Saturday , October 24 2020
Home / ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE / the best wireless mice

the best wireless mice

Carried out in the United States, this test was initially published in English on the Wirecutter site. You can read it here in original version.

After studying 42 wireless mice and testing 14 of them, we concluded that the Logitech M720 Triathlon is the most suitable choice for most users: it is more comfortable to handle than almost all the other mice tested, it is easily connected via Bluetooth or thanks to the supplied USB receiver, and it offers precise tracking on most surfaces .

Thanks to its raised curve, the Logitech Triathlon easily accommodated itself in the hands of the testers, and proved to be more comfortable than the competitors of the same price range. We had no difficulty connecting it to computers, Mac and Windows, via its USB receiver or via Bluetooth; it can pair with three Bluetooth devices and quickly switch between them. Logitech says the Triathlon battery can last two years; we have been using one for about fifteen months and it is not weakening. It also has six programmable buttons, which you can customize using Logitech Options software, and a scroll wheel capable of switching from ratchet scrolling to free rotation.

Two alternatives

Logitech M585

An excellent mouse

The Logitech M585 recalls the Triathlon in certain aspects: enduring battery, precise sensor … But it is neither as comfortable nor as customizable.

*This product is currently unavailable.

If the Logitech M720 Triathlon is not available, we recommend the Logitech M585 and M590. Both have rounded backs at a height of 4 cm and our testers have generally found that they fit as comfortably in their hands as the Triathlon, although they are a little smaller. They can connect to a USB receiver or pair with two Bluetooth devices (versus three for the Triathlon), and Logitech announces a battery life of up to two years. The M585 and M590 have one less button than our first choice and you can customize each of their five keys in the Options software. Our panel preferred the M590's quiet buttons, which provide sensory feedback without the noisy physical “click”, but the M585 is generally easier to find and more affordable.

If you use a mouse throughout the day, we recommend the Logitech MX Master 2S, for its comfortable design, its buttons and its thumb thumb wheel. Almost a centimeter wider and longer than the Triathlon, it proved to be comfortable for all the grips and all the morphologies of our panel, in particular for those with large hands. It costs double the Triathlon, but its follow-up was even more precise during our tests. Like the Triathlon, it can be connected to three devices (via Bluetooth or via the USB receiver) and switch from one to the other. The MX Master 2S rechargeable battery lasts for about two months on a single charge. It has six programmable keys, such as the Triathlon, which can be personalized using Logitech Options software, and it has a second thumb wheel.

The button layout under the thumb wheel is improved on the Logitech MX Master 3, which is slightly more comfortable to use, but it is too expensive at the time of writing to recommend it over the 2S. If it drops below 85 euros, it will become the best mouse for those who use it all day.

Our favorite portable model is the Logitech MX Anywhere 2S. It is smaller than most of the mice tested: the arch of its back is shorter than that of the Triathlon by about one centimeter, but we found it really comfortable to use for long periods. Like all of our choices, it connects via a USB or Bluetooth receiver and can manage up to three wireless devices. Like the MX Master 2S, the Anywhere 2S has a battery that can last up to two months before it needs to be recharged. It has five programmable buttons (including one placed under the wheel) and the Options software allows you to customize them according to your needs.

Everything we recommend

The research

Why trust us ?

In the past five years, Wirecutter has spent 150 hours studying approximately 260 wireless mice and spending more than 40 on the test bench. I have been testing wireless mice for Wirecutter since 2017 and I have been living with our favorite models for two years. I also read many studies on hand sizes and computer ergonomics, and I coordinated two panels of tests, one in Los Angeles and the other in New York, in order to make myself better idea of ​​what people are looking for when they want to buy a wireless mouse.

