No matter which laptop you own, using a dedicated mouse with your computer is also comfortable and accurate than your touchpad. Some wireless mice carry steep price tags. But that doesn’t mean you can’t find genuine ones on the cheap. We tested nine different wireless mice under $20 and wrote up our impacts of these mobile peripherals. Check out our ratings below, ordered from best to poorest

Logitech M510 Advanced

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Logitech’s M510 Advanced is our ideal sub-$20 mouse, thanks to its convenient grip and pair of customizable side buttons. We especially like its dimpled rubber side grips, narrow profile and smooth plastic surface, which comes in either black, blue or red. First setup and tracking were quick and constant, while the two-year battery life and dedicated on-and-off switch for protecting its two AA batteries will interest to power users. Logitech’s trademark slide-out battery case is well-designed and has a dedicated slot for the unifying object, which works with other Logitech beamed peripherals as well. The navigation buttons need a bit of force to register, but you can customize their roles with the partner SetPoint software.

 

Pros: Customizable side buttons; Easy grip; Attractive design

Cons: Side buttons a little thick

Buttons: 5

Estimated Battery Life: Two years

From $19.97

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VicTsing D-09 Wireless Optical Mouse

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The comprehensive profile and active tracking of this right-handed VicTsing mouse went well in the trial, although the device seems a bit too light in hand. It features a matte-gray plastic design with bright accents, grippy rubber indents and a metallic scroll roller with thin rubber ridges. The side-navigation buttons are finicky, but the others, including the CPI toggle, feel well-defined.

 

Pros: Wide profile; Selectable DPI

Cons: No on-and-off switch

Buttons: 6 Estimated

Battery Life: 18 months

From $9.49

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Anker 2.4G Wireless Vertical Mouse

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If you’ve been encountering wrist pain from using a mouse, switching to one with a vertical adjustment might solve your problem. It might take a short calibration period, but Anker’s ergonomic design is immensely usable, with fast tracking and sensitive scrolling. The mouse features a six-button design, with dedicated side-navigation buttons plus a DPI switcher, which works nicely with the red, shining LED bar. However, the right and left buttons were also confusing to push down than I would have liked. It connects via a USB dongle, and although there’s no included software, the driver installed quickly.

 

Pros: Vertical design helps prevent wrist strain; Responsive

Cons: No on-and-off switch; Difficult to reach some buttons

Buttons: 6

Estimated Battery Life: A few months

From $13.99

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Logitech Wireless Mouse M185

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One of the tiniest mice on the list, the M185 features an attractive three-tone plastic design with a matte finish. Notwithstanding a relatively basic layout with no side buttons, the slightly concave right and left buttons — as well as its nicked rubber scroll wheel — work flawlessly. The mouse driver installed a few seconds after connecting the USB receiver while clicking and tracking was responsive and accurate.

 

Pros: Travel-friendly; Long battery life

Cons: Small in hand; No side buttons

Buttons: 3

Estimated Battery Life: 1 year

From $11.42

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TeckNet Classic Wireless Mouse M002

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The right-handed TeckNet Classic’s main buttons feel well-defined, while its dimpled rubber grips, plastic scroll wheel, and matte-gray plastic build make for an enjoyable experience. But the mouse is too tall, which withdraws from the overall ergonomics. Although the front navigation button has a physically irritating texture, the orange accent helps create the overall design, as does the transparent CPI switcher. The mouse connected immediately via its USB dongle, and I didn’t experience any issues with tracking or reply times. A power switch on the base and an active sleep mode help it reach TeckNet’s 18-month battery-life claim.

 

Pros: Nice design; Wide array of color choices

Cons: Too tall; Side button has a rough texture

Buttons: 6

Estimated Battery Life: 1 year

From $9.49

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AmazonBasics Wireless Mouse

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This Amazon mouse’s solid plastic construction and rubber coating combine for sturdy clicks and a grippy texture, in blue, purple, silver or red color options. Setup was quick, and mouse movements felt natural, but the apex of the mouse is too far toward the back to offer any ergonomic advantages. It does include a dedicated on-and-off button, but the small and indented switch makes it hard to toggle.The battery compartment houses two AAA batteries and a dedicated compartment for the USB dongle. Although Amazon doesn’t list an official battery runtime, reviewers claimed around six months of usage.

 

Pros: Grippy texture, Variety of color choices

Cons: Awkward ergonomics, No power button

Buttons: 3

Estimated Battery Life: 6 months

From $9.99

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HP X3000 Wireless Mouse

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The HP X3000’s rubberized, dimpled grips and a shiny black plastic finish are certified fingerprint magnets. And gratitude to its compact design, the X3000 won’t settle your entire hand. The mouse’s default tracking speed was too rapid, and the buttons felt mushy. The battery case and latch feel flimsy, while the USB receiver slot isn’t as premium as those found on other mice. HP challenges that the single AA battery lasts a full year, however. The installation method with the included USB dongle didn’t take long, and it sustained a consistent connection after that.

 

Pros: Highly portable

Cons: Small size, Attracts fingerprints

Buttons: 3

Estimated Battery Life: 1 year

From $8.49

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Srocker V2c Wireless Mouse

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While most cheap mice have dark color schemes, the Srocker V2c is outfitted in a white plastic finish with aqua-green accents. However, it’s not ergonomic or comfortable, due to the ill-fitting shape, unnecessary plastic outline around the scroll wheel and stiff flex in its plastic buttons. The mouse doesn’t have a power switch, but the battery-saving mode turns it off after 5 minutes of inactivity; Amazon reviewers said the single AA battery lasts for a few months. It installed quickly via the USB receiver and didn’t drop its connection during testing.

 

Pros: Unique design

Cons: Uncomfortable shape; Flimsy plastic buttons

Buttons: 3

Estimated Battery Life: A few months

From $7.99

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Jetech Wireless Optical Mouse

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This Jetech optical mouse has a pleasing gray-and-black color plan but suffers from poor build quality. Out of the box, the synthetic material was damaged on one edge, while the rest of the corners felt sharp and rough to the touch. The right and left buttons were not adjusted correctly either, and the hard plastic ridges along the side grips were downright hard. In use, I also listened to a fair bit of creaking and rattling, which was disturbing. Despite the flimsy plastic battery cover, Jetech requires that the mouse’s single AA battery will last a full year.

 

Pros: Solid battery life

Cons: Cheap construction; Rigid side grips

Buttons: 4 Estimated

Battery Life: 1 year

From $8.99

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