As someone who spends eight-plus hours a day typing and clicking, having a comfortable mouse is just as important to me as the chair I sit on. It wasn’t until early this year that I began to develop minor wrist pain, an indication that my then-current mouse was taking a toll on my physical health. Wrist pain is the main reason why ergonomic mice exist.
Whether you work from home or at the office, chances are you’ve mulled the idea of buying an ergonomic mouse. Like chairs and keyboards, ergonomic mice are built upon the pillars of comfort, fit, and posture. They’re sculpted to fit the curvatures of your fingers and palm while reducing the constant tension on your wrist from clicking and gliding.
In my quest to fully understand the anatomy of ergonomic mice, I met up with Peter Johnson, a Professor Emeritus who works in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences at the University of Washington. Johnson is also a member of Logitech’s Ergo Lab Advisory Board. From our discussions, here are three key reasons you should use an ergonomic mouse before it’s too late.
Which ergonomic mouse should I buy?
Choosing the right ergonomic mouse will depend on your hand size, hand dominance (left-handed or right-handed), and preferred form factor. I’ve tested a number of mice and highly recommend the following for all types of users.
My current mouse of choice, the Logitech Lift Vertical is the company’s latest ergonomic offering and comes in left-handed and right-handed versions. It’s sculpted in a way that allows your fingers to naturally rest against the quiet-click buttons while ensuring a firm grip for gliding. The mouse is sized well enough to accommodate users with small and large hands and boasts a two-year battery life.
Anker, a reputable brand for office peripherals and charging accessories makes one of the best-value ergonomic mice that I’ve used. It doesn’t have the quiet clicks and left-handed version that the Logitech Lift Vertical does, but still offers a fit and finish that will relieve tension from your wrist. The mouse works with Mac and Windows and can be had for significantly less than most ergonomic mice.
If you seek the angular form factor of the aforementioned mice but prefer to navigate with a trackball, then I’d recommend Logitech ERGO M575. The wireless mouse offers easy thumb control and smooth cursor tracking, all for a fraction of the cost of its flashier sibling, the Logitech MX Ergo. The M575 is not a vertical mouse per se, but its longer size and slanted body will help to ease any wrist pain.
There are many reasons to buy an ergonomic mouse, but the main one is to relieve the stress that typically builds up on your wrist. Ergonomic mice promote greater comfort than traditional ones. And while the specialized peripherals won’t cure existing injuries, studies have proven that they can effectively alleviate and reduce the chances of acquiring RSIs, including carpal tunnel syndrome, muscle strain, and scarring at the wrist.
“Whenever you are introducing changes, you should always listen to your body. If the pain/fatigue decreases after a week of using an ergonomic mouse, then you’re moving in the right direction. If the pain increases (and it can), it is more likely that some other pointing device, work surface configuration, and/or pointing device location should be explored,” Johnson suggested.
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