Was wondering if any of you drafters have struggled with carpal tunnel and made a change in the type of mouse that you use. I am really struggling with tendonitis and hand pain and need to make a change. There are all kinds of ergonomic mice out there and am not sure which ones offer the precision needed for cad drafting. Thinking tracball but not sure? There are also some vertical mice that allow you to rotate your arm to a handshake postion. This type of mouse relies on larger muscles in your upper arm which concerns me about precision. Any input would be greatly appreciated.
I have done quite a bit of drafting sheets for many years as personal use now long retired, and so forth (I don't feel the size of drawing sheet is relevant) and do have carple in both hands. I have solved the carple, which I don't feel has any connection to desk work etc., with a simple operation procedure, but back to your point, the vertical meece you describe immediately makes my head ache if not my torn shoulders or wrists.
My Logitech or Microsoft meece with a thumbwheel work absolutely painlesslesly and with great precision. I personally have never been enamored with the large trackball but that may just be my feel.
Logitech track ball once you learn them you will never use a conv. mouse again. Plus you can stand behind your customers and rest it on your leg and move around drawings or presentation without having to have a surface to move a mouse on.
I've been using a Microsoft trackball for years, switched due to wrist fatigue after a few hours of drafting. Haven't had any problems after switching to a trackball, the device stays in one spot and its all fingers & thumb operation. My big problem is Microsoft no longer makes a trackball, but Kensington has some great options.
I had been using the Logitech Performance MX, which I liked, but found I had to replace about yearly as whatever internal parts that control the buttons wear out and become unreliable, which is quite irritating. I had been encountering some fatigue, too, and decided to try the Evoluent mouse, which is turned on it's side, keeping the arm and wrist in line while working. I like it quite well from the pov of comfort, don't experience any fatigue, but am a bit slower with it than a standard mouse, esp. the RMB, which is operated with the ring finger/pinkie, rather than the middle finger, which takes a little getting used to. All in all, I quite like it and if you're experiencing discomfort, it is almost certain to eliminate it.
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