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    My wife has the Evoluent vertical mouse. I had serious carpel tunnel (sp?) Pain about a decade ago.

    I switched to a MX Master mouse, but really I think the difference is I use the small gel wrist pad (important to grab the small ones) every day.

    The pain is all but gone, and admittedly I work more hours a day now than ever before.

    Back on OG topic, I have a Space Pilot Pro as well. I like it way more for navis than Revit. But it's great for navis.

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    I was using my wireless Spacemouse at a presentation of his new house design (Revit/3dsMax) to one of our captains of industry a couple of years ago and I explained to him that the Spacemouse was like flying a helicopter - to which he replied, 'remind me never to let you fly my helicopter'
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    I used a Spacemouse enterprise for a day but could not get used to the zooming in revit. It didn't zoom on the position of the cursor, but just indeed like a helicopter. That was not my thing and i use a Logitech MX Ergo now, i have used a MX master before but that gave me serious pains in the shoulder.
    Reading Aaron's post will make me buy a gelpad because i am a lot faster drawing with the MX master.

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    Quote Originally Posted by willsud View Post
    I sympathise about the wrist issues and over the years I've tried every device on the market just about - sideways mice even, special 'cad' mice - but the only thing that has worked for me is using a pen.
    A trackball can also help with wrist problems since you aren't moving anything except your thumb. I had one years ago and loved it, although I was not doing any sort of CAD/BIM/Modeling.

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    I've used a trackball since 97. Before I had the carpal tunnel surgery last year it was the only mouse I could use for more than 5 minutes without losing all feeling in my hand for the rest of the day. The only downside to that mouse is you can't play flying games very well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DavidLarson View Post
    I've used a trackball since 97. Before I had the carpal tunnel surgery last year it was the only mouse I could use for more than 5 minutes without losing all feeling in my hand for the rest of the day. The only downside to that mouse is you can't play flying games very well.
    Maybe you can use a spacemouse for flying

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    I don't play War Blunder air forces often enough to care to learn a new mouse.

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    I’ve been using the space mouse for several years in sketchup. I love it. It was a little frustrating when I started using Revit, but with a couple settings tweaks, it works pretty good. It works best in a 3D View with the view set to perspective. Also, there is a setting in the mouse settings to change the mouse to fly mode or airplane mode, can’t remember off the top of my head. This makes the mouse control the camera and not the model. After I figured this out, it changed everything. I think it’s best in a 3D View, but it also pans and zooms in plan views.

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    The Evoluent vertical mouse worked well for me, although I have experienced some reliability issues. One failed quite soon after I purchased it, but Evoluent replaced it. Another failed just outside warranty, but I currently have one at home and another in the office as I've found nothing else as comfortable to use. I do have the Connexion too, and it is definitley to use as well as a mouse, not as a replacement!

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    I'm using Trackballs since 2009 and I'm very satisfied by the performance of this type of devices and by its comfort; I'm still having at my home a laptop with the very first trackball I bought and its still working as the first day! the mouse I'm using in my job is a wireless LOGITECH Mx Ergo which I found that works very well with Revit, Enscape, AutoCAD and other applications; i guess I'll never work back with other type of mouses since trackballs are awesome! regards
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