Casual computer users might not realise how important it is to use an ergonomic mouse. More advanced users, though, are all too aware of the risks of repetitive strain injury and of the productivity benefits of using a mouse that feels comfortable and easy to use.
But ergonomic mice aren’t just for gamers and power users.
True, PC gamers often find that an ergonomic mouse helps them to play the games they love by offering customisable buttons, super responsive tracking and other functionality that helps them to score more headshots. But ergonomic mice are also useful for treating and managing certain medical conditions and for boosting productivity within offices.
After all, repetitive strain injury and carpal tunnel syndrome cost the US economy over $100 billion in lost revenue every year. It makes the £300 million lost in the UK look insignificant in comparison.
The most common problem that specialists witness is that the mouse is pushed away from the body. Most people recommend keeping the mouse as close to both the user’s body and the keyboard as possible, with monitors at arm’s length and free from glare.
In this article, we’re going to take a look at some of the best ergonomic mice on the market and share our top ten picks based on a wide range of factors including popularity, reviewer ratings, functionality, medical benefits and more. Let’s get started.
The different types of ergonomic mouse
When you’re on the market for an ergonomic mouse, the first thing you need to decide is what kind of mouse you’re looking for. Loosely speaking, most ergonomic mice can be broken down into one of the following four categories:
Medical reasons to use an ergonomic mouse
Ergonomic mice have their biggest medical benefits when they’re used to prevent and treat repetitive strain injury (RSI). This is the most obvious computer-related injury, and it’s an umbrella term to describe the pain you feel in your muscles, nerves and tendons after a period of repetitive movement.
It’s a common enough condition amongst gamers, but it’s also common amongst office workers – which is why it’s sometimes known as “work-related upper limb disorder” or “non-specific upper limb pain”. Ultimately, your body will start to suffer from prolonged usage, especially if you’re using an uncomfortable mouse, and it doesn’t matter whether you spend that time playing games or making spreadsheets.
RSI usually affects the upper body, hitting areas like arms and elbows, wrists and hands or the neck and shoulders. The physical symptoms usually develop gradually, starting off mild before increasing in severity. You’ll want to keep your eyes peeled for aches and pains, stiffness, swelling, throbbing, weakness and cramp – and to speak to your doctor before the problem gets worse.
Carpal tunnel syndrome is RSI’s little brother and is caused by excess pressure on the nerves in your wrist. It has similar symptoms to RSI – including numbness, pins and needles, difficulty gripping and aches and pains in the fingers, hand or arm – and tends to get worse at night.
These two medical conditions can cause huge problems for people who need to use a computer for work, which is why so many companies are buying ergonomic mice, chairs and workstations for their employees, but the good news is that all isn’t lost. Using an ergonomic device can help to reduce the symptoms if you’re suffering and even stop the problem from occurring in the first place.
Let’s take a look at the ten best devices to help you to do just that.
|Model||Type||Dimensions / Weight||Connectivity||Price||Shop|
|10. 3M Wired Ergonomic Optical Mouse||Medical Mouse||5.2" * 5.4" * 5.4" / 35.2 oz||Wired (6.5ft)||$$$$||Check Price|
|9. TeckNet Pro M003 2.4g Wireless Mouse||Hybrid Mouse||1.52" * 2.68" * 4.21" / 3 oz.||Wireless (2.4G)||$||Check Price|
|8. Redragon M601 CENTROPHORUS Gaming Mouse||Gaming Mouse||2.76" * 4.72" * 1.54" / 4.6 oz.||Wired (6ft)||$||Check Price|
|7. Anker 2.4G Wireless Vertical Ergonomic Optical Mouse||Productivity Mouse||3.23" * 3.98" * 3.15" / 3.36 oz.||Wireless (2.4G)||$||Check Price|
|6. Microsoft Sculpt Ergonomic Mouse (L6V-00001)||Productivity Mouse||2.87 * 5.51 * 5.51 / 12 oz.||Wireless (2.4G)||$$||Check Price|
|5. J-Tech Digital Scroll Endurance Wireless Mouse||Productivity Mouse||2.56 * 5 * 2.95 in / 5.3 oz||Wireless||$$||Check Price|
|4. Razer DeathAdder Essential Professional-Grade Gaming Mouse||Gaming Mouse||5" * 2.8" * 1.7" / 12.3 oz||USB||$$$||Check Price|
|3. Logitech Wireless Trackball M570 Mouse||Productivity Mouse||5.7" * 1.8" * 3.7 in / 5 oz.||Wireless (2.4G)||$$||Check Price|
|2. Logitech MX Master Wireless Mouse||Productivity Mouse||3.37" * 1.9" * 4.96" / 5.1 oz.||Wireless||$$$$||Check Price|
|1. TeckNet Professional Ergonomic Optical Mouse||Gaming Mouse||3" * 1.5" * 5" / 3 oz.||Wired||$||Check Price|
10. 3M Wired Ergonomic Optical Mouse – Good for injury sufferers and premium users
The 3M Wired mouse might be more of a medical device, but it still looks (and sometimes feels) like a joystick. It can add a whole new dimension to multiplayer gaming.
