New Zealand developer Swiftpoint has released its ProPoint mouse, an updated and improved version of the ergonomic SwiftPoint GT. ProPoint still has the same design that keeps RSI at bay but comes with a lot of new functionality that will especially appeal to those of us who want to work with three buttons and assign shortcuts to them.
The ProPoint was designed from the ground up for productivity and ergonomics. Conventional mice use a claw grip that orientates your hand and wrist in an unnatural position that over time causes pain associated with carpal tunnel and tendinitis.
The ProPoint lets you grip much like a pen and keeps your hand in a more neutral position. Its ergonomic design works and has the advantage that you don’t have to learn a whole new way to hold a mouse, nor will you knock it over easily as you risk doing with a vertical mouse.
The ProPoint has a wireless receiver and also connects directly to devices via Bluetooth. I made it work on my iMac and iPad – switching between the two devices as the mouse supports more than one Bluetooth connection simultaneously.
While also supported on Windows and Android, on iOS the ProPoint functions as a remote access device that allows full mouse control of desktop apps like Word and Excel via VMware Horizon, Amazon WorkSpaces, Jump Desktop, Parallels, TeamViewer, NetConnect or Microsoft RD Client for iOS (soon). However, you can’t control your iPad apps with the mouse; it can’t be used as a stylus.
ProPoint comes with gyroscopic technology, which allows it to be used as a “presenter”, but when I tried it, I found that you’ll need Microsoft PowerPoint to enjoy all the benefits. With PowerPoint, you can navigate slides and use the mouse as a virtual laser pointer, even drawing on a slide to draw attention.
The gyro became confused after working with the mouse’s tilt functionality after a while. That seemed like the end of it at first, but a few days after my mouse arrived in the post, Swiftpoint had already uploaded instructions to reset the gyroscope. It’s not difficult to do and takes about a minute. After resetting it, it worked like a charm again.
The gyroscope is not only important if you want to use ProPoint as a presenting device, but also for using the tilt gestures for panning, zooming and rotation.
The best thing about ProPoint is that you can assign separate functions to all three its buttons in both horizontal and tilted position, so you actually have six button actions available.
A new Control Panel lets you assign actions to gestures, including such things as app switching, opening the Dashboard and, most importantly, assigning keyboard shortcuts. Especially the latter allows you to use this mouse for actions inside applications like Lightroom, Photoshop and any other app – and makes working with them easier on your memory.
In Photoshop, Illustrator, Affinity Photo, your web browser and other “paged” apps, you can also flick to the area you need to work on without pressing a button. Setting the sensitivity of the motion required to flick, however, does require you to set up your Control Panel options by trial and error, as these settings are personal and the mouse is quite sensitive to moving it around. With its high resolution and highly responsive gyro, I found the higher settings quickly becoming too much of a good thing. Your mileage may vary.
Of course, you can use ProPoint without the Control Panel too, but then you’ll lose out on a whole bunch of goodies that boost your efficiency.
ProPoint really has become the fastest mouse of – not New Mexico, but – the planet. Unlike Speedy Gonzalez, though, this one can be set to behave any way you like and it won’t give you cramps.
ProPoint mouse, travel case, and wireless USB receiver.