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I bought one of these a couple of years ago and this was my first trackball type mouse after always having used a conventiional mouse and for the first 3 or 4 days using it I called it all the names under sun and absolutley hated it.
Then something happened, I got the hang of it, I could move the cursor exactly where I wanted it in an instant with just a few mm movement from my thumb, no dragging a conventional mouse right to the edge of the mousemat. You can sit it on your knee, sit it on your desk wherever.
When playing my favourite shooter games using this I can about turn my character in an instant again with just a few mm movement from my thumb.
Now I would never go back to a conventional mouse, I found this Logitech Trackman to be a precise, accurate mouse that works very well.
Occasionally you have to pop out the marble ball and clean dust and fluff out from behind it but thats something like once every 3 months which is no hardship.
Logitec are a big name in this field and you get drivers and software which will fine tune it exactly how you want it although you can just plug and play and it will work fine.
Try one for yourself, at first you might hate it like I did but once you get the hang of it you'll never look back.
This mouse is an excellent addition to someone with a computer, but only limited workspace, such as laptops, or mini computers. it feels nice to hold, and fits ergonomically into the palm of your hand.
The mouse feels responsive, and the trackball has no delay, and neither do the buttons, everything you would expect in a logitech mouse.
Being a Trackball mouse, you don't have to move your whole hand around, and this gives your hand a rest, and means you don't have to have a mouse mat.
The trouble is, this mouse is not good for people who enjoy playing online games, as it means you have to move your thumb very rapidly and quickly, and this pains your thumb, leaving it aching and numb. this can also occur slowly if you use this mouse for a long period without a break.
However, with a few breaks, you will soon get used to it, the mouse is cheap for the functionality you will get out of it, and i wholly recommend buying one if you only have a limited available area, or if you own a laptop, and don't carry a mouse mat around.
I have had mine for over almost 10 years, it has been dropped (on a daily basis) chewed by my dog and totally abused. It just broke, no wonder, and I am lost! I have a laptop, it can be used without a mouse,(I prefer not to) I need my ball.
I have to be another in the long list of people praising the Trackman because there are simply more cool things You can do with it, worth to be mentioned.
I borrowed Trackman Wheel, the previous model, for a few days of tryout, ordered the new one immediately, and I am not returning the borrowed one till the new one arrives. Getting back to the ordinary mouse is too great horror.
As the others pointed out, it takes an hour or two to get used to, but after that You wonder how You survived without it. Major benefits once again:
- You don't have to move it, no more running out of space on the table, works on any surface. It is also eco-friendly, if everybody had one lot of energy and material could be saved by not producing useless mousepads
- No hand cramps, nerve inflamations and such. Your hand fits on it comfortably and thumb muscles are not kept in one position too long.
- Precision!! If You rest Your thumb on the rim of the trackball and slowly twist it against the ball, thus turning the ball, You can literally move the pointer pixel by pixel.
- Range!! If You usually work on two monitors simultaneously, as I do, and tend to stretch the desktop over both of them, trackball is irreplacable!! Use the inertia of the ball, just flick it and stop it when it's there, You get across 3648 pixels in a milisecond.
- Cleaning is easier than for an ordinary mouse, although more frequent. The whole thing is more robust and reliable, with less moving parts, and this Trackman in particular is well made. It is several years old, nothing worn out or fallen off, stable on the surface.
- You'll hopefully never need this, but if You do, it could save You: Trackball works well in a moving car, bus etc, even for graphics.
- The one I got has an extraordinarily long cable. Try lying on a couch, watching the movie on the PC across the room, and commanding from Your thigh with an ordinary mouse!
Drawbacks (mostly minor, IMHO):
- It is expensive, but not overtly
- Takes a bit more space in a bag, but most bags can take it
- The mess on Your desk accumulates, since You never need to shove it aside to make place for the mouse
I think the biggest flaw of this trackball is that the lefthanded cannot use the one for righthanded. Don't know if they have to order special ones, all trackballs I've ever seen (admittedly, not many) were for righthanded.
