If you’re looking for a new mouse to add to your music studio PC, the latest ergonomic trackball from Logitech might be the best choice. The well-crafted Logitech Ergo M575 will fit perfectly in the palm of your hand, is great for long hours and is budget-friendly.
This mouse is for right-hand users only and uses a single AA battery for up to 2 years of battery life. The ergonomic trackball is well-sized and is available in Graphite or Off-White.
There are also two regular mouse buttons, a scroll wheel and two additional programmable buttons. The ball can be removed for cleaning purposes, just in case you get it dirty.
After adding a battery, connecting the Ergo M575 is as simple as pairing with Bluetooth or using the supplied USB Logitech Unifying Receiver. If you end up breaking or losing the dongle, it can be replaced and paired with the device again – which is something other peripheral brands lack.
Logitech have done the research into just how much an average user ends up using their keyboard and mouse.
Apparently, it’s up to 30% of their working life, with 3 million keystrokes and dragging the mouse the equivalent of 27km! If you’re a heavy user, like a music producer, those numbers will be much higher.
Using a keyboard and mouse for extended periods can lead to terrible physical conditions like carpal tunnel syndrome and RSI. Logitech studies claim that up to 15% of PC users report pain or discomfort daily while using a keyboard or mouse.
The best way to resolve this is with an ergonomic mouse or using a trackball. A trackball requires less movement and can be controlled using just your thumb. The ball is sensitive and requires very small movements. It takes a bit of time getting used to it – but if you suffer from any physical (wrist, hand, shoulders, neck) pains – the Ergo M575 is highly recommended.
Installing the Logi Options software allows you to take control of full customization options for the Ergo M575. You can change the tracking speed, double-click settings, plus the two programmable buttons can be customized for every application – which is highly useful for creating shortcuts in your DAW software, internet browser, Adobe Photoshop and so on.
For the eco-warriors, Logitech have partially made the Ergo M575 trackball with post-consumer recycled plastic, plus the packaging is plastic-free and made with materials sourced from FSC-certified forests. If you’re getting rid of an old mouse – make sure you dispose of it properly!
The Logitech Ergo M575 trackball is the best mouse for music production. It’s affordable and an absolute pleasure to use. If you’re looking to spend a bit more or have large hands, then the Logitech MX Ergo Wireless Trackball Mouse might be a more suitable choice.
With the Logi Options software you can customize the additional buttons for shortcuts in DAW software and other applications. Many music producers are suffering from injuries related to prolonged use in studio – so it’s best to find a mouse that’s comfortable.