Logitech’s Bolt USB dongle bolsters encryption for its new wireless mice and keyboards

Logitech is known mostly for its consumer-facing products, but it’s making a big play to appeal more broadly to businesses that take privacy seriously. It’s launching a range of mice and keyboards that will include a new Logi Bolt USB-A dongle that aims to reduce latency in crowded workplaces and greatly boost security.

These accessories can securely connect to computers and mobile devices via Bluetooth Low Energy — no dongle necessary. Though the Bolt USB dongle is also based on Bluetooth, it will enable a far more secure tether (security mode 1, level 4). Opting for Bluetooth should make the Bolt far less prone to hacking than Logitech’s Unifying 2.4GHz receiver, which was vulnerable to the “MouseJack” hack.

In Logitech’s white paper for the Bolt, it says that security mode 1, level 4 utilizes Elliptic Curve Diffie-Hellman P-256 (ECDH) and AES-CCM encryption. The company says these measures ensure that “a Logi Bolt wireless product and its Logi Bolt receiver can only communicate with each other.” Logitech is going as far as ensuring that its direct Bolt wireless connections are Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS) compliant. These are the standards created by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) for use within the federal government. If you’re curious about Bluetooth security, the NIST wrote a guide on it.

Logi Bolt

Curiously, Logitech didn’t opt for a USB-C option for the Bolt dongle.
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Logitech says its Bolt USB dongle offers a stronger connection, too, at up to 33 feet (10 meters), even if you’re in a congested work environment. One Bolt dongle can connect up to six accessories to your computer. It’s compatible with multiple operating systems, including Windows, macOS, iOS, iPadOS, Linux, Chrome OS, and Android.

Logitech’s listing for the Bolt dongle says it’s “coming soon” and will cost $14.99. But don’t expect your current Logitech accessories to work with it. Devices that are compatible with Logi Bolt will have a Bolt logo on their underside, according to Logitech’s FAQ.

The first accessories that offer enhanced security via Bluetooth LE and include the Bolt USB dongle will launch in September, according to ZDNet. The early lineup includes Logitech’s MX Master Series for Business, comprised of an MX Master 3 and MX Keys. There are also webpages up for business editions of Logitech’s Ergo K860 split keyboard, the MX Anywhere 3, and the Ergo M575 wireless trackball mouse.

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The Best Gaming Mice: Here’s What to Buy in 2021

When you’re shopping for a gaming mouse, it’s easy to pick the one with the highest DPI count, but there’s far more that goes into choosing a mouse than going for the best spec. Heck, the DPI count is arguably the most irrelevant aspect of a mouse choice — it’s all about how the mouse feels, how it responds to your inputs, and the day-to-day practicality, and figuring out the best option for you is key to performing better in-game.

Having tested a bunch of gaming mice over the years, we’re here to give you a list of our top picks to point you in the right direction.

The best gaming mice at a glance

Logitech G Pro X Superlight

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Why you should buy this: It’s the best overall gaming mouse you can buy.

Who it’s for: First-person shooter gamers looking for the best

Why we chose the G Pro X Superlight:

The Logitech G Pro X Superlight is a simple mouse that doesn’t appear to be all too special, but don’t let its minimalist appearance throw you off: This mouse goes by the motto “less is more.” It weighs just 63 grams, and I can tell you, that’s stunningly light for any mouse and will certainly give you an advantage in FPS games.

For buttons, it also has only the bare essentials — left and right-click, a good notchy scroll wheel, and forward and backward navigation buttons. There’s no DPI switcher to be found here, but most gamers just use a fixed setting anyway. Under the hood is Logitech’s excellent Hero 25K sensor.

But despite its light weight, the G Pro X Superlight is also wireless, with a Logitech Lightspeed connection, and the combination of all its features makes it the most effortless, naturally intuitive gaming mouse I’ve ever played on. It’s a little costly at $150, but if you’re serious about your first-person shooters, this is a mouse you cannot miss. In the name of weight savings though, there’s no RGB, so that’s something to keep in mind if that’s important to you.

