Penclic 3-Scroll Ambidextrous Wireless Mouse

Editor rating

2.5/5 on June 1, 2017

User's rating

3 reviews

VERDICT

If your hands are hurting and you need relief, I cannot really recommend the whole Penclic desktop. While the keyboard is narrow and fairly easy to type on, its lack of shaping and adjustable features make it a poor competitor for Kinesis and Goldtouch. On the other hand, it does go wonderfully well with the NiceTouch, and the NiceTouch can be useful in the two-handed scheme we just covered. But you don’t absolutely need one for the other; each device in the Penclic desktop can be connected on its own, so you can choose just the pieces that make sense for you.

Unlike the Penclic keyboard, the Penclic mouse has some serious ergonomics going on. Few positions are more comfortable than holding a pen, and the ball joint design provides flexibility. The buttons remain a drawback, though a different kind of drawback than they were last time. I definitely recommend using a secondary device for clicking – either the NiceTouch, or something even better like a RollerMouse. Set it up that way, and you may find the Penclic to be just what you need.

If you spend much time following ergonomics on Twitter (what, you don’t?) it’s hard to miss the presence of Penclic. This European manufacturer makes, and heavily promotes, a mouse that looks like a pen stuck to its inkwell. As you may recall, I’ve reviewed that mouse before. There’s a new version now, which purports to address some of the issues I called out. There’s also a matching keyboard, and a touch device with a scroll wheel. Taken together, these Penclic peripherals form a chic setup that would make the trendiest Scandinavian proud.

The Penclic keyboard: How much are Scandinavian good looks worth?
There is no doubt that the Penclic keyboard looks amazing. In fact, aesthetic appeal is listed on the box as a primary selling point. I quote: “The subdued and relaxing colors make the keyboard as easy on your eyes as it is on your fingertips.” In my opinion, the ergonomic efficacy of “relaxing colors” is dubious – but two more tangible benefits are also mentioned: small size and easy typing action. We might add “thin profile” to that list as well. The keyboard’s minimal footprint allows your pointing device more room to roam, and its thickness (or lack thereof) may help you get a better wrist angle. As for the action, I’d say it feels much like any laptop I’ve typed on. And like most laptops, it includes a function key to activate its media controls and numeric keypad overlay.

Read our full review of the Penclic Mouse, Keyboard, and NiceTouch. Here is a video review of the Penclic mouse.

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