If you’re suffering from pain when using a computer then this is the mouse for you. The rest of them will prevent pain from ever happening, but this one will help if it’s already too late.
The good news is that it’s a practical choice for a versatile set of use cases thanks to its optical sensor, its plug and play compatibility and its 2 metre cable. It’s the kind of mouse that’s overkill in many cases but that will work wonders if you’re dealing with constant pain and discomfort. You can left and right click with just your thumb and rest your hand properly instead of pressing the wrist against the desk, but be warned that it’s only designed for right-handed use.
On the plus side, the manufacturers have created the device in two different sizes, and they recommend measuring your palm from the base of your pointer finger to the base of your little finger to determine which size works best for you. The smaller design works best for 2.75 – 3.5 inch palms while the large one covers 3.5 – 4 inch palms.
$65 might seem like a lot of money to spend on a mouse, but it does come bundled in with a bunch of useful goodies including daily ergonomic tips, easy installation and a 30-day money-back guarantee so you can try before you buy if you’re not sure whether you’re going to like it. On the downside, it’s a relatively old design, although it still stands up well against the test of time despite being first released back in 2004.
The 3M mouse is specifically designed to push people to use larger muscles to move the mouse, which puts less strain on them when they’re sitting in front of the computer. It also means that if other ergonomic mice aren’t working out for you, this one might do the trick. It even works with both Windows and Macintosh computers, as long as they have a USB port, and it comes with a PS/2 adapter so you can use it with older machines.
Ultimately, this device is very good in a particular use case – for people with arthritis, RSI or carpal tunnel. As such, it’s a better choice for reducing pain rather than preventing it in the first place, and it’s hard to make a case for it unless you have money to spend and a genuine medical reason for using it. Otherwise, there are other, better choices on the market.
9. TeckNet Pro M003 2.4g Wireless Mouse – Good for mobility on a budget
The second entry on our list is the TeckNet Pro Wireless mouse, and while it’s a relatively cheap option, it packs a decent punch for the money and represents a great investment.
The plug and play device comes with a USB nano receiver which can be stored in the back of the mouse when you’re on the move. It’ll also fit almost flush when you plug it into a laptop, which means you can carry it around and use it on the move without too much inconvenience.
Better still, it has an impressive reach for a relatively cheap mouse. It should work at up to 15m, which is plenty of distance for most use cases. Meanwhile, its ergonomic design – and its contoured shape and soft rubber grips in particular – will keep you scrolling all day without any discomfort. For its cost, it’s a solid choice in most circumstances, although it’s particularly suited to gamers thanks to its customisation options and its high compatibility.
Speaking of compatibility, you can simply plug the device in and get going on most machines, including Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, 10, Mac and Linux machines. You can also plug it into notebooks, Chromebooks and other laptops, offering much more comfort than a typical touchpad. You can even hook it up to some smartphones and tablets using an OTG cable, although if you’re going down that route then it’s usually best to pick up a dedicated device.
Overall, the TeckNet Pro ergonomic mouse is a pretty good choice as an entry-level device and it’s more than earned its place on our list – but you’re going to want to read the rest of the list before you pull the trigger.
8. Redragon M601 CENTROPHORUS Gaming Mouse – Good for people who are obsessed with aesthetics
Redragon’s entry into this list is predictably beautiful, but looks aren’t always everything – especially when you’re trying to find an ergonomic device.
Still, for just $12.99 this is a decent pick for a wired mouse that will suit most casual users. It even works great as a productivity mouse, although its backlit design is likely to attract attention if you’re using it in an office.