SteelSeries Prime, Prime+ & Prime Wireless

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Why you should buy this: It’s a highly tactile, feel-good FPS mouse.

Who it’s for: Gamers who like SteelSeries or a more tactile feel

Why we chose the SteelSeries Prime: 

The SteelSeries Prime gaming mice come in three variants — Prime, Prime+, and Prime Wireless — but our top pick goes to the entry-level Prime mouse for its excellent value for money.

This mouse has an ergo-ish shape, packing a great sensor, optical switches, and possibly the most distinct notches in a scroll wheel we’ve ever felt. Thanks to the light weight of 71 grams (or 80 for the wireless variant), this mouse is excellent for FPS games or gaming in general.

It doesn’t come with a lot of buttons, but it’s a very comfortable mouse that feels sturdy and has an excellent tactile feel, constantly reminding you of why SteelSeries remains so good at making gaming peripherals.

With pricing at $60 for the entry-level variant, it takes our top pick, but the Prime Wireless is also seriously worth considering despite its steep $140 price tag.

Read our in-depth SteelSeries Prime Wireless review 

Corsair M65 RGB Elite

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Why you should buy this: It’s a high-quality wired mouse for FPS shooting.

Who it’s for: Gamers who prefer to rely on a tether for reliable FPS gaming

Why we chose the Corsair M65 RGB Elite: 

Corsair’s M65 is a classic mouse at this point, but the company is still updating it bit by bit. By now, it packs RGB, a better 18K sensor, weight tuning, and more.

But underneath, it still features the same classic aluminum shell with tunable weights, cladding the outside in thick and strong plastics. The side is grippy, the DPI-shift button helps when sniping, and everything about the M65 just feels right. This is a strong mouse that doesn’t feel like it will implode if you claw it with too much force.

It doesn’t try to set any records with low weight, but it doesn’t need to. With pricing at about $60, and often found for as little as $50, this is a gaming mouse that you’ll find plenty comfortable and it will last a long time.

Razer Orochi V2

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Why you should buy this: You need a reliable, ultralight mobile gaming mouse.

Who it’s for: Laptop gamers, or gamers who like small mice

Why we chose the Razer Orochi V2: 

The Razer Orochi V2 is the company’s latest addition to its gaming mice, packing all of its greatest tech into a tiny, portable package with absurdly good battery life.

Generally, you’d look at Logitech’s MX Anywhere mouse when you need a mouse for on the go, but it’s no good for gaming. Razer’s Orochi V2, on the other hand, features very similar dimensions, but with lighter weight, a better sensor, and 1000 Hz polling for faster responses.

Premium materials are absent here, but it’s important to keep the Orochi V2’s weight in mind: With a lithium battery, it weighs 74 grams, and using a standard alkaline AAA battery drops this to just 69 grams with a power source — and that’s not a lot.

Read our in-depth Razer Orochi V2 review

Logitech G502 Hero

Why you should buy this: It’s a comfortable, well-featured gaming mouse with excellent performance.

Who it’s for: Gamers looking for more customizable buttons and hand-friendly shapes

Why we chose the G502 Hero:

Logitech’s G502 Hero is a long-running classic at this point, but that’s not stopping us from putting it on this list. Featuring 11 programmable buttons, a DPI Shift button, an unlockable scroll wheel, great materials quality, a bit of RGB, and a shape to die for, there’s no way we couldn’t mention this mouse.

But those points aren’t even the best about it — that honor goes to the 25K Hero sensor that’s inside, which is considered one of the industry’s best gaming mouse sensors. Logitech puts a lot of money into R&D for its sensor tech, and it shows. Additionally, the mouse can be tuned exactly to your liking with adjustable lift-off distance, macro programming, and weights to get it feeling exactly how you want it.

The retail price is set at $80, but it’s been on the market for so long that it’s often priced at $50, making it a hard deal to pass up.

Razer Pro Click Humanscale

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Why you should buy this: It’s a wolf in sheep’s clothing: A gaming mouse marketed as an office mouse.

