A Labour of Life was provided with a copy of The Ergo Slider Plus from Fersgo Ergonomics but all views and opinions expressed are those of mine as are the hands in the pictures.
I work in an office on the computer all day and for a hobby I blog, that’s a whole lot of mousing. You can imagine when Fersgo Ergonomics contacted me to see if I was interested in testing this out I had to say yes. The Ergo Slider Plus was not something I had ever even seen before let alone tested.
Ergo Slider Plus
The Ergo Slider Plus has a long interchangeable wrist pad, a scroll wheel with double-click button, and four buttons that surround the scroll wheel (forward, backward, left click and right click). Just above the four buttons and scroll wheel, you will find the 12 1/2 inches long groove designed to house the removable roller bar. The device is USB-A powered and has a rather generous 60 inches long USB-A cable. The packaging details that the USB cable can be directed towards either the left or to the right depending on your need. The system can thus be used by left handed or right handed individuals.
OK enough of the technical babble right, let’s talk turkey. First of all I am horrible on the computer, from an ergonomic perspective. I slouch, I cross my legs and I totally never have the mouse where I should. Forgive my product placement and actually listen or read the review part for an honest review OK.
Ergonomics and comfort
Like any desk/computer adjustment to help your body adjust this will seem awkward. My placement is not correct in my pictures because ergonomically I am not stellar, not at all. This should be placed directly in line with your keyboard. This device is simple to use and even simpler to install. The initial step is to plug the USB plug into your computer. Once this step is done, the mouse will work. There is no app; there is no setup, there is no need to adjust the sensitivity or to calibrate the mouse.
This device is designed to conveniently rest in front of your keyboard or laptop/Macbook. The design of this mouse allows you to slide your arm down and to select the object of your choice, without having to reach to the side. I initially was disappointed in the large size of this device, and truly could not imagine using it with my laptop hence why I took it it work and tested it there first. Now sitting at my kitchen table blogging I am wishing I had it at home (argg)
Roller Bar and other features
I think my favorite part of this device is the removable roller bar. Imagine moving the mouse cursor up/down by simply rolling the bar and then to move the cursor to the left and right with small movements of your fingers or wrist in either direction. It’s like the scroll ball only twice a sgood because it also moves left and right. You can use the roller bar as a click-button as well. If you move all the way towards the left or right, there is a button that will move the cursor to your screen edge.
Using the mouse is almost as simple as the traditional mouse. Let’s talk what I need and use. Highlighting for copy and paste or any other reason is simple and easy. To select a section of text, you can either depress the roller bar and then scroll up/down or move it gently left/right or hold the left click button and then move the roller bar over the desired text/object. The wrist cushion/ foam is very comfortable and can be removed if desired. Dragging and dropping, a breeze.
And honestly just scrolling through a post to read has become fast, easy and totally relaxing. I tend to get frustrated fast when my scroll ball works slowly or sporadically. (also no battery dying folks and a USB cord that will not restrict your movement)
The buttons are also close enough and centralized for my not so big hands.
My Opinion of the Ergo Slider Plus
I truly enjoyed using the mouse. Now if you have been following me for a bit you know I can be hesitant to accept change. I mean honestly I tested Guttenburg for 30 minutes and gave up. The Ergo was unusual in the beginning but truly a dream to use. Do me a favour though, use it the way it was intended, lined up with your key board. Makes life was better I promise.
Ergo vs Traditional Mouse
Remember, when we use a traditional type of mouse we make multiple movements, one of those is moving our hands over to the mouse from the keyboard position. This can cause the below symptoms to occur in people:
- Pain and movement impairment in the shoulder
- Bad posture and numb feeling in the wrist
This is usually from repetitive actions, unnecessary movements that makes us feel uncomfortable seating and no wrist pad to cushion the wrists. The Ergoslider Plus brings cursor control central to the keyboard. Helping you move the cursor faster and with more precision when doing work.