We use cookies and similar technologies to measure traffic, repeat visitors and site performance. Kensington Expert Mouse Wireless Trackball The best finger-operated trackball With a huge ball and four buttons, this is a near-perfect trackball held back by a gritty scroll ring. And your trackball is always ready to use. No results found No results found: Many owners report the same problem, and Wirecutter senior editor Dan Frakes has experienced it, too:

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Thumb-operated trackballs are usually right-handed only, but other than the trackball itself, they work just like traditional mice.

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You can use it on multiple-monitor setups, but you may have to bump up the sensitivity more than on the Expert Mouse. We then used each contender for at least eight hours of work before eliminating models that were awkward to use, suffered from build-quality issues, or had confusing software.

Please use a more current browser to view our site. Easy to clean Should you need to clean your trackball, removing the ball is a snap. Millions of people have loved the Logitech Trackman Wheel. Keep trying new things. Before joining Wirecutter, I spent six years at Lifehacker writing about technology. If you opt for a wireless trackball, you can expect at least four to six months of battery life.

You can also set up a keystroke to initiate a precision mode that slows down the cursor, and customize button behavior per application.


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The MX Ergo comes with a magnetic metal stand that allows you to keep it flat or angle the device at 20 degrees; I found this upright angle more comfortable, but the MX Ergo works perfectly well in either position, so you should be able to find a good neutral position for your setup. He said making larger pointer movements with the entire arm and making smaller movements by rotating the arm and wrist instead of bending the wrist have helped him avoid hand and wrist pain. Easily connect up to six compatible wireless devices—keyboards, number pads or mice—without the hassle of multiple receivers filling up your USB ports.

Learn more about cookies including how to disable them. Whereas the MX Ergo has a soft-touch plastic coating, the M is covered in a smooth, hard plastic. Some trackballs use AA batteries and others have a rechargeable battery. To remove the ball, just pull it out or flip the Expert Mouse over.

As mokse the Expert Mouse, you should do this every couple of weeks to clear out dead-skin bits and other gunk. Compact footprint Short on space?

Logitech Options, by contrast, works just fine with Bluetooth connections on a Mac. Like every other trackball we tested, the MX Ergo lacks fast scrolling.

The robust wireless connection lets you control your laptop, desktop computer or home theater PC from up to 30 feet 10 meters away. The Expert Mouse is expensive, but the build quality and four programmable buttons make it worth the price over the Kensington Orbit with Scroll Ring, which has only two buttons and is available exclusively as a wired model.


Super powered With up to 18 months of use from a single AA, you might just forget your trackball uses batteries at all.

And they often have a larger ball, which makes it easier to fling the cursor across a larger space, such as on a 4K monitor or across multiple monitors. We respect your privacy. The MX Ergo has a soft plastic coating with a section on the bottom right molded to fit a pinky. Control Center has an outdated interface, and Logitech may not support it as long, but it can do all the same things as Logitech Options except Logitech Flow.

The M has five buttons: Looking for support for this product? Instead of a scroll wheel, the Expert Mouse has a scroll ring around the ball. The Kensington Orbit Trackball with Scroll Ring typically costs a third as much as the Expert Mouse but has a smaller ball and offers only two buttons instead of four. Some wireless options support a 2. Presenters Spotlight All Presenters.

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