Originally Posted by kyle-reece;13453531
how easy is it to scroll over something click with barely stopping and move on? thats something that doesn't seem super quick to do if you have to take your hand of the trackball to click, unless the thumb sits in easy position to press the left button?
Pretty easy. The way that I use the trackball leaves my thumb on the left button at all times, so I can click without taking my fingers off the ball.
what about using the middle mouse button (seems remarkably small for something i'll be using a lot top open tabs and is currently my main method of map navigation in starcraft 2)
Now since the middle button rests directly above the ball, I do have to take my finger off in order to click it. In practice, however, I don't even notice the interruption, as the distance my finger has to travel is so small that it's pretty much the equivalent of flicking your finger. And while the button is smaller than the left/right buttons, it's actually larger than most middle buttons I've used (it's just that those left/right buttons are huge
) and that bump in the middle acts as a good tactile guide so you never really have to search for the button.
and follow-on from that is it easy to remap the buttons so the small button can be right click and the right one can be middle click? if i had that would be a godsend for desktop work and browsing, though would be bad for gaming, unless its has software like the Kensington which according to a review i read can have the buttons set to be different things dependng on the program
The trackball does have software that allows for button remapping. I haven't checked to see if it does application profiles.
how easy are those buttons to press?
How much do the extra buttons cost that can be plugged in at the side, and do they require any kind of handiwork to install? (4th and 5th button would be very much appreciated, would likely be used for middle or right click held up within digit range of the left click button, with the other being in front of me space bar, for my left thumb to use)
As far as I'm aware, there aren't any commercially available buttons yet, but some people on the geekhack.org forums have made their own with no problems.
if you could could you post a picture of how your hand sits with the thing please?
This isn't my hand, but it's more or less how I use mine, minus the wrist pad.
overall i'd say thats looking pretty good if the extra buttons aren't expensive and the software is as good as kensingtons is purported to be
Personally speaking, this is the best trackball I've ever owned. It's more comfortable than my Trackman was because you don't have to use an eagle claw grip to hold it.