Using a standard computer mouse is a common cause of RSI, such as arm and shoulder pain. A trackball mouse provides a solution because it requires minimal movement of the arm and wrist. The trackball remains stationary on the desk, and the ball is operated using the fingers and thumb. The movement of the ball is translated into cursor movements. This makes the mouse highly ergonomic as it no longer relies on the shoulder and neck muscles for control, thus preventing strain.
A trackball mouse is often used for neck, shoulder, and upper arm complaints. Most trackball mice position the hand and wrist in a comfortable, sometimes slightly tilted, position, which reduces muscle tension. There are trackball mice designed for both left and right-handed use.
Advantages of a mouse with a trackball
The greatest ergonomic advantage of a trackball is that it stays in the same place. Moving the cursor is done by manipulating the ball with the fingers and thumb. Trackball mice require much less arm and wrist movement compared to a standard computer mouse, providing a pain-free computer experience. The rounded design of a trackball mouse also fits the hand perfectly, making it very comfortable to use.
Trackball mice also occupy less space on the desk since they don't need to be moved across the surface, making them ideal for environments with limited space. They offer highly precise cursor control in any desired location, from a standard desktop to a couch.
Various models of trackball mice
If you're looking to buy a trackball mouse, our range includes trackball mice from well-known brands such as Logitech or Kensington, which guarantee good quality and long durability.
The Kensington Orbit Optical Trackball has a symmetrical design, making it suitable for both right and left-handed use. The Logitech M575 ERGO is a wireless variant designed for right-handed users. This model is equipped with 5 buttons, including a scroll wheel. Additionally, it features a slight incline, which positions your hand and wrist more naturally.
Tips for buying a trackball mouse
Before making a purchase, it is advisable to compare different models of trackball mice. If you prefer to control the trackball with your thumb, the Kensington Orbit Optical Trackball is a better choice. For left-handed use or if you want to switch between your left and right hand, the Logitech mouse is a better choice. If you're not fully convinced by any of the trackball mice, Ergo2Work offers the option to order a mouse on a trial basis. You can try out the mouse for 28 days in a relaxed manner.