October 14th, 2013


New Computer... New Mouse

So. I've been gaming, including playing league of legends (online MOBA, where mouse reaction time is important) on a touchpad. Except I got a new computer last week. I bought a Toshiba Qosmio where I had been on a Dell XPS. I seriously thought about spending the extra $1000 to get a comparable Alienware, partially because it would have a probably superior touchpad.

This touchpad isn't bad. It's pretty good. It's not the sexyness that was the touchpad on my XPS (which I had for 5 years. And I game. At all), and I haven't even tried to play LoL yet, and I'm pretty sure that no, I just cannot game like that on it. I can play Civ V just fine, it's reasonable for, you know, not gaming, but I'm gonna need something else to play LoL.

Oh, and did I mention that I typically don't sit at a desk or table? Yes yes, this is probably bad for me. Getting a sit-stand desk would be ideal. Any comments or suggestions that rely on that solution will get ignored. Especially as I cannot use a real mouse due to weird shoulder RSI issues. Just trust me on this.

So what I use when I'm at a PC (so the last two major office jobs I've had) have been some version of the Logitech Trackball Like the Wireless M (which I do own right now...) and I like it, but I know it's not the most ergonomic option out there. It also is a completely different set of muscle memory movements than using a track pad. Completely. So if I'm going to switch to it for playing LoL (and other possible future gaming that requires quick precise mouse movements) I wonder if it's the best option, and if I should be looking at something different, like one of the Kensington options. The Kensington Expert (Link) is the gold standard, but it's rather BIG and, because I don't sit at a table/desk much of the time (yes, even when gaming) I want something that sits to the side of my track pad on my laptop surface. So maybe I want something like the Kensington Orbit Mobile(Link)

Yes, I'm special and picky. And completely indecisive. And need to start re-training muscle memory. And don't want to have to do it multiple times. (which almost has me wishing I'd bought the Alienware... but otherwise I'm very happy with this computer. And I really should not have been playing LoL on a track pad for a year and a half anyways...)

Anyone have useful input or thoughts?