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Best Ergonomic Mouse to Use in 2017 (Buyer’s Guide)

Do you use a regular mouse or an ergonomic mouse?

If you are thinking of Googling what an 'ergonomic mouse' means, there is a good chance you use a regular one.

Now there is nothing wrong in using a regular mouse, but if you use it for prolonged amount of time on a daily basis, you may face some pain or uncomfortable sensation in your hand/wrist.

Prolonged use of mouse has also been identified as one of the causes of carpal tunnel.

One of the ways to avoid such issues is to switch to an ergonomic mouse.

In this article, I am going to list some amazing ergonomic mouse that you can consider getting.

If you're a complete newbie in the world of ergonomic mouse, go through the buyer's guide where I have listed features that you should keep in mind when buying a mouse pad.

What Does Ergonomic Mean?

Anything that is ergonomic is made to be comfortable and efficient in your working environment.

You must have heard of the terms such as ergonomic seats or chairs. These indicate that it helps you be extremely comfortable without causing any strain or discomfort to your body.

A lot of awareness is spreading about ergonomics and people are switching to more and more ergonomic products in their workplace.

Regular Mouse Vs Ergonomic Mouse

While a regular mouse does the work alright, it is hard on your wrist and fingers. A lot of people complain of minor discomfort after a prolonged use of the regular mouse.

If used over a period of time, it can lead to pain in the wrist, forearm, and elbows.

An ergonomic mouse is built to make sure there is no or minimal impact on your wrist and hands. It's easy to use and can help relieve pain in case you already feel some discomfort while using the regular mouse.

Best Ergonomic Mouse

Here is a comparison table of the best ergonomic mouse.

 You can also read through the features of each of these mouse later in this review. 

Let's go through the details of each one of these so you can choose the best ergonomic mouse for yourself.

Logitech M570

This is the best selling wireless ergonomic mouse with more than 11,500+ reviews on Amazon. It is also the top rated ergonomic mouse based on customer verified reviews. 

This is also the ergonomic mouse that I am using currently and have found it to be an absolute delight.

Logitech products are one of the finest in computer accessory category. This ergonomic mouse is no different.

The best part about this mouse is that you don't have to move your wrist or arm to use it. There is a trackball that you can use with your th​umb to manage the cursor. Performance wise, the trackball usage is very efficient and allows precision in cursor movement.

You can use it when working on any surface such as a table, couch, or even bed. 

It's a wireless ergonomic mouse with a range of 30 feet. This is more than enough for your work.

It also has a battery life of 18 months, which means that your AA size battery would work for at least over a year before it needs a replacement. There is also a battery life indicator that lets you know when you're about to run out of battery.

The mouse has 4 buttons (left/right click and previous/next page buttons) and a scroll wheel. You can also use the free soft​ware at Logitech to program the buttons to get common tasks done quickly.

This can also double up as a gaming mouse and you can program the buttons according to the game (for example, you can customize the cursor speed​).

Note that this mouse is made right-handed people only. If you're left handed, this mouse is not for you. But if you're right handed, this is one of the best ergonomic mouse

Pros

  • No need to move your wrist
  • Works on any surface (table, couch, bed)
  • Programmable buttons
  • Long battery life (18 months)
  • Battery life Indicator
  • Long wireless range (30 feet)

Cons

  • Only suited for right-handed people
  • Need to clean the trackball once in a while

Editor's Comments

This is one of the best ergonomic mouse available in the market. It's also the one I use on a daily basis. It's priced appropriately and scores high on comfort and ease of use. It's the only mouse in this list that doesn't need you to move your hand or wrist to use it. This ensures that there is minimal strain on your wrist.

One feature that differentiates this mouse from every other mouse in the list is it's scroll-based use. This allows the user to use it effectively on almost any surface (including bed and couch). This can not be achieved with other optical ergonomic mouse mentioned in this review.​

The reason I didn't give a perfect score is that I feel it could have been better with a little more curve in the design. I use it with a small inclined bar that makes it completely ergonomic. ​Also, while the trackball works perfectly, you may have to clean it from time to time.

