Smartfish Technologies has a new wireless mouse on the market, specifically designed for laptop computers. It is called the Whirl Mini Laser Mouse and it offers anti-gravity comfort with pivot ErgoMotion™.
What, you may ask, is anti-gravity comfort and pivot ErgoMotion?Well, that is why you have me - to try and explain it.
Whirl Mini Laser mouse
The mouse, which is full size, sits on a flat platform. That construction allows it to sit high. The top of the mouse is 1.5-in above the table top. This means that your hand is slightly raised when you use it. The heel of your hand does not drag along the surface of your desk or mouse pad because your wrist is slightly raised. Your wrist will still rest on the surface, but you have flexibility as to where on your wrist that contact occurs.
There are two buttons and a scroll wheel. The mouse tilts, left and right or forward and backward (pivots) with the slightest pressure of your hand. This design feature reduces the risk of repetitive stress injuries by adding motion. Instead of your hand and wrist remaining in a fixed position, the mouse adapts to your natural hand movements. According to the specs the mouse features up to 800-dpi hi-def laser sensitivity, 2.4 GHz wireless connectivity, and extra long battery life. Because the mouse itself does not touch any surface, the designers have attached six flat, slick buttons on the bottom of the stand that allow the mouse to move smoothly across a mouse pad. The MSRP for this product is US$49.95 and it is available in Metallic Red, Metallic Black, Metallic Blue, Silver, Metallic White, and Carbon Fiber. It comes with two AAA batteries and the small, USB wireless connector. There is a place within the battery slot to store the wireless connector for travel.
Using the product
I thought it would take time to get comfortable with this mouse, but it did not. It felt comfortable from the first use and was easy to manipulate. It slides across my Zowie brand gamers mouse pad like a dream. Much better than either the Magic Mouse or the traditional Apple mouse that I have been using. The reaction time is fast. I particularly like the fact that the heel of my hand is raised off the surface of my mouse pad as that part of my hand is frequently sensitive from the constant rubbing contact caused by moving a traditional mouse around.
I am strictly a two mouse button user so I am not bothered by the fact that there are only two button options.
Do I recommend it?
I do. I really like this mouse because of the comfort of using it and because it slides around so smoothly. It also moves the cursor exactly where I want it to go. It works with me, rather than against me.