37, 5 million Germans are said to have a typical office job this year – at the desk in front of the computer – according to Statista exercise. A number that has risen sharply in recent years, which unfortunately also means that associated diseases such as mouse arm, carpal tunnel syndrome and tension headache will occur more frequently. Ergonomic mice and keyboards can counteract this – Logitech has now launched a new line of ergonomic products: The keyboard K 860 Ergo and the mice MX Vertical and MX Ergo. We looked at the parts on site at Logitech.
Sitting incorrectly, the wrong distance and viewing angle to the screen as well as the incorrect position of the mouse and keyboard can cause health problems if You spend a lot of time at your desk. This includes tension headaches, as well as carpal tunnel syndrome or the mouse arm, both of which are also known as “RSI syndrome (Repetitive Strain Injury)”. This means recurring loads on the hand or arm that lead to minimal injuries to the hand or forearm.
People often report tingling in their fingers or hands or a feeling of numbness. To prevent it from getting that far, you should take regular breaks to stretch and move. An optimal prevention also includes the ideal monitor distance and a good office chair to use. Peripheral devices such as a mouse and keyboard can also help to avoid such complaints. We have the new models shown by hardware specialist Logitech – the keyboard K 860 Ergo , the Mouse MX Vertical and the Trackball variant MX Ergo – tried out.
Logitech K 860 Ergo – a keyboard for prolific writers
Logitech addresses this keyboard to anyone who is sure to use the 10 – Use the finger system and have a lot of paperwork to do every day. Visually, the K 860 Ergo in two respects on a shaft – this basic shape is clearly visible both from above and in the front view. Thanks to this design, your hands and wrists rest in a natural position on the keyboard, which means that the shoulder and neck muscles remain more relaxed than with conventional keyboards.
The wrist rest firmly connected to the keyboard consists of three materials: two layers of the so-called “Memory Foam” and an easy-to-clean antibacterial cover. In addition, you can change the support angle, depending on the workplace, 0, -4 and -7 degrees are available. This means that the edition is at 0 degrees and is always increased a little with the other two values, while the keyboard remains in its original position.
The minimal curvature of the keys increases comfort when typing and gives good grip when typing – ideal for anyone who wants to 10 – Master the finger system. According to the manufacturer, the microswitches used should be round 10 Enduring millions of attacks.
You can connect the keyboard to the Mac or Windows PC either via the included 2.4 GHz transmitter or via Bluetooth. Two AAA batteries are sufficient as a power source. And thanks to the Easy Switch technology, the keyboard can be used on up to three devices at the same time. It is also compatible with all mice that support Flow. For this you need the software Logitech Options . The price of the keyboard is around 120 Euro.
By the way, you can use the freeware Tip 10 the letter with the 10 – Teach finger system yourself.
Logitech K 860 Ergo
MX Vertical – Working in 57 Degree angle
Another innovation in the Logitech Ergo line is the MX Vertical , mainly aimed at users who wants to prevent or alleviate arm or hand problems. After long investigations in Logitech's Ergo-Lab (see below), the developers found that the hand was not lying flat on the mouse, but rather at an angle of 57 Should lead degrees – this roughly corresponds to the position of the entire forearm when greeted by a handshake. This design is designed to reduce the strain on the stressed muscles by 10 Reduce percent.
Thanks to its light weight of only 135 grams, the mouse can be quickly and precisely over the Move mouse pad. The built-in sensor supports DPI resolutions of 400 to 4.00 0 DPI. This setting can be changed at the push of a button. You can also use the software Logitech Options individually program four mouse buttons.
Despite the low weight it is Mouse thanks to the dimensions 7, 85 cm in height, a width of 7.9 cm and a length of 12 cm also suitable for people with large hands, but due to their shape only for right-handers.
The MX Vertical is connected either via Bluetooth, the included Unifying adapter, which works on 2.4 GHz, or by cable to a USB port. It has a built-in battery, which, according to the manufacturer, should last for several months with one battery charge. For the mouse you have to round 72 Spend euros.