Who it’s for: Gamers who need a comfortable, ergonomic gaming mouse

Why we chose the Razer Pro Click:

Razer’s Pro Click is a bit of a confusing mouse. Propositioned as an ergonomic office mouse as a competitor to Logitech’s MX Master 3, I found that it didn’t really do that job quite so well. Rather, my experience with it showed that it’s actually a brilliant gaming mouse with an excellent ergonomic design, kind of like a wolf in sheep’s clothing.

Indeed, the Pro Click is better seen as a gaming mouse that doesn’t draw too much attention to itself, featuring neat minimalistic styling and excellent sensor and button performance, along with great materials quality, wireless connectivity, and superb comfort.

Priced at $100, it’s also surprisingly affordable compared to many other options out there nowadays, which may be in part due to its office-focused marketing. But don’t let that hold you back — if you’re a gamer who has wrist and joint issues, this mouse may just be big and comfortable enough for you to avoid having to make the swap to a full vertical mouse.

Full review: Razer’s Pro Click and Pro Type: The all-white peripherals you’ve always wanted?

Logitech G203 Lightsync

Why you should buy this: It’s a great budget gaming mouse.

Who it’s for: Budget shoppers who still want good performance and RGB

Why we chose the Logitech G203 Lightsync:

Logitech’s G203 Lightsync is a bit of a funny mouse, not because it’s available in a lilac color scheme, but because it offers a ton of value with an MSRP of $30, often costing less than $20 if you shop around a little. Don’t worry, you can get it in black and white too.

And although it doesn’t feel like a premium mouse by any stretch of the imagination, it most certainly doesn’t feel like a $30 mouse either, as it has a good sensor aboard, great switches, and a fair amount of RGB illumination.

Sure, the cable isn’t braided, it’s not very grippy, nor does it have a high-DPI sensor, but its 8K sensor is plenty for all but the most demanding gamers, and it offers impressively good gaming performance for the money. If you’re on a budget, just getting into gaming, or need a mouse for your kid, the G203 Lightsync is a great option to consider that won’t break the bank.

The best gaming mice Q&A:

 What DPI should I play at?

Although many gaming mice tout sensors with extremely high DPI figures, we’re telling you now: You’ll never use anything above 6,400 DPI. In fact, most pro gamers play at 400 to 800 DPI, with the aim being longer swoops for the same in-game movement, allowing you to take aim with much higher accuracy. This is also why 60% and 65% keyboards are so popular among gamers: They give the player much more space for mousing around without a numpad in the way.

But don’t take that to mean you should ignore all these high-DPI mice. Rather, take the high DPI number as the maker vouching for its sensor’s performance, as high-DPI mice generally have better tracking, zero pointer acceleration, adjustable or pre-optimized lift-off distance, and most importantly, are capable of high-speed sweeps while maintaining accurate tracking, something that’s important when playing at much lower DPI settings.

Wireless or wired?

This one’s really a matter of cost, but generally, our preference goes to wireless mice. It used to be that wireless gaming mice suffered in performance compared to their tethered counterparts due to slow communications and interference, but that’s no longer the case with radio developments over the last few years. Wireless mice today perform as well as if not better than their wired counterparts due to not having to drag a cable around. The flip side is that they cost more, need to be charged (especially if they have RGB), and tend to weigh a little more, but we believe the benefits far outweigh the costs.

Do I need a ton of buttons?

If you’re an MMORPG gamer, then the answer to this is a resounding yes. But other than that, most gamers should focus on finding a mouse with a comfortable shape, excellent sensor, and light weight, as these will help better your performance more than having buttons that you don’t use. Because, remember, those buttons add complexity and weight, which will slow you down when aiming down sights.

Any other tips?

Yes, also make sure you invest in a good mouse pad for smooth gliding, and if you’re serious about gaming performance, look into a smaller keyboard with no more than a TKL layout and a high-refresh-rate gaming monitor.

Pair that with a PC that’s powerful enough to run your games at higher frame rates (do yourself a favor and prioritize frame rates over eye candy in competitive games), and you’ll suddenly find that you have a significant advantage on the battlefield.

