Did you know that heavy computer users move their mouse up to 17 miles (27 km) each year? Gear up for this scrolling and clicking marathon with the right device. Ergonomic mice are shaped to fit your arm and wrist like a glove.
These kinds of mice are designed for a more natural fit and better forearm position—and much like a hot bath, they take the pressure off allowing you to stay productive for longer. But how exactly do they work?
# 1 IMPROVE YOUR POSTURE
A mouse that places your arm in a natural handshake position can help you reduce muscular strainMX Vertical compared with a traditional non-vertical mouse.. A vertical mouse like the MX Vertical promotes a more ergonomic posture and consequently, comfort. For people with small to medium hands or left-handed people, the Logitech Lift Vertical Ergonomic Mouse will be a great fit, while also creating a natural handshake position. Both choices have the ideal tilt angle to support a natural, straight forearm posture throughout your day.
“Conventional, flat mice force users to twist their hand, wrist, and forearm down to meet and hold the mouse while working long hours on a computer. Based on our research and the research of others, ergonomic mice that promote a more upright hand and wrist posture (like a handshake) better match our complex anatomy and can put less strain on our muscles. An ergonomic mouse can play an important role in promoting comfort.”
Peter Johnson, PhD
University of Washington - Professor Emeritus - Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, Member of the Logi Ergo Lab Advisory Board
#2 AVOID PRESSURE ON THE WRIST
While working on a computer, we often put pressure on the tendons and nerves that go through the underside of the wrist, which have little natural protection from surrounding tissues. The excessive pressure can be mitigated by supporting the hand at an angle. A great mouse becomes one with your arm, so you can rest your palm and fingers.
#3 REDUCE UNWANTED MUSCLE ACTIVITY
Repetitive movements mean repetitive muscle strain. Well-designed ergonomic mice ensure less movement and therefore less fatigue. A trackball mouse like the MX Ergo can be a great choice to take some work off your hand. Another option is a vertical mouse, such as the MX Vertical, which comes with advanced optical tracking and a dedicated cursor speed switch for 4X less hand movementMX Vertical compared with a traditional mouse with 1000 DPI sensor.. By giving your hand a break, you can wave goodbye to fatigue and discomfort after a long day at work.
Ergo mice can help:
Ease existing hand or wrist discomfort
Reduce repetitive muscle strain and pressure on the wrist