The best compact wireless mice for the Mac

Don't settle for a mouse with a bulky cable - keep your bag or briefcase neat with a compact, wire-free model.

Sometimes a trackpad is simply not the best way of moving your Mac's cursor. Whether you're a gamer looking for an edge, in need of a device that causes less wear and tear on your wrist, or just hoping for the best input experience possible, there are lots of options out there. I've narrowed them down to several different wireless models — most equipped with Bluetooth — that have a nice compact size which won't take up too much space.

1. Razer Orochi

For gaming and performance

Razer's line of mice are made for gamers, but gamers aren't the only ones to benefit: These mice aren't toys, they're incredibly durable - I've been using Razers since the first Boomslang came out: This company knows their stuff. The Orochi sports a compact ambidextrous design. It includes a USB cable but works via Bluetooth too; you can use it tethered if you forget to charge the two AA batteries (which should give you about 3 months of normal usage). Razer's Synapse 2.0 software enables you to customize button and scrolling input and how the 6400 dpi sensor tracks. It glows green, too, and looks cool. The price is great for what you get.

2. Evoluent VerticalMouse 4 Small Wireless

For avoiding RSI

Evoluent has been making vertical mice for years. Evoluent mice relax your wrists by keeping them at a more neutral upright posture — and the company has the backing of doctors and physical therapists to vouch for them. As the name implies, this is a more compact version of their Vertical Mouse 4. Adjustable optical sensor with top-mounted LEDs so you can see at a glance how fast the tracking is set. Only downsides: It uses a small 2.4 GHz USB receiver instead of Bluetooth, which makes it unsuitable for the new MacBook — too bad given its snappy color scheme; and it comes in right hand only (Evoluent makes leftie versions of other models). If you're concerned about carpal tunnel syndrome or other repetitive stress injuries (RSIs) and it's worth it to you to give up a USB port, this pricy mouse may be the one for you.

3. Magic Mouse

For gesture integration

Apple's own Magic Mouse is hard to beat, since the operating system software is designed to support it from the get go. No additional software is needed to get the most out of the Magic Mouse: Pair it with the host Mac and get the full benefit of gesture support: Click, secondary click, 360-degree scrolling, screen zoom and two-finger swiping, all customizable in the Mouse system preference. Its sleek, ambidextrous shape makes it a natural for righties and lefties alike. The Magic Mouse isn't the most battery-efficient Bluetooth mouse I've used, so I keep an Apple Battery Charger and spare AAs on hand to keep it working.

4. MX Anywhere 2

For glossy surfaces

Logitech's MX Anywhere 2 gets its name from its tracking technology. You can use it on any surface, including glass and high-gloss. You won't bother with the included Pico receiver because it works with the Mac's built-in Bluetooth. It also works with up to three Macs or PCs at once using a selector button on the bottom, much like Logitech's Bluetooth keyboards. The rechargeable battery works for an hour off a one minute charge using an included micro USB cable. Don't discount Logitech's driver software for OS X, which adds an array of customization features. The black design with gold trim looks especially smart paired with Apple's 12-inch MacBook.

5. Designer Bluetooth Mouse

For BT on a budget

Microsoft's Designer Bluetooth Mouse has a design that seems to echo the Magic Mouse somewhat: Quite thin and ambidextrous, clad in stealthy flat black as opposed to Apple's glossy white. The mouse works for up to six months per set of batteries. Don't let the Microsoft brand name put you off. I've used Microsoft mice for years with my Macs and they work fine, despite the relatively tepid support from the manufacturer.

6. Your favorites?

These are some of my favorite options for wireless, compact mice for the Mac. Do you have your own favorites you prefer? Sound off in the comments and let me know.