Our selection method

All the mice we have chosen fit comfortably in the hand and offer a reliable wireless signal, good battery life, and easy-to-use buttons.
All the mice we have chosen fit comfortably in the hand and offer a reliable wireless signal, good battery life, and easy-to-use buttons. WIRECUTTER / SARAH KOBOS

Here are the main criteria you should pay attention to when buying a wireless mouse, roughly in order of importance:

  • Comfort : as it can vary according to the size of the hands, we looked for the average measurements in adults. Based on anthropometric data collected by the Georgia Technological Research Institute (based on studies conducted in 2002 and 2008), we combined the measurements of the hands of men and women. We have found that the average palm length is 10 cm and the average middle finger is 7.5 cm. We also consulted a study of hand measurements requested in 1984 by the United States Army (PDF in English) and obtained similar results: 10 cm from the base of the palm to that of the middle finger, and 8 , 2 cm from the base of the middle finger to its end.
  • The connection : the signal should not be cut off during ordinary use at close range.¹ Some 2.4 GHz mice can only connect using a wireless USB receiver, while others only connect via Bluetooth and still others support both systems. In 2019, Bluetooth is essential: all the receivers tested are in USB-A format, while many laptops only integrate USB-C (even if you can use a USB-C to USB adapter -AT). That said, the mice managing both Bluetooth and a USB receiver are the most practical: they work in all situations. If your mouse uses a receiver, it must be as inconvenient as possible and a housing to transport it must be integrated.
  • Autonomy: a good wireless mouse should be able to last at least two years on a disposable battery or two months on a battery charge. Changing batteries or putting the mouse to charge every four mornings is daunting: if you find that your mouse regularly requires energy, you should study other choices.
  • Buttons : any wireless mouse must have at least the standard keys, left click and right click. We know that many users use the “back” and “next” buttons; we therefore looked primarily for mice having at least two keys for these additional functions. We also noted the positioning of these and their approval for use.
  • The software provided: quite often, software accompanies wireless mice, in order to follow the battery charge and to personalize the buttons, the sensitivity, the acceleration, the scrolling speed, etc. Many people don't use this app, but it's a nice bonus.
  • The sensor: the mouse sensor must be able to follow movements reliably and precisely. The cursor should not stop or jump from one area of ​​the screen to another. The mouse must also work on various surfaces: offices mainly, but also soft or hard mouse pads, wood, fabric … Since almost all the mice tested in 2019 proved to be effective on most surfaces, we no longer consider this point as a selection criterion.

In 2019, we tested fourteen mice, both new and updated models. At Logitech, the M720 Triathlon, M585, MX Master 2S, Anywhere 2S, Marathon M705, M310, Performance MX, M510 and the silent M590. Logitech dominates the market, but we have also tested models from other manufacturers: the ergonomic wireless mouse and the wireless mouse with nano receiver from Amazon Basics, the Microsoft Precision Surface edition, as well as two VicTsing 2.4G wireless mice .

Our test protocol

I spent about a day working testing each mouse on a Windows and Mac laptop to assess its comfort, button placement, and software. I have also used them on various classic surfaces: a desk, a hard mouse pad, a soft mouse pad, a floor, a large piece of fabric, glass and mirrors. We used each mouse with the three grips (with the palm flat, fingertips and pincers) to assess their comfort.

In 2015, 2017 and 2019, we asked a panel of testers to use our candidates and to indicate what they liked and what they regretted after spending a few hours with each model. Each one measured his right hand from the base of the palm to that of the middle finger, from the base of the middle finger to its end, and from the tip of the thumb to that of the little finger, the hand extended to the maximum. Our panel offered hands of very different sizes, but the average measurements corresponded to those found in other studies: 10 cm for the palm, 8.4 cm for the middle finger, 19.6 cm for the span.

Our favorite wireless mouse: the Logitech M720 Triathlon

WIRECUTTER / SARAH KOBOS

For most users, the Logitech M720 Triathlon is the best wireless mouse: it is more comfortable to use than almost all the other models tested and it can connect to three devices, either via Bluetooth or via the supplied USB receiver , and switch from one to the other quickly. Logitech announces that the Triathlon battery can last two years; We have been using the same mouse for fifteen months, and its battery is still not empty. This model also offers six programmable buttons, which can be customized using Logitech Options software. And the dial can go from ratchet scrolling to free rotation.

