Paul taught digital media for many years, including photography, video and audio editing. Born in the UK, he now lives in Florida.
For many if not most laptop users, including myself, a mouse is much easier to use than a trackpad in the majority of situations. It's quicker, more efficient, and more comfortable.
No matter how good the trackpad technology, one can never get the same full sense of control as one gets with a pointing device, making the trackpad experience extremely frustrating at times.
Finding the best mouse for a MacBook Pro, or a MacBook Air is not straightforward. It is not just a simple matter of buying one that is technically compatible, most people also want something that will fit with the look and feel of their Apple laptop too.
A computer mouse can vary in numerous ways too, such as:
- Number and arrangement of buttons
- Style of scrolling wheel
- General design
- Price and value for money
- Wired or wireless
- Color and appearance
Top 5 Mice for MacBook Pro and Air
Here, in no particular order, are my selections:
- The Macally 2.4G Wireless: An Affordable Optical That's Stylish and Versatile
- The Jelly Comb Type C Wireless: Easy and Convenient
- The Logitech M557 Bluetooth: Side Scrolling and Bluetooth Technology
- The Azmall 2.4GHz Slim Optical: Versatile and Portable
- The Apple Magic Mouse 2: Rechargeable Wireless State of The Art Technology
I give more information and discuss my choices below.
The Macally 2.4G Wireless Mouse: An Affordable Optical That's Stylish and Versatile
For those on a limited budget looking for an affordable optical wireless mouse, the Macally 2.4G is an excellent option. It has a stylish appearance and is comfortable and easy to use.
The wireless connection uses a reliable 2.4 ghz dongle and although it needs traditional batteries, these will last you three months, assuming an average usage of three hours per day.
- Low cost and excellent value for money.
- Requires traditional batteries.
The Jelly Comb Type C Wireless: Easy and Convenient
Using a 2.4Ghz USB + Type C Dongle to provide wireless control, this mouse is easy to connect and use with your MacBook Pro or Air. It has a built-in 300mAh lithium rechargeable battery, which means that you don't have to mess around with buying and swapping out traditional batteries.
The sleek design features an optical laser that enables a fast response, accurate movement, and effortless tracking. It's also a relatively affordable device, offering excellent value for money.
- Built-in rechargeable battery makes life easy.
- Great value, but not the best mouse in the list.
The Logitech M557 Bluetooth: Side Scrolling and Bluetooth Technology
This wireless mouse connects to any Bluetooth enabled machine, including Macs. As well as being able to scroll up and down through documents, you can also tilt the wheel left and right to move back and forth through web pages.
The slim design gives the mouse a sleek appearance and it's comfortable to hold and use. The controls are programmable meaning that you can configure the buttons according to your own particular tastes and habits.
- Side scrolling enables you to move through web pages
- Uses traditional batteries, which will need replacing
The Azmall 2.4GHz Slim Optical: Versatile and Portable
With a Type C and Micro USB adapter, plus plug and play technology, this Azmall optical mouse is both versatile and easy to connect and use. Its sleek, symmetric design makes it a comfortable fit for both a left or right hand.
Its portability makes this wireless mouse a great choice for travelers and you don't have to carry lots of spare batteries around, because this device is rechargeable. It is quiet to use, no loud clicking sounds that can annoy the people around you.
- Comfortable to hold and use
- It can take around thirty minutes to recharge it, although you can still use it while charging.
The Apple Magic Mouse 2: Rechargeable Wireless State of The Art Technology
If you want a product that incorporates the very latest in innovative touch-sensitive technology from Apple and fits perfectly with the look and feel of your MacBook Pro, or Air, then you will be wanting the Apple Magic Mouse 2.
Yes, the price tag is a little higher, but in terms of design, it is head and shoulders above anything else out there that is currently available.
The Magic Mouse 2 is lighter with fewer moving parts, meaning that it tracks much better than regular mice. Swiping and scrolling is also easier thanks to the multi-touch surface.
- It's completely rechargeable so there's no need to keep buying and replacing traditional batteries.
You pay for what you get and this device is not cheap.
A Brief History of the Computer Mouse
It is difficult for a modern computer user to imagine a world without the mouse, such is the ubiquitous and usefulness of this device.
- The first mouse was invented by Douglas Engelbart in 1964. It had a wooden shell, circuit board. plus a couple of two metal wheels that rolled around on the surface that the mouse was placed upon.
- In 1972 Bill English came up with the design known as the "Ball Mouse". He replaced Engelbart's wheels with a ball. The ball could detect movement in any direction thanks to interaction with two rollers that in turn spun wheels. The motion could be converted into electrical pulses signifying direction and speed.
- The ball mouse was such an iconic design, that it dominated the market for many years.
- The optical mouse was developed in around 1980. The advantage of an optical was that it solved an issue with the ball mouse, where the ball would pick up dirt, grease, and fluff and gradually lose functionality over time (although they could be cleaned, of course - never a particularly pleasant task!).
- Optical mice were expensive to make, however, and it wasn't until the late 90s that prices had dropped enough for them to come into general use. Nowadays, the optical mouse is the standard type sold.
This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.
© 2014 Paul Goodman
Paul on January 11, 2020:
Can't believe how fuzzy, out of focus and old style the video for the Apple mouse is.