Anker 2.4G Vertical Mouse

This is a vertical wireless mouse which means you can hold it as if you're shaking hand with someone.

This handshake position is the natural rest position for our hand. This makes this vertical mouse extremely comfortable (as compared with the twisted wrist position in which you use the regular mouse). It puts it minimal strain on your wrist and fingers.

It's a wireless mouse that comes with a scroll and five buttons:

  • Left/Right click buttons as you get in a regular mouse
  • Next/Previous page buttons for easy web surfing
  • DPI switch button which you can use to control mouse sensitivity (800/1200/1600 DPI)

It runs on 2 AAA size batteries with a battery life of 12-18 months with moderate to heavy usage. In case it is left idle for more than 8 minutes, it automatically enters the power-saving mode.

Note that this mouse is made right-handed people only. If you're left handed, this ergonomic mouse is not for you.

Pros

  • Handshake position exerts minimal strain on wrists
  • Works with Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X
  • Smooth Design and efficient functioning
  • Automatically enters power-saving mode on inactivity

Cons

  • Only suited for right-handed people

Editor's Comments

The vertical handshake design makes this a perfect ergonomic mouse. It's priced appropriately and scores extremely high on comfort and ease of use. 

It comes with the auto-sleep feature which makes the battery last longer (not every mouse in this review has auto-sleep).​

I have scored it the same as Logitech M570, however, these two are quite different. While this is​ one scores on it design and comfort, Logitech M570 scores highly due to the ease of usage on any surface (even couch and bed).

Microsoft Sculpt Ergonomic Mouse

If you're a Microsoft fan, you can give their ergonomic mouse a shot.

This mouse has a slight curve towards the right that allows the user to rest the fingers and the thumb comfortably. 

Apart from the left/right click buttons and the scroll, it has two additional buttons - one where you thumb rests and a windows button. You can use a Microsoft software to assign these buttons to anything. For example, you may assign the thumb to back button.

It has a great design and works well with smooth surface (such as tables). However, it wouldn't work with clear glass or mirrored surfaces.

It has an average battery life and is expected to work 6-8 months on a set of AA batteries. It does have a battery indicator that lets you know when you need a replacement.

Note that this mouse is made right-handed people only. While a left-handed user can adapt to it, I would recommend against it.

Pros

  • Comfortable design
  • Battery Indicator
  • Ability to program any command to the thumb button
  • One click Windows button

Cons

  • Only suited for right-handed people
  • Doesn't work well with Mac
  • Doesn't work with clear glasses and mirrored surfaces

TeckNet Pro 2.4G

This one is a hybrid between a regular mouse and the ergonomic mouse available in the market. 

It is also one of the low price range mouse.

With it's slight twisted design, you can rest all your fingers on the mouse that takes away the strain from the wrist.​

It has 6 buttons - left/right click, scroll, DPI switch button, and backward/forward button.

It comes with 5 adjustable DPI levels that helps you work with the level of sensitivity that suits you.

While the manufacturer claims to have a battery life of 24 months, the verified users on Amazon have reported a slightly lower battery performance. Despite that, the battery performance is one of the best among the ergonomic mouse.

It's compatible with Windows, Mac and Linux.

Note that this mouse is made right-handed people only. While a left-handed user can adapt to it, I would recommend against it.

Pros

  • 5 DPI levels with enhanced mouse sensitivity
  • Works with Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X
  • 24 months battery life

Cons

  • Not truly ergonomic. It still leads to some wrist twisting

J-Tech Digital

This is a vertical ergonomic mouse (wireless) with a detachable palm rest helps in reducing hand and wrist pain.

It has a sturdy built and a great design. It comes with 6 buttons - left/right click, scroll, previous/next button, and DPI switch button.

It has three DPI levels (600, 1000, 1600) that allows you to adjust the sensitivity of the mouse.

