Mice and Input Devices
A truly ergonomic mouse or ergonomice mice is one that fits you. Not just your shape, size and personal preferences, but also the nature of the work you do. For instance – whether you sit at the same desk every day, or perhaps work on the move with a laptop.
We stock a huge variety of ergonomic mice, all of which have been designed to minimise the risk of pain and discomfort typically caused by using a computer for extended amounts of time. On this page you will find information about each type of ergonomic mouse – alongside links for you to browse or shop our online store.
Why is choosing an ergonomic mouse so important?
Think about how much time you spend moving your mouse around your desk. Most of the time you won’t even be aware that you’re doing it. Over time, these repetitive, focused movements overuse the same small muscles – which in some cases can lead to painful musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) and affect your performance at work.
Computer mice can, over time, cause pain, numbness, tingling and burning sensations in the hand, wrist, forearm and elbow. Mouse use has also been known to cause the formation of painful nodules and – eventually, ganglion cysts around the joints and tendons.
Ergonomic mice have been designed to reduce the risk of pain and injury by encouraging the body into healthier positions.
What are the different types of ergonomic mice?
There is no ‘holy grail’ of computer mouse design. What works for one person may not work for the next. Hopefully this section will help you understand the thought process behind each type of design, so you can find an ergonomic mouse that’s perfect for you.
Standard mice – the type you cup your hand over and move around the desk – have been the go-to choice for most computer owners over the decades. Today, there have been advances in standard mouse design that can help reduce the risk of typical MSDs. While we at Posturite tend to recommend vertical mice for anyone using a computer regularly, we recognise that many people prefer the more familiar style of a standard mouse.
Our standard mice come in a variety of forms, from compact models designed to be plugged into a laptop on-the-go, to clever contoured shapes that offer better support for greater comfort.
While they might look unusual, vertical mice redefine the way we use computers and greatly improve the positioning of the hand – and the body in relation to the hand.
A vertical mouse encourages the hand into a neutral ‘handshake’ position, rather than twisting it as with a standard two-click mouse. This supports your hand more effectively and transfers the bulk of your movement from the small muscles in your hand, to your stronger shoulder muscles which are better equipped to deal with repetitive movements.
Vertical mice like our award-winning Penguin tend to come in different sizes so you can find the perfect fit.
Trackball mice allow you to navigate your computer with your fingertips, eliminating the need to move your arm around the desk and reducing the risk of resulting MSDs.
Trackball mice are often ambidextrous so it doesn’t matter if you are right or left handed.
Roll Bar Mice
The roll bar mouse is designed to eliminate the neck and shoulder pain sometimes caused by reaching for a mouse. With a roll bar mouse, you can control your computer from the middle of your keyboard. A small bar is pushed left or right and rolled forwards or backwards for fingertip control of mouse pointer movements. Mouse buttons remain close to hand for finger and thumb control.
When it comes to very precise design work, a traditional computer mouse can fall short. We stock graphics tablets which simulate natural hand drawing while connecting directly to the computer. This eliminates the musculoskeletal problems often associated with mouse use.
You can increase your comfort while computing with the addition of our high quality, reasonably priced mice accessories. From wrist supports to travel bags, there’s always a way to improve your experience of using and transporting a computer mouse.