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Jess McCarty said:
I swear by ergonomic mice - the really weird ones that look as though they've been rotate 90° onto their side. Takes some time getting used to (your hand, wrist and arm are in a handshake position) but it's virtually eliminated the repetitive strain injury I developed in my right (mousing) wrist. Anker has a decent budget entry model available on Amazon (https://tinyurl.com/jmdn8cm) but the best one out there is Evoluent's: https://evoluent.com/ It also effectively repels "Here, let me show you," ADs
Diogo Rapazote said:
Hi everyoneI would like to know what do you use to design type on your computer?Do you you use a regular mouse or any other, like a gamer mouse?Do you prefer to use a tablet and a pen?Let me know!I'm currently looking for a substitute to my apple mouse since working on it for hours has given me a really bad tendonitis.
The manual is very small and written in Chinese, you can download a manual in English from the website whos address (URL) you can just about make out in the middle of all that Chinese text (www.deluxworld.com). The website detects your country of origin and switches to English automatically.
The English manual explains things adequately and concisely but should have been included with the keyboard.
This is not a gaming keyboard but then I didn't buy it for gaming, I bought it to use with Font Creator and for that use it is quite good.
The keyboard is not very functional until you install the driver software, the URL for this software is embedded in the Chinese manual in very small letters.
The knob could have been better. It appears to be loose but that is just the way it is attached. There is a grinding scratchy feel to the knob as it rotates. The feel of the knob can be greatly improved with a small squirt of WD-40 or similar oil or grease. The problem is there are four plastic bumps on the rim of the knob which can scrape on the suface of the keyboard base as the knob rotates if it is not dead centre, I'm sure they could have designed this better. It isn't that bad but if you are using the knob constantly it does keep reminding you.
I have put a thin plastic shim under the knob with some silicone grease which also helps.
The knob is not programmable but it has eight settings which will cover most use cases. It can emulate a mouse wheel, the up/down keys, the left/right keys, the increase/decrease volume setting. There are eight different settings for the knob.
Most of the keys on the keyboard are programmable not just the G1 to G9 keys which I assumed from the Amazon product description. This came as a welcome bonus.
The keys 'delete', 'enter', 'space', 'alt' 'fn', 'ctrl', 'shift', 'tab' and 'esc' are not programmable, their functions are set in stone.
The G1 to G9 keys can be programmed and there are four selection keys which can be used to select the functions of these keys whilst the keyboard is in use. The selection keys are 'Num', 'M1', 'M2' and 'M3'. When 'Num' is pressed the G1 to G9 keys act as number keys. If one of the 'M' keys are pressed then the functions of the 'G' keys are set by one of the three profiles programmed into the driver software. There are three profiles already included in the software for three leading graphic design applications but it is quite easy to roll your own if they don't suit your needs.
The three profiles supplied with the software are for InDesign, Illustrator and Photoshop but none of these wre useful to me so my three are for Font Creator, Pageplus and Inkscape.
The bonus I found is that the remaining five keys on the keyboard are also programmable which is not obvious either from the documentation or from the Amazon product description. This was discovered by accident. These keys are not part of any profile so they can only be programmed for one function and retain that function whichever profile is selected.
The plastic labels on the keys in the picture are my fault. They are the functions for Font Creator. After using it a while you don't need the labels any more because your hand remembers where the function is.
In conclusion a very nice keyboard with a slightly annoying scratchy knob. It is lower profile than the one I built and so is more comfortable to use.
One thing I've not been able to configure has been the side buttons to page back/page forward with Safari (works with Chrome out the box).
I like the shape of this mouse so far, and if I can't get those assignments to work, I'm wondering:
What custom assignments/commands have you given to those "extra" buttons that have proved to be useful, whether for type / graphic design or day to day tasks?
I use two items for designing fonts:
1. Logitech G502 Gaming Mouse. This is what I use for the majority of my work.
2. Huion Inspiroy H640P Graphics Tablet. This is what I use when I want finer detail.
On occasions when I really want to get detailed, I'll bribe my wife and use her Huion Kamvas Pro 16" Drawscreen. I'd get one myself, but my desk is overloaded as is.