According to this article over at CNET as well as industry trends, it seems like the traditional computer mouse will soon be a thing of the past. Am I the only person who is bothered by this? I despise the touch pad on my Macbook and much prefer to use my magic mouse. I have some good reasons, too!
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It's a bit of a nightmare to edit photos with a touch pad. I need the precision and care of the mouse in order to execute fine details. Gaming is pretty obvious, have you ever tried Minecraft on a touch pad? Horrible. Finally, with all of the scrolling that accompanies tumblr who else out there has chafed fingertips?! I cannot be the only one!
Now, my magic mouse does have touch functionality to it and I do like that. However the surface is much smoother than my laptop track pad and the interaction between it and my fingertips is quite minimal. I've been working in various places around the house, places where a mouse cannot always go, and my fingertips have been reduced to only light burning sensations. No flesh, it's all gone.
Perhaps I spend too much time on the computer, but that's sort of my job. I doubt that all mice will go to extinction; third parties will take that market corner and keep the retro-cool mouse alive. It's still a strange thought though. I'm hoping to buy a desktop soon and how weird would it be to unpack the components and find not a mouse, but an external track pad?
Long live the mouse!