I’ve been a long time track ball user. In fact I hate using mice, especially ones with cables, or ones with low batteries that never seem to work so well. Unfortunately I lost my last trackball at Tech.Ed 2005 on the Gold Coast and haven’t been able to find a replacement.
It was a Microsoft Trackball and my hopes of getting it replaced were dashed when I went to the Microsoft Company Store in Seattle earlier this year, and they no longer stocked them. That means that the sole remaining provider of trackballs in the market is Logitech.
Unfortunately the precise shape of the trackball matters and I’m not comfortable enough with any of the current Logitech designs to invest the money.
This general apathy for the current trackball designs, and my need to have a pointing device I can use to easily drive presentations drove me to purchase the Microsoft Wireless Notebook Presenter Mouse 8000 (gotta love those product names).
So far I’ve been generally impressed with the device, it is fairly accurate for a mouse. The real test is how well it works during a presentation as I stomp around the stage (I tend to walk around a little bit – maybe I should use a Wii controller as a pointer :P).