Battle Of The Transformers Mice To Prevent Carpal Tunnel Syndrome


Lol! What a title, right? XD

I’ve had my iMac for 7 months now and with it came the Apple Wireless Keyboard and Apple Magic Mouse. They look all sleek and stylish on my desktop and while the Magic Mouse is good for browsing and normal use, it becomes quite heavy from prolonged use and resistant to quick movements needed for Photoshop.

I feel pain in my fingers, palm, wrist, elbow, forearm muscles, and shoulder. The places that hurt the most are the arm muscles, and wrist. Due to repeated pressure on the body parts from long hours of mouse use, I often go to bed having to massage away the pain. I’ll wake up the next day, with less pain, but put the parts through torture again for the rest of the day.

These symptoms can relate to inflammation of tendons or irritation of nerves and may be the start of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. The name already sounds evil.

Clearly, I cannot reduce the number of hours I spend on the computer so the peripherals have to be changed – the mouse.

Honestly speaking, I’ve never loved the Magic Mouse.

Sure, it looks cool, is wireless, and you can scroll sideways and whatnot, but more muscles are used to lift the heavy mouse, it devours battery like they don’t cost a thing, and I find my fingers cramping from not being able to casually settle on the surface – they’re lifted/strained in mid air – to avoid swiping in the wrong direction. I tried using a good mouse pad with a wrist cushion to alleviate the pain and create more speed in the mouse, but the pain is overbearing to notice any sort of comfort from it.

My brother uses the Apple Mighty Mouse, which I feel is much better than the Magic Mouse because it is lighter and wired. People in forums all have a love-hate relationship with the scroll wheel though. While it is made with ‘touch-sensitive technology concealed under the seamless top shell’, all that sensitivity turns to nothingness when the scroll wheel gets clogged and responses to anything but your desires. Like my brother’s.

Then I thought of getting the Apple Trackpad. Er, not so good coz it will be hard to use for Photoshop. I reckon it’s going to be irritating to hear my nails scratching against the silver board too.

Searching for ‘mouse for photoshop’ brought me to Wacom tablets, which are supposedly the best kind of device for heavyduty Photoshoppers. A Wacom Intuos4 Medium, which is a wireless pen tablet highly recommended by photographers and designers in forums, will set me back by SGD799.00. Whaaaaa…….?!?!?

No. Struck off the list. I need a good device, but not one that will unnecessarily create a crater in my wallet. Besides, a pen tablet is great for drawing and sketching, and I don’t do those. Quite a waste of money since I will be totally under utilizing it. It’s like using a smartphone only for the making and receiving of calls.

Finally, all that searching brought me to the world of gaming mouse.

Wow! What an eye opener! I mean, I knew gamers use a different breed of mouse coz they always have extra buttons for configuration but I didn’t know what they really configured. Now I know they can switch weapons faster and be more precise in FPS (first-person shooter, a term I learnt from my mouse search lol).

In addition, gaming mouses/mice are the best kind because they are built for long hours in front of the computer. (You know, people have died while gaming and a Korean couple caused the death of their baby girl while they raised their virtual child. :()

The ergonomics of gaming mouse are better and suit the size and shape of our hand and fingers more comfortably than the average and cheaper ones. That’s why they’re more expensive, but they last a long time and for better comfort and reduced pain, I’m willing to invest in one. Investing in a good gaming mouse is akin to investing in MAC brushes.

The first gaming mouse I came across was the Razer DeathAdder 3500 Gaming Mouse, which is very light and responsive to the slightest movement. However complaints of wear and tear in the form on a sticky rubber surface kind of put me off.

Then people said you’re better off with a Logitech MX 518 Optical Gaming Mouse. So I researched on it. OMG. It looks so sexy it reminds me of the shirtless, ripped, Abercrombie & Fitch hunks who paraded for the opening of the store in Singapore.

The MX 518 looks so offensively sexy I’m embarrassed to touch it.

Then people said you’re better off with a Logitech Programmable Gaming Mouse G500.

YES!!! This looks simple yet sleek. The best part is you can add or remove weights depending on how heavy you want the mouse to be. Awesome! This costs USD54.98 on Amazon.

