My mouse was broken a few days ago, so I need to buy a new mouse.

I am interested in a trackball or vertical mouse because professional writers say that is better for my hands and that it's a good alternative to a normal mouse.

I don't want to spend too much money, so I am planning to buy one of the following two products:

I usually do web surfing, and I sometimes work on office suite programs. Sometimes I do a little coding and rarely play games like Minecraft.

I would like to have recommendations about the above two products, and if you have any alternative products that you think are better than those two, please let me know.

  • I'd recommend you to consider available options through this checklist: capsoff.org/checklist
    – drabsv
    Mar 29, 2016 at 16:54
  • Regarding the mouse - do you also have any health concerns or not? I'm asking because trackball or vertical mouse also typically address these issues.
    – miroxlav
    Mar 30, 2016 at 14:25

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Vertical mouse is OK only if you never take your dominant hand off the mouse. Regular users tend to keep moving their hand between mouse and keyboard. Vertical mouse is very bad for this as it takes extra time and effort to both let it go and grab back again. Trackballs are bit better, but if you do follow the common click-click-type-type-click-clik pattern then regular mouse is the best.

The exercise of moving your hand back and forth between mouse and keyboard already is the best thing for your health. Super-ergonomic mice solve a problem that you don't have.

I recommend that you buy regular mouse (eg Logitech RX250, around $15). To be blunt: for regular users regular stuff usually works best : ) Consider better mouse when you have the money to burn.

If you insist on buying one of the mentioned products then check out customer rights in your (and store) jurisdiction. In many places you are entitled to return a product bought online after a short time simply because you don't like it. This is exactly the situation lawmakers had in mind. Yet, I think you really should buy a decent, entry-level mouse first. At least as a backup plan.

  • If you go a bit more expensive go A4tech Bloody - great price/quality radio
    – jaskij
    Mar 30, 2016 at 11:15
  • @JanDorniak Yeah, A4tech Bloody is still "regular stuff for regular people", the exact opposite of what OP had in mind asking.
    – Agent_L
    Mar 30, 2016 at 12:47
  • and the exact thing you recommend. Honestly though, don't we all try to minimize the amount of keyboard-mouse hand switching?
    – jaskij
    Mar 30, 2016 at 12:58

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