Vertical mice are increasingly used in the office to help prevent and reduce RSI complaints. But vertical mice differ considerably from each other. This does not make your search for the perfect ergonomic mouse any easier. To help you get started, we summarise what you need to look for when comparing vertical mice.
To get a good impression of a vertical mouse, it is important to test it. After all, every hand differs in shape and size and everyone has their own preferences. Pay attention to these 3 points when testing the mouse.
- Shape and comfort
Hold the mouse and assess if it feels comfortable. Is the shape and the position of the hand correct? Is the hand fully supported (including the thumb and little finger)? Do you need a larger or smaller size? Are there any edges that feel irritating to your fingers?
Test the mouse for at least 10 minutes: click, scroll and move. Does it feel natural or do you have to get used to it? Which muscles do you use when moving the mouse: are they your large or small muscles? It is important to know that small muscles and tendons become strained much faster than large muscles.
- Muscle tension
With an independent ergonomist you can measure muscle tension (during use and at rest) in the forearm and shoulder muscles. The chance of RSI complaints is much less when you have low muscle tension.
How does our He mouse compare?
In an independent, comparative study by a European registered ergonomist (Ergonomist, Eur.Eng.) 4 popular vertical mice were compared: the Evoluent 4, the Handshoe Mouse, the 3M Anir Mouse and the HE Mouse from R-Go Tools.
Conclusion: although the choice of computer mouse remains very personal, the HE Mouse gets the best overall score.