The Best Computer Mice For Photographers (Mid 2017)

Let’s be real here, you probably don’t spend a lot of time thinking about the next computer mouse that you are going to buy. But the fact remains that these are a very important tool for interacting with you computer, be it a desktop or laptop, and having a quality mouse can be the difference between an enjoyable editing session or a frustrating one.

So what are the mice out there that you should be looking at if you are in the market? Today we will take a look at several options that we think make a lot of sense for photographers. So let’s get into it!

Best Non-Gaming: Logitech MX Master 2s

Logitech MX Master 2s

The MX Master series from Logitech has long been a favorite mouse for professionals who desire an ergonomic wireless mouse with great battery life and more than just left/right buttons. The latest in that series, the Master 2s builds upon everything the previous versions offer making it a great option for photographers looking for a quality mouse that isn’t a flashy gaming mouse.

Buy the [amazon_textlink asin=’B071YZJ1G1′ text=’MX Master 2s’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’thephobl-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’360c37ff-5839-11e7-8b91-21c43dc91d10′] on Amazon, where it is currently selling for [amazon_textlink asin=’B071YZJ1G1′ text=’MX Master 2s’ template=’PriceLink’ store=’thephobl-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’4ae34d22-5839-11e7-bd3b-5d9ff86aa87d’].

Best Gaming: Razer Mamba

Razer Mamba

The first of what will be many gaming mice on this list, the Razer Mamba is one of the most customizable mice that you can currently buy with features like 10 programmable buttons, RGB Lighting, and adjustable click feedback. You can also use it wired or wireless depending on your personal preference. The catch is, it’s not cheap.

Gaming mice typically have a special DPI setting that can make editing and fine touchups really simple with a bit more precision.

Buy the [amazon_textlink asin=’B013LDTYI6′ text=’Razer Mamba’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’thephobl-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’0e537fcf-583a-11e7-88b2-63b01145b961′] on Amazon, where it is currently selling for [amazon_textlink asin=’B013LDTYI6′ text=’Razer Mamba’ template=’PriceLink’ store=’thephobl-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’170b3fba-583a-11e7-8684-0577e0a2bfdc’]. 

Best Mobile: Logitech MX Anywhere 2s

Logitech MX Anywhere 2s

If you travel a lot and are looking for a mouse to pack with you then there is no better option out there in our minds right now than the Logitech MX Anywhere 2s takes what the MX Master does so well, and shrinks it down into a smaller and more easily portable unit. It’s claim to fame is also that it will function great on almost any surface, so no need to pack a mouse pad along with you.

Buy the [amazon_textlink asin=’B071VK5KXN’ text=’MX Anywhere 2s’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’thephobl-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’07e45a49-583b-11e7-817a-8d7788239d17′] on Amazon, where it is currently selling for [amazon_textlink asin=’B071VK5KXN’ text=’MX Anywhere 2s’ template=’PriceLink’ store=’thephobl-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’0efc4d9c-583b-11e7-ac23-c188d6b3e898′]. 

Best Value: Logitech M320

If you are just looking for a basic point and click mouse that will work as expected and not fall apart on you after minimal use then look no further than the Logitech M320. It is simple and basic, but it gets the job done for those who can’t afford or don’t want the expanded feature sets or better build quality of the previously mentioned mice.

Buy the [amazon_textlink asin=’B00O23IQ66′ text=’Logitech M320′ template=’ProductLink’ store=’thephobl-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’0d9749cb-583c-11e7-a948-03e3e91d77a4′] on Amazon, where it is currently on sale for Logitech M320[amazon_link asins=’B00O23IQ66′ template=’PriceLink’ store=’thephobl-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’1aa80424-583c-11e7-a9f6-e54e4ce6ebcf’].

The Runners Up

These mice missed out on our ‘Best’ designation but are still great options for photographers needing to upgrade their mice here in 2017.

  • [amazon_textlink asin=’B01JPOLLTK’ text=’Logitech G Pro’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’thephobl-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’9a39076e-583c-11e7-9a8d-276d2d2b1bf2′]
  • [amazon_textlink asin=’B015WKY3FU’ text=’SteelSeries Rival 100′ template=’ProductLink’ store=’thephobl-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’45027e33-583d-11e7-8f8c-7d68e3e5f9e2′]
  • [amazon_textlink asin=’B01LXC1QL0′ text=’Razer DeathAdder Elite’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’thephobl-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’8568165d-583d-11e7-9b85-7d712fa5f28e’]
  • [amazon_textlink asin=’B016QO5YNG’ text=’Apple Magic Mouse 2′ template=’ProductLink’ store=’thephobl-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’3bc5ba25-583e-11e7-9694-c9ff14d45a64′]

So there you have it, some quality mouse options for you to consider as you look up improve your quality of life while spending countless hours editing images. If you have the budget for a mouse with extra buttons and 4 way scrolling we really recommend going with one of those options as you can map frequently used functions to those extra buttons, and being able to scroll both up/down and left/right with scroll wheels can be incredibly convenient during long editing sessions.

Anthony Thurston

Anthony is a Portland, Oregon based Boudoir Photographer specializing in a dark, moody style that promotes female body positivity, empowerment, and sexuality. Besides The Phoblographer, he also reviews gear and produces his own educational content on his website.