The ‘Magic Mouse Pro’ is the premium ergonomic wireless mouse that Apple never made

With an ambidextrous design, upgraded laser tracking, a dedicated middle-scroll button (for CAD users), and a repositioned charging port, the Magic Mouse Pro is the wireless mouse we wish Apple would just make already.

The Magic Mouse may just be Apple’s oldest, most unchanged product ever. Launched in 2009 and refreshed in 2015, the Magic Mouse has seen mass acceptance (and resentment) in the 13+ years that it’s existed. The problems we’ve had with it haven’t changed in that time – it’s too sleek to actually be ergonomic, it doesn’t have a middle scroll button (which gamers and designers/engineers need), and its charging port is located in arguably the worst place ever. However, we designers have a hard time accepting the things we can’t change, and it’s our natural tendency to change the things we can’t accept… so behold the Magic Mouse Pro, a concept from the mind of Taiwanese designer Vincent Lin. With a premium all-black exterior, ergonomic form, and better hardware, the Magic Mouse Pro brings a few significant upgrades to the mouse experience, making it a much more compelling purchase compared to its 2015 sibling.

Designer: Vincent Lin

To begin with, the Magic Mouse Pro has a design that prioritizes ergonomics over ‘slimness’. For the most part, your mouse never leaves your desk. Hardly anyone packs their Magic Mouse up in their backpack and carries it home after a day’s work, so why does the mouse even have to be slim? Vincent’s redesign retains the mouse’s overall flavor while giving it an anodized aluminum platform that’s made for better gripping. There’s now a thumb-rest that makes using the mouse much more comfortable over longer periods, and a small rubber grip built right into it so that you don’t always feel the slippery metal against your skin.

The Magic Mouse Pro’s most radical feature is its ability to easily alternate between being left or right-handed. The biggest drawback with ergonomic mice is that they’re seldom ambidextrous. The Magic Mouse Pro’s swiveling upper surface lets you easily flip it around to suit your needs, giving it a significant edge not just over the existing Magic Mouse, but over every ergonomic mouse too!

Let’s also state the obvious. A more strategically located Lightning port makes charging the Magic Mouse Pro much easier, correcting a universal wrong from 8 years ago. Sure, the position of the lightning port changes based on whether you’re using it in right or left-handed mode, but I’d argue that’s much better than having a charging port located on the underside of a mouse.

A single dimple on the mouse also now indicates the Magic Mouse Pro’s ‘middle scroll’ button, which proves useful in web browsers, design software, and CAD/engineering programs. Yet another major oversight fixed with a simple design detail.

Finally, the ‘Pro’ moniker is justified with the inclusion of better hardware, including a Pro Laser Eye that offers better tracking and accuracy with lower latency, and a first-ever Taptic Engine in a mouse to offer better haptic feedback while navigating your software. It’s a feature that Apple’s Magic Trackpad has had for a while, but remains ignored in the mouse itself, given its lack of upgrades in quite a few years.

Sadly, the Magic Mouse Pro and its radical features remain entirely conceptual for now, although for people looking to transform their existing Magic Mice, this easy-to-install ‘ergonomic accessory’ should absolutely do the trick!

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Apple’s Magic Mouse gets the absolute perfect upgrade with this ergonomic accessory

The only thing the MouseBase doesn’t do is fix that horrendous charging problem.

For probably over a decade now, Apple’s one overarching design philosophy has been sleekness. Jony Ive famously made design decisions that enforced this, much to the end-consumer’s detriment. MacBooks in 2014-15 used glue instead of screws to hold components together because it made devices thinner. The disastrous butterfly keyboard was the result of a pursuit of sleekness too. The point I’m making is that to an extent, making a product sleek is a great thing. There are times, however, when it’s not… The Apple Magic Mouse is one such product.

