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Remember The Trackball Mouse?

You should try using a trackball mouse. No, really. Sure, they were ugly and annoying to use back in the day but have you heard of the modern trackball mice that's beginning to make a comeback?

Most peripheral manufacturers gave up on making trackball mice a long time ago, but Logitech is still plugging away at it. Their flagship MX Ergo is one of the best around—and the one I use regularly—but they also make cheaper models. Kensington is the only other major name in the trackball space, but they tend to make more traditional style trackballs.
At this point you might ask yourself, “Why in the world would I use a trackball when they died off years ago?” It’s a fair question. For starters, they can be easier on your wrists and forearms. With a typical mouse, you need to bend your wrists and slide your arms across your desk repeatedly. A trackball mouse like the MX Ergo sits in one place, and only your thumb needs to move.

So, how about it? Well, you can still use the optical mice we have nowadays but I would definitely try using these modern-style retro mice.

(Image credit: Eric Ravenscraft/The Inventory)


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At my work desk, I use a mouse. But at home, my PC is connected to a flat-screen TV that I view from the comfort of my recliner. A wireless keyboard on my lap, and a Logitech trackball parked on the armrest, make the perfect combo.
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I started using trackpads on my desktop computers with the original Apple Magic Trackpad, and haven't gone back. I just like the way it feels.
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