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We have discussed keyboards. But take a look at the small piece of plastic to the right (or left :) ) of your beloved keyboard! This humble creature helps you to draw nice forms, and click all around the web. A real programmers mouse must be precise and comfortable, so which mouse would you make a companion to your keyboard?

Currently I'm in love with this fat member of mice family:
Natural wireless laser mouse 6000
Mouse

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David Citron
I love my DeathAdder, too! It's much less shiny in real life (compared to many pictures online), which is great for me (it already glows; don't need glaring as well).
strager
It's also much more comfortable and better built than it looks on pictures. And you can turn of the LEDs through the software.
Vasil
Yes, true--the surface is a kind of rubberized plastic: very comfortable. A+: Would buy again :-)
David Citron
+1 for the DeathAdder. Even though it's not used to add any frags to my scores anymore. : (
pmr
+1 As i recall the grip took a bit of getting used to at first and the buttons are a bit touchy when resting my hand, but i love this mouse!
RCIX
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I like my logitech mx518. Basically, i like high resolution mice so i don't have to move my hand very much.

Darren Kopp
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moobaa
This is an amazing mouse. I usually by the cheaper version without the extra side buttons, but they still rock.
icco
Bah! I got one when it first came out, and the optical sensor went crazy! Nothing worse than a trembling mouse cursor.
Kieveli
Mine died the same way.
Uri
This mouse has sides that slope inwards slightly, which means your hands have to work harder to hold it. It also has a huge BACK button the left side that is easy to bump in to, losing your current web page. Sucks.
Jay Bazuzi
Great mouse -- chunky and robust, with the most tactile wheel I've used. The side buttons are nicely placed for web surfing.
Tim Robinson
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Blorgbeard
Heh, one of my coworkers has one of these. I think I'm the only person who ever has to use her machine who can cope with it!
Rich
+1 I've been using one of these for about 3 year now. Weird, but awesome. Totally helped with the RSI I (used to) get in my wrists. However the 3rd button, the one closest to the mouse pad, has broken, but no big deal as I wasn't using it.
David HAust
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For some years now, I've been using one of these TrackMen -- yes, it's a trackball, not a mouse. After a very short time getting used to it, I find it much less annoying then a mouse -- I don't need to find space on my desk to move it!

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theorbtwo
Handy if you can't move your arm too - I broke my shoulder a few years back, and the wireless version of that made computer use possible, even from in a sling.
Cebjyre
Best mouse (er... trackball) ever! I absolutely love them and got one on each of the 3 pcs at home. :)
Lck
I have one of these. It isn't very good for [RTS](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Real-time_strategy) games which require a lot of random movement, but good for [FPS](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/First-person_shooter) games which call for good aim. As for programming, the trackball mouse is ergonomic for modest use. One thing that's sometimes handy is that you can easily use your thumb to strike the Enter key when your hand is on the mouse. For instance, when I type Ctrl+Insert (with my left hand) to copy something and Shift+Insert to paste, I can thumb in extra return characters as needed.
Joey Adams
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Dillie-O
Re copy/paste: for years innumerable, the X Window System has been supporting clipping by merely selecting text and pasting it with the middle mouse button.
Roman Odaisky
I had one of these for a long time. Sadly, somewhat recently it broke and i had to get a logitech one... :(
RCIX
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Kyle Cronin
I'm really in love with the 2D scroll ball on this mouse. As well as the two-finger 2D scrolling on the trackpad. It's frustrating to use a trackpad that doesn't support this.
Tom Lokhorst
Classic Apple... it's not particularly usable, nor useful, but it's pretty. ...if you like that sort of stuff.
nickf
The one thing that it does have going for it is the Bluetooth connectivity. When I was looking at wireless mice before I bought the mighty mouse there was only one other Bluetooth mouse that I saw and it was a small notebook mouse.
Kyle Cronin
I have problem hitting the right button, hate it for that.
pmlarocque
you can vacuum clean teh trackball with a brush attachment, that seems to dislodge stuff in there. I've had to throw a couple away, they were beyond vacuuming. Main thing is to not be eating cheeseburgers and scrolling too.
Gene T
"It's not particularly ergonomic but..." - isn't ergonomics the whole point of a good mouse?
OJW
I guess what I'm saying is that it's not a particularly good mouse. Not bad, but it's nothing special.
Kyle Cronin
I had 2 of these. The scroll errr... ball got disfunctional on both after 3 months of use.
Vasil
Fixed my scroll ball with this: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1537?viewlocale=en_USEssentially, vigorously rub the ball while the mouse is upside down.I really like the weight of this mouse
phsr
I really can't stand Apple mice - the "nipple", the "buttonless buttons", the shape...everything about them simply feels wrong.
thekidder
The mouse ball just feels like someone is screching on a blackboard juck!
Thomaschaaf
This is the worst apple product ever. As I have 2 iMacs, I have 4 of these, 2 wired and 2 wireless. The trackballs on all four got stuck. Cleaning them is not very easy (involves knives). Trackballs aside it's not a very pleasant mouse. Any logitech laser mouse is far better than this.
Vasil
I agree with @pmlarocque, hate the right click it also doesn't move well.
kenny
On the one I played with, I had to lift my left finger to right click. Otherwise it wouldn't register. That alone steered me far, far away from this mouse.
alex
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Absolutely love my Logitech G9.

