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How to Find the Right Wireless Mouse
The wireless signal shouldn’t cut out during ordinary use across short distances. Some mice can connect only via a 2.4 GHz USB wireless receiver, aka a dongle; others connect via Bluetooth only, and some mice support both. As of 2019, Bluetooth is a requirement because most dongles USB-A compatible, and many laptops are USB-C-only now (although you can always employ a USB-A-to-USB-C adapter); that said, wireless mice that support both Bluetooth and dongles are the most convenient because they’ll fit every situation. If your mouse uses a dongle to connect, it should be as unobtrusive as possible and your mouse should provide dongle storage.
A great wireless mouse should last a couple of years on replaceable batteries or a couple of months on a charge, at the very least. Constantly replacing or recharging batteries is an inconvenience, and if you find that your mouse requires replacements on a regular basis, you should look into other options.
Every wireless mouse should have the standard right-click and left-click buttons. Many people use the back and forward buttons on the side of the mouse, too, so we looked for mice that have at least two side buttons for added functionality. We also noted the placement of the buttons and whether they were awkward to use.
Oftentimes, wireless mice come with bundled software that allows you to track battery life and customize buttons, sensitivity, acceleration, scroll speed, and more. Many people don’t use the software that comes with their wireless mouse, but it’s a nice bonus.