I prefer it to any tablet, trackball, touchpad, or red button I've used.
My pals that have tried it agree that it's the best thing they've ever done, better than skydiving or getting married.
The mouse is a Micro Innovations Optical Travel Mouse PD905P I got at microcenter for $9 on sale. It has a self-retracting cord thingy. Any other small mouse would be as good. The flat cord on this one is good because it's easy to bend so it stays out of the way for typing. I just set the mouse to the right over the little speaker and the cord is out of the way.
This Toshiba laptop has a flat raised deck that's particularly good for mousing on.