Hey, I'm thinking about getting a new input device to use with my laptop while I'm at home. It's either an two-button optical mouse or a trackball. I've heard a lot of people rave about trackballs, but I've never used one. Maybe I'll be able to find a store where I can try one out, but I also want to know if they are good for gaming.<br>Specifically 1st person shooters. So has anyone out there used one in that situation?<br>And these new wireless options are looking sweet too, does anyone know how reliable they are?<br><br>
#2475 - 09/27/0102:47 PMRe: how are trackballs, and for gaming?
I used a trackball for general use and gaming for several years, and it worked pretty well. However, if you've been using a mouse forever, the trackball will have a definite learning curve, and it will probably initially decrease your performance in games until you become accustomed to using it. I initially got a trackball because of space restraints on a small desk, and I didn't switch back to a mouse until optical, multi-button mice with scroll wheels became too enticing.<br><br>If you've always had trouble with mice, particularly with getting smooth control, accuracy, and precision, then a trackball might be your dream come true. But if you've become so attached to a mouse that you can't imagine yourself not using one, you'll probably have a tough time sticking with a trackball.<br><br>
I'd definitely agree with Trevor. If you're used to a mouse, invest in one of the new MS Optical Mice... either the Explorer, or the Wireless Explorer... <br><br>Trackballs are like Trackpads... very useful for one application, IMO... use in a tight, confined space, but not the best input device if you have room to get a good mouse....<br><br>***<br>"Buzzards gotta eat, same as worms"<br> --Clint Eastwood in The Outlaw Josey Wales<br>
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#2477 - 09/28/0109:57 AMRe: how are trackballs, and for gaming?
When I got my G4 duallie, I wanted a trackball due to space needs. I tried both Explorer trackballs and couldn't get the hang. Guess I'm too uncoordinated. Finally settled on an IntelliMouse Explorer and love it(after I scraped the Nano-Flaccid logo off it). I have a logitech 3 button scroll optical at work and it's a nice mouse too. Half the price of the explorer.<br><br>Zack<br><br>
#2478 - 10/10/0111:26 AMRe: how are trackballs, and for gaming?
I've been using a Kensington Orbit trackball for about three or four years and I've always found it to be a better alternative to a mouse. And it's always been capable playing various games.<br><br>It does take some getting used to but it's a short learning curve. <br><br>
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