Personal Computing – Building a Better Mouse

February 2001
by Reid Goldsborough

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Before pointing and clicking became as routine as dialing and talking, if you saw a mouse you screamed and jumped up on a table… at least according to the cliché.
Today some experts think you should avoid computer mice with the same decisiveness. Ergonomically, a mouse is the most dangerous part of a computer system, says Deborah Quilter, author of The Repetitive Strain Injury Recovery Book.
Most people mouse around without incident. Typically people use the mouse that came with their computer and don’t give it a second thought.
It can make sense, though, to give some brain time to the unfuzzy little device you push around to navigate your programs and documents. New mice have been introduced recently as upgrades for standard mice. And even when using your existing mouse, making small changes in your work habits can stave off potential injury.

 

High-Tech Replacement Devices
The two companies that sell the most replacement mice are Microsoft and Logitech, and both have come out with new models sporting sophisticated technology.
Microsoft now features a family of pointing devices that use light to track movement. Microsoft’s IntelliMouse Optical ($45), at http://www.microsoft.com/mouse/mouse.htm, completely dispenses with a rubber mouse ball. The benefits, according to the company, are no skipping and jamming, no moving parts to clean or wear out, and no need for a mouse pad.
The mouse performed well for me, though long-term use would be needed to verify Micros…IBPA Members – Click here to view the full article (login required).

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