Simply put, I wore out the scrolling mechanism in my non-Anker branded ergonomic mouse I use for work. Tactile feel is entirely gone, and for someone who spends 7 hours a day dealing with several thousand lined spreadsheets, that is not acceptable. So when I saw @Mike246810 post about a deal on Anker’s non-travel version, I immediately placed an order.
The mouse came in around 6 hours ago, so I chucked the other sad and exhausted mouse to the side, hunted down some AAA batteries and I was off to the races.
Ahhhh, that familiar packaging.
Everything you expect to find from an Anker item is present. That blue and white box with great box design, ensuring that everything arrived unharmed. I’ll post the box, instructions and packaging below.
The physical size of the mouse is one that will remove it from the “travel” category for most people. It is much more vertical than those typically labeled as such. For me, that is perfect. I was not looking for something to throw in my laptop bag, as I have nowhere to go. The larger size does not bring with it much additional weight. I could not find my kitchen scale, so you are just going to have to trust me on the actual weight being average. Meaning that you won’t notice how heavy it is or is not.
The footprint is about the same as my Razer Deathadder V2, which also lends to it being more of a unit that will typically remain on your work space. I do have a small gripe, but I do not believe in sandwiching so it will be at the end.
The installation (removing the dongle and inserting the dongle into my workstation, a Windows 10 machine) went smoothly, nothing of note. I plugged it in, slid the switch on the bottom of the Anker mouse and away we went. The Anker is a bit more vertical so it took a few minute to adjust, but after ~15 minutes I no longer noticed this. The forward and back buttons are perfect on the knuckle and end of your thumb, so rocking back and forth on them is effortless. The “middle button” actually aligns with your middle finger, which is unique for an ergonomic mouse, in my findings. However, I also found myself using my middle finger for the right button as well. This is not a big issue, and you don’t notice after a few minutes.
For those using a mouse like this, it is likely because you already have issues with your wrists or you spend a lot of time needing to make finite movements. The tactile feedback is nice, but the mouse is quiet. Think the classic tiny Logitech travel mouse sound. You can hear it, but it will not annoy coworkers. The exterior is that soft-to-the-touch stuff that manufacturers have been throwing on things. Shows fingerprints, but no worse than other devices. It seems to be durable and it will certainly be my new house going forward.
My one gripe is about the surface material. If you are someone who tightly grasps you mouse in a moment of spreadsheet driven fury, you will find the mouse wants to slip from your hand. Now, this could be viewed as a feature as we should not be applying a deathgrip, as it will only cause greater issued with our wrists that we are trying to avoid in the first place. But it is really my only complaint.
I’ll leave you with the centerfold shot.