Editors’ Choice

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The Best Mac Mice for 2021

There are a lot of great mice out there, but picking the best one for you and your Mac can be a challenge. It very much depends on what you want to do with it — after all, some are great for carrying out various MacOS gestures while others excel when it comes to sensitivity and ergonomics.

The best mouse will pair ergonomic handling with precision and a satisfying click. While the Logitech MX Master is our pick for best overall since it has an excellent design, we have gathered some other options for those needing more mobile mice or more budget-friendly options.

Best Mac mice at a glance

Logitech MX Master 3

Why you should buy this: Superior ergonomics meets precision and features at an excellent price.

Who’s it for: Anyone seeking a premium mouse for Mac, except left-handed users.

Why we chose the Logitech MX Master 3: Logitech’s MX Master was top of our list last time, so it should come as no surprise that the third iteration is still among the best mice for Mac. The MX Master 3 is further refined, and it’s the ultimate mouse for just about everyone, whether you spend all day in creative work flows or coding. The MagSpeed Wheel has been improved, making it faster, more precise, and still super quiet.

The MX Master 3 also is distinctive for its comfortable and ergonomic design, and it’s designed for multiple operating systems, including MacOS. The MX Master 3 charges via USB-C and can last 70 days on a full charge.

And at just $99 full-price, it’s pretty clear why the MX Master 3 is so popular and still one of our favorites.

Logitech G203

Why you should buy this: It’s a decently priced and high-quality gaming mouse.

Who it’s for: Gamers who want a lot of customization options.

Why we chose the Logitech G203: Logitech’s G series of gaming peripherals has an excellent lineup, and the G203 is a great budget option for gamers who want a high-quality mouse. The G203 has 8,000 DPI with five customizable sensitivity settings that you tweak through the Logitech G HUB software.

The software also can be used to adjust the RGB logo, as well as map the six buttons on the mouse. The primary left-right buttons are mechanical, delivering satisfying clicks during play, and guaranteeing many thousands of hours of life.

All in all, the G203 is a comfortable and affordable mouse that gives players a lot of control over how to use it. It comes in some appealing colors as well, such as lilac purple, for those who want a very different look to their mouse.

Logitech G Pro Wireless

Why you should buy this: It’s the ultimate wireless gaming mouse.

Who it’s for: Gamers who want a top-tier experience with a cable-free setup.

Why we chose the Logitech G Pro Wireless: The Logitech G Pro Wireless is exactly what it sounds like — a top-of-the-line pro gaming mouse. It’s incredibly lightweight at just 2.82 ounces, but its packing a 16,000-DPI sensor for supreme precision. The G Pro Wireless also utilizes Logitech’s LIGHTSPEED wireless technology, creating an experience with no latency that is near identical to a wired mouse setup.

From there, the Logitech G Pro Wireless has everything else you would expect, programmable buttons and RGB, as well as compatibility with MacOS, Windows, and Linux. And since the M1 chip makes the Mac a viable gaming machine, now is the perfect time to get a great gaming mouse.

Logitech MX Ergo

Why you should buy this: It’s a comfortable mouse that helps improve your mousing posture.

Who it’s for: Office workers or anyone who spends extended time at their desk.

Why we chose the Logitech MX Ergo: There are a lot of ergonomic-friendly mice out there, but none compare to the Logitech MX Ergo. This mouse has been designed entirely to improve comfort for long-term use. The mouse can be adjusted between a zero- and 20-degree angle to help improve forearm comfort, and the rollerball locomotion makes it way more friendly to long-term wrist posture.

The MX Ergo is designed to minimize hand movement. Thanks to the trackball over the thumb area, there isn’t really a need to move your hand at all since it can be used to control the cursor. It also has an easy-switch button beneath the scroll wheel to easily change which device you’re working on. That’s crucial if you’re switching between a laptop and a work PC regularly.

Satechi M1

Why you should buy this: It’s a nice-looking and simple mouse at a reasonable price.

Who it’s for: Work professionals who want a simple and inexpensive device.

