|Wireless Type||2.4 GHz Radio Frequency, 802.11abg|
|Number of USB 2.0 Ports||1|
Kensington Expert Trackball Mouse (K64325)
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- Large ball Trackball Mouse with Scroll Ring for comfort and precision
- Customizable 4-Button design via TrackballWorks software
- Compatible with Windows (including Windows 8) and Mac OS Computers
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|Item Weight||2.39 lbs||0.65 lb||0.7 lb||0.85 lb|
|Item Dimensions||9.75 x 3.5 x 9.75 in||6 x 2 x 8 in||5 x 6 x 3.5 in||3 x 9 x 8 in|
|Hardware Connectivity||USB 2.0||USB||USB 2.0||USB 2.0|
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From the Manufacturer
- Compatible with Windows 10, 8.1, 8, 7 and Mac OS X
- 2 Year Warranty
- 90-Day Money Back Guarantee (Warranty and Guarantee only valid if purchased through Kensington Authorized Resellers)
The Expert Mouse Wired Trackball is the productivity enhancer professionals use to get more work done in less time. It offers highly accurate cursor control and great comfort for your hand and wrist. TrackballWorks software can customize the 4 buttons, and our award-winning Scroll Ring lets you quickly scan up and down your screen. All from the brand that’s set the industry standard for 20 years.
Wired USB Connection
Provides a direct and reliable connection for continuous performance and eliminates the need for batteries.
Free downloadable software provides an even more personalized experience, giving you the ability to assign a wide variety of program functions to each of the 4 buttons, as well as adjusting cursor and scrolling speeds.
DiamondEye Optical Tracking
Movement detection technology provides smooth, precise cursor control so you can get where you want on the screen quickly with less hand movement, improving productivity and efficiency.
Scroll Ring and Large Ball
Spin the dial to move up and down web pages or documents with complete ease. The large 55mm ball has been specially designed with an absolute spherical, hard surface for precise tracking and control.
Works equally well for both right-handed and left-handed users to get the most out of their trackball.
Detachable Wrist Rest
Soft cushioning cradles the hand and wrist in ergonomic comfort for pain-free productivity during extended periods of activity on the computer.
Top Customer Reviews
I had misgivings about this product after reading some "Worse than Bad" reviews that were in this forum. Still, either because hope springs eternal or a fool and his money are soon parted, I went ahead and ordered one.
Out of the box ball rotation was _The Worst_ as others had said. I had deadlines, however, so decided to use it to see if anything would improve. Two hours later it had "broken in".
Trackball Wizards, my number five is on the trophy shelf. The Seven is AAMMAAZZIINNGG. Totally silent movement; virtually frictionless rotation; excellent functionality, and it has GOT to have one of the most eloquent designs of any input device on the market.
As an added bonus the scroll ring beats any scroll wheel I have used, anywhere.
Congratulations to Kensington for creating a truly superior product.
My less than perfect rating is for the less-than-fluid turning of the scroll wheel. It sometimes feels like you're grinding coffee when you're turning it. Sometimes it's smooth like butter, other times, it seems to skip a little... and it's not due to debris, since it's been like this since I got it out of the box.
This is something Kensington needs to iron out in their next model.
Despite this one flaw, this is simply the best their is and there's a good reason why this mouse flies off the shelves at nearly 100 bucks a pop - it's because it's the best input device alternative to a mouse - ever - anywhere.
Do your wrist a favor and treat yourself to navigating in joy.
First, it is very pretty. The buttons are nice looking and easily clicked. The ball is a nice size.
The trackball comes with a wrist rest, however it is not comfortable if you use your fingertips to move the ball. In fact, the Kensington documentation states that your hand should "hover" when using your fingertips to move the ball. The reason is, when you move the ball towards you, your fingers have to bend and your wrist bends upwards. In order to keep your wrist straight, you have to hover your palm over the wrist rest. So why did they include a wrist rest?
The only other configuration possible is to rest the blade of your hand, pinky side down, on the wrist rest and use your thumb to move the ball. This position feels good, however I found I am much less accurate with my thumb. Also if you have any thumb pain, this position is not feasible.
The scroll ring is a very nice feature. However, as everyone else has found, it sounds like it has sand in it when rotated. I took it apart and lubed it with a plastic safe grease. Even though I worked the grease into the mechanism, the plastic bearings still make the grinding sound while saturated in grease. I can't get to them to see if they can be replaced without breaking the plastic, which has been melted closed.
The ball is large and very pleasant to use. It was stiff out of the box though. The ball sits on three very tiny red balls, which act as bearings. Over a few hours of use, the grease from your fingers will lube the bears somewhat. You can also remove the ball and put a small dab of grease on these bearings, replace the ball and spin it, then remove the ball and clean it. Clean up all the lube from the bearings so they don't get the ball greasy. Then ball is then VERY smooth, with none of the "static friction" that is mentioned in other reviews. The grease to use is Radio Shack Multi-Purpose Lube Gel item #64-2326. Any plastic safe, non-evaporating lube should work.
