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New Computer... New Mouse [Oct. 14th, 2013|10:22 pm]
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?

From: caulay
2013-10-15 10:21 am (UTC)
I've mostly been happy with the Logitech gaming mice. One thing I've noticed with all cordless mice/trackballs is that there is a very slight lag between when you move/click them and when they respond. For anything but gaming, this is not significant. For gaming though, it suddenly becomes a big deal.

Currently, I move back and forth between a corded Logitech Trackman and a basic Microsoft optical mouse.

I'm wondering what the Mycestro is going to be like but I know that being Bluetooth, it's going to be somewhat laggy (stupid sucky Windows Bluetooth stack). And who knows when it'll be available, due to the government shutdown, they can't get their FCC certification, which they can't ship without.
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[User Picture]From: marphod
2013-10-15 03:32 pm (UTC)
If you find any good sit-stand desks, I'd love to know. I keep meaning to do some research but I end up getting dis... OOOOOhhhh SHINY.

I don't know how viable an option it would be, or how they would meet your responsiveness needs, but I know apple has been going a bit nuts with their external trackpad. Oh, I see -- it is bluetooth. Yeah, not an option for Windows. Well, Amazon has a couple dozen different wired or wireless/nonbluetooth trackpads that might work. No idea as to the sensitivity and latency for them, though.
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[User Picture]From: drwex
2013-10-15 04:07 pm (UTC)


I totally get you on the 'device-specific RSI'. In my case, tendonitis in the hand (thumb particularly) forced me to stop using my Kensington trackball, which I used to lovelovelove.

My solution for picking devices is to try them and see which allows my hand to rest in the most natural position (give my body, seating space, etc). I figure the position I have to do the least work to hold is going to be the most winning.

Of course, that doesn't tell you WHICH device would work for your body/RSI/workspace combo, but maybe it's a method you could try? I know it's a pain, but I think most of these devices can be returned if you're careful about unpacking them?
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