Do you still use the mouse and keyboard that came with your computer? Well, maybe it's time to treat yourself to some new ones! Sweetwater offers the finest selection of keyboards and mice available! Although your choice of a new keyboard and mouse might seem simple, you may have noticed we carry quite an extension selection. So how do you choose the best ones? Let us help!
If you’re looking for a new mouse, there are a few things you should consider. The biggest factor is its size and ergonomics. Having a good mouse can make a world of difference in alleviating wrist and arm pain. When it comes to size, there models to satisfy all needs. There are also three main types available.
Do you want your hand to rest comfortably on your mouse? Then a palm grip is the best choice. With this type, you use your palm to move the mouse around. It is usually faster and easier to use than other grips, but it's not the most precise. If you're looking for precision, a claw grip is the way to go! This type keeps your fingers arched in a claw, which gives you better control over the mouse. Finally, there is the fingertip type, in which your palm does not rest on a surface at all, while you use only your fingertips to control a trackpad.
Do you want wired or wireless? Sweetwater offers both options, and the choice is completely up to you. Wireless mice require batteries and usually have a small amount of latency, but they are more convenient to use. Think about whether you need any extra buttons, too.
When it comes to keyboards, a beginner can use a simple, less expensive keyboard, but if you're a professional, get one of our high-end keyboards which include extra buttons for media control, program launching, and volume adjustment. Some even include DAW-specific controls and shortcuts.
How do you choose a good keyboard? As with mice, ergonomics is key. If you have problems with wrist or arm pain, grab a keyboard with adjustable tilt. Another important factor are the keys. Some of our keyboards have traditional raised keys, while others are flatter. Both types offer quality, and the choice is a matter of personal taste.
Again, as with mice, you can choose either a wired or wireless keyboard. Most people don't really move their keyboard around, so the cable presents less of an issue than in the case of mice, but some still prefer to have the flexibility of wireless. Of course, wireless keyboards are usually more expensive and they require batteries. If you really need a good professional keyboard which will give you plenty of options, choose one with extra keys that can be programmed to do whatever you need.
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