up on mech keyboard,trackball

Found at: zaibatsu.circumlunar.space:70/~tfurrows/phlog/2021-07-16_keyboardFollowup.txt

Follow-up on mech keyboard, trackball mouse          7/16/21
This is a follow-up on a previous post[1], 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
  is needful.
- 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
  some work.

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 

[1] gopher://zaibatsu.circumlunar.space:70/0/~tfurrows/phlog/2021-06-14_mechanicalKeyboard.txt