When it comes to choosing an ergonomic mouse, you might be tempted to get the first one you see.
However, there are in fact some differences between ergonomic mice and these differences might impact how satisfied you are with your new purchase.
Thus, before giving in to the temptation of buying a new ergonomic mouse, check out the list of features below that might be helpful to you as you consider which mouse to purchase.
Choosing an Ergonomic Mouse
When it comes to mice that aim to reduce the amount of wear and tear on your wrist and arm, there are several important features that come into play.
One of the first ones is the cost of the mouse. Some mice that claim to be ergonomically friendly will cost less than $20 while others will put you back nearly $100.
If cost is a concern, you will also want to consider how long the mouse might last, since spending a lot of money for a mouse that might only last a few months versus one that would last a while would increase you overall mouse cost.
Some low-cost mice might last a long time while some expensive mice might die out quickly. Thus, if the cost is indeed an area of concern, be sure to check out some reviews online to find out how long your mouse might last.
Style and Design
In addition to cost, you will want to consider the style of mouse you purchase. Some mice lay flat while other mice are upright.
If you are able to test out a few mice, it might be helpful to see how comfortable the position is for you.
In general, there are several grip styles to be aware of as you continue your search. The claw grip requires that your fingertips are up higher than the rest of your hand.
Another type of grip, known as the fingertip grip, enables you to have the best control over the mouse.
However, this type of grip is the most likely to tire you out. Thus, if you work long days with a mouse, you might want a different grip.
The final grip, the palm grip, allows you to place your entire hand over the mouse. It is lower in precision than the other types of mice, but you will save your wrist.
Another feature to consider is whether you prefer buttons on your mouse. Some mice have additional buttons that are supposed to save time.
For example, there are some that have “next” and “previous” buttons so that you can quickly advance or go back to the previous screen without a lot of effort.
Other buttons allow you to quickly customize your mouse. One of the more popular buttons is one where you can quickly scroll through a lot of information using a wheel.
Wired or Wireless?
Perhaps one of the most important features to consider is whether you want a mouse that has a wire or a mouse that can work wirelessly.
What are the main differences between mice that have wires and those that do not?
First, you can usually find mice with wires for a bit cheaper than wireless mice. However, when using them, they may be prone to tangling.
Additionally, depending on how long the mouse cord is, you might not have a lot of flexibility with how far you can move your mouse.
With a wireless mouse however, you can generally venture much further away from your computer and avoid the problem with getting tangled.
You might experience problems with the software. Additionally, wireless mice are prone to lag time, so the computer might take a few extra seconds to register your click.
You will need to remember to have batteries on hand (or recharge your mouse batteries) on a regular basis with the wireless mouse.
DPI (Dots Per Inch)
Lastly, you will want to consider the dots per inch (or DPI) that the mouse has. This number is related to how sensitive the mouse is. The higher the number, the more sensitivity you are getting.
Some mice permit you to switch between several different DPI settings while others only come with one set. If you are planning to do a lot of editing in Photoshop, a low DPI setting is great.
However, if you want to quickly surf the web then you will be able to get more done quickly on a higher DPI setting.
When purchasing a new ergonomic mouse, there are a number of factors to consider.
These factors include the DPI setting of the mouse, the price, how long the mouse will last, the type of grip, and whether or not the mouse comes with a cord.