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Tired of Wrist Pain? These Editor-Tested Ergonomic Mice Can Help

Bestproducts.com Logo By Brandon Carte, Scott Simone of Bestproducts.com | Slide 1 of 13: The staffers at Best Products are on their computers 40-plus hours each week, so trust us — we’re familiar with wrist fatigue after sitting at a desk all day. Using an ergonomic mouse instead of scrolling on your laptop trackpad can help reduce muscle activity level and prevent fatigue from long working sessions. While most people want an ergonomic mouse that offers a traditional design with two buttons, a scroll wheel, and an affordable price, there's a lot more than that on the market. What to ConsiderThe two most important things to consider when shopping for an ergonomic mouse are the type you want (vertical or traditional), and scroll positioning (pointer finger or thumb). A traditional ergonomic mouse positions your hand in a similar manner as a regular mouse, where your hand is relatively flat. A vertical mouse will position your hand in more of a "handshake" shape, which takes pressure off your wrist and forearm. However, it's worth noting that if you're someone who doesn't like getting used to new products, you might want to opt for a standard model.For scroll positioning, you'll either use your pointer finger like with a regular mouse, or use your thumb. Using your thumb to scroll will require less movement move your wrist, which could lead to a more comfortable position for you. But again like with a vertical mouse, you'll probably have a bit of an adjustment period with a thumb-scrolling option.How We ChoseTo separate the best ergonomic mice from the rest, we did a week's worth of research and read user reviews of different ergonomic mice models. We scoured Amazon and other tech retailers to find their best-selling ergonomic mice, and then tested them ourselves. Ten of our colleagues spent a minimum of four work weeks putting them to the test (and some have been using their mouse for years). During that time, we judged the mice based on the following criteria:ComfortTrackingButton placementOverall qualityHow did they stack up? See below, as we rank the 12 best ergonomic mice based on editor feedback!A note on availability: Due to increased demand, some of these products may fluctuate between in and out of stock — especially on Amazon. We will be frequently checking and refreshing the links to these products as they become available again.

The staffers at Best Products are on their computers 40-plus hours each week, so trust us — we’re familiar with wrist fatigue after sitting at a desk all day. Using an ergonomic mouse instead of scrolling on your laptop trackpad can help reduce muscle activity level and prevent fatigue from long working sessions. While most people want an ergonomic mouse that offers a traditional design with two buttons, a scroll wheel, and an affordable price, there's a lot more than that on the market.

What to Consider

The two most important things to consider when shopping for an ergonomic mouse are the type you want (vertical or traditional), and scroll positioning (pointer finger or thumb). A traditional ergonomic mouse positions your hand in a similar manner as a regular mouse, where your hand is relatively flat. A vertical mouse will position your hand in more of a "handshake" shape, which takes pressure off your wrist and forearm. However, it's worth noting that if you're someone who doesn't like getting used to new products, you might want to opt for a standard model.

For scroll positioning, you'll either use your pointer finger like with a regular mouse, or use your thumb. Using your thumb to scroll will require less movement move your wrist, which could lead to a more comfortable position for you. But again like with a vertical mouse, you'll probably have a bit of an adjustment period with a thumb-scrolling option.

How We Chose

To separate the best ergonomic mice from the rest, we did a week's worth of research and read user reviews of different ergonomic mice models. We scoured Amazon and other tech retailers to find their best-selling ergonomic mice, and then tested them ourselves. Ten of our colleagues spent a minimum of four work weeks putting them to the test (and some have been using their mouse for years). During that time, we judged the mice based on the following criteria:

  • Comfort
  • Tracking
  • Button placement
  • Overall quality

How did they stack up? See below, as we rank the 12 best ergonomic mice based on editor feedback!

A note on availability: Due to increased demand, some of these products may fluctuate between in and out of stock — especially on Amazon. We will be frequently checking and refreshing the links to these products as they become available again.

© Kayla Ramsey

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