How to Buy an Ergonomic Keyboard and Mouse that Suits You, Page 2

How to Buy an Ergonomic Keyboard and Mouse that Suits You, Page 2

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The Mouse

There are lots of good-quality mouse choices out there with cheap price tags, most of them use 2-button function. Though sophisticated mouse can be a bit pricier, you will be surprised how much they can improve your computer experience; whether it’s minimizing wrist pain, or saving you from endless clicks on the scroll wheel, they are worth the investment. 

The Corsair Vengeance M65 for example, may look futuristic, and a little bit more expensive than its regular counterparts, but its 8200 DPI laser sensor sure can make a huge difference in gaming, as it works with precise tracking for highly accurate mouse control, crucial for demanding games.

Like the keyboard, we use our mouse every time we sit in front of our machine. Thus, it pays to find something of good quality. If you’re ready to trade you old mouse for newer model, then here are some things you need to consider.

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Logitech Anywhere Mouse MX (image from Amazon)

Size, Grip Style and Ergonomics

The way the mouse feels when palm it with your hands and move it, is undoubtedly the most important factor to consider in choosing. Though you can improve your comfort level in rearranging your work desk, having a good mouse that fits well with your hands can make a huge difference. For the most part, choosing involves two things – size and grip.

Size is obviously about personal preference. If you wish to use it with your laptop, then you should consider its portability. However, certain mouse has better grips. Here are the three choices.

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Palm Grip

Users lay their entire hand on the mouse on this grip. The palm is used to move the mouse, and movement is felt most in wrist and forearm, making it feel comfortable. This grip allows users to move the mouse faster, however, it’s not the best style for gamers that require extreme movement precision, as it is less precise. Most mouse with this type of grip have bigger bump on its back, this is to provide comfort for the palm, a good choice for people with RSI problems.

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Some examples of Palm Grip mice are the Microsoft IntelliMouse Explorer, and Razer Lachesis.


Claw Grip

As its name suggests, the claw grip keeps your fingers arched in a claw-like position. Your palm may still rest entirely on the back of the mouse, but your other fingers are more engaged, giving you more control over the mouse. Your thumb, ring and pinky are positioned nicely for better movement precision, however, this can be tiring for the hand. Claw grip mice are usually longer and come with lipped edge, allowing users to pick the mouse up and move it around the desk. 

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Razer DeathAdder and Logitech G9x are too good example of claw grip mice, and they’re popular for gaming. If you don’t want to spend hundreds of dollars for a mouse however, you can opt for Logitech Performance Mouse MX, works well for regular PC users.


Finger Tip Grip

This grip is the complete opposite of palm grip, as your palm can rest on the bottom of the mouse. Users control the mouse entirely with their fingers, providing better precision, but can be really taxing. They are usually flatter and small, making them better choice for laptop use, as they are more portable and more space-saving. Since most of us are accustomed to palm grip, many find fingertip grip as the hardest to learn. If you have RSI issue, then you better avoid this type of mouse grip.

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Some good examples of this grip are the Logitech Marathon Mouse M705 and Razer Abyssus.



We might have talked a little about this in the previous section, but it does need its own section to be thoroughly discussed.

If you need optimum mouse precision, particularly if you regularly edit pictures and images, or play games, then make sure you get the mouse with high sensitivity level. The sensitivity of your mouse determines the lengths of movements you need to make to move the cursor on your screen. Some cursors barely moves if you move the mouse slightly, which means you have to move it more out of its place. High sensitivity mouse require slight movements, which means less effort for you.

Mouse sensitivity is measured by DPI or dots per inch. Medium to high-end mice have high sensitivities, usually around 1200 DPI or even higher. Cheaper brands and models on the other hand, offer 400DPI, which is far less than what you need. Also, some mice have buttons to activate better sensitivity and improve precision, which is beneficial for switching between normal work to gaming or image editing. 


Wired or Wireless

Like in keyboard, you also need to decide whether you want a wired or wireless mouse. Generally, wireless mouse are more convenient, since there are is cable that will get in the way. But like wireless keyboard, you also need batteries for the wireless mouse to work. This means you have to charge it or always have backup AA batteries with you. Also, wireless mice can cause some lag (usually at 8ms), and for those who work and multi-task, or play games, can feel like a long time. Also, they can interfere with other wireless home devices, such as 2.4 GHz cordless phones, or wireless G router.

Your options will also be limited when you go wireless, namely Bluetooth and RF. There aren’t much Bluetooth mice available out there, but since most computers, particularly laptops, have Bluetooth compatibility, they can work nicely with any computer on their own. RF (Radio Frequency) on the other hand, are more responsive compared to Bluetooth, and have longer range. However, they can easily interfere with other wireless devices. Also, they need USB receiver to connect with your computer. Unless you don’t have any USB ports available left, there aren’t much to be picky in deciding between Bluetooth and RF.


Extra Buttons

Mouse with extra buttons may seem futuristic and sophisticated, which is why most people associate it for hardcore gaming. Extra buttons however, aren’t only for games. Some mouse allows you to map your spare buttons to specific functions, allowing you to be more efficient on your work. Some function lets you browse back and forward, provide “fast scroll” button to scroll through pages and files faster and smoother, arrow buttons, keyboard shortcuts, etc.

You don’t have to choose the mouse with most extra buttons. You just need the few extra on the side for added convenience, particularly for the features you usually use. They may seem simple improvements, but they can sure make a huge difference in your experience.

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