Easily the most unusual-looking mouse you’ll see in quite a while, the Elasto’s out-of-the-box appearance isn’t just some visual gimmick… it’s an answer to a problem not many of us really gave much thought to. Designed to be a major tactile upgrade to the mousing (?) experience, the Elasto aims at making those hundreds of thousands of mouse clicks feel much more comfortable.
Designer: Unice Kauh
Comparing the Elasto to most regular mice is sort of like comparing an ergonomic office chair to a regular wooden chair. Sure, you can sit on any one of the chairs, but one’s vastly more comfortable over long periods of usage to another. The same logic applies to mice and even keyboards. Just like how sitting on a memory foam cushion feels a lot more comfortable than sitting on a wooden surface, clicking a button that travels a longer distance feels much more comfortable than tapping on an immovable surface – it sort of also explains why mechanical keyboards with higher travel are so much more comfortable than those keyboards you find on super-sleek laptops.
Elasto’s design brings that same interaction to the world of mice, with cantilever buttons that travel longer distances when you click on them, giving you the appropriate amount of springing action that feels much more satisfying and comfortable than using something like a magic mouse, that doesn’t travel as far when you click the button.
The way the Elasto works is a lot like a diving board. The mouse’s buttons cantilever off the body, and bend downwards when you exert force by clicking on them. Since there’s nothing beneath the buttons, they travel all the way down, offering hardly any resistance and giving your fingers and knuckles a much more cushioned experience. To do this, the Elasto’s patented design shifts the tap sensor (which usually sits right underneath the button) to the back of the mouse. This allows the key/button to travel much longer… and while that feels just like a small upgrade, the folks behind the Elasto claim that it has significant long-term benefits, considering you click the mouse button hundreds, if not thousands of times in a single day.
This simple design detail provides overall comfort (and helps dispel finger pain and carpal tunnel syndrome), but significantly, it also gives the mouse a radical redesign that puts the Elasto in a category of its own. The cantilever buttons and floating scroll wheel make the mouse almost look like a futuristic bike (the
The mouse is fairly precise, with a 3-stage DPI ranging between 800, 1200, and 1600. It comes with a USB receiver that plugs into the laptop, and runs Bluetooth 5.0 and 3.0, providing a steady and stable connection across a range of devices. It works with a standard AA battery, although you could even put a rechargeable battery inside and plug a USB-C cable into the Elasto and forget about replacing batteries. The Elasto is available on Kickstarter for $49 (that’s significantly cheaper than your branded ergonomic mouse), and ships in February 2022.