Wireless mice are constant companions today. Whether at the workplace, in front of the home computer or for comfortable surfing on the Internet via the Smart TV in the evening on the couch – the wireless mouse is now ubiquitous. In our comparison below, we take a look at some currently interesting models of wireless computer mice. The products are largely similar, but a look at the details reveals individual characteristics, strengths and weaknesses.
In the following guide, we take a look at the most important facts about cordless mice. How does a wireless mouse work? Which variants are available? How does the power supply work? We take a closer look at these and other questions. In addition, we take a closer look at Stiftung Warentest and Öko Test, with a view to possible tests around wireless mice.
Our favourites: 4 wireless mice in direct comparison
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1. our favourites: 4 wireless mice in direct comparison
1.1 How a wireless mouse works
1.2 The power supply of the wireless mouse
1.3. difference to other types of computer mice
1.4 How to install a wireless mouse?
1.5. reasons for abandoning the wireless mice
1.6. buying a wireless mouse: what else you should look out for
1.7 Is there a test on wireless mice from the Stiftung Warentest?
1.8 Is there a test on wireless mice by Öko Test?
1.9 Conclusion: Wireless mice are now standard in German households
1.10. We also compared the following 5 products
2. wireless mouse list 2021: Find your best wireless mouse
1. amazon basics wireless mouse – ergonomically shaped mini wireless mouse
The Amazon Basics wireless mouse is a low-end device. It is available in different colors, such as black, red, or blue. The advanced laser sensor works on most surfaces, including glass, according to the manufacturer. The scroll wheel doubles as a third mouse button, and there are also two additional buttons at thumb level on the right hand for forward and back browser functions.
Below the mouse wheel is the dpi selector switch. With one click, the user can change the resolution between 600, 1,000, 1,600, 2,400 and 3,600 dpi. The sides of the mouse are ergonomically designed to prevent fatigue, plus the sides are rubberized for a better grip. The wireless connection works with a 2.4 gigahertz connection with a range of 10 meters. The small USB receiver works on Windows 7, 8, and 10 operating systems without driver installation, and it finds its place on the back of the mouse, under the battery compartment for on-the-go use. It requires one AA battery to operate, which is included.
2nd Logitech M185 wireless mouse with tiny USB nano-receiver
The Logitech M185 wireless mouse is a computer mouse with a tiny USB nano-receiver. You can leave it plugged into your notebook, for example. This is even possible when you transport the laptop. In addition, the tiny receiver can be easily stored in the mouse when you don’t need it. By the way, the manufacturer gives you a 3-year warranty on this device.
The manufacturer’s information about the batteries is interesting. According to the information from Logitech, you only have to change the battery once a year. This is supposed to be possible through an intelligent sleep mode. Furthermore, there is an on/off switch on the wireless mouse. This also helps to save energy.
3rd Logitech M220 Silent wireless mouse with whisper-quiet clicks
Logitech has developed an absolutely silent peripheral with the M220 Silent wireless mouse. According to the manufacturer, it conveys the same kilck feeling, but is up to 90 percent quieter than conventional mice. When not in use, the device automatically switches to standby mode, ensuring a long battery life of up to 18 months.
Logitech reveals a wireless connection range of 10 meters. The tiny nano-USB adapter, which acts as a transmitter and must be in an available USB port on the computer during operation, simply disappears into the bottom of the mouse when not in use. The Logitech M220 Silent is designed for both right- and left-handed use.
4. six-button TeckNet Pro M003 wireless mouse with USB nano receiver
This wireless mouse has six buttons. Three special buttons are included. These are a button for switching between programs and the forward and backward buttons. Furthermore, the TrueWave Tracking feature is integrated. According to the manufacturer, this allows you to handle this wireless mouse particularly smoothly on numerous surfaces. In addition, the grip surfaces are rubberized.
