Trackballs to Brainwaves: The 50 Most Notable PC Peripherals

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stoneyface

i am an ergodex user and have loved this board since i unwrapped it several years ago now. i am a disabled gamer and without the ergodex i could not play any computer games that require some sort of keyboard input. my fingers are messed up and odd bent from the effects of arthritis and being able to put the keys wherever my fingers actually hit was a godsend. when i first started reading this article i thought to myself, "they better have my ergodex in there..." sure enough, it's there! what a blessing this board has become as i frag to the limit in the call of duty series or just romp around in age of conan or champions.

 THANK YOU ERGODEX!!!

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stoneyface

i am an ergodex user and have loved this board since i unwrapped it several years ago now. i am a disabled gamer and without the ergodex i could not play any computer games that require some sort of keyboard input. my fingers are messed up and odd bent from the effects of arthritis and being able to put the keys wherever my fingers actually hit was a godsend. when i first started reading this article i thought to myself, "they better have my ergodex in there..." sure enough, it's there! what a blessing this board has become as i frag to the limit in the call of duty series or just romp around in age of conan or champions.

 THANK YOU ERGODEX!!!

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K0BALT

I used Logitech's Marble Trackball when I first started getting into gaming..... it was great for Half-Life 2... Sadly, i've upgraded to the Logitech G9 mouse... when this thing finally dies, I may go back to my trackball.... once you get used to it, it's awesome. Very precise.

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CyyberSpaceCowboy

www.warmouse.com  Eighteen programmable buttons, a scroll wheel, and a thumb stick.  It's said the OpenOffice.COM guys had their name remove once they saw the pictures (now just the OO_Mouse).

 

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zerokool

Us windows guys wouldn't be caught dead with a thing that looked that whack on our desks. Apparently you haven't seen the Razer Naga bro. That thing is teh weaksauce compared to the Razer =P

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MµDiyéh

Nintendo Powerglove: a testament to the ingenuity and adaptability of pc hackers.

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querzus

who's that girl in the cover? I know its a 1997 cover but she's pretty!

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JohnP

 Let me count the ways. My college son still uses the original MS split keyboard at a blistering pace. I have one more as a spare.

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HeartBurnKid

It's not so much a piece of hardware as a set of schematics and drivers for rolling your own, but I would have put Direct Pad Pro on the list.  It was the first time there was an easy way to use console pads on a PC, and thus it opened up a whole market for PS2-to-PC adapters, console controller clones, and eventually using the 360 controller on Windows.

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Bustout

"typing on a keyboard with no tactile feedback whatsoever is pure torture." You could be describing my iPhone....

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robbie8317

I've got a Microsoft Trackball Explorer and wish that, at the very least, Microsoft would license someone else to make it. It is VERY long in the tooth and I'd like to know of a replacement before it gives up the ghost.

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TrackBall

I have been using trackballs for gameing since BF1942

There are just some things you can do with a trackball you cant do with a mouse. in 1942  loop de loops are easy with a tb conventional mouse deadly and another kill to my stats.

BF Vietnam:  Same thing but switch planes with helicopters.

Now days I use what I consider to be by & far the best Trackball ever.  Made by kensington.

I will pwn you ! Bringzit

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TimberWolf

I still use a logitech marble mouse track ball. Greatest mouse ever!

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zodi

Thrustmaster HOTAS and rudder pedals.  I know CH had a mention but Thrustmaster did have a much superior product with the flight simulation crowd, and it was ground breaking at the time.

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Chuckles

How can you mention the CH stuff without mentioning the Thrustmaster.

I had the original thrustmaster joystick and wcs (the one with the dip switches), to the wcs II (programable), to the FLCS, TQS, and F22.  I actually bought a cheapo soundcard 2-3 years ago after various upgrades left me without a joystick port to still be able to use the f22 and tqs (with the Bob Church's modded digital chips...yes someone designed new chips for it).  RIP, Buzz Hoffman, you brought me years of enjoyment!

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gendoikari1

Hehe... double entendre; Thrustmaster is bad on its own, but combined with HOTAS(S)? Giggle-worthy.

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PokeyJones

One device type i didn't see make the list is the Space Explorer type "mouse" produced by 3Dconnexion. found here (http://www.3dconnexion.com/3dmouse/overview.php) this mouse allows movement on x, y, and z axis and come in models with varying numbers of buttons and functions. The device is used mostly in CAD, CAM and Solid Modeling applications, but i've occasionaly wondered if somewhere there is a gamer that loves the Space Cadets.

Guess i shoud have read all the way to the end. LAST item in the article...

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tweeve

I still have a Logitech MX1000, I bought it soon after it hit the market, Still works fine today. Battery life isnt what it use to be, but the mouse works great.

I also still have the original Microsoft sidewinder joystick, too bad you cant find any computers that can use it due to it using a midi/game port. As far as I know it still works, I havent found a system that it will run on in over a year. Though I know Win XP will detect it and install the correct drivers for it.

I also have a OCZ Neural Impulse Actuator, that thing is fun. More of a gimick than anything, but my brother got fairly good at using it. I was starting to get the hang of it before I stoped using it. I might have to break it out again and see if I can make it work for me again.

 

 

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Muerte

I believe ther is an adapter for this that converts the pins to USB.  It actually came with mine but that was almost 10 years? ago.

I dunno.  I've had it forever.

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Richard Smith

I have six or seven IBM model "M" keyboards. They are the best of the best. I'm writing this on one now. Every time I go into a thrift-store/flea-market I look for model "M" keyboards.

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ziggyinc

I still have that issue and yes Boot covers were grand!

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Hutif

I remember having those pointing sticks on my old laptops.  They always made to feel a little uncomfortable rotating that coarse, rubber nipple...

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lunchbox73

I have a pointing stick on my Latitude D620. Useless.

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Zyryn

Back in '99, I purchased a Logitech iFeel Mouseman, and it worked great with the game "Black & White."  Force feedback through the mouse was pretty darned cool!  I still have this mouse, and use it regularly on my laptop....as a person with long fingers, it fits perfectly in my palm and is very comfortable to use, even though it is much larger than even standard PC mouses (mice?).  Sadly, I lost the original driver CD long ago, and Logitech no longer offers the original drivers for it.....so it only works as a basic 3-button +1 scroll mouse.   It still works great, but on the downside (as has always been the case with this mouse), it tends to get a little warm, resulting in unwanted hand-sweat during long usage.  Ewww!  Oh well...

ZYRYN

"...and the sea shall grant each man new hope, as sleep brings dreams...of home."

--Christopher Columbus


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gendoikari1

I wish my keyboard had a nipple mouse on it... also, boot's covers were awesome.

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praetor_alpha

Why don't more people call it a nipple?

My school gave everyone Thinkpads, and everyone said nipple.

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HeartBurnKid

http://www.geek.com/articles/chips/review-lenovo-thinkpad-ultranav-keyboard-20090325/

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