Instead of a scroll wheel, the Expert Mouse has a scroll ring around the ball. With a huge ball and four buttons, this is a near-perfect trackball held back by a gritty scroll ring. A trackball should rotate smoothly, without gritty-feeling friction. How we picked How we tested The competition Sources Why you should trust us. 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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Move your trackball closer to the Unifying receiver. Then we used the remaining trackballs for several days of work, paying attention to the build quality, accuracy, and general comfort.

Reset Trackball Settings 1. The thumb buttons are the best example of this. Your desk, your comfy chair, your bed—this trackball is easy to take with you around the home. Wireless freedom Who wants a cord in the way? Image 1 of 2 The mouse can either be laid flat or The Kensington Orbit Trackball with Scroll Ring typically costs a third as much as the Expert Mouse but has lgoitech smaller ball and offers only two buttons instead of four.

Warning Information in this article applies to Windows 7. We also found trackballs more precise than trackpads and more usable for design work or anything else that required accuracy. If you need to make small movements, this model has a button on the side to toggle precision mode, but I never used it logitehc ended up reprogramming it.


When tilted up, our arm was in a complete resting position, and when we tilted the mouse back down we noticed the small bend our wrist had to make to accommodate it. 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 Trackball.

Needing to spin the ball to cover large distances never felt as accurate, and the added hassle of having to switch to precision mode to fine-tune our aim slowed us down an uncomfortable amount. Scroll wheel You can easily move up and down through Web pages and long documents. We then used each contender for at least eight hours of work before eliminating models that were awkward to use, suffered from build-quality issues, or had confusing software.

Logitech MX Master 2S. The same is true of a host of other buttons included on the mouse. In the Kensington survey, participants who used trackballs over mice said they found them easier to control for precise movements.

It connects via either a 2. 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. The TrackMan Marble bears a shape similar to that of the Kensington Orbit with Scroll Ring, but the button placement makes accidentally hitting the page-up and page-down buttons too easy; even after a few days of use, we never got comfortable with that placement.

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Time-tested shape Millions of people have loved the Logitech Trackman Wheel. It may vary slightly or significantly with other versions or products. However, for general office usage we had no need for it. The M has five buttons: Its only problem beyond it lacking a left-handed model is that some of the features felt a little redundant. Unlike both of those models, however, the MX Ergo uses a rechargeable internal battery instead of AA batteries.


Instead, you use Logitech Control Center, which has the same features but an older look. Mouse Weight including battery: To correct for this, the Expert Mouse comes with a detachable leatherette-covered wrist rest to prop the hand in a neutral position.

Using the Kensington Expert Mouse, you can move a cursor across a 4K monitor 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.

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We found that finger-operated trackballs encouraged better ergonomics—full arm rollerball and neutral wrist posture—compared with thumb-operated models. With up to 18 months of use from a single AA, you might just forget your trackball uses batteries at all. Presenters Spotlight All Presenters.

Trackballs come in two variations: