Are you a human?
Quick--lay your hands gently on you desk.
Did you place your hands rigidly palm-down, in perfect position for a standard mouse?
Of course not. When you lay your hands gently before you, they rest on their outer edges/pinkies, with the palms open and angled down. So you can do stuff with them. That is the natural position for human hands.
Unnatural positions are...unnatural
Unnatural arm positions set you up for repetitive stress injuries. Don't do a kama sutra with your hands, get a mouse that respects your arm's natural "orientation" and you're that much closer to health. Well, as close as you can be as you sit inside gazing at glowing rectangles all day long.
Enter the Perimice-713 Ergnomic Vertical Mouse
If you want to use your mouse without doing The Twist with your wrist, this $15 baby is for you. The setup is easy. There's a little dongle/receiver that you plug into a USB port. Then you put the batteries in the mouse and turn it on. That's it. The setup was seamless on both a PC and a Mac.
What's good about this vertical mouse?
- It lets you use the mouse with your hand at a natural angle.
- It's cheap! Around $15 on Amazon.com.
- It sets up seamlessly on a PC or Mac.
- It's wireless.
What's bad about it?
- The mouse buttons are a little harder to press than the ones on a typical mouse. If you've already got a repetitive strain injury, that's something to consider. The Evoluent mouse might be a better alternative in that case. The Evoluent is very similar to the Perimice, but the buttons are easier to press. It also comes in a left-hand version, but the left-hand one isn't wireless.
Is there anything extra cool about it?
- There's a little button on it (the DPI button) that you can use to change how fast the mouse will move on your screen.
- The scroll wheel is convenient and easy to use. You get to use your middle finger in a non-obscene way for once!
- Ooh, it's German. But made in China. Of course.
What to watch out for
- If you lose that tiny dongle/receiver (fairly easy to do, ask me how I know), your mouse is useless. It is not possible to buy a replacement because each dongle is specifically calibrated to the particular mouse it comes with. Or, in the charming language of the Perimice's homeland as employed by their customer support, "Maus und Dongle sind aufeinander abgestimmt. Eine Verbindung mit einem anderen Dongle ist nicht möglich."
- There is a little place in the bottom of the mouse where you can store the dongle if you need to transport the mouse somewhere. The dongle doesn't fit in tightly, so be careful it doesn't fall out.
- The mouse conserves battery power by going to sleep after about five minutes of disuse. You just need to click a button to wake it up again. This isn't a bad thing, just something to be aware of.
- Unfortunately, it only comes in a right-hand version.
- There have been some problems in the past with the scroll wheel. It seems like this issue has been taken care of, but if your scroll wheel doesn't feel right, exchange your unit right away. (As a side note, don't forget you can change how fast the scroll moves using the Control Panel on your PC.)
Here are some other wireless vertical mouses/mice with good ratings
- The Kinesis DXT is am ambidextrous mouse that lets you switch between your left and right hand. About $100 on Amazon.com.
- The Logitech M570 Wireless Trackball is a vertical mouse that has a trackball you work with your thumb. It is very popular with over 2000 rating on Amazon.com. Average rating is 4.5 stars. About $40 on Amazon.com.
- The 3M Wireless Ergonomic Mouse is a fighter pilot/joystick mouse. You click using your thumbs and your hand is nearly perpendicular to the table. About $70 on Amazon.com. It comes in small and large.
- The Evoluent Vertical Wireless Mouse is very similar to the Perimice with the advantage that the buttons are even easier to press. It's an excellent product, but the price is higher at around $110 on Amazon.com. It comes in small and regular. It even has a left-hand version, but it is not wireless.