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    Convince me on the Space Navigator

    I'm intrigued but how will it help me on my desktop? I really don't see a use for it in my car as I'm happy with the touchscreen and will eventually move to a remote but can I use it at home? Will it work in Ubuntu? What kind of scenario would I use it for?

    I know you can use it to scroll in Open Office but why not just use the scroll wheel on the mouse? Same with scrolling in browser pages. When would I use it?

    And lastly, how much is it?
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    only reason i've ever used one at home is with google earth and autocad. Anywhere u need more than two planes of movement.
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    I use it in centrafuse to control the volume shortcuts etc. I love it! I use the RCB9 drivers to bind the controls to centrafuse. I never have to look at the screen for simple tasks wire I'm driving.

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    And it was $70 shipped from the manufacturer.

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    I've been using it for over 6 months now and it works OK, but I find my self really missing real buttons and knobs.

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    yes. there is no "orientation" where you last left the knob. all too "shaky/loose" for car environment.

    there is nothing better than easy reachable buttons and an ui which is programmable (i.e roadrunner) to assign (several context sensitive) functions to buttons ( while driving (steering while, volume knob).

    everything else (space navi, touchscreen, mouse) is only dangerous!

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    Quote Originally Posted by upspace View Post
    yes. there is no "orientation" where you last left the knob. all too "shaky/loose" for car environment.

    there is nothing better than easy reachable buttons and an ui which is programmable (i.e roadrunner) to assign (several context sensitive) functions to buttons ( while driving (steering while, volume knob).

    everything else (space navi, touchscreen, mouse) is only dangerous!
    That is not quite true... It all depends on how you mount the SpaceNavigator. Secure it to one place, and it is fixed there. Just as a volume nob on a stock HeadUnit.

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    If you need to 'fly through' a scene, it works great. It doesn't have the same tactile feel that a Powermate knob has, though. Some like it in the car, but I find it too squishy. It feels like it is mounted on rubber bands.
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    Im using it with my own made front end thats made only for the spacenavigator and im loving it

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    +1 for the RCB9 suite

    Works nice when set up correctly and secured.

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