I'm on the computer a lot. Between reading blogs, writing my own posts, Facebook (and all it's games - curse you FarmVille!), Ravelry, etc, etc.. I'm on the computer a good portion of the time I'm home. One of the worst things about that is that my hands are always freezing. Especially this time of year because we wait until it's 20 below to turn our heat on. Ok, not really. But we do wait as long as we possibly can because oil is expensive!!
So, my hands freeze. I usually wear a pair of fingerless gloves or something like that to make it a little more bearable. Actually, I knitted the "Fetching Fingerless Gloves" in my Ravelry sidebar just so I could wear them while typing and using the mouse. Then, I was contacted by ValueRays and they asked me if I wanted to try out their Warm Mouse III. I was only too happy to accept their offer.
My first thought when taking it out of the packaging was that it's really large. In today's age when iPods are Nano sized and cell phones are so small we all look like crazy people talking to ourselves, I was a little taken aback. However, once I placed my hand on it I was sold! Those teeny tiny mice give me hand cramps! This one was soooo comfy! It has a large oval shape which allows your hand to rest flat and loosely on the mouse without the need to grip tightly which can cause discomfort.
After marveling at the amazing comfort I decided to actually try it out on my computer. This mouse is totally plug and play. No discs, no drivers, no install. Plug it in to any open USB slot on your PC and begin. That's it. My grandmother can even handle that. There's an extra long cord so you should have plenty of slack no matter how your work area is set up. This is an optical mouse so there is no roller ball to collect lint, or dog hair, or cat hair, or anything else. It moves very smoothly on the mousepad and just glides along with minimal effort.
On the cord is this nifty little switch which turns this from a great mouse into an unbelievable mouse! Turn the switch and within a couple of minutes your hand is nice and toasty. The Warm Mouse offers infrared heat which penetrates directly to the muscles of your hand. 20-30 minutes of daily infrared heat therapy can help improve circulation. And, it just feels goooood! Anyone who suffers from arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome or a number of other conditions may benefit from the use of infrared heat and this mouse would be perfect. When you're done with heat or if it's 90 degrees outside, just turn the switch again and the heat is off.
But, the best thing about this mouse, in my opinion, is that a portion of every sale will be donated to the American Cancer Society's Fight Against Cancer. The mouse is pink and features a ribbon on it to show your support for cancer research.
There are only 2 things that I think could be improved on with this mouse. First this mouse is only for right handed users. Sorry lefties but because of the ergonomic design this mouse will not work for you. They don't currently have a lefty version of this specific mouse. Check out the Warm Mouse I instead. Second, I personally prefer a cordless mouse. I think it's just less trouble and mess. I'm not sure how that would really work with the heat so it may be a little unrealistic. The heat would probably drain the batteries of a cordless mouse but I think it would be nice. Having said that, the benefits and comfort of this mouse so outweigh the inconvenience of a cord that I will still use it all the time.
If you're looking for a great gift for the techie in your life, a cancer survivor, or if you want to treat yourself, check out the website: http://www.warm-mouse-heated-keyboard.com
The cost is normally $39.95 but you can find it on sale right now on the website for $29.95. There is no shipping fee and no sales tax! They also offer Warm Keyboard Pads, Mouse Hand Warmer Blanket Pouches, USB Computer Lights and lots of other great products. Take a look around the site for some great holiday gift ideas.
All of my readers have the opportunity to win a Pink Warm Mouse III! Here's how to enter:
- Visit http://www.warm-mouse-heated-keyboard.com and tell me what other product you would be interested in either for yourself or as a gift. (1 entry)
- Tweet about this giveaway. Copy and paste or write your own. Just make sure to include @WanderingPeanut in your tweet. Warm up your hands! Enter to win a Pink Warm Mouse from @Wandering Peanut http://bit.ly/11dNPz (1 entry)
- Post about this giveaway on your blog or facebook. Please leave the url in your comment. (2 entries)
- Become a fan on facebook! (1 entry)
Remember, this mouse is for right handed users only so keep that in mind when entering!
Disclosure: I received a free ValueRays Pink Warm Mouse III to review for this post.