So why an ergonomic mouse? Most people hardly give a second thought to the mouse they use, preferring to focus their attention- and money- on the latest graphics card, CPU, or even PC case. If you’re one of those people, consider this- the computer mouse, besides the keyboard, is the only part of the computer you’re constantly in physical contact with. As such, not giving it its due respect can have serious repercussions.
When you fail to invest in the best ergonomic mouse possible for your needs, the effects are gradual but surely devastating. Cases of Carpal tunnel syndrome and nerve damage in the hand and wrist have only skyrocketed in today’s age of prolonged keyboard and mouse use. By investing in a good ergonomic mouse that fits the contours of your hand and natural posture, you minimize your chances of developing these deliberating repetitive motion syndromes later in life, or if you already show early signs of it, stop it from worsening.
Here at Ergonomic Trends we’ve put together a list of the best ergonomic mice for 2017 you should consider to minimize the chances of permanently damaging your body through the routine use of a regular mouse.
- The Best Ergonomic Mouse for 2017
- 1. Logitech M570– Best Overall Ergonomic Mouse for 2017
- 2. Logitech MX Master– Top Productivity Ergonomic Mouse
- 3. Anker 2.4G Wireless Vertical– Best Overall Vertical Ergonomic Mouse
- 4. Logitech Trackman Marble– Great Ambidextrous Ergonomic Mouse
- 5. Microsoft Arc– Great Travel Ergonomic Mouse
- Picking the Best Ergonomic Mouse for YOU
The Best Ergonomic Mouse for 2017
|Logitech M570||4||2.4 GHz Wireless||18 months||Check Price|
|Logitech MX Master||7||Wireless, Bluetooth||40 days on single charge||Check Price|
|Anker Vertical||5||2.4 GHz Wireless||N/A||Check Price|
|Logitech Trackman Marble||4||Wired||Wired||Check Price|
|Microsoft Arc||3||2.4 GHz Wireless||6 mons||Check Price|
1. Logitech M570– Best Overall Ergonomic Mouse for 2017
The Logitech M570 is our top pick for best ergonomic mouse of 2017, and apparently we aren’t the only ones giving it top honors. This Logitech model is currently the best selling ergonomic mouse on Amazon, with close to 8.000 perfect 5 star reviews (as of July 2017). That’s a lot of people who think the mouse is perfect, or very close to it at least.
What makes the Logitech M570 stand out from the pack? Lets start with its perfectly sculptured design that basically allows your hand to fully rest on it when in use, instead of clinging to it like your last hundred dollar bill. By allowing your hand to conform to the mouse, you eliminate the unconscious gripping and tension in your fingers that gradually leads to nerve pain and the dreaded carpal tunnel syndrome. As someone who experiences the occasional stiffness in the hand after a long day on the computer, I was shocked at just how rested my hand felt even after a full day with the Logitech M570.
Another standout feature of the Logitech M570 mouse is the thumb controlled trackball. If you’ve never used a trackball before, it might take some time to get used to it, though from an ergonomic standpoint, it makes sense. Instead of physically pushing the mouse across a surface to move the mouse cursor, a trackball minimizes this strenuous action by letting your thumb do the walking instead. By reducing the distance traveled and wrist movement involved, you greatly reduce your chances of wrist related pain and inquiry over time. Plus you always still have the option to move the mouse like a traditional one depending on what you’re working on.
I travel a lot and find the Logitech M570 a great ergonomic mouse on the road to boot. The trackball means I have a functional mouse even in tight spots like in a plane, and when I wish to maneuver the mouse, the laser tracking works well on all kinds of odd surfaces like the glass table or even bed in my hotel room. The mouse weighs just 5.01 ounces, and the wireless connection means I’m totally untethered.
All in all, the Logitech M570 is your best bet for a comfortable mouse that masters the art of ergonomic design. One of its greatest strengths, however, the trackball, may also be its shortcoming for you. Some people simply will simply never get used to a trackball, especially a small segment of gamers or CAD users that are conditioned to move pixels by physically moving the mouse. A trackball is also prune to sampling your last meal or snack binge, attracting grease and dirt that requires more cleaning than the average mouse for a smooth experience. If you can keep your hands clean, however, the trackball is a durable component that translates into a mouse that should last you many years.
