The Goldtouch Ergonomic Mouse (also known as the Goldtouch Comfort Mouse) from Key Ovation tilts the hand outward by 24°, elevating the thumb higher than the little finger. This position generates a lower level of strain on the tissues and joints of the arm, wrist and fingers than the familiar "palm down" position. The Goldtouch Ergonomic Mouse features a non-slip concave well for the thumb and oversized curved buttons combined in a rounded design that provides comfort and support for the whole hand.
Corded models of the Goldtouch Ergonomic Mouse are available for both left and right hands; Bluetooth models (with or without Receiver Dongles) are only available for the right hand.
Note: Those whose computers are not Bluetooth-compatible by default (i.e. the majority of Windows desktop computers) should order a Goldtouch Ergonomic Mouse with Bluetooth Receiver Dongle included (KOV-GTM-BTD). For computers with built-in Bluetooth connectivity the Bluetooth version of the Goldtouch Ergonomic Mouse (KOV-GTM-B) should be ordered.
The Goldtouch Ergonomic Mouse will accommodate hand sizes up to 7.25" in length. See the Measuring Guide for how to measure.
Helps to Relieve Pain in the Elbow - The pronated position of the hand causes one of the two bones in the forearm to rotate over the other. This normal position, when sustained or when adopted too frequently, puts significant stress on the forearm muscles and on the elbow joint. With its 24° slope, the Goldtouch Ergonomic Mouse reduces pronation, allowing many users to mouse more comfortably with the forearm bones and tissues in a more anatomically neutral position. Learn why pronation should be avoided by those suffering from Medial Epicondylitis or Lateral Epicondylitis.
Reduces Risk of Pain in the Back of the Hand - The rounded contours of the Goldtouch Ergonomic Mouse offer a comfortable place to rest the fingers between clicks, helping to prevent the development of a habit known as “hovering” in anticipation of the next mouse click. Hovering places a great deal of strain on the small muscles and tendons in the back of the hand and can cause extreme pain and loss of dexterity. Learn More About Trigger Finger.
Reduces Strain on the Shoulder Muscles - The sturdy housing of the Goldtouch Ergonomic Mouse provides ample support for the weight of the hand, allowing shoulder muscles to remain relaxed during mouse use.
Reduces Strain on the Fingers and Elbow - The large left and right buttons are designed to permit the fingers to curl naturally over the mouse without engaging either the extensor or flexor muscles. This relaxed position reduces irritation of the ulnar nerve that runs through the hand and the elbow, reduces strain on the muscles and tendons of the hand and fingers, and facilitates clicking with minimal movement at the finger joints.
Sloped Design: The 24° tilt reduces pronation and creates a comfortable, more anatomically neutral position for the hand, wrist, forearm and elbow joint.
Oversized “Waterfall” Buttons: Fingers have a large, easy-to-reach target and can relax in a partially curled posture.
Comfortable Housing: Smooth contours and rounded design make the Goldtouch Ergonomic Mouse easy to adapt to and comfortable to use.
Available for Left and Right Hand: The corded version of the Goldtouch Ergonomic Mouse is available in left and right handed models.
Available in Bluetooth: Right handed Bluetooth models are available for Bluetooth enabled systems and devices as well as non-Bluetooth computers (see note below). Note: Those whose computers are NOT Bluetooth-compatible by default (i.e. the majority of Windows desktop computers) should order a Goldtouch Ergonomic Mouse with Bluetooth Receiver Dongle included (KOV-GTM-BTD). For computers with built-in Bluetooth connectivity the Bluetooth version of the Goldtouch Ergonomic Mouse (KOV-GTM-B) should be ordered.
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Goldtouch Ergonomic Mouse
Goldtouch Ergonomic Mouse - front view
Goldtouch Ergonomic Mouse - top view
Goldtouch Ergonomic Mouse - front view, left-handed model
Goldtouch Ergonomic Mouse - another front view, left-handed model
Maximum 2.05" (5.2 cm) at the thumb Minimum 1.0" (2.5 cm) at the small finger
Wired: 4.8 oz (136 grams) Wireless: 3.9 oz (109 grams)
Cable Length: 5' 4" (1.63 m)
Optical Resolution: 1000 DPI
PC: XP, VISTA, 7, 8, 10 Mac OS X (10.4 or later) Linux, UNIX (requires drivers for a standard HID mouse)
Note: The Goldtouch Ergonomic Mouse supports Windows PC and MAC without requiring 3rd party drivers. 3 buttons support left and right click with center wheel click to activate scroll function on PC. 1 to 3 button support for MAC as supported by the OS version.
USB 2.0 (USB to PS/2 adapter included) Bluetooth - supports internal and external Bluetooth
Warranty: 1 Year
Wired: Goldtouch Ergonomic Mouse, User Guide Bluetooth: Goldtouch Ergonomic Mouse, 2 x AA Batteries, User Guide Bluetooth with Dongle: Goldtouch Ergonomic Mouse, Bluetooth Receiver Dongle, 2 x AA Batteries, User Guide
For optimum ergonomic benefit the majority of mouse movement should be performed with movement coming from your arm. Doing this aids in maintaining a neutral (straight) alignment of the wrist and forearm. Finer small movements can be achieved by slight deflection of the wrist and flexing of the fingers.
Ensure that your worksurface is positioned at a height which maintains the "neutral" or "straight" line through the wrist and forearm. Ergonomically this is the ideal posture and may require adjustment of either the surface height (where possible) or of the height of your chair. It is especially important to ensure that the surface where the mouse is located is not too high as this will either be forcing the shoulder up unnaturally or the arm will be angled over the rigid edge, creating a pressure point. Either of these are undesirable and can significantly increase the risk of developing Repetitive Strain Injuries. The 24° outward rotation achieved by the Goldtouch Ergonomic Mouse lets the elbow remain closer to the body. If you find that your elbow is "flared" outward you may want to check the height of your desk and lower it if necessary. The other reason for a flared elbow may be the reach across the numeric keypad. There are keyboard options available which either move the numeric keypad to the left or totally eliminate it for those who make limited use of the numeric keypad or who can learn to employ the standard keyboard upper rank numeric keys.
One of the most common causes of RSI is the "repetitive" nature of the actions undertaken. Extensive mousing (or keyboarding) without breaks can be the trigger which releases a full-blown RSI. Even the most ergonomic of mice or keyboards cannot change this reality. Make a point of taking regular breaks throughout the day. A quick stretch or short change of function may be all that is required to avoid possible painful consequences.