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Evoluent VM3R2-RSB Vertical Mouse 3
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- Right Handed Operation
- Ergonomically designed
- Provides more comfortable operation
- Attractive design with Scroll Wheel
- Now available in wireless version! Part code VMOUSWRLHY
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In terms of training/qualification, I have an MSc (with distinction) in Health Ergonomics, from the European Institute for Health and Medical Sciences (EIHMS), Surrey University, UK. EIHMS is a World Health Organization designated 'Centre of Excellence' in the field of work-related musculoskeletal disorders. My thesis was on 'The Influence of Workstation Layout on Working Postures.' I have taught many professional courses on computer ergonomics. I am currently (2008) engaged in my PhD at Purdue University, USA. I have been a full member of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society since 2004.
Let me say at the outset that I take mouse injuries very seriously; they are far more prevalent than keyboard injuries, and may be far more disabling. I am 'independent,' by which I mean I do not sell any products, neither am I paid to endorse any products. As a professional ergonomist, I strongly believe paid endorsements are unethical. I am paid by my clients to give impartial, effective advice, that's all.
However, I felt moved to lend my backing to the Evoluent Vertical Mouse, now shipping in its third incarnation.
Ever since Evoluent launched the first version of VM, I have had tremendous success with injured workers switching form standard mice and trackballs to this device.Read more ›
The cons: it is definitely not made for small hands. I would venture a guess that it is sized for the average 6' white male - which means the hands are huge compared to a more petite woman like myself. It's not terrible to use, it's just not completely natural. Slimmer, with the thumb rest a little lower, and the buttons a little narrower would make it much more comfortable for me.
Also for whatever reason it's much more challenging to hit precision targets - I think that's a problem with their optical technology. I have to go really slowly and deliberately, and sometimes have to to make several passes, in order to hit things like check boxes and pull-down arrows.
Overall an awesome idea...maybe one or two more iterations it'll be perfect. Definitely don't hesitate to buy one - but beware that there are caveats.
The design is aesthetically pleasant, and the motions similar enough to traditional mousing to transition seamlessly. The mouse is substantial in your hand ("satisfying" would be a good description), and has a small lip to prevent the pinky from dragging. It is precise and accurate, and even lets you change the laser DPI on the fly (that being the feature new to the "rev 2"). I especially love the thumb button -- I mapped it to be a second Primary ("left") click, which takes load off my index finger.
Two niggles --
1) the "action" on the wheel-press button is a little stiff. I programmed the ring-finger button to duplicate its functionality and use that instead.
2) Mac users will need to download a 3rd-party driver if they want to use the thumb and ring/pinky buttons (it is called "USB Overdrive" and works perfectly). If money is tight it can be used for free as nagware, but otherwise -- it's cheap.
If you are in pain, you should also look into the Zero Tension mouse, the Quill mouse, the Microsoft Natural 6000/7000, the Logitech marble mouse (trackball), and the Wacom tablets. The Evoluent came out solidly as my favorite, but I recommend all of them highly. Pair them with a Kinesis Advantage keyboard and you'll be a very happy camper.
I used the Version 1 VM for years, when it got fried with a jolt of static. I delayed ordering a new one; trying my various options from my graveyard of mice - then finally went back to this one.
Somewhat expensive, I realize especially because your computer probably came with a free (aka cheap) one - I like this mouse better than a wireless one I've tried.
If you're into graphics AT ALL and aren't using a tablet; this is the mouse for you!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
First, let me say this product is too much for me, but I keep trying. It is made well and arrived undamaged. I bought two, one for myself and husband. Read morePublished 1 month ago by NW Granny
this mouse + sleeping in the wrist brace really keeps the carpal tunnel at bay. I compute at least 5-7 hours daily.Published 2 months ago by I like books
very comfortable. can't use any other mouse since I got used to this onePublished 10 months ago by Clonimus74
Didnt have any disk or instructions with it and was so fast as to be uncortollable without severe edditingPublished 14 months ago by Donald Cranmer
Saved me from repetitive motion wrist pain almost immediately and continues to be my go-to mouse for all uses, including games. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Robin D
Evoluent mice work really well for me. There is a noticeable decrease in discomfort in my right hand, which has a recurring and light case of repetitive motion strain. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Koop
Broke after 10 months. These things are notorious for their short lifespan.Published 19 months ago by Nicolaus G. Bauman