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Old 08-14-06, 11:22 PM
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Alternatives to Traditional Computer Mouse?

The tendonitis in my index finger is flaring up again due to excessive typing and mouse use (clicking, mostly) due to job requirements. I think most of it is due to the mouse. I've already had 2 cortisone shots in the palm of my hand two years ago and I really don't want another.

I saw some online listings for the i-Pen Mouse and a vertical mouse. Neither looks appealing and the reviews for the i-Pen were less than stellar. Is there some kind of touchpad with a pen that works well as a mouse? I can't seem to find any online (searches usually pull up Tablet PCs). I need somehing different than a traditional mouse.
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I always wanted a light rifle.

You could get a touchpad
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16826152002
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16826152003
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16826152005

and there's always the trackball mouses like
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16826104108
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16826104156
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16826125019
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16826104206
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16826158016
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16826104125
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16826125017

or a remote control air mouse
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16826205001
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16826139003
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16826139004

or a phaser? mouse
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16826116103

this one is says it's good for carpal tunnel syndrome
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16826106151
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USB touchpad
or you can get this one
Keybord with touchpad
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Thanks for the links, guys. That ePen and cordless optical air mouse look interesting. I just wonder have accurate those are for working in graphics programs. I wish I could find one at a CompUSA or soemthing so I could actually go see it, touch it, simulate using it, etc. I hate buying things sight-unseen online because returning is a pain.

Anyone have any experience using these things?

And what about trackballs? Are they better for carpal tunnel or tendonities, or does the same problem exist after awhile?
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I don't know if i'd go with the touchpad, I think it's kind of a pain to use them if you're using a higher resolution.

I was thinking about getting the logitech trackball. i've read that they're great to use if you don't have a lot of space on your desk.
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I have a logitech trackball that has the ball in the middle that you control with your Index/middle fingers, and a button on either side. I'm fine with the movement aspect of it, but couldn't get used to clicking or double-clicking with my thumb.
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I never could use a trackball, my thumb seems kind of spazy on it.

I got a touchpad for somebody who worked for me and was having problems with a regular mouse and it worked real well for him. It's nicer than one on a notebook because you can move it to where it's comfortable.
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I bought a Wacom Intuous3 4"x5" pen tablet....$240. I tried it on my laptop and my PC and just could not get used to it. Since I use both computers frequently, it's not practical to buy 2 of these things or constantly switch back and forth. Because of this, it was awkward going from the pen to the mouse because they used 2 different systems for moving the cursor (the tablet used the touchpad area as a mapping of the monitor screen so wherever I touched the pad with the pen is where the cursor appeared...which is great until you go back to using a mouse). And the pen only had 2 buttons on it whereas I use the middle click quite a bit and had to program a button on the tablet to be middle click, which requires me to either lift the pen to push or use my left hand, so it was also impractical.

If this thing onyl cost $50, I'd probably keep it, but it wasn't worth the $240 for me so back it goes.

Trackballs would drive me nuts and I'd end up with tendonitis in my thumb, which I already have a minor case of. Oy. I think I've decided to save my pennies for a $750 3M 17" flat panel LCD touch monitor.
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I've had this for a couple of years and really like it. It takes a little getting used to, but I wouldn't go back to a regular mouse.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16826104108
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ah, I don't think that trackball has a scroll wheel.
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Oh, shoot. I browse a lot of threads at once...I must have opened this page before Sleepy's newest reply.

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