The Logitech Triathlon, on the left, is slightly larger than the Logitech M585, on the right; his bulging back comfortably fitted to most of the hands on our panel.
The Logitech Triathlon, on the left, is slightly larger than the Logitech M585, on the right; his bulging back comfortably fitted to most of the hands on our panel. WIRECUTTER / SARAH KOBOS

I have been testing the Triathlon for three years, like our panel of testers, and we have come to the conclusion that hands of any size find it comfortable. Users appreciate its bulging back towards the back: it peaks at around 5 cm and slopes gently down to the front to lodge naturally in the palm. The Triathlon measures 7.4 cm in width and 11.4 cm in length. Its shape is reminiscent of the Logitech Marathon, which was our first choice for years, until we started to require Bluetooth connection for wireless mice. The four side buttons of the Triathlon as the two main are accessible. In addition, its adherent matt plastic coating proved comfortable under the hands of the testers, without causing sweating.

The Triathlon comes with a 2.4 GHz “Unifying” USB receiver and can also pair with Bluetooth to up to three devices. Even better, you can switch between computers at the touch of a button. By managing both the receiver and Bluetooth, the Triathlon adapts to virtually any situation. You can also store the receiver under the mouse when it is not in use.

Logitech announces that the Triathlon battery will work for two years. We have used this model ourselves for many months in the past two years, and the Options software always reports that the battery is full.

Triathlon keys can be customized using Logitech Options software. Left and right clicks are precise to use.
Triathlon keys can be customized using Logitech Options software. Left and right clicks are precise to use. WIRECUTTER / SARAH KOBOS

This mouse has eight buttons, including the button that switches between apps and the one that switches from one Bluetooth device to another. The Options software allows you to customize most of them. The main buttons offer impeccable clicks; the side keys are responsive and easy to access. On the other hand, the button for changing the application, at the bottom of the thumb rest area, is more spongy.

Options software is useful for monitoring battery status and customizing the sensitivity and speed of the pointer, as well as the direction, speed, and smoothness of scrolling. Some mice tested, such as AmazonBasics and VicTsing, do not have associated software. The Triathlon works of course in plug-and-play if you do not need advanced customization: without the software, the side clicks of the wheel do not work, but all the other keys are functional.

The Triathlon also supports Logitech Flow software, which allows you to move the cursor on several computers on the same local network and even copy and paste from one to the other, including by mixing Windows and MacOS machines . Most users don't work on multiple computers at the same time, but Joel Santo Domingo, an experienced editor at Wirecutter, finds this handy: “It has saved me countless wasted minutes copying text and files from one laptop to another and vice versa. “

As usual with Logitech mice, the Triathlon has a one-year limited hardware warranty. In any case, most of the possible faults should appear within the first year of use.

Non-crippling faults

The Triathlon sensor offered precise tracking during our tests, but it does not work on glass. If this is unacceptable to you, study the Logitech MX Master 2S or the Logitech MX Anywhere 2S.

Two alternatives: the Logitech M585 and M590

WIRECUTTER / SARAH KOBOS
Two alternatives

Logitech M585

An excellent mouse

The Logitech M585 recalls the Triathlon in certain aspects: enduring battery, precise sensor … But it is neither as comfortable nor as customizable.

*This product is currently unavailable.

If you can't find the Triathlon, we recommend the Logitech M585. It is a little smaller, but the majority of our testers found its 4 cm high back just as comfortable. Like the Triathlon, it connects via a USB receiver (which can be stored under the mouse) or via Bluetooth, but it can only pair with two devices. Logitech announces two years of battery life. It has one less button than the Triathlon and each of its five keys is customizable thanks to Options.

If you prefer a quieter wireless mouse, we recommend its twin, the Logitech M590. It is perfectly identical with the exception of its buttons: they do not emit the loud click of the M585. Our testers really appreciated the discretion of the keys of the M590, but it is generally more expensive and less widespread than the M585. Note, these two mice are one of the rare models of Bluetooth mouse that can be used by a left-hander, thanks to their almost symmetrical design.

Although the Logitech M585 is smaller than the Triathlon, our testers found that it fits comfortably in their hands and that its matte plastic coating provides good grip.
Although the Logitech M585 is smaller than the Triathlon, our testers found that it fits comfortably in their hands and that its matte plastic coating provides good grip. WIRECUTTER / SARAH KOBOS

The M585 is more compact than the Triathlon and the MX Master 2S, but it remains comfortable. Its curved back peaks a centimeter lower than that of the M720, but still supports the hand enough for prolonged use. With 6.4 cm in width and 10.4 cm in length, it is about a centimeter more compact than the Triathlon in all directions. Like the Triathlon, the M585 adapts to your palm: our testers found it more comfortable than the Logitech M510 and M310, as well as old favorites such as the Logitech Marathon and Performance MX. It also offers a matte plastic coating on the left and right sides, comfortable to touch and easy to hold, and the hard plastic on the upper side caused no sweating or sticky feeling.

