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I prefer my input devices to be as _______ as possible.

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Aesthetically pleasing
  707 votes / 3%
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Able to withstand violent impacts
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I prefer my input devices to be as _______ as possible.

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday February 21, 2012 @04:07PM (#39115179)

    NOT be touchscreens.

    • Touchscreens could just become the single biggest public safety hazard of the 21st century. The user instructions on all the ones I have read (including popular ones such as the iPad) expressly forbid cleaning them with any sort of liquid other than water.

      People have dirty hands. Sometimes very dirty hands. I rather doubt that a little water on a lint-free rag is going to remove the huge smudgy colonies of bacteria and other things that collect on them.

      • by tacarat (696339) on Tuesday February 21, 2012 @05:51PM (#39116763) Journal
        It could be the one thing that forces our immune systems back to work. While hygiene is good, current anti-microbial practices are doing a better job of making strong bugs than anything else.
        • Jaysus where are my mod points...
          You are exactly right. I really think the reason we see so many super bugs is because of two things, people using antibiotics when they have the sniffles and the widespread use of anti-bacterial wipes and soaps.

          Personally I love touchscreens, provides great flexibility. You aren't locked into using certain buttons for tasks that the designer didn't take into account especially now that hardware designers are not coordinating with app designers
          • by Joce640k (829181)

            It's going to be hard for a bacteria to develop resistance to pure ethanol, etc.

            • And what about your body? If it doesn't ever have to fight anything until some mildly aggressive comes along your body won't have a chance compared to someone who hasn't lived in a bubble...
              • by Phydidus (2479128)

                And what about your body?

                Bro, PURE ETHANOL! Haven't you been to frat parties? We will inherit the earth, after eating food that has been in the fridge for months, not changing sheets for about a year and sleeping (or rather passing out cold) in the mud for years we are nearly invincible. Except for finals. They always manage to get us somehow...

            • by azalin (67640) on Wednesday February 22, 2012 @08:07AM (#39123135)
              Keeping clean is good. Keeping too clean is bad. Your immune systems needs constant mild challenges to work properly. If you don't get your daily ration of germs your immune system will get less effective and might also get bored and develop allergies. To busy to look for citations at the moment, but it has been proven several times, that children growing up in very clean households are far more likely to develop allergies than children who play outside and get their share of mud cake.
              I'm not advocating to turn your place in a landfill, but you shouldn't use disinfectant to much unless you are working with stuff (like poultry) potentially contaminated with dangerous bacteria (salmonella, e-coli etc.).
      • Re: (Score:2, Insightful)

        by Anonymous Coward

        "Touchscreens could just become the single biggest public safety hazard of the 21st century."

        Yeah, I'm still going with the car for that one.

      • Ever since we lost the phone booth, we lost the phone booth cleaners...
      • by azalin (67640)
        Did you ever take a close look at a keyboard? There is lot of hard to reach space, dead skin cells, dust, humidity, possible sugar from a spilled drink, oil from the owners skin and lot's of rather ugly "something else". A perfect place to grow in other words. Touchscreen on the other hand have smooth glass surface with little room for bacteria to hide and grow. They are rather easy to keep clean because there are no/few unreachable spots. Bacteria hate this. They need food and water to replicate in any mea
    • by Shompol (1690084)
      but touchscreens are most customizable! For example, I can switch between English and American keyboards with one touch, which allows me to type in either language. Can your physical keyboard do that?
    • NOT be touchscreens.

      Hence, my preference towards precision. Besides, it's kinda hard to sketch and draw accuately with an index finger.

      (I look forward to your letters, kindergarden children.)

  • I selected "Able to withstand violent impacts" because my main criteria is reliability. Yes, I actively choose wired mice and keyboards over wireless so that I don't have to worry about the battery going dead at an inopportune moment, or interference from something messing things up. I also go rather low frills - 3 buttons and a scroll, as standard as possible a keyboard. Heck, up until my most recent move I was still using a wired, 12 button telephone (0-9 plus * and #). OK, technically it also had "re
    • by nahdude812 (88157) *

      Yes, I actively choose wired mice and keyboards over wireless

      For me, reliability comes in the form of a wired keyboard and wireless mouse. The cord on a wired mouse can cause drift of the cursor position, and that equates to unreliability (it needs to remain where I left it all the time).

