Apple's wireless Magic Mouse looks sleek and has multi-touch controls, but it's better as a portable laptop companion than a full-sized desktop accessory. The swiping gestures are useful for Web browsing and media playback, but the awkwardly narrow design leaves us reaching for better mice from Logitech and other companies
The HP x4500 is a reliable and comfortable mouse, but it's just not quite as good as some rival models you can buy for less.
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.
Even semicompetitive PC gamers can get away with a less expensive mouse, but for the most dedicated, the Razer Mamba provides unmatched precision whether it's connected directly to your PC or set free in wireless mode. If Razer fixed a few design and features issues, we'd feel better about the price.
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.
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.
The Orochi, Razer's first gaming mouse designed for notebooks, combines a small size and Bluetooth connectivity with a feature set normally seen only on larger gaming mice.
Microsoft's SideWinder X8 isn't the only mouse that can swap seamlessly between wired and wireless modes; however, between its BlueTrack sensor and its on-the-fly macro recording capability--not to mention a competitive price--we imagine few PC gamers won't want to get their hands on it.
Microsoft took almost every popular feature of various high-end gaming mice and wrapped it into one highly customizable product. The design could use a little refinement, but otherwise the new Sidewinder Gaming Mouse would be a worthy addition to your PC gaming arsenal.
With its impressive bundled software package and comfortable pen and mouse, the Wacom Graphire4 4x5 package offers enough functionality for the price to seduce mouse-only users.
The Logitech MX518's adjustable sensitivity, customizable buttons, and comfortable grip are sure to please right-handed gamers.
Evoluent's updated VerticalMouse 3 refines its longtime ergonomic mouse product into a robust modern competitor. It lacks the wireless freedom of Microsoft's recent ergo mouse, but otherwise, it's just as comfortable, more feature-packed, and better designed. Just don't be afraid of its unorthodox looks.
The gyroscopic mouse finally gets a mainstream makeover with the Logitech MX Air, aimed at Media Center users.
The Logitech G7 Laser Cordless Optical mouse has a 2,000dpi optical sensor, programmable buttons, adjustable sensitivity levels, a quick-swappable battery, and most importantly, no cord. But gamers who don't mind being chained to their computers should consider other, less expensive options.
Microsoft's updated IntelliMouse Explorer 3.0 brings a few gamer-friendly tweaks to the design of the venerable mouse. We don't expect that it will win over the hard-core gamer, but for everyone else, the IntelliMouse Explorer 3.0 is a fine mouse with only a few minor issues.
The Microsoft Windows Optical Mouse 5000 is a straightforward, reliable mouse for basic home or office productivity.
If you have Tiger, Apple's Mighty Mouse is worth a look, but if you're a Windows user or have an older Mac operating system, better mousing options are available.
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.