Logitech announces that the M585's battery will last up to two years. We used it for about six months without having to replace its single AA battery, which you can easily change yourself.

The M585 has five buttons, responsive, easy to reach and reprogrammable: like the Triathlon, it allows you to use Logitech Options and Flow software to modify the functions of the keys and simply switch from one computer to another on the same network local, even managing copy and paste between the two.

The M585's sensor was no problem: tracking was accurate on most surfaces, but this model, like the Triathlon, does not work on glass or on a mirror. The one year warranty is applicable.

A high-end mouse: the Logitech MX Master 2S

WIRECUTTER / SARAH KOBOS

If you use a mouse all day, we recommend that you invest a little more to get the Logitech MX Master 2S. Our panel found it comfortable, whatever the position, for all hands, especially the larger ones: the MX Master 2S is almost a centimeter wider and longer than the Triathlon. It is also twice as expensive, but for this price, it offered the best follow-up of all during our tests. Connection is quick and simple, via USB receiver or Bluetooth, and it supports up to three devices. The MX Master 2S incorporates a rechargeable battery, which will last approximately two months. A second wheel is placed under your thumb, and like our favorite, it offers six buttons, customizable through Logitech Options software.

The new Logitech MX Master 3 has a handful of notable improvements. To start, the side keys have been moved: they are no longer next to the thumb wheel, but below. The charging port is a more modern USB-C, and an additional programmable button has appeared. To top it off, the scrolling mechanism is new; it appeared softer and less noisy during our tests. However, we do not recommend the additional expense of the MX Master 3. If its price drops below 85 euros, it will become our recommended model for those who spend their day using their mouse.

The contoured shape and soft thumb rest of the Logitech MX Master 2S make it a treat during prolonged use.
The contoured shape and soft thumb rest of the Logitech MX Master 2S make it a treat during prolonged use. WIRECUTTER / SARAH KOBOS

That said, the profile and thumb rest of the MX Master 2S make it particularly comfortable for several hours of use. For the past two years, our testers have appreciated its size, shape and soft-touch coating. Slightly larger than the Triathlon, it measures 8.6 cm in width, 12.7 cm in length and 5 cm in height (compared to 7.4 × 11.4 × 5 cm). It has therefore proven to be particularly comfortable for testers with large hands.

Like the Triathlon, the MX Master 2S can connect to three devices via Bluetooth and allows rapid switching from one to the other (here, by pressing a key at the bottom of the mouse). If your computer is not equipped with Bluetooth or if you prefer a USB receiver, a Logitech Unifying is also provided, but be careful not to lose it: the mouse does not offer housing to store it, unlike most competitors. Disappointing.

The MX Master 2S’s built-in battery is not as durable as the Triathlon’s battery: Logitech only engages in seventy days between recharges. Then connect the mouse to the supplied Micro-USB cable, and you can use it while charging. We used it occasionally for periods of a few weeks and each time the software announced that it had consumed about a third of the battery, so we think it will last for seventy days.²

The MX Master 2S offers six programmable controls, including the click wheel, a button integrated into the thumb rest and a second wheel on the side. By default, it manages horizontal scrolling, which is perfect for graphics or video editing; but in our case, we found that configuring it to switch between tabs in the web browser was life-changing.

“The left side wheel is incredibly useful for the large spreadsheets we use in this work”, explains Thorin Klosowski, editor of Wirecutter. “All the buttons keep a nice click and it doesn't seem to build up as much dirt as the other mice I've had. “

Our big-handed testers preferred the size and shape of the Logitech MX Master 2S, on the left, to those of the Performance Mouse MX, on the right. Our team found the MX Master 2S thumb wheel particularly useful on large boards.
Our big-handed testers preferred the size and shape of the Logitech MX Master 2S, on the left, to those of the Performance Mouse MX, on the right. Our team found the MX Master 2S thumb wheel particularly useful on large boards. WIRECUTTER / SARAH KOBOS

The first wheel of the MX Master 2S looks precise, but it does not have a left to right rocker. It allows you to switch from ratchet scrolling to infinite rotation, using a reprogrammable button located just below. The Previous and Next keys are overlapped diagonally, which sometimes makes them inconvenient to use. And like on the Triathlon, the thumb rest button is spongy and difficult to press.

