Even the best laptop touchpads are no replacement for a mouse. Giving you faster and more precise cursor movement, a good mouse will improve your productivity regardless of what you need it for, be that gaming, work, editing media, or simply browsing the web. Books could be written about the different types and styles of computer mice, but I’ll keep things simple by going over the main ones and throwing out a few recommendations.
First, you need to decide between wired and wireless. Most people will prefer wireless for their convenience, and newer models that use a USB receiver have minimal input lag (or latency) and long battery life. However, wired mice tend to have quicker response times, making them a great choice for gamers, and they’re typically cheaper than their wired counterparts. I tend to shy away from Bluetooth-only mice because pairing can be a pain and latency is significantly higher than using a 2.4Ghz receiver.
I use Logitech’s G502 Lightspeed, a wireless gaming mouse that can be paired with a wireless charging mat so you never need to plug it in. It’s expensive, at $120 plus about the same for the mat, but this bestseller has a super responsive sensor, an ergonomic design with adjustable weights, and 11 customizable buttons. There is a much cheaper wired version, and if you don’t want a gaming mouse, the Logitech MX Master 3 is about as good as it gets. If you need an ambidextrous mouse, the Razer Viper is a great choice, and for a vertical grip, we turn back to Logitech with the MX Vertical.