• Register
  • Help
Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 14

Topic: Mouse Alternative?

Share/Bookmark
  1. #1
    Senior Member rwayland's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2004
    Location
    California Redwoods
    Posts
    2,938

    Mouse Alternative?

    Any ideas about something to replace my mouse? I was looking for a computer pen, but have not found one. I have an assortment of mice, all Logitech, and they are all a problem. They work well, but they cause me plenty of pain, and it is taking it's toll on my piano playing. I could use the mouse left handed, but that would only move the problem the the other arm.

    Richard

  2. #2

    Re: Mouse Alternative?

    Hi Richard,
    I too have Rheumatoid Arthritis and I use a trackball.
    It is a wonderful thing compared to a mouse.

    Dan

  3. #3
    Senior Member fastlane's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2004
    Location
    Shelton, Washington State
    Posts
    3,024

    Re: Mouse Alternative?

    Richard

    Another option is a touchpad. I once used a trackball for no special reason and it was easier on the hand but the touchpad might be even better.


    Phil

  4. #4
    Senior Member rwayland's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2004
    Location
    California Redwoods
    Posts
    2,938

    Re: Mouse Alternative?

    Well, thanks, I will investigate both possibilities. I am currently using a Logitech mouse with track ball, sort of a combo. But right now, I will look at your ideas.

    Richard

  5. #5
    Senior Member rwayland's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2004
    Location
    California Redwoods
    Posts
    2,938

    Re: Mouse Alternative?

    I have just explored trackballs and touchpads. The trackballs that I find are those which I have already tried and found painful. The touchpads look interesting, but I don't know how to determine how well the work, or how accurate. Also, would a separate touchpad be better than a keyboard with touchpad?

    I really need to do something soon, to preserve what is left of my pianistic abilities. I have just regulated the touch weight of my piano from slightly above standard weight range to slightly below standard, which is helpful, if I sit with my bench adjusted to almost maximum height, but I still begin with the handicap of the mouse problems.

    Richard

  6. #6
    Senior Member fastlane's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2004
    Location
    Shelton, Washington State
    Posts
    3,024

    Re: Mouse Alternative?

    Richard

    I would think a separate touchpad would be better. If you can't try them out, search to find a few reviews on them.

    Good luck.


    Phil

  7. #7

    Re: Mouse Alternative?

    I use a Logitech Cordless Optical Trackman. It has saved my wrist and arm muscles alot of pain.

    Have you considered a Wacom tablet? I use one for a variety of inputs - especially graphics. It is pen based.

    Good luck in your search.
    In theory there is no difference between theory and practice, but in practice there is.

    http://reberclark.blogspot.com http://reberclark.bandcamp.com http://www.youtube.com/reberclark

  8. #8

    Re: Mouse Alternative?

    Quote Originally Posted by rwayland View Post
    Any ideas about something to replace my mouse? I was looking for a computer pen, but have not found one. I have an assortment of mice, all Logitech, and they are all a problem. They work well, but they cause me plenty of pain, and it is taking it's toll on my piano playing. I could use the mouse left handed, but that would only move the problem the the other arm.

    Richard
    If, like me, you like the feel of a pen then I can recommend the Wacom pens and tablets. Great for general use and, of course, with score programs.

    http://www.wacom.com/index2.php

    I used to have problems with wrist strain but not since switching to these some years back.

    All the best,

  9. #9

    Re: Mouse Alternative?

    I second the wacom tablet idea. You can get a digitizing tablet quite cheaply and it is effectively like using a pen.

  10. #10

    Re: Mouse Alternative?

    if you have not looked at the Kensington Expert Mouse I'd suggest that. It takes a few minutes to get used to it, and after that it just works. The biggest advantage I find is that I can comfortably change my hand position even slightly to make it more comfortable. It isn't the cheapest mouse in the world, sadly, but right now it appears to be on sale, at least at Amazon -

    http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00009KH63/...l_57g6edzsl4_e

    In my studio I still switch between track ball and mouse about every week or so, but with this price reduction I think even I am finally going to make the leap!

    Thanks so much for bringing it up!!
    Bill Thompson
    Audio Enterprise
    KB3KJF

Go Back to forum

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •