Hi, I’m Chris, Erica’s husband. She asked me to review a new product ‘ErgoMotion Laser Mouse’ by Smartfish Technologies that was sent to her as I spend much more time using a mouse and on a computer.
“The Smartfish ErgoMotion Mouse features a patented pivot base that for the first time allows the mouse to move with your natural hand and wrist positions, adapting to your unique movements while you work.”
I thought that this mouse was very well packaged and looks very nice. Opening it up it had easy to read instructions and all the necessary parts, including batteries, ready to go quickly. It was a little difficult to open the battery compartment, but this is probably a good thing considering you don’t want them to fall out. The mouse and transceiver (the part you connect to your computer) are built to either work with a desktop or laptop computer and being wireless is very helpful for both applications. The transceiver is very small, which is great for people who use laptops and it is built to attach right to the bottom of the mouse itself for transporting.
It was very easy to connect the mouse to the computer and it was up and running very quickly without having to install any software or drivers. The response was very fast and smooth and the mouse itself moved very easily on most surfaces. It claims up to 10 month battery life, and one thing that helps that is an on/off switch on the back, which is not standard on most wireless mice and is a great feature for saving power when you aren’t using the mouse.
I found the mouse comfortable to use at first. The mouse worked exactly as promised, moving with the motion of your hand and arm, but after some time I started experiencing discomfort. Over the next week I tried using it for a few minutes a day as I thought I may have simply been too accustom to other mice. I adjusted my chair, desk and a number of other things and I still started having discomfort after some time. I compared the height of the mouse with my other mice I used and it was only slightly higher, but the main place where the mouse was highest was right at the front where my palm sits. I have shorter fingers, so my hand naturally sits higher up on a mouse, raising up my wrist and arm more than seems to be comfortable. One other thing I didn’t like about this mouse was that it was limited in buttons. Being someone who is on the computer almost constantly, I rely on additional mouse buttons to help simplify many tasks. This may not be an issues for many people, but if I were to be looking for a new mouse this is very critical for me.
The mouse does exactly what it promises regarding moving with your hand movements, so I think many people would find significant improvement over their regular mouse and there are some features that do make it stand out among even some higher end mice, but it simply does not seem to work for me.
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