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Logitech TrackMan Marble FX Trackball

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  • Stationary to save desktop space
  • Uses patented Marble optical technology
  • Intuitive MouseWare software
  • Ships with PS/2-to-serial adapter
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 3.3 x 2.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B00000JBUI
  • Item model number: 904257-0403
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
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  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: September 4, 1973

Product Description

Product Description

Product Type TrackballManufacturer Part Number 910-000806Manufacturer Website Address www.logitech.comMovement Detection OpticalPackaged Quantity 1Standard Warranty 3 Year LimitedManufacturer LogitechProduct Model 910-000806Product Name Trackman Marble TrackballProduct Line TrackManProduct Series MarblePointing Device Connectivity Technology WiredPointing Device Wireless Technology Not ApplicableGreen Compliance YesNumber of Total Buttons 2Pointing Device Host Interface USB

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If you're used to a traditional mouse, then the Logitech TrackMan Marble FX may take a little getting used to. But despite its large, clunky appearance, this mouse has it all. Designed for those with limited desktop space, the TrackMan Marble FX remains stationary. You operate it by moving a large marble with your fingers while a sensor inside the mouse interprets the movement.

Solid and well built, the TrackMan Marble FX has a large, eye-catching red marble. Its weight and rubberized bottom keep it from sliding on your desk, and the curve of the mouse fits most hands (except lefties). Those with small hands may find it hard to reach the left-click mouse button, making double-clicking tricky.

Installation is not as quick as most plug-and-play mouse devices, as you must install Logitech MouseWare software to fully take advantage of the TrackMan Marble FX's features. However, the manual walks you through installation, making set up easy and quick.

Perhaps the nicest feature of this trackball is the four programmable buttons. During setup, you can program which buttons you want to perform certain functions. Most will want to set the far left and right buttons as on a typical PC mouse. However, the two middle buttons can be set for functions such as universal scroll, auto scroll, zoom, drag lock, or HyperJump and CyberJump--pop-up windows with shortcut functions in Windows 95 and Internet environments.

If you're in the market for a trackball and have the time to learn to use a new type of mouse, then you'll want to consider the TrackMan Marble FX. Its durability and low maintenance make it superior and easy to use.

Pros:

  • Sturdy and well constructed
  • Programmable buttons
  • Dirt resistant

Cons:

  • Difficult for those with small hands
  • Not designed for lefties
  • Requires software installation

Customer Reviews

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This trackball is the best pointing device I've ever found.
Frank Merle Nugent
I find that when I use it during Half-Life and other games that it can be VERY difficult to use.
Brandon L Hriniak
I am buying one for the office right now as a matter of fact.
MICHAEL J NICOLLS

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By John IV on May 23, 2000
Once upon a time I got sick of the gunk build up on all the mice and trackballs I had used, it got to the point where they would bump and jump on the mouse pads. I was intrigued when I saw the technology used in the Trackman line, detecting position using the tiny dots on the ball. Now having used the FX Trackman at home and at work for over 3 years, I find that it is the still the best input device of its kind, including the new MSFT optical mice. Once one gets used to the button placement and develops the dexterity to utilise the trackball, constantly smooth and consistent movement will reward them. With no moving parts for the tracking assembly the user only rarely [once a year?] has to pop the ball out and clean the sensors. This trackball does very well in digital art work with Photoshop and is especially excellent when used to play classic trackball arcade games through Mame32 emulation, Missile Command, Tempest, Centipede, Arkanoid, etc. The tertiary buttons are recognized and used as scroll wheel counterparts in Win2k; it's a nice fluff feature. My only wish would be that Logitech eventually upgrade them to use USB so I can plug them into my MSFT keyboards. Otherwise, highly recommended.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By "tony_vengraitis2" on February 16, 2000
I do digital image editing as a hobby, and I wanted to find an accurate input device to handle fine line editing. I tried two different Kensington trackballs, but both had problems whenever I used slow, flowing movements. Even with clean rollers, the ball would never roll smoothly enough for minute editing. Logitech's use of optical tracking make the motion nearly flawless, almost no straying, even with a pixel-wide brush. I agree that the setup of the ball and buttons requires a bit getting used to, but the new hand position is more comfortable once you adapt to it. Others who are complaining about Carpal Tunnel Syndrome are probably trying to force their hand position to match the usual angle they've used with other trackballs. You need to look at the instructions to see how to rest the arm and wrist properly for this item. I only dropped a star off the rating because it's too dang expensive! It's worth it, but I wish they would give us a break.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 6, 1999
I just started using my new Trackman Marble FX, and I gotta tell you GET ONE! This thing is so smooth, so precise I wish I had one months ago, I have never used any pointing device that works as well as this one, and believe me I have used about every version of a mouse there is, nothing comes close to this trackball! If you're in the market for a new mouse forget about it! Try a trackball you will not be disappointed.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Eugene Tang on October 20, 1999
I'll start off by saying the Marble FX isn't for everyone. That said, I will say it is one of the easiest input devices to use and maintain. The large trackball takes getting used to, but once you do, you'll never want to use a traditional mouse again. Using the trackball requires only the movement of your fingers, and not your wrist. I found myself resting my wrist and palm along the curved lower portion. You can use your thumb and forefinger to gain accurate control of the pointer on the screen. Maintenance is easy. I usually pop the marble out and clean it and wipe the socket clean with a cloth. There's never any worry about lint jamming it since there are no moving parts. The marble sits on several hard plastic contacts and is the only thing that moves. If you have limited deskspace or are suffering from a sore back or shoulder, I'd highly recommend this device.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By "pilch" on July 17, 2000
I was aprehensive a first but now I'll never go back to a mouse. Four assignable buttons make this a dream to use, especially when surffing the web. And those of you addicted to the scroll wheel will love the ability to not only scroll up and down but left and right using the ball. Using this product has actually reduced the effects of carple tunnel syndrome for me. Because I can put my wrist at an angle (wrist straight but rotated about 20 degrees clockwise) it feels more natural and reduces twist at the elbow. Also, since you don't have to move it, it uses less desk space. I don't like using it when playing fast paced shooting games. The track ball motion isn't a natural movement when pointing in a hurry. I would also like to see a left handed model.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Leslie Curtis on January 24, 2001
Logitech has done it again. I have been a trackball junkie for as long as I've been using computers (which is 15+ years, I'm sorry to say) and the Trackman Marble FX is the ultimate luxury in mouse technology!
There are many people who really dislike trackballs in leiu of standard mice, and for me, this is a plus! People tend to find another computer with a regular mouse rather than "borrowing" mine when they need to "just check my e-mail real quick."
All my other trackballs would have to be taken apart on a regular basis to clean the little foam guides inside, but I have had my Marble F/X for over a year now and it is basically maintenance free. The red scrolling button is a fabulous feature and the mouse itself is very comfortable.
Unfortunately, Logitech has not put this mouse out in a left-handed version, but for the majority of us who are right-handed, and especially for trackball aficionados, this one is the greatest! You will be very impressed!
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