The RollerMouse Pro3 by Contour Design is a central pointing device that positions immediately between the operator and keyboard space bar.
This keeps all mousing activity "inline", i.e., in the area immediately in front of the keyboard, eliminating the need to reach for a mouse. This also makes it suitable for use where there may be insufficient room for a mouse to be placed immediately beside the keyboard. Like all RollerMouse products, cursor movement is achieved by manipulating the tube-like cylindrical "rollerbar" with the fingertips. Rotating the rollerbar moves the cursor up and down, and sliding the bar from side to side accomplishes horizontal movement. Once the desired location is achieved, a left click can be generated by pressing down on the bar (the force required for this is adjustable from an ultra-light touch to highly tactile). The rollerbar mechanism is undergirded by a sturdy aluminum base that provides overall rigidity and keeps the RollerMouse from shifting position.
The cursor speed button located between the copy and paste buttons facilitates rapid selection between the ten cursor speed settings that range from 600 to 2400 dpi, ideal when work requires both fine control as well as rapid movement across multiple screens. Five buttons and a scroll wheel are located below the bar to generate left/middle/right clicks, copy, paste and vertical scrolling. All button functions can also be customized using the downloadable driver. The Pro3 comes equipped with optional adjustable keyboard "risers" that can be installed to elevate low profile conventional and compact single piece keyboards. The body of the RollerMouse Pro3 serves as an integrated palm support, with padded leatherette cushions that can be detached for cleaning if necessary. If a larger and more cushioned palm support is desired the RollerWave3 Accessory can be purchased separately.
The RollerMouse Pro3 offers less access to the rollerbar, just 6.6", than either the RollerMouse Free3 or the RollerMouse Red. It also has a slightly shorter travel distance than either of those models. As a result, when working with multiple screens it will usually be necessary to employ a higher cursor speed setting. Doing this will help avoid activating the end detection that automatically moves the cursor to the far side of the screen. If regularly working across dual or triple monitors either the RollerMouse Free3 or RollerMouse Red models would be more suitable options as they both offer a greater range of cursor movement before the end detection function is activated.
Eliminates Overreaching for a Traditional Mouse, Relieving Neck, Shoulder and Elbow Pain
- Conventional keyboards will result in overreaching for the mouse as it is necessary to reach over the arrow keys and numeric keypad to get to the mouse. This can lead to neck, shoulder and elbow pain and discomfort. Asymmetrical reaching with one side of the body and not the other causes muscle groups to compensate for the weight of the extended arm while reaching for a traditional mouse. Repetitive overreaching will often lead to tightness and pain in the neck, shoulder and elbow areas. The RollerMouse Pro3 allows the elbows to be kept comfortably at the sides in a neutral, ergonomic position. Learn More About the Comfort Zone.
Prevents Static Grip of the Mouse
- The RollerMouse Pro3 is controlled with an open relaxed hand and slightly curled fingers, with no possibility of clutching or holding the device to achieve cursor control. The rollerbar mechanism effectively eliminates static grip forces
which accompany use of most conventional mice. Fingertips simultaneously rotate and slide the rollerbar to navigate the cursor over the entire screen, with very little friction or resistance. The elimination of flexing the fingers to grip the mouse avoids compression through the carpal tunnel. Learn More About Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.
Ambidextrous Cursor Control
- By centrally locating the mouse buttons inline beneath the keyboard home keys, mouse control is equidistant from either hand. Ambidextrous use is encouraged and easily accomplished.
Reduction of Repetitive Actions
- Any finger can be used to click on the rollerbar, spreading the load across both hands, unlike most mice where only the index finger is able to generate left clicks, which can lead to the development of trigger finger. Learn More About Trigger Finger.
Reduces Unnecessary and Awkward Movements
- Dedicated buttons for Left and Right Clicks, Copy, Paste, and Double Click eliminate awkward combination key reaches as well as reduce unnecessary cursor movement and clicking.
- "Rollerbar" Cursor Control: Cursor movement with the RollerMouse Pro3 is accomplished using the core feature of all RollerMouse solutions, the "rollerbar". This tube-like cylinder is suspended on a rod that permits the cylinder to rotate and slide left to right. Sensors track the rotation and lateral movement and translate it into onscreen cursor movement. Rotating the bar moves the cursor up and down on the screen, with lateral left or right movement accomplished by simply sliding the rollerbar from side to side. The combination of both rotation and sliding motions gives complete cursor control. When combined with the capabilities of the adjustable sensor both extreme accuracy and high speed movement can be achieved.
- Tactile End Detection: In order that cursor movement remain centered throughout usage, there is an end detection mechanism that shifts the cursor to the left or right side of the screen when the rollerbar can no longer be moved any further left or right. Tactile feedback is provided in the form of a click that can be felt as the end limit is reached, indicating that end detection has been engaged.
