Microsoft Sculpt Ergonomic Mouse Highlights -
Pros: Encourages proper posture. Comfortable to use.
Cons: Non-Bluetooth. Long USB receiver.
With so many ergonomic mouse available in the market, it can sometimes be daunting to select the right one. There are couple of key things to keep in mind when choosing an ergonomic mouse. If you look at the general anatomy of the hand, it's natural shape is curved, not flat. Also, resting the wrist on the desk for too long can compress the blood vessels, tendons, and nerves that travel through the wrist thereby potentially causing inflamed tendons and nerve entrapment. It is therefore advisable to use a mouse which naturally supports you wrist without compressing blood vessels. Also, improper mouse movement like controlling the mouse with small wrist movements can cause certain disorders associated with RSI (Repetitive Strain Injuries). Therefore, choosing a mouse that positions the wrist away from the desk and eliminates pressure on the wrist will cause less discomfort and pain. Microsoft Sculpt Ergonomic Mouse - (Model - L6V-00001) is designed with these key things in mind. If you have used Microsoft's hardware accessories before, then you would probably agree that they make good quality computer hardware and spend a lot of time in design and development to make sure they are beneficial to end users. The Sculpt mouse is no different. The shape of the mouse is designed to maximize wrist comfort. Because of it's shape, users can't really put too much pressure on the wrist therefore causing less compression of blood vessels.
The mouse itself is quite large and rounded with a thumb scoop design . It is nicely laid out with not only left and right buttons but also a 4-way scroll wheel for navigating up, down, left and right and a blue Windows button in the centre for one-touch access to the Windows Start screen. There is also a discrete back button located just underneath the Windows button that works great when surfing the Internet. We particularly like the placement of the buttons, which are curved down onto the front for minimum clicking effort. The mouse is almost exclusively designed to work with Microsoft Windows 7 and Windows 8/8.1 and would suit users who are right-handed.
At the bottom of the mouse, you’ll find a large compartment that houses two AA alkaline batteries, a storage place for a rather long 2.4GHz USB receiver when not in use, as well as a power button for the mouse. The compartment door uses magnets to attach to the bottom of the mouse. As with other similar Microsoft mouse like the Microsoft Arc Touch Bluetooth, the Sculpt uses Microsoft's BlueTrack technology for enhanced tracking accuracy and has ability to be used on a wide variety of surfaces like glass, granite or wood.
As far as the installation is concerned, all you have to do is turn on the computer, plug in the USB receiver into any of the computer’s USB ports and then power on the mouse. The fact that mouse uses a USB port is a bit of a disappointment considering that many notebooks and laptops come with very few USB ports. For such situations, having a Bluetooth mouse would be handy. Nevertheless, the mouse performs really well. There is also a green status light at the top of the mouse that will turn red when the battery is running low. We expect users to easily get about 3-4 months of regular everyday use before there is a need to replace the batteries.
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As far as performance of the mouse is concerned, the Sculpt mouse works really well. The thumb scoop design helps to maintain good ergonomic hand and wrist position. There is plenty of room for the thumb and the whole hand rests pretty comfortably on the mouse. All of the buttons are easily accessible too. The scrolling is nice and smooth and it is very accurate thanks to Microsoft's BlueTrack technology. Editing documents, scrolling through web pages and playing games is really easy and comfortable with this mouse. From an ergonomic viewpoint, due to the shape of the mouse, the wrist sits comfortably resulting in minimum discomfort. However, there is a bit of a learning curve associated with this mouse, as far as getting used to the way it feels. The mouse measures 5.5 x 2.9 x 5.5 inches and weighs only 5.4 ounces.
As discussed above, one of the key things that helps reduce disorders associated with RSI is minimum compression of the blood vessels that flow through the wrist. The shape and design of the Microsoft Sculpt Ergonomic Mouse minimizes contact between the desk and the palm of your hand which encourages your hand to rest in a more naturally contoured position. This makes the mouse comfortable to use. However, the lack of Bluetooth and the presence of a rather long USB receiver that protrudes out is a bit of a disappointment. Nevertheless, the Sculpt is a fantastic choice and a good starting point for users who want to take precautionary steps in avoiding the long term effects of repetitive strain injuries. Users can also bundle this mouse with Microsoft's ergonomic keyboard for maximum comfort - Microsoft Sculpt Ergonomic Desktop - (Model - L5V-00001).