      My wireless mouse's battery lasts several months, and it lets me know when it's getting low well in advance of actually dying. I could put new batteries in to never experience an interruption but I just keep a replacement handy when it starts warning me (it's usually 2-3 weeks befo

    • I have a Logitech wireless keyboard that lasts 1.5+ years on a pair of AAA batteries. That's at least 40 hours per week every week. Quite impressive, especially considering there's no on/off switch at all. I chose it because it was comfortable and the wireless feature seemed a waste, but it's been rather useful.

      It also came with a wireless mouse that I don't use because I have one that's more comfortable, but it works just fine.
      • by ockegheim (808089)
        The batteries in wireless mice make them heavier, thus less comfortable to me. But also, there’s no point to it on a desktop. And, to possibly be a bit dogmatic, wired is always more reliable than wireless for the same function.
        • The batteries in wireless mice make them heavier, thus less comfortable to me. But also, there’s no point to it on a desktop. And, to possibly be a bit dogmatic, wired is always more reliable than wireless for the same function.

          Depends on the device in question. I recently had to buy a new mouse (to replace one I brought to work, to replace the stupid piece of crap I was supplied with), and unfortunately for me, I prefer a trackball. More specifically, I have been using a Logitech TrackMan Wheel for more than 10 years, and Logitech doesn't make that mouse any more. I had to buy one of these: ( [] ).

          It only takes one AA battery, which was included in the box. Being a trac

    • by tompaulco (629533)
      I agree. Wireless is crap. I will pay extra for a wired keyboard and mouse over a wireless.
      unfortunately, wireless is all the rage and last time I had to buy a keyboard and mouse, they only wired set I could find at Worst Buy was a Dynex brand, and it sucks donkey balls. The extra keys to the right of the main keyboard are all bungled up in a non-standard layout. The mouse scroll wheel bounces back and forth in both directions when you are scrolling consistently in one direction. Next time, I'm going to pu
  • I admit, I went with "Cheap", so I am part of the problem :P

    But what I want is a wireless keyboard+touchpad/pointernub that's small like a DS, has all keys including function keys, and is under $100 or so. Still haven't found one.

    Also a mouse whose buttons do not go all the way to the edge so bumping it against the keyboard or other things will not cause a button click. Sort of like the original Mac mice, but with multi buttons and wheel.

    • by Dynedain (141758)

      Not sure you'll hit your $100 price point but this is what you're looking for []. You can probably find one on eBay at your target price.

      If you don't mind a full-size keyboard, I highly recommend this one because of integrated batteries with a charging stand []. I've been using it for several years on my home theater PC for the few times I need to put down the remote and use a keyboard+mouse.

    • I have a Logitech G500. Love it, after owning an two MX510s and an mx518. Click/freewheel scroll, 3 thumb buttons, tilt scroll, and two more buttons for sensitivity adjustment. All of it is customizable with the drivers. For example I have media buttons on it because I'm lazy, but if I launch Skyrim they change to keyboard mappings. It is corded though.
  • I know it's not possible with /. polls but in this case it definitely would've been useful.

    Personally I want my input devices to be both comfortable/precis (aren't these two the same to a certain degree?) and aesthetically pleasing.

    • by chispito (1870390)

      I know it's not possible with /. polls but in this case it definitely would've been useful.

      Personally I want my input devices to be both comfortable/precis (aren't these two the same to a certain degree?) and aesthetically pleasing.

      Agreed. A precise input device means you get it right more often the first time, requiring less work. This results in a more comfortable experience. Aesthetically, I want form to follow function.

  • Missing option (Score:2, Insightful)

    There's a missing option here: Reliable.

    Multi-functional and customizable are fine and all, but I'd rather take most of the devices I have for granted. I would sacrifice features and pay more just so I don't have to reset/reboot the damn thing. I don't have time for that crap.

  • Just plain old functional. You know that "implied warranty" that they basically do what they were advertised to do, and do it well? That one. I'll buy the one I feel will do what I need to do best.

    Comfort is nice too; it often translates into making the device more functional because it increases my speed / decreases my effort to use the device. Style hardly enters into the equation at all for me. Customizable is often a subset of functionality as well... mostly I don't want them to clamp down on the customizability to such a degree that it can't do what I want in the easiest way I want to do it.

  • Whether you prefer buckling springs in IBM Model M keyboards, ALPS keyswitches on a DELL AT101/AT102, or Cherry Blue keyswitches on any one of the tens of models out there, this thread is for you.

    • by Ruzty (46204)

      Keytronics MS Natural from the 1990's. I buy every one I can find at garage sales and such. Even got a fancy PS/2 to USB active adapter to keep them working with newer machines. Ergonomic and able to be used as a beat-stick due to steel plate in the base? YES PLEASE!