All in all, extremely useful and well made device, worth every cent of its price.
I recently came across this trackball buried away in a box in our IT department. It was obviously a peripheral that had been purchased with good intentions to begin with and then later discarded! In a quiet moment in the office I decided to connect it up and see if I preferred the way it worked to a normal mouse. For those of you who are unfamiliar with how a trackball works, they are a little bit different to the way you use a mouse. Instead of moving the whole unit to move the cursor, you just move the ball itself. Anyway I will put this into more detail later in the review. After some enquiries I found out that this trackball had been purchased for our Surveyors department about a year ago for £25.99. Specs The unit itself is slightly larger than a standard mouse. This is because it has to accommodate a trackball and provide a sturdy base for the user?s hand to rest on. The trackball sits on top of the unit at the far end. On either side of the trackball sit the left and right hand selection buttons, just like on a standard mouse. You rest the palm of your hand on the unit and this brings the trackball into reach of your fingers. The buttons are also within easy reach. The trackball is connected to the computer by a reasonably long cord which has a USB connection at the end. Also provided is an adapter that plugs into the USB connector on the end of the cord, and this allows you to run the trackball through the PS/2 mouse connection on the computer. The unit is dark grey in colour with the trackball a see-through red colour. It feels pretty sturdy and robust so shouldn?t fall apart in the hand! In Use The trackball can be plugged straight into the computer and should start working immediately without the need for any drivers being loaded onto the PC. I had this unit working with both Windows NT and Windows 2000, so I can?t imagine you would have many problems running it
on the other recent Windows operating systems. As stated above, this trackball works in a different manner to a normal mouse. It is very tempting to try to push the unit around the desk at first! Then you realise that this is not going to move the cursor on the screen as you need to move the trackball. This feels slightly strange to begin with as you push and spin the trackball backwards and forwards to move the cursor. When moving the trackball I have to say that it put me in mind of my misspent youth in the arcades, playing trackball controlled games like Missile Command! Ah happy days! I did find when using this trackball that the buttons are slightly hard to press than on a normal mouse. For me it does not feel as instinctive as the buttons are further away and you have to take your fingers off the trackball to press them. I suppose after a bit of use you would find this action a little easier to do, but I found that I much preferred the way the buttons are under your fingers at all times on an ordinary mouse! After spending the day using this trackball to control my computer, I was not convinced that it offered any advantages over a standard mouse. I was quite glad to end the experiment and return to my faithful optical mouse! Reliability wise, the trackball certainly felt sturdy and should be able to take a certain amount of punishment. It was not used for long by the person who ordered it and has sat in a box in our IT department for a good while, so I can?t really comment on how reliability or long it should last! Conclusion I have concluded that these trackballs are a bit of an acquired taste! After spending a short while using one I can say that it is definitely not for me. I can understand that for certain work requiring great accuracy, such as Computer Aided Design (CAD) work, or photo editing, these trackballs would be very useful. However for standard computer use I think most people would be much
better off with a normal mouse. I would recommend this trackball for those who need highly accurate mouse control, but I think that most of us are probably better off with our normal mouse! Thanks for reading!