Like the TeckNet pro mouse, you can adjust the DPI settings to change tracking speeds and fine-tune it to your exact specifications, and it comes with five programmable buttons that you can commit to memory. The mouse allows for up to five different memory profiles, which means you can have a productivity setup for when you’re working while still storing your settings for your four favourite games.
The fact that it’s a wired device means that you don’t need to worry about battery life, and the 6ft cable is designed for both strength and durability. It even has an anti-skid scroll wheel, which isn’t often used by gamers but which can have huge productivity boosts when you’re sending a large amount of time browsing the web or wading through lengthy documents.
The good news is that if you buy Redragon, you know you’re buying quality. The company has over twenty years of legacy if you count its earlier incarnations, and it goes out of its way to hire experts in modelling, structure design, electronics and user interface. The result might be a relatively low cost mouse, but it’s a low cost mouse that’s had a lot of thought put into it.
Pro Tip: If you choose to go for a wireless mouse then it’s a good idea to buy a set of rechargeable batteries. It’ll save you money over time, but be sure to keep a spare set of regular batteries just in case. You can use them in an emergency or while you’re recharging the batteries that you normally use.
7. Anker 2.4G Wireless Vertical Ergonomic Optical Mouse – Good for office use
Anker describes this design as “the intersection of class, comfort and functionality” and calls the device “a mouse for the 21st century”. Of course, they would say that – but they’re not far wrong.
Like the TeckNet Pro and the Redragon M601, this mouse enables the user to customise certain features such as the sensitivity settings, although it is worth noting that the range of the Anker device is much lower than the range of the hybrid and gaming mice that we’ve already looked at. Still, with a choice of 800, 1200 and 1600 DPI, it’s more than enough to set the mouse up how you like it so you can take advantage of precise tracking on whatever surface you happen to be using.
Other useful functionality includes the previous/next buttons which help you to easily navigate the web. This is going to make you more efficient whether you’re casually surfing or whether you’re using the net for work, and when you combine it with the comfortable thumb rests and grips, you find yourself with a superior, multipurpose mouse that you’ll never get tired of.
Like the TeckNet Pro, the Anker mouse is a wireless device that comes without batteries, so you’ll need two AAA batteries to get it up and running once it’s out of the box. The good news is that if anything goes wrong, it’ll be covered by the manufacturer’s 18-month warranty, which makes it an attractive choice for companies who are looking to buy in bulk.
It’s also good for the environment thanks to its automatic power saving mode which kicks in after eight minutes of inactivity. It wakes up quickly as soon as you’re ready to use it again, and it saves your batteries (and the planet) in the meantime. Sure, the futuristic design isn’t for everyone and only time will tell whether it starts to become more standard, but if you want to make a strong statement while protecting yourself from RSI and carpal tunnel then this is the way to go.
6. Microsoft Sculpt Ergonomic Mouse (L6V-00001) – Good for newer Windows machines
Because it’s Microsoft, it’s not a surprise that it’s designed to closely integrate with Windows, even including a dedicated button to open the start menu. Still, it’s billed as a device for Windows 7 and up and so you might experience some problems if you try to use it on an older OS. It should also work on Android 3.2 and 4.2 and more recent versions of Mac OS X.
You’ll also be pleased to note that in sharp contrast to the TeckNet and Anker devices, Microsoft provides the two AA batteries you’ll need to get the Sculpt working and they should last you for up to a year. That’s perhaps a little less than the other wireless devices on the list, but realistically it’s better to change the batteries more often anyway so that they don’t start to break down and to damage the battery compartment.
Microsoft also used the device to show off BlueTrack technology, which combines optical and laser technology to provide better tracking. You should be able to use the mouse on virtually any surface, although realistically speaking it’s best to stick to using a desk so that you reap the ergonomic rewards. It’s designed to promote a more natural posture amongst users to maximise comfort while making it easier than ever to navigate.
The Microsoft Sculpt Ergonomic Mouse is also one of the heaviest mice that we’ve come across, weighing in at nearly 1lb. Some users find that reassuring, but others are put off by the weight and the bulkiness and prefer to go for something a little simpler. One useful side effect of that weight is that while it feels almost weightless if you’re using it correctly, you’ll definitely notice the weight if your posture is off.
