I know it's been asked before, and I understand it's all personal preference, but I am looking for a good CAD mouse for my workstation.
I am considering the Logitech Performance MX:
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I have been using the Evoluent Vertical mouse for almost 6 years now. I got it because I suddenly started having wrist pain and was needing something different. Took me a day to get used to it and I haven't regretted it for a second. As a bonus, anytime someone wants to "drive" they can't figure it out.
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I'll attest to not being able to drive one of these. I have a few users that have these. Especially hard with the left handed ones. The lefty finally just got an extra mouse he could plug in when I had to do something to his computer.
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I once tried two different mice similar to this. The big problem was the wheel. If a mouse has positive engagement - the sort of soft bump you feel when wheeling - it works great. If it has a free spinning wheel, it tends to be much too hard to use. No matter how I tried to configure it this was always a problem.
Here's another vote for the VerticalMouse. I'm on my second one; I started on a VM 3. I'm probably close to 6 years or so of use too. I had tennis elbow that I attributed to my mouse, haven't had any issues since I got mine.
I have the lower thumb button (#6 in the image above) programmed to “secondary functions” – this is pressed in combination with others which I have programmed to “esc”, “enter” and “alt” – that with #2 = shift and #5 = ctrl, I can do almost anything with one hand.
Ha! – please save your snarky remarks until Friday…
Right behind #2 is a “+ / -“ rocker that bumps the pointer resolution. I never use this and would love to be able to program these as well but you can’t.
The driver also lets you customize the buttons specific to the application you’re using, too. I have never jumped that far into it to use that, but if you stick with it, you will develop muscle memory and your productivity and comfort level will increase.
If only I had an Enter key on the left end of my keyboard…
I am trying to the department/company to buy one for me.
One question for the people that use this at work. When you go home do you have issues using a convention mouse, or did you buy one for home?
Evoluent also makes a keyboard. Your suggestion for an ENTER key on the left side makes a lot of sense. This is probably something they should hear, for their next keyboard revision. Maybe they are already thinking of it…
I’ve been using the vertical mouse for about 8 years since V1… My experience was it took me a half a day of solid use to feel comfortable with the new hand position. When I upgraded to the wireless V4 about 8 months ago, the button mapping trials for getting them to make sense to me and actually mesh with my workflow settled down after a few weeks. Muscle memory training then started and I still – after several months – get my “esc” and “enter” mixed up and I am just now starting to use “alt”…
You’re right – the muscle memory you have is a program. You just need to “uninstall” it and install the new program… admittedly, this is more difficult for some. My incentive was a numbness in my right pinky and the fear of carpal tunnel or some other injury. That also helped me with the $100 price. Cheap money when compared with a medical issue. I can’t lose my mousing hand!
You’d be surprised. The buttons are essentially the same, just turned sideways. Your index finger is still on the left button, it’s just now the top, the MMB is still under your middle finger, it’s just not the wheel (unless you want it to be) it’s below the wheel and the RMB is under your ring finger at the bottom.
It looks intimidating, but it took me almost no time to get used to it.