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Handshoe Mouse 

This is a very different mouse from the ones we have all been using since the early 80’s when the first graphic interfaces were produces. This works by protecting the wrist from the dreaded RSI (repetitive strain injury).

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Forget the normal size and shape this is designed to fit your hand size (small, medium or large), in fact there are three categories so nine possible combinations exist. First the size as above, then the colour black, white or silver and then type transparent, corded or wireless. My hand fits a medium mouse, it was black and cordless.

It looks a little like a stealth jet with the whole hand lying over the unit and most importantly this includes your wrist. It is 17cm long 12cm wide and between .5 and6cm tall. Unlike any other mouse I have used previously.

My medium sized wireless unit weighted 212grams. I am naturally left handed but I am quite happy to use a mouse with either hand. This unit is designed to be used right handed but without many problems I also used it left handed with my first two fingers replacing my thumb. Either way the wrist is on the rear end of the unit and fully supported.

From now on my descriptions are assuming you are using it right handed. The thumb sits down the left side in a groove allowing it to move and control the movements. The next finger rests over the left button the middle finger over the scroll wheel and third finger over the right button leaving the little finger to rest on the right side. I found around the first 5cm of my wrist were supported and even when I used it all day my hand/wrist felt no strain.

As stated I had the wireless version and on first use you put the 5.5x2x1cm USB dongle into a USB port. You then push the button on top of the dongle and a light comes on when you move the mouse press it again and the light goes off that is all there is to linking the two. The back edge of the mouse has a micro USB socket this is used only to charge the solid battery inside the mouse, should it run out of power it is possible to use the mouse whilst it is being charged but lights inside the scroll wheel give you plenty of notice of power becoming exhausted.

The near 2metre lead allows you to use the mouse without when charging without any noticeable difference in feel.

Should you wish to take it with you on your travels then a felt finish drawstring bag is provided, documentation consists of a large two language sheet of shiny paper that explains everything that you may need to know.

No drivers are required and it works just like any other ‘normal’ mouse.

I have been using it for a couple of months and feel quite at home, it needs perhaps a slightly larger area beside the PC simply because of its size but it certainly does support the wrist and anyone using a mouse intensively will almost certainly benefit from the Handshoemouse. The front of the box claims it’s the only mouse that fits like a glove and certainly when I use a normal mouse after a period of the Handshoe offering it feels strange.

If you go to the link below you will find four addresses in the UK stocking this product.www.handshoemouse.com

http://www.keytools.co.uk/product.php?productid=16227&cat=0&page=1 available at £90 dependant on style, size and colour.

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