This guy made the best mouse comparison video of coincidentally, all three of the above ones.

I think I’m gonna get the Logitech Gaming Mouse G500.

A large mouse may look intimidating but will allow you to navigate, point and click without having your wrist touching the desktop.

But this looks like it will transform into a Optimus Prime cousin-brother thing at night. Goodness!

Mad Catz Cyborg Rat 9

Albino version.

And there’re those that look more fun than functional, to me at least – Transformer Mouse named Trypticon. Tyrpticon is a 3 button mouse that works on both Windows and Mac OS based machines. It has an 800dpi resolution and costs $69.99 from Amazon.

By the way, how do you refer to more than one computer mouse? It’s natural and correct to say ‘mice’ when I’m referring to the rodent version – one mouse, two mice. But when it comes to a computer mouse, ‘mice’ sounds weird and ‘mouses’ sounds even weirder.

Since M.O.U.S.E is the acronym for Manually-Operated User-Selection Equipment (betcha didn’t know that!), and ‘equipment’ is already in plural form, ‘mouse’ should just be ‘mouse’, right? And not ‘mouses’ or ‘mice. Like ‘you’, ‘offspring’, ‘aircraft’ – same single and plural form. Lol, I don’t know, but since ‘the fourth edition of The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language endorses both computer mice and computer mouses as correct plural forms for computer mouse (source), we can use whatever we want then!

I’m going shopping for mouse, mouses, mice today.

What mouse do you use? Are you a gamer? What are the best mouse, mouses, mice you’ve used?


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  • Sarah

    Whoa, such fancy mice. *0* I’m not much of a gamer but my boyfriend is, and he has a Razer Naga which he seems to like. I usually just use the trackpad on my Macbook, but sometimes I use my Wacom Graphire tablet which I’ve had for several years. I’m don’t do a whole lot of drawing either but it works well for basic Photoshop things and anything else I do on the computer. It was only around 90 USD when they still sold them. Have you considered the Wacom Bamboo tablets? Those are a lot cheaper than the Intuos ones.

    • Bun Bun

      But I read the reviews and some people said the bamboo ones are not good at all. :S

  • Jyoan

    My brother asks me to invest in the Transformer Razar too! We saw it at $40 off, and I was really tempted. But still, I actually stuck with my free IBM mouse for 5 whole years before it went bonkers. So I don’t find the need to get a gaming mouse.

    I never photoshop any of my pictures. So other than typing for work, I don’t use a lot of mouse. And I do like using the mousepad on the laptop itself. I am quite good at using it compared to my friends. =P

    So I guess, I will leave the gaming mouse to when mouse work really gets heavier for me.

    • Bun Bun

      Oh I have to Photoshop all my pictures – mainly resizing to a standard size for uniformity and adding of the watermark. Sometimes tweaking the lighting and contrast of a picture makes a whole lot of difference too.

      Transformer Razar is another mouse or the ones I showed in the post? Haha sorry I’ve no knowledge of gaming mouse prior to this research.

  • Amelia

    If you do get the Logitech mouse, something to keep in mind (and part of why I’m a huge Logitech fan) in case the mouse goes on the fritz and something goes wrong with it – their customer service is pretty darn good. Their stuff comes with at least a 1 year warranty, and if your mouse acts up (mine was double clicking at a single click, not registering some clicks, it was just odd!) they’ll replace it at no cost. They shipped me the box to return my mouse in, and then sent me a replacement (newer model of basically the same mouse) for free. I did have to manage without the mouse for a few weeks – borrowed my husband’s Razer Naga, but didn’t like that one as it felt too small in my hand, felt so lightweight that I didn’t feel like I had enough control of the mouse, and because of the internal light up it made my hand feel too hot :(

    I don’t know if it was because the old mouse had known issues, and that’s why they were so quick to respond, but I was really very impressed with the service. They did want the broken mouse after I described the problem (perhaps to test out, I assume so they can locate what was causing the problems so future products don’t have the same issue), so make sure not to just trash a Logitech product that acts funny.

