Some day in the not-too-distant future, we'll be controlling our computers with a wave of the hand, a blink of an eye, or maybe even the firing of a neuron, but until that day comes, we all still need a mouse and keyboard to get serious work or gaming done. This buyer's guide, updated for Summer 2017, will help you complete your PC setup, giving you the very best options for controlling your PC at every price point.

We've organized this guide into two sections. The first seven items represent our personal picks for home, home theater, and small office users. Not surprisingly, Logitech is dominant here, as it's the biggest peripherals manufacturer in the world, and has been for quite some time. We profile a number of great Logitech mice in this guide, including its range-topping MX Master 2, shown here.

The next eight items in our guide are targeted at gamers, and in this market, Logitech has plenty of competition. In fact, while Logitech still makes the best mice in the world, others have taken up the mantle when it comes to keyboards and mousing surfaces. And while the addition of "gaming" to a product's name is often just marketing fluff, we've picked out a wide range of models that we use ourselves and know will actually improve your gaming experience! This season, we've added some great new keyboard offerings from Corsair that truly perform at an elite level, despite reasonable prices.

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Peripherals - Summer 2017

    The Basic Business Mouse:

    Logitech Corded Mouse M500

    For basic home office of small business use, you can't beat the Logitech M500. With its wired connection, you never have to worry about batteries dying or the connection dropping, which makes it easy to roll out in an office environment. And with built-in forward and back buttons along with the unique "hyper-fast" infinite scroll wheel, navigating web pages and documents is much easier than with any other similarly-priced mouse.

    The Guru's Tip:

    At this point, Logitech basically has no competition whatsoever in the mouse market - it has the very best models for any home or small office user.

    The Perfect Travel Mouse:

    Logitech Anywhere Mouse MX

    Need a mouse that will work on any surface? Then step up to the amazing Logitech Anywhere Mouse MX - battery life is lower due to the extra-sensitive "Darkfield" sensor, and it's a bit smaller than most mice because it's intended for travel, but wow, does it work! We've used it on wood, tile, and yes, even glass!

    The Guru's Tip:

    Logitech's newer Anywhere Mouse MX 2 offers a few nice improvements, such as built-in Bluetooth plus a rechargeable battery, but it costs quite a bit more. For most users, the original MX is the better bargain.

    The Deluxe Wireless Mouse:

    Logitech G602 Wireless Gaming Mouse

    Yes, it says"gaming" right there in the product name, but serious gamers will want one of the models we recommend later in this guide. So whom do we think this mouse is actually good for? Just about everyone else! In its high-precision mode, it will go 250 hours before needing a change of batteries. And in standard-sensitivity mode, it can go months before needing a charge. It also glides very smoothly and has a comfortable shape for long hours of use. To learn more about this amazing mouse, read our in-depth review!

    The Guru's Tip:

    What do you give up with this model? To offer amazing battery life, this mouse uses an optical sensor rather than laser, and hence will not work on reflective surfaces like glass. And unlike the more expensive wireless gaming model profiled later in this guide, it doesn't have a fancy lithium battery - it just uses standard AAs.

    The Ultimate Business Mouse:

    Logitech MX Master 2S Wireless

    If you want only the best, step up to Logitech's latest MX Master, the 2S. It can work on any surface, including glass, while running for 70 days before needing a charge. This mouse has dual wireless modes, meaning you can use either Bluetooth (if your PC has it), or the included nano USB receiver. And in a feat of true genius, Logitech has pioneered a new cross-computer mode, which allows you to control up to three PC or Mac computers using a single mouse - even cutting and pasting data between them. Whoa!

    The Guru's Tip:

    The MX Master 2S is being marketed under Logitech's new "Logi" sub-brand, which was created to appeal to a broader consumer audience. Don't worry, though, it's still packing all the cutting-edge "tech" that the Logitech name has always stood for!

    The Basic Wired Keyboard:

    AmazonBasics Wired Keyboard

    If you just need a great keyboard for home office use, consider the Amazon Basics Wired Keyboard. It features a low-profile design, dedicated volume and calculator keys, and a number pad.

    The Guru's Tip:

    We always like to have at least one corded mouse or keyboard around for troubleshooting, because you know you'll never get wireless interference when using it.

    The Home Theater Keyboard/Trackpad Combo:

    Logitech K830 Illuminated Wireless Keyboard

    The K830 is the ideal home theater PC keyboard. No other manufacturer has come up with a solution that's quite so stylish, useful, or cost-effective. With its integrated trackpad, the K830 allows you to interact with your PC from any seat in the room - no desk required! And with its included backlighting, you can actually use it in a dark media room!

    The Guru's Tip:

    This keyboard uses Bluetooth, rather than Logitech's propritary nano USB receiver, meaning it can even be used with an Android smartphone!

    The Ultimate Business Keyboard:

    Corsair Strafe MX Silent

    While there are plenty of ultra-expensive "business" keyboards, if you want the very best keyboard for office use without paying an exorbitant price, go for Corsair's Strafe MX Silent. Yes, it was developed as a "gaming" keyboard, but as one of the very few keyboards on the market with Cherry's MX Silent switches, it offers the dual benefits of mechanical feel and precision and a typing experience quieter than a standard rubber membrane keyboard.

    The Guru's Tip:

    To learn more about Cherry's MX Silent switches, read our full review of the Cherry MX Silent Board.

