You need a mouse bridge if:

  • when using the computer, the mouse use comprises 25% or more of computer use and;
  • you can mouse only with the right hand and;
  • you do not use the number pad section of your keyboard but use the numbers above the letters on the keyboard or;
  • you use the number pad section of your keyboard rarely or for less than 1 hour a day
  • your current keyboard tray or drawer doesn’t have a mouse tray and therefore your mouse is on the desk or limited in movement beside the keyboard
  • your current keyboard tray has a mouse tray that places your hand away from your shoulder laterally and/or lower than elbow height
  • space (width) is limited on your desk and therefore the mouse is in front, behind the keyboard, or loacted somewhere that causes you to reach to use it

Why are they necessary?

  • Mouse heights above or below elbow height or wider than the shoulder are usually discouraged
  • Elevating the forearms above the elbow, positioning the mouse too far forward, or positioning the mouse too far to the side can fatigue the muscles of the forearm, shoulder, back, and neck

Where should it be located?

  • At or slightly below elbow height
  • The length of the forearm away from the body when in an upright, seated posture
  • The mouse bridge can be placed in many places, but it is primarily positioned above the number pad for right handed mouse use
  • When using the number pad it can be moved left over the letters and used with the left hand or just to the left or right of the number pad and usedwith the right hand

Which one should I get?

  • There are several models currently on the market, so determining what size your keyboard is and how you want to use the mouse bridge is important
  • If you do not use the number pad, then a mouse bridge that rests on the keyboard with adjustable legs or a mouse bridge that rests on the same surface as the keyboard is appropriate
  • If your keyboard tray doesn’t have room to support a mouse bridge, then one that rests on the keyboard with adjustable legs is appropriate
  • If you rarely use the number pad, but still prefer to have access to use it and the mouse at the same time, a mouse bridge that rests on the same surface as the keyboard is appropriate

Keyboard Supported Mouse Bridge

Model Vendor Contact
Flat mouse bridge The Starfield Group, Inc. www.ergostar.com
Side mouse bridge The Starfield Group, Inc. www.ergostar.com

Desk/Keyboard Tray Supported Mouse Bridge

Model Vendor Contact
Standard mouse bridge The Starfield Group, Inc. www.ergostar.com
Rear mouse bridge The Starfield Group, Inc. www.ergostar.com

Further Product Information

Product Websites

Contact

  • The Starfield Group, Inc. (816-792-5522)