The Difference in Happiness the Right Tools Make

The Difference in Happiness the Right Tools Make

Joelle Alcaidinho
Nov 21, 2011

It is kind of amazing the difference changing one's input device can make in their computing life. Using the right tool makes a world of difference, from your comfort to actually unlocking new gestures and we are quite happy to share our recent experience in changing our input device up and what it has done for our productivity and happiness.

After struggling with missing out on many of the gestures we rely heavily on in OS X Lion we were very happy to discover that we could have access to many of those if we changed our input device. One of the biggest pain points in making the switch from OS X Lion on a MacBook Pro to Windows 7 on a Samsung 900x was navigation and being much less productive without our favourite gestures. Losing gestures and accidentally right clicking when one is supposed to left click, was driving us up a wall and we could not get through 5 minutes with the beautiful Samsung laptop without unleashing a torrent of curses upon it. Thankfully, that all changed when we were introduced to the Microsoft Touch Mouse ($79.95).

The white mouse decorated with an illustration from Deanne Cheuk unlocked the multitasking capabilities that we had been aching for and made it easy for us to not left click (since there is no option to disable it completely in Windows 7). With this mouse we could now show all windows as well as show desktop in just a few swipes. It is difficult to explain just how huge this is for us because we use those gestures every day, multiple times a day on the Mac and it is so very nice to have them in the Windows environment. We almost wept the first time we used the new gestures and we are so very very happy this mouse is in our Windows using life. Now, if only we could get it to reverse scroll.

Have you ever had an input device that was a game changer for you?

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(Images: Joelle Alcaidinho)

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