Designed to be sleek over ergonomic, the Magic Mouse is ridiculously tough to work with. Its smooth design doesn’t have the curves or grooves you’d need to rest your hand comfortably, and gripping the device isn’t an entirely great experience either. However, one small product hopes to rectify that. Dubbed the MouseBase, this little add-on is designed to fit your Magic Mouse (v2) in it comfortably, giving it a more ergonomic design. It lets you plug the Magic Mouse right in without any moving parts, screws, or adhesives, giving you a much more comfortable right-handed grip that lets you intuitively and effectively grab and maneuver your mouse without triggering your carpal tunnel.

Designer: Smash Engineering

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Made from plastic and weighing just 4.2 ounces (119 grams), the MouseBase fixes the Magic Mouse’s second most annoying problem. The ergonomic design of the MouseBase blends almost perfectly with the Magic Mouse, making it look rather cohesive, and creating a surface flow that welcomes your eyes as well as your hands. The base, however, cleverly also elevates and tilts the mouse ever so slightly, making it more ergonomically sound. It does so, however, without affecting the mouse’s tracking abilities. This is thanks to the MouseBase’s patented mirror technology that retains the Magic Mouse’s usability and precision.

Although it doesn’t solve the Magic Mouse’s charging problem (which remains unsolvable, apparently), it doesn’t inhibit the charging ability either. The MouseBase’s open-bottom design lets you easily plug a lightning cable into the device when not in use. Sure, that solution will always remain the most inelegant UX design direction in history, but at least the MouseBase solves the other big problem with the Magic Mouse’s visually-appealing-yet-tactile-nightmare form factor. My only real complaint? That there’s no left-handed version of this… yet.

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This sleek mouse design was inspired by a graceful creature of the sea

As computers become a more integral part of human life, we have finally become more acutely aware of the design flaws in the devices that we use to communicate with these machines. Keyboards and mice haven’t changed their designs significantly over the decades, but manufacturers, designers, and especially users are feeling the pain of using these peripherals, quite literally even. While it might be harder to change the design of keyboards drastically, mouse designs are quite ripe for the picking. There are a few ergonomic mice coming out of the market and even more concept designs that try to reinvent the venerable computer pointing device. This mouse design, however, doesn’t stray too far from the norm but still delivers a form that is regal yet almost alien, just like the sea critter it takes inspiration from.

Designer: Hrishab Prasad

Truth be told, there are quite a few mouse concept designs that seem to be based on aquatic animals, which isn’t that surprising if you think hard about it. Fish and aquatic mammals are known for their sleek forms and their ability to move smoothly, qualities that are highly desirable for an object that needs to also move smoothly on your desk. Some of these animals also look alien to our eyes, which is also a perfect way to insert a bit of a “wow” factor into the design that reimagines the mouse (which is named for a land-based mammal, ironically).

Mylio takes its name from the scientific name of the stingray fish, one of those alien-like critters that are still a bit more familiar given their larger numbers and more visible presence in sea waters. The stingray is characterized by a very fluid and dynamic form, which is why it also lends its name to an iconic speedster on wheels. It’s definitely a fitting design to use for a mouse, especially one that can also look elegant on your desk when you’re not using it.

A stingray, however, is quite notable for the wing-like fins on each side, which is translated directly to this Mylio concept design. Some ergonomic mice already have something almost similar to these “fins,” but they’re often only applied on one side of the mouse. This limits the design to be favorable to right-handed users only or, on rare occasions, right-handed users only. In contrast, this concept design’s symmetrical fins make it possible to use the same mouse in either hand. These fins serve as resting spots for thumbs and palms.

Mylio uses other concepts, like a fingerprint sensor in the middle that can be used to unlock computers in a secure manner. Its core design, however, is really its novel shape, which is both attractive and more open to be used in either hand. Whether it is actually more ergonomic, however, is a slightly different question, especially considering how it doesn’t deviate too much from the typical shape of a mouse that is considered to be non-ergonomic by nature.

