The Best Keyboard and Mouse for Photoshop

The Best Keyboard and Mouse for Photoshop

Macro Buttons

Just like how you can buy a keyboard with macro buttons, you can buy a mouse with macro buttons too. It’s a great way to improve your productivity. The benefit of macro buttons on your mouse compared to a keyboard is that you don’t need to let go of your mouse so often. I have my mouse set to switch tabs, zoom in and out, close a document, and also scroll up and down a panel. In Photoshop, for some reason the page up, down, home and end keys don’t work in the panels. Using the scroll wheel is also very slow. So I made a macro on my mouse to scroll faster.

Mousepad & Mouse Feet

By the way, don’t forget to use a mousepad. I used to use my mouse on the bare surface of my desk but I’ve been using a mousepad for a couple months now and it makes a huge difference. It’s a lot smoother and it also extends the life of the mouse feet.

Top Mouse for Photoshop

It’s hard to get a gaming mouse that isn’t good. Any gaming mouse will be a huge improvement over a non-gaming mouse. But here are my top picks.


This is the mouse that I’m currently using. It’s a wired mouse with 12 macro keys on the side and two DPI buttons on the top. The position of the side buttons can be adjusted and I have mine set to the very front. It’s a very comfortable mouse and just like with the Corsair keyboard, the build-quality is great. The downside is that the scroll wheel doesn’t tilt so you can’t scroll horizontally.

#4 Razer Naga Epic Chroma

If you like the Corsair mouse but wish it was wireless, the Razer Naga Epic Chroma is a great alternative. The side buttons are fixed – you can’t adjust the position of it. But it has a tilt scrollwheel and comes with a charging base. It’s a great mouse but it’s also quite pricey at $130 USD.

#3 Logitech G600

The Logitech G600 is a wired mouse and just like the previous two mouse, it has 12 macro buttons on the side and two dpi buttons on the top. But it unlike the two, it has a third mouse button which is really cool. You can set this button so that if you hold on to it, it’ll lower the DPI and give you slower mouse movements. I personally haven’t gotten used to that and I find using the DPI buttons easier but if you can get used to it or you have ways of making use of the 3rd mouse button, this is a great choice. The best thing I like about this mouse is that the side buttons have an angle to them which makes it easy to feel which button you’re pressing.

#2 Logitech G900

Coming in in second place is the Logitech G900. It iss the best wireless mouse you can get. It’s super lightweight, has the most advanced optical sensor, the fastest response time for a wireless mouse, and it even has a built-in 32-bit ARM Cortex processor to control all of this. Essentially, it’s the best mouse you can get. But the reason why this doesn’t win the #1 spot is because it’s overkill for photography work and for $150 USD, it’s also not cheap. I recommend this mouse if you’re left-handed or if you just want the best mouse you can get. However, keep in mind that this doesn’t have as many macro buttons as the previous 3 mouse we mentioned.

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10 comments on “The Best Keyboard and Mouse for Photoshop”

  1. I’ve been using the apple Magic Mouse for years and I regret not switching from it earlier. It is truly horrible compared to gaming mouse.

    1. haha the magic mouse... had to be flipped upside-down to charge.

      Designers used to swear by it because it's pretty

  2. I never thought that I would use a keyboard like this the first time I saw one online. Then I used one that a friend had and I could not believe the difference. Just in productivity alone the keyboard saved a ton of time. In the design world, that is well worth whatever price they are charging.

  3. I purchased the G700s and it is not getting the battery life it is advertised to have. I get maybe 5 hours, and that is not constant use, I guess i could turn it on and off every time I go away, but that really is a pain. I tried using regular alkaline battery (which all of the electrical blogs say is fine) It sucked that dry in 5 days. I guess maybe because it is laser, I don't know. It does have a very heavy duty cord, which is normal good, but not on a mouse, too stiff. Is this battery life normal for a laser mouse?

    1. 5 hours doesn't sound normal... mine last for a week or more. Try using a lower reporting rate to see if it makes a difference. But I would contact Logitech and see if it needs to be RMAed

  4. Comfortable to use. especially the Steelseries Apex series keyboard. im not sure if that keyboard is fully mechanical or just mechanical effect. but anyways that is a good keyboard. i owned one.

    1. Tried the keyboard in-person... it's one of the best looking keyboards out there

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