      • by Capt.DrumkenBum (1173011) on Tuesday February 21, 2012 @06:02PM (#39116909)
        I see your MS natural, and raise you an IBM Model M.
        The most perfect input device ever made. I have about 10 of them.
        • I currently own a Unicomp clone of the Model M and I have to say, it's quite nice. It is, unfortunately, lighter and feels a little more "brittle" than my old Model M, but the keys stand up just fine to my bashing.
        • by debest (471937)

          I see your MS natural, and raise you an IBM Model M.
          The most perfect input device ever made. I have about 10 of them.

          Amen, brother. I also have a stockpile built up of these keyboards. The only keyboard that I'd like to find would be one that has a trackpoint built in. I know IBM made some of these, but I've not been able to find one at an affordable price.

          • by dj245 (732906)
            I have a trackball one at my father's house. Somehow it got left behind when I moved cross country. I might have to have him mail it to me someday.

            I had to replace my standard model M last week. My wife spilled tea on it. I attempted to repair the corroded keyboard traces with a circuit pen and put it back together using the "tiny bolt" method, but that is easier said than done and it may only be good for spare parts now.
        • by Ruzty (46204)

          I cannot type on a rectangular keyboard without wrist pain. Otherwise, I too would be a Model-M proponent.

    • Leopold 104-key with Cherry Browns for me, thank you very much.
      Logitech G500 gaming mouse.
      And there's a Logitech Rumblepad around here somewhere for the few PC games that can use a controller input.

      • The original Logitech Cordless Rumblepad is one of the best-designed controllers ever. Most important is the fact that the sticks have square travel vs. the circular travel on pretty much all newer ones. With circular travel you can't reach the corners of the X/Y axes which plays hell with older games not designed for this, and flight sims. Unfortunately the potentiometers on these wear out and the controller becomes useless, I plan to replace the potentiometers on mine with high-quality ones.

    • by Osgeld (1900440)

      I own a model M, a cherry and the Apple Extended Keyboard

      I don't like to type on mush

    • A couple of years ago I bought a Unicomp's Model M replica. Beautiful keyboard, but after a couple of months of usage I developed tinnitus :( I don't know if this keyboard caused it, but I know I can't use it anymore - it just makes the noises in ear worse.
  • Work properly.

    "Input device" is a pretty vague term, btw. A scanner is an input device. So is a microphone. I don't need to have either one of those work "comfortably", nor themselves be aesthetically pleasing. Also note, that I like some of my input devices to be accurate, and not necessarily precise.

    • by ArsonSmith (13997)

      Can i interest you in our new line of anally inserted scanners now with 50% more broken glass shards.

  • Need multi choice! (Score:3, Insightful)

    by Kidbro (80868) on Tuesday February 21, 2012 @05:41PM (#39116671)

    I like my input devices like I like my women. Cheap, aesthetically pleasing and able to withstand violent impacts.

    • by Kittenman (971447)

      I like my input devices like I like my women. Cheap, aesthetically pleasing and able to withstand violent impacts.

      and wireless, I trust?

    • by mjwx (966435)

      I like my input devices like I like my women.

      Small, flexible and made in Asia.

  • I think "clean" should have been an option. Ever seen the keyboard of someone who eats at their desk? Keyboards just get grubby over time anyway, eating over it speedy up the grubby-ness.
  • Do we really need a $1 mouse? The race to the bottom means containers hauled from overseas by barge, filled with tons and tons of cheap plastic that will break in a month and end up in a landfill. The WalMart mentality may seem like a bargain, until you find yourself buying the same item every year.

    I'd rather pay $10, $50, even $100 for a mouse that will last for decades and was made locally under environmental standards, and can be recycled upon failure (not buried or shipped to Singapore to be me melted

    • I'll take comfort over price any day of the week. For my desktop I have a Microsoft ergonomic keyboard I bought eleven years ago. Still no dead keys, and it's still every bit as responsive as it was the day I bought it. OK, it knocked me back £40, but at the time as now, it didn't bother me - I needed something comfortable because I was using the keyboard a lot. In 2004 I bought three Logitech trackballs, at £30 each. Still got 'em, they all still work. Never used any other desktop tracking devi

  • If able to withstand violent impacts, then they automatically become multifunctional, since it can be used as a hammer or a weapon.

