If it were possible to turn it over and use it as a mouse, I might understand the name don’t laugh, I already own a Kensington Slimblade Trackball Mouse which can be used as either a mouse or trackball. The stand also stabilizes the MX Ergo when you use it in its flatter position. Dec 31 ’18 at The one on the right is a wireless mode switch – when set to the right it is in USB 2. I can see this use case coming on my own desktop already. There is a very subtle blue LED between the left and right buttons visible in the scroll ring picture above which will start to blink when it is in pairing mode, and will go off again when pairing is complete.

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Hands-On: Kensington Expert Mouse Wireless Trackball

Longer warranties are nice but not required. Please review our terms of service to complete your newsletter subscription. Kensington Orbit with Scroll Trackba,l Best thumb-operated trackball: I have already started using it in preference to the Logitech M trackball I have had on my desk for the past few years. I’ve got one, and I’ve been trying it out along with the latest release of the Raspbian Linux operating system.

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If the MX Ergo is too expensive, or if you want the cheapest good introduction to the world of trackballs, get the Logitech M Wireless Oensington. For further details see delivery estimates in cart.

Although the Logitech TrackMan Marble lacks a scroll wheel or ring, it has buttons for paging up and down. We use cookies and similar technologies to measure traffic, repeat visitors and site performance. With a huge ball and four buttons, this is a near-perfect trackball held back by a gritty scroll ring.


The bigger the trackball, the less rotation you need to move the cursor across the screen. Kensington Expert Mouse Budget finger-operated trackball: If you don’t need a wrist rest for medical reasons, I doubt that anyone would use it for aesthetic reasons. In the Kensington survey, participants who used trackballs over mice said they found them easier to control for precise movements.

See any errors on this page? I also own the trackblal version of this trackball. The scroll ring on the wireless version feels much cheaper. Dec 31 ’18 at Logitech MX Ergo wireless trackball mouse I’ve been waiting a long time for a new trackball from Logitech.

Kensington Expert Mouse Wireless Trackball The best finger-operated trackball With a huge ball and four buttons, this is a near-perfect trackball held back by a gritty scroll ring.

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Hopefully it will be supported over Bluetooth soon. Logitech promises 18 months of battery life for the AA-powered M; judging from Amazon reviewsthat claim seems accurate. This problem is present both over bluetooth currently using microsoft universal HID-device driveras well as the provided 2.

That’s pretty easy to figure our using xev – details left to the reader. I honestly prefer the ring on this new trackball. So the first parameter after the equal sign assigns to button 1, the second to button 2 and so on.


The Expert Mouse has a power switch on the bottom but also turns itself off automatically after inactivity to save battery life. To remove the ball, just pull it out or flip the Expert Mouse over.

The first really clever thing that I discovered about this trackball was the scroll ring. The ball, while small, is smooth and easy to use, and the MX Ergo can tilt 20 degrees to provide a more comfortable position.

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You may unsubscribe from these newsletters at any time. Some trackballs use AA batteries and others have a rechargeable battery. If you want to use it left-handed, the button assignment can be reversed using the Mouse Settings control of whatever desktop you are using.

Using the Kensington Expert Mouse, you can move a cursor across a 4K trackbalo with a small swipe, but on the MX Ergo it takes a couple of turns of the ball, even if you have the pointer speed set to maximum.

The one on the right is a wireless mode switch – when set to the right it is in USB 2. I like the ergonomics of not having to move my hand all over the place.

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