Personally, I've used many types of mice over the years. On PC's I was one of the first to own a Microsoft Intellimouse, the first mouse with a 'wheel'. On a Mac I used a Logitech MX 510 mouse where I had the buttons programmed to 'Close window', 'Back' and 'Switch application'.
However, after buying a 'Pill mouse' just for it's looks, I tried using it for a while and found the computing experience a lot more pleasant:
- Scrolling by dragging the bar is less jerky and gives a smoother, more 'in control' feeling when browsing the internet
- Using menu's or shortcuts to perform an action makes you discover more functionality in the software
- Contextual menu's usually are messy and hardly ever contain the option you need
Have there been usability studies that don't focus on beginner's ease of use but instead show any form of increased experience or productivity with either a single button mouse or a multibutton one?
What are your thoughts on the single button?