by Jamie Fletcher on October 15, 2010 in Peripherals
To help combat things such as RSI, companies have long been developing ergonomic peripherals, and for the most part, most of them are predictable. But Smartfish has looked outside the box and developed a mouse like no other we’ve ever seen, and whether or not that’s a good thing… we’re here to find out.
To answer the obvious question, did this mouse relieve any strain or RSI? Yes and no. Just before the first week was over, I was ready to call it a failure, but then I noticed something strange.
My forearm had that warming feeling associated with a workout, and I had no pain from using the mouse for a short while. So I thought I would give it another week before bearing judgement. Two weeks in and I can say that I can feel the benefit, although it has left me feeling the pain when I use other mice for any extended period of time.
Using the mouse for general work, editing and light web browsing is great. The problem is the lack of buttons 4 and 5 for forward and back browsing. Gaming is another thing, and one that’s based on style of play. The 800DPI limitation may put off you FPS fans. For strategy and casual games, then this may be perfect, anything that doesn’t require twitch reflexes. Using the mouse for quick movements does put added strain on your arm due to the weight and the pivot may reduce accuracy for a while, ’til you get used to it.
You can buy the ErgoMotion mouse for around $50. This is on the high-end of the RF based wireless laser mice, which normally go for $30-$40, but still acceptable. There is a bit of a learning curve associated with any ergonomic peripheral, but the simple shape and mechanism keeps this time low. The design is certainly unique and its pivot is a key selling point, but I really would have preferred if the company removed the side scroll and changed it for back and forward browsing. Maybe something for the firmware team to add or a new version of the mouse.
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