Contour RollerMouse Red-Ergonomic mouse-central pointing device-wired-USB
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- Controlled by a fully open rollerbar, which encourages the use of both hands
- Unparalleled precision with tracking technology inside the rollerbar – up to 2400 dpi
- Aluminum body with detachable leatherette wrist rest
- Eight key functions made for productivity and ergonomics, including the “one touch” double click, copy and paste
- Keyboard risers make it possible to customize keyboard height and angle to ensure optimal comfort and working position
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|Connectivity Technology||Wired, USB||Wireless, USB||Wireless, USB, Radio Frequency||usb||wireless||Wired|
|Hardware Connectivity||USB||USB 2.0||USB||USB||USB||USB|
|Item Dimensions||16.14 x 3.94 x 0.91 in||3.23 x 3.98 x 3.15 in||3.9 x 4.1 x 2.6 in||5.75 x 13.15 x 1.26 in||5.75 x 8 x 2.75 in||5 x 7.5 x 4 in|
|Item Weight||—||3.36 ounces||2 ounces||0.67 lb||0.65 lb||0.75 lb|
|Platform||Windows Vista Home Basic, Windows XP Home Edition, Mac OS X 10.1 Puma, Windows Vista Business, Windows Vista Enterprise, Windows Vista Ultimate, Windows Vista Home Premium, Mac OS X 10.2 Jaguar, Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard, Windows XP Professional, Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard, Windows 7, Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger, Mac OS X 10.3 Panther, Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion, Mac OS X 10.7 Lion||Mac OS X, Windows Vista||Windows, Android||Windows, Mac OS X, Windows XP, Linux||—||—|
The new RollerMouse Re:d, winner of the prestigious red dot design award 2013, gives you unparalled precision, control and comfort. Solid, sleek and durable aluminum houses a new advanced rollerbar and eight centralized button functions. Seven sensors placed inside the rollerbar track cursor position, constantly adjusting speed and acceleration to ensure the rollerbar is as central as possible, while intuitively adapting to your pace to decrease micro movements and increase efficiency. The new textured rollerbar is bigger and better giving you more control and less strain. The mechanical mouse click has been replaced with an electronic click to eliminate click trauma and reduce the risk of unnecessary strain. The larger surface of the rollerbar gives you more control when pointing, rolling or clicking. The RollerMouse Re:d was designed to adapt to the diverse needs of today’s computer users, working with programs ranging from CAD to general Office applications.
Seller Warranty DescriptionContour Design, Inc warrants our *Products* purchased from an authorized reseller or distributor for two years from the date of purchase provided the defects are due to faulty manufacturing. If you dropped our product or spilled liquid on it, or damaged it in some other way, we cannot cover the damage under our warranty. To obtain warranty service: In the United States please contact us, Contour Design, Inc, directly. You can submit your warranty request via our website at: http://ergo.contour-design.com/support-and-downloads/warranty-and-return-policy or you can give us a call at 603-893-4556 or 800-462-6678. The consumer is responsible for the cost of returning the Product; Contour Design, Inc is responsible for the cost returning, or shipping a new unit, to the consumer. Contour Design, Inc reserves the right to repair or replace the product as necessary.
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Most keyboard drawers have difficulty accommodating this device, it adds almost 5" to the depth of your keyboard device set. This of course means you must extend 5 extra inches to type, which can be hard when your shoulder is affected by RSI. It also makes ergonomic keyboards impractical, so you lose that advantage, if you were using one. (The added strain of retyping missed keys should not be underestimated.)
Also, if you leave it enabled, a wide range of drag and drop accidents are made possible by the roller bar click feature. And if the bottom edge of the keyboard is touching the bar, weird clicks can occur.
Lastly, to move the mouse pointer your elbow is pushed out away from your body while your forearm stays close in, it gets uncomfortable after awhile, which makes it tempting to slide your chair back -- but then, until you remember to slide up again, you're over-extended while typing.
Bottom line, I kept it and am using it -- no one is better about returns than Amazon, that wasn't lost on me at all... I guess I was hoping for more?
Addendum: I've been using this now going on 4 months, and the difference in the way my shoulder and back feel, even after working long hours, is literally amazing! But everything is a trade-off, and the downside is that drag and drop accidents have cost me some time. I have the click force at its maximum setting, yet still get unwanted clicks as I'm moving the pointer. Turning bar click off makes it nearly useless, it slows me down by a factor of 3 or 4.
