When I share resources for writers here, they're usually along the lines of e-books or other downloads. But today I want to recommend something different -- a new mouse that's ideal for those long hours we writers can spend in front of our computers. More specifically, let's look at vertical mice.
I didn't even know what a vertical mouse was until Anne Wayman mentioned them on her About Writing Squared forum. I looked it up, thought they looked interesting, but didn't see a need.
Why I Switched to a Vertical Mouse
Wouldn't you know it? Just a few weeks later, my right wrist started to hurt. I noticed it got worse the more I used my mouse (not sure if I was using it more or if there was another reason for the sudden pain that didn't exist before).
Then, a couple of weeks after that, my mouse started to die. It didn't seem as sensitive anymore, it burned through batteries like crazy -- every two days or so, and the scroll wheel completely stopped working.
It was time for a new mouse.
I decided to give a vertical mouse a try. I went for the least expensive wireless model, expecting to hate the bulkier style and figuring I'd order another "normal" mouse right away anyway. I went with an Anker model that runs around $20.
Much to my surprise, I love it. It really does keep your hand and wrist in a more natural position. And instead of your wrist moving side-to-side (such as when your palm faces downwards on a normal mouse), it bends the way it's supposed to.
I'm not going to say it's perfect. But it's a keeper for now. And when I'm ready for another new mouse, I'll try a few other vertical models and find one that's an even better fit for me. For now? No more wrist pain!
Do any of you use vertical mice? If so, have they helped you in any way? What models do you recommend? Share your thoughts and experiences in the comments.