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It’s easy to just buy a mouse and get over it. Every mouse will get the job done after all; however, in my opinion, having a good mouse is crucial. This in addition to the keyboard is the only thing you have to use physical power to use. And you are using it non-stop when you’re at the computer.
Most computer mice aren’t really optimal for what you are doing either. A lot of them are designed for having an advantage for some specific task. While this may be a huge disadvantage when it comes to what you are doing. When video editing we don’t want the travel mouse which is way too small for long editing sessions. I recommend getting a mouse that’s ergonomic for such tasks. After tons of research and testing it myself, I highly recommend the Logitech MX Vertical Mouse(link to check the price on Amazon).
Yes, you read that right. I recommend getting a vertical mouse. When video editing you are at the computer quite a lot. Then you also run the of getting an injury. It’s actually quite common too, called RSI (Repetitive Strain Injury). Getting a vertical mouse will help decrease the chances of getting it, due to a more natural hand position.
The Vertical Grip
When you are using a traditional mouse the way that your hand lies flat on the desk is actually forced. When you rotate your hand like this, your whole arm is in fact rotated. Resulting in a lot of tension across the arm.
This tension is something that will be there as long as you are using the computer. Over time this will become pretty repetitive which can lead to RSI or Repetitive Tension Injury.
The vertical mouse is therefore shaped in such a way that you don’t have to rotate your hand to use it. Instead the mouse is doing the “rotation” for you as you can rest your hand on it with your natural grip. For example: If you rest your arm on top of a table of something notice which angle the hand is rested. It will be a lot more vertical than what a horizontal mouse provides.
Logitech MX Vertical Mouse is 57 degrees, which they have found to be the best after studying where the arm is most relaxed. Here’s a video from Logitech themself about the mouse:
The second most important thing to know about this mouse is that it wireless, so now you can finally get rid of that wire. If you haven’t already. I’ve always used a wired mouse until I bought this one. And yes, it’s fantastic. It also makes the desk look much tidier. It’s Bluetooth connection, and it has a range of 10 meters. If you don’t have Bluetooth integrated on your PC, the mouse also includes a USB-receiver.
The only downsides I can see to having a wireless mouse is that you’ll have to charge it and the latency if you’re a gamer. (since milliseconds can give an edge in fps games.)
Logitech MX Vertical Mouse has a really long-lasting battery, if you give it a full charge it should last for 4 months! and from a 1-minute charge you get 3 hours of battery.
You can adjust the DPI (dots per inch) from 400-4000! Which is really high for a vertical mouse. This means you almost don’t have to move your hand in order for the cursor to move if you set it to the max dpi.
There are 4 buttons, including the scroll wheel. If you download the Logitech software you can customize the function to all the buttons.
The mouse feels like it is, a high-quality product. With soft material and texture on the sides which gives you a better grip and makes it look fantastic. On the top, there is this metal plate which gives it a nice finish. They have done a great job with the design, especially considering it’s a vertical mouse. Which often have looked pretty wierd.
It’s a pretty big mouse, so if you’re like me and traveling a lot this mouse requires a bit of space. It’s not the mouse you easily just can shove into one of the pockets on your backpacks. But the health first!
If you want to check it out on amazon here’s a link.