I love using a PC or my MacBook but there’s always something that troubles me. The mouse. After severing my thumb a few years ago and having had extensive surgeries to repair it I’ve been left with a weakened grip and pain in my hand which can make everyday tasks a very uncomfortable, frustrating struggle. I often give up on things before they are barely started so when I saw the Penclic R3 mouse I was very intrigued.
I was lucky enough to get sent this after browsing the Penclic range and although I got this free as PR my opinions are solely my own and have not been influenced by it.
You only need a very light touch with this pencil shaped mouse. The responsiveness is controlled yet easy to glide across your screen. You don’t need to hug this mouse with a firm wrist and fingers as you would a normal mouse and I admit it took me a few tries to get the hang of it but once I got the technique right I spent over an hour using the mouse with no cramps in my hand due to my injury which is brilliant. Usually I get discomfort within a few minutes of using a standard mouse.
What a cool piece of tech this is but more importantly it could help out a lot of people and businesses too. Conditions such as Repetitive Strain injury or carpal tunnel syndrome mean people are suffering due to their jobs, this in turn means sick days increase and businesses suffer.
Could it be the answer to becoming more productive without added pain?
Could this mean RSI and carpal tunnel problems could be minimised in the workplace? The Penclic R3 mouse could also help people with disabilities that affect their hands and arms to use their computers or laptops with greater ease as well.
What is RSI ?
Repeated movements or positioning of the fingers and hand along with things like continuous pressure of the fingers can lead to Repetitive Strain Injury. This condition often effects office workers due to the constant use of computer keyboards and mouses.
According to a fact sheet made by AbilityNet in September 2015 The Health and Safety Executive believed 3.2 million working days were lost in 2013/14. It’s thought 500’000 suffered each year.
When I showed the Penclic R3 to a couple of family members who work in an offices and spends many hours typing on the keyboard they were keen to try it out. They could immediately feel the difference between the Penclic and a normal mouse. There were nothing but positive feedback about it.
I’d highly recommend this product if you suffer from any type of hand or wrist related problem that stems from using a computer or you think you are at risk of developing problems.
It wouldn’t surprise me at all if the Penclic range range become standard practice in the workplace within the next few years! I’d love to know what your thoughts are on this product and if you’ve got any other ‘tech hacks’ for hand and wrist issues!
The tech stuff
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 required.
Operates on almost any surface without any pad or tablet.
Implements a 3-buttons and scroll wheel mouse.
AAA 1.2V NiMH Recharging battery (Everyday use last approximately 1 months before charging is required).
Charging via USB.
LR 03/AAA/1.5V Alkaline None rechargeable battery can be used. NOTE: DO NOT RECHARGE
Energy saving mode starts after 10 min, press left click (button 1) to activate.
Wireless reach, minimum 5 metres.