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This rollable mouse has ergonomic design and innovative features to tackle wrist pain

Ever since I started working on a Macbook, I have barely used a mouse. But I’ve seen how it can be inconvenient and non-ergonomic at times for my friends who still need to use it. This particular device hasn’t had much innovations over the past years so it’s always interesting to see product designs that seek to bring something new to the market. For mouse devices, what users are looking for of course are ones that are ergonomic, tailor-made, and can bring new features to the table.

Designer: Swift Creatives Studio

The SliderMouse Pro is a “tailor-made” mouse concept that brings an innovative and ergonomic design to your typical device. It’s not just the usual wired or wireless mouse with the round shape but it actually looks like a keyboard itself. The sleek design and wireless interface will make it easier for you to use it and its contoured shape and comfortable grip brings an ergonomic element to something that you probably use more than four hours every day.

The device has a sliderbar so your cursor control is freer than if you’re using a regular mouse and you won’t have to move your hands or wrists unnecessarily. It also has a large scroll wheel with smart buttons around it for things like copy pasting as well as forward/backward navigation. There’s also a wrist rest which is something that computer users need especially if they spend most of their working time using a screen, keyboard, and mouse. The wrist reests are detachable and customizable and can be tailor fit to the hand size of the user. It comes in light grey fabric, dark grey fabric, or sustainable bamboo.

The SliderMouse Pro is a pretty unique and useful design for a mouse. However, if you have a small table, it will probably not work since it takes up a lot of space and is almost as big as a keyboard. But if your concern is more about the functionality and the ergonomics of a mouse, then this should be perfect for your needs. Well, if it becomes an actual device someday.

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Orbit PC mouse gives your upper body an exercise to avoid strain injuries

The computer mouse today may look a bit different compared to its first incarnation, but the fundamental design of this important input device hasn’t exactly changed over the decades. That, unfortunately, also means that the problems associated with this old design haven’t really disappeared either, especially those that cause physical injury over time. There has been a great deal of interest lately in redesigning the mouse to be more ergonomic, but not everyone agrees that changing the shape is enough. This design concept, for example, takes a very different approach to resolving the problem of repetitive strain injury or RSI, mostly by shifting the movement away from the arm and wrists and giving your upper body a workout instead.

Designer: Simon Hochleitner

The computer mouse and even the computer keyboard are very unnatural interfaces as far as our bodies are concerned. Especially with the mouse, the hand and the arm it’s attached to are forced into an unnatural position, whether it is in motion or at rest. The movements associated with prolonged and repeated use of the mouse eventually lead to what is sometimes called “mouse arm,” as well as the injuries that come with it. You might think that your arm is getting some exercise, but it’s really the wrong kind of movement and resting position that actually causes those injuries.

Ergonomic mice can only do so much since it simply shifts the tension and strain to other parts of the hand and arm. Orthopedists and physiotherapists might have a different idea on how to solve this problem, and it unsurprisingly involves using correct movements and posture. What may come as a surprise, however, is how this can be done by simply changing the way we use the mouse.

James Dyson Award national winner Orbit redesigns the mouse not by changing its shape but by changing the way we move it across a flat surface. Instead of simply sliding over a mouse pad, Orbit has three resistance bands that hold the “mouse” in the center. To move the mouse, you have to exert a bit of effort to counter the resistance, which, in turn, shifts the force to other muscle groups, particularly the ones responsible for posture. With this system, the body is forced not to slouch and use those upper body muscles instead of relying on wrist and forearm muscles to move the mouse.

Orbit actually does change the design of the mouse by turning it into a joystick. Unlike a typical joystick, however, you still have to move it across the surface, much like a mouse. The only difference is that the joystick shape keeps the arm in a more natural position to reduce stress. The touch-sensitive ring on top acts as a mouse wheel so that you don’t have to change your hand’s position or stop the movement just to use it. There is also a “flat” version that more closely resembles a traditional mouse that’s designed for gamers.

Whether it’s changing the shape of the mouse or adding some resistance, it’s encouraging to see designers challenging the status quo when it comes to this input device. It might still take some time before the industry embraces these ideas, but increasing awareness about the problems with computer mice is an important first step in changing people’s perceptions.