5th Inphic PM6BT wireless mouse with three modes for different devices
The Inphic PM6BT wireless mouse is a rechargeable Bluetooth mouse that has a built-in battery that can be charged via a USB cable. According to the manufacturer, the mouse’s auto sleep mode and on/off switch save power to ensure intensive use for one to two months. A built-in battery indicator provides advance warning when the battery is low. The mouse offers Bluetooth 5.0, Bluetooth 3.0 and a 2.4-gigahertz frequency, providing three modes to pair different devices. According to Inphic, the connection is automatic after switching and runs stably up to a working distance of 10 meters.
According to the manufacturer, the wireless mouse has an ergonomic design with soft rubber grips and is specifically designed for right-handed use. The mouse has a total of 6 buttons and three DPI levels – 1,000, 1,200 and 1,600 dpi – to adjust the speed of the cursor. In addition, the model offers great compatibility:
- Bluetooth 3.0: Windows 7/8/10, Android, macOS
- Bluetooth 5.0: Windows 8/10, Android, macOS, iOS 10.3 or higher
- 2.4G wireless: any device with a USB interface
6. OMOTON wireless mouse with 6 buttons
According to the manufacturer, OMOTON’s wireless mouse offers very wide compatibility and is usable with Windows 2000 / XP / Vista / and Windows 7/8/10, and is suitable for use with desktop PCs, Mac OS devices and laptops. The mouse is equipped with six function buttons, although the manufacturer points out that the two side buttons do not work with Mac OS devices.
Five dpi settings are available on the wireless mouse: 800, 1,200, 1,600, 2,000 and 2,400 dpi. The design is ergonomic and, according to the manufacturer, won’t cause fatigue even with prolonged use. After 10 minutes of inactivity, the wireless mouse automatically switches to energy-saving sleep mode. This can be deactivated again by pressing any button for 3 seconds.
7 Logitech Marathon M705 wireless mouse with laser sensor and up to 3 years of battery life.
You can use this cordless mouse in a wide range of devices. Because according to Logitech, it can be used in Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10, Mac OS X 10.4 or higher, or even Chrome OS operating systems. The USB receiver of this wireless mouse is kept enormously small, so it shouldn’t suffer any damage even when you’re on the go in your laptop.
8. PASONOMI wireless mouse available in many colors
The PASONOMI wireless mouse is equipped with a built-in rechargeable battery and therefore does not require a battery change. The battery is recharged via a supplied USB cable. The wireless mouse works wirelessly and is connected to the computer with a USB receiver. When not in use, the receiver can be inserted into the mouse so that it does not get lost.
The speed of the mouse can be set to 1,000 dpi, 1,600dpi or 2,400 dpi. According to the manufacturer, it has a long durability and can withstand over 5 million clicks. The mouse operates at a frequency of 2.4 gigahertz. It is said to have a quiet clicking noise that is not annoying and the ergonomic symmetry design makes it equally suitable for left and right-handed users. The battery charging time is 2 hours and the battery life is up to 2 months.
9. Rapoo MT550 wireless mouse with connection for up to 4 devices
According to the manufacturer, the Rapoo MT550 wireless mouse can connect to up to four devices simultaneously via Bluetooth 3.0, Bluetooth 4.0 and over the 2.4 gigahertz network via USB. Switching devices, which can be notebooks, PCs, tablets and smartphones, is done at the touch of a button, according to the manufacturer. The wireless mouse offers a maximum range of 10 meters and 360-degree coverage when connected via Bluetooth. It features a total of seven buttons with an optimal pressure point, according to Rapoo, and is said to be easy to use.
The wireless mouse has a rubberized 2D mouse wheel that is supposed to provide a secure grip. It uses the manufacturer’s own energy-saving technology, according to Rapoo. In combination with the practical on/off switch, the mouse can be used for up to 12 months without changing the batteries. The computer mouse comes with a nano USB receiver, two AA batteries for start-up and a handy quick-start guide.
