Mouse or trackball

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Choosing and Using the Right Mouse or Trackball for Comfort and Efficiency

Variety of Mice and Trackballs

The market offers diverse types of mice and trackballs, from wireless to cable-connected. The ideal device should be sensitive, easily movable, within comfortable reach, and not restricted by cables.

Ergonomic Positioning of the Mouse

Position your mouse to maintain a straight wrist posture, avoid gripping it too tightly, and steer clear of leaning on hard edges. Using a padded mouse mat can help prevent pressure sores and wrist twisting.

Key Considerations from the DSE/HSE Checklist

When assessing your mouse or trackball setup, consider these factors:

  • Appropriateness for the Task: Choose a device that suits the specific tasks and user needs. Consider alternatives like touch-sensitive screens when appropriate.
  • Device Positioning: Place the device within easy reach, next to the keyboard, and on the dominant side of the user.
  • Support for Wrist and Forearm: Ensure comfortable support for the wrist and forearm, using desk surfaces or chair armrests.
  • Smooth Operation: Keep the device clean for optimal functionality and use a suitable surface or mat.
  • Adjustable Settings: Tailor the speed and accuracy settings of the device to meet individual user preferences.


Choosing the right mouse or trackball and positioning it ergonomically are crucial for maintaining comfort and efficiency in a digital work environment. Regular assessment and adjustment can enhance user experience and prevent strain.