Office workers are constantly in search for the best mouse—something that allows them to click away all day without incurring any discomfort on the hands or wrist. The truth is, no one mouse, if used extensively, is going to guarantee its user of no issues. Fortunately, there is a large variety of mice on the market designed with ergonomics in mind. The Penclic Mouse is one designed to avoid the dreaded carpal tunnel syndrome, and I was fortunate enough to try it out.
Looking like a high-tech stylus, the Penclic Mouse lives up to its name physically. The base, which contains the optics system, is connected to the pen shaft by a ball joint. The “pen” and “base” portions move as a whole unit to move the cursor, while the scroll wheel is located on the base. The right and left clicks are activated by buttons located on the shaft of the pen.
Ergonomic Benefits and Features:
- Wrist remains in neutral position when gripping the pen
- Ball joint allows the user to swivel the pen and use it in a large variety of positions
- Five button design increase efficiency of clicks (no more double clicking)
- Sensitive to movement and glides smoothly
- Scroll wheel is located far from the shaft and is too low, making it a far reach for the fingers resulting in it being awkward to use
- Buttons on the shaft mean that a pinch grip is needed to click
- Clicking with precision is difficult as the device moves very easily
- Is designed for the right hand dominant population
In summary, the inconveniently placed scroll wheel and challenging clicking mechanism may create problems of their own, but it’s the shape and design, which allows a neutral wrist position and accommodates a range of motion that are the most appealing on the Penclic Mouse.