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gkar
25-08-2009, 10:55 AM
It will become necessary to look at alternatives for input of desktop navigating as I am having issues with the middle knuckles of my left hand, which I use for my mouse control (my PC desk is dedicated for left hand mouse use ony).

I have started to do some research & it seems either a trackball or, preferably at this stage, a touchpad. I do not want to have an integrated keyboard model -though I will require this type in the intermediate future to replace my failing keyboard/joystick one for my HTPC.

The problem I seem to be having is one of availibility. Are there any importers/resellers who have touchpads, or trackballs for purchase on-shore?

Any info would be greatly appreciated. Meanwhile, I will keep searching.

Blam
25-08-2009, 11:03 AM
There are quite a few logitech trackballs, look on pricespy

bob_doe_nz
25-08-2009, 11:11 AM
Trackball:
Ascent (http://ascent.co.nz/productspecification.aspx?ItemID=369826)

gkar
25-08-2009, 12:00 PM
Thanks for the replies. They are no good for me. One is dedicated right handed. The other, I believe will not alleviate the issue I am having; & that is holding my hand over the bulky height of the mouse-type device. Even holding it over to the side, I think will, over time cause similar issues.

That is why I perfer a touchpad: they are lower in height & it will easier to withdraw & put your hand back when navigation is required. If I am to go with a trackball, it will need to be something like the ones here (http://www.abilitynet.org.uk/myway/keyboard/instead/alt-mice.htm)

The touchpad I would look at is like this (http://www.adesso-shop.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=10&products_id=93)

somebody
25-08-2009, 01:36 PM
I use a Wacom graphics tablet instead of a mouse, due to OOS reasons. It works quite well, and since using it, I haven't had any problems with OOS.

12steps
25-08-2009, 02:06 PM
I managed to overcome this, the solution was kind of obvious. Im right handed, I simply taught myself to mouse with my left aswell. Its alot easier than you might think...

Pete

gkar
25-08-2009, 02:33 PM
I use a Wacom graphics tablet instead of a mouse, due to OOS reasons. It works quite well, and since using it, I haven't had any problems with OOS.
Can I ask what model you use? And do you have to use the supplied pen everytime you use the tablet? Or just your finger? Thanks.

robbyp
25-08-2009, 03:02 PM
I managed to overcome this, the solution was kind of obvious. Im right handed, I simply taught myself to mouse with my left aswell. Its alot easier than you might think...

Pete

Thats what I did too, and just share the use of the mouse between my left and right hand.

robbyp
25-08-2009, 03:03 PM
I use a Wacom graphics tablet instead of a mouse, due to OOS reasons. It works quite well, and since using it, I haven't had any problems with OOS.

I use one too, but I find that I get stiff neck and shoulders from using it. I think it is bcauase I am looking up.

robbyp
25-08-2009, 03:07 PM
Can I ask what model you use? And do you have to use the supplied pen everytime you use the tablet? Or just your finger? Thanks.

I use the PTZ 631 W. The bigger the better, espeically if you have dual screen, and if you find it too big, you can set it so it just uses a portion of hte tablet. You have to use the pen that comes with it, which is powered by the surface of the tablet. You can't use your finger, as it isn't a touch device, although their are touch slides on each side, for scrolling and zooming.

gkar
25-08-2009, 03:08 PM
Sorry. If i was interested in even entertaining the possibility of transferring the issue, due to my particular physiological makeup & it's apparent weaknesses, I wouldn't have bothered wasting people's time.

As I work with my hands for a job -& not just pen-pushing- I want a solution that removes ALL possibilities of recurrence.

robbyp
25-08-2009, 03:31 PM
Sorry. If i was interested in even entertaining the possibility of transferring the issue, due to my particular physiological makeup & it's apparent weaknesses, I wouldn't have bothered wasting people's time.

As I work with my hands for a job -& not just pen-pushing- I want a solution that removes ALL possibilities of recurrence.

The only way is trial and error. To remove ALL possibilities, you would have to not use a computer at all. You can get RSI injuries from track pads too, as well as any other input devices, it is more about managing RSI , once you have it.

somebody
25-08-2009, 04:29 PM
Can I ask what model you use? And do you have to use the supplied pen everytime you use the tablet? Or just your finger? Thanks.

Wacom Graphire 4 CTE-440. I've had it since... early 2008 I think.

You have to use the pen which comes with it - you can't use a finger (or anything else) as these tablets work differently from laptop touchpads.

Sue
25-08-2009, 07:51 PM
Idea:
http://www.disabledonline.com/products/direct-products/keyboardsmice/trackballs-joysticks/cruise-trackpad/

Chilling_Silence
26-08-2009, 09:19 AM
I can certainly vouch for this: http://www.mobileairmouse.com

Not to mention it's a good excuse to get a cool new toy to play with (iTouch) :D

Only down side is it's not quite as large some of the other larger touchpads I've seen.

gkar
27-08-2009, 04:35 PM
Thanks for the replies. It does give me some food for thought.

@Sue, glad I was sitting down when I realised the price was in $US :D

@Chilling_Silence, don't think I will buy an iPhone as an excuse, just yet. Would go some way aviod losing your damned phone, though ;)

It is like I originally thought, though. There isn't much in the way of on-shore alternatives for touchpads.

Also, had a look at this (http://cgi.ebay.com/Touchpad-Mouse-USB-Ergonomic-Touchpad_W0QQitemZ280387572623QQcmdZViewItemQQptZP CA_Mice_Trackballs?hash=item414866d38f&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14)

gkar
28-10-2009, 06:34 PM
Just to close this thread off, I decided to purchase this (http://cgi.ebay.com/Touchpad-Mouse-USB-Ergonomic-Touchpad-Apple-Mouse_W0QQitemZ280413129798QQihZ018QQcategoryZ2316 0QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem) touch keypad. Arrived today & using it now. Is a little learning curve, as it's different to anything I have previously used, but appears to be a good alternative as a reasonable price.

Guess only time will tell as to it's durability. I'm happy now, though. Cheers.

gary67
28-10-2009, 07:32 PM
Good to hear it seems to be working out for you