All in all, the Microsoft mouse is good but not great, and it’s disappointing to see that the mighty Microsoft wasn’t able to rank any higher. The truth is that the best ergonomic mice are often manufactured by smaller companies that specialise in ergonomic design and technology – and these challenger brands are often cheaper to buy from, too.
Pro Tip: Make sure you buy from a seller with a visible returns policy. That way, if you try out the mouse and it doesn’t feel comfortable in your hands, you can return it, get your money back and try a different model. This is particularly important if you’re left-handed because even mice that claim to be suitable for any user can turn out to be super uncomfortable for lefties, especially if they’re heavy users.
5. J-Tech Digital Scroll Endurance Wireless Mouse – Good for cheap but effective pain relief
It’s basically like a new and improved version of the 3M mouse that we started off with, especially due to similarities like both units using thumb buttons to re-think the way their users browse and navigate. On the J-Tech endurance mouse, these buttons can be used to page backwards and forwards through web pages while browsing the net, and the manufacturers boast an impressive button lifetime of up to three million clicks. Let’s face it – if you’re clicking your mouse that often then you’re going to want to use a device that can prevent RSI and carpal tunnel.
It boils down to this: if you’re looking for comfort at a price that won’t hurt your wallet, you’ve found the right mouse for you. It’s difficult to beat it.
In terms of functionality, the mouse includes an adjustable DPI to give you a respectable command over response times, although it doesn’t stack up against dedicated gaming mice. Still, it has a high-resolution optical sensor that’s accurate enough for 99% of use cases, and its scientific design supports users’ forearms to stop them from twisting and causing aches and pains. It’s also smaller and more lightweight than many alternatives, which means it’s not too much hassle to use it both at work and at home and to take it from one to the other.
All of this adds up to make a versatile ergonomic mouse that can be enjoyed by anyone, and it works on most devices, too. The only problem with using it on a Mac is that the forward and back buttons don’t work, but that’s a small price to pay for the ability to browse (and game) in comfort. J-Tech even includes the two AAA batteries you’ll need to run it, while other companies often leave them out and force you to go and buy them yourself.
4. Razer DeathAdder Essential Professional-Grade Gaming Mouse – Good for serious gamers
Now we’re talking. This is arguably THE mouse to get if you’re serious about gaming and you have the money to spend on a comfortable ergonomic mouse that can hold its own against some of the best gaming mice on the market.
It uses a built-in 6400 DPI 4G optical sensor which is designed to allow you to move it as quickly or as slowly as you need to while still offering perfect precision. It’s also easy for you to switch the settings up if you’re moving from a fast-paced first person shooter to calculated item-finders or graphic design in Adobe Photoshop.
Gamers will also be pleased to note that the two thumb buttons are customisable, and the matte black finish aims to stop sweat from building up and to offer a better, cleaner grip. Unusually for an ergonomic mouse, it’ll even work well on transparent surfaces like glass tables. It’s as though the designers have thought about every possible use case and then created the perfect mouse for power users of all types.
Best of all, you can even use it in a professional setting without it being too conspicuous thanks to its understated design – which is more than be said about most other dedicated gaming mice.
3. Logitech Wireless Trackball M570 Mouse – Good for multipurpose ergonomic use
This utter beast of a mouse has been designed for ergonomics from the top down.
One of the interesting things about Logitech devices is that they use a unifying receiver, which means you can hook up all sorts of wireless peripherals with a single receiver. That comes in useful if you want a wireless keyboard as well but have a shortage of USB ports, and it fits tight against the side of laptop devices to reduce the risk of the receiver being damaged while you’re using it. It’s also compatible with both Windows and Mac OS, and while it’s chunkier than some of the other models on our list, it’s still reasonably portable. There’s absolutely no reason not to buy a second receiver and to take the M570 with you from home to work and back again.
As far as comfort goes, there aren’t many better options – especially not at this price. The design of the M570 uses a refinement of Logitech’s popular Trackman Wheel to make the mouse feel like an extension of the user’s body. It can sometimes feel as though you’re using a machine from a sci-fi movie, and it’ll be interesting to see whether the design becomes more mainstream as the years go by. And you don’t have to worry about battery life, either. A single AA battery can last for up to eighteen months, and the built-in battery indicator will give you plenty of warning if it’s on its way out.
