I am with you on that, but … not everybody. About 2 weeks ago, the Süddeutsche Zeitung (quite a big daily newspaper over here) published a review of several mice solely answering the question “Which mouse is easy on my hand?”. And guess, which mouse did win?
According to Dr. med. Michael Nager (Dr. med. Michael Nager - Orthopädiezentrum München City, “specialist in orthopaedics and trauma surgery, sports medicine, chirotherapy, acupuncture, osteology (dvo)”):
Apple Magic Mouse
Price: 85,00 €**
Rating: 9 out of 10 points
“The Apple mouse is the most conventional mouse in the test - but in my opinion it’s still the best. You don’t have to change your thinking when using it. It looks very good. And it’s flat. When I use it, there’s no danger of overstretching my wrist or having to turn it to an awkward angle. It feels as if my hand is flat on the table. My wife has been using this model for some time now. She sits at her home office all day - and she has never had any problems with her wrist. The mouse has a high-quality feel and look. The only drawback to the design is the location of the charging port. It is on the underside of the device. So you can’t use the mouse while it’s charging.”
I think that is very much depends on how you are holding and moving the Magic Mouse. (Yes, I know, the old and annoying “you are holding it wrong” moniker… )
His rating of other mice: between 1 (!) and at max 6 out of 10. I am using the Logitech MX Vertical because I have had issues with my wrist. His view on this mouse:
“Of the supposedly ergonomic and purely vertical PC mice in the test, the Logitech MX Vertical is the most comfortable to hold. The vertical shape of the mouse is actually intended to ensure the most natural hand position possible. However, vertical mice usually have the problem that the wrist is overextended due to excessive outward rotation. This one-sided strain can affect the elbow joint and lead to so-called tennis elbow, i.e. irritation and inflammation of the tendon insertions that connect the elbow to the extensor muscles of the forearm. In addition, the fingers cannot rest properly on the mouse buttons and are therefore always tense during use to prevent slipping. (…)”
Its rating: 4 (!) out of 10.
And you know what: I had elbow issues a few weeks ago… I have bought myself a Kensington - Support - Expert Mouse® Wireless Trackball to try something completely different.
And I am using the trackball in combination with a mouse. It took some time to get used to but rotating between different input devices has helped me. No more issues.
To come back to the topic: Apple apparently does think that touch is the way to go. Its Magic Trackpad works great. If you really make use of the Magic Mouse’s touch capabilities and if you are not trying to handle it firmly/taking a firm hold of it, it may be a very good mouse for those who are handling it the way it is intended. I was not able to do that, so it was not for me. I have been using the Magic Trackpad for quite some time but for the desktop I do prefer something that I can hold in my hand or rest my hand on.