How a wireless mouse works
Before you buy a wireless mouse, you should know everything about how it works. That’s why we recommend you read our guide below. First, let’s take a look at how a wireless mouse actually works. This device is a mouse that you can use without a cable. The input device receives the information via radio. This is possible via Bluetooth as well as via another ISM band. On the market of wireless mice you will also find only a very small selection of products that transmit the information via infrared.
At this point, we will only discuss the two types of reception, radio and Bluetooth. With radio transmission, you need a transmitter and a receiver. The transmitter for this method is located in the computer mouse. The receiver is usually a USB dongle. You plug this into a USB port on your computer or laptop. After that, the data transfer can take place.
In our comparison, we have focused on wireless mice. These work nowadays largely with the short-range radio. As a rule, these mice use the 2.4 GHz frequency band. This is the same as the domestic WLAN. However, the computer mouse itself does not use the domestic WLAN. Instead, as described above, it establishes its own connection to the receiver on the computer. Incidentally, there is no interference between the WLAN and the computer mouse. This is because WLAN and the mouse use different technologies.
In contrast, with a Bluetooth mouse, for example, you don’t need a receiver on the computer. PCs, laptops and the like usually have a Bluetooth module already built in. Thus, the device recognizes the Bluetooth mouse immediately. You do not need a USB stick for the connection. However: Bluetooth mice cannot offer such a large range as wireless mice.
There is a reason why infrared mice are becoming increasingly rare on the market. In contrast to wireless mice, no objects or obstacles should obstruct the path between the transmitter and receiver. Otherwise, the infrared mouse will no longer work. Thus, the use of this input device only makes sense if you want to use the computer mouse directly on the computer.
The most common mice on the market today are optical mice. This process of optical detection of movement is done by a light emitting diode. This LED sends a beam of light onto the mouse pad – or table if you are not using a mouse pad. From there, the reflection is sent to the mouse sensor. The processor can pick up these reflections and determine the input data accordingly.
Meanwhile, there are also some devices on the market that use a laser diode instead of a light-emitting diode. This is mainly used on smooth or transparent surfaces, where the optical mouse has problems. Laser mice are also more accurate than wireless mice. However, the laser mice are more sensitive to unevenness. The laser mice are especially useful for gamers and graphic designers.
Below we list the advantages and disadvantages of a wireless mouse for you:
- A wireless mouse eliminates the cable
- High range
- Large selection of products on the market
- Batteries are necessary
- Long charging time for rechargeable batteries under certain circumstances
The power supply of the wireless mouse
An important point with the radio mice is the power supply. This is done – just as with infrared mice – by batteries or rechargeable batteries. A cordless mouse usually needs AA or AAA batteries. You have to replace them whenever they are used up. There’s no telling how long they’ll last. It depends on how often you use them.
While you cannot reuse the conventional batteries, rechargeable batteries are a second option. These are usually lithium-ion rechargeable batteries. You can recharge these. Buying rechargeable batteries does come with a high initial cost. However, in the long run, rechargeable batteries are usually worth it.
When you use rechargeable batteries, you don’t need anything else on your desk, living room table, or wherever you put the wireless mouse to use. However, you must always make sure that the rechargeable batteries are charged or have spare batteries available. Especially if you don’t rely on rechargeable batteries, this can be a costly affair over the year.
That’s why you should think about buying a wireless mouse with a charging station, especially if you use the wireless mouse on a daily basis at work. This can save you money in the long run. This version of the wireless mouse comes with a charging station. You place the computer mouse in this when you don’t need it. In these moments, the recharging of the batteries takes place.
Difference to other types of computer mice
This input device is the classic computer mouse. At the time when this device was invented, few cables were prevalent in an office or household, so the cable didn’t really bother. Nowadays, when smart TV, Android TV box, sound system, Blu-ray player and other tech gadgets dominate the household or even the office, it looks different. Moreover, the computer mouse was once classically used only on the PC, not, for example, on the smart TV or other devices. The first computer mice, which were connected directly to the computer via cable, had a ball installed on the underside for control. Later, this version was also available as a laser version.
