By Edward Chester
Reviewed: 13 Mar 2010
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I had to use a computer today where this mouse was connected.. wtf!http://images.google.co.uk/ima...In all seriousness if you sit at a desk for a long time just buy decent peripherals and spend a few minutes reading how you should adjust your chair and monitor, RSI isn't all that fun.
This is a blast from the past, this was originally launched in 2001 or so, I guess the wireless edition is new and what prompted the review?
I tried the 3M mouse a while ago and didn't get on with it - I found it impossible to use accurately. The Evoluent vertical mouse was a better solution for me and has dramatically reduced the pain I experience in my right arm. Yes, it is a bit of a 'WTF' experience when you first use it but it's well worth the effort of adapting. Ergonomic positioning can only go so far - the traditional mouse is a fundamentally un-ergonomic device - and it's a shame more manufacturers aren't adopting more radically alternative designs.
@Xiphias: Yeah, it's a new revision.
I've recently noticed that 3M has a very big presence in technology. For instance, at my university library, they make the security scanners, the library return system, the cash top-up counters, library checkout system. Everything!
I have RSI in my wrist and this is the best mice I have come across - for my wrist. Agreed, it is difficult to accurately position until you turn the mouse travel speed down and accept that you have to use your arm more. Then, it becomes very easy. The main bugbear is the apparent "crashing" of the mouse. Unless you keep the thing permanently moving around, it stops tracking for the first few inches of movement. I wonder whether the cable version behaves better (my friend has one which she says is fine) or whether this is something wrong with the newer models. Overall though, I will happily get frustrated with some minor niggles rather that suffer pain - and make my wrist even worse.
After getting starting to get some signs of RSI, I started using these several years ago (non-wireless), and haven't had any trouble since, apart from some jokes about the look of it at work. You do quickly get used to it, but it probably isn't quite as accurate as a good quality mouse. The base lifts your hand off the table by about 1cm, so you need to rest your arm on something about the same height, otherwise it can get uncomfortable.
I used to have RSI too, and now I totally swear by my Microsoft Natural Ergonomic Laser Mouse 6000. It might have the longest title for a mouse, but it's completely removed the pain I was suffering in my wrist and tendons along the top of my hand. I can recommend the corresponding keyboard too. Also, my wife had exactly the same problems, and we fixed her up with the same mouse and keyboard and her pain's gone too.
"Most obviously, due to the way in which you hold the Ergo Mouse, you have to use your whole arm to move it, making it difficult to use accurately."That sounds like you normally rest your wrist on the desk when using a normal mouse. One of the ways that I've reduced wrist pain is to avoid resting my arm on anything. It takes a bit of getting used to but is made easier by organising your setup so that the mouse is as close to your body as possible, i.e. definitely *not* to the right of a full-size kwyboard's number pad.
Anyone with answers would be greatly appreciated,
I'm using the 3M ergo mouse, but cannot enable the middle button to scroll on an "all applications" basis. I cannot scroll in any application except for ADOBE... what gives? Shouldn't this be universal across all apps?
Im am using a brand new macbook air with the most updated IOS. In my system preferences, there is no option for the middle button, just the left and right. I've been looking all over for drivers, but can't figure out what to do. I've even emailed into the 3M website for support and am waiting to hear back.
Please let me know how I can enable scrolling. I really like this mouse, but the lack of scroll is going to be a deal breaker pretty soon.
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You can scroll with the 3M by holding the 3rd button (under your fingertips) and moving the mouse up or down.
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