The free wheeling scroll has helped a lot with the little niggling pains I used to get in my index finger.

Fully customisable X and Y speeds, adjustable on the fly, so can switch from high speed text editor mousing to ultra slow precision for image editing in a matter of seconds.

Not too many buttons, weight adjustable, and it rocks for gaming too.

seanb
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David Crow
This mouse is okay. I love that it's an optical bluetooth mouse, but it is a little to small for my average-sized hands.
Lance Fisher
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Kyralessa
Why oh why did they discontinue this mouse :(
ctrlShiftBryan
That's what I'm using right now, though I have issues with the middle click button.
alexp206
I tried three different MX 1000's and I ended up getting a refund. Even lifting it up slightly while moving it would cause the cursor to jump around - it was almost *too* sensitive in that respect, and apparently I tended to apply enough pressure on the edges of my hand movement range to cause this.
J c
The "jumping" is generally caused by your mousepad, not mouse
Joe Philllips
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I have the Logitech mx518 as well, I think its a great mouse. I hate the scroll wheel on all the Microsoft mice I've used.

Shawn Simon
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Terry Lorber
I used a Kensington trackball many moons ago, and it was wonderful. It's so liberating not to need a clear surface with certain properties just to compute! By the way, as I recall you could hold both buttons and "wheel" up or down.
harpo
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Brian Boatright
You got my vote! I love it gyroscopic wheel.
aku
Yep. Nice mouse, although the wheel on mine stuffed up for awhile, it still worked, but wouldn't spin as freely. it seems to have come good again though.
Matthew Watson
Great mouse, but I had to install uberOptions ( http://www.mstar.net/users/rlowens/ ) to get the most out of it. I also changed the button behind the wheel to be the middle button and don't use the wheel as a button as I found it very stiff (It's still got one more usable button than the MX 1000)
Sam Hasler
It's so good I had to buy a second one to use at home - and it works great on the Mac OSX too :o)
Andrew
@Sam Hasler - wow, hadn't heard about uberOptions... very cool. Thanks! (wish I could upvote that comment)
David Mohundro
I have two of these one for workstation at home and one for the laptop. I like having consistancy of the keywoard (MSFT Ergo 4000) and the mouse. Also I turn off the clicking wheel and it's smooth now, awesome!
Brian Boatright
@Sam Hasler: I used uberOptions when I first got it but they have since released updates and the logitech software is good enough to handle the middle mouse [email protected]: That is great to know. I'm getting a Macbook pro as soon as they release the new version in Oct.
Brian Boatright
Anybody have any experience using one of these with a Mac?
Kyle Cronin
Yes, nobody, I do. It works very well - all the buttons can be remapped using Logitech's control panel so it's very versatile. The freestanding scroll wheel is very nice - something I didn't know before buying it is that you can nudge it left and right for horizontal scrolling.
Kyle Cronin
The gyroscopic wheel is addictive. I always miss it when using someone else's computer.
Joseph
I've been using it on a mac, no problems whatsoever. The wheel is great.Got these for like 35$ a couple weeks ago at CC.
Uri
i just started using one about half an hour ago; the first time I clicked the wheel and toggled free fly vs. clicking wheel my mouth dropped open; this one's an A++; 44 on Amazon as a refurb
jcollum
I hate the clicking so I turned it off completely via the Logitech Mouse control panel. It's great to just free ball it ;-)
Brian Boatright
I've used this mouse for a month or so now. The only drawback is that it is incredibly picky about the surface it is used on. You absolutely cannot use this on a dark mousepad or dark surface. Other than that, nice mouse.
jcollum
I have just bought this mouse based on this answer, and have consigned my Intillimouse Optical to the draw. Thus far, I'm delighted that I did so.
Kramii
I withdraw my earlier comment: the placement of the receiver was what was causing my issues. I plugged it into my keyboards usb port and it works great now.
