Overview

If you work on a laptop you should be using an external mouse. Selecting a well fitted mouse considers the tasks performed, computer hardware, and size of the hand. A well fitted mouse will fit comfortably in the hand with the fingers in a relaxed grip. Measure the hand and compare to the specifications in the table below.

Hand Measurements

Tools needed: Ruler or measuring tape

Mouse Height: This is usually the longest distance of the mouse and is measured from the buttons to the base when the mouse is placed in the typical position for use on a desk. To determine if a mouse height will fit your hand, measure the distance from the tip of your middle finger to the center of the palm. Optimal fit will have the hand measurement be plus or minus 0.5" to 0.75" of the mouse height. 

Mouse Width: This is the second longest distance of the mouse and is measured across from left to right when the mouse is placed in the typical position for use on a desk. To determine if a mouse width will fit your hand, start at the edge of the palm closets to the index finger and measure the distance along palm to the knuckle of the ring finger. Optimal fit will have the hand measurement be plus or minus 0.5" to 0.75" of the mouse width. 

Mouse Depth: This is the shortest distance of the mouse and can also refer to the height when the mouse is placed in the typical position for use on a desk. The depth of the mouse will effect the grips curvature when placed on the mouse. A mouse with more depth will cause the hand to form a cup while less depth will allow the hand to lay flat over of the mouse.  As such the mouse depth will shorten the height and width needed for the mouse to fit comfortably in your hand. No direct measurement of the hand is needed, but depth should be considered in adjusting the 0.5" to 0.75" variability in height and width. 


Recommended Mouse

Mfr. & Model

Logitech
M510
Wireless Mouse

Logitech
MX Anywhere 3
Wireless Mouse

Logitech
M720 Triathlon
Wireless Mouse

Review

Full-sized ambidextrous mouse with contours for the thumb and ring finger. This modestly priced mouse has most of the features a user needs in a wireless mouse. Connects via USB dongle and includes Logitech's unifying software to allow for multiple wireless devices to connect through a single port.

Compact-sized mouse with rechargeable batteries. The symmetrical design and rubber grips allow for ambidextrous use. The scroll wheel's Mag Speed + Smartshift feature allows for more comfortable paging. Connects via USB dongle or Bluetooth for easy switching between multi-devices. A white Mac-specific version is available with Bluetooth only. MX Keys Mini Combo keyboard & mouse include this mouse.

Full-sized mouse with thumb support. Uses 50% fewer batteries with no decrease in battery life compared to the M510. The scroll wheel can be unlocked to spin freely for faster scrolling. Connects via USB dongle or Bluetooth for easy switching between multi-devices. MK850 keyboard & mouse combo include this mouse.

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M510
MX Anywhere 3
M720

Part Number

Mfr Part #: 910-001822

Office Depot Item #: 262116

CDW Part #: 2113710

Mfr Part #: 910-005833

Office Depot Item #: 6769807

CDW Part #: 6259932

Mfr Part #: 910-004790

Office Depot Item #: 487892

CDW Part #: 4285132

UC Supplier

Office Depot
CDW
Office Depot
CDW
Office Depot
CDW

Specs

  • Hand Shape: Ambidextrous
  • Weight: 4.55 oz
  • Height: 4.72”
  • Width: 2.56”
  • Depth: 1.6”
  • Connection: USB Dongle
  • Max Operating Distance 33'
  • Multi-Device: No
  • Number of Buttons: 7
  • Programmable Buttons: Yes (5)
  • Scroll: Yes
  • Battery Type: Disposable 2-AA
  • Battery Life: 24 months
  • Accessories: None
  • Hand Shape: Ambidextrous
  • Weight: 3.49 oz
  • Height: 3.96”
  • Width: 2.56”
  • Depth: 1.35”
  • Connection: USB Dongle and Bluetooth
  • Max Operating Distance: 33’
  • Multi-Device: Yes
  • Number of Buttons: 6
  • Programmable Buttons: Yes (4)
  • Scroll: Yes
  • Battery Type: Rechargeable Li-Po
  • Battery Life: 70 days/charge
  • Accessories: Recharge cable USB-C/A
  • Hand Shape: Right-handed
  • Weight: 4.76 oz
  • Height: 4.53"
  • Width: 2.91"
  • Depth: 1.77"
  • Connection: USB Dongle and Bluetooth
  • Max Operating Distance 33’
  • Multi-Device: Yes
  • Number of Buttons: 8
  • Programmable Buttons: Yes (5)
  • Scroll: Yes
  • Battery Type: Disposable 1-AA
  • Battery Life: 24 months
  • Accessories: None

Resources

M510 Mouse Website

MX Anywhere Mouse Website

M720 Triathlon Mouse Website