Suggest a suitable Ergonomic Mouse to stop the RSI in index finger.


We have a staff member who has a RSI on his index finger. Please suggest a suitable mouse so that the index finger can be stopped using for left clicks.

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EirmanChief Operations ManagerCommented:
I had a similar problem with general tiredness in the right hand from excessive mouse usage.
I changed to left hand usage for a few weeks (Control Panel > Mouse > Buttons > Switch .......... )
The mouse double-click speed may need to adjusted/reduced.

It felt a bit alien at first, but I was back to full productivity in less than an hour.
It's the only real solution, as it will give total relief to the strained finger for an extended period,
without affecting workflow. (As good as a two week holiday!)
A touchscreen monitor might be worth considering.
lianne143Author Commented:
The user  have a Windows 7 PC with dual monitors , is there any possibility of having a touch screen for windows 7\ do I need to migrate to windows 8
EirmanChief Operations ManagerCommented:
You will have no problems using a touchscreen monitor with windows 7 in a dual monitor situation.
(They even worked with XP)

Ask another question for specific advise/recommendations on touchscreen monitors
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Actually, dual touch screens usually don't work (depending on make/model/drivers). Because most drivers were written with one screen in mind (hence, when you press the upper left corner of the second screen, windows will interpret it as the upper left corner of the first screen).

The index finger is still used in most ergo-mouses, so therefore I suggest you switch over to small graphic tablets (Wacom). as in, with pen. Even the most simple one will work (Wacom Bamboo).
EirmanChief Operations ManagerCommented:
In XP, I had a dual monitor setup .... only one of them was touchscreen (it had a serial interface).
Surely the same/similar can be done with W7?
As I said, drivers are written with one screen in mind. So having a dual monitor setup with ONLY one of them as a touch screen is of course a possibility, but will make it difficult for the user to use the second screen (having to rely on the mouse again). It makes the experience quite bothersome for the user (always having to remember the second screen "doesn't work").
A graphic tablet has been proven to work without problems, so the user doesn't have to remember anything.
EirmanChief Operations ManagerCommented:
You're definitely right about a graphic tablet being the best alternative hardware to reduce RSI.
Both have basically the same functions, with the first link being a newer version. I'd go for that (though I've deployed both inside many companies without problems).
lianne143Author Commented:
The first product looks like I have to plug into a USB port of a computer. Is there wireless version ?
Yes there is. It might even be the same product, but you buy an add on. Please note the price increase, obviouly it costs more to make this technology work wirelessly.

Buy this first:
Then look at the list of compatible products and buy one of those: For use with: Intuos5, Bamboo Capture, and Bamboo Create. Models: PTH450, PTH650, PTH 850, CTH470, and CTH670.
lianne143Author Commented:
Thanks you so much Kimputer
lianne143Author Commented:
Hi Kimputer

My supplier says that he will not be able to resource the following.

But says he can get the following product (Intuos Pen + Touch Medium Educ)
please let me know if both the product functionalities are same.

As you can see, the Intuos tablet is quite expensive. It will definitely have the same functionalities AND MORE (but for graphic designers). If you can't get the cheaper one, this is a good alternative, albeit the specs are overkill in your case. That's not to say it won't do wonders for your RSI, because IT WILL definitely (if mouse is not touched at all anymore, slowly the pain will lessen).
It's actually good your supplier couldn't get the Bamboo, as it was not listed as a compatible product for the Wireless Acc kit.

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