jcollum
uberOptions has moved to: http://uberoptions.net/
jcollum
@Kramii I did the same. So far happy with it, it is heavier than my usual wired one (I guess that goes for all wireless) and it's extra buttons aern't compatible with my KVM (not the mouse's fault). The scroll wheel is a little stiff to click, but I think I may get used to it.
alex
My scroll wheel has became stuck on the mouse, and it seems like a common issue: http://forums.logitech.com/t5/Mice-Hardware/MX-VX-Revolution-scroll-wheel-stuck-sticky-slows-down-problem/m-p/113143
alex
For me they are to heavy I prefer a lighter mouse. Also switching lefthand righthand isn't ideal.
Bas Jansen
They have replaced it since with Logitech Performance Mouse M950. I had to jump through a few hurdles to get them to accept my proof of purchase, but they came through in the end and I am very happy :)
alex
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Swish
Agree. It takes some time to get used to. I've been using it for 8 months and wouldn't switch back to low-profile mouse.
aku
The wireless still lag a bit right? I can't handle it, even though it's probably just a frame or two behind.
Bjorn Reppen
Bjorn, I didn't notice any lags so far. Maybe it's no so fast as my Logitech MX Revolution, but still it's enough for my programming tasks.
aku
I second aku on that. No lags at all and both the grip and the position of your hand is way better than MX Revo. And I currently have both on my desk :)
kolrie
I have one of these, and it's pretty good, but a bit heavy, and it's a little to easy to hit the BACK button.
Jay Bazuzi
I like this one a lot. Takes a week or two to get used to but after that normal mice feel nowhere near as comfortable.
Simucal
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Scope out the new Microsoft ArcMouse and Explorer Mouse:

http://www.microsoft.com/hardware/mouseandkeyboard/productlist.aspx?type=Mouse

cpuguru
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The ergonomic Handshoemouse.

onnodb
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Lukas Šalkauskas
Mine are gray but I agree.. this was a really good mouse. The Microsoft mouse felt wrong, this felt right.
Bjorn Reppen
Im using this one and loving it
Ólafur Waage
I use it's cousin G5 which is purple and has some grip on it - they're both nice critters.
Ross
I miss my 510 :(The 518 has been a terrible replacement for me, what with two of its buttons being hard wired.
eyelidlessness
I have two of these - the red one pictured and also a gray one. Agreed, a really good mouse.
J c
I love my red one. I would die for it.
Joe Philllips
I've had a blue one for several years now that's been used so much the sides and the logo part of the palmrest are showing signs of wear. It's been dropped a lot yet still works great. I've considered getting a nice wireless replacement for it but can't bring myself to let go. Best mouse ever.
mandaleeka
+1 I love this one, too.
Turing Complete
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macbirdie
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Lars Mæhlum
I have to agree. The Logitech basic optical mouse is great. I really like the symmetrical ones like this.
Grant Johnson
have them all over my school and my workplace :) I feel pure love for this device although I would love the one with the vibrating mouse so you can get hapticfeedback aswell..
Thomaschaaf
I have same mouse at home and really love it. Using it feels really comfortable.
Dmitris
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Real Programmers Don't Use Mice

Jakub Šturc
So real programmers never edit images/icons? ;)
VVS
http://xkcd.com/378/
Jakub Šturc
Except when they are out of buttlerflies...
levhita
They use IBM trackpoint keyboard
1.01pm
Ferruccio
real programmers vote down your post :P
jcollum
jcollum: then I'm not a real programmer ;)
Kawa
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I've changed from a Genius NetScroll to Apple Mighty Mouse due to the scroll wheel. The scroll ball in the apple mouse is so comfortable, because it is very small, and you can do a lot of scrolling with less movement, when compared to a regular scroll wheel. I was getting in pain in my finger due to massive code reading+scrolling, when I was using the Genius NetScroll.