    But by itself this is a good requirement. Have you ever tried to solder those tiny-ass surface mount resistor back onto a iPod Mini logic board after it has been thrown violently across the room?

    I have fat fingers. And apparently an anger management problem.

  • Slashdot Pulse ads (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Suddenly_Dead (656421) on Tuesday February 21, 2012 @06:21PM (#39117107)

    Since this is a poll thread, I just have to ask a sort of poll-related question: what's with the Slashdot Pulse ads? They seem extremely sketchy. They provide a poll that they expect Slashdot readers to vote on (very few do), to push some sort of agenda or gain some sort of odd market research. There was one that was essentially (paraphrasing):

    Do you think Advanced Persistent Threats are a serious concern?
    1) Yes
    2) Not so much
    3) Maybe, I don't know
    4) No, not at all

    Voting on these always tends to start heavily against whatever they're trying to prove. In this case, it was "No" for several days. All of sudden, near the end of the vote, the vote count swung hard towards "Yes". At the end of it all, they come out with a banner ad: "75% of Slashdot users say APTs are a threat. Are you protected?"

    Has anyone else noticed this? Sketchy ads are sketchy.

    • by idontgno (624372)

      Ads? Slashdot has ads? []

      Nor have I seen any ads masquerading as polls, because ABP doesn't seem to be fooled.

      • I've got enough karma to disable the ads without ABP, but I've got that option unchecked and have the site whitelisted in ABP. Feel free to call me crazy.

  • I kind of like mine to be all of the above. I'm willing to sacrifice cheap and multifuntional, but you'll need to give me reliable in return.

  • I like my input devices like I like my women. Plastic, springy, and Made in China.
  • I know it's passe but I simply picked the last option because I have multiple criteria points on this subject. As such I thought I was going with the 'joke' option which turned out to be a real point for many /.ers.

    So since that is the case I will present my real vote: I prefer my input devices to...

    Be autographed by CowboyNeal.

  • I prefer my input devices to be...

  • I like a numeric keypad. But then again I quite like ethernet ports.

    I stopped using my Mighty Mouse ages ago and reverted to my old Logitech three-button optical mouse (inspired by Apple, but then improved). I can’t remember why.
  • Comfortable first and foremost. The three peripherals I use the most are my keyboard, mouse and monitor. If they are not comfortable to use, the entire machine is uncomfortable to use.

    I use mechanically switched keyboards. Cherry Blue at home, Cherry Brown at work (I don't want my co-workers testing the multi-functional aspect of the keyboard by subjecting my skull to violent impacts.) and an IBM model M on the KVM for my servers. They not only are the most comfortable keyboards to use but they can also

  • ... "moist". Wait, are we talking about computer inputs?
  • Devices that I can put Linux on. I don't care if it's a tv, a vacuum cleaner, my kid's speak and spell, or a blender. If I can put Linux on it, I'm happy.
  • I'll wait a generation or two, and pick up the most comfortable, least expensive item I can get my hands on. Of course, part of a device being comfortable is having it be precise and customizable so I don't have to focus too hard on using it, otherwise that's where the "withstands violent impact" option comes in.
  • My mouse cost $80 (Vertical Mouse.) My keyboard cost $12 (Microsoft Comfort Curve, on sale.) The common thread is that my abused wrists like both of them a lot.
  • I use a Logitech G510 keyboard because I game often, and I like the backlit keys with customizable color (although the brightness is pretty lacking). This keyboard easily covers multifunctional (has mic and headset inputs and an LCD display with different applets), comfortable, aesthetically pleasing, customizable (programmable macro with additional 18 keys with 3 preset quick-switch keys, ability to disable windows keys, user defined led colored backlit keys, etc.) and precise. Not cheap, probably not able
  • by inglorion_on_the_net (1965514) on Wednesday February 22, 2012 @03:08AM (#39121753) Homepage

    Efficiency is important to me. I want to be able to provide input as fast as I can think it up. Failing that, I want to get as close as possible. Input devices that make me have to go back and redo parts a lot are a huge annoyance.

  • ...Compaq laptop trackballs? I miss those. They /were/ comfortable. Multitouch trackpads are all well and good, but I find myself often ejecting my mp3 player to plug in my desktop trackball and hitting the signal button on the trackpad because my hands being the size they are, I keep brushing the thing with both thumbs and suddenly everything's in 200pt. That aside, I do prefer upside down mice to conductive areas built in to the space below the keyboard - that's just me.

  • In fact my input device typed this message before I'd even thought of it.

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