- Sculpted shape supports most hands comfortably and lets it rest on the mouse instead of clenching to it.
- Trackball for manerving cursor greatly reduces wrist and hand related movements that could lead to inquiry
- Wireless connectivity with stellar battery life (rated 18 months normal use) on just 1 AA battery.
- Affordable, less than $30 to avoid a trip to the chiropractor.
- Trackball requires more maintenance than regular mouse to clean
- Not everyone can get used to a trackball
- Right hand users only
2. Logitech MX Master– Top Productivity Ergonomic Mouse
Logitech has boldly called this their best mouse ever, and over 1,500 perfect 5/5 reviews on Amazon (as of July 2017) would seem to concur with that. If the Logitech M570 mouse is a Toyota Camary in the world of ergonomic mice, the Logitech MX Master is the BMW 500 sudan. This is a premium mouse without a doubt, as reflected in the premium materials and a striking design that’s seemingly taken out of the pages of Star Trek.
There is science behind all of the extravagance, however. Everything about the MX Master Mouse was designed for comfort, efficiency, and ergonomics. The mouse’s large footprint and high profile, with a height peaking close to 2 inches means your hand will be fully supported regardless of size. The contoured design and left thumb slot relaxes all five fingers as your hand sinks into it. We love the rubberized texture surrounding the thumb rest area that adds just the right amount of grip, not to mention premium feel.
Speaking of efficiency, the Mx Master comes with 5 buttons that are all programmable.
Where the thumb rests you’ll find a back and forward button, plus an unique thumb wheel to easily scroll horizontally without physically moving the mouse left to right. For people who work with spreadsheets or Photoshop often, you’ll wonder how you ever lived without it.
Located at the top of the mouse is a similarity ingenious vertical scrollwheel that also minimizes travel whenever possible. Its scroll mechanics automatically switches from ratchet to free scroll depending on how fast you spin the wheel. Say you want to quickly scroll down to the bottom of a long document- a quick flick of the top scroll wheel is all you need, instead of putting your index finger on a grueling marathon run.
We bestow the Logitech MX Master with the best ergonomic productivity mouse title, as it’s not just ideally sculptured to minimize clenching and in turn joint pain, but designed to maximize your efficiency when working on everyday tasks. The smart thumb and top scroll wheels takes a big bite out of the need to physically move the mouse around when performing certain common tasks, boosting your productivity. Cutting down on physical mouse movement also spares your wrist and hand from unnecessary strain, which in time contributes to carpal tunnel syndrome.
While the Logitech MX Master mouse’s design is impeccable, there are a couple of things we didn’t like. One is the position of the back and forth buttons, which are located at the rear end of the contoured thumb area. This makes it a little difficult to reach for some people. Also, if you’re left handed, you’re out out luck with the Logitech MX Master, as there is no left handed version of the mouse to be found.
- Excellent ergonomic design with a large and high profile to cradle most hands
- 5 programmable buttons, including a Innovative horizontal and vertical scroll wheels to reduce wrist movements and boost productivity.
- Wireless connectivity with stellar battery life (rated 40 days normal use) with rechargeable lithium Polymer battery.
- Poorly positioned back and forth buttons
- Strictly for right handed users
- Cost is higher than many other ergonomic mice (around $65)
3. Anker 2.4G Wireless Vertical– Best Overall Vertical Ergonomic Mouse
When it comes to mouse ergonomics, the two main competing designs are horizontal versus vertical mouse. We did a lot of research in this field, and it seems even scientists cannot come to a consensus on which one is better. Make no mistake, however- for some people, a vertical mouse will feel more natural and comfortable to use over a long period of time than a conventional one. For this category of mouse, we pick Anker vertical mouse as the hands down best ergonomic vertical mouse, not just for its excellent ergonomic design, but great usability and ultra affordable price point.
For those of you that have never used a vertical mouse, Anker’s design may seem radical, but this scientific form factor is meant to mimic a “handshake” where there is no unnatural twisting of the wrist to hold. The main cause of carpal tunnel syndrome stems from pressure on the median nerve that runs from your forearm all the way down to the hands. The “handshake” position essentially eliminates this pressure derived from twisting your wrist and having your hands face downwards when holding a traditional mouse.