Like our other recommendations, the MX Master 2S manages Logitech Options and Flow, which lets you move the cursor from one computer to another on the same network. It is also possible to copy and paste files from one machine to another.

The MX Master 2S uses the Logitech Darkfield sensor. Unlike the majority of mice tested, including the Triathlon and the M585, the MX Master 2S worked perfectly on all the surfaces tested, even the windows and mirrors. The limited hardware warranty lasts for one year.

A more compact and mobile mouse: the Logitech MX Anywhere 2S

WIRECUTTER / SARAH KOBOS

If you need a mouse that you can easily slip into a bag to go to the office, coffee or go on a trip, we recommend the Logitech MX Anywhere 2S. It is smaller than most mice we have tested and its back is about a centimeter shorter than that of the Triathlon, but we have found it very pleasant to use for long periods. Like all of our choices, it connects to a receiver or directly via Bluetooth, and it provides up to three devices. Like the Master MX 2S, the Anywhere 2S has a rechargeable battery, which will last approximately two months before requesting a recharge. It has five programmable keys, which you can customize according to your tastes using the Options software.

The Logitech MX Anywhere 2S, lower left, is smaller and a little lighter than our other favorites.
The Logitech MX Anywhere 2S, lower left, is smaller and a little lighter than our other favorites. WIRECUTTER / SARAH KOBOS

The Anywhere 2S is smaller than the other recommended models: 6.1 cm in width, 10 cm in length and 3.6 cm in height. The Triathlon, for example, is an inch longer in each direction. The Anywhere 2S is also lighter, 105g instead of 140g. However, in the past two years, most of our testers have loved using it. Sarah Witman, editor at Wirecutter, says she really liked the compactness and lightness of this model. She also liked its relatively flat back: if you don't think you will like the rounded back of our other favorites, the Anywhere 2S may be a better choice.

Although it uses the small Unifying receiver, it does not offer a slot to store it. This can be a handicap for a portable mouse, especially if, like me, you tend to lose things. That said, unless the cover of your laptop is really tight, the receiver is compact enough to be installed in a USB port.

The built-in battery is expected to last at least seventy days on a single charge. It’s much less than the Triathlon stack, which has stood the test of time. Although we have never used Anywhere 2S for a full seventy days, we have used it for two weeks and Logitech Options always indicates that the battery is full. A Micro-USB cable is provided for easy charging.

Five keys are programmable, including one behind the wheel, which you can customize using the Options software. Note that the wheel itself does not perform the central click, unlike most of the models selected.

Like the MX Master 2S, the Anywhere 2S uses the more advanced Darkfield sensor. It therefore works well on all surfaces, including windows and mirrors. This mouse is one of the few Bluetooth models that can be used by a left-hander, thanks to its almost symmetrical design.

Competition

We still love the Logitech Marathon M705, which was our favorite for over three years. Unfortunately, it only connects via the USB receiver. At a time when more and more laptops no longer have a USB-A port, we think that for most users, it is worth spending a little more for a mouse such as the Triathlon, which can also connect via Bluetooth. But the Marathon remains extremely comfortable, its sensor ensures smooth tracking and its battery lasts for years. It is also guaranteed for three years, more than all of our current recommendations. If you are sure you do not need Bluetooth, buy the Marathon!

Other models requiring a USB receiver are less comfortable than the Marathon. This is the case of the Logitech M310 and M510, as well as Ergonomic Mice and Ergonomic Mice with nano-receiver from AmazonBasics, or even the two versions of the VicTsing 2.4G mouse (which also suffers from perfectible monitoring). If you want to buy a wireless mouse without Bluetooth, we recommend the Marathon instead.

