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Old 10-23-2007, 05:46 PM
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Default Best trackball?

Finished up an intense 3 month job and I have issues with my thumb aching. I've heard trackballs can alleviate some of these issues. I have no experience with trackballs. What do you recommend? (I do have a Pro Control)

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Old 10-23-2007, 07:18 PM
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Kensington Expert Mouse.

http://us.kensington.com/html/2200.html

This is the best trackball in my opinion. It rolls very smooth, it's highly programable, it does horizontal scrolling if you want. I love the scroll ring. I used to use this all the time until Apple came out with the Mighty Mouse. It's symmetrical, so lefties can use it comfortably. The tracking is very natural and the ball has enough weight to easily roll to the opposite ends of my dual 20" LCD screens.

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Old 10-23-2007, 10:08 PM
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I second Studio Crash's opinion - I have 2 of them - they are great!!!
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Old 10-23-2007, 10:30 PM
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I'll throw in a vote for the Expert Mouse too. The newest one with the optical sensor is just great. I also have a Wacom tablet that I use sometimes. I haven't fallen in love with it, but I do dig it. I've heard of people with various aches and pains from repetitive stress saying the pen/tablet system really helps.
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Old 10-24-2007, 10:18 AM
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Expert Mouse gets my vote too.

But, if you are getting the aches and pains and have the space to add a Wacom, it really is the only cure I found. I had major problems with aching thumb, losing feeling in the pinkie and aches in the arm after too many years of html/photoshop etc compunded by heavy Pro Tools. All pains have pretty much gone within the space of a year, although they come back very quickly when I use the mouse exclusively. I can work longer and faster with the Wacom. I still use the mouse, as the two together are a great combination. The footprint of the Wacom (6x11) is 16"x10" and not everyone has that space. But for $350 it could save you a couple of grand in physical therapy bills down the road. Unlike Shawn, I have fallen in love with it. I couldn't work without it now.

My threepence worth.

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Old 10-24-2007, 11:43 AM
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Amen to the Kensington Trackball! However, even with the trackball I had an aching thumb joint after a nonstop 36-hour editing session. This was fixed with one of those neoprene & velcro wrist protectors from the local drug store. It's sort of like a dedicated Ace bandage with a built-in hole to stick your thumb through. Takes a little getting used to at first, but terrific for long sessions.
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Old 10-25-2007, 04:33 AM
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Kensington Expert Mouse Pro. Has 4 buttons plus 6 fully programmable buttons above the scroll wheel (I use those for "bounce to disk", "bounce to quicktime movie", "import audio" and such).

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