    Something else to keep in mind about paint textured mice, the area where your fingers rub the most may wind up fading, and possibly also where the base of your palm rests if you hold your mouse too. It might not! But it might.

    Still, I find Logitech stuff to work really well, have been using their Mouse(…s! Meece! Mice…), keyboards, headphones and speakers for over 10 years and the mouse one year ago was the first product to misbehave like that.

    I hope you really like it, but if not, I hope you find something that helps with your arm!

    • Bun Bun

      Thanks so much Amelia, that was very informative! :) :) :) Which Logitech mouse were you referring to may I ask? The good customer service makes me more determined to get a Logitech mouse now. Paint fading isn’t a big factor as long as a mouse fits my palm nicely and helps reduce the accumulation of pain. I’ll just try not to look at the mouse haha.

      Lol-ed at the ‘meece’!

      • Amelia

        I have the G9x Laser mouse ( It’s pricy – I would not have purchased it at that price, but I got it through a sale on Hewlett-Packard after I got my HP Laptop. I think it was 40% off, so while not cheap, it was still a great deal.

        It’s one of the adjustable weight kind, and as I said the Naga being so light was a bit of a problem so I like that if I need more control I can go heavy, and if I need less control/strain, I can pop weights out. It also came with two “sleeves” so it can be about normal mouse width, or it can be chunkier and wider. I was surprised to find that I actually prefer the wider sleeve over the narrow one, lol

        OK I need to stop gushing, I’m not trying to sell a mouse with more bells and whistles than you need. (the mouse I had prior to this one was actually probably a G300, which is just the old version of the G500 you’re looking at, and I absolutely LOVED that mouse; I replaced it after 5 years only because the little gliding feet on the bottom weren’t staying in place and smearing their adhesive in odd spots – I should have just superglued them in place, but I just didn’t think to… I still have it and use it for my laptop – fewer bells and whistles, but other than the sticky feet thing works fine after all these years).

        • Bun Bun

          Oh yes yes, the weight adjustment feature is exactly what attracts me to the G500. Love that it’s not a one-weight-fits-all mouse. I’m glad the G500’s predecessor, the G300, worked so well for you. With your comments, I think I’m at least 90% sure the G500 is what I’m gonna get already! Haha

          *chants* G500 G500 G500 G500 G500 G500 G500 G500 G500

  • Christina

    i like to play games, but my games don’t required good, sensitive mice. heck, i don’t even use the computer for games :X still, i was glad when you said you ventured into gaming mice. i’ve heard that they are one of the best mice to use. naturally, since gamers sit at their computers for 12 hours in one go, the mouse better be good. so i’m sure your hand will thank you for the change 😀

    • Bun Bun

      I’m sure too! My poor hand has been through such torment it’s making the rest of the body pay!

  • Julia

    HAHAHA omg this post made me lol so hard. Some of those mice look CRAZY! xD (mouses sounds so weird to me xD) I have a normal wireless Logitech mouse and a Wacom Bamboo tablet which I’ve been using for a year (for painting in PS and 3d) fortunately I’ve never had any problems with either :) Although G500’s weight adjustment seems so alluring now ….
    Let us know what you decide on and how it goes! ^^

  • a!kO

    LOL mice 😛 I think it is just called mouse right? or MOUSE…but wow those are some awesome transformer mouse.. I think gaming mouse would be good for us users thats always online…it would definitely be more ergonomic. I have had those pains and it sucks…had to wrap my hand tightly to reduce I am more in tune with my wrists. haha… I think you need to sit correctly too to prevent carpel tunnel syndrome (I took a course in safety yet I am still practicing bad posture lol). This was a very interesting post 😀 Maybe (if I am not too cheapskate) I shall invest in a good mouse too 😀


    • Bun Bun

      Goodness! Wrap your hand?! Sounds serious! I think I will save up to get a good chair too. Posture is important.

  • littlemj

    Over 10 yrs, I have switched from the right to the left and back to the right, when the left copped out. Finally the ergonomist in the office got me the 3M joystick mouse. This has been my life changer. The joystick allows your hand to remain in “neutral” position, basically the same position as when you walk. A typical mouse causes your forearm and the muscles within to rotate, basically not a neutral position.