I thought I should share my recent solution to an incipient wrist problem...
I had not ever had problems with repetitive strain or carpal tunnel
injuries until December of last year, when I did quite a bit of work on
other people's computers in poor ergonomic positions. I ended up with an
aching forearm, aggravated every time I reached for the mouse.
Co-incidentally, I'd been doing more illustration in my work, and knew
that I really needed a graphics tablet to be effective in that. I did
some research, and purchased a 6x8 Wacom Intuos3 tablet. I've used it
for a couple of months now, and it is FABULOUS -- not just for
illustrating, but for all the things I used to use a mouse for. I highly
recommend it to anyone who is having RSI problems with a mouse. You hold
the pen tool just like you would hold a ballpoint pen, and your wrist
and hand stay perfectly relaxed and comfortable.
In fact, I liked it so much, I bought a 4x5 Wacom Graphire tablet for
home. (Graphire is the less featured, less expensive model.) That turned
out to be a mistake: it's not nearly as easy to use, the pen is not as
comfortable, and the pad is much less sensitive. If you are considering
a tablet, go for the Intuos; it's well worth the extra money.
(No commercial interest in Wacom, just love my tablet!)
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