Here mousey

Mice have come a long way since  the days of stealing the ball from the mice in the computer labs in highschool, prompting our IT people to glue the mouse holes shut, making cleaning impossible.  Highschool computing taught me to love keyboard shortcuts.

My mouse at home has 5 buttons, it also has marks where my fingers have worn away the silver coating, as does my work mouse.  anthropologists of the future shall know how we used our technology by the wear marks of our finger placements.

   At the time I got my 5 button mouse that came with its own software, I thought I was being very brave in breaking away from the standard mouse – It sat in my draw unused for months while I worked up the courage to plug it in.  I was eventually forced to when my old mouse died,   and now I think I am ready to upgrade again – I have gotten comfortable with 5 clicky things,  and using Alt  and mouse clicks but  I need more buttons.

I blame druid healing,

I also need to be able to reach those new buttons with as much speed as I can the right click / left click so the button placement is important

 In the Pic above the mouse on the left is how it’s currently set up and on the right  – what I think I would like.

I am not sure my thumb is flexible enough to get to three buttons quickly,  but where my ring finger sits on a mouse I could comfortably ‘squeeze/press the mouse on the side, and my little finger sits there doing nothing, and it has enough strength to press a button

( reminds me of ” Hi my name is Joe,  I have a wife and three kids and work in a button factory”  how many buttons can you push at once?

So at some point in the near future I shall be going somewhere with a gaming mouse display, and holding each of the mice to see what I like

I am sure I  would adapt to any mouse placement changes, but some of them look like you would get serious hand crampage, and I would rather a functional mouse then one all gussied up.

11 Responses to “Here mousey”

  1. 1 Shiva November 8, 2010 at 3:02 am

    :O Great minds must think alike. That’s all I have to say!

    Oh, and I think my mouse — a 5-buttoner, just like yours — is dying. =(

    • 2 Pugnacious Priest November 8, 2010 at 5:59 am

      would 8 buttons be enough? I think I need a step progression to get used to any extra buttons beyond 8.

      • 3 Shiva November 8, 2010 at 7:34 am

        It’s REALLY starting to annoy me while being holy. I am not fond of too many keybinds and like you (at least implied) I don’t use CTRL for any bind either (well I do for vent).

        Everything for me is either on the Action Bar, Mouse or Alt + Mouse. And a few rarely used Alt + Keyboard. And while that’s all fine and dandy for Shadow and Discipline, I find myself really lacking when it comes to Holy and the new Keybinds (Chakra, Heal, Holy Word and Grief Grip soon).

        I imagined myself using your mouse as described. And I think that’s pretty cool. I have yet to see a mouse that uses the little finger, but I completely agree. I could totally use a button like that for seldom used abilities but something needed to use on a fly (in my mind, that would be PERFECT for something like Grief Grip).

        • 4 Pugnacious Priest November 8, 2010 at 10:58 pm

          My vent is caps, which can make replying to tells interesting, but I don’t use control. Using control puts my left hand in places I don’t want to go. Though, If I did, I could take my hands off my ~ and number keys all together, and it puts me in a place I could use Shift which opens up more possibilities buttons wise, would require my resting position to change. May play with it.

  2. 5 Nikola November 8, 2010 at 10:44 am

    Being a lefty, it sucks for me to find a decent mouse. Most of the proper gaming mice with extra keys are ergonomically designed for the right hand. 😦

  3. 7 Analogue November 8, 2010 at 2:10 pm

    My SteelSeries Xai has a configuration fairly similar to what you’re looking for. Check it out. It’s also ambidextrous, and since I mouse left that’s key.

    It’s got two buttons on each side, the main buttons, and I mapped scroll up/scroll down/ scroll click all to separate things. The one issue I had was it’s not as easy to program as some mice and two of the buttons I couldn’t get Vuhdo to recognize (they were called “tilt left” and “tilt right”. But I mapped those to a set of key commands (like ctrl-alt-shift-f12, something weird that I’d never hit) and mapped it that way.

    The only thing I don’t have mapped right now that maybe I should is Healing Touch but… I’m still not using that one.

  4. 9 Bri November 8, 2010 at 5:08 pm

    Same problem as Nikola. I’d kill for a Razer Naga, but they don’t make ’em left-handed.
    I always use a 5-button Microsoft mouse. I have to take a picture of it from the webpage and Photoshop healing icons onto it so I remember my Vuhdo button mappings between Priest, Druid, and Shaman healing.
    And yes, the silver is all worn off my mouse at home.

    • 10 Pugnacious Priest November 8, 2010 at 11:06 pm

      I don’t think my thumb is quite up to getting to that many extra thumb buttons effeciently though thats 12 buttons under the thumb alone, are there bumps on the mid button so you have a resting position like a touch type keyboard? so your thumb has a point of reference when deciding to click what button, or even like the 5 key on a number pad

      • 11 Narx November 9, 2010 at 1:25 am

        “are there bumps on the mid button so you have a resting position like a touch type keyboard? so your thumb has a point of reference when deciding to click what button, or even like the 5 key on a number pad”


        You even get training stickers to help you learn with them.

        The mouse is fantastic and with shift and alt modifiers the only thing I can’t do with my Naga is move backwards.

        I am a keybinding freak. And as a tank, I love the Naga because it means I can have all my CDs on the top buttons of the mouse, with my taunts/strikes/silences etc on my thumb.

        If you really want a powerful mouse, get a Naga. Expensive, but worth it for WoW.

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