- Bar Click Tension Adjustments: A slider on underside will adjust the rollerbar activation force requirement. This feature can be helpful for individuals who find that they often accidentally click on the bar while typing.
- Palm Supports: The RollerMouse Pro3 also comes with leatherette palm supports that relieve stress on the wrists while typing and using the rollerbar. These pads can be removed for cleaning.
- Easy to Use Keyboard Lifters: Ultra-slim keyboards are becoming increasing popular, so Contour Design has included two keyboard lifters that allow one to change the height and angle of the keyboard. There are three heights to choose from: low (flat), high (flat), and sloping down and away from the rollerbar (negative slope).
- Plug and Play Connectivity for both PC and Mac Computers: The RollerMouse Pro3 is HID compliant and has the drivers on board. Once plugged into any USB port it will install the drivers and provide notification when it is ready for use.
- Seven Button Functions: There are two easy options to perform a left click. Either push down on the navigation bar itself, or click on the large left button in the button control area. Other button functions include a traditional "right click" button, a single touch "double click" button, a scroll wheel, a scroll lock , "one touch" copy and "one touch" paste.
- Cursor Speed Selection: The RollerMouse Pro3 has 10 different cursor speed settings selected by a button on the top side of the mouse. Settings ranged from 600 to 2400 DPI.
- Optional Driver for Customized Button Actions: For those who desire greater customization options, a downloadable Driver which allows user-specified actions for each button is available for Mac or PC.
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RM-PRO3 - Angled View
RM-PRO3 - Top View
RM-PRO3 with Keyboard
RM-PRO3 in Use
RM-PRO3 - Angled View with Keyboard
RM-PRO3 - Angled View with Keyboard
RM-PRO3 - Side View
RM-PRO3 - Side View with Keyboard
Width: 19.0" (48.5 cm)
Depth (front to back): 3.5" (9.0 cm) (to front of keyboard without
Height: 1.25" (3.2 cm)
- Rollerbar Width and Travel Range: 6.6" (16.7 cm) Rollerbar moves along a 9.6" (24.4 cm) Travel Path
- Rollerbar Clickable: Yes
- Adjustable Bar Click Force: Yes
- Optical Resolution: 600 to 2400 dpi
- Number of Buttons: 8 (includes scroll wheel and rollerbar)
- Embedded Left Click in Cursor Control: Yes
- Clickable Scroll Wheel: Yes
- Button Type: Tactile
- Compatibility Modes: Selectable onboard via button combinations.
PC: Plug and Play for Windows
Mac: Plug and play for Mac OS X
Linux: (HID Mode)
- Programmability: PC & Mac: Drivers
Note:Please verify compatibility with your OS.
- Interface: USB
- Available Colours: Black only
- Warranty: 2 years (manufacturer direct only)
- Package Contents: RollerMouse Pro3, 2 x Short Keyboard Risers, 2 x Long Keyboard Risers, User Guide.
- Do not use your thumbs to move the rollerbar! The rollerbar is designed to be moved by the fingers, which are drawn towards the torso when the rollerbar is accessed. While using the thumbs may feel natural at first, accessing the rollerbar with the thumbs actually requires you to reach "back" to the rollerbar and will tend to position the thumbs in an almost "overextended" position where there is sustained tension when moving the rollerbar. Repetitively engaging the thumbs in such an awkward manner may over time cause fatigue and pain.
- Make sure the edge of the keyboard closest to you is straight with no built-in palm support. This point is very important, since any curved edge or palm support between keyboard and the RollerMouse will only create more distance between you and the keyboard, creating additional problems of overreaching.
- Clean out the rollerbar channel area once in a while. This is advised so that you get the greatest life expectancy for your RollerMouse. Due to build up of debris in critical parts of the RollerMouse mechanisms, the internal sensors and switches can malfunction over time. Cleaning can be accomplished by turning your RollerMouse over and gently tapping it to dislodge any particles in the rollerbar channel. Better still, if you have compressed air available, use it to blow out any debris or dirt.
- If you are going to use your RollerMouse and keyboard on a tray, The RollerMouse Pro3 is the easiest full-size RollerMouse to fit on a tray. Since many standard keyboards are about 6" deep and the RollerMouse Pro3 itself is 3.5" deep, a tray 9.5 inches in depth will work. Other full-size RollerMouse models are at leats 3.5" in depth and will require a tray at least 10.5" deep in order to properly stabilize both keyboard and mouse on the tray surface.
- Take turns using either left or right hands to move the rollerbar. By alternating hands periodically, you lessen the fatigue in both hands, and so help reduce the overall risk of developing pain from extensive mousing. The ambidextrous nature of the RollerMouse encourages such usage. Once you are trained in working this way, it will become second nature.
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