This horizontal mouse concept claims to be ergonomic – we’re not so sure

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Enlarge / Is this wide miniature peripheral the future of ergonomic mice?

A strong ergonomic PC peripheral makes using it as natural as possible. That means avoiding effort and unnecessary pressure, lots of support, minimal movement, and when you’re at a desk, helping to maintain a 90-degree angle in your arms and legs. Vertical mice, for example, make the palm more lateral, resulting in less pronation of the forearm and allowing for a 90-degree angle with the rest of the arm. But what about a horizontal mouse?

On Sunday, the ConceptPix Horizontal Mouse launched on Kickstarter. As with any crowdfunding project, I have no hopes that this product will come to market. Maybe I even have less hope here than with some other crowdfunding projects, since ConceptPix hasn’t launched anything else on Kickstarter (at least not under the ConceptPix name). Other red flags are: the ConceptPix brand lacks much of an online presence and its profile is private on Kickstarter; the project creator is said to be based in Hong Kong, but ConceptPix’s bio claims Miami Beach, Florida; and the crowdfunding target is an absurdly low $119.

Still, less likely products have emerged from crowdfunding. And the creators have at least shared a video on Kickstarter showing a supposedly working prototype. Regardless, a horizontal mouse is of interest to anyone who has used a vertical mouse or is looking for a more comfortable or less painful alternative to traditional mice.

Much like a vertical mouse is taller than it is wide or tall, the horizontal mouse is wider than it is long or tall. According to Kickstarter, the peripheral is 3.15 inches wide, 1.57 inches long, 1.18 inches high, and weighs 1.36 ounces.

The horizontal mouse stands out.
Enlarge / The horizontal mouse stands out.

Compared to other miniature wireless mice, the Dell MS7421W measures 2.4 x 4 x 1.4 inches and 2.82 ounces and the Razer Pro Click Mini measures 2.5 x 3.9 x 1.3 inches and 3.1 to 3, 9 ounces depending on whether you use one or two AA batteries.

Vertical mice have also become a trending design. We recently reviewed the Logitech Lift, a smaller variant of Logitech’s MX Vertical mouse. Lenovo and Anker make vertical mice, and category is Evolunet’s specialty. That’s just to name a few.

Examples of so-called horizontal mice are sparse, however, and most take a different approach than ConceptPix’s device.

It’s hard to think of a longer “mouse” than Counter Design’s RollerMouse Free 3, which measures 19.25 inches horizontally. But one look reveals that it works very differently than a traditional PC mouse or even the horizontal mouse.

The RollerMouse Free3 comes in front of the keyboard instead of to the side.
Enlarge / The RollerMouse Free3 comes in front of the keyboard instead of to the side.

The SpaceMouse Wireless from 3Dconnexion is not wider than it is long, but equal in width and length (3.1 x 3.1 x 2.1 inches).

The SpaceMouse series aims at 3D application navigation.
Enlarge / The SpaceMouse series aims at 3D application navigation.

Still, it works more like a big button and as a companion to another mouse.

ConceptPix claims its horizontal mouse concept reduces the press required to use the peripheral. It is also claimed that the mouse puts your hand in a more favorable position. One of the supposed characteristics is that the mouse puts less pressure on your wrist because the wrist doesn’t support the mouse as much. Additionally, the Kickstarter says the mouse “prevents fingers from being bent too much.”

ConceptPix claims that the hand in the image below is more comfortable than the hand in the image above.
Enlarge / ConceptPix claims that the hand in the image below is more comfortable than the hand in the image above.


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