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When was the last time you upgraded your mouse? If the answer falls sometime between “never” and “I don’t even remember where I got the one I’m using right now,” it’s time to step it up. And if you’re not ready to drop the equivalent of a Friday night bar tab on the Lexus of mice, the Logitech M510 is a reasonably priced option that has a lot of the same features for far less. The retail price is $39.99 (£34.90, AU$55), but the real-world price is at vendors like Amazon and elsewhere is literally half that.

I’ve used the Logitech M510 (mine is red but it comes in black and blue too) for the last three weeks and it’s already the first thing I look for when I pack my day bag, and here’s why: it works. By that, I mean I don’t have to worry about finding a mouse pad or a clean surface to work on because the laser can track on anything from carpet, wood and even clothes. The connection does hiccup on mirrored surfaces like glass and marble – that probably won’t matter to most people, but it’s worth noting Logitech’s pricier models include its “Darkfield” laser sensor that works on everything.