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This ergonomic mouse concept tries to break free of traditional designs

Sticking to a familiar product design carries some benefits, such as inspiring confidence that you don’t have to retrain your brain on how to use the product. At the same time, though, it also carries a risk of making a product stagnate and refusing to fix flaws in the design for fear of the unknown. The tech industry has many examples of these, particularly with things like keyboards and mice that are critical to using computers. The mouse, in particular, hasn’t seen a major redesign every since its conception, even if its core form has been known to lead to wrist injury over time. It’s probably time to rethink ye olde mouse design into something that takes into account today’s needs, just like this take on an ergonomic mouse that looks nothing like your typical mouse.

Designer: Dongjun Choi

Ever since it was first unveiled in 1964, the fundamental design of the computer mouse hasn’t changed significantly. You still have a block-like shape with buttons on top and a mechanism underneath for moving the screen cursor. A few more buttons have been added on top or on the sides, but the core design has remained the same. Unfortunately, the same ergonomic problems that lead to repetitive strain injuries have also become a constant for all but the most unorthodox mouse designs.

Although almost everyone knows there are problems and limitations to this design, the industry still sticks to it because it is so familiar to people today. There are, fortunately, a few creative minds that dare to imagine something better that takes into account the lessons of the past decades. This concept, for example, takes into account the hand’s natural position, which is more vertical than the horizontal position that common mice force our hands into.

Given how we’ve been conditioned to use such mice for years, the design of this input device is admittedly alien and might even look awkward. You grip the elevated part of the device like a joystick, nestling the curve between your thumb and index finger. This idea is similar to a few other concept designs, suggesting there could really be something to this ergonomic form. What makes this design rather unique is the placement of buttons on the mouse, which is to say, there are no visible buttons at all.

There are no distinct mouse buttons, but there are three pressure-sensitive areas where the thumb, index finger, and middle finger would normally rest. Rather than being mapped to the typical left, right, or middle buttons, the mouse relies on gestures instead. A pinch would correspond to a left click while pressing the thumb and middle finger could be a right click. There’s also the option to press all three areas, which could be configured to act as the middle button.

The concept design still relies on the same optical technology used by today’s mice, so you’ll still have to move your hand around the desk to move the cursor. That, unfortunately, could still lead to injury and also needs to be addressed as well. In the ideal future, we probably wouldn’t need mice or even keyboards anymore, but that would be an even bigger leap compared to simply changing the mouse’s design today.

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Logitech unveils the Lift Vertical – A $69 ergonomic mouse designed for the WFH lifestyle

Contrary to popular belief, Working From Home (WFH in short) isn’t easy or comfortable. It involves working for longer hours, and sometimes even over weekends. Logitech’s latest gadget is the perfect addition to everyone’s workplace arsenal. The Logitech Lift Vertical sports an ergonomic design that feels like the spiritual successor to Logitech’s MX Vertical mouse… albeit with a pocket-friendly $69.99 price tag.

Designer: Logitech

A part of Logitech’s ERGO Series, the Lift Vertical’s design is directly informed by its need to facilitate a comfortable working experience – “Feel better, do better,” mentions Lars Lauridsen from Logitech’s Digital Wellness lab. The Lift Vertical sports a uniquely shaped form, with a  precise 57° tilt that allows your hand to naturally wrap around it. The design’s origins began with the MX Vertical, which was inspired by the ergonomics of a handshake – the Lift Vertical follows its footsteps, with a refined design that’s 22% smaller than the MX Vertical, making it suitable for smaller hands too.

Driven by the need to achieve a ‘zen-like state’ while working, the Logitech Lift Vertical’s grip sports a zen-garden-inspired horizontal rib texture. The texture, Logitech’s design team explains, plays a visual role, in creating a pattern that inherently feels meditative, while also ensuring your hand doesn’t slip while working. The product’s zen-like experience extends to the buttons and scroll wheel too, as the Lift Vertical comes equipped with a new silent magnetic SmartWheel and 5 silent click buttons (left and right-click, two thumb buttons, and a button under the scroll wheel).