Pro Tip: Make sure that you take the time to read the reviews before you jump in and make a purchase. Remember that you’re going to spend a lot of time using your new mouse and so you need to be 100% certain that you’ve made the right decision. We spend a lot of time reading through reviews before we create these lists, which is why we didn’t include such devices as the 6D 2.4G Wireless Vertical Ergonomic Optical Mouse, the Ergonomic Wireless Mouse,USB Wireless Vertical Optical Mice with 3 Adjustable DPI Levels and the WishLotus USB Wired Ergonomic Mouse High Precision Vertical Mouse.
2. Logitech MX Master Wireless Mouse – Good for hopping between devices
Making a decision between the top two mice on this list wasn’t easy. Both of them have their merits, and quite honestly it’s a matter of personal taste.
The main reason why the Logitech MX missed out is that it’s a wireless mouse and, as such, it’s been known to cut out and to not perform at its best unless it’s used in ideal conditions. It doesn’t happen often, but even a single disconnect in the middle of a game can cause a huge problem.
Logitech promises that the mouse while work on almost anything, including glass and glossy surfaces, but we’d still recommend using something more plain like a wooden desk to get the best performance from it. It also has a relatively poor battery life at up to 40 days on a single charge, but at least you’re not going to spend all of your money buying batteries. You can simply plug it in to recharge it, and you can even continue to use it while it’s charging.
They don’t call this ‘Master’ without a reason. It’s an utter beast with some of the best functionality on the market.
According to the manufacturer, the mouse is designed “to provide the ultimate experience for power users and masters of their craft who want to get more done, more efficiently.” We’ve classed it as a productivity mouse, but it also makes for a decent gaming mouse at a push and it feels super comfortable while you’re using it no matter what you’re doing.
1. TeckNet Professional Ergonomic Optical Mouse – Good for gaming and all-round use
When we’ve looked at some of the other gaming mice on our list, we’ve talked about the range of DPI settings that they have to offer. This mouse makes all of the others look like nothing thanks to its eight adjustable settings and its range from 1000 to 7000 DPI. You’re going to struggle to find another mouse with the same accuracy, and even if you manage it, they’re not going to be designed for comfort.
The fact that it uses a cable is also good news for people who are worried about battery life, and it’s heavy duty enough that you’re unlikely to damage it if you’re carrying it around. Its weight has been specifically calculated to enhance both comfort and accuracy, and when you weigh up its cost against its specs and its average rating, you start to wonder if someone made a mistake somewhere in the pricing department.
Ultimately, the TeckNet mouse offers great functionality and a lot of comfort without breaking the bank. Sure, you could pay extra for the Logitech MX or the Razer DeathAdder, but why bother? The TeckNet Professional Ergonomic mouse will work wonders in 95% of cases and you’ll even have a little budget left over to buy an ergonomic keyboard. What’s not to love?
Because there are so many different options when it comes to choosing a mouse, we’ve crunched the numbers and picked out our top picks for a range of different categories, so get ready. We’re about to revisit the best ergonomic mice of 2017.
Best By Type
The Logitech MX Master Wireless Mouse came up top for users who want to focus on productivity, but it was a closely fought battle against another Logitech mouse, the Wireless Trackball M570. Don’t let the identical manufacturer fool you – the two mice are very different, so if you’re after a productivity mouse then it’s a good idea to compare the two and pick the one that’s best suited to your needs.
It’s no coincidence that the TeckNet Professional Ergonomic Mouse, which came at the top of our list overall, is a gaming mouse. Gamers often put their hands and wrists under a lot of pressure, and ergonomic mouse manufacturers are starting to realise that there’s a huge market for ergonomic gaming mice. If you want a comfortable mouse that looks great and has tight responses and a lot of customization options, this is the mouse for you.
We’ve only classed the 3M Wired Ergonomic mouse as a medical device, and that’s probably the best bet if you’re already suffering from a pre-existing medical condition. Otherwise, most of the mice on our list should help to protect you from RSI and carpal tunnel, but the Logitech Wireless Trackball M570 is probably your best bet for a reasonably cheap medical-ish mouse.
If the TeckNet Professional Ergonomic Mouse is the best gaming mouse then its little brother, the TeckNet Pro Ergonomic Optical Mouse, has to be the best hybrid device. It’s basically a gaming device that works wonders in a home office setting and delivers great results for a low price, which is why it’s a popular choice amongst all sorts of users.