It can work with Windows and Mac (however, the backward/forward buttons don't work with Mac).

Compared to other ergonomic mouse reviewed in this article, the J-tech wireless mouse is a little heavier. It weighs 150 grams (6.5 ounce).

Note that this mouse is made right-handed people only. If you're left handed, this ergonomic mouse is not for you.

Pros

  • Detachable palm rest for more comfort
  • Works with Windows, and Mac OS X
  • 3 DPI levels with enhanced senstivity

Cons

  • ​Only suited for right-handed people
  • Backward/Forward buttons don't work on Mac

Sharkk 2.4G

This is a vertical wireless ergonomic mouse that is designed for natural hand grip position. This kind of grip eases the tension on wrist.

This ergonomic mouse is compatible with Windows, Mac, and Linux.

It comes with 5 buttons - left/right click, DPI switch, and the previous/next button.

You can switch between three DPI levels that provides enhanced mouse sensitivity.

This mouse also has an auto-sleep feature where it goes into power saving mode when left idle and saves battery life.

Note that this mouse is made right-handed people only. If you're left handed, this ergonomic mouse is not for you.

Pros

  • Works with Windows and Mac
  • 3 DPI levels with enhanced senstivity
  • Auto-sleep feature that saves battery life

Cons

  • Only suited for right-handed people

Hippus Handshoe

Among the listed ergonomic mouse, this is the only one that comes for both right and left handed people.

It's a bit pricey as compared with other ergonomic mouse.

It has a lithium ion battery that you need to charge using a cable. Verified users on Amazon have reported that the battery works for many days or even weeks before needing a recharge.​

One issue with Hippus Handshoe ergonomic mouse is that it is made of moulded plastic which is not the most comfortable for your hand.​

This mouse is available for both right-handed and left-handed people. These will be two different mouse with different designs. It is also available in different sizes - small, medium, and large

Pros

  • Works with Windows, and Mac, and Linux
  • Comes in different sizes - small, medium, large
  • Lithium ion battery that works for days/weeks on single recharge

Cons

  • Expensive
  • Moulded plastic can be a bit uncomfortable while resting your hand

Havit 2.4GHz

Havit wireless ergonomic mouse has a worm shape design that ensure maximum comfort and minimal strain on the wrist.

It will fit perfectly into your palm and allow smooth movements.

It comes with a nano receiver that you can plug into a USB port and start using instantly - no need to install any driver.

It has 6 buttons - left/right click, previous/next, DPI switch and scroll wheel.

There are three DPI levels (800, 1200, and 1600) that allows enhanced mouse sensitivity.​

It works with Windows, Mac and Linux.​

It uses 2 AAA size batteries (not included). It also has an ON/OFF button at the bottom of the mouse that helps save battery when you're not using the mouse.​

Note that this mouse is made right-handed people only. If you're left handed, this ergonomic mouse is not for you.

Pros

  • Works with Windows, and Mac, and Linux
  • ON/OFF button to save battery when not in use
  • 3 DPI levels for enhanced mouse sensitivity
  • Plug and Play - no driver needed

Cons

  • ​Only suited for right-handed people
  • No auto-sleep feature

LuguLake (Wired) Ergonomic Mouse

It's a simple wired mouse that built to provide comfort to the wrist and the palm.

It comes with left/right click and the scroll bar. The sensitivity level is set at 1000 DPI and can't be changed. This makes is unsuitable for heavy duty usage such as Gaming or video editing.

The wire is ~4.4 feet long which is sufficient to work with. The mouse gets connected to your system with a standard USB 2.0.​

The company claims that the buttons respond to light force, however, are firm enough not to get clicked accidently.

​This mouse works with Windows, Linux, and Mac.

Note that this mouse is made right-handed people only. If you're left handed, this ergonomic mouse is not for you.

