• I mentioned in my original impressions that it did not take long for me to get used to the device, and after using it for six weeks I don't even think about how different it is anymore. Using the bar to move the pointer around onscreen is second nature, and I really like that I don't have to move my right hand over to the side of my desk and grab the mouse like I used to. However, when other people are at my computer to view demonstrations or look up information, they often get confused and I have to do the navigation for them. This could be a good thing or a bad thing, depending on your point of view, but it's not really an issue for me. I thought I would mention it anyway though.
• It is comfortable...for the most part. I am still using my old wrist rest (basically a super oblong bean bag) because the wrist rests on the RollseMouse Pro2 don't extend very far down. I think the manufacturer knows about this too, because they sell an extended wrist rest for about $40. That's a tad expensive if you ask me, and I think the device itself should probably just come with more padding for people's wrists. Don't get me wrong, though--it is not an uncomfortable setup at all, but when paying $200 for what is basically a glorified mouse, I would have hoped it would come with the extended wrist rest too. At the end of the day my hands feel much better than they used to, and I guess that's what really matters.
|I'm still not sure why this thing extends so far to the right, but maybe it's to accommodate gigantic keyboards.|
• It works great for 95% of the tasks I do on a daily basis. Navigating the internet, answering email, working in Excel, even simple video editing tasks are just fine on this device. In some ways it is a marked improvement over a regular mouse, since the copy/paste functions are mapped to specific buttons and the double-click button really comes in handy far more than I would have initially thought. What it does not work well for is anything involving photo editing, which admittedly is not a large portion of my day, but any time I fire up Photoshop or Fireworks I start to long for my trusty ol' Logitech mouse. I would, however, venture to say that for most people it would be a great addition to their workspace.
• The seven buttons work just fine, but I think there is a bit of form-over-function going on. The concave layout of the right/double/left click buttons, with the scroll wheel in the middle, looks great on paper and in a catalog but in practice the buttons are a bit awkward and my hands even start to cramp a little. I'm not sure what would mitigate this, and most of the time it's not really an issue but I thought it would be prudent to mention this here anyway.
So was it worth $200? I dunno. My first instinct is to say "Probably," but it depends on your situation. I would recommend getting their 30-day trial to judge for yourself, but I suppose only several years of using this kind of device would be the only way to really judge its effectiveness. If you are a graphic designer or video editor, this is almost certainly not the right pointing device for you. But if your job involves pretty much anything else, it's worth a shot.