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    I've been using a logitech 8 button trackman for the last 18 months and am now reasonably happy with trackballs. However it has been getting a bit unpredictable lately and this morning completely died.

    Does anyone else use trackballs and have any recomendations?
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    Is there any way to open it up and taking a peek inside?
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    I've done that in the past for cleaning the rubbish out from inside. I'm not very good with electronics though, so wouldn't know waht to do if there weren't loose wires.
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    Hmmm...wires. OK, I was thinking more about dust bunnies and grime fouling up the works.
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    It's an optical trackball, I regularly clean the contacts and laser bit on the outside, just occasionally the odd bit dust bunny escapes into the body of the unit through the button.

    I opened it up a few months ago to clear these bits out.
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    Glen,

    I use a Logitech M570 wireless trackball. Had it about 7 months so far and really like it. I am on this machine all day, 5 days a week, and even some on weekends and just replaced the battery for the first time. It uses a single AA (I used a duracell). I replaced a Microsoft Optical trackball that I'd had for several years with this one (left click quit working). It has a scroll wheel of course, left and right click and two more buttons that will act as forward and back, but the driver will let you select alternate actions or program a key sequence to any of the buttons. So far, I like it. Some of the folks warned me that wireless mice are squirrelly, but I haven't had any trouble with it so far.

    My wife has a Logitech Trackman Marble on her machine at school and really likes it, but I prefer steering the pointer with my thumb instead of middle and ring fingers.

    This is an interesting contraption, but not sure how useful it would be for cad.
    http://gadgetsin.com/wireless-usb-trackball-mouse.htm
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    I did some research on the 'net when I got home (very restrictive net nanny at work) and it seems most trackballs omit the wheel these days so I'll probably have to splash out on a top end one like the M570, which I'm thinking would be my first choice as my thumb joints are about the only pain free ones in my hand.

    Just want to see if work will buy me it, I have a doctors letter saying I have RSI symptons on its way so legally they will have to buy me something to help prevent any further problems but I bet they'll balk at paying 50 quid.
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    It's a miracle! I mucked about with the batteries, as I did yersterday, then reconnected the trackball to the wireless receiver, again as yesterday, then it started working!

    This could be an indication that it's on its last legs but at least I can use it again. WIll definitely keep an eye on the MX570 in case I see it at a good price.
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    There was a wired version that's about half the price of wireless one if you can find it. Kensington makes one that has a scroll ring instead of a wheel, not sure what that's all about. It's a ring around the rollerball instead of a wheel. don't know why that would be a good idea, but someone thought so.

    I don't know anything about these, but they are about $25 US. Wired, and the scroll wheel is on the side. Kinda strange but interesting.http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...7997&CatId=540



    Amazes me that companies would rather take the chance of having to pay for a work related RMI than spend $50 to prevent it. One office call to a doctor here in the states would buy 3 of those trackballs. Yet you see "SAFETY FIRST" banners hanging on the walls that cost more than the mouse would.
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