Digital designers spend a lot of time at their computers. One of the most used tools for design is the mouse, and while you don’t need flashy features you do need a mouse that’s ergonomic and reliable.
I’d like to cover a few models that are highly rated as the best mouse for designers. There isn’t any single right answer here because everyone has their own preferences. But when reading about the subject you tend to find certain patterns, and certain mice come up more often than others.
The following mice are the most recommended options from designers with a few specialty devices added into the mix.
The Designer’s Choice
It’s tough to say what each person needs in a mouse because opinions change rapidly.
Properties to consider are how the mouse fits into your hand. The way the body rests in your palm, the slope towards the front buttons and scroll wheel, plus behavior like clicking noises and scroll wheel tracking.
Unfortunately all of these things require actually having the mouse to try out. But many designers have been vocal in their opinions recommending one mouse over any others: the Logitech Wireless Performance Mouse.
I’ve found a handful of different posts from designers expressing their gratitude for this mouse. It has a rather funky design and it is on the pricier side.
But it seems to be a powerful choice in the community of designers who use mice for wireframing, icon design, and digital mockups.
If you don’t want to spend all that money then look into the Logitech Marathon M705 instead. It’s a bit less flashy and operates in a similar manner for about half the price.
These two mice are the best options to start checking. If you’re already a Logitech fan then you’ll be familiar with their products. But if you’re not a fan there are many simpler and cheaper mice you can consider as well.
Affordable Mice Options
Plenty of high-level reviews have been placed for the Gigabyte GM-M6800 which is a dual lens mouse made specifically for gaming.
And while it is advertised as a gaming mouse, there’s a certain level of advanced precision that all designers need in their work. So it can actually help when you’re trying to adjust your cropped boundary by just a 1px difference, or when you’re trying to drag an item to exactly the right place on your mockup.
The price is a lot cheaper and it’s still a brilliant mouse for design work.
Since most designers get by with an old USB mouse or generic wireless packaged with the computer, it’s no surprise that other alternatives have flooded the market. You never know how a mouse works until you try so if you can get to a store for a test run it’s a great idea.
Both mice are simple yet durable. They’ll last for a while and the body shape is easy to adjust into your workflow.
And even though they’re manufactured by Microsoft, they should be able to run on any OS regardless of hardware. Although I have a feeling very few Mac or Linux users would go out of their way to buy a Microsoft brand mouse.
The Apple users would much rather go with the traditional Magic Mouse(ver2) made specifically by Apple. It has the same aesthetics as you’d expect and it’s designed for modern functionality being lightweight and wireless.
However the Apple Magic Mouse is easily the most expensive option in this entire article. So if you’re shopping for a designer’s mouse on a budget you’re much better off with a different mouse that supports bluetooth.
I stumbled onto a few lesser-mentioned mice that I think still work great and deserve a shoutout.
For example this AmazonBasics mouse uses a wireless receiver and fits into your hand just as nice as any other. It’s a #1 bestseller on Amazon and it’s very affordable for a simple wireless.
If you don’t need any extra features then this mouse could be the way to go. It’s much better than any stock mouse you’ll get bundled with a new computer and it works on all major operating systems.
Also if you’re willing to dive into the world of tablets you might try going for a simple Bamboo model to get started.
Some designers have permanently switched over to using the tablet instead of the mouse. It’s a great tool for artists but it can also be handy for designers that want free flowing control over their operating system.
I’m sure very few people will be willing to make this jump. But it’s worth keeping in mind for the future; especially if you want to learn digital art and would eventually need a tablet at some point down the road.
One other similar option that’s a bit cheaper is the Genius Wireless Pen Mouse. It has the mouse lens on the tip of the pen with click buttons at the front where your fingers rest.
This is yet another oddball choice that certainly will not be for everyone. But if you’re into something new and don’t want to drop money on a tablet then this could be a viable purchase.
No matter what you choose it’s important to remember how much time is spent using a mouse. Designers need mice for every part of the job. And if you’re working 40+ hours a week in front of a computer, you better be sure you’re doing everything you can to help your joints.
I’ve featured the best mice I could find based on reviews and designer’s opinions online. But if you have any other recommendations for mice feel free to share in the post comments.