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Posturite Penguin Ambidextrous Wired Ergonomic Mouse USB, Alleviates RSI, Easy-Glide, Vertical Design, PC Computer & Apple Mac Compatible (Black and Silver, Size: Large)
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- The vertical alignment encourages a more ergonomic operating position
- Central 'bow-tie' switch allows for easy transition between right and left handed use
- Provides accurate tracking on typical work surfaces
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Penguin Ambidextrous Mouse Wireless Medium Product 9820102
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For the past few years I had been using an Evoluent Vertical Left Hand Mouse, which has served me will, but with a number of problems (see my review here: http://www.amazon.com/review/R5CO5VXY966GY/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm). Having spent a great deal of time researching various ergonomic pointing devices to replace my failing Evoluent mouse, I decided to give the Penguin a go. I wasn't very hopeful, because the form factor, based on pictures, didn't seem as natural to me as the Evoluent's "handshake grip" form. I am, however, very glad I ordered this mouse. I've been using it for four about three months now and I believe that this mouse is superior to the Evoluent vertical mouse.
1. Wireless for lefties. The Evoluent does not offer a wireless left-hand mouse. I was always annoyed having a wire running across my desktop.
2. Ambidextrous. While the Evoluent vertical mouse was great for helping address my RSI, that was compromised by the fact that the mouse was hand specific. You couldn't switch the mouse from hand to hand and if you are a heavy computer user, you would need to buy two mice or use a secondary pointing device to give your primary mousing hand a break. The Penguin is equally comfortable in either hand and has a convenient switch to change the primary mouse button making it simple to switch from one hand to the other without having to change your mouse settings on the computer.
3. Bottom-of-hand rest. The wide lip at the bottom of the mouse allows you to rest your hand without rubbing it against the desk. For many people, an issue with vertical mice is that the edge of their hand and pinky end up rubbing against the desk. I didn't have much of a problem with that, but I did tend to keep my hand up, even when at rest. The Penguin's design allows my hand to be more relaxed.
4. Comfortable grip. While the Evoluent handshake grip is much more comfortable than a traditional horizontal mouse, I found that it was easy to unintentionally press buttons when resting or moving. The Penguins grip take a bit more time to get used to than the Evoluent, but in the long run, I find it to be even more comfortable. You are much less likely to mis-press a button. Also, it feels much more solid than the Evoluent.
5. Simpler design. At first, I liked all the extra configurable buttons on the Evoluent, but I didn't, ultimately, make great use of them and found that they could get in the way. With so many buttons, it was easy to mis-press one. I prefer the elegant, basic design of the penguin with just a primary and secondary button with a scroll wheel.
6. More solidly built. The Evoluent look very nice, but feels cheap. I had problems with the buttons almost fro the beginning. The coating started to wear off within a few months and even when the buttons were working, click and drag and text selections were never as smooth as with much cheaper traditional mouses. The penguin feels much more solid in your hand and I've not experienced any issues with text selections and click-and-drag operations. Also, the buttons feel a lot more solid.
There are some things about the Penguin mouse that I don't like or that could be issues for some people:
1. You have to press harder on the Penguin buttons than the Evoluent buttons or buttons of most standard mice. I don't personally mind this and like the tactile feedback of the Penguin mouse clicks, but those with serious RSI issues may find clicking the Penguin's primary and secondary buttons to be a bit less comfortable than other mice.
2. Cheap charger. To charge the Penguin, you are given a retractable USB charging cable. While it is compact, I don't see how this is a plus as you are very unlikely to travel with the Penguin. I find the form factor of the charger to be especially annoying if you need to use the mouse while charging. Lastly, the charger doesn't seem very durable. UPDATE 2014-01-30: after five months, this continues to be annoying. For a desktop mouse, I would much rather have a docking station so that it is charging whenever it is not in use. If I want to use the cable for that, I have to either have an ugly wire across my desk or I have to plug and unplug it in everyday. Instead I wait until it is unresponsive, which is another annoyance. I wish it would give me a warning when the battery is getting low, like the Mac magic mouse does. Given that it sometimes loses connection (see below) it is not always obvious when you need to charge it.
