After nearly 30 hours of research and testing – including buying three mice and testing 15 others – we think that the best wireless mouse in India is the Logitech M590 Multi-Device Silent. Comfortable, affordable and convenient, this mouse from Logitech performs well whether you use a laptop or a desktop.
The best wireless mouse in India
1. Logitech M590 Multi-Device Silent
2. Logitech M331 Silent Plus
3. Logitech MX MASTER 2S
Why should you trust us?
We’ve arrived at our results after nearly 30 hours of research (which includes buying three mice for ourselves and testing 15 others), speaking to both power users and laypersons alike and looking at reviews online. We used the mice for various purposes like writing articles, using Excel, watching videos with an 8- to 10-foot distance between the mouse and the screen, editing photos in Photoshop etc., while keeping a watch on the comfort, reliability and convenience of the mice.
How should you decide which one to buy?
We asked people to list down factors that make a great wireless mouse and here are the results.
1. Comfort: This is a big factor for purchase which includes other sub-factors, namely size, grip, mouse shape and handedness.
This is a very important factor and largely depends on the size of the user’s hand. Generally, people with large hands prefer larger mice and people with smaller hands prefer smaller mice. But, as long as the index and middle finger can reach the left and right buttons, any mouse should be fine to use.
- Grip: There are mainly three types of grips that people use on a mouse.
The finger grip, where the fingers control most of the movements of the mouse:
the palm grip, where the palm mostly rests on the mouse itself and is used to move the mouse:
and the claw grip, where both the fingers and the palm are used to move the mouse and the fingers curl into an almost claw-like appearance.
In our research, most respondents tended to use the finger grip followed by the palm and the claw grip. Most people also tend to alter their grip depending on the mouse size.
- Mouse Shape
Most mice tend to be lower in profile at the front end and higher at the rear end, with an arch in the middle. Some mice have a flat profile like the Apple Magic Mouse or HP Wireless Mouse Z3700 or even the Logitech Bluetooth Mouse M557.
- Handedness: Almost everyone we spoke to uses their right hand to control the mouse, even left handers. So, while there are mice which are ambidextrous in shape, we felt that the feature is not of much use and a right-handed shape is more than enough.
2. Sensor: This is another important factor, and includes aspects like accuracy and reliability, and sensitivity.
- Accuracy and Reliability: The sensor registers the position of the pointer on the surface and reproduces the same position on the screen, relative to the size of the screen. A good sensor does this accurately, and should not jump or stop in the middle of movement. The sensor should also work on different types of surfaces like wood, rubber, fabric and the like. Working on glass is a bonus.
- Sensitivity: The sensitivity of a mouse is measured in DPI or dots per inch. The higher a mouse’s DPI, the farther the cursor/ pointer on your screen will move when you move the mouse. The DPI you prefer also depends on your grip style. For example, if you use a finger grip style, the movement of the mouse is smaller as compared to a palm grip. Therefore, the pointer travels slower and less far. Most people should be comfortable with a DPI of 800 to 1,000 units. Gamers tend to prefer higher DPIs.
3. Connection: Some mice, like our top pick, work on two types of connection: Bluetooth and Radio Frequency (RF) via a dongle. With RF, the receiver needs to be near the mouse for it to work accurately. If you are working on a desktop then an RF connection is preferred as desktops usually don’t come with Bluetooth ports and you have enough USB ports to accommodate the receiver. If you are using a laptop, a Bluetooth connection makes more sense, as newer laptops have sacrificed USB ports for space considerations or moved on to the newer USB type C ports. A mouse with both connections is preferred as it caters to both situations.
4. Receiver: The receiver should be small and should not obstruct adjacent ports.
5. Buttons: While every mouse has the standard left, right and middle buttons, many of the people we spoke to also prefer the two extra side buttons. Most people use these primarily to navigate between tabs, toggle backwards and forwards on browsers, etc.
