This has been an interesting review for me to write as I have never reviewed technology before. However, being a Graphic Designer and Blogger computers and technology are a huge part of my life. I spend most of my day on my computer. My hand is constantly crying out to be stretched and worked out of the horrible mouse position. Could a wireless mouse be better?
Penclic R3 Wireless Mouse
£59.99 from http://www.penclic.se/shop/mouse/r3-wireless/
I was sent this product to trial a few weeks back and have been using the Penclic R3 ever since. I wanted to really give it a good try to see if after 30 years of using a mouse, I could possible consider using a different tool.
- The supported platforms for Penclic Mouse are all operating systems that support HID 1.1. These include Windows XP or later, Mac OSX version 10.1 or later and most Linux/BSD flavors. No extra software/driver installation is needed.
- Operates on almost any surface without any pad or tablet.
- Implements a 3-buttons and scroll wheel mouse.
- USB Connection
- AAA 1.2V NiMH Recharging battery (Everyday use last approximately 1 months before charging is needed).
- Charging via USB.
- Energy saving mode
- Wireless reach, minimum 5 metres.
One of the main purposes for this type of product is to try and help reduce the signs of RSI (repetitive strain injury). RSI is a range of painful conditions of the muscles, tendons and other soft tissues. It is mainly caused by repetitive use of part of the body, often in an unnatural way. Using a mouse can increase RSI. Penclic suggest placing your whole forearm flat on the table or desk to support your arm, unlike hovering with a mouse. This can then cause movements and strain to move up the arm to the sholder A vertical mouse lets you have your arm and hand in a more natural position, which is why the Penclic R3 can help reduce RSI.
To start with, I really like the packaging. I think it is very simple and contemporary. Very eye catching and shows the product well. Once open I actually found there were other components hidden in the base which was good.
- A USB Charger cable (which is really cool as the cable pulls out and then when finished rewinds back into the small plastic casing keeping it tidy and untangled).
- Velvet pouch
- Rechargeable battery
- USB sensor for computer
This is the simplest tool ever. It does exactly what the instructions say, which is something I find technology rarely seems to be able to achieve. Firstly, I placed the battery in to the pen base and charged the battery using the charger cable. Once charged, I simply switched the pen on, connected the USB to my computer and the mouse synchronised immediately. It worked straight away. Both PC and Apple Mac connected fine, no problems at all with compatibility.
The Penclic Wireless Mouse is ambidextrous, so works fine for left and right handed users. I often find with electronic drawing tablets and similar products you have to change the settings which can be frustrating.
I won’t lie, it does take a while to get use to as I have always used a mouse and we often find it hard to break the routine of using what we know. However, I am really starting to like this pen. It feels more naturel in your hand as it is like holding a pen. I also find my hand does not ache like it often does when I have been using my mouse for a few hours. I have my arm rested on my desk as suggested and allow my hand to freely move with the pen.
The base moves around the desk freely and smoothly. The pen itself has rubber sides at the base to allow your fingers to grip the pen easily. The left and right sides of the pen act like the left and right click of the mouse. There is also a small wheel to scroll up and down the page on the top of the pen.
One thing I am struggling with is I tend to click the left side when I want the right side. I don’t actually use the left mouse button so I will look into seeing whether I can switch this side of the pen off. I think if I can sort this then I will continue to use the pen instead of my mouse. There is an energy saving mode too so it will go to sleep after 10 minutes of being still. It also works wirelessly for 5m allowing you freedom to sit back from your monitor and computer.
If you find you struggle with your mouse or are keen to look at how you work at the desk on your computer I would definitely recommend trying a Penclic R3. It is available from http://www.penclic.se/shop/mouse/r3-wireless/ for £59.99.
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