No, this isn’t another post featuring imagery of small, furry dead things what got their necks broke. Today, I will introduce you to the thing that saved my wrist:
That’s a Logitech Trackman Wheel. As you can see, it’s a trackball. Unlike most trackballs, it has a very mouse-like shape, and a ball that’s operated with the thumb, not the fingertips.
This is by far the most comfortable and precise pointing device I’ve ever tried, and I’ve tried just about everything out there. My wrist pain has completely disappeared since I’ve started using the trackball. It took me about a day to get used to it, and two or three days to get really precise with it, but now going back to a regular mouse feels like trying to draw a picture with a sharpened fence post. My hand stays put on the thing, and just the small movements of my thumb drive the mouse pointer. There’s no need for a mouse pad, since the trackball is stationary on the desk, along with the hand.
I swear, I didn’t know how much a regular mouse sucks from an ergonomic standpoint until I finally tried a decent trackball. I have no more pain or discomfort in my wrists and fingers. At first, the trackball feels odd, but once you get used to it, it’s much faster and more precise than the mouse. The increase in comfort and efficiency is well worth the effort of getting your hand used to the new device. I’ve tossed my mice into the Bin O’ Spare Computer Parts in the attic, and it’s trackballs for me from now on.