If you're anything like me, you'll find that all those hours pounding the keys takes its toll on your fingers.
I've mentioned before that I use an ergonomic keyboard – you can read about it here
But for me, the real culprit is my mouse. It's all those tiny finger movements that cause the pain and lead to RSI. I've tried this trackball and it did help to some extent, but it wasn't an exact match for a mouse:
I actually keep it attached to my computer and it lives on the left hand side of my keyboard – that way I can use both hands and spread the load on my fingers.
But I really needed a proper mouse. It seemed that the ergonomic mice were far too expensive, and then I found this one:
It's wireless and a good price – but would it be too good to be true?
No. I've had it for a month or so and I like it. It has a couple of minor niggles. You can change the precision, but there's no LED or other display so you can only guess at what you're setting it to. You need to click it to wake it up – just moving it won't do the trick. But otherwise, it's fine. The battery life seems good, though you'll need to buy some batteries. I bought 4 rechargeables so I have 2 in use and 2 charged and ready. The wireless works well. What else is there to say?
My fingers are grateful because I now hold my hand in a more neutral position, and so I'd recommend it.
Be sure to order the correct version for your use – the link above is for a right-handed mouse.
I also use a mousemat with my ergonomic mouse. I have this one and it's absolutely fine:
Over to you
If you have any ergonomic tips, please fire away in the comments.
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