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    Arm fatigue - Trackball?

    So I wondered about buying a trackball.
    - What is the learning curve like?
    - Is a proper trackball better or a trackball hybrid mouse?
    - What is a cheap (<$40 or are they more expensive?) yet sturdy model (available internationally) that you would recommend?
    - What are things that I should take note of before buying one?

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    I'm currently using two Logitech® TrackMan® Wheel™ trackballs (one for my hot rod LinUX box, one for a hopped-up Asus® CM1630 running Microsoft® Windows® 7.0.8001) at my conputer station in Byron, CA, USA; I used to be in even tighter quarters at Bethel Island, CA, USA, where I hadn't space for a mouse. As I am considering several mechanical keyboards to replace one or both of my Logitech® Y-UV92's, I am considering a mouse to supersede one trackball, and Logitech® has a potential winning combination in the new G710+ keyboard (which packs a full bag of 110 Cherry® MX Brown™ DPST's) and G600 laser mouse, both of which are fully supported in Windows® 6.x/7/8 but will also run after a fashion in Ubuntu® (perhaps new tools will be available in time for the release of 13.10?).
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    Re: Arm fatigue - Trackball?

    You might want to get rid of the Rs and TMs from your post, it reads like an advertisement.
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    Re: Arm fatigue - Trackball?

    I have two logitech trackball mice and I love them both haven't gone back to a regualar since. I own the logitech m570 and the logitech t-rb22 and they are great.

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    Re: Arm fatigue - Trackball?

    I have this Logitech: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...FdBDMgodPEwAEQ

    They make a cheaper wired one but I like the wireless one. A few years back a friend of mine was really into this kind of trackball; the thumb based ones, not the huge ball ones. We used to make fun of him at work but then I tried it and now I'm a convert too.

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    Re: Arm fatigue - Trackball?

    how about leap motion?: https://www.leapmotion.com/

    though it might increase fatigue....+i am not sure it works in Linux

    maybe voice commands...
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    Re: Arm fatigue - Trackball?

    Quote Originally Posted by DisappearingOak View Post
    So I wondered about buying a trackball.
    - What is the learning curve like?
    - Is a proper trackball better or a trackball hybrid mouse?
    - What is a cheap (<$40 or are they more expensive?) yet sturdy model (available internationally) that you would recommend?
    - What are things that I should take note of before buying one?
    1. Should be a dead easy learning curve. Depends on how stubborn your fingers are.

    2. You'll want a trackball that has a middle click function. Not all do.

    3. Matching the size of the trackball to your hand is probably a bit more important than with an ordinary mouse.

    I'm using a Logitech MX518 at the moment, but have use a Logitech Trackball, which I bought specifically to deal with shoulder pain. That worked, once I found a comfortable location for the trackball.

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    Re: Arm fatigue - Trackball?

    I recently switched to the same make/model trackball as Jorge, On my setup, I was worried about the same thing as the op, but after using it for several weeks, I can honestly say that along with my Microsoft Natural Ergonomic 4000 keyboard, I don't have any problems with either wrist.

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