The trackball, on the other hand, can still be found frequently today. Originally, it was located on the underside of the mouse. This is a version of the computer mouse that has its advantages especially in small areas with little freedom of movement. Some versions can be bought as a kind of joystick version to be held in the hand. Some versions of this type of mouse now also have the trackball on the side so you can move it with your thumb.
With ergonomic mice, manufacturers have thought about people who sit at computers for long periods of time. This, as we all know, can lead to pain in the hands and arms if you have to move a mouse for hours every day. The ergonomic computer mouse is designed to counteract this and take the strain off your hand and arms. The ergonomic mouse comes in different forms.
With this mouse, the name says it all. These input devices are mainly intended for people who work with the laptop on the go. The mini mouse requires little space when operating. In addition, you can easily stow this input device in the backpack or laptop exchange when traveling. Because not everyone gets along with the touchpad of the notebook and likes to fall back on a mouse.
With this variant of the input device, the name already says what the manufacturers have designed it for: for playing games. For example, it has a number of buttons and also generally differs in appearance. You can assign the buttons yourself with the keys that you normally use most often when playing. Thus, it is possible to operate these buttons through the gaming mouse. This computer mouse is also designed in an ergonomic shape, so reducing hand and arm pain is also possible here. This also makes it possible to use it outside of gaming.
How do I install a wireless mouse?
Especially seniors or people who spend little time at the computer are sometimes afraid of installing a wireless mouse. However, the installation of wireless mice is not witchcraft. All you have to do is plug the wireless receiver of the computer mouse into a free USB port on your computer or laptop. After only a short time, the computer recognizes the stick on which the drivers for the wireless mouse are located.
Once this is done, the drivers will be installed. Before doing this, you should make sure that your computer has an Internet connection. This is because the computer may still need to get driver files from the internet. You also need to insert the appropriate batteries into the mouse itself and switch it on. After that, you can start working with your new wireless mouse.
Reasons for suspending the wireless mice
Experienced computer users know that a wireless mouse may not work properly or at all. Most of the time, it is the batteries that cause the input device to fail its service. In this case, you simply need to replace the dead batteries. Sometimes, it also happens that the receiver of the wireless mouse is not properly plugged into the USB port. Therefore, you should also check this if the mouse is not responding properly.
On the other hand, if the computer mouse is not responding properly, it may also be that it is dirty. Because you should also clean the wireless mice every now and then. This input device is also a dust catcher. You will notice this at the latest when you can no longer move the wireless mouse playfully over the mouse pad or other surface. In this case, you should first clean the surface on which the mouse is standing. The best way to do this is to use a damp cloth and apply a little washing-up liquid. You should also clean the underside of the wireless mouse of any dirt that has accumulated there.
In addition, it can happen that the buttons or the scroll wheel also hook in the middle. If the housing of your mouse is assembled with screws, then you should open the computer mouse in this case. After that, you should look inside the mouse to see if you discover any dirt items. You can then simply remove these with a cotton swab. However, you should only do this if you are sure that you will be able to reassemble the mouse without any problems afterwards.
Buying a wireless mouse: What else you should look out for
Before buying a wireless mouse, you should make a list of the factors that are important to you. In addition to the question of the type of wireless mouse or the charging option, there are a number of factors that are important:
- Range of use
- The resolution: Focus on the dpi value
- Size and weight
The area of use of the wireless mouse is an important point. First of all, the question arises whether you need the mouse for work, only now and then within your own four walls or on the weekend to play games. The operating system also plays an important role. You should always make sure that you can use the corresponding wireless mouse with your operating system. Furthermore, the use in the field of devices also plays an important role. Because you can use a wireless mouse not only at home PC or office computer. It can also be used on a laptop, tablet, smart TV, gaming console or even a smartphone, which you should keep in mind while buying the particular wireless mouse.
