The RollerMouse Red by Contour Design is a central pointing device which uses an easy-to-access 1" diameter rollerbar instead of a traditional mouse and is designed to sit immediately in front of your keyboard below the space bar. This allows the user to perform all mousing activity inline in the area immediately "below" their keyboard, eliminating the need to reach for a mouse. The RollerMouse Red is ideally suited for workspaces with insufficient room for a mouse in that it frees up space, providing more room for a user with limited available space.
The RollerMouse Red from Contour Design is the latest member of the RollerMouse family of inline / central pointing devices. It has the most significant changes made to the Rollermouse design so far: sleek aluminum housing that is solid and sturdy; a newly redesigned rollerbar with added thickness and texture; and a completely different tracking technology from that used in previous models. The improved redesign of the Red makes cursor control more precise and effortless without compromising durability and robustness, replacing the old mechanical clicking with a newer "virtual" clicking mechanism. It is the most advanced model in the RollerMouse family.
Like all RollerMice, the user moves the cursor by rolling a "dowel" or cylindrical control bar with the fingertips to move the cursor "up" and "down", and sliding this bar from side to side for horizontal movement. Once the desired location is achieved, the user can generate a left click by pressing down on the bar (the force required for this is adjustable from ultra-light touch to highly tactile). Eight buttons and a scroll wheel are located below the bar to generate left/middle/right clicks, copy, paste, back, forward and vertical scrolling. There is also a cursor speed button between the copy and paste buttons for five different speed settings from 800 to 2400 dpi. The Red also comes with adjustable keyboard "risers" to lift up conventional and compact single piece keyboards.
Eliminates Overreaching for a Traditional Mouse, Relieving Neck, Shoulder and Elbow Pain - Conventional keyboards will result in overreaching for the mouse as the user is forced 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 your body and not the other causes your muscle groups to compensate for the weight of your 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 Red allows you to keep your elbows comfortably by your side, which is a more beneficial ergonomic position.
Prevents Static Grip of the Mouse - The RollerMouse Red is controlled with an open relaxed hand and slightly curled fingers use of an unflexed hand, with no possibility of clutching or holding the device to effect cursor control. Fingertips roll the thick rollerbar both up and down and from side to side simultaneously to navigate the cursor over the entire screen, with very little friction or resistance. The elimination of flexing your fingers to grip the mouse avoids compression through the carpal tunnel.
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, to an even greater degree than with the older RollerMouse Pro3, as the rollerbar of the Red is longer (though not as long as the RollerMouse Free3).
Click with Any Finger - Use any finger to click on the rollerbar, unlike most mice which can lead to trigger finger as only the index finger is able to generate left clicks.
"One Touch" Access to High Frequency Actions - Dedicated buttons for Copy, Paste, and Double Click.
Thicker Rollerbar: Although all Rollermice have the unique "rollerbar" to control the cursor, only the Red has the largest diameter sleeve. The thicker rollerbar sleeve is also textured with micro-dots, so that finger tactility is greatly increased, giving the user better control of the device and making it as accurate a control as any other regular mouse.
Aluminum Housing: The RollerMouse Red has been given aircraft-quality aluminum housing not only to protect the components within from damage but to allow the unit itself to attach to keyboard trays via tray-mounting hardware (included). The solid housing helps prevent twisting or bending that could potentially affect the functionality of the rollerbar functionality, especially if it is used on uneven surfaces.
Rollerbar Tracking Technology: The RollerMouse Red's unique feature is the newly redesigned rollerbar, a cylindrical tracking device with sensors (800 to 2400 dpi) built right into the bar itself. The rollerbar works by the user rolling the bar to move the cursor up and down on the screen. To move the cursor left or right, the user simply slides the rollerbar side to side. This tracking technology adjusts cursor speed and acceleration to best suit your movements.
Percussionless Clicking: In order to give the feeling of tactility to the rollerbar when it is depressed, special sensors are used to generate a percussionless click. This mechanism also allows such 'clicks' to be generated at different levels of activation, depending on the user's preferences. This feature can also be turned off completely, so that no audible click is heard while depressing the rollerbar to generate a left click mousing action.
Rollerbar Click Force Adjustments: The click force of the rollerbar can now be changed by combination button pressing, making use of the new sensors inside the rollerbar. There are five settings available, so that you can have your rollerbar click after more or less force has been applied to it.
Palm Supports: The RollerMouse Red also comes with removable leatherette palm supports that relieve stress on the wrists while typing and using the rollerbar. These supports can be removed for cleaning, or when not needed or wanted.
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 user (negative slope).
Plug and Play Connectivity for both PC and Mac Computers: HID compliant device has the drivers on board and simply needs to be plugged into any empty USB port, without the need for a cumbersome connection routine.
Eight 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 cursor speed button, "one touch" copy and "one touch" paste, as well as a middle click or autoscroll.
Cursor Speed Selection: The RollerMouse Red has 5 different cursor speed settings selected by a control button with five indicator lights. The dpi settings are: 800, 1000, 1200, 1600, and 2400.
Programmable Driver: Although the RollerMouse Red works plug and play, you can reprogram the buttons if the standard ones do not meet your needs by downloading the programmable driver from the Contour Design website.
Click Sound Adjustabilily: The rollerbar sensors mentioned above also allow the user to control the sound volume of the clicking action of the rollerbar, since the older mechanical click has been replaced with the percussionless clicking sound generated by a different mechanism inside the rollerbar. If desired, this clicking sound can be turned off completely, or adjusted to the comfort level of the user.
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