Microsoft Trackball Explorer
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- Index-finger-controlled precision trackball design
- IntelliEye optical technology
- 5 buttons--including 2 programmable buttons
- Wheel for scrolling and zooming
- Designed for use with the right hand
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EDIT FROM ORIGINAL POST: It is now September of 2009 and I still have - and love - my Trackball Explorer! I wish I could find another, but currently Amazon has a new one from a seller for $699. That's about $650 over my price range. My Trackball has been dropped a million times and although it's starting to fizz out on me every now and again, it's been with me for 10 years. I don't want to part with it but I think it's been dropped one too many times.Read more ›
I can't believe that some people are upset and condemn it because the device has a short cord!
The trackball connects by USB and the movements are seamless. Any trackball is going to get dirty but this one is so easy to clean. All I do is pop out the ball, remove the dust or whatever from the three points the ball rotates on, wipe the ball with a tissue and it is as good as new. I would say that the contours are not ideal (nor could they be) as it seems the contours are better fit for me if the device were mounted about 8 inches higher than my keyboard tray. As it is, it causes my wrist to drop and it is uncomfortable in that respect, but using the two right buttons to navigate online (back and forward) is a total breeze and makes going through pages very fast and comfortable.
Intellipoint software allows you to control almost every aspect of its movement, which makes it even better.
Personally I like where the scroll button is as well as the buttons for right and left clicks. I think I am going to try to devise some sort of mount so it will elevate the rear by about 15 degrees or so. This way my hand will go forward and there will be even less strain.
I used Logictech trackballs in the past and I did not like them. With all its faults, and there are some, this trackball is for me by far the best, the easiest to navigate online with, and extremely precise in terms of cursor movement. It does slide around a bit and to solve this I put a small piece of that foamy rubbery shelf liner stuff under it--and where my wrist rests on the keyboard tray--and it works perfectly.
It is simply a matter of using your own ingenuity to make something that is already superb even better!
The functions are smooth, and reasonably reliable, depending on the position your hand takes. I find the left-hand buttons difficult to hit correctly with my thumb, thanks to some nerve damage so I reprogrammed them until I found a way that was comfortable for me to work. I strongly suggest you do the same.
If you're running Win XP, you'll have to d/l the newest Intellipoint drivers, but that's not a big deal. Installation is a snap with Plug 'n' Play.
I never thought I'd find anything that pleased me as much as my old Logitech trackball, but I have to say that I think this one might do it. Time will tell. But right from the start, I found it worth the investment.
The button placement couldn't be better, although it took a little bit of practice to get used it, as the right-click and left-click buttons are activated via thumb, but after the learning curve, smooth sailing from there. The back and forward buttons are also a plus, they allow you to browse through you browser's history with a click.
I also *love* the wheel. Scrolling through documents and webpages couldn't be easier, it also acts as a button when pressed, which activates a trackball-controlled scroll, very useful for longer documents.
The Trackball Explorer comes with Microsoft's IntelliPoint software, which means this trackball is *highly* configurable. You can change the action of each of the buttons, the lines scrolls by the wheel and *much* more.
Microsoft has created an excellent product here, very configurable, durable and precise! A recommendation for veteran trackball users and *every* mouse user.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I bought this trackball years ago and absolutely loved it. I wish I could find it again because it's the best mouse I ever had, but there's no way I'd pay more than $50 for it. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Dotsey
Have 2 of those - they have lasted over 10 years and still no sign of trouble...
Perfect example of a product that was made to function !!! Read more
I've been using this trackball for over 10 years and wouldn't choose anything else for desktop work. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Jahari
This is an outstanding device. I've used mine since it first came out. Because your wrist doesn't move (except to support finger and thumb movements), you can use it for hours... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Laocoon143
This was - and continues to be - the best trackball ever made. Why - oh WHY?! - did Microsoft ever stop making this. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Doug Greene
Bought this Trackball about 10 years ago for around a $100 new. I am so glad I did. It is my favorite pointer device and you couldn't get me to part with it for nothing. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Charles John Ransom
I have two of these both purchased over 10 years ago, On one of them the top left clicker seems to be giving me a bit of trouble, but when I looked at <GASP> purchasing a... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Donna9331
I have been using this as main UI for 12 years!!
Never been broken or malfunction. Highest reliability!
For 12 years, what else do I have? NONE
Used this so long the silver color rubbed off where my hand fits. Still going strong.Published 4 months ago by Scrannel