As a work-around I set the drag height and width from 4 to 60, so now I have to drag things 60 pixels before the drag is started -- it doesn't make accidental clicks any more or less possible, but it does make accidental drag/drop less likely and more visible. (You have to know where it dropped in order to move it back.) The registry settings are under HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop, DragWidth and DragHeight. If you don't know how to edit the registry trying to explain it here would be too dangerous, but if there's any interest I'll write a free program to do it.
I purchased the RollerMouse Red via Amazon from Contour Design, and it was promptly mailed and arrived on the fifth day. I chose the Red over the Red Plus because I didn’t like the idea of reaching that extra two inches or so to my keyboard, especially given that my Kinesis keyboard already increases the reach to the keys by about three inches beyond that of a regular keyboard. I have large hands, and despite recommendations that people with larger hands should get the Red Plus, the RollerMouse Red is a perfect fit for me.
Some people have asked if the RollerMouse Red works with the Kinesis Advantage Keyboard, and I read that at least one person could not use it with the Kinesis. I bought the Kinesis Advantage MPC/USB keyboard at the same time I bought the RollerMouse Red. I use both devices with a Windows 7, 64 bit system. I find the two devices to be a perfect match, but I acknowledge I don’t position the RollerMouse Red as specified in the user manual. I assume that the advice to position the RollerMouse so the rollerbar is slightly below the keyboard spacebar may be intended to satisfy some ergonomic rule, but I use the RollerMouse Red without keyboard risers so it sits flat on the desktop, pushed right up against the front of the Kinesis keyboard. The rollerbar is so sensitive and responsive that I can use it to block text or move the cursor from one side of my two 27-inch monitors to the other side with minimal finger movement and without caring if the front edge of the keyboard abuts the RollerMouse aluminum housing. (The aluminum housing touches the Kinesis keyboard body, but the rollerbar itself is about 1/8 of an inch away from it at the edges and 3/16 of an inch away from it at the center because the keyboard has a concave front edge.) By having the roller bar sitting below the top edge of the Kinesis keyboard, I also don’t have the problem of accidentally clicking the roller bar. In this position, I also have no interference when using the middle, rubber-ridged scroll wheel for scrolling through documents or web pages.
The scroll wheel is, itself, a pleasure to use—precise, fast, and perfectly sized–much more comfortable to use than that on a regular mouse. It’s actually my favorite feature because I spend a lot of time scrolling within documents. I use both right and left hands with the scroll wheel, but the rollerbar and all the buttons easily can accommodate ambidextrous use for those who may have injured a dominant upper extremity.
I use the RollerMouse Red with mostly factory default settings. I adjusted the cursor acceleration to the first stop to accommodate my caffeine-induced hand shaking! I also customized the middle, rubber-ridged scroll wheel “click” so that instead of being a “scroll lock,” it mutes my system sound. You may need to download and install the drivers to make these customizations. I was puzzled that the drivers don’t appear to be advertised, but they are at the ergo.contour-design website: http://ergo.contour-design.com/support-and-downloads/drivers
You can also find video reviews and other links at their website.
Many months ago, I had to switch from the DasKeyboard to a Filco TenKeyless keyboard to be able to use my mouse without pain. At that time, I also bought a 2014 Razer Naga mouse. Using both of these devices cured my right arm/hand pain, but recently, my left wrist became painful, so I began searching for a new keyboard and stumbled across the Kinesis Advantage. The learning curve for that is another story, but between it and the RollerMouse Red, I am now pain free for my 8- to 12-hour typing days.
I know from learning to type on the Kinesis keyboard and learning to use the RollerMouse Red during the same time span that learning curves vary between devices. I anticipate a full month before I master the Kinesis keyboard, but the RollerMouse Red took just a few minutes before I could use it efficiently, and by the end of the first day, I was proficient. Most of the “learning” is learning not to reach for the regular mouse!
Quite a few reviewers have remarked that the RollerMouse Red is expensive. It isn’t. Pain and lack of productivity are expensive. Doctor visits are expensive. Physical therapy and surgery are expensive. If you’re at the point of considering those, try this first.
I was not asked to write this review, and I have no financial interest in the company. It’s just that I rarely have found such a high quality product. The company that builds something like this, infusing it with the quality found here, must be encouraged to continue doing so.