Not really a mouse per se as @StevSmar says below but a different way to grab your 3D model and move it around as if you could grab it with your hand and move it to see it better. You'll find me working on my model with one hand on the space mouse and the conventional mouse in the other.Please tell us more about your mouse and why you like it so much. I'm still using a regular Logitech Gaming Mouse and I keep hearing that CAD mice are WAAAY better. But few explain why.
Per @StevSmar 's Edit, it sits stationary on a heavy base with a grippy rubber ring and you manipulate it like a joystick plus pull & push on axis to zoom in & out and twist to spin the model. Oh, it also works in Word/Excel if you happen to bump into it LOL!Getting a SpaceMouse was a revelation!!!! If I was to choose between a bigger monitor or a SpaceMouse, I’d get the mouse
Instead of using a mouse to navigate, it’s a control that allows you to navigate easily and intuitively. Funny, because it is so intuitive I can’t remember the exact way I use it.
It make it soooo easy to:
- zoom in/out.
- rotate left/right.
- pan around.
The only view control I use is “zoom to extents” when I get lost and I need to reset the view.
I have an older version of this control:
Perhaps I’d get the wireless one now, if the wireless is rechargeable.
The buttons are configurable so you can add commands to them (if I recall correctly 4 commands per button?).
Edit: The SpaceMouse sits in one spot, it’s not like a mouse that moves side to side. More like a joystick than a mouse. So perhaps wireless isn’t really desirable like it is for a mouse.
I too have the older version of the Compact and I wish I had another for my shop computer.
Once you use one of these you will miss it every time you sit down to do any modelling and your click finger will thank you.
You can program the speed of motion kind of like adjusting the zoom wheel of your mouse and other things too. I probably don't use half of the capability but the grab and manipulate is the biggest feature.
Oh, that was kinda OT, we were on monitors weren't we? Me? I have a couple of 22" units in front of me and they do me fine. Even better, they were among freebies diverted from the landfill run at a former employer and rescued by replacing a few electrolytic caps. Just rubs me the wrong way to see things being junked for the want of a little bit of fixin'.