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Best mouse/trackball for Laptop

Discussion in 'General Video Gaming Chat' started by Squiffy, Dec 30, 2002.

  1. Squiffy

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    Recently I've been playing games on my laptop far more than my desktop, XBox or Gamecube. My nice new home wi-fi network has really given my laptop a new lease of life. :D

    (Medieval Total War, NeverWinter Nights and now Starfleet Command 3 are the games I'm playing most).

    However I'm starting to find the trackpoint (the nobbly bit in the centre of the keyboard) a bit limiting and fancy a mouse or trackball.

    Of these a trackball seems a more sensible choice as I won't need a flat area next to me on the couch.

    But are they any good? If so, which one? And if they are crap, can anyone recommend a good, compact (preferably optical) mouse for a laptop?

    Thanks.
     
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    Hi,

    I use the Logitech cordless trackman wheel and find it much easier than a mouse to control my HTPC. It makes a big difference as space is just mor available for a normal mouse and being cordless it is perfect.

    Only thing I have noticed is that it is very sensitive (probably able to change this in the settings but havent looked).

    They do a non wireless version too which may be better for you are you will be very close to the laptop.

    Very happy with it.

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    I've been doing some reading, and apparently after you get used to a trackball (about a week or so of struggling apparently) you come to prefer it.

    The only two contenders are Logitech and MS.

    Thanks for the info and link. I'll do a bit more digging and maybe try one out in a shop and report back when I do make a choice with my verdict.
     
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    I bought an MS Trackball Explorer - the one with the thumb controlled ball, rather than the finger one.

    It suits my big hands very well, and I'm quickly becoming comfortable with it.

    I'd definitely recommend it.
     

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