Mouse Reviews for the Ergonomically Adventurous

Here are 9 to 5 ergonomics, we’ve covered the subject of ergonomic mice pretty thoroughly. If you’re simply looking for a comfortable mouse that will get the job done, for instance, then look no further than our guide to the best ergonomic mouse.  We’ve also discussed peripheral topics such as how to mouse properly, how to prevent mouse elbow, and how to select the best ergonomic mouse pad for your setting.

One might conclude, then, that we have covered ergonomic mice from every conceivable angle and that there are no new subjects in the ergonomic mouse space to explore!  How incorrect you would be!

Today we’re taking a look at the most cutting-edge mice on the market.  These are not necessarily the most ergonomically minded, but instead what I would call the most “ergonomically adventurous.”  These cutting edge designs will define the next generation of computer interaction.  Or, they might be confined to the trash heap of “good ideas but failed.”  In either case, these devices are a glimpse into what could be the future.  So buckle up… and prepare for the top 3 mouse reviews for the ergonomically adventurous:

Microsoft Arc Touch Bluetooth Mouse

The Microsoft Arc Touch is one of the most innovative designs on the market.  The key to its design is its folding “arc” which allows you to quickly convert the flat device into something that resembles an ergonomic mouse.  The design is innovative, utilitarian, rugged and looks fantastic.  Once in the arc position, I had no trouble using the mouse like any other.  While one might expect quality to suffer in favor of portability, with the Arc Touch, you really get the best of both worlds: a high-quality mouse that is also portable when needed.  Sensitivity, build quality and feel were all spot on.  The only minor complaint I had was that the secondary functions were somewhat difficult to use.  Nevertheless, this is a top-notch wireless mouse, particularly for the travel minded.

Pros:
  • Portable ergonomic design – Easy to fold up and take anywhere.
  • Touch scroll wheel – Natural, easy to use scroll wheel that provides appropriate feedback.
  • Build Quality – Stylish and built from quality materials.
  • Tracking and Sensitivity – Sensitivity that gets the “feel” right.
  • Bluetooth Connectivity – Easy to connect, particularly useful for coffee shops and places where you need to be able to connect wirelessly.
Cons:
  • Secondary Functions – Side button is somewhat confusing and difficult to use.
  • AAA batteries – Would have preferred lithium batteries, particularly at this price point.

Apple Magic Trackpad 2 (MJ2R2LL/A)

If you’ve never used one of these, you’ve probably been living under a rock for the past 5 years.  The Apple Magic Trackpad is the gold standard when it comes to trackpad interfaces.  Apple recently updated the design to be even more sleek with the Trackpad 2.

The Apple Magic Trackpad 2 is incredibly intuitive.  It almost makes me feel as though we’ve finally achieved all of the crazy marvels of the modern future that we dreamed about in the movie Minority Report 10 years ago!  Perhaps the most useful feature of the Magic Trackpad is the multitouch functionality. By mapping multitouch gestures such as “four finger swipe” or “two finger scroll” the Magic Trackpad allows you to do virtually anything you want from a single interface.

Some users complained that the Magic Trackpad requires a flat surface and that it occasionally had trouble waking up from sleep.  Personally, I’ve never had any problems, however.  When I’m not using my Logitech MX, this is the interface that I prefer to use.

Pros:
  • Touchpad – This the gold standard for touch pad interfaces.
  • Multitouch – Easy to use gestures for mac make the magic trackpad significantly more efficient than other options.
  • Build Quality – The Magic Trackpad is bulletproof, sleek and stylish.  Exactly what you’d expect from apple.
  • Tracking and Sensitivity – Intuitive.  Gets it right.
  • Bluetooth Connectivity – Not surprisingly, for mac users, works seamlessly.
Cons:
  • Requires a flat surface – Will tip if not flat, which can lead to unwanted clicks.
  • Wake Up – Some users complain that the touchpad does not seamlessly wake up.

Logitech MX Master Wireless/Bluetooth Mouse

Logitech MX

I am biased.  Full disclaimer.  However, the Logitech MX is literally the best mouse I’ve ever used.  It is sleek, smooth, rugged, has a battery that lasts for weeks, feels good in my palm, works on any surface, has controls that are intuitive and easy to use, connects wirelessly… I could go on and on.  In short, if it were up to me, I’d just say “buy this mouse.”  And, of course, that’s exactly what I did.  I put it on this list because, while it is a “traditional mouse” in some ways, it is also so far ahead of the competition that it will be a leader for years to come.

Still, there are those who will point out the Logitech MX’s flaws.  The tertiary buttons are a bit difficult to use.  To be honest, I rarely find myself using them at all.  I’d just as soon they’d left them of.  In any event, if that’s your biggest complaint, you’re doing pretty well.  I love this thing.

Pros:
  • Precise Tracking –On any surface, from glass to textures, the MX Master tracks seamlessly.
  • Bluetooth OR USB connectivity – Either one works, which is great for PC and Mac Users
  • Easy Connections to Multiple Computers – The MX Master actually allows you to switch between multiple computers without having to establish a new connection.
  • Lithium Polymer Batteries – Doesn’t waste batteries or time.  Just hook it up via USB and the batteries will charge.  I’ve found that the mouse will run for weeks on a single charge.
  • Ergonomic Design – Literally the best ergonomically designed mouse on the market (in my humble opinion)
Cons:
  • Strange tertiary button feel – Somewhat difficult to use and press.
  • Horizontal/Thumb – Scroll feels a bit rough in comparison to other mice I’ve used
  • Price – Not exactly a value mouse, but not unreasonable either.

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