Our Head of Ergonomics, Laura Milnes, provides useful insights into what you should be looking for with your computer mouse selection. The correct computer mouse selection – the style of device and position you have it in – is essential in creating a comfortable workstation. When looking for a computer mouse for a very young child, there are often simplistic color pallets or cute designs which your child will love. In general, younger children should stick with small mice that are easy to grip.

  • If you are on a personal connection, like at home, you can run an anti-virus scan on your device to make sure it is not infected with malware.
  • Today the optical mouse has completely replaced the ball mouse, being supplied as standard with all new computers.
  • Depending on what you need your computer mice for, they can connect wirelessly, via Bluetooth, or with a wire to your computer or laptop.
  • This means you do miss out on the sideways scroll wheel and highly sculpted, comfortable design, but otherwise it’s all here.
  • And the battery is fantastic, offering up to two years worth of charge on a single AA battery.

Our friendly volunteers can help with most major computer systems, laptops, tablet devices and smartphones. Eye tracking systems track eye movement, using it to plot the position of the cursor on the screen. This can be used to control programmes as well as to type when used with the on-screen keyboard. Touchscreens use sensors in the screen to track movement and selections and are a very direct method of interacting with your device. Tablets and smartphones use touchscreens as well as many laptops. Touchscreen monitors are also available for use with desktop computers.

The touch-sensitive trackpad on the front allows for sideways and vertical scrolling while the Bluetrack sensor provides reliable tracking on almost any surface. Its ingenious bendable design means it folds flat to be just 1.4cm thick, making it easy to slip into the pocket of a laptop bag. Its wireless dongle can even be stored in the mouse and it’ll last weeks on one pair of AA batteries – apparently equating to 350 hours of continuous gaming. Weighing just 66g without batteries , it’s light and small enough to go anywhere yet is still comfortable to use for long periods. Chuck one in your laptop bag or desk drawer and you’re ready to go whenever you need. Today, the mouse is an essential input device for all modern computers but it wasn’t so long ago that computers had no mouse and no graphical user interface.

Baby & Child

Chording keyboards only have a few keys that you press in combination to generate letters, numbers and other keys. They work well for one-handed users with independent movement in their fingers. A separate number pad is normally used with a compact keyboard and can be moved out of the way when not needed. It can also be placed either side of the keyboard, which can be helpful for left-handed users. Make sure your wrist is straight while you are using it and that it is close enough to you so that you don’t need to stretch to reach it.

We can provide our full range of services remotely, including our home worker ergonomic assessments. Our ergonomic assessments help your employees, including those with complex musculoskeletal needs… Follow the above tips to get computer mouse selection right – or contact our ergonomics team for expert support. Some mice even offer programmable keys, which let you customize the functions of each button. However, if your child tends to favor one side, you should think about purchasing a mouse that works well for him or her. They’re great for anyone who needs to use their mouse frequently.

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Often a quick reboot can clear connection faults with PS2 devices such as these. Sit stand desks can be adjusted according to height and are designed to encourage movement and allow people to work sitting or standing. They are a simple accommodation for people of different heights as well as wheelchair users. Desks are available in a manual hand-cranked or electronic version as well as smaller clip-on units that fix to an existing desk.

Still, if you’re a person with smaller hands, a child or the US president for example, then perhaps this is the computer mouse you’ve been looking for. It’s got a sleek design and the scroll wheel feels very nice and precise. There’s also a nice quiet click if you’re taking a laptop to the library and using it as a wireless mouse, for example. Depending on what you need your computer mice for, they can connect wirelessly, via Bluetooth, or with a wire to your computer or laptop. If you’re gaming, you might prefer a wired mouse for the most reliable connection.

In addition to five available overlays, the keyboard can also be programmed to store five further personalised layouts. High visibility keyboards use high-contrast colours to make the keys easier to locate. There are many different colour combinations with either the keys or the letters as the ‘stand-out’ colour (e.g. yellow on black, black on yellow, black on white, white on black). Being physically comfortable when using your technology is extremely important and extends beyond having a keyboard or mouse that is comfortable to use. Poor posture, over-stretching or discomfort can result in aggravating existing conditions or in developing longer-term issues such as Repetitive Strain injuries (RSI’s).

The flagship feature of this mouse is that it can switch between up to three computers at the tap of a button – hence the ‘Triathlon’ name. Which is all well and good, but who has three computers to switch between? The slightly more useful button is the just underneath that blue one.