Why we chose the Satechi M1: Satechi has gained a lot of traction over the past few years as a quality budget-oriented accessory company. The M1 wireless mouse is a perfect example of their lineup because of it’s clean and modern aesthetic and affordable price. It’s a Bluetooth mouse with a 32-foot range, and it comes in a variety of metallic covers, including gold and rose-gold options. It doesn’t have any special features, but at $30 it doesn’t really have to. It’s just a clean and straightforward device for working professionals. It won’t be used for gaming, and their are better mice for creative workflows. However, for those who just need a simple mouse to get them through the day, the Satechi M1 is an excellent and affordable option.

Apple Magic Mouse 2

Apple Magic Mouse 2

Why you should buy this: Apple’s Magic Mouse 2 offers MacOS gesture control unlike any other mouse on the market.

Who’s it for: Those seeking the most authentic Mac experience — a gesture power-user.

Why we chose the Apple Magic Mouse 2:

Apple’s Magic Mouse features some questionable design choices, including the decision to place the charging port on the bottom of the unit — meaning you can’t use the mouse while you charge it. However, despite some of the negative complaints some users may have about Apple’s Magic Mouse 2, primarily the design, which seems to favor aesthetics over ergonomics, the product packs many features worth noting. For those who love navigating around their Mac with ease, the Magic Mouse 2 can handle all of the gesture controls included in MacOS. With the flick or tap of fingers, users can quickly scroll, zoom, and rotate, in addition to swiping between webpages, switching full-screen apps, opening the notification enter, accessing Launchpad, and much more.

As usual, we are impressed with Apple’s superb build quality, with the Magic Mouse 2 featuring materials such as aluminum for its bottom shell and glass for its top surface. We know that its design will likely attract those looking at the Magic Mouse 2, and we can reassure that the mouse does indeed come in both classic silver and space gray — however, you’ll be paying an odd premium for the latter. Lastly, as with most Apple products, users will be shelling out quite a bit of money for the honor of owning the Magic Mouse 2, but for some, the privilege is worth it. If you get one with a new 24-inch iMac, the Magic Mouse will even come in a matching color (same goes fore the Magic Trackpad 2).

Oh, and if you like the idea of the Apple Magic Mouse 2 but find that it’s a little too slippery and weird to hold, you can get Magic Grips for the sides of the mouse that can make it more comfortable to use.

Apple Magic Trackpad 2

Apple Magic Trackpad 2

Why you should buy this: You absolutely love the trackpad on your Macbook and want it for your desktop.

Who’s it for: Those wanting the best Trackpad for Mac.

Why we chose the Apple Magic Trackpad 2:

OK, so the Magic Trackpad 2 isn’t a mouse, but it is an excellent pointing device, and we’d be doing a great disservice to our readers by not including it in our review. Apple has a reputation for having one of the best trackpad designs in the laptop world, and now you can enjoy that experience on your Mac desktop.

You’ll be able to use all the gestures you’re accustomed to on your laptop, making your desktop experience simple and pleasant. If you’re a Mac user who finds standard pointing devices awkward, the Magic Trackpad 2 is a terrific alternative, making it one of our top choices.

You’ll notice that the Apple Magic Trackpad shares your laptop trackpad’s sleek, responsive touch. It uses Apple’s Force Click technology, letting you fully immerse yourself in whatever program you’re using.

Lastly, this trackpad delivers the top-tier aesthetics for which Apple is known. It has an aluminum exterior and a seamless glass surface area and is available in classic silver and space gray.

You’ll need to shell out some extra cash for this trackpad, but it’s one of the best products available on the market.

Editors’ Choice

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The Best Mice for 2021

A high-quality, modern computer mouse can prevent fatigue at work, improve your performance when gaming, and make your computer more comfortable to use. The computer mouse market has some interesting innovations, too, including customizable buttons, built-in LEDs, and adjustable dots per inch.

Our top picks for the best mice stand out in terms of comfort, performance, and quality. While we have something for everyone, our mouse experience leads us to suggest Microsoft IntelliMouse as an affordable top pick for nearly every purpose.