3. Takes some time to get used to how to correctly hold and move the mouse. You are moving your whole arm with the mouse, not just your wrist. This is good for addressing RSI
4. The hand rest is great, but it does create a significantly larger footprint than most mice and you may find that most mouse pads seem too small.
5. It frequently looses connection to the computer requiring me to turn it off and back on again. While not so often to make it too big of a distraction, it is annoying none-the-less and seems far worse at retaining its connection than other wireless mice I've used in the past.
Primary mouse died and I'll need to replace it. At this price, I would expect that it would last at least a couple years, even with heavy (6-8 hours a day) use. I'm still keeping my 4-star rating, because even with the quality issues (button failure in under two years and constantly losing its wireless connection), it is still the best ergonomic mouse I've found. Also, while the button didn't last, I must say that I've been impressed with the coating. The rubber covering on the top/back half and the gray paint on the front have held up very well (esp. compared to the Evoluent mouse, which looked terrible after half a year). Since I now need to buy another mouse, I'll be looking around again for something better, but will probably buy the same mouse. If I buy another Penguin, however, I'll get the wired version. The lack of cord is not worth the frequent loss of connection.
I am absolutely SOLD on this mouse - plus it's ambidextrous, so if I feel the need to challenge myself and use my opposing hand a bit, I can do so and increase the break I give to my painful wrist. I will add that its only drawback is that since you are moving your arm more so than your wrist, it IS slightly more difficult to do small, detailed, formatting maneuvers (ie Excel spreadsheet formatting, graphics details, etc.) - but I simply switch back to a traditional mouse if I have something that is truly that challenging to do with this one. As you get used to it, you can make your longer arm strokes an movements more precise, and come closer to the small delicate movements you'd be easily able to do with a typical mouse. This is a lifesaver for me!!! Thank you SO much Posturite!
One note: you will see 2 reviews from me - One for the Large, and one for the Medium... This is because I measured my hand per their instructions on choosing a size, and based on that - ordered a Large. I found that once I began using it, my clicker fingers weren't able to wrap up and around the front of the mouse quite enough, and I was either slipping off the clicker buttons, or having incomplete clicks. I ordered a Medium, and the problem was solved. I had originally thought I might return the Large, however I'm actually thinking that someone else at work might be able to use it - or I might even switch it up between the Med & Large, simply to continue varying my movements, posture, etc., as is good to do ergonomically with your seating position, desk, etc. This consistent movement and changes in your movement *patterns* are what will help one slow or maybe eliminate the development of various pains due to working at a desk all the time.
I will leave a follow up review down the road to report on whether I'm still experiencing the same success with the Penguin. I sure hope so, as the daily pain I was experiencing was MISERABLE, and really impeded all other things I need my wrist for in life. I have read that lifetime on this may not be as long as typical mice, however with these lifesaving qualities, it's still worth it!
I hope this review might help others who are suffering with the same issues as me. Definitely give this one a shot. I don't think you'll be disappointed. :)
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I am naturally right handed, but long ago learned to use the mouse mostly in my left. I do not reverse left and right buttons because I want to be able to use any mouse I come across in the standard configuration, and occasionally mouse right handed for a change. I am therefore quite used to my left index finger operating the "right" button and my right index finger operating the "left" button. Sounds odd but it feels quite natural after a while.
With the Penguin mouse, the buttons are top to bottom, so the index finger of either hand operates the "left" button. This is taking a lot of getting used to. I tried reversing the buttons in software but that seemed worse, and I don't want a non-standard configuration. I'm sure I will get used to it, but it may then be hard to go back to a standard mouse, which I occasionally have to do.
I used this medium mouse for 2 months and a bit (I use it for 10 hours per day), and it's a shame the battery stopped charging two weeks ago. I really like this mouse, but it's a shame that I couldn't contact the supplier via Amazon to look for a replacement.
Amazon processed my refund, only because it was within the extended holiday return period.
Overall, I think if you have problems Posturite is happy to fix it for you, but not sure how to do this via Amazon.
It arrived incredibly quickly and I have been using it the whole week and am so pleased I bought it. I have stopped experiencing any issues with my hand even though I have been doing lots of typing this week. It is a great product and it really takes the pressure off your hand.