In 2013, it was my pleasure to review the Rockstick Mouse, a click-free ergonomic mouse that resembles a joystick, but has trouble hitting much of anything with precision. Evidently, Rockstick mouse developer Jianbo Deng wasn’t too unhappy with my write-up of his product, as he volunteered to send me a review sample of its second iteration. While similar in principle to its ancestor, the Rockstick2 so completely changes the family appearance that it really should have another name. In my opinion, though, those changes are very much for the good.
On the ledge between comfort and precision
In my previous review, I noted the lack of precision attainable with the Rockstick mouse. While the Rockstick2 doesn’t fully remedy the situation in this department – it still can’t compete, for example, with the DXT – it does bring an improvement over the first-generation design. This is due to a major shape change that alters the way the mouse interacts with your hand.
When using the original Rockstick, you’d rest your hand on a plate and slide the mouse around with your whole arm. This was relaxing, provided you didn’t have to actually hit anything with the mouse pointer. If precision was required for some task such as photo editing, the experience became anything but relaxing.
This situation changes with the Rockstick2. The hand-rest plate is almost entirely gone, replaced by a small ledge outboard of the mouse body. While allowing the heel of your hand to remain in contact with the work surface for some degree of precision, this design still keeps your fingers comfortably away from it. For better control, the aforementioned ledge actually snaps off its magnetic attachment, to be swapped out for a flush trim piece that comes standard with the mouse. This configuration makes the Rockstick resemble an overweight DXT mouse, but it still doesn’t come close to offering the same precision.
Click-free mousing, the Rockstick’s flagship feature, is once again well-implemented in the mouse’s second iteration. The new shape makes “rocking” clicks easier than ever to register – particularly right-click, which was a bit of an effort with the old “joystick” design.
See our full review here. Here is a short video review.