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Looking for the best ergonomic gaming mouse? – Four mice reviewed

If you want to prevent pain and injuries like tendonitis, arthritis and the carpal tunnel syndrome, which is no good for your gaming, consider investing some bucks into an ergonomic gaming mouse. This article will tell you a bit about ergonomics, why it matters, if it can aid your gaming, and give pointers on which gaming mouse to buy. Four gaming mouse are reviewed.

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What do you mean by ergonomic gaming mouse?

Why can’t you just use a regular mouse? What’s wrong with that?

Many purchase their mouse mainly by shape, size, function, brand, user ability and color. They don’t consider if it fits the hand properly or not. Often they purchase them too small, leading to poor hand support, something that can cause trouble later on. Of course, if you have a small hand, you should buy a small one. The point is that it should fit.

An ergonomic mouse is designed to lower the strain of muscles and reduce discomfort while using the mouse. If you compare it to a non-ergonomic mouse, you will find it is made to fit the hand naturally while using it. The main reason why many gamers feel pain and discomfort in hands and wrists is because the mouse is not the right fit or size for the hand. Also, if you are left-handed, many ergonomic mouse come in left-handed versions as well.

Benefits by using an ergonomic mouse

  • Great support (A fitting mouse help support your hand)
  • Natural grip (A mouse that fits your hand gives a more natural, simpler grip. Eases tension on your muscles and tendons. Also, lowers muscle fatigue in hand, elbow and arm)
  • More natural wrist position (Relaxing your wrist by not needing to flex the forearm and helps to maintain a natural body posture)
  • Reduced amount of energy and effort spent on mousing (Less tension on your fingers)

Though they can reduce/lower strain on your hands/wrists, they are no complete cure. Remember to take breaks and do some ergonomic hand exercises in your gaming/mouse sessions now and then.

Different types of ergonomic mice

There are several form factors when it comes to ergonomic mouse. One does not fit all. In order to choose a comfortable mouse, you must be aware of the different form factors available.

horizontal-mouse

    • “Horizontal” : This is the classic mouse design that everybody knows. Somewhat contoured in shape and uses laser or optics to track movement. By far the most popular shape when it comes to computer mouse, and probably the best if productivity and precision is important. The really old ones had a ball and rolling pins inside, that unfortunately often got dirty and imprecise until properly cleaned. A thing of the past, but many of you remember these.
      trackball-mouse

 

  • “Trackball” : It is a type that mostly lays still on the desk, controlling the cursor is done by rolling the ball on top. It lets you operate with virtually no arm or wrist movements, something that could greatly lower the chances of mouse related injuries to hand and wrist. It offers pretty good precision, but some generic tasks
    like cut/paste and drag/drop can be a bit awkward compared to other mouse variants.
    joystick-mouse
  • “Joystick” : For you gamers, this form factor should be a familiar one. Great for people suffering from arthritis, tendinitis, carpal tunnel syndrome and other injuries. Its shape causes your hand to be perpendicular to the desk. Your wrist will not be laying flat on the desk like the horizontal and trackball mouse. Not widely popular, but for some users it is great the help against the injuries. Precision is not that good, hence it is not great for gaming. Not to be confused with regular gaming joysticks.
    vertical-mouse
  • “Vertical” :This type of mouse has the buttons placed on the side, and users holds it in a “handshake” position. This may reduce chances of getting carpal tunnel syndrome. The vertical type may take some time to get used to, and some never reach the same level of ease as with a classic horizontal mouse.
    pen-mouse
  • “Pen” : The name says it all, this is shaped like a pen, and held like one. Little wrist movement is required to operate it, and can reduce chances of carpal tunnel syndrome, like the vertical type. Don’t mix up this with a stylus for smartphones and tablets, this is a mouse in a pen form. Can be a viable alternative if you already suffer from illness making the other regular types hard to use. The pen variant is useless for playing most games though. Strategy games and puzzles, perhaps.

Four ergonomic alternatives

Razer DeathAdder Elite

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  • 16000 DPI optical sensor
  • Up to 450 IPS / 50 g acceleration
  • Razer Mechanical Mouse switches
  • Ergonomic right-handed design with textured rubber side grips
  • Razer Chroma™ lighting with 16.8 million customizable color options

Equipped with the new esports-grade 16000 DPI optical sensor and true tracking at 450 Inches Per Second (IPS), the Razer DeathAdder Elite ergonomic mouse gives you the absolute advantage. Engineered to redefine the standards of accuracy and speed, this incredible mouse sensor crushes the competition, so you land killing blows with pinpoint precision.

Engineered to give you the unfair advantage in intense gameplay, the Razer DeathAdder Elite comes with all-new Razer™ Mechanical Mouse Switches. Co-designed and produced with the leading global mouse switch supplier, Omron, the new switches are optimized and tweaked for the fastest response times for gaming and for extended durability up to 50 million clicks.

The Razer DeathAdder Elite features an iconic ergonomic mouse structure that top esports athletes swear by and stays incredibly comfortable even during long high-octane battles. Together with two rubber side grips, you’ll always have complete control of your gameplay.

Pros:

  • High precision
  • Durable
  • Comfortable
  • Ergonomic
  • Sworn to by esports elite gamers
  • Very popular (Over 10 million sold units!)
  • Quality build
  • Left-handed version available (DeathAdder Left-Hand Edition, although somewhat lower in specifications)

Cons:

  • DPI switches has a less than optimal placing, can accidentally be clicked
  • Women and children can find this mouse to be too large for their hands
  • Must download Razer software to customize itPriced mid-range, you can find it on Amazon for between 40-70 us dollars, depending on sales and editions. A very good purchase if you can use a classic “horizontal” mouse.

