Posts Tagged ‘mice’

Fellowes 5-Button Optical Mouse With Microban Review

Monday, May 7th, 2007
Posted in Hardware · Tags:

I’ve only had it about a month and the back button (on the top left side) is already broke. Its stuck inside and I can’t get it out. :/ I really like 5-button mice as it saves me time from having to move around to click on back and forward. I usually prefer having the mouse4 and mouse5 buttons on opposite sides, but this mouse seems rather confortable with them on the same side next to each other.

Item # 446360
Manufacturer # 98913

Featuring built-in Microban® antimicrobial protection, this mouse delivers advanced optical technology for powerful control and accuracy. With 5 programmable buttons (including a scroll wheel), included Fellowes Easy Point Software and easy USB connectivity, this mouse is great for any Windows® 98SE, 2000, Me or XP user. Manufacturer’s 3-year warranty.

Fellowes 5-Button Optical Mouse With Microban

Guess I’ll find out if that 3-year warranty is legit or not.

I emailed Fellowes’ Tech Support and even though I didn’t have a tracking ID for the package I still had the original email and responses I sent in. They were nice enough to send me the replacement, even though they said they never got the mouse.

Ergonomic Keyboards and Mice Links

Tuesday, April 10th, 2007
Posted in Hardware · Tags: ,

I’ve had these in my bookmarks for a long time and figured I’d share my collection.

Enablemart – This seems to be a third party seller but I’ve yet to find out who makes all the equipment they sell
3M Ergonomic Products – Notable is the Ergonomic Mouse that looks kind of like a joystick
Kinesis Corporation – Another third party place that sells ergonomic items (they have chairs also)
Perific – Their main product is the Wireless Dual Mouse
Evoluent – They are known for the VerticalMouse
Contour Design – Best known for the RollerMouse and the PerfitMouse (Contour Mouse)
Combimouse – Combination Keyboard and Mouse
Adesso – They make a lot of products
Aerobic Mouse – Looks a lot like the VerticalMouse except it has a plastic area to hold your hand
Nohands Mouse – Control your mouse with your feet
Zero Tension Mouse – seems like a mix between the VerticalMouse and 3M’s Ergonomic Mouse

Seems like a lot of good ideas are out there, but I’m still not sure if keyboards have seen enough innovation. I’ve seen vertical keyboards and some other weird ones on these sites. Microsoft’s Natural Ergonomic Keyboard 4000 looks nice but I could do without the zoom feature. Do people really need zoom that much? I’ve seen zoom buttons even on mice. I think having a mouse nib (like those on some laptops) would make more sense instead. I’ve gotten to the point I can’t stand mice with less than 5 buttons either. One problem is some keyboards layout the Insert/Home/Page Up/Delete/End/Page Down buttons differently. And some also make the Enter button bigger and move the backslash and pipe button.

Use a Joystick for a Mouse

Wednesday, February 14th, 2007
Posted in Software · Tags: ,

Whether you are setting up a MAME machine, a gaming box or just looking for an alternative to mouse pads or trackballs you might like the following two programs that let you use your joystick instead.

JoystickMouseTool is a free program and lets you setup a joystick very easily to do your mouse functions. All the basic mouse features are here, left-click, right-click, middle-click, mouse-wheel (scroll wheel) and even mouse buttons 4 and 5. You can also pick absolute mode which places the mouse exactly at the point where the joystick is and then centers the mouse when you’re not moving the joystick, that mode works best with an analog joystick. You can even set a unlock button on your joystick, which will require you to press it in order to use the joystick. It has enough options incase you have 16 joysticks hooked up or 31 buttons on your joystick.

JoystickMouseTool

Joystick 2 Mouse is another free program (as long as you use it for personal use, if you use it for commercial use its only $20). Unlike JoystickMouseTool this program is much more complicated to setup, but its also much more powerful. You’ll definitely have to review the help docs on the website but once you get the idea behind it, you’ll see it can do a lot of things.

It supports up to 16 joysticks, with up to 32 buttons, 6 axes and POV (Point Of View hat, in other words the Directional pad also known as the D-pad) each. You can setup several profiles and have different ones for whatever you like. You can also setup shift buttons which increases the uses of each button, axis or POV. Not only can you control the mouse, but you can do keyboard buttons (including number pad buttons, function keys), control Internet Explorer, Winamp and more.

Note: If you are setting Joystick 2 Mouse to use a joystick other than the first one, you’ll end up running into a weird bug. Even if you disable the first joystick and set it to use the second joystick and give the second joystick has its own xml file for a profile. The next time you go into the settings, you’ll have to change the joystick you”re using then change the profile manually so it loads that profile if you need to make some more changes. This seems to be a minor bug, but rest reassured if you are using the first Joystick you will have a much easier time configuring the program, since you won’t have to deal with any of that.

Joystick 2 Mouse

Off-Table Track Mouse

Thursday, February 8th, 2007
Posted in Hardware · Tags:

4d scroll mouse
The mouse has three buttons, one that works like a gun trigger that can work with your index or middle finger. The trigger button is a regular left click, the button on the top left is like a middle click and the one on the top right is a right click. Of course you can change these in windows to what you want. The trackball needs to be pushed down a little to work properly, but thats no big deal. Like all trackballs, you can remove it and clean it when its needed. These devices come with a USB or PS/2 connector. No CD came with the device, and it uses just regular mouse drivers. It claims its compatible with Windows 95 version B/98/ME/NT/2000/XP, I’ve only used it on XP though. It comes in handy for presentations or when you don’t want to use a regular mouse on the desk. One thing I’ve noticed is that the box design could use some better graphics and better spell checking, there were several typos on the box.

Logitech TrackMan Wheel review

Tuesday, January 30th, 2007
Posted in Hardware · Tags: ,

I’m new to using trackballs, but this device made the switch rather easy. It seems it was designed to make you use two fingers for controlling the 3 buttons and scroll wheel, since the buttons on the right are so small. I miss the fourth and the fifth buttons on my old mouse (which I used for back and forward), but I guess they couldn’t think of where to place them. The software (if you install it) also lets you setup how you want north to be interpreted by the ball.

Logitech TrackMan Wheel

Pros:

  • PC and Mac compatible
  • PS/2 or USB
  • thumb-operated
  • optical (which results in less cleaning)
  • scroll wheel
  • right side is very similar to regular mice
  • software lets you configure how the ball interprets movement

Cons:

  • right handed only
  • buttons on the right are too small

After using this for about 2 or 3 months I had to quit. My thumb became sore moving the ball around too much. However, I was able to get good enough with maneuvering it to use Photoshop fairly well, but not down to the pixel level, like I can with a mouse.