Research carried out by Kensington suggests that trackballs are growing in popularity among IT professionals and consumers. Although familiar and intuitive, use of traditional mice, which work by clicking and dragging, can cause injuries such as RSI and carpal tunnel syndrome. For this reason, a lot of people choose to make the switch to trackballs, which can help to keep wrists and hands healthy and pain-free, as well as boosting productivity on a wide variety of tasks.
Talking about the benefits of Kensington trackballs in his 2015 book Ergonomic Mis-Adventures, Ian Chong said: “[The trackball is] a favorite simply because we have found it addresses the issue of occupational injury quite well, if it applies directly to what you are doing concerning cursor or graphics control.” Thus trackballs can be a particularly effective ergonomic solution for users whose workflows are based around cursor control or the manipulation of data using spreadsheets and so on, making life that bit easier for graphic designers.
At Kensington, we’re always looking for ways to provide smarter and simpler computing solutions. That’s why we recently conducted a survey on trackball usage at work, both in an office or at home, and across a wide range of industries. The survey data gave a revealing picture, suggesting the main reasons why people make the switch from mice to trackballs.
Speed and accuracy
Of those surveyed, 58% said they used a trackball instead of a mouse because of its greater speed and accuracy. With innovations such as Scrollring & Scrollball providing convenient and meaningful productivity gains over sustained periods, trackballs provide for efficient computing without sacrificing precision.
More and more IT professionals are interested in creating a balanced and healthy working environment, with greater reflection on how workplaces impact on individuals and their performance. With organizations and employees keen to reduce the chance of work-related injuries, it’s no surprise to learn that 45% of those surveyed said they preferred a trackball to a mouse for ergonomic reasons.
BYOD, the increasing power of portable devices, and the flexibility of modern workflows has meant that versatility is becoming increasingly important. When we asked our customers what they would like to see from future Kensington trackballs, wireless functionality was at the top of the list, with most citing “cable clutter” and “placement freedom” as the top reasons to use a wireless device. This fits with the third most popular reason why people switched from mice to trackballs, as 38% said lack of space was why they used a trackball.
When we asked people whether they would go back to using a mouse, 42% said they had no plans to stop using a trackball as their primary device. All of the findings, which have represented in a helpful infographic, appear to suggest that trackballs are very much here to stay – and that they’re highly prized for both comfort and productivity.
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