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Pretty good mouse, terrible Mac drivers
on 18 February 2013
This is the second Evoluent mouse I`ve purchased. Used one for a couple months at work and then bought the second one for home. After a few years of pain in my right wrist finally this mouse does the job. It is pretty good for everyday use and keeps the arm in a relaxed position - much less stress and strain than other mice I`ve tried - Intellimouse 3.0, Logitech MX-1100.
After the first day of using it carefully I noticed improvements - pain had minimized and wrist was still OK in the afternoon.
After one week I noticed that pain still can reoccur if I get tired and start moving the mouse using wrist instead of whole hand it was designed. Wrist has to remain still and fixed.
After one month I noticed that the joint between thumb and palm is hurting a little after I`ve spent hours leaning that place on top of mouse - the second problem when you get tired and start using the mouse in an easier but incorrect and non-ergonomic way.
*) It keeps palm in a vertical position thus relieving and almost eliminating pain in wrist
*) It works via USB cable so is pretty lightweight and does not put too much stress on the wrist
*) The residual on the outside of it can be easily cleaned and I find coating to be very good for everyday use.
*) The driver utility is good for assigning custom actions to buttons - like "Ctrl+W", "Ctrl+Tab" and others. Drivers are very stable on Windows.
*) nobody messes with my workstation at work - people get very confused when sitting in front of such fancy mouse and Microsoft Ergo 4000 keyboard with almost blank keys :)
*) The driver often goes crazy on my Mac ( Macbook Air ~2010 year ), causing 100% CPU usage by "EvoluentAgent" and I can watch the temperature my Mac going all the way up till the boiling point (100*C, ~212*F) where it reboots and remains terribly hot. Otherwise the driver works good - except this overheating thing. It happens even when mouse is not plugged in. It should be fixed in order to use this mouse on Mac with customized buttons. Once "EvoluentAgent" is killed, everything goes good right away, the temperature drops. Uninstalled the Mac driver instantly after the second overheating to avoid any permanent damage.
*) The button on top, right next to thumb gets pressed once in a while when grabbing the mouse. It should be more like "Logitech MX-1100"-style - a little smaller and harder to press. The same with the lowest button next to pinky - a little annoying while learning the correct way to grab a mouse.
*) Initially I was surprised to find out that the part next to pinky is actually the 3rd button. Didn`t expect that. It can be assigned a keystroke like "Ctrl+Tab" but it took a while to accept that this part is a button instead of a hard surface.
Summing up the points I give this mouse 4 stars out of 5 - it is very good and almost eliminates pain in wrist when used correctly.
This is the best ergonomic mouse I`ve tried. If you can cope with buggy Mac drivers and easy-to-click buttons then try a vertical mouse - for me it is very good.