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Ergonomic mouse for graphic design?
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Nov 4, 2005, 11:03 PM
 
I've got horrible carpal tunnel from 15 years of heavy mousing. Can someone recommend an ergonomic mouse that also offers a great deal of precision and control?
     
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Nov 5, 2005, 03:20 AM
 


Logitech's Optical Trackman. Wireless and unless you have small hands, it's great. It's very ergonomic and offers precise control that other trackballls don't (You use your fingers to control it not the thumb). I have one for home and work (Photoshop, among others, is a breeze). Very configurable and it takes about 30 minutes to really feel comfortable. My wife even likes it and she had never used anything but a standard mouse before.

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Nov 5, 2005, 03:21 AM
 
Have you thought of a graphics tablet, with a pen?
     
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Nov 5, 2005, 05:47 AM
 
I will probably always reccomend the MX series from Logitech. I really like the button placement and the shape of the mouse. (The one I have, MX500, is shaped very similarly to the above pictured Trackman) Very comfortable. The MXLASER is nice, but its a wee tad heavier. It is more precise though, and wireless.

I've read of something called RazerPRO, designed by the people who made the Razer Diamondback, which was really popular with gamers. The RazerPRO is targeted towards a more professional market. They claim to have very good ergonomics, but I cannot claim to have any first hand experience with the mouse.

The tackball is probably a better idea though. I really don't know anything about carpal tunnel, but it seems to me that minimizing wrist movent might help.

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Nov 5, 2005, 09:58 AM
 
A graphics tablet can be good but not if you're trying to minimize movement.

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Nov 5, 2005, 11:05 AM
 
As much as I hate to recommend anything that has a Microsoft label on it, I've been using theTrackBall Explorer for several years, and it has helped a lot with previous carpal tunnel problems. I bought it because I got tired of waiting for Kensington to release an optical trackball, so you may want to check them out, too.
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