Ergonomic mouse review of Anker TM137G Vertical Wireless Mouse

Revised Apr 2017

A vertical ergonomic mouse is the biggest improvement a computer user can make for improving their posture at the computer.

A normal mouse/touchpad can pose a real danger for those who use their computers/laptop a lot for work, home and gaming use!

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What is the problem with a normal mouse?

fiddler crab...early form of mouse RSI?The danger for most people who use a mouse/touchpad is from the twisted arm posture that is maintained often for extended periods of time. This posture often involves reaching out to some extent which exhausts particular tendons in your arm from shoulder to fingertips and distorts your body’s core stability around the upper back and chest with some muscles underused and wasting and others overused and exhausted.

We are becoming not unlike fiddler crabs in having unbalanced limbs and we tend to pay for this with tendonitis and other RS I conditions!

A vertical mouse – is it difficult to use?

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The characteristics of a truly ergonomic mouse are that your hand should grip it as though your hand was in a handshake posture.

To do this the mouse buttons need to be on the side of the mouse rather than on the top and this is what you find with a truly vertical mouse. Most people find that it only takes a few minutes to get used to this new type of mouse and can often feel pain relief immediately (compared to a normal mouse).

Anker TM137G ergonomic vertical wireless mouse

The Anker TM137G ergonomic vertical wireless mouse came to our attention recently. It has a near vertical mouse design and at less than £15 (USD$20  CDN$35) we had to take a closer look!

There has been a real affordability barrier for RSI sufferers as the market leading true vertical mice from Evoluent and DXT are expensive at over £80 (over USD$100 CDN$150). The Perixx Perimice-713, is very similar to the Anker TM137G and the Perixx one has a slightly finer DPI specification.

We contacted Anker to see if they would let us have a mouse to review which they happily did.

Review

Anker-2.4G-Wireless-Vertical-Ergonomic-Optical-MouseThe Anker TM137G ergonomic vertical wireless mouse has been designed in Germany to a high specification.

It’s optical resolution can be altered between 800DPI, 1200DPI and 1600DPI by pressing the DPI selector button near the upper ridge of the mouse; a convenient place which is unlikely to be pressed by accident. The mouse has an on/off switch under its base and we believe it also has an auto-off facility, in case you forget to switch it off, however we can’t confirm that.

We like wireless a lot as it avoids the potential problem of the mouse cable dragging the mouse backwards over the desk as a wired mouse can do. Ours came well packaged with its low profile USB plug-in 2.4G nano wireless receiver (which stows away in the mouse base when not used).

Product dimensions: 101 x 82 x 80 mm; product weight: 3.4 oz (100g).

Our’s installed straight-away on both Windows 7 and Windows 10 PCs straight away. It says it’s compatible with Mac OS, Linux, and Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8 and 10. It is partially compatible with Mac OS X with the two thumb buttons not being recognized and isn’t compatible at all with the Mac OS X El Capitan.

It has next/previous buttons which provide convenience when webpage browsing. The mouse enters power saving mode (power is cut off completely) after 8 minutes idle and is awakened by pressing the right or left button.  Powered by 2 AAA batteries. It comes with an 18-month warranty.

The mouse shell has quality feel in the hand and is a good weight. It is near vertical but not fully and should be held in the usual handshake way for a vertical mouse. It feels light enough to move about easily without a drag on the wrist but not too light to cause unwanted movements.

Our Summary

This mouse could be a great ergonomic mouse and is better than many but it is let down by these factors:-

  1. It’s less vertical than we like and so some arm twisting is still going on
  2. It’s a large mouse in the hand and its buttons require more pressure than we’d like so tendon fatigue may result

People with small hands will struggle!  If you have an active RSI problem now you may struggle!  For those with large hands, wanting an improvement on a normal mouse, this might be a cost-effective solution for you with the above provisos.

Our recommendation remains the DXT vertical mouse which is great for hands of any size.

Ergonomic Mouse & Keyboard Buying Guide

UK Suppliers UK Suppliers

Note for Evoluent mice size see sizing tab above

  • DXT Ergonomic Precision Mouse - Wired

    DXT02 Ergonomic Mouse

    Less expensive, wired version. Easy to use, hold like a pen. Ambidextrous – for left/right-handed.

    View UK Supplier
  • DXT02W-ergonomic-vertical-wireless-mouse

    DXT02W Ergonomic Mouse

    Excellent! Easy to use, hold like a pen. Ambidextrous – for left/right-handed.