The Logitech Lift Vertical comes in 3 colors (graphite, rose, and off-white) to complement most workspace aesthetics. Portions of the mouse’s body are manufactured from post-consumer recycled plastic, mentions Logitech – with the graphite variant using as much as 70% recycled plastic, while the off-white and rose use up to 54% recycled plastic. The newly unveiled mouse also comes in both left and right-hand varieties, a feature that was missing in the MX Vertical.

The Lift Vertical is priced at $69.99, putting it squarely in the consumer category. The ergonomic mouse runs on a single AA battery, delivering a stunning 2 years’ worth of use on a full charge. It can connect with up to 3 devices via Bluetooth or the Logi Bolt USB receiver, letting you toggle through devices simply by sliding the cursor off one screen and onto the next. The ergonomic mouse also comes equipped with support for Logitech’s Logi Options+ software, letting you configure your mouse’s features and assign shortcuts to its buttons. The Lift Vertical is available on Logitech’s website and starts shipping this April 2022.

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Logitech’s spaceship-like mouse concept is designed to save your wrist

There is no shortage of ergonomic computer mice that claim to deliver the most painless experience, but this concept turns the solution on its head and transforms the mouse into something completely different.

With the advent and prevalence of laptops and their trackpads, computer mice have mostly been pushed to the background. There are, however, scenarios where the completely flat and smooth surfaces of these trackpads are not only impractical but almost unusable, like with games. Regardless of the reasons, computer mice haven’t completely vanished from the market, but neither have they evolved significantly. They are still an ever-present risk to our wrists, and designers have repeatedly gone back to the drawing board to concoct the most ergonomic mouse around. For one designer, the answer ironically turned out to be quite different from a mouse.

Designer: Jason Wang

Although they have become the essential ways we interact with computers, the keyboard and the mouse are not the healthiest methods for our hands and wrists. Repetitive strain injury and carpal tunnel syndrome can be crippling for today’s generation whose lives and work depend on computers. There have been quite a few ergonomic mice designs available today, including the Lunar Artefacts Pointer Instrument that we reviewed recently, but there is plenty of room for improvement.

Designer Jason Wong went back to the drawing board to reimagine what an ergonomic mouse would look and feel like without being limited to the traditional concept of a mouse. He started out with something that looked a lot like many ergonomic mice, with cutouts and flaps for supporting the fingers. From there, however, things took on a rather strange turn that led to something that is both from the past and the future.

After testing out what looks like a mouse on a stand, Wong ended up with what he describes as a vertical mouse joystick design. Unlike a typical joystick, which predates the mouse, the person won’t need to keep a grip on the device and simply lay their hand on the supporting structure. There is even wrist support to help keep your arm from getting strained while in the position.

While the alien-like form gives the hand and wrist some structural support, the materials that Wang chose are meant to offer both comfort and visual identity. A fabric mesh covers the hand and wrist support surface for comfort, while rubber coating offers a better grip. There are shifts in material from metal to plastic to create a visual break, though that, unfortunately, does imply the use of some unsustainable materials.

This concept, which the designer dubs the Logitech MX K01, is truly unorthodox in its appearance and design. Its ergonomics try to use the natural vertical position of the hand to avoid straining the wrist, while the flowing lines of the structure provide not only points of visual interest but also ergonomic support for the hand. That said, it’s a concept that probably needs proper clinical testing to verify its ergonomic value, though, at this point, it can hardly be called a mouse anymore.

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Inspired by Adidas, this wireless mouse is redefining ergonomics with its soft 3D printed mesh design

If you just googled the term Ergonomic Mouse, you’d be met with an entire bunch of mice that looked like they were doing Yoga. The term “ergonomics” refers to the science of interaction with humans covering a wide variety of variables… although a majority of ergonomic mice conveniently focus on just curved form factors. The Squishy Mouse, on the other hand, adds another layer to the meaning behind ‘ergonomic mouse’ – a soft, breathable design.

