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Good for some people, not for others (in particular very serious RSI/Carpal Tunnel sufferers)
on 9 September 2011
I ordered this mouse because I was looking for help resolving issues with RSI/Carpal Tunnel Syndrome at home, due to extensive computer use at work and at home.
I work with computers for a living and I am lucky enough that my Employer bought an Evoluent Vertical Optical Mouse 3 (a more expensive alternative to this Accuratus Upright USB mouse). The Evoluent mouse is an exceptionally good mouse which helped to fully resolve my issues at work, but is so expensive that it is hard to justify the cost of it for home use if there is a suitable cheaper alternative.
However, upon receiving this Accuratus Upright USB Mouse I was very disappointed. I quote the following from the Manufacturer's Description on the Amazon web-site:
"This high quality ergonomic mouse fits comfortably in your palm in an upright position and keeps the bones in your arm straight, eliminating the uncomfortable twisted position caused by standard mice."
Sadly, the above did not hold true when I tried to use the mouse. When holding this mouse in a natural way according to its shape, the hand is not in an upright position and the bones of the forearm remain twisted in part (I am a man with medium-sized hands). The angle of the wrist is more like 45 degrees, rather than being closer to 90 degrees which would be more fitting for an "upright" mouse. It should be said that 45 degrees is still better than the bottom of your forearm being flat on the table with the bones twisted more.
That said, I have read the other reviews for this mouse and have the following to offer:
This mouse could bring some relief to most sufferers but I judge it quite unlikely to bring full relief for a high percentage of sufferers. I fear that the more seriously affected sufferers may not gain enough from using this mouse. I make this observation as a person who had to train himself to use a mouse with the wrong hand (which takes a couple of months of concerted effort) because of having such serious RSI/Carpal Tunnel problems in the past, so I know how serious the problem is and that the pain can be.
This mouse does seem to be well constructed.
When I used the mouse wheel to scroll I experienced no problems whatsoever, which is contrary to some other reviews. I could believe it may be the luck of the drawer, but perhaps in many cases it is a mouse configuration issue that can be fixed by visiting Windows Control Panel and adjusting mouse settings.