Thumb-operated trackballs are usually right-handed only, but other than the trackball itself, they work just like traditional mice. You can change your cookie preferences to enable comments. That’s pretty easy to figure our using xev – details left to the reader. But RSI is dependent on the type of work you do and your desk setup. With a huge ball and four buttons, this is a near-perfect trackball held back by a gritty scroll ring. In a survey DOCX published by trackball maker Kensington, respondents listed their top three reasons for switching to a trackball:

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ASP January 31, at Ambidextrous Design The symmetrical design of the Expert trackball works equally well for both right-handed and left-handed users. Otherwise, the Kensington software has the same basic features as Logitech Options and the older Logitech Control Center, and is equally easy to use. To correct for this, the Expert Mouse comes with a detachable leatherette-covered wrist rest to prop the hand in a neutral position.

Kensington Let’s start this by getting the name out of the way. This is illustrated at least twice on the bottom of the trackball, as shown at right, with a label and with embossing in the case. The stand also stabilizes the MX Ergo when you use it in its flatter position. It would be logical to have those top two buttons act as “forward” and “back”, wouldn’t it?


If you need to make small movements, this model has a button on the kenskngton to toggle precision mode, but I never used it and ended up reprogramming it. If you opt for a wireless trackball, you kensinbton expect at least four to six months of battery life.

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The bigger the trackball, the less rotation you need to move the cursor across the screen. The M has five buttons: It is considerably larger than I expected it to be judging only from the pictures I had seen of it. The Logitech Options software has most of the settings you need to customize the MX Ergo and its eight buttons.

Connectivity is controlled by two switches on the under-side of the trackball base. 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 Follerball.

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Don’t read this unless you are interested in a very geeky explanation of the xmodmap command mentioned above. Kensington Orbit with Scroll Ring Best thumb-operated trackball: Trackbal gamer August 1, at 9: Finger-operated trackballs place the ball in the center, so you can use them right- or left-handed.

Logitech MX Ergo wireless trackball mouse. The MX Ergo comes with a magnetic metal stand that allows you to keep it flat or angle the device at 20 degrees; I found this upright angle more comfortable, but the MX Ergo works perfectly well in either position, so you should be able to find a good neutral position for your setup. Therefore, I think the source of the name is clear: So this means in the example command I gave above, I assigned function follerball, “Back”, to button 2, and function 9, “Forward” to button 8.


Kensington Expert Wireless Trackball – Trackball Mouse Reviews

Subscribe to our daily deals newsletter Subscribe to our daily deals newsletter. For this guide, I used each style of trackball for a week before assessing individual models. Logitech Control Center also lacks a pointer-acceleration slider, so moving the cursor around multiple monitors or high-resolution displays is harder.

You can also adjust what the scroll ring does, or flip the scrolling direction. For some people, depending on their desk and chair situation or personal preference, this allows for a better hand position.

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