Member Rara Avis
I "test drove" one of the optical devices when they first came out, but didn't like the feel. The first ones were substantially taller than a regular mouse and it felt awkward to me. Like I said, I'm pretty fussy, especially when I'm working on graphics. About a week ago, though, I was in town and noticed they now have a second version that is only marginally taller and felt much better. I think I could get used to the slight difference. Unfortunately, there was a pretty long line and I didn't have much time. Next trip, I think.
And, Sharon, I am indeed hard on them. But, hey, I put a lot of mileage on them over the years.
On the flip side, I have two keyboards that I've managed to maintain for close to eight years. They're identical, both fully programmable with double sets of function keys, and I don't know how I could survive without them. Any repetitive task becomes much easier when it can be assigned to a single key press. When one keyboard gets too dirty I submerge it in the bathtub overnight, run water through it several times, then let it dry out while I use the other.