6. Software: The bundled software that comes with the mouse should be able to program or re-map the buttons and include ways to change the sensitivity and acceleration of the mouse.
7. Battery life: A good wireless mouse should work trouble-free and should not conk off for want of power when you require it the most. While replacing batteries is not much fun, the cost of a mouse with rechargeable internal batteries is too high to be justified. A battery-powered wireless mouse should last you for a year at least.
8. Warranty: Today, the mice available are quite sturdy, but it is always nice to know that you are covered in case something goes wrong.
In our research, we tested 15 mice from major manufacturers such as Apple, HP, Microsoft, Dell and Logitech. They include the Apple Magic Mouse, Microsoft Arc Touch surface edition, Logitech M590, Logitech M331 Silent Plus , Logitech M185, Logitech M235, the Logitech M585 Multi-Device, Logitech M221, Logitech MX Anywhere 2S, Logitech MX MASTER 2S, HP Wireless Mouse Z3700 and the Dell WM126 Wireless Optical Mouse.
The best wireless mouse in India
1. Logitech M590 Multi-Device Silent
The Logitech M590 Multi-Device Silent is an excellent device and ticks all the right boxes and emerges as an all-round performer.
This affordable mouse is larger than most wireless mice in the sub-Rs 1,000 category, but smaller than the wired variety. This size has its positives and negatives. Positives include portability, smaller footprint on the desk and lesser weight, while negatives include uncomfortable grip for people with large hands.
This Logitech mouse is great for people that have a finger grip or claw grip style, but may be uncomfortable for palm grip users. The shape of the mouse is mostly ambidextrous, though the extra buttons are geared for thumb usage rather than by the ring and little finger.
The M590 works great on most surfaces including wood, mouse pads, and rubber, but has dodgy performance on glass and mirrors. It has a DPI sensitivity of 1,000, which should suffice for most tasks like browsing and editing. If you have a desk that has a glass top then consider or upgrade pick, the Logitech MX MASTER 2S.
The M590 works on a dual connection mode with Bluetooth and a Radio Frequency (RF) of 2.4 GHz via the Logitech Unifying Receiver, a small USB type A dongle. You can also connect a second device using the Bluetooth connection and you can switch between these devices simply by clicking a button.
The Logitech Flow function lets you copy files from computer A and paste them in computer B as long as they are connected to the same network.
There are four customisable buttons, and swappable left and right buttons. Using the Logitech Options software, these buttons can be set up to perform different functions per application such as moving to the next and previous tab in a browser or closing a window with the middle click etc. Another good feature is the tilt feature of the middle button which is great for scrolling left and right.
With a single AA battery, this mouse will keep going for almost two years as it has an automatic sleep mode which puts saves power when the mouse is not being used.
The mouse comes with a 1-year limited hardware warranty which is typical of all mice manufacturers.
If you are okay with the clicking sound of a mouse, then there is also the Logitech M585 Multi-Device. These mice are identical except the M590’s left and right clicks provide only and tactile feedback while the latter has noise as well. And of course, the M585 is slightly cheaper.
The Budget Pick
2. Logitech M331 Silent Plus
IF you don’t want to spend more than Rs 2,000 on a mouse, consider the Logitech M331 Silent Plus, which retails at almost half the price of our top pick.
The M331 is a simple but reliable and affordable mouse that is compact and portable. The mouse works without interruption on most surfaces like wood, rubber and plastic but has problems on glass. This mouse is accurate, and has a sensitivity of 1000 DPI.
While the mouse is slightly contoured on one side to cater to right handers, the groove is not so pronounced as to not work with left handers. And in our research, most left-handed users used their right hand to control the mouse anyway.
The left and right buttons of the M331 are swappable with a clickable scroll wheel between them. A rubberized grip at the sides makes it comfortable to hold but the design tends to attract dirt and sweat over time.
