Handshoe Mouse May 2009
Handshoe's ergonomic mouse
The unusually named – and shaped – Handshoe Mouse offers a possible solution for anyone who finds using a mouse uncomfortable. Its unusual design certainly changes the way you use a mouse, but it has a hefty price tag.
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The Handshoe Mouse aims to reduce the risk of repetitive strain injury (RSI) when using your desktop computer or laptop. Rather than the edge of your hand resting on the desk, it fits inside the Handshoe Mouse (there are three different sizes to choose from on the website).
The design forces you to move your whole hand and arm when you move the mouse, which the manufacturers claim results in a more natural position.
At first, using the Handshoe Mouse felt strange, and we think it’ll take some getting used to. But with perseverance you’ll soon find the Handshoe Mouse feels more natural.
The Handshoe Mouse is simple to set up – just connect it to your USB port. The quality of construction is adequate, but does feel slightly plasticky, which is a little disappointing for a mouse that costs £105. And it’s a big beast, too – the Handshoe Mouse will take up a fair chunk of your desktop real estate.
We spoke to an expert ergonomist, who told us: ‘Each ergonomic mouse is slightly different and hence suitable for particular individuals in reducing pain and discomfort at a workstation, or even preventing it entirely.'
He stressed the importance of trying different mice before making a decision, to make sure you find one that’s right for you.
Overall, the Handshoe Mouse is an innovatively designed mouse that will certainly help eliminate some mouse users’ bad habits, but it’s a costly investment.
The Hanshoe Mouse is available direct from the manufacturer at www.handshoemouse.com from £105.
Pros: Unusual design may be just right for you