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Best mice of 2014

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It's finally time to replace that boring mouse that came bundled with your computer. You've been putting it off for way too long, so we've rounded up a list of our favorite mice to help you make an educated decision. Although they come in all shapes and sizes, Logitech and Microsoft are truly leading the industry in terms of laser sensing technology. Their Darkfield and BlueTrack distinguish themselves from the competition by offering a broader, more intense beam of light than traditional mice that let you mouse on almost anything including carpets, pant legs, and high-gloss marble. Whether you prefer a sculpted mouse with rest stops for each individual finger or a simple silhouette with customizable buttons, this list will surely push you to make the leap toward a new mouse.

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Logitech Wireless Performance Mouse MX

Logitech has met and surpassed Microsoft's recent mouse technology innovations by introducing the most versatile mouse sensor on the market in its new Performance Mouse MX. But even if you don't have a glass table crying out to become a workspace, this high-end input device has enough features and cushy design to make it a justifiable indulgence for anyone who takes their cursor control seriously.

5 stars Spectacular

Cyborg R.A.T.

The Mad Catz Cyborg R.A.T. 9 is the most expensive gaming mouse we know of, but its vast customizability, unique features, and strong performance make it a worthwhile expense for demanding PC gamers.

4.5 stars Outstanding

Microsoft Explorer Mini - mouse

The Explorer Mini mouse features Microsoft's new BlueTrack sensor technology, which makes for smooth scrolling across almost any surface. Travelers listen up: unless you're left-handed, we're sure you'll appreciate its portability, ease of use, and innovative design.

4 stars Excellent

Microsoft Wireless Mobile Mouse 4000

The Microsoft Wireless Mobile Mouse 4000 doesn't leave much room for complaint. Some will balk at the $40 price tag, but this mobile traveler fits comfortably in your hand and it can mouse on almost any surface, thanks to Microsoft's innovative Bluetrack technology. With a small footprint and a variety of stylish colors to choose from, this mouse makes a useful (and worthy) addition to your mobile arsenal.

4 stars Excellent

Logitech Gaming Mouse G500 - mouse

There's quite a lot to like about Logitech's new Gaming Mouse G500, but with a competing mouse from Microsoft offering its own set of features, gamers now have some choices to make. The G500 will appeal to performance-driven shooter fans. The choice is less clear for other kinds of PC gamers.

4 stars Excellent

Microsoft Arc Touch Mouse - mouse

Microsoft's new Arc Touch Mouse features a travel-friendly design and some clever technical additions to its touch-sensitive scroll tab. Neither of those features makes it better than a full-size desktop mouse, but the Arc Touch Mouse is different enough in its form and in some of its functions that it should appeal to people looking to make a statement with their technology.

3.5 stars Very good

Logitech Anywhere MX - mouse

The Anywhere Mouse MX bears Logitech's multiconnective Unifying receiver and glass-tracking Darkfield laser, but $80 is too much for a portable mouse--especially when the Microsoft Wireless Mobile Mouse 4000 costs half the price for almost the same features.

3.5 stars Very good

HP Wi-Fi Direct Mobile - mouse

Thanks to its unique, reliable Wi-Fi-based connection methodology, the HP Wi-Fi Mobile Mouse is easy to recommend to mobile Windows 7 PC users who need more available USB ports.

3.5 stars Very good

Logitech Couch M515 Mouse (Blue)

Not everyone needs a living-room mouse, but for those who do, the Logitech Couch Mouse M515 provides a well-thought-out option, and for a reasonable price.

3.5 stars Very good

Razer Naga Epic Rechargable Wireless MMO PC Gaming Mouse

It's not the most elegant mouse, nor does it feel worth the $130 price, but Razer's Naga Epic and its built-in, 12-button keypad could help gamers and others gain mastery over MMOs and other applications with complicated control schemes.

3.5 stars Very good