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reat product review from Plymyphil.Another great product review from Plymyphil.Another great product review from Plymyphil.Another great product review from Plymyphil.Another great product review from Plymyphil. "I'm glad I'm not you" I said as I hurriedly left the school office for the comfort of the classroom and a sensible mouse. I had been using the mouse that our school administrator uses as I did some work at her machine. Ugh! I should say that I have now done over thirty hours work with this mouse so I do feel qualified to comment but have included our schools administrator's viewpoint for balance. I had often looked and wondered. It's referred to at work as the marble mouse although to be honest it's more of a golf ball. So, why was I pleased to leave it. DESIGN This is supposed to mould to the shape of your hand. Joke. I found it completely uncomfortable and far too large. Jaa Jaa Binks may find this a comfortable mouse - to all humans however this is hideous. The trackerball is huge. So, your fingers are busy trying to manipulate the pointer in the right direction and at the right time. Because the mouse so completely takes over your hand ... you've no sooner successfully positioned the mouse pointer on screen than you've lost that positioning again. As you try to click it's impossible to keep your fingers still and as they are always on the tracker ball the only way to stop the mouse pointer moving as you click is to arch your hand uncomfortably upwards so that your fingers momentarily leave the ball. COLOUR Come on, most people have the beige box for their computer ... one or two of the more affluent Ciaoers amongst you may have the white or black offering that is now to be seen. Who has a marbled scarlet computer? Nobody ... ha, then this mouse will not match your machine. It will look out of place, desperately trying to look cool and funky but fa
iling and instead looking like a your mouse has haemorroids. PRICE I know it can be obtained cheaper now by shopping around but eight months ago this cost £39.99 WOW - for such an ugly uncomfortable and functionally useless piece of tosh. ANOTHER OPINION My school administrator who does far more typing and data entry than I would ever wish to be a part of swears it is the best mouse ever and significantly reduces the levels of pain she used to suffer. Maybe this is true if you are prepared to use it for time and get used to it. Maybe it is true if you use the mouse for many hours each day. OVERALL Overall, give me a standard mouse anyday. The only alternative mouse I ever enjoyed was a logitech cordless mouse that had a thumb switch that could be programmed to do almost anything. Apart from that I prefer the most standard mouse available and this just doesn't do it for me I'm afraid. I would not recommend this and would say stick to the usual if you don't want to look daft and have difficulty clicking on screen buttons. Thanks for reading this review and happy holidays. - Phil
One of the best on the market, beats Microsofts trackball hands down - Advantages: Non - stick ball no more cleaning, Little space needed, Extra commands can be added - Disadvantages: Can be a bit sore on the wrists after a couple of hours
Several years ago my brother and I were given a computer for Xmas to share between us. However, now that we are moving in different directions, ie. both going to university, we are getting to the stage where we each need our own computer. The solution - split the computer we have and then buy the rest of the products to make up two complete systems. My brother took the old mouse so it was my turn to find a new replacement. After a lot of searching around and reading various articles I decided upon the Logitech Cordless Trackman Wheel. I got it and started to use it - which took some getting used to. However, I have had it for some time now and feel that I am fairly proficient with it. It is fabulous not to have wires getting caught and being able to move the mouse devise easily!! The trackball fits very your hand well and the rollerball is easy to navigate your mouse pointer. The Trackball uses optical sensors so that the devise will rarely need cleaning and should last for many years to come. I would well advise that you buy this product!!
I love my Logitech Marble Wheel. This is a fantastic device. Sure, as the other reviewers have pointed out it takes a little time to become accustomed to it. However, once you are used to the feel of the mouse in your hand, your life on the computer becomes so much better. No more painful handcramps, no more "running out of room" to move the mouse, and faster scrolling. With just one flick of your finger you can scroll the mouse to any point on the page versus the standard mouse where you have to move your entire hand and part of your arm. I can't imagine a simpler interface other then voice control. The left and right buttons work just as one would expect a standard mouse to, but there is also a scroll button which you can click to turn on and off the scroll feature. It is positioned so you just need to move your thumb ever so slightly to click it without actually disrupting your use of the marble. There are really only two drawbacks to this mouse. The first is that it is expensive. Mine cost me 40£, but you may be able to find it cheaper. The other drawback is that it is not the easiest mouse to clean. The dirt that builds up in the cradle that houses the ball becomes encrusted and difficult to remove if you are not diligent and thorough in your cleaning. However, even if you let the dirt build up it does not seem to affect the scrolling action of the mouse.
