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    Mice/Keyboard Opinions

    Hey, help everyone out, post your opinions on your favorite mouse/trackball/stylus or keyboard here! Your input may help consumers, (such as myself) who take everyone elses word as gospel!

    The reason I ask, i'm looking to buy the new Microsoft Trackball Optical, everything i've read seems good, but i'm looking for some user-feedback... Can anyone help?

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    Re: Mice/Keyboard Opinions

    Personally, I hate mice. I'd much rather have a touch pad (such as those from <A target="_blank" HREF=http://www.cirque.com/shopsite/cs_products/catalog.html>Cirque</A>). I just find that too many things can happen to a mouse (lint on a ball for example) that can cause havoc when "mousing" around the screen.

    Also with these touchpads, most have options that will allow you to have a scroll function set on one side, a zoom on another, and Internet browser forward / backward functions also programmed in.

    As for keyboards, anything with the "Windows" key on a Windows based system is fine with me... it does however help to also be ergonomic..
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    Re: Mice/Keyboard Opinions

    I have the MS optical 4-button + wheel mouse (I think called Explorer). All our mice here are now opticals - never a problem with gunge picked up from the desk.
    I think the extra two buttons can be programmed to your own preferences - I am more than happy with the default Back and Forward settings - excellent for browsing.

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    Re: Mice/Keyboard Opinions

    Have you considered cordless mice/keyboards. Am using a Logitech combination. The mouse does have a ball but the advantage of not being tied by cables far outweighs any disadvantage.

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    Re: Mice/Keyboard Opinions

    I use shortcut keys as much as possible to avoid any more damage to my wrists. However, I use Microsoft's Intellipoint at home and like it best. At work I occasionally switch mice

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    Re: Mice/Keyboard Opinions

    i have a logitech optical at work. I've always had logitech and love them but am getting an ms optical for home. (price was right, what can i say? [img]/w3timages/icons/smile.gif[/img]) I figure both brands are of equal quality and i'll never use another ball mouse after using opticals.

    laptop has a touch pad, which i like better than a nubbin/eraser head but i'll take an optical over a touch pad any day.

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    Re: Mice/Keyboard Opinions

    lint's never a problem with 3M's precise mousing surface. We used them with mice before getting opticals. It really cut down on gunked up rollers. I think we went from monthly cleanings to maybe once a year.

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    Re: Mice/Keyboard Opinions

    Do you have an URL for 3M's precise mousing surface?
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    Re: Mice/Keyboard Opinions

    <A target="_blank" HREF=http://www.3m.com/cws/mousing.html>precise mousing surface</A>

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    Re: Mice/Keyboard Opinions

    [img]/w3timages/icons/2cents.gif[/img] I use a detachable keyboard (with built-in mouse) and a MS Intellipoint Explorer. The former has an IR sensor (though I gather the radio link types, though more expensive, are even better) and allows decent freedom of movement. It is far more compact than a 'normal' keyboard, which could play havoc if you touch-type. The Intellipoint is a beautiful piece of kit : good chunky feel, no mouse mat or roller cleaning, 5 buttons and a scroll wheel. I only wish that it were detachable as well...

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    Re: Mice/Keyboard Opinions

    Keyboard shortcuts roolz!

    I have to say I hate touchpads, I've tried and tried but just can't get the hang of them. I am forever dragging things to somewhere they don't belong or highlighting tracts of text, etc by accident. I am currently using an Compaq mouse, 'cos it was handy when I finally gave up on the touchpad on my laptop. However I have decided the only solution for me is a trackball! Just need to decide which one.

    I miss the trackball/rollerball manufactures used to use on their laptops.

    Incidently I have a Honeywell "ball-less" mouse. I think it works on IR tracking. Must be at least 7 years old, just thought I'd throw that in for anyone who thinks these things are a new idea.
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