|Item Weight||9.6 ounces|
|Product Dimensions||8.4 x 6.7 x 4.1 inches|
Microsoft TrackBall Optical (PC/MAC)
|Price:||$219.99 & FREE Shipping. Details|
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- The Microsoft TrackBall Optical sets a new standard in trackballs by combining an IntelliEye optical sensor and an advanced ball design
- The IntelliEye optical sensor tracks the movement of the ball 1,500 times per second to give you unbelievably smooth, precise control
- That's 33% faster than Microsoft's original optical technology!!
- One of the best features of this optical technology - aside from precise control - is the fact that you'll never have to clean your mouse again!
- That's right, with no moving parts and no ball for dust and dirt to cling to, you will never have to worry about cleaning the inside of your mouse, or worry about quality degradation over time, again!
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I have what I think is a larger than normal hand, so I find most mice and trackballs are too small for me to use comfortably. This causes my hand to tire out rather quick. This trackball however is of a decent enough size for me to rest my hand on without much fatigue.
The USB PS/2 adapter is a nice touch. I love the narrow back/forward (By default) buttons on the outer edges of the primary and secondary buttons. Web and folder browsing is definately faster with those. The scroll wheel button as a double-click also is a nice option.
For those hardcore mousers out there, it will take a bit of time to get used to a thumb ball, but I think it pays off as I now feel that I have better control. It also requires less desk space because the unit doesn't have to move around a la mouse. Mouse pads need not apply as well. Some grit occasionally gets in the small bearing that the ball moves on, but they are easliy cleaned with a brush of the finger, and they never get as nasty as regular mice.
The software is nice and easy to set up with a graphic interface that shows the buttons you are setting. I know some people that can appreciate that.
I bought one a while back for home, and then asked work to '[give]it up' and help out my ergonomics. Now my other home PC is needing one.
My one gripe with this trackball is that it could have been improved upon by layering it with a thin coat of rubber to make it even more comfortable. This is a small gripe to be sure, as I can be at the computer much longer with this than a conventional mouse before my hand bothers me.
Now this old trackball was wearing out. The buttons, which rely on plastic 'springs,' were losing their bounce. They are also cut too close to the desktop, which meant that I was regularly taking the unit apart to remove something that had slipped in. It was a non-optical ball as well and the rollers, which are always getting mucked up, where getting harder to clean. It was time.
On the surface, the Intellimouse looks very nice. The unit cradles my right hand perfectly and has a slightly rough surface that keeps my hand from slipping. All four buttons have excellent feel, and the center wheel but has a slight rubber coating for grip and a very nice graduated movement. The ball itself turns freely with no effort under light pressure, but is capable of good precision when pressure is increased to slow it down. Overall impression is that this is a superbly engineered pointing device.
The IntelliPoint software is the usual high Microsoft standard. All the buttons are definable, pointers are customizable, and ball and wheel response is adjustable. Adjustments are also available for double-click speed, and to adjust orientation to your thumb. There is also a nifty option that lets you use a feature called ClickLock to make click and drag easier.
For many, this is the ideal thumb trackball mouse. Unfortunately, for me, there is a slight design flaw that creates a source of irritation.Read more ›
It takes a few hours to get used to the change, but once you conquer that you'll wish you switched earlier. It has two extra buttons which are a great idea for surfing the web, they let you jump forward and back through web sites with no effort, further eliminating wrist movement. If you like you can set them for other tasks, but I like the default. The scroll wheel is really nice. It moves very smoothly and quietly.
I gave it four out of five stars because I could not get the mouse to work through the USB port of my workstation, but I think that problem is linked to Windows 2000's lackluster USB support. Linux had no problem getting it to work through the USB, neither did Windows 98. Microsoft's Intellimouse software (that comes with the trackball, or can be downloaded from the web) is nicely refined.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Works great. It's so very nice to have a spare finally since my old one is getting excessively worn out. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Hayley W.
I love trackball mice because I am disabled and the other "MEECES" make you have to flail your arm/wrist about to achieve your goals. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Dborg40
I hate this mouse. I greatly prefer a trackball rather than a regular mouse, but this one has issues. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Cassandra Irene
Died OMG mine died today. I have had this mouse for 15 years. It has been my favorite mouse of all time. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Elijah DJ Marshall
I have been using this mouse for over 13 years and it is still going strong. If Microsoft's software was this good, I wouldn't be running linux.Published 12 months ago by John kendrick
the design is excellent, fits my hand unlike any other mouse.
It broke after a month, but could be a fluke. They refunded me without any problems.