Logitech MX Vertical
MX Ergo – control only via trackball
According to Logitech, even better protection should be given to the MX Ergo – but again only for right-handers: The muscular strain when working should be about 20 percent lower. This is due on the one hand to the trackball with which you can control the mouse pointer, and on the other to the base plate, which enables you to move the mouse via the hinge joint on the left 20 to tilt degrees. As a result, it visually approaches the MX Vertical.
However, the sensor installed in the MX Ergo works with a lower resolution of 512 up to 2.048 DPI. Despite trackball she only weighs 164 grams, with the metal base plate round 100 grams more. The size of 13, 3 cm in length, 5.1 cm in height and a width of 9, 9 cm make the MX Ergo also interesting for users who have big hands. The width is so large because the trackball is embedded on the left side and is followed by a generously dimensioned thumb rest that enables comfortable work.
Around the mouse buttons To swap or change the pointer speed, you must also use the Logitech Use options . Just like the other two devices presented, the MX Ergo also supports the flow feature. However, you can only switch back and forth between two devices with this mouse.
The MX Ergo does not differ from the vertical version in terms of connection options either: Bluetooth, Unifying adapter or a USB cable are available. Logitech has also given its mouse a built-in battery that, according to the manufacturer, once fully charged, should last for around four months. At various online retailers you can already use the mouse for around 69 Get Euro.
Logitech MX Ergo
In the Logitech design laboratory
Logitech develops new products in several “design labs”, which are spread across the different company locations worldwide. We had the chance to take a look at the laboratory in Lausanne and learn a little more about the individual production steps.
Each device begins its existence virtually, as a rough draft on the computer, before the engineers in the design laboratory build the first models based on it. Depending on the product, different materials are used for this. For example, for keyboards for the first physical models, styrofoam is often used, on which the keyboard layout made of paper is glued.
Variants that prove useful in the first hands-on tests are then produced as a model with the 3D printer and given a keyboard that is not yet functional is, but is sufficient for further tests. This is intended to simulate testers that they would write a text to check whether the design has proven itself in practice. It is not uncommon for a hundred models or more to emerge from a wide variety of ideas.
On the way For the final product, Logitech also tests various materials and lets the results from the “Ergo-Lab” (see below) flow into the development process. Meanwhile, the engineers test on the computer, among other things, the behavior of the selected materials in virtual drop tests and thus further optimize the quality of the end product.
The Ergo laboratory: measurements for better work
In Lausanne, there is not only a “design lab”, but also a small ergonomics laboratory, or “ergo lab” for short. Here, test subjects are wired with sensors and motors on their hands and forearms to take various measurements. For example, the specialists at Logitech record how big the load on the wrists is and how heavily the forearms are strained.
For this, the test persons, who represent different user types, have to solve different tasks depending on the device. The results recorded then flow into the further development of the product.
Cooperated at the same time Logitech with several ergonomics experts, so that their research results also flow into the daily work of the “Ergo-Lab”. The goal is to minimize stress on joints, muscles and muscles.
Conclusion: Our impression of the Ergo product line
After a short training period, all devices could be used well – with the restriction that you have to be right-handed with the two mice. So if you suffer from physical complaints such as a mouse arm or tension headache or want to prevent it, you should take a look at these three new devices – especially since the quality is right.
On the K 860 Ergo keyboard can be typed comfortably if you use the 10 – Finger system mastered, because otherwise the use is rather complicated. I found it particularly annoying that the keyboard and palm rest are firmly connected.
The two mice MX Vertical and MX Ergo are only suitable for right-handers, and the MX Vertical especially for those with large hands, for whom it offers a comfortable thumb rest. The maximum 4. 00 0 DPI minimize the individual movements when working with the mouse. Unfortunately, Logitech uses a proprietary battery for the model, which you cannot replace yourself.
The devices are not cheap, but if you want to do something about your complaints, you won't get far with cheap devices.
Karsten Bunz is interested in hardware and software related to gaming . Whether mouse & keyboard, headset, notebook or gaming PC – if decent power is in the game, Karsten will take care of it.