There are some other options, however, including the dirt-cheap Microsoft Surface Mouse. Read on to find the best mouse for you.

Best mouse at a glance

Microsoft IntelliMouse


Why you should buy this: It is a very well-rounded mouse with an attractive design, ultra-fast responsiveness, and one of the most comfortable we’ve used.

Who it’s for: Anyone focused on no-frills and productivity over gaming.

Why we chose the Microsoft Classic IntelliMouse: 

The Microsoft Classic IntelliMouse has been a solid workhorse for years, focused more on productivity than gaming. It offers a simple design, with a super-compact body and feathery weight *(100g) along with only five buttons (two customizable thumb buttons and a middle click button and scroll wheel().

Arguably the Microsoft Classic IntelliMouse’s biggest draw is Microsoft’s BlueTrack technology, which helps it glides smoothly across almost all surfaces, including glass, wood, and that hard plastic picnic table. It can even roll effortlessly on carpet. The mouse cursor moves pretty smoothly with no interruptions regardless of the surface it is on. Tracking is very precise, with a DPI range of up to 3200 for super-smooth cursor movements. Compared to gaming mice, which usually clock in at 4000 DPI or greater, a DPI of up to 3200 is excellent for a productivity mouse.

The Microsoft Classic IntelliMouse offers a throwback to the heavy black and gray Microsoft mice of old, save for a modern white tail light that provides cover in the darkness.

Our only knock on the Microsoft Classic IntelliMouse is that it is a wired mouse, which offers more restricted movement across your desktop. However, it does remove the fuss of retrieving batteries, a dongle, or waiting for Bluetooth to respond – more for people who move their workstations from place to place.

Razer Pro Click

Why you should buy this: It is a very ergonomically focused mouse (codesigned with Humanscale) and offers outstanding durability (withstands up to 50 million clicks) and extended battery life (up to 400 hours)

Who it’s for: People looking for an ultra-durable mouse with cushy ergonomics.

Why we chose the Razer Pro Click: 

The Razer Pro Click has a very dynamic feature set that is focused on customization and wireless performance. It comes with a whopping eight programmable buttons, each of which works independently or has macros assigned to them through Razor’s Synapse 3 hardware configuration tool. It is good enough for up to four profiles, each with its own set of configurations, making it ideal for multiple gamers in the same household. There is even a button at the bottom of the mouse that allows users to toggle between different devices without pairing or unpairing.

In terms of battery life, the Razer Pro Click ranks very well offering up to 20 hours when connected through 2.4GHZ wireless and up to 400 hours on a Bluetooth connection. A 16,000 DPI sensor offers super fine mouse cursor movement, essential for gamers looking for an accurate and well-timed shot.

Ergonomics with the Razer Pro Click are outright solid, with a mesh-like thumb grip and a higher than average right thumb hump, along with exaggerated curves along the top and sides for a truly comfortable feel.

With the sheer number of customization options, the Razer Pro Click is better suited for high-velocity gaming over productivity tasks like normal email and web browsing. Consider this one of the better gaming mice out there.

Microsoft Surface Mouse

Why you should buy this: It is super thin, lightweight, and can be used on any surface including a desk, floor, or carpet using BlueTrack technology.

Who it’s for: Value-conscious people who are looking for a lightweight and portable mouse that can switch between jobs.

Why we chose the Microsoft Surface Mobile Mouse: 

The Microsoft Surface Mobile Mouse offers one of the most intriguing designs we’ve come across, with a very flat profile and slim proportions (only 1 by 2.4 by 4.2 inches), true to mobile mouse form. BlueTrack technology. makes it work across almost all surfaces.

In terms of specs, the Microsoft Surface Mobile Mouse offers a respectable 1800 DPI resolution. It’s on the lower end, compared to ultra- 4000+ DPI gaming mice with pointers that fly across the screen with the lightest tap. That said, it’s much better suited as a productivity mouse for web browsing, spreadsheets, and email, with a low cost that makes it affordable for everything.

