An Ergonomic Mouse Can Save Your Wrist — Here Are The Best Ones We’ve Tested

An Ergonomic Mouse Can Save Your Wrist — Here Are The Best Ones We’ve Tested

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Swapping out your old mouse (or trackpad) for an ergonomic model can make a world of difference. Just look at the ever-increasing number of companies offering ergonomically correct mice to combat users’ hand and wrist strain.

That’s why we’ve tested the top-rated ergonomic mice you can pair with an ergonomic keyboard to determine which is best for creating a truly comfortable work station. And after putting ten different models through their paces, we found one clear winner for overall use, as well as a top vertical pick for those who want something especially easy on their wrists.

Best ergonomic mouse

The Logitech MX Master 3 is an unequivocally comfortable mouse. It’s shaped to perfection, with special attention to the fingers that do the clicking. Using it felt like our fingers were lounging — with a sculpted ergonomic groove for nearly every finger.

Best vertical ergonomic mouse

The best vertical mouse we tested, the Lift is especially ideal if you have wrist, arm or shoulder problems. It’s both cheaper and more compact than the popular MX Vertical, and has the advantage of offering both left- and right-handed variations.

Best ergonomic mouse: Logitech MX Master 3 The MX Master sculpt provides an extraordinary fit for the hand. From the back of the mouse begins an incline that peaks just below the base of your index and middle finger, so instead of hovering above the mouse, our primary clicking fingers relaxed on a solid structure. This provides a unique feeling of support lacking in the other mice we tested. From there, the mouse tapers off into a gentler slope toward the primary buttons and scroll wheel. There’s more than enough room for your clicking fingers, so even the largest hands should do just fine.

Your thumb gets special treatment, too. The left side of the MX Master smoothly dips into a flattened section upon which your entire thumb can rest. It’s made of soft rubber with gentle ribbing for comfort and traction. We would have liked to see similar attention given to the ring and pinky fingers. There is a steep slope on the right side of the mouse that provides some support, but not nearly as much as is given to the thumb. Regardless, our overall experience was one of unmatched clicking comfort.

Logitech made some really good decisions with the materials used on this mouse. The soft rubber on the thumb rest is a prime example, working its way up to the edges of the primary mouse buttons beneath your index and middle fingers adding both comfort and additional grip. Only a handful of other mice we tested employed rubber on any such surfaces, and only two did as generously. The metal scroll wheels (both vertical and horizontal) also feel solid and satisfying.

All that comfort does not come at the expense of functionality. The wireless MX Master 3 can be connected to three different devices simultaneously, and you can swap between them with a single button. There are two additional buttons as well as a horizontal scroll wheel above the thumb rest. Built right into the thumb rest is a gesture button, which, when held, will allow you to perform a variety of functions when you move the mouse at the same time. For example, holding this button and moving the mouse left or right allows you to swap between programs. The regular scroll wheel has a button built into it as well as a button just behind it. The latter, by default, swaps the scroll style between a smooth, fast scroll and slower line-by-line ratchet scrolling.

To take full advantage of all these extra buttons, you’ll need to download the Logitech Options application (available for Mac and PC). Within it, you’ll find a trove of options for modification. Every additional button (on top of the traditional left and right clickers), as well as the horizontal scroll wheel, can be reprogrammed. You can also make app-specific configurations. For example, we made the horizontal scroll wheel change the brush size in Photoshop and swap between sheets in Microsoft Excel. The gesture button comes with pre-built configurations, such as one for controlling music playback, but you can also customize your setup as well as change things like pointer speed and scroll direction.

Logitech Options also features Logitech Flow, which allows you to move your mouse seamlessly between connected devices. You can even copy and paste files between them. What’s extra cool is that this works across operating systems. To connect a device, you can use the included dongle or simply connect via Bluetooth. We put a desktop PC and a MacBook side-by-side, pressed Command+C to copy a file of the Mac, moved our cursor seamlessly onto our desktop, and pressed Control+V to paste it onto the PC. Never thought we’d experience something like that!

The MX Master has a rechargeable battery, charged with the included USB-A to USB-C cable. And the cable is long enough to use the mouse at the same time that it’s charging, though it can interfere with tracking. We’d recommend juicing up overnight. If you find the battery’s dead but need it in a pinch, a one-minute quick charge provides a whole three hours of use.

Best vertical ergonomic mouse: Logitech Lift Mike Andronico/CNN

We’ve tested several great vertical mice, but we found the Logitech Lift to offer the best combination of comfort, features and value for most people.

The Lift’s ertical design positions your hand at a comfortable 57-degree angle (think reaching out for a handshake) instead of requiring you to rotate your wrist palm downward as you do with a traditional mouse, In our testing we found it easy to grip and get comfortable with right away, even for several of us on staff that don’t use this type of mouse often. Just note that its design is built for medium to small hands — those with larger hands may be better off with the heavier, meatier Logitech MX Vertical. The Lift’s white, graphite and pink options all look attractive and understated, and unlike many other vertical mice we tested, it comes in both left and right-handed variations.

