Thursday, February 24, 2005

ErgoClick Mouse: A hands-on review

Usernomics has been able to conduct a hands-on review of the ErgoClick mouse. If you have an RSI-type of problem, this is the mouse for you.

The ErgoClick is a very simple mouse that is well-designed and contoured to comfortably rest your left hand on without the need to grip. You can adjust the pressure of the clicking force with a wheel located on the side of the mouse. We selected the lightest touch and found that it was very easy to learn and use. All mouse functions are configurable but we found the default configuration quite usable.

The idea is to use your left hand for clicking while using your existing mouse in your right hand for moving the cursor. In addition, there is a button that you can hold down with your left thumb for scrolling. Equally important, the ErgoClick mouse can be rotated and oriented to accommodate individual comfort levels. Note that your existing mouse retains full functionality at all times. So you completely eliminate the need to use your right hand except for moving the cursor around the page.

From a pain management viewpoint, I can’t think of a better solution than removing the need to use your right hand for any type of pressure actions. While an hour or so is recommended for getting used to the left hand operation, we found it very easy to use right out of the box.

If you have any kind of problem with your right hand, this is the solution for you. In fact, even the left hand operation of the ErgoClick mouse is so unobtrusive that it would be beneficial for people who also have problems to their left hand.

User Interface Design - Ergonomics

User Interface Design - Ergonomics

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