Looking for the Perfect Mouse

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April 30, 2012 at 06:06:35
Specs: Windows 7, E5200, 4GB DDR-II RAM
Hi I am spending most of my computing time laying in bed with a laptop. Yep, I am quite lazy these days.
Needless to say I find the laptop's inbuilt touch pad pretty uncomfortable and I prefer to use a mouse. The problem is that most mouses I have tried require to have a nice mouse pad underneath them in order to work correctly.
I don't want to have mouse pad in my bed. It will just complicate things instead of make them easier. I will have to move the pad around, etc. This would make things quite anti-lazy, if you know what I mean.

I need a mouse that can work on bed covers, blankets, sheets, even if they are wrinkly and not smooth.
In other words, I need to be able to use my bed's surface as one huge mouse pad.
This will give me the freedom that I need while computing from my bed.

Is there a mouse that can work on wrinkly bedding?


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#1
April 30, 2012 at 06:24:27
optical .......... ...... ...

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#2
April 30, 2012 at 06:52:14
So what you want is a trackball.

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#3
April 30, 2012 at 09:33:05
Thanks for the replies.
A trackball would be fine for general browsing etc, but I forgot to mention that I do a lot of PhotoShop (art?)work and I can't imagine drawing a precise shape like a human face with a trackball.
Best thing for that job is a tablet, of course, and I do have one, but I only use it on a desktop PC for obvious reasons.

For my bed works I will be fine with drawing with a mouse, as long as it does not require a mouse pad.
And that's why I'd like to learn if there is a good model that can work OK on sheets, blankets, etc.


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#4
April 30, 2012 at 09:33:26
Trackball, touchpad, or keyboard w/touchpad. Or put something flat on your bed to use for a mouse pad. What you're asking to do is unrealistic. Are you in bed because you're an invalid? If not, how about getting a computer desk & chair?

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#5
April 30, 2012 at 11:08:47
I can't imagine drawing a precise shape like a human face with a trackball.
Probably because you've never used a trackball. They're used a lot in CAD work, mostly because of the reduced wrist stress involved. The better ones are also more precise than your typical mouse.

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#6
May 2, 2012 at 04:50:07
^ Yeah, but drawing with your thumb (or middle finger, depending on the type of trackball) is kinda... weird.
I draw from the wrist/elbow/forearm, like most people.

Also, it is good that trackballs are popular for CAD, but CAD drawing in its most typical form (making plans of buildings, mechanical parts, etc) is a lot different from freehand drawing. Typical CAD is more like putting vertices in coordinates in space and then having the program connect those vertices.
Freehand CAD is a different story. I am sure you can do it from your thumb using a trackball, but I believe getting the hang of it is gonna be a rather long process.

However, I may get myself a trackball eventually. I guess it would offer some comfort, at least for browsing.
And wow, those trackballs tend to be expensive.


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