Best By Design
Both of the TeckNets weigh in at just three ounces, which is good news if heavy mice are causing pain or putting undue stress on your hands and wrists. At the same time, some people find that a heavier mouse feels more comfortable if they’re using it for prolonged periods of time.
As a general rule, the heavier a device is, the more likely it is to be designed with medical applications in mind. The 3M Wired Ergonomic Optical Mouse weighs in at the heaviest at an impressive 35.2 ounces, which is over ten times more than the TeckNets. Its closest competitor is the Razer DeathAdder Essential, which weighs in at 12.3.
Best By Price
The cheapest device on the list is the TeckNet Pro 2.4G mouse, but if you’re considering buying that then it’s worth spending a little bit more to get the TeckNet Professional Ergonomic Optical mouse, which was our top pick overall. Part of that decision was due to its reasonable price – it comes in at just $13.99.
Most Expensive Mouse
The battle for the most expensive mouse is a close run thing between the two best devices for existing medical conditions. The 3M Wired Ergonomic Optical Mouse takes the crown at $63.99, but that’s a small price to pay for what’s effectively a medical device. The Logitech MX Master Wireless Mouse comes a close second, but it’s a little more tied to productivity and prevention than to mitigating the symptoms of a pre-existing condition.
Best Value for Money
This is calculated by dividing the price by the average rating, factoring in both their cost and their score from reviewers. There’s a clear winner here, and that’s the low-priced but high-rated TeckNet Pro 2.4G Ergonomic Wireless mouse. It looks great, it feels great, and it’ll do a great job for just $9.99.
Best Wired Mouse
Our best wired mouse is our best mouse overall, and part of the reason for that is that wired mice tend to offer superior handling and performance. No matter how convinced a manufacturer is that their design will never drop the signal, you can be sure that at some point, under some conditions, it will. You won’t get that from the TeckNet Professional Ergonomic Optical mouse – just pure performance.
Best Wireless Mouse
The battle for the best wireless mouse accolade was a close one between two Logitech devices – the Wireless Trackball M570 and the MX Master Wireless Mouse. The MX Master mouse came out on top, just about, but you’ll want to use the M570 instead if you’re experiencing a lot of wrist pain while using your machine.
Highest Average Rating
The highest average rating award goes to the Logitech Wireless Trackball M570, and it’s not surprising that it’s such a high scorer. A lot of thought has gone into its ergonomic design and it offers the perfect balance between comfort and productivity. We ranked it third but honestly, we’d be more than happy to recommend any of our top five.
This one’s easy. Get yourself the TeckNet Professional Ergonomic Optical mouse. You won’t regret it.
What you need to know
We’ve already covered many of the factors that you’ll need to consider when buying an ergonomic mouse, and we should emphasise here that while we ranked the TeckNet mouse at number one, that doesn’t mean that it’s the best mouse for everyone.
Perhaps you’re on a budget. Perhaps you’ve got a specific use case in mind and need a wired mouse with a long cable or a lightweight mouse that you can carry around in your rucksack. Some people just want a mixture of a low price and a high rating.
The truth is that it’s never easy to pull the trigger on a purchasing decision, especially when it’s something that you’ll use every day like your computer mouse. If possible, it’s a good idea to try before you buy, but that’s not always easy when you’re internet shopping and so the second best thing is to find a retailer with a clear returns policy. That way, if you purchase a device but it feels uncomfortable or isn’t quite what you expected, you can return it.
What to look for
The chances are that any mouse you find that’s described as ergonomic is going to be a better pick than one that isn’t, but if you want to get the best out of your new mouse then you’ll want to take a few moments to decide what sort of functionality you’re looking for. Start by making a list of the different uses you’re going to put it to. Then start to consider the practicalities, such as whether it needs to be wireless and how many buttons you’re likely to use.
If you’re left-handed, consider looking into left-handed devices. It might sound silly, but the truth is that if a mouse has been specially designed to be as comfortable as possible, it makes a big difference if you’re dominant with a different hand. Lefties already know how difficult right-handed tools can be. Why should a mouse be any different?
Price is a key factor of course, but the good news is that a decent mouse doesn’t have to cost the earth. Plus, when you start to consider how often you’ll be using it, it’s worth spending a little extra. Finally, if you’re looking to purchase a wireless mouse, you’ll want to take a look at battery life and the type of batteries which are used. Some can store an internal charge while others use external batteries. Either way, make sure that you know what you’re getting yourself into – and order spares if necessary.