After two days of use, two of the three small plastic cups that hold the little red ball bearings for the main ball broke. It seems the only way for this to happen would be if I dropped the ball in the socket very hard, which I did not do. The little cups do seem that the are easily broken, though I have not read anyone else having this same problem, so it could be an isolated incident. I have contacted Kensington for a replacement. I hope they can help. If I can keep my broken trackball, I will take apart the scroll ring bearings and see if it can be improved.
The drivers for the device are superb, although the user interface is sometimes awkward. You can set actions for each of the four buttons or when you press the top two or bottom two at the same time. Further, you can have it do different actions when any of those buttons are pressed with ctrl, alt, shift, or any combination of the three.
The actions you can take are extensive. You can run an application, simulate a series of key presses, paste some text, close applications, show a customizable menu, maximize windows, etc. Good job Kensington!
The acceleration settings are very important. The trackball has to be accurate for small movements, yet you shouldn't have to paw at the thing to move the cursor across the whole screen. This cannot be accomplished using any combination of the "fine tuning" controls the driver provides. The acceleration curve they allow you to create is much too linear.
Fortunately there is still hope. On Windows, in your user's home directory, look in Application Data\Kensington\MouseWorks. You will find a KMW_Preferences.xml file. Edit this file with a text editor and you can define your own acceleration curve. To do so, under "Acceleration" set the "Level" to 1, then modify the numbers of the first "Multipliers" entry. I found 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 13, 20, 26, 36, 90, 90 to work exactly like I want. After editing and saving the file, run the kmw_prb_xml.exe file in your MouseWorks installation directory. This will causes your changes to the XML file to be applied. Then if you go to the acceleration page in the driver, you will see your custom acceleration curve on their little graph!
With my custom acceleration curve I can accurately make small movements for clicking links, menu items, and expanding folders while navigating a filesystem. Also, I can travel the whole screen height with just one movement of the trackball. Perfect! Kudos to Kensington for allowing the preferences file to be customized so easily and for providing such great options for configuring the button presses.
The device is really great. If Kensington would make the scroll ring silky smooth, the product would be absolutely perfect. As it is now, the scroll ring is slightly cheap feeling, but it is still such a great feature to have, I wouldn't use a trackball without it. A scratchy scroll ring is better than none and it can be lived with.
The durability of the bearings is still a question I have. I hope to find a positive response from Kensington regarding my replacement inquiry and hopefully the next one I get won't break.
The only other negative aspect is the wrist rest is useless for 80%+ of people who will use the trackball with their fingertips. In fact it is better to not attach the rest because you will find yourself using it, putting your wrist in a bent position.
It would be great to have a trackball that could be used with the fingertips and had a rest for the wrist. To see what I mean, detach the wrist rest that comes with the Expert Mouse. Put a book under the rest and use it that way. Pretty comfy huh?
In all, it is a good device. If my suggestions are fixed in the next version, it would be a KILLER device. Granted, I don't think there is another trackball as good as this one, but that doesn't mean this one should not be improved. As is, it is a bit overpriced. The ball, buttons, and plastics are nice, but the scroll ring and bearings don't have the quality of a $100 device. A more realistic price would be $45-$50. I see it can currently be found for $60 from Amazon after a mail in rebate, so that is a great buy.
Please Kensington, please fix the problems above and provide us with the BEST mouse replacement the world has ever seen!
UPDATE: I sent Kensington an email regarding my broken trackball and 90 minutes later they responded and have shipped me a new trackball. Now that is great service!
I took apart my broken trackball and inspected the bearings for the scroll ring. It uses rubber rollers on one side and tiny white plastic ball bearings for the other side. The rollers don't make any noise, the problem is the plastic bearings rub against plastic and metal. Greasing it does not help. The design is flawed and there is no way possible to fix the scroll ring so it rotates smoothly. Another reviewer mentioned that taking out the magnet helps. I don't recommend this as it does not reduce the noise and makes the ring rotate too easily (possibly on accident).
So Kensington has something to improve on, though even with its noise, I am glad to have it.
UPDATE: Unfortunately the MouseWorks software doesn't work on Windows 7. I have heard it also doesn't work with Vista. There are rumors it will work if it can be run in compatibility mode, but this only works for 32-bit Windows. 64-bit definitely does not work, and there is no workaround.
The trackball still works, you are just unable to change what the 4 buttons do and you have little control over the mouse acceleration.
I contacted Kensington about this and they suggested I sign up to beta new Kensington trackball software that will work on Windows 7. I did so, but apparently the software is not ready for the public to beta. As of 5/2010, it is unknown when the beta will begin.
UPDATE 9/15: 9 years later I'm still using the same Expert Mouse, so the first one breaking was an isolated incident and I'm confident this is a product that will last. I've gotten over wanting a wrist rest, my Imak SmartGlove keeps away wrist pain (though I don't rest my wrist when using the trackball). I see the standard price is now ~$70, which is reasonable. This is a great device, get one!
Earlier Kensington Expert Mice were almost flat, and were very comfortable. It's baffling to me why they made this change in the design.
Kensington did take this mouse back for a refund even though I had used it for a week (all I could stand). It may be that this unit is comfortable for someone with very large hands. I've gone back to my Logitech Marble Mouse, regretfully -- if not for the incline, the Kensington would have truly been the perfect trackball.
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