If, like me, you spend your working life (and much of your leisure time) sat in front of a computer screen you'll know the joy of a good mouse. Pick the wrong product for you and pretty soon you'll have sore fingers, a sore forearm and a sore wrist. Get it right and you'll just know. It's like getting into your own, comfortable bed after a week of travelling or pulling on your comfiest pair of jeans that you thought had been sent to the charity shop. It just feels right.
The Logitech TrackMan Wheel mouse is like that. As soon as your hand closes around it you'll know that you won't ever want to use another 'normal' mouse again. Ever. Or you will if you're me. And if you're right handed because Logitech don't do a right handed version.
It's not like a regular mouse in that it doesn't move around your desk. It sits still. You place your hand upon it like any normal mouse but you don't move it anywhere. You don't move your hand and wrist either so there's no danger of getting any repetitive strain injuries. Your hand fits perfectly over the contours of this mouse-that-isn't-a-mouse and when you put your hand on it your fingers should fall naturally onto the left and right click buttons. Between these is a scroll wheel for moving up and down screens. The most important part though is under your thumb. The thumb sits comfortable on a big red ball, like a large marble but slightly smaller than a golf ball. You rotate this ball under your thumb instead of moving the entire mouse to make the curser move around the screen. In this way you can control it with much more sensitivity than any other control device that I've ever used. It takes just a few moments to get used to.
This particular version connects to the PC/laptop/tablet via a USB cable which is quite long enough to place within the longest arm's reach. You just plug it in and your computer should automatically detect your new hardware. If it's anything like mine then you'll be up and running in seconds with no installation or setup required. It just works, straightaway.
It's moulded from heavy duty grey plastic and just feels so incredibly comfortable. The ball movement is smooth and precise and, should it ever start to feel jumpy or gritty (as all mice balls do when they accumulate dirt over time) it's easy to clean. You just pop the big red marble out of its housing and remove any dust from the three rollers on which it sits. After that it's as good as new.
I've owned my TrackMan use for at least eight years, maybe more. Sadly this particular version is no longer available but they now have an upgraded model on sale at around £50 and a very similar one (for £30) that they claim can be used by left or right handed people as the ball sits not under the thumb but under the forefinger in the middle of the mouse. I have no desire at all to change my TrackMan - it's been a great servant and long may it continue - but when the day comes for it to finally go to that techno-graveyard in the sky I'd certainly replace it with one as close as possible to this.
If you can pick one up second-hand then I'd urge you to do so.
Logitech is a name I trust for computer accessories, I find that there products last a long time and with proper care and maintenance there should be no reason for them to break (the good thing about this mouse is that there is no maintenance required.
I have had other brand names and even though I take care of my electronics and there accessories I still find that after a period of time they start to break down bit by bit (mouse starts to become less responsive, or buttons don't work altogether).
I find with electronics if you buy cheap, that is exactly what you have, a cheap product, so spend that bit more, get a product that will last a long while, I believe that to be Logitech.
This particular mouse is built for right handed users, your hand fits over it with absolute ease as if it were molded to you personally, the tracking ball (which is red) is located on the left for the thumb to navigate and the two buttons are located on the right fitting perfectly underneath your index finger and 2nd finger, in the middle of the 2 buttons is a scroll wheel that lets you scroll up and down and if you push down on the scroll wheel you hear a click which depending how you set it up allows you to use it as another function.
It connects to your computer via usb and when you plug it in it automatically installs a drive onto your computer so you don't have to worry about installing it yourself and to top it all off it is recognized by Mac, Windows, vista and new Windows 7.
You may be looking at this mouse and thinking "wow that's a big mouse" but you don't have to move this mouse around, it stays where it is and you just move the red tracking ball instead.
I bought this of the recommendation of a friend, I travel around a lot on planes in cars...etc so to have this mouse means I don't have to have a lot of room to maneuver this mouse because it doesn't move.
If you have been use to using the old fashioned mouse's then this one will take a while to get use to, it will feel very alien and unnatural, but once you have got the hang of it you will wonder how you did without it.
And what will be even more surprising is that when you go back to that old mouse for what ever reason you will find it cumbersome and a pain.
If you're a gamer you may find this mouse a lot better to control your characters with. In fact in general it is a lot easier and quicker to move around your computer with this mouse.
I have had this mouse for years and wouldn't change it for anything in the world, note of warning, if you find that after a while your tracking ball starts to feel harder to move with your thumb, remove the ball the way that it mentions in the little manual and just dust around it and a quick blow in the inside and when you replace the ball your problem will be resolved and you can carry on with what ever you were doing.
Like I said I have had it for years and I have maybe done that a handful of times.
At the moment it's on offer at Amazon for £29.18
Logitech has been always making out excellent mouses. Although I have tried quite many brands for over 10 years already, the first brand comes to my mind is always Logitech since I knew it. We can buy cheaper and not bad ones made by other brands, but I do not think any of them can compete with Logitech.
I use it often for exploring internet, office work and gaming. In my experience, this model has the following profs and cons.
A cute outlook design. It looks like a toy rather than regular mouse. Can be used for ladies and gentlemen.
The price is reasonable.
Trackball is very useful for internet exploring.
Very reliable. I use it for over one year and it still work very fine for me.
ultra-precise tracking even for game fans
Designed for long hour use and very comfortable so my hand does not feel tired even though I use it for long time gaming.
Can not be used for left hand users
I would like to recommend this product and you will like it too.
*this review is also on ciao*