Reviewed by David Savage
I have been using computers for a very long time and have always used a mouse. Even on the laptop I am working from now I am still using a mouse rather than the trackpad on the laptop, as I find a mouse quicker and easier to use. So when I was asked to try out the Penclic Mouse, I was more than happy to do so.
The Penclic Mouse D2 is exactly what it sounds like, a mouse that looks like a pen! It is vertical device with 5 buttons, a scroll wheel and is ergonomically designed. Because of its vertical design it is more natural to hold and can help reduce the effects of RSI (Repetitive Strain Injury), thankfully something I have never suffered with.
The Penclic comes well presented in a cylindrical tube and is even supplied with a carry case so that you can take it with you. It has 5 buttons; left click, right click and middle click are on the pen shaft’s right side. On the pen shaft’s left side are the backward click and forward click (useful for when surfing the internet). The mouse itself looks like a pen and it on a ball joint in a small base that also houses the scroll wheel and DPI button (800-2400). I received a USB corded version (1.6m cable), but it does also come in a wireless version. It is compatible with PC and MAC (Windows XP or later, Mac OSX version 10.1 or later and most Linux/BSD flavours) and comes with 2 years warranty.
Setting up is easy, you just plug it an and you’re ready to go (no extra software/driver installation is needed). Unlike a traditional mouse, it has no optical or ball to move the mouse so will work on pretty much any surface.
It is easy to use but has taken my quite a while to use it properly as it meant I had to change my hand position (too many ingrained years of using a normal mouse). Now that I have gotten used to it I find it much easier to use and it does have a more natural feeling (just like writing with a pen). The only part I haven’t mastered to be of a benefit is using the scroll wheel as the base is a bit too small for me to comfortably use the wheel without taking my hand off the pen – I think, for me at least, the wheel would have been better positioned on the side of the base or on the pen itself.
After taking a while for me to adjust to a new way of using a mouse, I think it is great. While I have never suffered from RSI, I can see how beneficial it is to people that do as your hand is better positioned and it will also benefit me to help not suffer from RSI in the future.
The Penclic takes some getting used to, but when you do it is a great device and takes up less space on the desk as well.
For more information or to buy visit www.penclic.se.