Ergonomic Mouse and Keyboard

An ergonomic vertical mouse and a compact keyboard together form the most cost-effective solution to protect against computer posture RSI. A good vertical ergonomic mouse isn’t cheap although an appropriate compact keyboard is very affordable.

Why use an Ergonomic Vertical Mouse?

Evoluent ergonomic vertical mouse in profileDXT02W ergonomic vertical mouse in profile

Ergonomic vertical mice look strange but you can see in the photos that the hand and forearm rests on the desk and controls the mouse in a relaxed posture.

A conventional mouse twists the arm from its natural resting position and you will notice that you will typically either twist your wrist back or hold the mouse in a hovering position when at the computer. If you use a laptop touchpad, notice how that also forces your arm into a different strained and twisted position.

mouse-arm-twisting-problemMuscles and tendons get damaged when they are held in a tense position for too long or over stretched. For most computer users with conventional mice, their mouse or laptop touchpad posture is often the primary RSI issue! 

The best ergonomic vertical mouse available is the DXT02W Ergonomic Mouse; it is wireless, ambidextrous, suits small and large hands and takes up very little desk room. Popularity has made it scarce; if it isn’t available, the DXT02 wired Ergonomic Mouse is next best as long as you ensure the wire runs freely and doesn’t drag the mouse backwards on the desk. Evoluent mice were previously our number 1 and are also good; they come in left or right handed, small-hand, wired and wireless models. We advise to go wireless when possible as wires dragging down the back of desks can also be implicated in RSI conditions. Cheaper mice are available but many, in our opinion, have RSI hazards in their design.

What about laptops? Most laptops already have compact keyboards however the trackpad is always a major RSI hazard! Our advice is to use a vertical mouse with laptops too.

What about trackballs? These generally have the same or similar issues to conventional mice – we don’t recommend them.

What about other ergonomic mice? Most aren’t quite vertical enough to deliver all the benefits and many are large in the hand with stiffish buttons which can pose a risk themselves.

BBC1 “Breakfast” anchor-woman Naga Munchetty uses her DXT02W on TV!

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Video explaining the benefits of the DXT Ergonomic Vertical Wireless Mouse
 
Video explaining the benefits of the Evoluent mouse
 

What’s wrong with a standard keyboard?

Does your keyboard have numeric or function keypads to the right of the standard keys? Keyboard RSI where the problem lies

Those special keypads force the mouse to be further away from the computer user causing tendons to be tense, fatigue, damage and give you pain.Our recommendation is to select a good compact keyboard without numeric and function keypads. If you need a number pad, consider having a separate one which can be pushed out of the way when you’re not using it. Your wrist shouldn’t be bent when using a keyboard so look for feet at the back so that the back can be raised slightly if necessary.

Video explaining why a compact keyboard is better than full-size
 

 

Ergonomic Mouse & Keyboard Buying Guide

UK Suppliers UK Suppliers

Link to UK multiple purchase and B2B supplier

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.

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  • 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)

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  • evoluent-vertical-mouse-profile

    Evoluent Vertical Mouse R/H-Small

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

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  • 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

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  • Perixx-wireless-ergonomic-optical-mouse

    Wireless Ergonomic Optical Mouse from Perixx

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

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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

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

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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