Mouse technology has come a long way in the last few… decades. If you started to use computers in the nineties like me, you surely remember how mice worked in those days: ps/2 connections, mechanical components that wore out or got dirty easily… Good times!

These days computers mice use optical or laser technology to detect and interpret movement, have rechargeable batteries and connect through Bluetooth or other wireless technology to your computer.

Most importantly, thanks to smaller component parts, modern mice can be very compact and that is excellent news for those that need to carry their gear wherever they go.

In this guide, we look at what we consider to be the best portable mice on the market today. We focus on price, portability, ergonomics, precision and, last but not least, battery live.

WINNER

Logitech MX Anywhere 2

 

RUNNER UP

Logitech Marathon Mouse M705

 

THE REST

 

WINNER

Logitech MX Anywhere 2

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Logitech MX Anywhere 2 side view

The Logitech MX Anywhere 2 is the ideal travel mouse in our view. It has a very compact, sculpted design that fits perfectly in your (right) hand.

Price: $$$$ check the price on Amazon
Between USD 0 and USD 50

Weight: 3.7 oz (104 gr)
Interface: 
Bluetooth and 2.4GHz wireless using unifying USB reciever
Rating4.9 out of 5 stars (4.9 / 5)

PROS CONS
  • Very compact and portable
  • Pairs with 3 devices
  • Great scroll wheel
  • 6 buttons for different functions
  • High-capacity battery
  • Quite expensive
  • Battery is non-removable
  • Only for right-handed people

 

The Logitech MX Anywhere 2 is the ideal travel mouse in our view. It has a very compact, sculpted design that fits perfectly in your (right) hand.

The MX Anywhere 2 has a 4000 DPI sensor, that ensures accurate tracking on most surfaces, so don’t bother with a mousemat. The mouse has different buttons, but the coolest feature is the free spinning track wheel, that allows you to, with a click on it, to switch between ultra-fast scrolling and precision scrolling.

The battery is non-removable, and that might seem like an inconvenience for some, but really it isn’t. Fully, charged, the battery can last up to 2 months, and if you ever need a quick charge, it can recharge for a full day of use in a mere few minutes.

Finally the Logitech MX Anywhere 2 can pair with 3 devices at once and has both Bluetooth and 2.4GHz wireless tech for connectivity.

RUNNER UP

Logitech Marathon Mouse M705

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Logitech Marathon Mouse M705

The Logitech Marathon Mouse M705 is affordable, compact, lightweight and comfortable. The battery life is exceptionally long.

Price: $ check the price on Amazon
Less than and USD 50

Weight: 4.76 oz (134 gr)
Interface: 
2.4GHz wireless using unifying USB reciever
Rating4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)

PROS CONS
  • Comfortable design
  • Compact and lightweight
  • Very long battery life
  • Accurate tracking
  • No bluetooth option

 

The Logitech Marathon Mouse M705 is an excellent alternative for the MX anywhere 2. It doesn’t support Bluetooth, but the wireless interface works fine. The M705 has a nice, comfortable design, while at the same time being compact enough to fit in your travel bag.

The M705 is powered by 2 AAA batteries, and a pair should give you more than 2 years of use without problems. Logitech even claims 3 years of battery life, but that is under optimal conditions.

The resolution of 1000 DPI is enough for accurate tracking on most but shiniest surfaces, and with 6 onboard buttons, you can do common actions such as back and forward in your browser from the mouse.

Razer Atheris

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Razer Atheris side view

If you need a versatile, compact mouse that works for productivity but can also handle some gaming, the Razer Atheris could be your thing.

Price: $ check the price on Amazon
Less than USD 50

Weight: 2.24 oz (66 gr)
Interface: 
2.4GHz wireless using unifying USB receiver
Rating4.2 out of 5 stars (4.2 / 5)

PROS CONS
  • Low price
  • Comfortable, compact design
  • High resolution of 7200 DPI
  • Choice between 2.4GHz wireless and Bluetooth
  • Small for some hands
  • Useless if battery dies

 

Razer is known best for their gaming computers and gear and the Razer Atheris is positioned as a compromise between portability and features that should please creatives and gamers alike.

The Atheris has dual 2.4GHz or Bluetooth Low-Energy connection options, the latter ensuring a long battery life. The mouse is powered by two AA batteries that offer up to 350 hours of continuous use. Which means if you use your mouse 8 hours per day, every day, the batteries should last you almost a month and a half.

I do wish the mouse would come with a fixed rechargeable battery because if you run out and don’t have any spare AA batteries with you, you are out of luck.

Functionality wise, the Razer Atheris has an excellent clickable scroll wheel and a total of 5 programmable buttons that can be assigned any function you wish. There is also a storage compartment for the wireless dongle, ensuring you won’t be losing it any time soon.

Finally, the Razer Atheris supports a resolution up to 7200 DPI, and there is a button on the mouse to switch resolution from 200 to the maximum of 7200 DPI. Also, the polling rate, when connected through the dongle, can go up from 250 HZ (Bluetooth) to 500 HZ or even 1000 HZ.

Microsoft Wireless Mobile Mouse 1850

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Microsoft Wireless Mobile Mouse 1850

If you just want to go for the basics, Microsoft Wireless Mobile Mouse 1850 is simple, compact and very affordable.

Price: $ check the price on Amazon
Less than USD 50

Weight: 3.17 oz (89gr)
Interface: 
2.4GHz wireless
Rating4 out of 5 stars (4 / 5)

PROS CONS
  • Very affordable
  • Classic, simple design
  • Long battery life
  • 2.4GHz wireless connectivity
  • Limited functionality
  • No bluetooth
  • No wired option

 

Finally, we come to Microsoft. The Wireless Mobile Mouse 1850 is a basic, wireless mouse, and at around USD 15 it’s really a steal. The design is very, very simple, basically the classic Microsoft mouse design with two buttons and a scroll wheel.

The Microsoft 1850 uses 2.4 GHz wireless technology, and that is fast and reliable enough for daily use. The mouse uses a single AA battery that can last up to 6 months. Be sure to have a spare battery with you as there is no wired option when the battery runs out.

This mouse can be used by right handed and left handed people, due to its symmetrical design.

Lastly, the 1850 comes in different flashy colors if you are feeling creative.