A computer mouse is as essential to your PC system as a steering wheel is to a car – without it, you’ve got no control over where you’re going. But just because it's a crucial component doesn't mean you need to spend a lot of money - there are lots of options for someone on a budget looking for a great and reliable mouse.
We’ve searched high and low to bring you a definitive list of brilliant budget-friendly mice and have been pleasantly surprised by what we’ve found. While the options aren't loaded with high-tech productivity features like high-end professional mice or super-high sensitivity settings like gaming mice, they’re all reliable and comfortable.
Whether you’re looking for a wired mouse for your home office, or for something wireless to accompany you on trains and in cafes, our best budget mouse for PCs and laptops guide has got you covered.
A quick note on our choices: There are a lot of options out there from unrecognisable brands, promising a lot of fancy features at rock bottom prices. Unfortunately, if it looks too good to be true, it probably is. With this in mind, we’ve selected devices from recognisable and reputable brands, so you know for certain that you’re getting a quality product.
Best budget mouse
1. Microsoft IntelliMouse Classic u2013 Black
The IntelliMouse is a budget friendly, simple and effective product. This mouse offers a comfortable domed body with two discrete side buttons, and a clickable scroll wheel. The satisfying in-hand weight and low friction bottom means that manipulation of the device is very satisfying, and the adjustable DPI will allow you to refine its sensitivity to meet your needs. It runs from a wired connection, but the braided cable means that it won't tangle.
2. Microsoft Basic Optical Mouse
If you find yourself on the tightest of budgets and in need of a mouse that's simply going to let you get on with what needs doing, then pick the Microsoft Basic Optical Mouse. Found up and down the country in businesses and college campuses alike, the Basic Optical Mouse is a hugely popular device because it works and is reliable. The tracking sensor can work on most surfaces, and ergonomic dome makes it perfectly comfortable for general computer work.
3. Logitech M330 Silent Plus
The Logitech M330 Silent Plus is a great and simple three-button mouse. The ergonomic design is comfortable in hand, and the wireless connection (via a USB receiver) keeps your workspace clear. Unfortunately, the mouse isn't rechargeable, but Logitech state that AA batteries will keep it running for up to two years. As a silent mouse, there's no audible click, which is great for use in quiet public places. If you're often working on the go, this is the ideal solution for you.
4. Microsoft Modern Bluetooth Mouse
Microsoft's Modem Bluetooth offering is super lightweight and ideal for those looking for a portable mouse to keep up with their busy lifestyle. It's low-profile, so fits into your bag easily, and the sensor is loaded with BlueTrack to help it work on any surface. The mouse can only be connected to a device via Bluetooth, so watch out for that on older systems, but this does mean that it can work with tablets. Power is provided by two AAA batteries.
5. Logitech MX Anywhere 2S
Logitech's MX Anywhere 2S is a powerful and compact mouse. The discreet and comfortable design hides seven buttons and the 4000 DPI sensor offers smooth and reliable tracking. The battery life is huge and will last you a day after only three minutes of charging via the included USB-C cable. It can be linked up to your system by Bluetooth or the included USB receiver, and, thanks to Logitech's Flow feature, can be used across two systems at the same time. This mouse is at the higher end of the budget, but if you're someone who is always on your system and values productivity, it is worth the extra spend.
Are you new to working from home?
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William Lobley is a Content Writer for WhatsTheBest, specialising in technology, gaming and outdoors. He also writes for Empire Online.
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