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Ergonomic Mouse

ergonomic computer mouse

This page attempts to answer "What is an ergonomic mouse? What is the difference between ergonomic computer mouse and an ordinary mouse?" and to share the health benefits of ergonomic computer mouse.

There are a huge variety of computer mouse. They come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. You've got the tiny portable types, the one with the scroller in the middle, the (annoying) no button mouse from Mac, computer mouse with more than left-click, right-click, so on and so forth.

my ergonomic computer mouse
My Gamer's ergonomic mouse that was
specifically designed for gamers

If you are serious about ergonomics and preventing computer-mouse related injuries such as Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, it is best to invest in an ergonomic mouse. I won't sugar coat the fact that they cost more, but who can put a price on health? The primary reasons why so many computer users experience discomfort and pain in their wrists and hands is because an ordinary computer mouse is not the best fit.

Why invest in an ergonomic mouse?

Shape and Size Of Computer Mouse

not an ergo mouse
Example of a mouse too small.

Most people don't consider buying a computer mouse because of the size and shape. They don't check if the mouse fits their hand. They buy because of function, user ability, even color or brand!

There is the usual problem buying a computer mouse that is too small for your hand. Of course, if you have a smaller hand, you should get a smaller mouse. With a smaller ergonomics mouse, there is not even support for your hand causing strain and fatigue. Ergonomic computer mouse (mice) comes in multiple sizes and some even for left hand users.
Note: if you are dominantly a left handed user, you should get a compatible left hand ergonomic mouse.

An non-ergonomic computer mouse puts undue stress on your forearm because, if you haven't noticed, your arm sort of twists when using it. Unknowingly, you've twisted your arm to adjust yourself to the mouse. Ergonomics is all about keeping your body posture as natural and efficient as possible and ergonomic design is about designing these tools to fit us, not us to fit them. An ergonomic computer mouse adapts to our natural position.

Ordinary computer mouse can also be too slippery. This causes us to tense our fingers around the mouse to control it. Just take for instance, how much more effort you take to walk across a slippery floor. Notice how much your body tense up to control your movements. This is similar. An ergonomic mouse takes into account these details.

Benefits of an Ergonomic Computer Mouse

1) A more natural grip.

When you choose an ergonomic computer mouse that is the right shape and size for your hand, it results with a more natural and easier grip and hold. This eases the tendon and muscle fatigue in your hand, elbow and arm.

2) Better support

Buying the mouse that is the right size for hand supports your hand.

3) Assumes natural wrist position

Assumes the natural position of your wrists even when working, using your ergonomic computer mouse does not require you to twist your forearm.

4) Less effort and energy used when mousing.

Is not too slippery on the screen, or on your mousepad. Reduces tension.

Now that you know quite a lot about ergonomic computer mouse? Would you like an ergonomic mousepad to go with that?

Now the question is which computer mouse ergonomic?

Introducing The Ergonomic Mouse


The Best Ergonomic Mouse

Of course, there are too many to put here so I'll just highlight the popular ones in the market. Update: Read which one of these is the best ergonomic mouse!

logitech computer mouse

Logitech Ergonomics Mouse

especially designed for people who scroll alot (like me).

The Logitech MX 620 Wireless Laser Ergonomic Computer Mouse features a hyper-fast scrolling wheel that gives you the power to fly through 10,000 lines in just 7 seconds.

Evoluent Vertical Mouse

evoluent vertical ergo mouse

This particular model Evoluent VM3R2-RSB Vertical Mouse 3.

This is the latest model and reshaped to better fit a greater range of hand sizes. Includes an optical scroll wheel with dents (supposed to be better than a smooth rolling wheel) Interesting design feature - A small flange along the bottom edge to prevent the little finger from dragging on the desk. There are also additional driver functions, such as button programming customizable for different applications

Logitech Trackman Wheel Optical

trackman logitech mouse

This also comes in as a ergonomic wireless mouse.

Its product description:

With a sleek design and intuitive placement of the ball, scroll wheel, and buttons, the TrackMan Wheel is perfect for long hours of use. It fits comfortably in your right hand and delivers smooth, ultra-precise tracking through Logitechs optical Marble technology. And because it records motion optically instead of with mechanical parts, theres no need for regular cleaning.

A comfortable, space-saving design for your right hand , Three customizable buttons and a scroll wheel ,WebWheel software to enhance Internet browsing ,Easy to install and set up

Image via B.vincent

3M Ergonomic Computer Mouse

3M computer mouse

Adapted from

The 3M Ergonomic Mouse has earned an Ease-of-Use Commendation from the Arthritis Foundation® for its patented, vertical grip design that keeps your hand and wrist at a neutral angle, while the mouse works as a regular optical mouse

Grip the handle and rest your hand on the base

Use your thumb to left and right click

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