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I use a track ball while playing GR. It's a Microsoft one, and it has both pros and cons:

pros:

- the track ball I use is controlled by the index finger, so no no hand fatigue

- has the ability to program the buttons to zoom/unzoom, and can scroll

- don't run out of mouse pad

- you can "spin" the ball to turn around quickly

cons:

- hard to move the reticule in very small increments - the point of the reticule jumps a round a little.

- the ball gets sticky - not gooey sticky, but hard to move occasionally. I've found that no matter how well I clean the ball and the ball holder, this is a constant problem.

I'd like to get some opinions - what do people use, what brand, and what have they tried and not liked?

Grebyte

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Well I use the Logitech MX700 and it rocks in my oppinion. I have absolutly nothing bad to say about this mouse. No cord in the way and if the battery runs out the reciver quickly recharges from zero to full in 2 hours. The battery lasts atleast one week with lots of use. When it tells you (with a litle red light on the mouse) that the batt is low it can still run 2 hours with no probs.

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Personally when ever I tried to use a trackball just in normal use I went nuts.... so I've always used a mouse... currently I'm using a MS Intellimouse Optical.... with 5 buttons.... i had to replace my old 2 button so I spent alittle more so I could map keys in GR to it :thumbsup: ....... I love it:wub:.... all my weapon stuff I can do with my right hand and movement I can do with my left.... not to memntion it looks cool too :P

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,Sep 19 2003, 14:41 ] Well I use the Logitech MX700 and it rocks in my oppinion. I have absolutly nothing bad to say about this mouse. No cord in the way and if the battery runs out the reciver quickly recharges from zero to full in 2 hours. The battery lasts atleast one week with lots of use. When it tells you (with a litle red light on the mouse) that the batt is low it can still run 2 hours with no probs.

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WHAT !

I did try it but it is way to heavy (even the mx500 is). It is perfect for some office/design work, but for gr or other fps, the must remains the lightest possible mouse IMO. Allows you to turn and point way faster...

concering the lost track ball, well... :D

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i use a laser mouse, there great, they never need cleaning or anything, no stickness or ne thing, mine also has a wheel thingy in it for zooming in, and its get a red ligh that comes from the bottom whenever u use it. Its also good because you don't need a mouse pad, and it work great for GR! if you looking into buying a mouse, i suggest getting one like this!

DS22

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MS Optical Trackball & a Belkin Speedpad.

Used trackballs ever since I discovered Doom 12-13yrs ago. Was a logitech Wingman back in those days. I've tried different mice but never felt comfortable with them.

The speedpad is an absolute godsend. I know it's a piece of kit that has widely differing views but for me it's perfect for fps.

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Ok, first off, wireless mice are quite possibly the worst things in the world. Ive tried wireless with Microsoft and Logitech, and both feel like they "lag" a little, even with adjusted settings.

IMO, optical mice that aren't wireless is the way to go. I have a Microsoft IntelliMouse, which is optical and it plugs the PS/2 mouse port, or I can plug it into a USB port. Five buttons and a scrolling wheel.

cmhdMousingDevicesAllMicrosoft_IntelliMouse_Optical-resized200.jpg

Thats what it looks like. Plus, you can pick it up for around $20, which is good. :thumbsup:

Edit - As for a mouse with a track ball, most likely case is that it's dirty.

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Been there done that with every mouse you can think of. Bought the most expensive there is......and then have returned them all. Using about a 12 year old logitech trackball, fore finger ball with 3 buttons. I will never play with anything else but it.

I found that the microsoft track balls do tend to get sticky, not even a cleaning will fix it...they just dont feel as well put together as the logitech track balls.

To each their own...GG's

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Acrox 800dpi optical mouse with cool inner lit centre scrol button - green for 400dpi, oange for 600dpi and glows red hen on 800dpi. Got 2 hip uttons for additionl functionality and as smooth and accurate as any I've used.

Took a bit of getting used to when i recently upgraded from old all mouse - but optical is the way to go for sure.

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I played with a Logitech trackball since '90, and it just gave up the ghost on me 2 weeks ago. Got an MS trackball, but will be replacing with Logitech when I get some cash. The MS doesnt feel right, but it was all I could get at the time.

Trackball all the way. No hand fatigue, and no running out of mouse pad. :thumbsup:

Moving to proper forum.

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Trackball all the way.  No hand fatigue, and no running out of mouse pad. :thumbsup:

:huh: I dont get it. How do trackballs have anything to do with hand fatigue, and running out of mouse pad? :blink:

I guess it depends on if you have acute Carpal tunnel or not, and the size of your desk for resting your arm on. I know alot of people that cant use mice once they have used a trackball. For many just using a thumb or finger is the way to go.

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I use a Logitech Marble Mouse Trackball, finger control with 2 switches. I think that the biggest thing is to use it for a couple weeks to get used to the new method. I much prefer using it for FPS, as i can spin around 180 deg. with a flick of the finger, instead of a roll-pickup-moveback-setdown type of maneuver. Only thing bad is not having zoom...

if you are bored, check out my weapons info:

http://www3.telus.net/miklogik/ghostrecon/tutorial

http://www3.telus.net/miklogik/ghostrecon/kits.htm

http://www3.telus.net/miklogik/ghostrecon/charts.htm

Cheers!

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