We tested the Logitech MX Master 3 and we appreciated the improvements compared to the Master 2S: the Previous and Next keys are passed under the thumb wheel, which is more comfortable; the charging port is a more modern USB-C; it has one more programmable key; and its new wheel mechanism provides smoother, quieter scrolling. That said, even if its price should logically drop in the coming months, we believe it is too expensive at the moment. If it goes below 85 euros, it will become the best mouse for heavy users.

The Logitech Performance Mouse MX was the preferred choice of panelists with big hands, until the MX Master 2S stole the throne. Both are similarly priced and the imposing finger testers found their comfort comparable. However, the Performance MX only connects via the USB receiver and its software is outdated.

The Microsoft Surface Edition Precision Mouse is almost as expensive as the Logitech MX Master 2S and, while very comfortable, users have reported connection issues, which some of our testers have also encountered. As it only connects via Bluetooth, without the possibility of using a receiver, you will have trouble solving a problem if necessary. If one is ready to spend a good sum for a wireless mouse, one would expect that it does not pose any problem of connection …

Notre précédent choix haut de gamme, la Logitech MX Master, a cédé la place à la Master 2S. Par rapport à l’ancienne version, la nouvelle supporte le logiciel Flow et sa batterie est plus endurante : Logitech annonce désormais soixante-dix jours au lieu de quarante. Si l’autonomie supplémentaire et Logitech Flow ne vous intéressent pas, la MX Master reste un excellent choix.

Notre panel de 2017 a décrit la souris ergonomique Microsoft Sculpt comme « étonnamment confortable et a loué son excellente molette. Cela dit, sa forme originale impose une prise en main très particulière, et nos testeurs n’ont pas aimé la surface brillante, le bouton latéral spongieux, ni l’envahissante touche Windows. Ceux d’entre eux qui ont de petites mains l’ont également trouvée trop grosse, tandis que les grandes mains l’ont jugée trop petite.

En trois séries de tests étalées sur les quatre dernières années, nous avons éliminé bon nombre de souris sans fil qui étaient trop spongieuses, trop plates, trop longues, ou tout simplement inconfortables à tenir. Nos panélistes ont ainsi reproché leur taille, leur forme ou leur confort aux Tecknet Classic Wireless Mouse M002 et Pro 2.4G Ergonomic, à la VicTsing MM057 2.4G Portable, aux Microsoft Sculpt Comfort Mouse, Surface Arc Mouse, Wireless Mobile Mouse 4000, Bluetooth Mobile Mouse 3600, Designer Bluetooth, Wireless Mobile Mouse 3500 et Wireless Mobile Mouse 1850, à l’Apple Magic Mouse 2, à la Kensington SureTrack Any Surface et aux Logitech M535, MX Anywhere 2 et Wireless Mouse M525.

Nous avons également éliminé les Logitech M220 Silent, Logitech M330 Silent, HP X4000b Bluetooth et Microsoft Surface Mouse à cause de leur manque de boutons. Enfin, la Logitech Ultrathin Touch Mouse T630 différencie mal les balayages à un doigt ou à deux doigts et, au grand dam de nos testeurs, elle est inutilisable pendant son chargement.

Notes

1. Il a été montré que les ports et les équipements USB 3.0 peuvent émettre des parasites radio susceptibles d’interférer avec les performances des appareils utilisant la bande radio 2,4 GHz. Ces parasites peuvent venir d’un port de votre ordinateur, de celui de l’appareil connecté, ou du câble qui les relie. Revenir au texte

2. La batterie étant intégrée et non remplaçable, vous devrez un jour acheter une nouvelle souris, lorsque la batterie se dégradera et ne tiendra plus la charge. Revenir au texte

Sources

  1. Norman Chan, How To Test a Gaming Mouse for Tracking Accuracy, Tested, 5 juin 2013
  2. Natalie Shoemaker, Logitech Marathon Mouse M705, PCMag, 11 octobre 2010
  3. Brent Rose, The Best Wireless Mouse, Gizmodo, 8 novembre 2011
  4. Joel Santo Domingo, Logitech MX Master 2S, PCMag, 1er juin 2017
  5. Peter Budnick, Ergonomics Theory in Computer Mouse Design, ErgoBuyer, 6 juillet 2017
  6. Alan Hedge, Ergonomic Workplace Design for Health, Wellness, and Productivity, CRC Press, 5 août 2016

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *