Tuesday, June 30, 2009

I think I'm developing "TrackPoint Finger"

I've been using the TrackPoint (which is a joystick mouse found on IBM/Lenovo Thinkpads) quite heavily and I think I'm developing a syndrome that I'll name "TrackPoint Finger." My right index finger is starting to get sore. Repetitive motion injuries often lead to things such as Carpel Tunnel Syndrome and even BlackBerry Thumb. Well, I should probably replace the batteries on my Bluetooth mouse so that I avoid getting "TrackPoint Finger."


  1. Having used the previous IBM Thinkpads of old for a number of years, I can attest to the damage caused by using the Trackpoint interface. Personally, I believe that it stresses the tendons in the sides of the fingers in ways that the finger are not built to endure.

    I would rather risk carpal tunnel syndrome from a small USB mouse any day.

  2. I usually use a Bluetooth mouse, but when I'm on the plane I'm generally using the TrackPoint. I hope the next version(s) of the Thinkpad tablets will have both a TrackPoint and a touch pad.