The Trackman comes
with a set of drivers for WinDoze machines - MouseWare 8.2
- and it is pretty damn cool. You can program each of the well
placed buttons (there are 4 of them) to do your bidding. It's
possible to attach one of nearly 40 functions or any of your
special keyboad keys to each of the buttons. Most of the fufctions
are like Copy and Paste, but they do have some Neat-O
(I'm a future-retro geek - so it is cool for me to say Neat-O,
I like to say it a lot ... Neat-O... but I digress) ones like
HyperJump and HyperMenu (which puts the top menu right under
your pointer). It has Universal Scroll so you can pan Web pages
without putting the pointer on the vertical slider bar.
The Trackman is
also very ergonomically designed. Your right hand (and as far
as I can tell, tough shit for southpaws (for your international
readers - southpaw is a baseball term for a left-handed person
and not some vague sexual euphemism)). Your hand fits right
into the Trackman's sexy and comfortable curves - like a
hand in a well-oiled glove. Control of the pointer is sharp
and quick - especially with practice - and it is easy to drop
the pointer right on top of the pixel you want. Which is saying
something on the 1600x1200 screen I use. I did have to spend
some time, however, adjusting the settings in the device driver
to get it just right.
I haven't played
Quake with it yet, so I don't know if the Trackman will reduce
that awful hand ache and cramping you get after you spend
6 straight hours running through a virtual maze killing virtual
monsters. However, I'm thinking that it will help quite a
I have had some
problems getting my Wacom tablet (you can see
it under the mouse in the picture above) to work with
the Trackman -- I end up with that BSOD thing that NT just loves
to do. I don't use the Wacom tablet much and the driver I
tried to load was pretty old. Still, worst case, I can live
without a tablet.
The only real problem
with the Trackman is that there is of course no "offical"
Linux support (see, RMS? I said "Linux," not "GNU/Linux" :P).
I have to admit, I haven't tried it out on one of my Linux
boxes yet... I'm expecting it to work.
Anybody want some
well-used Microsoft mices - cheap?