work : well : wednesday : the best mouse
When choosing a mouse, consider this:
The ideal mouse allows you to maintain a neutral forearm and wrist position (similar to the position you would use during a handshake where the thumb is up and the baby finger is down). Consider a ‘vertical’ or ‘ergonomic’ mouse.
The mouse should fit snugly in the palm of your hand. If there is a gap between the mouse and your hand the mouse is too small for you, while if the end of the mouse is pressing into your palm the mouse is too big for you. Travel mice should not be used on a regular basis.
A mouse with a thumb roller ball can be helpful for those with wrist strain or carpal tunnel syndrome by reducing strain to the wrist and forearm. However, frequent use may increase strain through the thumb.
When choosing a mouse, consider how frequently you will be using it and for what applications. Those using mouse-heavy programs may wish to choose a mouse that can be programed to be highly responsive to minimize the amount of repetitive forearm and wrist movements required.
Try the mouse out before you buy it – go in to a store that offers many options and try each one out to see if it fits properly before purchasing.
If you have wrist, forearm or hand pain, consult an ergonomist or regulated Kinesiologist for an ergonomic assessment.