It’s time to discuss the mouse. Although there are many computer input devices (i.e., trackball, trackpad, touchscreen, stylus, etc.), I’ll keep my discussion to the mouse since it has the most purchase options.
As you can see from the photo above, I have several types in my collection ranging from an Apple Magic Mouse on the far left to the Anker Ergonomic Vertical Mouse on the far right. I really wanted to like the Anker. But I found that I could never get comfortable using it. Plus, given its vertical orientation, I found that I knocked it over all the time. Very frustrating!
Recently I switched to the Logitech MX Master 3 (third from the left) and find that it perfectly fits my needs.
What factors should you consider when purchasing and using a mouse? Below are a few suggestions:
Shape: The shape should fit your hand. Too small and you will inadvertently active buttons; too large and you will have difficulty reaching the buttons. Ideally something like the Anker Ergonomic Vertical Mouse is your best option, but only if it works for you.
Grip: You should maintain a loose grip when operating the mouse.
Position: The mouse should be located close to and on the same level as the keyboard. It should also be at elbow height.
Movement: Generate movement of the mouse from the elbow and not the wrist.
Surface: The surface should have minimal friction to allow for smooth mouse movement in the work area. Also make sure the work area is cleared of any impediments to moving the mouse.
Next time I’ll talk about keyboards.