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  • Heal your wrist aches and pains with one of these best ergonomic mice

    For people who use computers all day, wrist pain can be a huge issue. One of the best ways to alleviate it is to use a mouse that guides it into a more neutral position and offers better support. You need an ergonomic mouse.

    But with so many designs out there, all with different features and looks, how do you know which is the best ergonomic mouse for you? Although there will always be personal preference involved with choosing a mouse if you pick one of our favorites below you’re unlikely to go wrong.

     

    The Different Types of Ergonomic Mouse

    When it comes to ergonomic mice, there is not one form factor that will fit everyone. The first step to picking a comfortable mouse, however, is to be aware of your choices. In general, there are four types of ergonomic mice currently out on the market:

    1. Ergonomic “Horizontal” Mouse: This is the most popular form factor by far, mainly due to users’ familiarity with the design. It comes with a contoured dome shape for comfort and uses either optical or laser to track movement. A horizontal mouse is arguably still the best option for productivity if that is the most important consideration for you.

    2. Ergonomic “Vertical” Mouse: In a vertical mouse, the primary buttons are located on the side, with users assuming a “handshake” position to hold it. There is little to no twisting of the wrist, which may cut down on your chances of carpal tunnel syndrome. The carpal tunnel is the corridor where the medium nerves and tendons run through from the forearm to the hand, and constant twisting has been linked to causing CTS. A virtual mouse may take some time to get used, however, with some people never getting reaching the same level of ease as a traditional mouse.

    3. Trackball Mouse: With a trackball mouse, the base usually remains stationary as users roll a ball to control the mouse cursor. Apart from requiring less space, trackball mouse also involves virtually no wrist or arm movements to operate, which could greatly reduce the chances of RSI related injuries in those areas. A trackball mouse offers excellent precision, though some users find general tasks such as cutting and pasting or drag/drop more difficult compared to other form factors.

    4. Joystick Mouse: A more radical form of the vertical mouse, a joystick mouse has a small but loyal following among people suffering from certain existing musculoskeletal issues. This includes people with carpal tunnel syndrome, tendinitis, and arthritis. To operate the joystick, the user’s hand assumes the textbook “handshake” position, with the hand perfectly perpendicular to the desk. This results in no pronation of the wrist whatsoever. Precision seems to be an issue with this form factor for most people.

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