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

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

A strong, ergonomic PC peripheral makes use feel as natural as possible. That means avoiding unnecessary strain and pressure, plenty of support, minimal movement, and, if you’re at a desk, helping to maintain 90-degree angles in your arms and legs. Vertical mice, for example, make the face of the palm more to the side, resulting in less forearm pronation and conforming to a 90-degree angle with the rest of the arm. But what about a horizontal mouse?

On Sunday, the ConceptPix Horizontal Mouse was launched on Kickstarter. Like any crowdfunding project, I will have no illusions that this product will reach the market. You might even have less hope here than with other crowdfunding projects, as ConceptPix hasn’t released anything else on Kickstarter (at least not under the ConceptPix name). Other red flags include: the ConceptPix brand lacks much of an internet presence and its profile is private on Kickstarter; the creator of the project is listed in Hong Kong, but the ConceptPix bio states Miami Beach, Florida; and the crowdfunding target is absurdly low $119.

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

Just as a vertical mouse is taller than it is wide or long, the horizontal mouse is wider than it is long or tall. According to Kickstarter, the peripheral measures 3.15 inches wide, 1.57 inches long, 1.18 inches tall, 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 AAs. batteries

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

But examples of so-called horizontal mice are rare, and most take a different approach to ConceptPix’s device.

It’s hard to imagine a longer “mouse” than Counter Design’s RollerMouse Free 3, which measures 19.25 inches horizontally. But if you look at it, you will realize that it works very differently than a traditional PC mouse or even the horizontal mouse.

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

3Dconnexion’s SpaceMouse Wireless is not wider than it is long, but it is equally as wide and long (3.1 x 3.1 x 2.1 inches).

The SpaceMouse series is aimed at 3D application navigation.
Enlarge / The SpaceMouse series is aimed at 3D application navigation.

Still, it works more like a large knob and companion to another mouse.

ConceptPix claims that its horizontal mouse concept reduces the amount of pressure required to use the peripheral. He also claims that the mouse puts your hand in a more favorable position. One of its supposed features is that the mouse puts less pressure on the wrist, since the wrist does not support the mouse as much. Additionally, Kickstarter says that the mouse “keeps your fingers from getting too twisted.”

ConceptPix claims that the hand in the bottom image is more comfortable than the hand in the top image.
Enlarge / ConceptPix claims that the hand in the bottom image is more comfortable than the hand in the top image.

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