Poker Hardware – Mice

Having a good mouse is paramount. A bad mouse can give you sore wrists, frustrating responses, and worse – a repetitive stress injury.

MX Revolution

Some tips when deciding on a mouse:

It Should Feel Comfortable In Your Hand

The mouse should sit easily in your palm of your hand, with fingers gently extended over it. If you have to curl up your fingers into a claw to click the buttons, it’s not the right size.

There should be no uncomfortable pressures or bumps from the shape, stop by a local store and give ‘em a test run to see which feels the best.

Motion Should Be Effortless

If you are straining to move the mouse or trackball, you will eventually develop a repetitive stress injury(RSI).

Muscles should be relaxed most of the time, and it should take minimal effort to move the mouse or ball wheel.

If your wrist or fingers stiffen in a slightly uncomfortable fashion when manipulating it or clicking it, that’s a no go.

Check Your Posture

One’s mouse arm should come straight down from the shoulder, with the elbow bent at 90 degrees.

The hand should rest gently on a flat, even surface, and the wrist should be perfectly straight, not bent to the left or right or tilted up or down.

Having good posture will greatly ease the strain on your muscles and joints.

Some Good Mice(Mouses?)

Logitech makes great input devices, I’ve used them for the last 7 or 8 years.

If you’re looking to splurge, this is a great wireless mouse:

MX Revolution

Multiple scroll wheels, a Lithium-Ion battery, and precise laser optics make it a great buy, though a bit pricey.

If you are more economically minded:

MX 400

Still plenty of bells and whistles, but at a better price range. These are both hand-specific models, logitech has many that are ambidextrous.

Trackballs

An alternative to a conventional mouse is a trackball. These are great because you can control your mouse pointer with 1 finger, and you are never running out of desk space sliding around.

I currently use one of these:
Trackman Wheel

It takes a little while to get used to moving the ball with your thumb, but once used to it movement is effortless and precise.
There is a wireless version for those who don’t like cords.

I used the Marble Mouse for 5 years, and eventually started to get wrist trouble.

I would flick my hand up to pull the ball back towards me, stiffening the muscles on the top of my wrist – if i had better habits I could have avoided the beginnings of an RSI.

Still a solid choice, works for righties and lefties. Definitely build good habits of using gentle pressure with your fingers and not the whole hand to move the ball.

Marble Mouse

Let me know if you have any suggestions for a good poker mouse!


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Add Your Comment (3) ↓

#1 Alex Kay on 12.19.07 at 2:50 pm

I don’t really have a suggestion, unfortunately, but I’ll check out that MX Revolution… Nice post :)

#2 Dan on 12.19.07 at 11:05 pm

Let us know how you like it! It’s a killer mouse. :)

#3 Björn Rosander on 05.30.08 at 3:40 pm

Hold on a minute.

Did you guys know that there is a mouse that simply eliminates all the worst “big” movement patterns that are demanded by a normal mouse?

Check out the RollerMouse Pro. Google it and you’ll see it is pretty widely known in the office ergonomics area.
Mouse-free pointing device, if you want to call it that.

Yes, I make a living from selling it in Europe, but listen here; it is the only product i work with every day since four years as a full time job. And I never talked to so many genuinely happy and satisfied customers before in any other job I have had.

I was inspired to write this since I found that a swedish poker forum web site EDITED link, sorry: http://www.pokerforum.nu had generated 22% of referrals to our swedish web site in may 2008.

That tells me that you guys are suffering in pretty much the same way while playing poker online as you do in the office.

Try RollerMouse and thank me some other day :-)

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