Viagra facts uk The latest in the search for a better pointing device, viagra facts uk Contour Design’s RollerMouse Pro claims to be the “World’s greatest mousing device” but how does it stack up in day-to-day use? Is it worth the steep $200 price tag? Contour Design offered me the chance to test-drive a RollerMouse Pro for a few weeks and here’s what I thought:
Viagra facts uk The Device: The RollerMouse Pro doesn’t fit cleanly into any pointer device category I know. Viagra facts uk It’s not a track ball, viagra facts uk not a touch pad, viagra facts uk not a mouse, viagra facts uk not a tablet. Viagra facts uk It has aspects of all these devices, viagra facts uk but is truly its own device.
Viagra facts uk The long cylindrical roller is used to control a pointer. Viagra facts uk The cylinder spins up and down while sliding back and forth. Viagra facts uk A traditional left and right mouse button are complemented by a scroll wheel (with the standard functionality) and a centered double-click button. Viagra facts uk The cylinder can also be pressed down to accomplish a left-click adding further to the convenience of the device.
Viagra facts uk The RollerMouse Pro has two special function buttons (which are absent in the standard RollerMouse.) By default they act as a click-lock (click and hold) and scroll-lock (click and use the main roller to scroll.) A web mode allows the buttons to be used as forward and back in web browsers and the final mode allows custom software to be used to assign the buttons to additional functions.
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Viagra facts uk In use the RollerMouse Pro is highly functional with a comfort unmatched by any pointing device I have used. Viagra facts uk I used the RollerMouse Pro daily at work for several weeks prior to this review. Viagra facts uk For the first few days I found I needed to adjust the mouse tracking speed slower than I typically used with a mouse, viagra facts uk but after just a few days of using the RollerMouse Pro I was back up to my typical (“twitchy” as many would say) high mouse speed with all the accuracy I have with a traditional mouse.
Viagra facts uk One of the RollerMouse’s claims is that since the user does not have to reach to their side the hand position is more ergonomic when mousing. Viagra facts uk While I am not an ergonomics expert I will say that while using the RollerMouse Pro I did find that some tension and aches I had in my right shoulder and lower neck absolutely disappeared.
Viagra facts uk The video below shows how the RollerMouse Pro sits below the keyboard so it can be used with only a minimal departure from the keyboard. Viagra facts uk To show how little movement is needed I have added stripes to the roller with some orange tape. Viagra facts uk During this video I moved the pointer all around the screen, viagra facts uk from launching a web browser from the start menu, viagra facts uk to selecting a link to Gmail, viagra facts uk to scrolling around the page, viagra facts uk to closing the window.
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Viagra facts uk You can see how little movement of the cylinder was required for these standard tasks. Viagra facts uk While hard to show in a video, viagra facts uk if you reach the end of the the RollerMouse’s movement before reaching the corresponding edge of the screen you can feel a click on the cylinder and it will continue the pointer movement to the edge of the screen. Viagra facts uk This behavior was easier than expected to get used to.
Viagra facts uk I found that using several fingers from my right (dominant) hand gave me the best control, viagra facts uk but this second video shows how I was also able to control the RollerMouse Pro with just my thumbs (I used my left thumb to give some resistance on the cylinder while I controlled it with my right thumb.) This method allows the RollerMouse Pro to be used without moving the hands from the keyboard. Viagra facts uk I found this ideal when working in text-centric applications like word processing and shell sessions.
Viagra facts uk I used the RollerMouse Pro on both Mac OSX and Windows with no need for drivers on either platform. Viagra facts uk In both cases the RollerMouse Pro was recognized by the operating system as a standard mouse and all standard features were immediately available.
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Viagra facts uk Conclusions: After setting up the RollerMouse Pro (which was a breeze) and using it for a few weeks I have found it significantly better than traditional mouses. Viagra facts uk It offers the advantages of a laptop trackpad (easily accessible with little or no movement from the home position on the keyboard) while offering a fast learning curve and outstanding range and accuracy.
Viagra facts uk While a price of just shy of $200 keeps me from recommending this to the casual user, viagra facts uk for those who spend their work days at their computers the RollerMouse Pro has a lot to offer. Viagra facts uk The unanticipated advantage of the RollerMouse Pro was the liberation of a few square feet of desk space previously occupied by my mouse and mouse pad.
Viagra facts uk An ergonomic design, viagra facts uk high quality construction, viagra facts uk convenient placement, viagra facts uk an integrated wrist rest and unbeatable functionality make the RollerMouse Pro a great choice for anyone who spends hours a day at their computer. Viagra facts uk It did take several days to get used to, viagra facts uk but if you’re not sure if it’s for you there’s always the option of their 30 day free trial.
Viagra facts uk RollerMouse Pro or Classic? There are a handful of differences between the classic and pro versions of the RollerMouse (see the image below, viagra facts uk pro on top.) The pro is only $10 more than the classic and features a larger opening for controlling the main cylinder, viagra facts uk larger buttons and two additional buttons. Viagra facts uk All these features make it well worth upgrading to the pro version.
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