Pros

  • ​Inexpensive
  • Works with Windows, and Mac, and Linux

Cons

  • Fixed DPI
  • No next/previous buttons

EV Wireless Vertical Ergonomic Mouse

Designed at a 75 degree vertical angle, the EV vertical ergonomic mouse ensures your hand is in a neutral posture. This helps avoid the strain that is otherwise exerted when using a regular mouse.

​It is built to make sure that your entire hand can rest on the mouse. There is some space where your pinky finger can rest and it doesn't drag on the surface while using the mouse.

It has 7 breathing lights that gives it a cool look. However, it also drains the battery. Luckily, there is an ON/OFF/Light button that allows you to completely switch off the mouse or use it without the breathing lights.

There are four levels of DPI which ensures that you can use it in different scenarios. For example, you may use it at 1000 or 1800 DPI for regular work and 2500 DPI for gaming.

There are six buttons on the mouse - left/right click, previous/next button, scroll wheel, and DPI switch.

It's a rechargeable mous​e. You can charge the mouse by using the micro recharge cable (which comes with the mouse). A single charge is good enough for a few days to even a couple of weeks. You can also continue to use the mouse when it's plugged in for charging.

It's a plug and play mouse where you don't need to install any driver.​

It comes in two sizes - large and small.​

Note that this mouse is made right-handed people only. If you're left handed, this ergonomic mouse is not for you.

Pros

  • Designed to make sure your entire hand can rest on the mouse
  • Works with Windows, and Mac, and Linux
  • 4 DPI levels provide enhanced mouse sensitivity
  • Rechargeable mouse (no batteries needed)
  • ON/OFF/Lights switch to save battery when not in use

Cons

  • ​Only suited for right-handed people
  • No autosleep

What to Consider when buying an Ergonomic Mouse Pad?

When it comes to buying an ergonomic mouse, there are a few of things you need to know to keep an informed choice of buying an ergonomic mouse.

Ergonomic Shape of the Mouse

There are different ergonomic mouse listed in this review with slight variations in the shapes. For example, there are vertical mouse, horse shoe shaped mouse, slightly twisted ergonomic shape, etc. 

If you're already suffering from carpal tunnel or any other wrist/hand pain issues, I suggest you opt for a vertical mouse. Anker 2.4G vertical mouse is my top pick for a vertical ergonomic mouse​.

DPI Values

DPI stands for Dots Per Inch. It is a measure of the sensitivity of a mouse.

DPI value determines how much your cursor moves when you move the mouse. When you increase the DPI value of a mouse, a slight movement from the mouse would lead to a large movement of the cursor on the screen.

If you're looking for an ergonomic mouse for regular office work, you need not worry about DPI. The normal DPI value (800-1600) should be fine for you. But if you're into gaming, video editing, or photo editing, and work with a large screen, you may find working with higher DPI values more useful.

To give you an example, if you're working with PowerPoint and want to select all the object in a large area of the screen, using high DPI will make sure you don't have to move the mouse a lot. A slight movement of the mouse will move the cursor to a large extent. Similarly, if you're editing photos and want extreme precision, you may want to reduce the DPI setting.

Number of Buttons

Most of the mouse listed in this review come with the following five buttons:

  • Left-click
  • Right-click
  • Next button (for web surfing)
  • Previous button (for web surfing)
  • DPI Switch (to switch between DPI values)

I suggest you pick a mouse that has these buttons.

Battery Life

The ergonomic mouse mentioned in this review are either use an external battery (AA or AAA) or can rechargeable. In both the cases, it is important to opt for an ergonomic mouse  that has high battery life.

You don't want to keep a carton full of batteries just because your mouse runs of it quickly.

Note that some of the mouse have auto sleep feature (Anker 2.4G vertical mouse) that helps in saving battery life. 

Logitech M570 - which is also my choice of best ergonomic mouse - has a high battery life and a single battery change lasts for up to 18 months.

Conclusion

This review list some of the most popular ergonomic mouse. If you're plagued with carpal tunnel or wrist/hand pain, you must consider buying an ergonomic mouse and an ergonomic mouse pad