Logitech’s latest vertical mouse has a total of six buttons, including your standard left/right click, a clickable scroll wheel, a button for adjusting DPI sensitivity and two thumb buttons. The Lift’s main click buttons were silent yet responsive, and we appreciated that the scroll wheel can switch between rapid scrolling and more precise combing with a quick click.

You can also customize the Lift’s four auxiliary buttons via the Logi Options+ software for PC or Mac, giving you the freedom to assign all kinds of shortcuts or keystrokes (such as muting your mic or copying and pasting text). The Lift can pair to up to three devices at once using a mix of Bluetooth and the included Logi Bolt USB receiver — which itself can support up to six Logitech accessories — making it easy to jump between multiple computers and tablets throughout the workday.

One of the Lift’s few drawbacks is that it’s powered by a single AA battery, and isn’t rechargeable via USB-C (and can’t be used in wired mode) like the MX Vertical is. Logitech promises up to two years of use on a single battery, but you’ll eventually have to replace it. We still recommend the MX Vertical if you have larger hands or don’t want to deal with disposable batteries, but the Lift’s slicker design, lower price, left-handed option and better wireless connectivity give it the edge overall.

How we tested We scored each mouse on design and comfort, customization and performance (you can read more about by scrolling down). Seeing as these are ergonomic mice, comfort took up a good portion of our rating scale. But we also placed great emphasis on customization and performance.

We ran a battery of tests on every mouse over sessions lasting up to two hours. We clicked objects of varying sizes, dragged and dropped files, highlighted text and much more. All the while, we noted any strain or discomfort in our hands, on both immediate and long-term. We also spent plenty of time getting used to non-traditional mouse formats, specifically trackballs and “vertical” mice with buttons at near-vertical angles. We also looked into the quality of materials that composed each mouse and at battery life, Bluetooth connection and warranties. Finally, we explored every customization option, like extra buttons, the amount of functionality available, and downloadable software.

Check out our category breakdown below.

Design and Comfort

Overall design: We checked out the build of the mouse in detail, both visually and in-hand. Specifically, we noted the mouse’s architecture and button placement. We also noted how many additional buttons there were, and where they were located. Comfort: We spent about two hours with the mouse (after getting used to its weight and controls), concentrating on both short-term and long-term strain. An example of short-term strain would be if a button is difficult to reach with the nearest finger. An example of long-term strain would be discomfort in specific parts of the hand after using the mouse for the full session. We also noted any wrist strain over the long-term. Materials used: We researched material composition and quality. In part, this boiled down to how plastic, rubber, buttons and scroll wheels felt in our hands. Customization

Customization: We delved into every customization option available for each mouse, including those provided by accompanying software. This included additional buttons, different modes of use, physical modifications available, gesture controls and more. Performance

Overall use: We noted every quirk, good and bad, while using each mouse: how smooth tracking and scrolling were, how easy it was to access every button, how well we could hold the mouse. We also described how much effort it took to learn to use non-traditional modes such as trackball and vertical mice (the latter of which is characterized by primary buttons are at an exceptionally steep angle on one side). Bluetooth: We rated the connection quality of the mouse, how many devices could be connected at once and whether a dongle was required or included. In terms of connection quality, we mainly looked for any latency between mouse movement and cursor movement on the screen. Battery: We considered what kind of battery/batteries were required and how long they were expected to last. Some mice had an internal battery that could be recharged or even supported fast charging. Warranty

Warranty: We looked into what warranty/warranties covered each mouse. Other ergonomic mice we tested SwiftPoint ProPoint Ergonomic Mouse & Presenter SM600 $169.99 at SwiftPoint The SwiftPoint ProPoint Ergonomic Mouse & Presenter SM600 is unlike any Bluetooth mouse we’ve ever used. It fits right in the palm of your hand as it’s less than 2 inches from end to end. It’s designed with two alcoves on the left and right for your thumb and middle finger, respectively. A ridge in the middle holds the buttons, controlled by your index finger. You can also tilt it on its side to use gesture controls. Despite its size, this mouse is genuinely comfortable through and through — and it’s much easier to control than you might imagine. Plus, it doubles as a presenter that you can point at your screen to control slide shows. You can pick up the free SwiftPoint P3 Control Panel on most operating systems, which allows you to customize all the controls and see your own mouse usage statistics.

Overall, we loved this mouse. It’s compact and portable, yet packs ergonomics better than many normal-sized mice. However, we had to pass it up as, compared to the Logitech MX Master 3, there isn’t much material for your fingers to rest upon, so they have to stay bent rather than fully relaxed. And as good as the customization software is, the MX Master simply features more buttons to modify.

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