In addition, you should also look at the resolution before buying a wireless mouse. The manufacturers of the wireless mice specify this in dots per inch, as is the case with a WLAN printer, for example. The resolution of a computer mouse is the sensitivity of the mouse pointer. In other words, it is the distance that the mouse pointer travels during a mouse movement. With the value of dots per inch, the manufacturers specify how many movements the mouse can detect per inch. One inch is the equivalent of 2.54 centimeters.
With a higher dpi value, you don’t have to move the mouse as much. That’s because a high dpi value signals high sensitivity. Keep in mind that many wireless mice allow you to manually adjust the dpi.
At least that’s the theory. Because in practice, this looks a little different in 2021. The dpi value of a wireless mouse should not be overestimated. Because in the Windows operating system, for example, you can easily set how fast the mouse pointer should work. Therefore, it hardly matters to the conventional user how high the dpi number turns out to be.
However, if you need the wireless mouse for certain business tasks or you are a frequent gamer, you should go for a wireless mouse that has a dpi switch. Alternatively, pay close attention to the dpi value when buying your computer mouse. Graphic artists, for example, usually opt for a mouse with a high dpi value (2,000), while gamers prefer a low dpi value (400).
An important question to ask yourself before buying a wireless mouse is: How often do I use the wireless mouse? Because the point of ergonomics also depends on this. Namely, people who frequently use the mouse should go for an ergonomic wireless mouse. The same applies to gamers. An ergonomic wireless mouse puts your hand in a natural position, even if you work at the computer for many hours. It is extremely unfavourable for your hand if you permanently place the palm of your hand horizontally on the mouse.
This can prevent one or two health problems. If you completely disregard this point and work with the cordless mouse every day, you could be at risk of hand and arm diseases in the worst case. These are often typical illnesses such as tendonitis, irritation or shoulder-arm syndrome. Furthermore, even lack of concentration and fatigue are often the result.
Another important point when buying a wireless mouse is to look at the dimensions and weight. At first glance, you certainly do not pay much attention to these factors. However, as already explained, the cordless mouse is particularly suitable for mobile use. Therefore, it is advantageous when traveling if the computer mouse is not too big and not too heavy.
Is there a test on wireless mice from Stiftung Warentest?
Since wireless mice are not only very popular nowadays, but also widely used, you might expect a test on wireless mice from Stiftung Warentest. However, the consumer organization has not actually conducted such a test yet. Only a quick test of one particular wireless mouse can be found. This was one of the computer mice from Logitech. However, this test dates back to 2008 and can therefore only be used as a benchmark to a limited extent in [year]. If you are still interested in the test, you can read the results here.
Is there a test about wireless mice at Öko Test?
Like Stiftung Warentest, Öko Test does not yet offer a test on wireless mice. Should the consumer magazine put wireless mice to the test in the future, we will inform you about the results here.
Conclusion: Wireless mice are now standard in German households
No sooner had the first wireless mouse appeared on the market than these input devices conquered not only the open-plan offices and workplaces of the self-employed and freelancers. Today, even ordinary households would be unthinkable without these input devices, which offer a number of advantages. Numerous manufacturers offer many variants and models. The installation is just as easy as the operation. In addition, a wireless mouse is easy to use even when you are on the road.
However, before buying a wireless mouse, you should take a close look at this product. Because there are a number of important factors to consider. Above all, the area of use of the computer mouse plays an important role. Furthermore, the focus should also be on points such as the power supply, ergonomics and resolution. With the knowledge from the above comparison and guide part, the purchase of a wireless mouse will certainly be a little easier for you.
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- If the red control light flashes once, a click on the dpi button means setting the value of 800 dpi.
- When the red indicator light flashes twice, clicking the dpi button means setting a dpi value of 1,200.
- If you press the dpi button when the red indicator light flashes three times, you are setting the value to 1,600 dpi.
- Flashing the red indicator light four times and clicking the button indicates a dpi value of 2,000.
- Press the dpi button when the red light flashes five times to set the dpi value to 2,400.
Wireless mouse list 2021: Find your best wireless mouse