Follow-up on mech keyboard, trackball mouse 7/16/21
This is a follow-up on a previous post, about a new cheap
mechanical keyboard, and a trackball mouse. I've been using
both for about a month, so it's probably time to give my
I like the keyboard more than I expected I would. I figured
the noise would get annoying, to myself and others. For my
part, I don't mind it at all. I've asked people in the house
if they can hear it when my office door is open, and they
say that they can't hear it much (and seem to be confused
that I would ask such a question.) I've used it while on
phone calls, and during Zoom meetings, and I've also asked
people if it sounds loud in those settings. No complaints,
though one person confirmed that they could hear it. I'm
still eager to try the browns out eventually.
The feel of the keyboard has only gotten better as I've
gotten used to it. My only complaint is that at times the
keys feel a bit too sensitive, especially keys that my palm
might accidentally brush, such as ctrl, shift, and super at
times. Just means I have to avoid being lazy.
On the mouse: I read online that you need to use a trackball
for a week to get used to it. For me, it was probably two
weeks or more. I had to write a little script to set the
speed, which looks like this:
# Set trackball speed (kensington eagle)
# necessary because the prop (id#) changes
devid=$(xinput --list-props "Primax Kensington Eagle Trackball" | grep -i "accel speed (" | sed 's/.*(\(.*\)).*/\1/')
xinput set-prop "Primax Kensington Eagle Trackball" $devid -0.8
echo "Trackball speed set for property $devid"
xinput --list-props "Primax Kensington Eagle Trackball" | grep -i $devid
I'm not sure why the prop number changes in xinput, but it
does for me. This takes care of that, and sets the speed
where I want it...
Getting back: it took at least two weeks to get used to the
trackball, to feel like it wasn't a burden to use it vs. a
mouse. However, having reached that point, here's what I'm
- Far less strain on my hand. The position of the hand while
using this is much better than a mouse. Maybe a larger,
ergonomic mouse would be good too, I'm comparing this to a
fairly small logitech wireless mouse. Much less strain.
- Rapid to get from once place to another on screen. Swipe
the ball, and you're there. You get used to the swipe that
- Works better than expected in gimp. I was really worried
that the trackball would be an impediment in gimp, but I'm
not finding that to be the case. I'm not a heavy graphics
guy, but I do use it (and inkscape, and others) regularly.
The trackball is invisible to me at this point, and in
some use cases, possibly better.
- Love the spinner scroll, but it's a little too sensitive.
I tend to bump it more than I like when I'm only trying to
use the ball.
- I absolutely love that the trackball stays in one place.
Don't have to constantly adjust or make room.
- I miss having a third mouse button. Yes, I can do the
emulated press 1+2=3, but that's not the same by a long
- The ergonomics on this cheaper trackball aren't that
great. Less strain on the hand, but the wrist rest needs
And there you have it. All in all, I still like both. I'm
still using both, full-time. The logitech wireless
keyboard/mouse will remain in storage it seems. I should
have also mentioned, I strongly prefer wired for this
desktop setup (what a pain to worry about reception and