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Trackballs - Phil's Rambling Rants
May 22nd, 2005
09:10 pm

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Trackballs
I get significant carpal tunnel symptoms when I use a regular mouse heavily.  For this reason, I use a trackball.  Unfortunately, I find that there's a very thin selection of trackballs available compared to mice, and more to the point, the trackballs I find suck.  Their cursor positioning is erratic, so that using the mouse for fine control means either slowing down greatly (move the mouse to where I want, wait for visual confirmation that it really went there, then click) or enough mousing errors to keep my blood pressure significantly elevated.

I would be willing to pay a premium price (though not a completely insane one) for a trackball that actually gave smooth, reliable, consistent cursor positioning without sacrificing the standard convenience features of a mouse (i.e., two buttons and a wheel).  Does anyone know of such a thing?  Alternatively, is it possible that there's a (WinXP) software solution?

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From:tigertoy
Date:May 23rd, 2005 07:05 pm (UTC)

Re: You need a vertical controller...

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The one I have now is a Logitech Trackman Wheel, or so it says on the bottom. It's optical, with the marbled ball, but it still has erratic response.
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