How many hours a day do you spend in front of your computer? Are you in pain? This may be due to musculoskeletal disorders. These appear (usually the arm, forearm or back) because your position in front of the computer is not natural. What would the doctor recommend? An ergonomic keyboard and mouse, able to relieve some of these aches and pains. Accessories allowing the user to be in a more natural position.
Consumer Reports, the flagship association of American consumers (founded in 1936 and which owns its eponymous magazine, like 60 million consumers in France) recently tested ergonomic keyboards and mice and revealed its ranking. Ergonomic keyboards and mice might seem a little weird at first glance, but it’s intentional. They are indeed designed to reduce fatigue and pressure on your wrists, forearms and even your shoulders and back.
Consumer Reports‘ first recommendation is the ergonomic Kinesis Freestyle 2 keyboard. First good point: it can be detached into two parts, so that each half can be positioned in line with the shoulders. This eliminates any rotation or flexion of the shoulders and wrists (which helps maintain a natural position). For a fully ergonomic environment, Consumer Reports recommends purchasing the palm rest and other optional accessories as well. The PC version costs $ 100 (a little more than 83 euros) and the Mac version costs 110 (92 euros).
Another eminent member of this ranking: the ergonomic Logitech ERGO K860 keyboard, sold for 130 dollars (108 euros). Its design (split, flared and stretched) has been entirely designed to relieve your wrists. The keyboard comes with a palm rest and folding front legs to help them stay in a neutral position.
The first conclusion of this Consumer Reports test is the value for money of the mice. To equip yourself with a good ergonomic mouse, you won’t have to spend a fortune.
First winner, the ergonomic Microsoft Sculpt wireless mouse, sold for 50 dollars (42 euros). This is a battery powered model that can be described as hybrid. Because its shape is halfway between horizontal (typical of ergonomic mice) and vertical (that of conventional mice). Black spot for left-handed people: Like many ergonomic mice, the Microsoft Sculpt is only available in a right-handed version.
Latest model selected: the Adesso iMouse E1 wired optical mouse. Its price, around 35 dollars (30 euros) is slightly lower than the previous model. And unlike it, the Adesso iMouse E1 is available in left-handed and right-handed models. Consumer Reports tests show that vertical shape reduces forearm pronation, the movement you make when you squeeze a thumb down. A good choice for people with severe pain.
The Consumers Association says that no matter what material you choose, don’t forget about breaks and stretches. Another great tip: All of these keyboards and mice require some adaptation time, so don’t throw away your old hardware right away. Wait until you are comfortable with the new material.
Consumer Reports’ reputation leads to great expectation for its rankings. These ergonomic keyboards and mice are therefore guaranteed without disappointment for your well-being.