Pen­cil Mouse B3

Dan­ger mouse Could this kooky sty­lus–mouse mashup re­duce RSI?

ImagineFX - - Reviews -

We test out a sty­lus-meets-mouse combo, in­tended to re­duce RSI.

Repet­i­tive strain in­jury af­fects so many PC users it’s no won­der de­vices are de­signed to limit risks and Penclic’s B3 is one so­lu­tion.

In­stal­la­tion of the B3 is a sim­ple pair­ing task with this version, which com­mu­ni­cates with your Mac or PC via Blue­tooth (there’s a wire­less version too). Along with the power and pair­ing but­tons on the un­der­side there’s also a DPI switch, which en­ables you to choose from var­i­ous sen­si­tiv­i­ties, from 800-1,600 DPI, al­though rather an­noy­ingly it de­faults to 1,200 when switched on.

The B3 looks like both mouse and sty­lus, but doesn’t quite act like ei­ther. The sty­lus part, which you hold dur­ing op­er­a­tion, has the but­tons on it and it swivels at the nib, but you need to keep the mouse part flat on your work sur­face. Un­for­tu­nately the plas­tic feels a lit­tle frag­ile, and you may find your­self strain­ing to ap­ply less pres­sure than you nor­mally would.

Whether this pre­vents RSI is some­thing we prob­a­bly won’t know for years. The feel­ing we have is that this kind of in­put would be great for day-to-day of­fice-based tasks, but pos­si­bly not as use­ful for paint­ing with con­fi­dence and flair.

All the setup but­tons are hid­den un­derneath, giv­ing the vis­i­ble parts a clean ap­pear­ance.

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