In this day and age, ergonomic mice are essential for anyone working long hours on the computer. In order to avoid injuries and get the maximum amount of comfort possible, ergonomic mice are crucial.
Do you require accurate cursor movements?
If the answer is yes, you should choose an ergonomic mouse that does not fill the entire hand. Many ergonomic mice are large and act as a hand support. This is OK if you are not planning to move your mouse, but mice need to be moved. By not filling the hand your fingers and hand can help manipulate the mouse to ensure accurate cursor control. If the mouse fills the hand the fingers and hand will not be able to work and movement of the mouse will be pushed to the shoulder which is not designed for accurate precise movements.
Go for wireless if possible
Choosing a wireless ergonomic mouse will allow you to use the mouse in a number of different positions/postures. A common issue with mouse users is shoulder pain which can be increased if your movements are hindered by the USB cable. A wireless mouse will allow you to easily use the mouse to right, left or in front of your keyboard. Using your mouse as close to your body will reduce the loading on the shoulder.
Consider buying an ambidextrous ergonomic mouse
This is especially important if you have been diagnosed with an injury like Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.
Get an ergonomic mouse that is designed to give your hand and wrist the correct support
This posture is called the position of function or rest and is where your hand is designed to rest and move from. Adopting the position of function or rest will promote comfort and accuracy. Many vertical mice place the hand in too much of a vertical position which will reduce the hand’s ability to achieve accurate cursor movements.
Adjustable DPI option
This feature will allow you to easily increase the speed of the cursor. This is key as some tasks will require more speed than others.
This is comfortable when you have to customize your mouse moving experience. Everyone has a different monitor, a different moue surface, and a different hand movement speed, adjustable DPI will allow you to make the most of your mouse and make it easier for you to control the cursor.
Mouse can be lifted off the surface.
The ability to easily lift the mouse is key to your productivity. When you get to the edge of the page with your cursor you have to lift the mouse to re-position the cursor. Many ergonomic mice do not allow you to easily lift without completing repetitive gripping/pinching movements. You will need a ledge under the thumb to allow you to lift the mouse without the need to grip/pinch.
Pick out a mouse that well-suits your budget and feels great on the hand. Feel the mouse out, read reviews and pick it up once you’re sure it’s the right one.