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The Best Mouse for photoshop and photo-editing+ top 5 list

Every designer needs a reliable mouse. It is an essential tool on every computer desk. Photoshop users know how frustrating it can be to use a sub-standard mouse, whether it’s the battery dying mid-project, the mouse cursor jerking and lagging on screen, or if it’s wired, the cord getting cut up at the ends. A good mouse should be one you never notice cause it gets the job done comfortably without any fuss.

The best mouse for photoshop and photo-editing is the Logitech MX Master 3 Advanced Wireless Mouse. It’s good value and perfectly balanced and responsive. If you need a vertical mouse, wired mouse, or different price options, I’ve compiled a list with the best in each category. Read on for this and more comparisons.

Top 5 best mouses for using photoshop

  1. Logitech MX Master 3 Advanced Mouse (wireless)
  2. Logitech G700s Rechargeable Gaming Mouse (Wired/Wireless)
  3. Apple Magic Mouse 2 (Wireless, Rechargable)
  4. Logitech G900 Chaos Spectrum (wired/wireless)
  5. Corsair Scimitar Pro RGB – MMO Gaming Mouse (wired)

Mouse name

Connection

Sensitivity

Battery life

Sensor

Customizable buttons

Price

Bluetooth, Unifying Dongle. USB-c rechargeable

4000 dpi

70 days

Laser

2

Wireless/wired. USB recharging/data cable

200-8200 dpi

10 hours

Laser

13

Wireless, bluetooth.
USB recharging

1300 dpi (not adjustable)

24-48 hours

Optical

0

Wireless. USB recharging

200-12000 dpi

30 hours

Optical

11

Wired, USB

16000 dpi

N/A

Optical

12

1. Logitech MX Master 3 Advanced Mouse

This is the best mouse on the list for photoshop users because of its perfect balance of functionality and comfort. It is everything you’ll need and it keeps a relatively affordable price, compared to others on the list that are super tuned for gaming.

The Logitech MX Master 3 is wireless and recharges through a USB-c cable. On a full charge, the mouse will last a whopping 70 days, which goes above and beyond every other mouse on my top 5 list. On a 1 minute charge, the mouse will keep going for 3 hours according to Logitech, which is very impressive for a wireless mouse, let alone in its price.

It has two customizable buttons and a side scroll wheel within reach of the ergonomic thumb-grip, in addition to the standard left, right-click and scroll. These are really helpful for you to customize your most used Photoshop shortcuts like ctrl+z and the pen tool. The scrolls are remarkably quiet, precise and smooth.

The Ergonomic design allows for a comfortable grip and natural movement. It’s ambidextrous. The 4000 dpi sensor isn’t the highest on this list, but it is beyond sufficient for photoshop use and will work on any surface including glass!

Another great feature is the button on the bottom of the mouse that allows switching between 3 screens if you have a multiple screen setup. Overall, the mouse will do anything a designer needs in photoshop and other programs, comfortably.

The build quality is good and solid. The materials, like the machined steel scroll, are nicely textured for a good grip, smoothness and longevity. The Logitech MX Master 3 is supported on Pc, Linux and Mac.

2. Logitech G700s Rechargeable Gaming Mouse

What can I say, Logitech know how to make a great mouse. The Logitech G700s is far pricier than the MX master and it justifies it, at least for gamers. Features like the 13 controllable buttons are a bit overkill for Photoshop and photo-editing, but it’s made for high-perfomance gamers so doing design and editing tasks will be a breeze.

The build is solid, as it’s made to survive hours of abuse from the most enthusiastic of gamers, and it looks really cool. It’s not a minimal design, but it’s also not over the top with RGB lights all over like the stereotypical gaming mouse. It strikes a good balance in design, and it’s also very comfortable to use and maneuver. You don’t feel the 13 buttons, cause they are very well placed and easy to use. It doesn’t feel cluttered at all. And the buttons are rated to last more than 12 million clicks!

The G700s is a wireless mouse, but unlike the MX Master 3, you can keep using it as it charges via the USB. The mouse switches to data over cable so you keep working uninterrupted and you’ll barely notice a difference in performance. A great feature made for gamers but is a huge benefit for designers working on long projects in photoshop.

