Do I Need a New Mouse Pad?

Do I Need a New Mouse Pad?

Anthony Nguyen
Apr 1, 2010

Q - Hey Unplggd,

I have a glass desk and while it works great, I tend to get uncomfortable after working for a while because the edge of the desk tends to cut off circulation to my wrist. Should I invest in a new mouse pad? Would that help?

A - Well Brian, since it looks like you have a pseudo-mousepad on your desk already (we assume it helps out with the tracking quite a bit), we think adding one with a wristpad wouldn't hurt. Gel tends to last longer and can be easily cleaned.

From the looks of it, we'd suggest something like Fellowes Large Gel Wrist Pad that gives support to both your keyboard and mouse. You can grab it for about $15 over here.

Optimally, we'd suggest adding a keyboard tray to maximize comfort depending on how high your desk is - most ergonomic experts will tell you to place the mouse on the same level as and immediately next to the keyboard tray. This is best to relieve pressure on the wrist, which strains it, causing serious health issues in the long run.

And if you need some ideas recycling your old mousepads, check out 6 Household uses for them so they don't go to waste!

[Image: Ricky Tang courtesy of a CC license]

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