Corsair Glaive RGB Mouse

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  • 16000 DPI optical sensor
  • High-performance Omron switches
  • Surface calibration tuning utility
  • Interchangeable thumb grips

The Corsair Glaive RGB Mouse is engineered for unmatched comfort and unrivaled performance. Contoured in shape, and customizeable with interchangeable thumb grips. No size fits all, so this is a nice plus. This gives you pure comfort for hours and hours of gameplay. It has a very accurate tracking engine that can be fine-tuned to virtually any mouse pad out there.

Pros:

  • High precision
  • Durable
  • Comfortable
  • Ergonomic
  • Interchangeable thumb grips

Cons:

  • No left-handed version
  • Dodgy software to control lights
  • Stiff middle button
  • Stiff cord (can the mouse when you release it)

Also, priced mid-range, and can be found at Amazon for around 55 us dollars, again depending on sales and variants.

Swiftpoint Z Gaming Mouse

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If you really want top-notch, it will set you back quite some precious dollars. But check out the specifications of this one!

  • Up to 12000 DPI optical sensor
  • Best Gaming Innovation of 2017
  • Pivot, tilt and roll functionality
  • Pressure sensor
  • Tactile feedback
  • Customizeable with fingertip and trigger button caps
  • Can cover the roles of both mouse and joystick
  • Create different gaming profiles with software

This mouse really takes it to the next level. With the Z’s ergonomic design you can customize button placements to give ultra fast access to 18 button actions, and that while barely moving your fingers. The buttons can sense how hard you press them, and provide tactile vibration feedback so you know when you made a really “deep” click. Not many other mouse can brag about having gyro, accelerometer, touch sensitive buttons, tactile feedback and OLED display, all at once.

The mouse can be customized by using different fingertip and/or trigger button caps so it fits your hand perfectly. The main buttons on it are flat, which creates a stable platform so you don’t nude the mouse while clicking away.

You can actually lean the mouse, and your character will lean. Press the button harder to unleash a stronger attack. Get in a plane and the Z’s gyroscope technology instantly switch from mouse to analog joystick. How cool is that? This brings more realism to the game and gives you that extra edge.

The trigger buttons under the index and middle fingers can be used two ways. You can press each button by slightly straightening the finger, or you can curl your finger back and pull back on the buttons like a trigger for additional actions.

The fingertip buttons can be configured for easy reach. Use large button caps for less finger movement, and vice versa.

The Z can have different profiles, you create them through the programmable software. Change profiles quickly with just a click of a button.

Pros:

  • High precision
  • Durable
  • Comfortable
  • Ergonomic
  • Interchangeable thumb grips
  • VERY configurable, complex combinations possible
  • Many buttons

Cons:

  • No left-handed version
  • Button layout is unfamiliar to most gamers, and takes some time to get used to
  • Configuration is time-consuming
  • Price

Expect to fork out just over 200 us dollars for this one, that is pretty steep for a mouse. But it is a mouse like no other.

SteelSeries Rival 600 Gaming Mouse

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The new dual sensor system combines true 1 to 1 tracking with breakthrough state-of-the art lift off distance detection. For the first time, you are in complete control – even on lift off.

  • 12000 DPI sensor
  • TrueMove 3 Optical Sensor
  • State-of-the-art lift off distance detection
  • 256 weight and balance configurations
  • Split-trigger 60-million click mechanical switches
  • Customizable weight

Their dual sensor system allows for complete control, even if you lift the mouse off the mouse pad. It can detect “lift-off” down to 0.5 mm. Get rid of unnecessary movement when you pick up and put down your mouse. The precision level of the TrueMove 3 sensor gives you an incredibly accurate crosshair positioning. No acceleration, no lag and no tracking errors. A powerful 32-bit ARM processor ensures everything runs smoothly.

Customize the mouse to your liking by fine-tuning it with the eight included 4 gram weights. Up to 256 possible combinations is available. Its silicone side grips help you achieve increased grip and durability.

Pros:

  • High precision
  • Comfortable
  • Ergonomic
  • Good software

Cons:

  • Rubber grips can loosen and fall off
  • Variable build quality

This movable pointing utility for your computer can be found at Amazon for about 65 dollars.

Can a gaming mouse be used as normal mouse?

Yes, of course it can. A gaming mouse does all the regular mouse does, just better. So you do not need to have two different mice for gaming and doing regular computer work. So if you like to play games, why not go for a gaming mouse in the first place? Even better, an ergonomic gaming mouse to ease strain on your hand.

What to choose?

Now you know a little bit about why ergonomic mouse exist, and the different variants they come in. Why not put your health first and go for an ergonomic mouse? Unless you struggle with some illness, you should go for the good old classic “horizontal” mouse you know well from before. Good comfort and high precision. Get that little edge in gaming, and pains/discomforts on your hands will be a thing of the past. Or better – not occur at all.

Some of them can be a bit expensive, but how much do you value your health? Even gamers have to take care of their health, and that not only through a selection of mouse, but also the rest. Keyboards, chairs, table height, monitor distance and so on. But that’s another story. I’d go for the Razer, a great gaming mouse used by millions. If you want that special extra, and want to spend quite a lot more, go for the Swiftpoint Z.

What model do you use and why? Leave a comment below.

Tom-Inge Nilsen

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