The mouse also has onboard memory that allows you to store upto five ready-to-play profiles. These profiles are configurations of buttons you’ve selected, so if you need to switch to a different configuration when you start using Adobe Illustrator from Adobe Photoshop, then it’s a simple click and you’re good to go. It’s these kinds of features that truly sets it apart and define its price point.

That really wide DPI range really solidifies it’s status in the top brass. The mouse allows you to switch from as low as 200 DPI for those precise edit moves in Photoshop, to 8200 DPI for fast maneuvers in gaming. The DPI switching buttons will be within quick reach of your thumb for fast, easy switching between sensitivity. The mouse has hyper-fast scrolling to speed through long documents and web pages.

The Logitech G700s is supported on Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista and Mac platforms.

3. Apple Magic Mouse 2

The Apple Magic Mouse 2 stands out in this list for it’s minimal clean design. This appeals to many designers and photoshop users, especially those like me who have no need for multiple customizable buttons and are happy to use keyboard shortcuts. It’s also the lightest in this list, and while it doesn’t have the gripping ergonomic design like other mouses, it’s lightness adds to the comfort of using it.

One downside of the Magic Mouse is it doesn’t have adjustable DPI, which can be a bother. The DPI is 1300 which is quite low. If you’re using a large display and you need that quick movement to jump from one end to another, you might result to using the traditional cave-man method of thumping and hopping your mouse on your desk.

Another drawback with this mouse, is it has a touch-sensitive back and you might make movements or scrolling that you did not intend to. You also can’t use it while it’s charging because the USB port is located at the bottom.

So why is it on this list if it has significant drawbacks? Well, the Apple Magic Mouse 2 is the best mouse that Apple makes, and for Mac users, it means it’s the best mouse that will work right out of the box with their device. The other mouses by Logitech and other brands need you to download software to use on a Mac. The Magic Mouse is also supported on the Ipad Air. The gestures feature is also unique to the mouse, and is Apple’s way of getting around customizable buttons. It allows multi-touch gestures, and once you learn them, you won’t stop using them.

The Apple Magic Mouse 2 also has great battery life, a rare thing for apple products. A 2-minute charge could take you through 9 hours of use and a full charge will last for weeks on light use. For photo editing and Photoshop use, it will perform as you need it to, but on large or multiple screens you’ll struggle with the maneuverability. It’ll also last longer on a single charge than most gaming mouse. However, I wouldn’t advise you to get it for competitive gaming.

The mouse is only supported on Mac and iOS.

4. Logitech G900 Chaos Spectrum

Looking at the G900 Chaos Spectrum from above, the first thing you realize is it’s perfectly symmetrical form. This makes it truly ambidextrous, meaning the experience for a left-handed person is just as good as that of a right-handed person. The design isn’t as ergonomic as the G700s because of this, but left-handed people will appreciate the inclusion. It’s not uncomfortable at all.

It doubles down on that gaming mouse look but it won’t look odd on your desk. It’s perfect for a photoshop user and digital artist, with 11 customizable buttons for all your shortcuts. Logitech also supports the mouse with a great software interface to make all the adjustments you need, including RGB lighting. Yes, it features RGB lights with up to 16 million colors, and you can customize them to any style you want, even match it with your desktop RGB fans if you’re into the disco desk setup.

The mouse boasts an impressive DPI range of 200-12,000 DPI, fully adjustable! You can get precise movements and zap that cursor across multiple screens with a click of a switch. The optical sensor is one of the best in the industry, with zero filtering and smoothing, you get accurate targeting at any sensitivity.

So how does the battery hold up with the RGB lights? Pretty good. The mouse lasts up to 30 hours on a single charge, and if you run out of juice mid-photo-editing, you can quickly plug it into a USB and switch to fast wired use, as it charges, just like the G700s.

In the box it comes with an accessories case that includes button covers for left/right hand set up.

So why did I pick the MX Master as the best over the G900? I find the MX Master to be more ergonimically designed. The battery life in the MX Master is also far better at 70 days, compared to the G900’s 32 hours although the latter allows you to charge as you use.

The logitech G900 chaos spectrum has windows 7, 8 and 10 support. For Linux and Mac users, check the official website for software downloads, if they are made available.