Going beyond the Anker’s cutting edge and sleek design, we find a highly usable mouse that should exceed most people’s expectations of a day to day mouse. A conveniently located back and forth button near your thumb also makes cycling between webpages or documents a breeze. The mouse’s optical tracking is simply superb, and lets you switch between 3 levels of sensitivity- 800 / 1200 / 1600 DPI resolution- depending on the task at hand and personal preference. From an ergonomic point of view, some people like to turn the DPI level down and utilize their entire arm to move the mouse instead of the wrist to avoid putting too much strain on the former.
Anker is wireless (2.4ghz) and uses two AAA batteries (not included) with a rated battery life of around 12 months before it needs a reload from the grid.
A couple of things worth mentioning before you dive head first into the Anker Vertical mouse. Firstly, the mouse is not ambidextrous, making it only suitable for right handed people. Also, some people with small hands have complained that the mouse’s deep profile makes it hard to align all the fingers with the buttons while remaining in a comfortable posture. Be aware of this potential shortcoming if that’s you.
Overall if you already suffer from carpal tunnel syndrome or are looking for a radical departure from a traditional ergonomic mouse to see if that can further help with hand and wrist pain, we highly recommend Anker, as it is simply the best designed vertical mouse at the most affordable price point we’ve seen.
- Best in category vertical “handshake” design that prevents twisting of the wrist that often leads to carpal tunnel syndrome
- Adjustable sensitivity- switch between 800 / 1200 / 1600 DPI resolution
- Wireless connectivity using 2 regular AAA batteries
- Very affordable price (around $20) for a premium feel and scientifically backed design.
- Deep profile of mouse might make it uncomfortable for people with some hands to reach the buttons
- Right hand users only
4. Logitech Trackman Marble– Great Ambidextrous Ergonomic Mouse
Finally, an ergonomic mouse that caters to both left and right hand users! The logitech Trackman Marble with its symmetrical design means it supports the contours of your hand regardless of which one you grace it with. An ambidextrous design also means you can alternate between your hands to use the mouse, an exercise that is highly ergonomic if you can master it. By spreading your mouse usage between both hands, you’re reducing the likelihood of RMS (repetitive motion syndrome), which develops when you overly or repeatedly use a specific muscle.
The defining characteristic of the Legitech Trackman is also something that’s hard to miss visually- a giant trackball centered near the far end of the mouse. Whereas the Logitech M570’s trackball is located in the thumb area and used as an secondary way to move the cursor around, the Trackman Marble doubles down on the technology, implementing a large trackball that is spun using your main index fingers and as the sole mean to moving the cursor on the screen. In fact, the base of the mouse doesn’t even move, forcing your wrist to be completely stationary. If you have any sort of wrist pain, this is Beethoven to your ears.
The fact that the base of the mouse doesn’t move also makes is a godsend in tight spaces and on any surface you feel like, even on your lap. It’s important to note, however, that the mouse is wired, making it ill suited for use with your TV or other more distant devices.
Located along the two sides of the Logitech Trackman Marble are two giant buttons to serve as the left and right click buttons. Embedded inside these buttons are another set that by default serves as back and forth buttons, though they are programmable. We find the smaller set just a tad too small and positioned too high for our taste. The primary click buttons are extremely responsive and aptly positioned, however.
If there is one flaw in this trackball centric mouse, it’s the lack of a dedicated scroll wheel. Scrolling is achieved by clicking on a side button before moving the trackball the tell the mouse you wish to enter scrolling mode. We found this a little cumbersome, especially over long documents. On the flip side, the trackball is surprisingly accurate in maneuvering the cursor to precisely where we want it to go. We tested the mouse inside Photoshop to make fine changes to an image, and came out very impressed by how responsive and accurate the trackball was.
The Logitech Trackman Marble isn’t for everyone, but if you’re looking for a radical solution to reducing carpal tunnel syndrome, or perhaps already suffer from some form of Repetitive Motion Syndrome or arthritis and need a mouse you can operate without constant discomfort, this may just be what you need. During our research we’ve come across many people who suffer from debilitating RMS or even paralysis in the hands that have given this mouse their effusive endorsement. The ambidextrous design and large trackball that can be operated by multiple fingers or even the palm of your hand means you are not limited to one posture when operating this mouse. And that makes the Logitech Trackman Marble a highly ergonomic mouse that’s in a class of its own, even if it’s not the best mouse for everyone.
