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Why You Should Consider Using This Funky-Looking Mouse

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  • Mice force your wrist into a crooked position.
  • Vertical mice are as comfortable as a handshake, but without the sticky, overly-stiff grip.
  • Don’t you use a mouse? Try switching hands on your laptop’s touchpad.

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The ergonomics of the mouse are terrible. Finger twitches, awkward angles, and almost no hand support make mice a nightmare to sprain wrists with.

If your wrist hurts, the first step is to stop what you’re doing. You probably won’t be able to repair the damage, but you can stop making it worse. And one way to do that, if you insist on using a mouse, is to go vertical. Vertical mice allow you to operate in a more natural handshake orientation instead of the prone posture we’re used to. And Logitech’s new Lift makes it easier and cheaper than ever.

“A vertical mouse limits the amount of pronation (palm-down postures) compared to a traditional mouse design. Pronation is considered an awkward posture and can be quite problematic for many people. This mouse holds the hand in a handshake, which is a neutral posture,” certified professional ergonomist Darcie Jaremey told Lifewire via email.

Hands in the air

One of the reasons a mouse is bad for your wrist is that it forces you to turn it. For the mouse designer, it makes sense to create a nice, clean, flat disk with a few buttons that fall under the fingers, but for the human anatomy, vertical is much more comfortable. Try it now. Place the palm of your hand on the desk next to your computer or keyboard. Notice the tension along the outer edge of your forearm. And then notice how your elbow, shoulder, and chest feel right now.

Now turn your hand so that it is vertical, with your thumb facing up. Much better, right?

Logitech Lift and MX vertical mice.

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A vertical mouse holds the hand in this position. There will be more of a transition in position from mouse to keyboard and vice versa, and it will feel weird for a while, but a vertical mouse has an advantage over other ergonomic devices because you already know how to use it. It’s just a sideways mouse. The buttons still fall under your fingers and the thumb buttons are easier to reach.

“I had pain in my shoulder and a numbness or tingling sensation in my hand,” digital media consultant Simone Colavecchi told Lifewire via email. “I have been using a vertical mouse for two years and it has greatly improved my condition.”

Logitech’s new Lift is a cheaper alternative ($70) to its flagship MX Vertical ($100). It’s also slightly smaller but holds your hand at the same 57-degree angle. Like almost all Logitech input devices, it can be connected via Bluetooth or via Logitech’s proprietary Logi Bolt USB receiver, which plugs into a USB port and is much more reliable than Bluetooth in my experience.

And unlike the Vertical MX, the Lift is available in black, pink, and white, as well as a left-handed version (black only).

“A vertical mouse benefits these specific cases the most: those who have some type of discomfort/compression in the soft tissues between the wrist and the work surface; Those who move their wrists sideways during mouse movements; Those who tend to grip a traditional mouse too tightly, which can lead to conditions like tennis elbow; and those with symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome,” says Jaremey.

Other options

Someone using the Logitech Lift Vertical Mouse in a home office.

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Maybe a mouse is not for you. If so, there are other options. The first is simply changing hands. If your current mouse is symmetrical, you can start using it with your other hand and (optionally) swap the buttons in your computer settings. It’s also a great option for trackpad users. It will feel incredibly awkward at first, but you’ll get used to it.

I did exactly that years ago when I first had wrist pain. I keep a trackpad on my non-dominant side and a trackball on my right side when I need more speed or accuracy than a trackpad can handle.

Yes, a trackball. There aren’t many good ones out there, but if you have big hands I recommend the Elecom Huge, which is, as the name suggests, huge. It’s also very comfortable, as you can run your hand over its huge padded body.

And don’t forget the pens. Wacom and other manufacturers make light pens for use with computers. Designers and artists use them, but they are also suitable for ordinary humans. But whatever you do, if your wrist hurts, do it. nothing more immediately.

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