I have recently purchased a Logitech Cordless Trackman Wheel from Dixons.This was £49.99 , and was purely an impulse purchase , as I went in looking for something else entirely , so I'm afraid I really don't know whether or not these can be found cheaper elsewhere. I already had a Microsoft scrolling mouse , which came with the computer , but I had had terrible trouble with it for the previous couple of days simply because it needed cleaning. I spotted the new Microsoft optical mice , and couldn't resist. However , just before I went to the till , I spotted a strange looking contraption which was the Cordless wheel. This was also optical , and the thing that was really impressive about this was how easy the software was to install , and how easy it was to set up the device. This is really strange the first time you use it , but after just an hour of use I was finding it much easier to use than a conventional mouse. The ball never sticks , and it's great not having a cord or a mouse mat- I've got so much more space and so much more freedom ! I would definately recommend this product.
....but once you get used to it you wonder how you coped without it! This mouse is seriously cool. I recieved it as a birthday present last month, and I'm chuffed to bits with it. It differs from an ordinary mouse, in that it stays stationary. There is a large trackerball which you control with your thumb. It's a great shape, with the usual 3 buttons at the top, with an extra feature which is just wonderful for webbrowsing. It has a wheel on the centre button which enables you to scroll down the screen on your browser. (It's this feature I miss the most when I go back to using an ordinary mouse when I'm on another computer). It also decreases the amount of work done by your wrist, as you whole hand and arm remain still, as you control it with your thumb. If you use your computer a lot this would have definite advantages in reducing RSI. The mouse has a 5 year guarantee. This is great for someone who used to go through mice (mouse's?) like there was no tomorrow. However, I feel that this one will last for a decent amount of time. It feels sturdy, and is well made. Definitely worth the cash if you use your computer a lot.
I have had my computer since November and just bought a cheap mouse to begin with. What a mistake, after a few months it started sticking and was really hard to use on the mousemat, even after cleaning. My husband bought me a new mouse from Comet called the Logitech Marble mouse. It was £30, a touch expensive, but it has been well worth the money. This mouse has a big roller ball which you swivel round with your finger/thumb. You don't need to move the mouse itself at all. It is very difficult to get used to at first, but once you have mastered it, there is no looking back. I find it much easier to access things now as the pointer seems to pinpoint things accurately. The only drawback is that it needed regular cleaning, as the rollerball picks up dirt from your fingers. Again though it is really easy to clean, you just pull the rollerball out and give the inside a quick wipe. I would certainly recommend this mouse, but not to beginners as it is difficult to get used to at first.
I have had this mouse for about a year now and it is great. The design fits my hand perfectly, being right handed the right click button fits my little finger, the left click button is exactly under my thumb, and I move around the screen with my index and middle finger. The ball lifts out of the cup to enable easy cleaning, and because the only movement is with my fingers it avoids any kind of wrist or elbow strain, and the mouse fits into the tiniest space. This has been very easy to adapt to, and I can easily swap between this and the ordinary mouse I use at work.
The concept of this mouse is great - unlike a regular mouse it actually fits snugly to your hand and means you don't need to be constantly moving your mouse around. If you have little space on your work-surface then buy one just to avoid having a mousepad! The mouse works by a big 'marble' suspended in the plastic case. It needs operating by your thumb, and does take a bit of getting used to once you use it for the first time! If you're a newbie to computers you certainly shouldn't start with this mouse - it requires a bit of a dexterity to actually use it successfully and with control! Once you have mastered it though, you'll find that if you use the computer a lot it is much better for navigating your way around. I can't say that it is as good as a normal mouse if you need to use it for gaming - but for desktop applications it works wonders! Another great addition [although it is not a unique feature] is the moveable wheel which replaces the middle mouse button. This allows you to scroll down documents or webpages without having to use the annoying scrollbars! Just rotate the wheel with your middle finger and the text auto-scrolls! One word of warning though - I have noticed a design fault which has caused me to have to buy two more of these pointing devices than I needed to! The three 'sensors' inside the actual mouse need regular cleaning because [with your thumb always in contact with the marble] they gather a lot of dirt. When cleaning them though they seem to very easily fall out of their place - and are impossible to get back in once this has happened! Only suitable for people with big hands!!