Thanks to the very nature of ergonomic research and design, there are as many different ergonomic designs as there are people on the planet. That’s why you need to evaluate difference mice to figure out whether they meet your exact requirements. Here are just some of the things that you’ll want to consider.
- Size: Ergonomic mice come in all different shapes and sizes, and there’s nothing worse than splashing the cash on a new device only to find that it’s too big or too small to fit comfortably into your hand. Many shoppers put functionality first and forget that the actual size and physical dimensions of the mouse are what will ultimately make the biggest difference.
- Weight: Some users prefer a heavy mouse with substantial weight behind it while others prefer something lightweight that feels like a cloud in the palm of their hand. Some devices, like the Redragon M601, come with weights bundled in so that you can add weight to the mouse until it’s just right for you. Bear in mind that other features come into play too – such as the drag factor of a corded moues or the batteries you need to add to a wireless device.
- Height: Take a look at the difference between the flat Microsoft Sculpt and the upright 3M Wired Ergonomic Optical Mouse. One of them is flat and one of them is tall, and that leads to drastically different user experiences. You might find that a mouse is either too flat or too tall for you to grip it comfortably, either of which is a big no-no if you’re shopping for mice to stop straining your hand.
- Contouring: This refers to the actual design of the mouse. Take a look at where it bends and curves and how that will support your hand when you’re using it. See whether it will support your fingers when you’re clicking the buttons. If you’re trying the device out in person, rest your hand on it and see whether you can get comfortable, click buttons and move the mouse without stretching or straining.
- Ease of Use: Some mice are more difficult to move around than others. If it takes a lot of pressure on your end to get the mouse to respond, you’re putting strain on your muscles and tendons when you use it. The perfect mouse is super responsive and easy to move but not so lightweight that the cursor flies uncontrollably across the screen.
- Predominant Hand: The hand that you use to ‘drive’ your mouse will make a huge difference. Many mice are designed to be ambidextrous but many are right-handed only. If you’re left-handed and you use a right-handed device, you may find that many of the design aspects are no longer in the right place for you to take advantage of them. Left-handed devices are rare but not unheard of, so make sure you’re picking a mouse that works well with your dominant hand if you want to reap the benefits of using an ergonomic device.
- Thumb Rests: These are usually small areas that are designed for you to rest your thumb in when you’re either navigating through your computer or hopping between side buttons. These rests don’t appear on all designs and they’re usually not used at all in both vertical and ambidextrous mice due to the different way that people use them.
- Scroll Wheels: Not all devices come with scroll wheels, and not all people even use them. They can be useful when navigating up and down through web pages though, so if you do decide to use a device with a scroll wheel then make sure that it responds to a light touch so that you’re not putting excess pressure on your middle finger.
- Grips: Some ergonomic mice come with built-in grip areas that are designed to make it easier for you to hold the device without needing to apply extra pressure. This is all well and good if they’re in the right place, but different people hold mice in slightly different ways and so you’ll want to make sure that the grip – if your mouse comes with one – is still both comfortable and useful.
- Button Placement: Don’t be duped by trendy designs that put buttons in places that look cool but which are impractical to use. You should be able to use every button on the mouse without stretching your fingers or straining your muscles when you press them. The actual action of the buttons on themselves – and the way that they feel when you press them – can make a huge amount of difference, too.
- DPI Customization: Many of the mice on this list – including the TeckNet Pro 2.4G Ergonomic Wireless Mouse, the Redragon M601, the Anker 2.4G Wireless Vertical Ergonomic Mouse, the J-Tech Endurance Mouse, the Razer DeathAdder and the TeckNet Professional Mouse – include this useful feature. It makes it easy to change how responsive the mouse is and how quickly the pointer moves.
Over to you
Shopping for a high-quality ergonomic mouse doesn’t have to be stressful. As long as you have a budget in mind and a good idea of what you’re looking for, you won’t be overwhelmed by the sheer amount of choice that’s out there on the market.
Still, there are literally thousands of other ergonomic mice out there, which means that no list in the world will ever be complete. That’s why we want to hear from you.
Which ergonomic mouse do you swear by? Is there one that we’re missing that you think should be on the list? And which of our ten picks would you buy if you were on the market for a new mouse? We’d love to know what you think, so be sure to let us know with a comment.