Logitech Cordless Optical Trackman (USB/PS/2)
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- No cord, no clutter, no hassle: cordless freedom, optical precision
- Comfortable, right-handed shape with a large, finger-controlled trackball
- Advanced buttons for easy navigation, plus a scroll wheel
- Smart power management keeps battery working for months
- Digital radio technology requires no line-of-sight; patented optical technology maintains smooth tracking and superior precision
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|Color||Black/Silver||Dark Silver||Black||black||Silver/Gray: Gray/Red||Black|
|Connectivity Technology||Wireless, PS/2, USB||—||Wireless, USB||Wired, USB||PS/2, USB||wireless|
|Hardware Connectivity||USB||USB 2.0||USB||USB||USB||Radio Frequency, USB 3.0|
|Item Dimensions||9.5 x 10 x 4 in||3 x 9 x 8 in||7 x 2 x 6 in||3.73 x 4.9 x 1.88 in||8 x 9.5 x 2 in||4.92 x 6.02 x 2.76 in|
|Item Weight||1 lb||1 lb||0.6 lb||7.04 ounces||0.52 lb||1.35 lbs|
|Platform||Windows||Windows||Windows, Windows 8||Windows 10, Windows Vista||Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 98, Mac, Mac OS 9 and below||Windows 8|
|Sensor Technology||Trackball, Optical||Trackball||Trackball||Trackball, Laser||Trackball, Optical||Trackball|
Logitech Cordless TrackMan Programmable Optical Mouse
Logitech's cordless optical TrackMan lets you work where and how you want with the freedom of a cordless mouse, the comfort of a trackball, and the precision of optical technology. It's Logitech's most advanced trackball finger-operated trackball mouse. Save space and eliminate desktop clutter. Take advantage of extra buttons that help you navigate around Windows and the Web more easily. And with Logitech's patented optical technology, you get virtually maintenance-free precision and smooth tracking.
Logitech's patented Optical Marble technology ensures smooth cursor movement, while 27 MHz cordless digital radio technology gives you reliable cordless freedom. The product offers advanced navigation features in a form-fitting, right-handed design. Its special drag-lock functions let you move text and images with ease, while Cruise Control scrolling lets you scroll rapidly through Web pages and documents by merely pressing a button. With conveniently located thumb-operated forward and back buttons, you can easily move through applications and Web pages without having to move the cursor to the browser's onscreen buttons. Two AA batteries (included) keep you powered for six months or more.
Top customer reviews
This has always been the best mouse for me, as I can position my hand wherever I'm comfortable and then just move my fingers. I have conventional mice, but rarely use them. I own the Kensington Expert and use it with my laptop and it's okay, but my desk (where all the action happens) holds this mouse. Precision is good for graphics, I use all the buttons and find their placement ideal - I have large hands.
I guess I'll try to repair the old ones before this one finally gives up. Maybe Logitech will start making this again, or maybe someone else could do it. When does the patent expire?
I'm also going to see how using one of my old phones as a mouse feels. That might work.
If someone does make these again, please make it rechargeable like my Performance MX mouse. And use the same little USB receiver as that and the little M325s that I have. That'd be great.
So why did Logitech discontinue this mouse? I am hopeful it means they'll be replacing it soon with an upgraded design that retains the advantages of this mouse and addresses the shortcomings -- namely the buttons tend to wear out and it does go through batteries pretty quickly. Plus it's kind of heavy and a little awkward to balance on your thigh or on an armrest. A design that's more freestanding in different positions would be ideal.
Until then I'll just have to baby my still-working trackman, because I'm not paying $200 clams for a replacement.
The primary reason for this review is the fact that Logitech has decided to stop making these. On top of that they will not even add support for there unifying receiver used on there newer mice.
Shame on Logitech for doing this. Someone there clearly has a bug up their as* about this mouse as it has been removed and then brought back several times.
Why remove a product that is clearly the leader on ball mices?
Please bring these back Logitech!
Also, you can customize the buttons to do almost anything you're normally likely to use them for. My only complaint in this regard is that it left me wanting more buttons because I couldn't decide which functions to assign and which to forsake.
You can set the scroll wheel to scroll as fast or slow as you're ever likely to need. But the scroll wheel moves with distinct clicks. Some people prefer this type of action but I find it inconvenient. If you adjust the scroll speed to a fast setting, you can't scroll short distances, making it impossible to navigate properly in, for example, a small text box (The text you want to read may jump out of view with a single click). But if you set the scroll speed slow, you have to spin the wheel a lot to navigate long pages. With an infinite (non-click) wheel, you could set the wheel to a fast speed while still retaining the ability to fine tune short-distance scrolling. I knocked half a star off for this feature failure.
Most people buying this item will do so with the specific desire for a cordless model. I only chose it because they don't offer a corded model. Batteries are wasteful and costly and I fail to see the need for this feature in a mouse. But that's a personal choice, and one with which I'm sure most will disagree. I did not consider this as a factor in my rating.
But I did knock a star off for the action of the ball, which is far beneath the standard I'd expected from Logitech. Gamers already know not to use a trackball for gaming. But you seriously do not want to use this one. You WILL die in battle. It's difficult to move the cursor to a point with accuracy, even if you do so slowly and deliberately. It's impossible to do so quickly. You also do not want to use it for drawing or any situation where you need to track along straight lines. It simply can't be done, no matter how carefully you move the ball. It took me weeks of use just to get a good feel for tracking in the direction I wanted.
I also dropped half a star for the positively dismal performance of the wireless reception. Honestly, they couldn't have made it any worse. If the receiver is behind anything at all, it won't get the signal. It even fails if it falls over.
In summary, if they'd implemented infinite scrolling, accurate tracking, and decent wireless reception, I would have given it 5 stars and grumbled silently that they don't offer a corded model. If you like the clicky scroll and don't mind the jerky ball action, and don't need to place the receiver behind anything, go for it. Personally, I've already ordered a new trackball. But I will definitely keep this one.