    View UK Supplier
  • evoluent-vertical-mouse-profile

    Evoluent Vertical Mouse L/H-Normal

    Left-handed normal-size version (consider DXT02 instead if you have small hands)

    View UK Supplier
  • evoluent-vertical-mouse-profile

    Evoluent Vertical Mouse R/H-Normal

    Right-handed version (their normal size is for larger hands)

    View UK Supplier
  • evoluent-vertical-mouse-profile

    Evoluent Vertical Mouse R/H-Small

    Right-handed small-hand version (normal size is for large hands)

    View UK Supplier
  • perixx-407

    Perixx Mini Keyboard

    Slim compact keyboard. Integrated numeric keypad with Num Lock.

    View UK supplier
  • saturnus-mini-keyboard

    Sboard Mini Keyboard

    Slim compact keyboard. Integrated numeric keypad with Num Lock

    View UK supplier
  • Anker 2.4G Wireless Vertical Ergonomic Optical Mouse

    Wireless Ergonomic Optical Mouse from Anker

    Not ideal. Better than ‘normal’ mouse. Only suitable for larger hands

    View UK Supplier
  • Perixx-wireless-ergonomic-optical-mouse

    Wireless Ergonomic Optical Mouse from Perixx

    Not ideal. Better than ‘normal’ mouse. Only suitable for larger hands

    View UK Supplier

USA Suppliers USA Supplier

Note for Evoluent mice size see sizing tab above

  • DXT02W-ergonomic-vertical-wireless-mouse

    DXT02W Ergonomic Mouse

    Excellent! Easy to use, hold like a pen. Ambidextrous – for left/right-handed.

    View USA Supplier
  • evoluent-vertical-mouse-profile

    Evoluent Vertical Mouse

    Select from left-hand, right-hand, small-hand, wired and wireless options

    View USA Supplier
  • perixx-407

    Perixx Mini Keyboard

    Slim compact keyboard. Integrated numeric keypad with Num Lock.

    View USA supplier
  • saturnus-mini-keyboard

    Sboard Mini Keyboard

    Slim compact keyboard. Integrated numeric keypad with Num Lock

    View USA supplier
  • Anker 2.4G Wireless Vertical Ergonomic Optical Mouse

    Wireless Ergonomic Optical Mouse from Anker

    Budget wireless ergonomic mouse, near vertical but only really suitable for larger hands

    View USA Supplier
  • Perixx-wireless-ergonomic-optical-mouse

    Wireless Ergonomic Optical Mouse from Perixx

    Budget wireless ergonomic mouse, near vertical but only really suitable for larger hands

    View USA Supplier

Canadian Suppliers Canadian Supplier

Note for Evoluent mice size see sizing tab above

  • DXT02W-ergonomic-vertical-wireless-mouse

    DXT02W Ergonomic Mouse

    Excellent! Easy to use, hold like a pen. Ambidextrous – for left/right-handed.

    View Canadian Supplier
  • evoluent-vertical-mouse-profile

    Evoluent Vertical Mouse

    Select from left-hand, right-hand, small-hand, wired and wireless options

    View Canadian Supplier
  • perixx-407

    Perixx Mini Keyboard

    Slim compact keyboard. Integrated numeric keypad with Num Lock

    View Canadian Supplier
  • saturnus-mini-keyboard

    Sboard Mini Keyboard

    Slim compact keyboard. Integrated numeric keypad with Num Lock

    View Canadian Supplier
  • Anker 2.4G Wireless Vertical Ergonomic Optical Mouse

    Wireless Ergonomic Optical Mouse from Anker

    Budget wireless ergonomic mouse, near vertical but only really suitable for larger hands

    View Canadian Supplier
  • Perixx-wireless-ergonomic-optical-mouse

    Wireless Ergonomic Optical Mouse from Perixx

    Budget wireless ergonomic mouse, near vertical but only really suitable for larger hands

    View Canadian Supplier

The Evoluent VerticalMouse 4 regular size models which are sometimes called 'large' (Right Wireless, Right Mac, Right Bluetooth, Right and Left) are for hands at least about 7 inches or 178 mm from the tip of the middle finger to the wrist crease. Hands shorter than 7 inches/178 mm may be more suitable for the VerticalMouse 4 Small.

Evoluent mice sizing guide

How to use a Vertical Mouse

  • Your arms and shoulders should be relaxed with your upper arm vertical by your side and your forearm horizontal.
  • You should maintain a neutral hand and wrist position, similar to a handshake.
  • You should be able to move your arm and shoulder freely.
  • Hold the vertical ergonomic mouse lightly but touching the skin between your thumb and forefinger. Don’t grip it as you might have done with a conventional mouse. You gently push it towards the keyboard with the flat of your hand and pull backwards with your thumb.

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