But, the Apple mouse could be fatter and higher, but just like Kyle said "It's ok"

Does anybody knows another mouse with a tiny scroll wheel/ball?

Armadillo
I think you should try something from Logitech MX/VX series. Actually they have scroll wheels of typical size, but allows you to spin this wheel. I find this feature to be *extremely* useful. I can scroll 100+ pages with *one* movement of my finger.
aku
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Chris Karcher
I haven't used mine for a full year yet, and it's already worn down. The left button randomly clicks once or twice extra when I press it once, releases itself during drags, and sometimes it makes spurious scroll wheel events.
jfs
+1, My Exp 3.0 has outlasted all of my Exp 4.0's, which are utter junk. @jfs, MS will replace any defective mouse gratis, I had 2x Exp 4.0's die, all replaced without any receipts or questions.
sixlettervariables
I use Intellimouse Explorer 3.0 and it fits perfect for my needs.
David The Man
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drfloob
Like real programmers do :P
OscarRyz
It defies gravity...
alex
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antik
Weird, I just searched for this very thread because the Microsoft Wheel Mouse Optical gives me a lot of pain...
Tobias
I hate how there's a red light at the base of it! Completely superfluous and not even attractive. I used to have one of these on the PC in my bedroom and it drove me nuts.
nickf
I've used three of these for almost ten years now, it's what a basic mouse should be, and about as cheap as anyone should go.
Karl
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dbrien
I loved this mouse while it worked, but after about 1 year it began to double and triple-click when I single-click.
Lance Fisher
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Graphain
But it's super expensive :(
HeavyWave
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Daniel
Looks like that receiver could be a PITA to remove once plugged in!
alex
I have one of these, for my notebook and it is generally good. But it is not very comfortable for longer periods of use, because it is small. Also after 2 years my left button started to get funky.
Kugel
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Daok
I always wanted to use my mouse on a unfinished park bench!
James McMahon
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eed3si9n
Mine's about 7 years old now and still going. Hope it never breaks.
Nicholas Riley
I've had 2 (one for home, one for work) since 2002, and swear by them. Nothing else works as well for me. I don't know what I'll do if they fail.
Jason Sundram
My girlfriend broke mine. I had it for almost 7 years :(
Brandon Bertelsen
Mine broke recently and I am using Kensington SlimBlade Trackball. The top two buttons of SlimBlade don't seem to work without Trackball Works running, but the software adds so much latency it makes it unusable.
eed3si9n
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Keith
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jk
When I still had a thinkpad, I loved that little trackpoint. :D
epochwolf
ah, those things drive me nuts.
nickf
I miss these dearly. I have never gotten used the the trackpads on my apple and all later computers. Bring back the trackpoint!
Uri
I really wonder when Microsoft will add this to their Natural Ergonomic 4000 model and save us all the pain!
utku_karatas
Those things make it easy to point to the corners and that's about it.
Lance Fisher
@Lance -- That's been my experience too :-)After a few hours of forced trackpoint use I felt like my upper pointer-finger tendon was going to jump out and run away. Never again!
David Citron
I call this the G-spot mouse. (Because it's located next to the G-key).
GvS
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brijwhiz
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akauppi
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Logitech G9 for me, after an advice on Coding Horror. The ability to add extra weight does not sound interesting at first, but it makes a HUGE difference.

