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Logitech MX Ergo Trackball Review – Great Upgrade from the Logitech M570

Logitech MX Ergo Trackball

I switched to a trackball earlier this year because my wrist was getting tired after a few hours of using Microsoft’s Sculpt Ergonomic Mouse. After some search, it seemed that my only good option for a trackball was the predecessor to this trackball, the Logitech M570. I was a little disappointed in the build quality and the scroll wheel of the M570, so I was happy when Logitech announced the MX ERGO and pre-ordered it.

I used the M570 since July until the start of October when the MX ERGO arrived. Even though the MX ERGO cost almost twice what the M570 is going for, I am glad to see that the build quality is way better. The angle on this trackball also feels much more comfortable than the M570, which laid a lot flatter. I have now gotten used to the steeper angle on this and M570 now feels odd and a little “off.” Given how much time I spend using the trackball, I can easily justify the cost for myself.

I was looking forward to the inclusion of Bluetooth, but I was also a little concerned that it might not work as seamlessly as the proprietary Logitech adapter. After using it for a few weeks now, I am glad to report that it works just as well as the Logitech adapter and that now I don’t have to worry about connecting/disconnecting yet another USB device.

The older Logitech M570 Trackball

With Logitech’s new “Logitech Options” software for macOS, I have noticed that the forward/back buttons seem more reliable than the M570 buttons and that they now seem to work with more applications than their previous software/drivers. I have noticed that their Logitech Options Daemon software keeps using 1-2% CPU majority of the time. I am contemplating trying to use this mouse without the Logitech software, but I haven’t done it yet.

An additional benefit with Logitech’s new Options software is that I no longer have to run an additional application (called Scroll Reverser) to reverse the scroll direction. Their Options software has an “option” to reverse the scroll direction.

One thing that I am curious to see pan out over the next few months is the battery life. I did not use the M570 long enough, but I have heard that it easily lasts longer than a year. Logitech advertises the MX ERGO’s battery to last four months. My trackball shows about 2/3 battery still left to go after almost two-and-a-half weeks. Given that it’s sitting on the desk with easy access to plenty of micro-USB charging cables, I guess recharging this won’t be too big of a deal.

Overall, I am happy with my purchase and would recommend it.

Quick book review: The Checklist Manifesto by Atul Gawande

The Checklist Manifesto

I recently read The Checklist Manifesto by Dr. Atul Gawande. I was skeptical that I would find much value in the simple tool that it covered, a checklist. Especially, when I think of highly complex projects and roles.

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Mini Flash Drive Review

My new OCZ Rally2 8GB Dual Channel Flash Drive showed up today. It is a dual channel drive and I wanted to see what speeds it would give me. So, here a few numbers that I got from two of my computers.

Description Write Read
Laptop, one 1.11GB file 9.11MB/sec 30MB/sec
Desktop, one 1.11GB file 7.67MB/sec 35MB/sec
Desktop, multiple smaller files (138MB total) 2.59MB/sec 35MB/sec

My older USB flash drive gives me 4.50MB/second write speed and 21.68MB/second read speed. An even older one does around 6.81MB/second (!!) read with 4.85MB/second write. So, for reading the dual channel drive might be worth the extra price.

OCZ Rally2 8GB drive

Apple iPhone or the Palm Pre? Maybe the HTC Hero (T-Mobile MyTouch)?

I have been using the HTC Tytn for almost two years and my contract with my current carrier, T-mobile, expired in December. At the time the main options that I was considering were the Apple iPhone, T-mobile G1 or the HTC Touch Diamond. The HTC Touch phones run Windows Mobile (WinMo) and I wasn’t particularly excited because I have been using a WinMo 6 phone for a while. It gets the job done, but isn’t pretty or “finger-friendly.” The G1’s operating system was new, but the hardware wasn’t particularly exciting. Just when I was starting to seriously explore the iPhone, Palm announced the Pre. Looking at the initial videos of the Pre I decided to wait for it. Well, finally the Pre has been out for a month and it is about time for me to decide.

Palm Pre iPhone 3GS

Here is what I am looking for in my next phone…

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