“ 3Dconnexion SpaceNavigator Standard Edition - 3D motion controller - optical - 2 button(s) - wired - USB „
When I first caught sight of this product I was curious to find out what it was all about. I mean, it looks great - I'm a sucker for blue LED's - and it seemed to be an unusual way of controlling your navigation through various applications.
I was given this mouse/trackball as a gift from a friend, and at first I was really disappointed that you couldn't use it for day-to-day office programs. I was hoping for a funky replacement to my regular mouse, but this was not the case.
Once I had read the literature associated with this product I realised that it is only supported by certain programs.
In a nutshell, this is really only useful for 3D navigation (as the name suggests).
I have tested this mouse mostly on Google Earth and it really is amazing and easy to use.
The centrally mounted post is really great for zooming your way around. You can pull it, twist it, rotate it, rock it...everything! And every action performs a different function e.g. if you push the stick forward you zoom in, or if you rotate it from side-to-side it will rotate your view. It's a little hard to explain because there are so many variations in movement; you really have to try it for yourself.
The build quality is excellent: the materials are of a high calibre, and the overall feel is smooth and sturdy. The buttons on either side are ok, but they're a little fiddly to use.
Overall this is a really good quality item, but it really is only useful iif you work on 3D applications e.g. Google Earth or CAD packages, on a day-to-day basis. Otherwise, you might as well save yourself £75, and go for a bog-standard mouse...although, that blue light underneath the central post does look awesome and definately attracts a lot of attention from passing colleagues.
Until now, advanced 3D navigation has been reserved for high-end design professionals. With the introduction of the SpaceNavigator, 3Dconnexion has made this exciting technology accessible and affordable for architects, artists, students and anyone else who wants to enjoy the 3D experience. 3Dconnexion's SpaceNavigator offers natural and intuitive navigation of 3D environments and objects for today's most popular and powerful 3D applications. Simply push, pull, tilt or twist the SpaceNavigator's controller cap to simultaneously pan, zoom and rotate 3D imagery. You'll experience an easy, simple and fun way to fly through 3D environments like Google Earth using 3Dconnexion's award-winning technology. Two programmable keys store your favorite application functions.
SpaceNavigator Standard Edition is your ideal companion in the world of 3D navigation devices, for use in a professional environment.
|Product Description:||3Dconnexion SpaceNavigator Standard Edition - Standard Edition - 3D motion controller|
|Device Type:||3D motion controller|
|Dimensions (WxDxH):||7.8 cm x 7.8 cm x 5.3 cm|
|Connectivity Technology:||Wired - USB|
|Movement Detection Technology:||Optical|
|Features:||Handle rotation, programmable buttons|
|OS Required:||Microsoft Windows 2000, Microsoft Windows XP, Microsoft Windows XP 64-bit Edition, Red Hat Enterprise Linux WS 3, SuSE Linux 9.0 or later, Microsoft Windows Vista, Apple MacOS X 10.4.6 or later, Microsoft Windows Vista (64-bit versions)|
|Microsoft Certification:||Certified for Windows Vista|
|Manufacturer Warranty:||2 years warranty|