- Large trackball and solid base minimizes any wrist movement while operating the mouse
- Ambidextrous design makes it suitable for both left and right hand users, or alternate between hands to reduce tension
- Extremely accurate trackball, even for detailed oriented work.
- Lack of dedicated scroll wheel makes scrolling more cumbersome
- Back and forward buttons are a little small and positioned too high for easy reach
- Wired connection creates some clutter.
5. Microsoft Arc– Great Travel Ergonomic Mouse
Microsoft is known for making quality and ergonomically designed peripherals, such as their ergonomic keyboards that are second to none in our opinion. So it was with much fanfare and excitement that Microsoft decided to finally introduce an ergonomic mouse to their lineup of hardware products, the aptly named Microsoft Arc Mouse. The mouse is a testament to Microsoft’s design chops when it comes to industrial design.
The most important thing to mention about the Arc Mouse is the defining ergonomic arc design. The rounded hunchback supports your hand in its natural position and keeps your hand above your wrist. And get this, when not in use or during travel, you can actually flatten the mouse, which also automatically turns it off. Who says ergonomics can’t be flat?
For you lefties, the Arc with its perfectly symmetrical design can be used with either hands. A two way, touch sensitive strip in the center of the mouse replaces a mouse wheel and relies on haptic feedback to let you vertically scroll pages with precision. It operates on inertia, so a quick flick on the strip lets you quickly scroll down to the very end of a document, thus avoiding having to rely on your wrist to do the same. An efficient scrolling mechanism is one of the main pillars of a good ergonomic mouse, and in general the touch strip accomplishes this with style.
The Arc Mouse is wireless and operates on two AAA batteries (included). Instead of bluetooth technology, the mouse uses a tiny receiver that you plug into your computer’s USB port to create that invisible connection. Some of you may decry the lack of a bluetooth connection, but the USB connection is extremely stable, and works with any device with a USB port, even my aging Samsung laptop that doesn’t support bluetooth. And when traveling, the tiny receiver can actually be magnetically attached to the bottom of the mouse so the two are always united, a trick Microsoft no doubt borrowed from the pages of Apple. dfdf dfdf
While the Arc can do the job as your primary mouse, where it excels over other ergonomic mice is its slim profile that makes it the ideal companion when travelling. Flatten the mouse and the whole thing takes up virtually no space while magnetically securing the USB receiver in its belly. It’s also just a damn cool piece of hardware, and will no doubt turn heads when you whip it out in public. Having said that, if you’re looking for a ergonomic mouse for everyday use at home or in the office, the other mice we list in this guide are better options in terms of ergonomics and comfort over prolonged use.
- Compact, ergonomic mouse that can even be flattened to save more space and to turn off.
- Innovative touch strip for scrolling, with haptic feedback that tells you how quickly you’re scrolling.
- Ambixestrous design for left and right hand users alike. Alternate between hands to distribute your workload and lessen tension.
- Slim profile makes it unsuitable for large hands
- Basic ergonomic design that may not suffice for people looking for a truly ergonomic mouse
- Uses a tiny USB receiver instead of bluetooth for wireless connectivity, so it can’t be paired up with tablets.
Picking the Best Ergonomic Mouse for YOU
Our list of the best ergonomic mice is meant to cover the wide spectrum of users and differing preferences when it comes to not just an ergonomic mouse, but mouse in general. Read the pros and pitfalls of each mouse above carefully to see which one covers all of your needs the best. There is no one size that fits all in the world of ergonomic design, and at the end of the day, the best ergonomic mouse is one that doesn’t just conform to your body perfectly, but your work flow as well to boost productivity.
You owe it to your body to start paying serious attention to that little device that you grapple onto many hours every day. Constant pain, nerve damage, and even disability could be in the cards if we don’t consider the ergonomics of the mouse we use day in and out. There is a perfect ergonomic mouse for you in our list; find it first before spending anther dime on the latest graphics card or shiny accessory for your PC.