Last updated on February 15th, 2020 at 06:51 pm
One key thing that any graphic designer needs when working is comfort. Whether it’s the chair they are sitting in or the mouse they are using to do the designs. As such, an ergonomic mouse is ideally one of the best gadgets any graphic designer can own.
The best mouse for any graphic designer should be able to increase the designer’s productivity and be easy to use as well. Because graphic designers need precision, the mouse needs to have a very responsive cursor to help avoid unnecessary movement that can lead to health problems, such as carpal tunnel, trigger finger and other issues.
However, when it comes to buying a mouse, there is never ‘this is the best overall’ as it all depends on what each individual finds easy to use and comfortable. That said, here are a couple of mouse options that graphic designers should consider buying.
1. Logitech MX Master
You can never go wrong with a Logitech, as the company is among the best when it comes to the production of computer equipment and peripherals. The Logitech MX Master has been designed with precision to comfortably fit into the user’s hand which gives them a lifetime experience of a when working on their design work.
As a cordless mouse, the Logitech MX Master has a super-responsive scroll when that makes it easy for designers to scroll through different web documents at their own speed. All this is dependent on how one clicks the wheel.
The side buttons make it easier to move swiftly from one window to the next without the need of touching the Alt+ Tab. In addition, the buttons can effortlessly program all your shortcuts.
Maybe slightly bigger for some users and is expensive.
2. The Anker Vertical Ergonomic Optical Mouse
While the Anker Vertical Ergonomic Optical Mouse may have a weird shape (hint, it’s vertical), it was purposefully designed that way to foster a healthy and neutral kind of wrist alignment, i.e. the “handshake”. This is ideal for ergonomics, and is very easy to adjust and get used to it once you start using it.
It is fairly priced, and despite the ‘weird’ shape, it is designed to give the user maximum comfort which is something that graphic designers definitely need. In addition, the Anker Vertical Ergonomic Optical Mouse was designed with RSI sufferers in mind as it helps in preventing it as well as giving the best experience for those already suffering from RSI.
Compared to most comparable products on the market, this particular product is very inexpensive.
- When it comes to Macs, the thumb buttons don’t work.
- If you don’t have RSI or carpal tunnel, the shape might be too weird for you.
- It also doesn’t mesh well with mouse pads that have wrist cushions.
3. The MX Ergo Wireless by Logitech
This particular product has 2.4GHz wireless and Bluetooth interface that comes with eight buttons. The mouse can be paired and used with up to three PCs at the same time and with a micro USB charging port as the precision mode.
It has a comfortable design that is made possible by the trackball. Of course, while many mice-producers continue to discard trackballs, Logitech continues to effectively use them in their designs giving their mice’s a comfort style.
Most graphic designers find the trackball an important accessory as it helps them work on their creative project much more congenital and comfortably. Besides, one can use it at a 20-degree angle or simply flatly.
Only available for right-handed which makes it less appealing to left-handed people.
4. The Apple Magic Mouse 2
Although Apple has a powerhouse was late in joining the mouse-production movement, they have been able to do well for themselves with the Apple Magic Mouse 2. Besides having an amazing look, the mouse is also designed for comfort.
Among the things we liked about the Apple Magic Mouse 2 is that it is light in weight based on its super-light design. Its laser tracking abilities mean that it is much easier for one to flick through InDesign pages while making tiny changes regardless of the surface being used.
It is expensive and slightly uncomfortable due to the fact that the multi-touch are that is on top tends to become very sensitive.
5. Microsoft Mobile Bluetooth Mouse
If you’re looking for something affordable to kick-start your design projects, then the Microsoft Mobile Bluetooth Mouse is your best bet. It has two buttons and no fancy designs or features that other mice in this review have.
It is very affordable making it an easy buy for most seasoned as well as new professionals just joining the graphic design world. It has a solid quality that makes it really reliable as a mouse. It is light in weight and really small making it ideal for you to carry it around especially when you have to work outside the office.
It is quite basic and lacks most features that other mouse(s) have.
6. Logitech MX Anywhere 2 Mouse
The Logitech MX Anywhere 2 mouse is a feature-packed and versatile mouse that
is perfect for any creative that has to get some work done while on the road. It’s
also reasonably priced compared to other Logitech mice.
- Quite affordable compared to other Logitech mice
- Perfect mouse for creatives who need to work while on the move thanks to the
- It can be paired via Bluetooth to three different devices at the same time
- The easy switch technology allows you to easily switch between three different
devices with just the touch of a button
- Lasts the whole day with a four-minute charge
- It has the signature high-build quality that Logitech is well-known for
- It has a compact build which combined with the small size makes it an excellent
- The mouse can track on virtually any surface – high-gloss or glass – thanks to the
- Darkfield Precision sensor
- It’s easy and comfortable on the hand
- Available in three different colors – Stone, Meteorite and Navy
- Easily connect to Mac and Windows using a small Pico Unifying receiver
- The free scrolling wheel lets you scroll through your documents pretty fast
- Not the most ergonomic mouse available in the market
- The Logitech MX Anywhere 2 mouse has a non-removable battery
- It can’t be used wired
Buying a mouse, I tend to believe is like picking that outfit for dinner for a first time date as you are not sure what to expect. While you want to be comfortable with your date, you also want to impress and be as functional as possible.
When in need of purchasing a mouse, you can read all the articles on buying a mouse, but if it’s not working for you, it’s just not working. Just because your friend sings about how good his mouse is all day, doesn’t mean that it is the best.
As such, when looking to buy a mouse, read the online reviews about what people are saying about the particular mouse you want to buy. Ensure you test it out before paying for it. This way, you will be able to get the first-hand experience of how it works. Additionally, consider the number of buttons you would like it to have and how functional they will be.
Remember, there are lots mice available in the market. And while buying a mouse can be quite the task, knowing what you want and going for comfort will go a long way.