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The Best Trackballs

To remove the ball, just pull it out or flip the Expert Mouse over. This trackball is what I have been missing for years and did not realize this until now. Comments are disabled We respect your privacy.

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If you need to make small movements, this model has kemsington button on the side to toggle precision mode, but I never used it and ended up reprogramming it. The Kensington Orbit Trackball with Scroll Ring typically costs a third as much as the Expert Mouse but has a smaller ball and offers only two buttons instead of four. The trackball is great compaired to fighting a regular ole mouse all over the desk.

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The MX Ergo has a tilt feature, two more buttons, newer software, Bluetooth, and a more modern design, features we think are worthwhile for most people considering a trackball. The lowest-priced brand-new, unused, unopened, undamaged item in its original packaging where packaging is applicable.

Whereas the MX Ergo has a soft-touch plastic coating, the M is covered in a smooth, hard plastic. The MX Ergo also supports Logitech Flow, which lets orbut move the cursor between multiple computers—even between a Mac and a Windows machine—on the same network and copy or drag files from one computer to another.


If you opt for a wireless trackball, you can expect at least four to six months of battery life. After spending more than hours testing eight trackballs during weeks of work, we found that the best trackballs are the finger-operated Kensington Expert Mouse Wireless Trackball and the thumb-operated Logitech MX Ergo Wireless Trackball.

Add to List Compare Email a Friend. And they often have a larger ball, which makes it easier to fling the cursor across a larger space, such as on a 4K monitor orbiit across multiple monitors.

You can use it on multiple-monitor setups, but you may have to bump up the sensitivity more than on the Expert Mouse. And it has a fast-charge feature that Logitech says will give it enough juice for a full workday in a minute of charge. Product Description Optical tracking technology delivers precise cursor control at the touch of a finger while the ambidextrous, two-button design provides a familiar user experience for mouse converts. Kensington Black Computer Trackballs.

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Kensington Wireless Computer Trackballs. Finger-operated trackballs with center-mounted balls work for both right- and left-handed people and encourage better wrist posture, while thumb-operated trackballs are more similar to traditional mice and therefore easier to get the hang of using.

Cornell ergonomicist Alan Hedge pointed out to us that a trackball is most useful if it helps you keep your hand in the correct position: We found that finger-operated trackballs encouraged better ergonomics—full arm movements and neutral wrist posture—compared with thumb-operated models.


Show More Show Less. You can also send us a note or a tweetor find us on Facebook. Logitech promises 18 months of battery life for the AA-powered M; judging from Amazon reviewsthat claim seems accurate. Rozette Rago Thumb-operated trackballs are usually right-handed only, but other than the trackball itself, they work just like traditional mice.

I don’t understand why Kensington had to make it so wide and flat. Logitech Control Center also lacks a pointer-acceleration slider, so moving the cursor around multiple monitors or high-resolution displays is harder.

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Learn more about cookies including how to disable them. To correct for this, the Expert Mouse comes with a detachable leatherette-covered trackkball rest to prop the hand in a neutral position. Great track ball This trackball is what I have been missing for years and did not realize this until now. But RSI is dependent on the type of work you do and your desk setup. A customer care representative will contact you if there is a problem shipping your available item.

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