Arguably enough, what the Squishy Mouse does is look at ergonomics from a broader perspective by considering other products like ergonomic chairs and ergonomic shoes. An ergonomic chair or shoe isn’t just curvaceous, it’s soft and breathable too, and the Squishy Mouse makes the case that mice should essentially follow that same logic. Rejecting the notion that curved hard surfaces are all that an ergonomic mouse really needs, the Squishy Mouse sports a curved lattice mesh body that’s soft and reminiscent of the 3D printed soles seen on Adidas’ AlphaEdge and Futurecraft 3D running shoes. The purpose of this isn’t just to conform to the shape of a human hand, but to actually promote comfort and breathability. With about the same soft experience of a stress ball, the Squishy Mouse lets you firmly grip it during use, and ensures that its mesh surface never gets your palms sweaty, even with hours of constant use.

Designer: Matt Barnum

The mouse was designed originally as a learning exercise for Barnum to perfect his skills using generative design tools. (A GIF image at the bottom shows all the steps)
It rests on a metal base, which makes the mouse easy to use and glide on smooth tabletop surfaces.

The Squishy Mouse comes in the same mint green as the 3D-printed Adidas soles, highlighting that source of inspiration almost instantly. While it’s unclear whether the mouse intends to use the same printing techniques as seen in Adidas soles, it makes sense from a material perspective. Digital Light Synthesis (or DLS) 3D printing allows light to cure resin in complex shapes, creating designs out of flexible elastomers that are much smoother to look at too. In this case, Barnum’s use of the lattice around areas of contact allows those specific areas to remain flexible, while the edges and contours of the mouse are relatively solid, allowing the Squishy Mouse to basically be squeezed or squished without losing its shape. Notably, even the left and right-click buttons have the lattice texture, offering essentially an absolutely new way of input that’s more squishy instead of clicky (whether that’s a win or fail from a haptic point of view is yet to be determined). That, along with the overall texture of the mouse would easily add a new UX dimension during use, and chances are that you’ll either absolutely hate it, or absolutely love it. I, for one, can’t help but feel incredibly curious!

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This inclusive computer mouse redefines the gadget’s design by working using the wrist, no fingers needed!

Allin is an inclusive, barrier-free mouse that was designed to be ergonomic specifically catering to the needs of amputees and those who struggle to use computer mouses.

Most of us are working on our laptops or desktops for the entire workday, but not without consequence. From our eyes to our wrists, from our posture to our bums, we go through physical strain every day just by sitting at our desks and staring at our computer screens while endlessly typing.

Providing their own solution to one part of this daily struggle, Designer Dot conceptualized Allin, an ergonomic mouse designed specifically for amputees and others who have trouble operating desktop and laptop mouses.

Constructed with a curved design, Allin features a soft impression where users can place their wrists to access the mouse’s control functions. Replacing the right and left click buttons with right and left tilt buttons, users simply lean their wrists to one side or the other to click links on their computer screens.

The mouse tilt buttons are positioned at different angles to ensure that the intended button is clicked. The left tilt button clicks at approximately 45 degrees while the right tilt button can be clicked at 20 degrees. Wireless by design, Allin comes with an accompanying magnetic charger that provides the mouse with enough charge to last through the workday.

Primarily designed for amputees and for those who struggle to use computer desktop and laptop mouses, Allin is ergonomically designed to fit every human’s natural wrist movement. Allin is a supplemental computer accessory that can be partnered with any laptop or desktop computer to ease the physical strain that comes with working at a keyboard all day.

Designer: Designer Dot

The magnetic charger provides Allin with the battery necessary for its wireless function.

Embedded technology reconceptualizes the inner workings of traditional computer mouses.

With a minimal outer surface, Allin can adapt to any brand of computer or laptop.

Allin is envisioned in matte black, off-white, blush pink, and lemon yellow.

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