Our only knock on the Microsoft Surface Mobile Mouse is that there is no wired option and includes two alkaline AAA batteries (good for up to 12 months of battery life), an inferior option to a built-in rechargeable battery. Its minuscule proportions and ultra low profile design also offer limited palm support, but this is often the case with mobile mice.

Logitech MX Master 3

Why you should buy this: Allows for app-specific customizations.

Who it’s for: Creatives who work heavily with photo- and video-editing apps such as Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Premiere Pro, and Final Cut Pro.

Why we chose the Logitech MX Master 3:

The Logitech MX Master 3 offers monster specs, starting with app-specific customizations that use presets to drive some of the more popular apps out there, including the Adobe Creative Suite and Final Cut Pro. For example, the scroll wheel can be configured to perform one action for Microsoft Excel and a separate action for Final Cut Pro. It is also very easy to restore defaults if things get out of whack. Kudos for Windows, macOS, Linux, iOS, and Android support.

In terms of precision, the MX Master 3 is rock solid with a 4000 DPI rating, which is unaffected regardless of the surface its own, including wood and glass.

Battery life for the Logitech MX Master 3 is also on point, using a quick-charging USB Type-C port and lasting up to 70 days per full charge, which only takes two hours. It can also be connected to three devices at once, with a small underside switch that allows for easy cross-device controls.

Steelseries Rival 710

Why you should buy this: Outstanding sensitivity (12,000 DPI), which is a must for competition first-person shooter games.

Who it’s for:  Hardcore gamers who want a healthy number of customization options and a little flashiness with its on-body screen.

Why we chose the Steelseries Rival 710:

The Steelseries Rival 710 is an absolute monster, starting with a TrueMove3 optical sensor that supports 12,000 CPI, as well as a haptic feedback system that allows users to apply 10 vibration types based on what’s happening in-game. For example, one vibration can be set for every gunshot and a second vibration type could be set with every reloaded. Each vibration type is different in terms of length and power, so feedback is immediate. Up to five onboard profiles can be saved, so multiple gamers can use the same mouse and apply their own button scheme and visuals.

Even the Steelseries Rival 710’s body can be customized. Its modular design allows for easy swaps of the top and side panels, along with sensor and cable placement. One of the more intriguing swap options is the sensor, which can be upgraded for an even more powerful sensor for greater accuracy. Consider this a must for only the most die-hard of gamers, as 12,000 CPI is nothing to scoff at.

One of the Steelseries Rival 710’s most notable features is its left side black-and-white OLED display, which serves very little purpose other than to display an image of GIF uploaded to its software program, SteelSeries Engine 3. However, any image that is uploaded needs to meet rigid specs (128 by 36 pixels) which kind of loses its cool factor a bit. Still, consider it more a style cue than anything else. Rounding out the aesthetic is two RGB lights on the scroll wheel and base, which are subtle enough to look more cool than distracting.

Logitech MX Vertical

Who it’s for: Anyone looking for extra hand support in reducing wrist pressure and muscle strain.

Why you should buy this: It is one of the more ergonomic mice we’ve ever tested.

Why we chose the Logitech MX Vertical: The Logitech MX Vertical offers the most unique design on our list. Shaped like a warped onion when viewing from above, it eschews a traditional low or curved profile in favor of a 57-degree vertical angled top that places hands in a natural handshake position. It is contoured like a human hand, so forearm twisting is much less compared to a standard mouse. Note, the lack of a thumb grip and a cupping handle for your hand gives the Logitech MX Vertical a steeper learning curve.

On the spec side, the Logitech MX Vertical is a pure productivity play. A 4,000 DPI sensor is very responsive, although gamers may want to upgrade to a 10,000 DPI or higher-rated mouse for better accuracy. With customization, it comes with four buttons, which can each be customized depending on the app you are using. An underside button also allows for easy flipping between three wireless connections. Other adjustments that could be made include DPI and syncing across multiple devices.

Logitech G Pro Gaming Mouse Wireless

Logitech G Pro Wireless

Who it’s for: Gamers that want to feel like the pros.

Why you should buy this: Those who aim to play at the competitive level or at least want to give themselves an advantage.

