Up until recently, I’ve always used a regular mouse, and I hated these trackball things; I thought they were awkward as heck, I felt super-slow, and quite frankly, I just didn’t like them. I actually tried one out because I have some wrist pain, I tried one out at work – the same one as this – and I think it may help with my wrist pain. And it’s actually not too shabby.
I’ve been using it for about a day now, a day and a half, and I actually kind of like it. It’s a matter of, with my new keyboard tray, finding the right angle, because I think when it’s flat like this, it still puts a little stress on my wrist, but as I angle it up a little bit more, kind of like a natural position, it seems to help. But basically what it is, I don’t know how you want to say it, but some track balls you use your middle fingers, or your fingertips up on top here, this one you use your thumb obviously. It uses the new Logitech little unifying dongle USB thingamabob here, which means you can add other, compatible, unifying Logitech devices by using just this piece. So, if you’re using a laptop or a tablet or something, you can just plug this single one in and get a wireless keyboard and mouse using just this device, which is really nice. I think you can go up to like seven or maybe more devices off this one, I can’t remember exactly.
This trackball is pretty cool. It’s a Logitech M570; it’s got a nice little blue ball, and it glides really smooth. You can pop this thing out to clean anything in there that might need cleaning; you’ve got a back and a forward button; of course you’ve got your scroll and your click. It’s nice because I know a lot of people complain that this one doesn’t have the side to side on that scroll wheel – I hate that. I don’t know, I accidentally always hit it, and I very rarely need to scroll right to left. Typically my browser window, or whatever I’m looking at, is wide enough, and if not I’ll just scroll using the scroll bars. Right and left click, it takes a single AA, which they say you could get about 18 months of life out of it, but is that really going to happen? I don’t know.
You’ve got an on and off switch here, so if you’re throwing it in your bag or something, go ahead and just switch it off when you’re traveling. Other than that, I mean, it’s a trackball. I know a lot of you probably don’t like these, and I thought the same thing, but it does feel like there’s some accuracy. At first, it’s kind of hard to get; if you’re trying to concentrate on one tiny little section, it’s a little hard, but as I’m getting used to it, it’s pretty nice. Either way, my review and my thoughts on this thing is, I like it; I’m going to keep trying it, day in and day out, and I’ll probably do another review after I’ve gotten used to it – let you guys know how the wrist pain is doing, and whether I still like it or not. Okay so, what do you guys think?
I want to take a second to show you my newest invention. I’ve been trying to set up my workspace now, more ergonomically, so that I can avoid some potential injury in the future (and in the present) since I, as a web developer, sit in the same position and keep my hand on a mouse basically all day long – up to 15 hours a day. So, I have switched mice, and moved to the Logitech M570; it’s a trackball mouse, it’s really nice. I really like it. It’s got 5 programmable buttons, and I can control the mouse with just my thumb on the trackball, no moving the mouse around. So hopefully that was going to help be more comfortable for my arm. What I noticed, though, was I still had some arm fatigue as I was using it, and after thinking about it and kind of playing around with some different positions, I realized it’s because, as with any standard mouse, my hand was palm-down, which is not a real natural position. I was getting some twist feeling in my forearm; even though I didn’t have to move it, I still had to twist my arm to use the mouse.
So what I did was, I went to a craft store, and bought a block of wood, and carved what I call the Ergonomic Wave. I didn’t spend very much time sanding and finishing this. It’s a pretty cool little thing; I covered it with some Neoprene, and gave it a little Neoprene bottom there to keep the mouse from sliding around and sliding off, and I set that right by my keyboard. I’m able to put the M570 on that angle, on the Wave, and now I’m able to use the mouse with more natural, handshake-style grip, which is infinitely better. I’m able to still use all the buttons on the mouse, and control it just the same as I ever was, and now I don’t have to twist my arm to use it. I made the kind of concave, “wave” shape in order to still be able to use my keyboard number pad. (And I just thought it looked cool, too.) So, I really think Logitech should come out with an accessory, similar to this, or just make the mouse where you can use it with a handshake grip. Very nice! So if you use the Logitech M570, I suggest that you get to carving one of these. It takes a little getting used to, but if you’re already used to the mouse, it doesn’t really take any getting used to. Well, that’s it. Enjoy!