Tips for choosing an optimal computer mouse

The computer mouse, introduced in the 70’s is undoubtedly the most important input device used today on personal computers. You might be able to manage your day without your keyboard but without the mouse, your computer just sits dull and idle. Though touch is steadily making its way into the mainstream use, still it has the long way to go. And since it is an item you use every time you sit in front of a machine, the mouse can make your day or break it. You’d be astonished to see how easier a good mouse can make your task, whether it’s getting rid of that wrist pain or the endless clicks on scroll wheel.

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The foremost factor taken into considering while choosing a mouse is how it feels. Though you can reduce a lot of strain by rearranging your workspace optimally, a good and comfortable mouse still makes an amazing difference. Grossly, this comprises: size, weight and grip.

Size

Size is all about personal preference and portability. It depends on various factors like your size of your palm and the kind of workspace you’re using. So opt for one you’re comfortable with, neither too small not mammoth size mice,

Weight

Again, personal preference and portability comes into play. Weight is a very important factor that decides how precise your mouse can be as well as the speed and ease of handling. A heavy mouse, can be, at times cause painful strains as well as being difficult to carry around. But a light mouse can cause loss in precision while use. Opt for the one you’re comfortable with. Try to draw circles, diagonals and with slow and speedy movements across the screen. And if you’re looking for gaming purposes, look for the ones that come with adjustable weights.

Grip

The grip decides how you actually “use” the mouse. An incorrect grip is usually the cause for strains associated with use of the mouse. Basically there are three types of grip available and these are: palm, claw and finger.

Palm Grip

The palm grip is the most widely used mouse grip. This is what most people tend to use naturally. In this, your entire palm and all its weight rests on the mouse. You use your palm to move the mouse around. This kind of grip allows for faster mouse movement. For most, it feels the more comfortable of the other two, so if you experience RSI problems, better opt for one that encourages this type of grip. Mouse designed for palm grip sport a bigger bump on the back for your palm to rest. However it is less precise, so not always the best for gamers that require very precise movements.

Claw Grip

The claw grip is named from the fashion your hand looks while you use the mouse — your palm rests on the back and your fingers are arched as a claw. This facilitates the use of your thumb, ring finger, and index finger and makes way for a bit more control over the mouse with additional buttons and all. Comparatively it’s precise than the palm grip, but due to the finger arrangement it can be a bit uncomfortable. Usually mice encouraging this type of grip are longer and have lipped edges, to pick the mouse up and move it.

Fingertip Grip

This kind of grip is radically different form other grips. While the palm and claw grips give some room for your palm to rest upon, in fingertip grip, however, your palm doesn’t rest on mouse at all. The entire mouse movement is to be controlled entirely with your fingertips. It offers the greatest precision, ideal for gamers and those in graphics and CAD sectors. However, this grip is the most taxing. So if you’ve issues with RSI, it is advisable to avoid this kind of grip. These mice tend to be smaller, flat and light.

These are just a few rules of thumb. Your hands are different from the rest and probably you use a combination of the above, or even something of an intermediate kind. Even the size of your hands plays an important role. So the best advice is get to the store and try out – as many combinations and sizes you can and then choose the best. These aren’t the things one can do while shopping online.

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