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Optical Mouse or Optical Trackball?

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    Optical Mouse or Optical Trackball?

    Most people laugh at me or are dumbfounded when I tell them I use a trackball to play Unreal Tournament 2004. There was a point in time when I did play games with a normal mouse, but after playing with a trackball it just felt so superior in movement for games like EverQuest, FPSs, RTSs, etc. Anyway, to make a long story short, I finally decided to go back to trying a normal mouse and picked up a MX518 for $25 yesterday. I played a good bit of the night with it, but man I just feel so restricted movement-wise. I tweaked my sensitivity settings and everything, but still feel restricted. I'm going to give it at least another week or so, but I'm just wondering if I am wasting my time. Basically, I want to know if anyone out there has seriously tried both sides of the fence? If so, what did you end up going with and why? If you haven't ever used a trackball, how come you don't?

    I use MX518 + Icemat and sensitivity 0.40 i don't feel restricted but then again i have never used a trackball. Reasons why i just think mouses look kooler lol


      I started playing FPSes with a mouse years ago, and it didn't feel quite right to me, so I tried a trackball, which to me felt more natural.

      I've been using a trackball ever since, although I, too bought an MX518 just to see if maybe I was missing out. I must say, it is the finest mouse I've ever used, but even after using it for a few weeks I still didn't feel as good as a trackball, so I switched back.

      My only complaint about current optical trackballs is that none of them have sensors with the speed and accuracy of the current gaming mice. They all suffer from "negative acceleration" when you spin them too quickly, which annoys the hell out of me. So I stick to my trusty optomechanical trackball.

      Really, there's no inherent reason for a mouse to be better than a trackball, or vice versa. They're both basically the same technology, and they both do the same job of translating hand movements to cursor movements.

      I'm sure if all computers shipped with trackballs and you used a mouse, people would think you were weird and say, "but keyboard and trackball is the only way to play!"

      It's just a matter of preference. Try different things, use what works best for you, and ignore people who try to tell you what you should like.


        Mopuse has always felt natural to me... i have an MX1000, so i'm preety entrenched in mice, i sued a trackball once, wasn't quite natural for me.

        Do you trackball users play wiht or without invverted y axis?


          I used a trackball for ages. Loved it. it was a Microsoft. Ball moved with thumb, 4 buttons and a scroll wheel all on a level plane.

          But I bought an MX510. I noticed some improvements, especially long-range aiming, so I stuck with it.

          Both can be seen here:

          This is my desk at it's worst, about 6 months ago.