If you’re used to conventional mice, however, buying the Trackman or another similar product means radically altering your behavior. The pointer and middle fingers move the cursor, while the thumb and ring fingers perform clicks, instead of the other way around on a mouse. If Logitech wanted to sell a trackball to people who like using a mouse but want to reduce wrist strain, it was going to have to come up with a new design.
The mouse is large and quite heavy—5.22 by 2.02 by 3.93 (HWD) and just over a half a pound—but the heft is a good thing, too. Since the MX Ergo is going to stay put on your desk, it doesn’t really matter how much it weighs, and the solid metal base is sturdy enough that there is absolutely no jiggling. You palm it as you would a baseball glove, and unless you have exceptionally large hands like I do, it should nest comfortably without any of your fingers hanging off the end.
Once the mouse is set up, you can customize its eight buttons and adjust tracking speed by installing the Logitech Options software (as with the Unifying receiver, installation is unnecessary if you already use the software with another Logitech peripheral). There are Mac and PC versions of Options, and the few controls that pertain to the MX Ergo are dead-simple to use. The first screen is where you map functions to buttons: Just click one on a picture of the MX Ergo and chose from a list of assignments. There are the standard left and right buttons, as well as a clickable and tiltable scroll wheel, and there’s an exhaustive list of functions to which you can assign them.
Ok, you might be saying, if twisting your wrist increases discomfort, why not just buy a completely vertical mouse, so you don’t have to twist at all? You can: One such device is the Evoluent Vertical Mouse , our Editors’ Choice for ergonomic mice. The Evoluent design still demands acclimation, however, since it requires you to move the cursor as though you were churning butter. That presents its own accuracy problems. In other words, there is no perfect solution if you’re worried about the ergonomics of your cursor movements.
Unique tilting stand lets you experiment between horizontal and semi-vertical orientation.
Good build quality.
Struggles to perform precision cursor movements.
Before we get into that, let us walk you through a few of the factors you need to look for in a good gaming mouse.
1) Type Of Sensor
Two types of sensors are most commonly used in gaming mice: optical and laser. Gamers normally prefer optical sensors because they are generally lag free and more responsive. The only disadvantage with an optical mouse is that it cannot be placed on reflective surfaces such as glass because it depends on light signatures to function properly. A laser mouse is a lot more flexible in this regard.
2) DPI (Dots Per Inch )
The DPI rating of a mouse is a very important factor that directly influences the mouse’s performance. It is a measurement of a mouse’s sensitivity. The higher the DPI of the mouse, the more responsive it will be. It determines how well a mouse holds up to fast paced games that depend on agility and quick movement.
If you’re into FPS games (First Person Shooter), you might want to get a gaming mouse that allows you to tweak the DPI to a relatively low setting when you need to take a shot. This would prevent the mouse from causing any sudden unprompted movements in response to an involuntary touch.
In the case of an action-packed combat game or something similar, you would need to be able to turn the DPI up a lot higher than its default setting. E.g., Need for Speed, Mortal Kombat.
In short, getting yourself a mouse with a decent DPI rating goes a long way in improving your gaming experience.
If you’re someone who alternates between FPS and RTS games, it isn’t enough that you get a mouse with a high DPI feature. You also need to know to what extent it can be adjusted depending on the game you’re playing. This is because the more control you have over the DPI, the more control you will have over the mouse’s responsiveness and by extension, over the game.
3) Wired Or Wireless
In the past, you would have probably scoffed at the idea of getting a wireless mouse because of how slow the response time was on most wireless models back then. But things have changed, and wireless gaming mice are gaining much traction these days as they perform just as well as wired gaming mice do, if not better.
While a wireless mouse would be advisable if you prefer a less cluttered gaming environment, they are also relatively more expensive than their wired counterparts. At the end of the day it all comes down to your personal preference.
4) Degree Of Customization
Pretty much any standard gaming mouse will offer you numerous customization options these days. This includes programmable buttons, tunable weights, adjustable DPI and RGB lighting, etc.
What you need to consider is the level of user customization you need for the type of games you play. If you’re into MMO games, you could do well with a mouse that features a sufficient number of configurable buttons to which you can assign functions. You might also need to ensure that the placement of the buttons is convenient for you. It would be pointless getting a mouse that has over a dozen buttons if not all of them are easily accessible during gameplay.
If you’re an FPS game enthusiast, you would be well off with a mouse that comes equipped with DPI switches. If not, then the software should at least let you configure any one of the thumb buttons to act as a “sniper button”. This is because whenever you’re playing an FPS game like Counter Strike, you might need to make on-the-fly adjustments to the DPI setting to make the mouse steadier and more precise. This, in turn, can help improve your aim whenever you’re taking a shot.
Let’s say you don’t have a particular preference. Maybe you’re a casual gamer who likes to try out different games occasionally. In that case, getting a more versatile gaming mouse that comes with features like swappable panels and heavy customizability would be the right way to go. There are plenty of all-rounder gaming mice that don’t cater to a particular gaming crowd but are instead designed to work just as well on any PC and accommodate any genre.
The ergonomic quality of a gaming mouse is determined based on the degree of comfort it offers. Most gaming mice are designed for right-handed users. This is inconvenient for users who favour their left hand. There are several ambidextrous mouse models that come with replaceable panels and a symmetrical design that accommodates both right and left-handed users.
The weight of a mouse is also a factor that influences how comfortable a mouse is to use. A hefty mouse is good for games that require you to be steady and have more control over the mouse’s movement. A lighter mouse is better suited for fast paced, octane games that require you to be quick and agile with your reflexes.
Plenty of gaming mice come with adjustable weight features nowadays. They allow you to either detach a certain amount of weight from a bulky mouse to make it lighter or add weight to make a light mouse bulkier.
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