I prefer a smaller mouse, nothing fancy there. It's an HP 3 button and simple as can be. I do have a Space Navigator, I disconnect it from the desktop and put it on my laptop frequently so smaller is better. I did win it at user group meeting so FREE is great. For the keyboards I prefer yet another simple Logitech K120. I buy the mouse and keyboards 3,4 or 5 at a time. Whenever I see them going off cheap. I don't clean them other than shaking them out and vacuuming it. When the keys start to shine I swap it out.
Maybe you should wait for some other opinions! LOL!
I know I'm in a minority but personally I find the best mouse is a Trackball.
Long time user of the Logitech M570
A couple of my posts on the subject.
As for touch devices, I also have a HP Spectre a hybrid convertible. To be honest it is nice to zoom and rotate the model. You can model using touch but really it is just simpler to use your mouse/ trackball
I found over the years (all the way back to the spaceball) that leaving the settings alone and just adjusting the speed is the best way.
John Hygelund wrote:
Up/Down Zoom seems slightly more intuitive, but I'm not convinced this is ideal.
Pan Up/Down matches behavior of Pan Left/Right with the change in Up/Down Zoom.
I remember years ago when I got my first device that I put it back in the box after about 10 minutes.
A year later I was about to put it on eBay when I decided I would take it out and give it one more chance.
Changed the zoom/pan direction and was flying like a pro in minutes.
Since then I have purchased more than 50 of various models....
John Hygelund wrote:
What about best practice for settings? Through trial and error I've found that slowing down pans and rotation makes for the most useful 3d mouse navigation. Up/Down Zoom seems slightly more intuitive, but I'm not convinced this is ideal.
What do others do?
I'm afraid I disagree. Pulling it toward me to zoom makes perfect sense. The way I explain the behavior is that when I grasp the knob and move it it's like I reached in and grabbed the model. If I pull it toward me it zooms in, if I twist the knob the model twists in the same direction, If I lift up the model moves up, etc. Like Steve Calvert said, adjust the speed according to your experience level and personal preference and leave the rest alone.
I gotta agree with Glenn Schroeder - the "pull" is more intuitive for me as well.
I know a lot of AutoCAD people that can't stand the way the scroll wheel works in SOLIDWORKS - I've always thought of it as "I'm rolling the model closer to me."
I guess it depends on how you are wired . . .
Much like Michael Lord, I used to prefer a trackball - for me it was the Microsoft Intellipoint Explorer
I wish I would have bought a case of these when I had the chance - they stopped making them, and there is a small group of people that are clamoring for them.
Luckily, I got my hands on a 3dconnexion CADMouse -
I haven't looked back - I cannot recommend this mouse enough . . . fan-freaking-tastic!
Microsoft Ergonomic Keyboard 4000 - it's swoopy, super comfortable, and I can type for days -
(Much like Bernie Daraz, I have a few of these as "backups" - the keys are showing some wear . . .)
I have the very basic 3dconnexion controller -
I've tried them all, and I just like the simplicity of this one.
(I could see going back to one of the big ones at some point, just keeping it simple for now.)
That's what works for me,
I'm on the same train as Glenn and Todd - I always envision it as my view is stationary and moving the puck on the 3D mouse moves the model in the same direction, relative to how the mouse is positioned compared to the model. Even in drawings, I see it as if I am sliding a sheet of paper across my screen. I've tried switching to zoom = Up/Down, but it hurts my brain since I'm already used to it being In/Out. However, if my screen was flat to the top of my desk, then I would probably have to change the zoom function to Up/Down instead of In/Out because that would align with my mentality.
Ultimately, I feel like it mostly just depends on what you choose to become familiar with - if you chose to randomize all of your settings (I wouldn't recommend it) and forced yourself to use it that way for a few days, it would likely still become second-nature to you, and switching to any other setup would seem weird (however, you would probably get a laugh from the look of confusion on everyone's face who tried to use your 3D mouse).
I prefer a bigger mouse that my hand can hug on to with 5 additional keys to program. I like to game and move a lot the mouse aside from productive things that can be done on a computer. I play a lot of Diablo 2 and an exceptional mouse is a minimum requirement. You should align your body ergonomically and should be light to be moved around. As said above, simplicity is the key but enough mods to customize your need. It is for your longevity and comfort.