Why we chose the Logitech G Pro Wireless Gaming Mouse:

Logitech says this mouse is one of the best Esports mice ever made, and our tests show they’re right. Despite lacking a hardwired connection, it has an impressive 1-millisecond report rate and is both fast and accurate, thanks to its high-end Logitech Hero sensor. It also supports Logitech’s Lightspeed wireless charging using a compatible Qi mouse mat.

It’s lightweight, with a thin shell, and the mechanical button switches are both incredibly responsive and durable, rated for a 50-million click lifespan. If you want to map extra capabilities, there are four side buttons you can customize. If you prefer a more focused mouse just for aiming, you can remove those buttons so they don’t become a distraction.

If any mouse can prove that gaming doesn’t require a wired connection, Logitech’s G Pro Wireless is the one to do it.

Corsair Nightsword

Who it’s for: Gamers who love to tinker with their mouse obsessively.

Why you should buy this: It allows for unparalleled customization and excellent support for macros.

Why we chose the Corsair Nightsword:

If you’re a gamer that keeps thinking that your mouse just doesn’t feel right for your style of play, the Nightsword is here to give you a whole new level of customization. It’s not just tunable in the traditional sense: The mouse offers six slots for inserting mini-weight to help control the balance, feel, and overall weight to exactly what you prefer, and the onboard software will adjust to the new center of gravity as needed.

The Pixart 18,000-DPI sensor is also intensely customizable, allowing you to adjust the sensitivity by a single DPI until you get to the accuracy level that you need. There are a total of 10 programmable buttons ready for macros or key mapping on the mouse as well, ideal for more complex MMO or RTS gameplay where you need to complete certain actions fast to save time. The extra support and rubber grips help you avoid making a mistake during tense moments, too.

To make the most of the Corsair Nightsword you’ll want to take the time to customize it to your tastes, but it’s a mouse that allows you to tweak every detail until it’s exactly what you need.

Editors’ Choice

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Amazon’s huge one-day PC sale slashes prices on laptops, mice, keyboards, and more by up to 50%

Amazon’s current one-day sale is one you don’t want to miss if you’re on the lookout for fresh PC gear. The online retailer is dropping prices on laptops, gaming headsets, mice, keyboards, and more. Some of these deals are up to 50 percent off, according to Amazon. The top picks we’ve curated from the sale didn’t quite hit that mark, but we found some really nice deals that are at, or close to, their all-time lows.

Our first top pick is an AMD-powered Lenovo Flex 14 2-in-1 convertible laptop for $529. This is the all-time low for this laptop, and just yesterday it was $650–a savings of $121. It features a 1080p touchscreen, an AMD Ryzen 5 3500U processor, 8GB of RAM, and a 256GB NVMe (read: fast) SSD. It’s also rocking a pen for the touchscreen. This isn’t going to work very well as a gaming laptop, but it’s killer travel and productivity gear.

Next, we like the Corsair K55 RGB gaming keyboard for $40, which was $50 yesterday. The sale price is $2 above its all-time low. This isn’t a mechanical keyboard, but it’s still got a lot to offer at a great price. The Corsair K55 RGB packs three-zone dynamic RGB backlighting, six programmable macro keys, anti-ghosting for more accurate key presses, and a wrist rest for comfort.

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The Acer Predator Helios 300.

Then there’s the Corsair Scimitar Pro RGB gaming mouse for $50, down from $63 most recently. It features a 16,000 DPI optical sensor, 12 programmable side buttons, and three predefined profiles for MMO gaming and “general purpose keyboard shortcuts.” That’s a solid set of features for just $50.

Finally, our beloved Acer Predator Helios 300—with a six-core Intel processor, a GeForce GTX 1060, and a 144Hz display—is only $899 today!

Those are our top picks, but there are tons of other interesting deals available, including gaming laptops, CPU liquid coolers, headsets, and routers. Be sure to check out the full sale to see all the available deals, and don’t delay: this blowout ends at midnight.

[Today’s deal: Amazon’s one day PC, peripherals, and accessories sale.]

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