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Old 08-07-2009, 23:06   #1
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Can anyone recommend a mouse type thing that has a trackball & doesn't need a surface

I'm starting to get RSI in my forefinger knuckle. I use a mouse all day at work, then at home when using my laptop I tend to have a mouse on a book as the controller (hate the trackpads!) but the knuckle on my forefinger is really starting to hurt, and I'm suspecting it's some sort of RSI.

I'm thinking I should get some sort of device that has a trackball instead where I can hold it in my hand instead of the clumsy method of using a book on my lap to balance the mouse!

Has anyone has similar problems and tries alternative devices? Any recommendations (or things to avoid!)

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I have a logitech optical trackman - in fact I have a few some cordless which I use both at work and at home.

The ones I have are moved by the fingers but there is also one which is operated by your thumb.

I started to use them when I was getting pains in my wrists a few years ago and they definately helped.

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I got one years ago which fits on your forefinger and you move the trackball with your thumb. I got it because the laptop I had at the time had a faulty joystick but I never really got on with it - there wasn't enough movement in my thumb to be precise enough and I found it quite tiring to use. Maybe you should try swapping hands
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I've tried using my left hand at work, but I have to use a document imaging system a lot as well as Office and another system, so there's a lot of faffing around, and I find I struggle using my left hand for most things, just as it's slower and clumsier. Yeah, feels a bit like someone else is doing it....!

It's more for at home; I tend to have my laptop on a small table and drag it in front of me on the sofa, and then just use a book to rest the mouse on. Hardly ideal and I'm thinking using some small device that lets me do it without having to rest it on something might help all round.
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I have one of those laptop swivel tables with my laptop, two usb speakers and still have room for a mouse !!! Are you using a proper laptop mouse or a full size desktop one as you can use a mouse in a relatively small area of say 1" beyond the edge of the mouse in all directions.
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Yeah, a normal desktop one, a basic Microsoft optical one (corded) - I find them generally very good, and without the weight of the ball much less of a strain. It's just at home I'm lazy and don't have the laptop on a proper desk, so it's either part on a mini coffee table type desk (which is pretty much the width and depth of the laptop) or my lap, with the mouse on a hard back book!

It's actually the finger that I get the pains in, from the wheel and button clicking. Mouse finger, apparently!
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So a trackball would make things worse then given you're doing all that plus moving the ball
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Hmmm, possibly....! I was thinking I could some sort of device I can hold like a remote and control the ball with my thumb!
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Ah, that may be just what I need! At those prices probably worth a punt anyway!
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Those are really good, I managed to get one from ebay for Ł1. Works really well and easy to get used to. Plus I would Plug this in when training someone as it works along side a mouse already plugged in.
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I've been using this design of MS mouse for a few years now & find it extremely comfortable for extended periods of use. It fits my ham fist perfectly so the amount of joint movement to operate it is minimal. I use mine on the arm of the sofa with nothing underneath it.

In the meantime, have you tried just switching the buttons to left handed operation in Control Panel? Most of the clicking would then be done with the index finger so the forefinger would get a rest.
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Cheers Gill, going to give one of them a go
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The one I got from ebay came through today.... what a piece of crap! Feels a nice shape in my hand, but poor quality, and fatalling the trackball is too small for the casing, so it hardly touches the wheels inside! Hardly moves the curser unless you lean it so that the weight of it makes it sit on them!

Oh well.... only a fiver wasted! There must be similar that are better quality!
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Only the ones that slip on your finger which are a lot more expensive and rather chunky for slipping on a finger.
Get a slightly bigger table and something like the ms 4000 notebook mouse
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This is the one I mentioned earlier http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/cont...=REG&A=details
I didn't pay anywhere near that though - about a fiver I think. It works fine but, as I said, accuracy is pretty much nil.
I haven't ever tried one but what about a tablet & pen?
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