    The Mid-Range Gaming Mouse:

    Corsair Harpoon RGB Gaming Mouse

    There are a lot of so-called gaming mice out there, including a number in the $10-$15 range. Folks, avoid those, and step up to a true gaming mouse at a budget-friendly price, the new Harpoon from Corsair, maker of some of the very finest gaming gear on the market. Incorporating high-end features like RGB lighting, an ergonomic grip, on-the-fly DPI adjustment, and a high-quality 6000dpi optical sensor, this gaming mouse is the real deal.

    The Guru's Tip:

    Don't forget, a mouse is only as good as the mousepad you use it on, so consider picking up the budget-priced Corsair MM200 cloth gaming pad to go with your Harpoon!

    The Pro Gaming Mouse:

    Razer DeathAdder Elite

    This wired mouse takes the art of gaming to a new level. With a precise, adjustable optical sensor, ultra-slick feet, and a braided core, this mouse will keep you in the game. It also offers on-the-fly sensitivity adjustment, an ultra-light chassis, and a gaming grip that will suit just about everyone.

    The Guru's Tip:

    Razer's "Elite" version of the Deathadder is a massively-improved version of the Deathadder Chroma that sells for just a few dollars less. Razer added two critical features: a top-mounted DPI selection switch and a true gaming-grade 16,000dpi optical sensor.

    The Ultimate Wireless Mouse:

    Logitech G403 Prodigy Wireless Gaming Mouse

    Until recently, the terms "wireless" and "gaming mouse" just didn't fit well together. Sure, you could buy wireless gaming mice, but they just didn't work well in games. All that has changed with the new Logitech G403. Offering an incredibly-responsive wireless connection, an ultra-sensitive optical sensor, and a comfortable, attractive shell, it's worth every penny of its asking price. This wireless gaming mouse is truly "The One"!

    The Guru's Tip:

    To learn why we named this our favorite mouse ever, see our full review.

    The Gaming Mouse Pad:

    SteelSeries 4HD

    A mouse is nothing without a great mouse pad, so please do yourself a favor and pick up the time-tested SteelSeries 4HD 11.5" x 9.5" hard gaming pad - we use one and trust us, it's worth every cent! If you need an extra-large mousing surface, go with the SteelSeries 9HD. It's identical to the 4HD, but adds about an inch of extra surface in both directions. 

    The Guru's Tip:


    Want a totally different take on the mousing experience? Then pick up the awesome Corsair MM300 Extended Mouse Mat, a cloth surface that will cover your entire work area, meaning you'll never slip off the edge of your mat during the heat of the battle!

    The Budget Gaming Keyboard:

    Corsair K55 RGB

    If you're looking to get your gaming on with a high-quality keyboard at a great price, looking no further than Corsair's new K55. The budget choice in Corsair's top-to-bottom lineup of gaming keyboards, this membrane-based model offers a host of dedicated gaming and media keys, quiet keys, and a detachable wrist rest. The K55 even adds RGB effects, which is practically a requirement in today's gaming market. While it's really just glorified three-zone backlighting, at least it allows you to pick the color of your choice!

    The Guru's Tip:

    Scroll up and down this page and you'll find a lot of Corsair keyboards on the list. That's because Corsair simply "gets it" when it comes to keyboards, producing good-looking, well-crafted, highly-functional keyboards at great prices.

    The Typist's Gaming Keyboard:

    Corsair Gaming K70 Lux MX Brown Mechanical Keyboard

    If you're serious about either typing or gaming, there are two things you absolutely must have: mechanical keys and a wired connection. And among many contenders, we believe Corsair does it best with its K70 Lux model, as we found in our recent hands-on review. It looks incredibly professional, has a compact profile, and its Cherry MX Brown switches are the absolute best if you'll be using your PC for a combination of gaming and typing due to their excellent tactile response.

    The Guru's Tip:

    Just note that MX Brown switches are far from quiet, so if you work or play in a shared office environment (or use the phone while typing), we recommend you go with Corsair's Strafe MX Silent Mechanical Keyboard, profiled earlier in this guide.

    The Ultimate Gaming Keyboard:

    Corsair K70 RGB Rapidfire Keyboard

    If fast-twitch gaming is your thing, and you need serious, no-holds-barred performance, there's no better keyboard on the market than Corsair's blazing-fast K70 Rapidfire. Featuring compact lines and a brushed aluminum faceplate, it looks docile enough sitting on your desk, but fire up a game and this thing roars to life. Featuring awesome full RGB per-key lighting, it can put on quite a show, and with short-throw 1.2mm MX Speed switches, it will never let you down in the heat of the battle! Want to learn more about what makes this keyboard tick? Read our full hands-on review!

    The Guru's Tip:


    With the surging popularity of eSports competition, many pro gamers have been looking for high-quality keyboards that are also ultra-portable. Gaming specialist HyperX has the answer: the HyperX Alloy FPS Mechanical Gaming Keyboard. Featuring Cherry MX Red, Brown, or Blue switches, red backlighting, a low-profile chassis, a carry bag, and most importantly, a detachable cable, there's no better gaming keyboard for taking on the road... or the competition!

    The Wireless PC Gamepad:

    Xbox Controller + Wireless Adapter for Windows

    If you plan to play driving, flying, or third-person adventure games on your desktop PC, or practically any game at all on a home theater PC, you owe it to yourself to pick up the Xbox One Wireless Controller for Windows. Offering built-in compatibility with just about every game that's come out since the dawn of the Xbox 360 in 2005, you're virtually guaranteed a great gaming experience.

    The Guru's Tip:

    Want a slightly lower-cost option? Then go for the wired version of the Xbox One controller. For desktop gaming, it might actually be preferable as it doesn't require batteries.