Michael Stum
this is a seriously good mouse. I have the MX Revolution at home, but it just doesn't compare to the quality of the G9.
lomaxx
Anyone use this mouse on Ubuntu / [insert Linux distro]?
Joe Holloway
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Danny Whitt
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nickf
I love it, hehe.
Abyss Knight
Are you kidding? I *hated* that mouse! :)
Kyle Cronin
of course i'm kidding! seriously, who the hell designed that piece of crap? Apple's motto: Style over Substance, Form over Function.
nickf
A yes, the puck. I like apple but this was possible the worst mouse ever made.
James McMahon
THE PUCK IS BACK!
Rev316
@nickf Read a few Apple bashing comments on answers here :P I have to agree with you though here, I have never like an Apple mouse.
alex
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epochwolf
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I use the Dell mouse that came with my company issued laptop. Really, I love the stock Dell keyboard and mouse, it just works.

Abyss Knight
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Sprogz
I"m right handed and have no problem using a mouse in either my left or right hand. It doesn't take that long to train both hands, and you can ward of RSI by switching hands every so often.
Kibbee
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Dana
yes! few people are aware of the benefits of the trackball/mouse combo. personally i have two trackballs.
Peter S Magnusson
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Actually the best mouse ever shoud only have two buttons: "get all work done" and "get all work done now!" Well, still no such mouse on market.

akalenuk
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Guvante
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Brad Gilbert
There were two people, but then I got an optical mouse. Still a Logitech!
gbarry
That was the first mouse I have ever bought.
Brad Gilbert
Why would you, if you had a choice?
korona
I actually don't use it anymore, though I did when I posted this.
Brad Gilbert
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Andrew Queisser
Whatever happened to genius? I used to have a genius trackball.
James McMahon
Some genius sold the company.
Randolpho
Randolpho and James McM: at this moment, Pabloide86's answer is just below this one, and guess what?
Kawa
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pabloide86
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Colin Pickard
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Dan
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Ronny
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Evan
+1 for sheer novelty.
RCIX
Having a hard time picturing how I'd use it...
MarkPowell
I dont see the point.. 2>1 so this is better? :P
Ram Bhat
The point is you dont have to move your right hand between mouse and keyboard.
Kugel
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Oskar Duveborn
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codekaizen
http://emotiv.com/
RCIX
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BoltBait
How exactly do you provide force feedback on a mouse?
RCIX
You'd be surprised. As your mouse crosses over window borders, you feel a slight "click" in the mouse.
BoltBait
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this might be worth a try for those button addicts out there...

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featuring...
- 18 programmable mouse buttons with double-click functionality
- Three different button modes: Key, Keypress, and Macro
- Analog Xbox 360-style joystick with optional 4, 8, and 16-key command modes
- Clickable scroll wheel
- 512k of flash memory
- 63 on-mouse application profiles with hardware, software, and autoswitching capability
- 1024-character macro support.
- Open source support software for creating, managing, and customizing application profiles
- Import and export of custom profiles in XML format
- Optional audio notification of profile switching with customizable wave files
- PDF export of profile button assignments
- Adjustable resolution from 400 to 1,600 CPI
- 20 default profiles for popular games and applications, including OpenOffice.org 3.1, Adobe Photoshop, the Gnu Image Manipulation Program, World of Warcraft, and the Call of Duty series.
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Gnark
*gulp* the button from the makers of the 1000-Key Keyboard. ;)
RCIX
You forgot the punchline: that it's the *openoffice* mouse. Really!
Ken
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I don't use mice. they just slow me down !

Yassir
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My preference is to not use the mouse. But when neeeded, I prefer to use a tablet from Wacom (currently the previous generation Intuos3 A5) or a good trackball.

Wacom Intuos3 A5

Mikael S
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For all you programmers .. I use the a mouse with supports hyper scrolling AND I reprogram the scroll-left and scroll-right pushes on the mouse to do cut and paste .. far more useful that left and right scroll ... e.g. any Logitech mouse that supports hyper scrolling can do this.

Hyperscrolling is the best advance on mice to come out since laser mice.

Adam
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Logitech G5 alt text

Aistina
I suppose the black button on the lower-left is for starting [Portal](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Portal_%28video_game%29)?
Joey Adams
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Apple's Magic Trackpad.

I got used to using the trackpad in my Macbook. This is just like it but bigger, external, and Bluetooth. Scroll with two fingers, drag with three fingers, squeeze and stretch just like on your iPhone. The whole surface works as a button and it has support for a separate action for two-finger click. Magic Trackpad

Robert
How is it for Windows (via VM or Bootcamp?)
Nicolas Webb