The mouse connects to the computer via a nano USB A receiver which works with a RF connection of 2.4 GHz with a range of roughly 10 meters square. This can be a disadvantage sometimes because one USB port on your laptop will be used by the receiver. Newer laptops also come with USB Type C ports.
The M331 uses a single AA battery and runs for about 24 months like our top pick.
With a 1-year limited hardware warranty, this mouse is basic, but it does its job well and will last you for years.
The Upgrade Pick
3. Logitech MX MASTER 2S
The Logitech MX MASTER 2S is the flagship mouse from Logitech. It is also the most expensive mouse that we have picked. But you get what you pay for and this mouse is great when it comes to comfort and features.
The MX Master 2S is a large mouse. It has rubber contours, a thumb rest and provides great comfort and precision. Designed for power users like designers and video editors and general computer enthusiasts, it is for people who spend hours on the computer where comfort is paramount.
Every kind of user including the claw grip style user found this mouse very comfortable to use. The biggest flaw we could find was this mouse was made for right handers but as mentioned earlier this will not be some problem as most left handers use their right hand to control the mouse.
Logitech uses the Darkfield high precision sensor for the MASTER 2S which is better than our top pick’s, and really works on all surfaces including glass and mirrors.
The Logitech MX MASTER 2S, like the M590, works on a dual connection mode with Bluetooth and Radio Frequency (RF) of 2.4 GHz via the Logitech Unifying Receiver. Two devices can be connected using the Bluetooth connection and the third one using the 2.4 GHz dongle and switching is easy with a single button click. One drawback is that there is no space to store the dongle inside the mouse.
The MX Master 2S has a DPI range of 200 to 4000 DPI and can be set in increments of 50 DPI.
With the Logitech Flow software, you can also copy-paste files from computer A to computer B as long as they are connected to the same network.
The MX Master 2S has six programmable buttons apart from the swappable left and right clicks. The top scroll wheel is clickable and has another button above it. There is an additional side scroll wheel with two adjacent buttons laid rather oddly over one another. These 2 buttons were very close to each other and control over them is difficult especially for people with thick fingers. By default, this side scroll wheel is set to horizontal scrolling, which is great for graphic designers or video editors.
The top scroll wheel does not have left and right tilt but the side scroll more than makes up for it. The top scroll has hyper scrolling which means that the wheel can go into a free spin rather than a ratcheted scrolling and this is automated by a sensor which determines how fast you are spinning the top wheel.
The MX Master 2S is rechargeable with a USB cable and a single charge usually lasts for around 70 days.
The mouse also comes with a 1-year limited hardware warranty.
In the due course that we wrote this article, we looked at the competition. Some of them were best sellers on Amazon and Flipkart. For example, the best-selling and most reviewed wireless mouse on Amazon was the Logitech M235. The M235 is a basic mouse, sturdy and reliable. We have used it extensively as this is the preferred choice for organisations considering how inexpensive it is. But we preferred the Logitech M331 Silent Plus to the M285 as it lasts longer than the M285’s 12-month battery life and has a silent yet satisfying click.
The Apple Magic Mouse was another mouse we tested. It is Bluetooth only and is not very comfortable as it is flat in profile as well as heavy. It is also very expensive.
The Microsoft Arc Touch Surface Edition is a very innovative mouse as it is flat when not used and can be bent to get an arch like a normal mouse. While it is very portable and can be laid flat in a bag, it tends to get uncomfortable with the empty arches. Again, it utilizes only Bluetooth and is expensive.
The HP Wireless Mouse Z3700 is another mouse which has high ratings on Amazon. It is flatter in profile than our top two picks in profile making it a bit uncomfortable and also has a battery life of less than 16 months. It also doesn’t not feature Bluetooth.
The Dell WM126 Wireless Optical Mouse or the HP 200 Wireless Mouse are other basic wireless mice similar to the Logitech M235 and have a similar battery life of 12 moths or less. They also do not have an auto switch off when the mice are not in use.