5. Corsair Scimitar Pro RGB

First look at the Corsair Scimitar Pro, and it’s an intimidating beast. The transformer aesthetic, the numerous buttons and the RGB glow will either impress you or scare you off. It’s built for gaming and the 16,000 DPI, the highest on this list is truly overkill for Photoshop use, but it’s adjustable so you’ll do all your tasks with ease.

The mouse is fully wired with a 1.8 meter cord! No fussing with charging, and you’re assured of quick accurate response no matter how far away your CPU is from your desk. The pricing is more or less around the G900 and MX Master range.

For the price, it comes packed with great features. So why is it not top of my list? For one, I find the design to be cluttered, especially with the protruding customizable buttons on the side. i don’t see how you could use them all without getting confused. It only has one more button (12) than the Logitech G900, but the Logitech is far more discreet yet functional you barely notice all the buttons placement.

The fact that it’s also fully wired with no wireless option is a letdown. You also have to carry around that long cable with it. Setting up the buttons might also be a challenge. There are a few concerns about the software causing a reduction in frame rate on a PC depending on how you customize the mouse.

However, it’s a great mouse with a solid durable build. For a Photoshop user, it will do everything you need, and heck, you might fall in love with the RGB lights and the custom buttons. It’s comfortable and quiet and well-weighted; strikes a great balance between light and heavy.

The most comfortable mouse: Anker Vertical

Many Photoshop users and photo-editors work long hours, and the strain on your hand might leave you witch cramps at the end of the day. Most manufacturers like the ones on my top 5 list take ergonomics (comfort) in consideration when designing their mouses. But for the ultimate experience in comfort, there are new vertical mouse designs that allow you to grip the mouse at a more natural angle.

The Anker Vertical mouse is my pick of the class, offering superior comfort and pro features at an affordable price. The mouse has a beautiful velvet matte texture that’s comfortable to hold. The DPI is adjustable between 800/1200/1600 DPI. The optical sensor is fast and responsive to different surfaces.

The Anker Vertical features next/previous buttons for easy webpage scrolling, which comes in handy when researching content and browsing stock photos for your photoshop projects. In total it has 5 buttons. The hold feels natural and offers a comfortable grip, it feels like an extension of your hand like a great mouse should.

The Anker Vertical is powered by two replaceable AAA batteries. It’s a let down that it’s not rechargeable but for it’s price range we shouldn’t expect it to be. It’s a very energy efficient mouse thanks to its power-saving feature. It will go up to a year without you needing to change the batteries.

The mouse connects to your computer via a USB dongle, and is compatible with Windows, Linux and Mac platforms.

What to look for when buying a mouse

  1. Wired or wireless. This debate is still raging for gamers. But for a graphic designer, illustrator, or photo-editor this is simply a matter of preference. A wired mouse has the additional problem of cord entanglement and possible damage to the wire. Wireless mouse on the other hand need charging or battery replacement.
  2. Adjustable DPI– The DPI stands for Dots Per Inch and is the standard for measuring the mouse sensitivity. The higher the dpi the higher the sensitivity. An adjustable dpi allows you to choose the best sensitivity for your needs.
  3. Customization– Unlike old times when you only had 2 buttons on a mouse, left and right-click, modern mouses come with numerous customizable buttons, which can be helpful to customize for quick photoshop shortcuts. The positioning of the buttons is also important for comfort.
  4. Comfort– Many photoshop users will get cramps, stiffness after long usage, especially if the mouse is not ergonomically designed. You may even develop carpal tunnel syndrome. A good mouse should be comfortable to hold and use without strain. For optimal comfort, there are good vertical mouses in the market.
  5. Price- There are mouses available starting from under $10 up to $200 like the Razer Mamba HyperFlux. It all depends on your pocket and the specs you need.

In summary

My favorite is the Logitech MX Master 3. It packs great features and keeps a relatively low-price while competing with high-end mouses. It’s also beautiful, simple and ergonomic and the left/right scroll is a great plus for photoshop users when zoomed in on documents. If you’re looking for the most comfortable mouse at a great price, the Anker Vertical is your best choice. Here are all the links to the Amazon pages for more photos, details and reviews.

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