As with the Expert Mouse, you should do this every couple of weeks to clear out dead-skin bits and other gunk. Thumb-operated trackballs are usually right-handed only, but other than the trackball itself, they work just like traditional mice. A trackball should rotate smoothly, without gritty-feeling friction. Some trackballs use AA batteries and others have a rechargeable battery. Subscribe to our daily deals newsletter Subscribe to our daily deals newsletter. Takes awhile to get used to With the Kensington Orbit, I really like the smoothness of the trackball’s movement, as well as the scroll ring.

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The Expert Mouse has a power switch on the bottom but also turns itself off automatically after inactivity to save battery life. Using Logitech Flow, you can pair your MX Ergo with multiple computers and move the cursor between them just as you would on a multiple-monitor setup.

JavaScript seems to be disabled in your browser. For this guide, I used each style of trackball for a week before assessing individual models. Instead of using a hardware scroll ring as on the Kensington Expert Mouse and Orbit with Scroll Ring, with the Kensington SlimBlade Trackball you have to rotate the ball to scroll, which is tough to do without bouncing the cursor around the screen.

You can also send us a note or a tweetor find us on Facebook. Logitech Control Center also lacks a pointer-acceleration slider, so moving the cursor around multiple monitors or high-resolution displays is harder. The Expert Mouse is expensive, but the build quality and four programmable buttons make it worth the price over the Kensington Orbit with Scroll Ring, which has only two buttons and is available exclusively as a wired model.


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You can change your cookie preferences to enable comments. Takes awhile to get used to With the Kensington Orbit, I really like the smoothness of the kejsington movement, as well as the scroll ring. Keep trying new things.

You can also have this jumping problem in documents, but not any more with the scroll w heel and scroll ring. Show More Show Less.

Product Description Optical tracking technology delivers precise cursor control at the touch of a finger while the ambidextrous, two-button design provides a familiar user experience for mouse converts. Some trackballs use AA batteries and others have a rechargeable battery. We found the following features to be the most important in our research and testing: Kensington Expert Mouse Budget finger-operated trackball: Trackballs can be useful for people with a repetitive strain injury in their shoulder or wrist because using these devices requires different muscles than using a mouse.

I’m use to this type and design, the ring is used on a certain type of game I’m playing.

PC and Mac compatible. The bigger the trackball, the less rotation you need to move the cursor across the screen. This one does using the ring controller – well designed and is teackball pleasure to use. The Kensington Orbit Trackball with Scroll Ring typically costs a third as much as the Expert Mouse but has a smaller ball and offers only two buttons instead of four.

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It’s impossible to cradle it inside your palm like you would with their Orbit Wireless Trackball KD Logitech MX Ergo Budget thumb-operated trackball: Packaging should be the same as what is found in a retail store, unless the item is handmade or was packaged by the manufacturer in non-retail packaging, such as an unprinted box or plastic bag. Contact a customer care representative if you need help finding a replacement or similar item. Skip to main content. In the Kensington survey, participants who used trackballs over mice said they found them easier to control for precise movements.


The ball, while small, is smooth and easy to use, and the MX Ergo can tilt 20 degrees to provide a more comfortable position. In a survey DOCX published by trackball maker Kensington, respondents listed their top three reasons for switching to a trackball: This is what we needed to avoid and has been eliminated with both of these mice.

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Subscribe to our daily deals newsletter Subscribe to our daily deals newsletter. Why I hesitated in the purchase of a trackball is that many did not have a page scroll control which, for my use, is essential.

Your browser is incompatible with the newest internet security standards Soon, this incompatibility will prevent you from accessing our website. The stand also stabilizes the MX Ergo when you use it in its flatter position.