The Orbit with Scroll Ring is comfortable to use right- or left-handed, and the two buttons on either side of the trackball are easy to reach. I hope you will address the scrolling wheel issue. Dual Wireless Technology Connect either via Bluetooth 4. Like every other trackball we tested, the MX Ergo lacks fast scrolling. You can also send us a note or a tweet , or find us on Facebook. Here’s an example of how to configure and use it. Kensington Orbit with Scroll Ring Best thumb-operated trackball:

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The Kensington web page also lists Chrome OS under Compatibility, so I was hopeful that there might be a Linux-compatible version of this utility. Similar to the MX Ergo, the M is made of molded plastic with a small divot for a pinky to rest on.

I’ve got one, and I’ve been trying it out along with the latest release of the Raspbian Linux operating system.

Hands-On: Kensington Expert Mouse Wireless Trackball

When the trackball is used on Windows or Mac OS X, there is a Kensington Trackball Works utility to customize the button operations and the scroll ring function. We respect your privacy. Finally, the four buttons. You can change your cookie preferences to enable comments. Some trackballs use AA batteries and others have a rechargeable battery.

Kensington Expert Wireless Trackball – Trackball Mouse Reviews

Physically, it has a large, easy-to-use ball, which is surrounded by a scroll ring, and four large buttons. So the first parameter after the equal sign assigns to button 1, the second to button 2 and so on.

You can use it on multiple-monitor setups, but you may have to bump up the sensitivity more than on the Expert Mouse. The MX Ergo has eight programmable buttons—twice as many as the Expert Mouse, and three more than the M—and one non-programmable button on top to switch between paired computers.


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During this research, I laid hands on almost every available trackball. In a survey DOCX published by trackball maker Kensington, respondents listed their top three reasons for switching to a trackball: Nothing more, and nothing less.

The position of the items in the command specify the button to assign a function to. Dollerball the wireless works just as well then I will get one of those.

The rechargeable Logitech MX Ergo promises around four months of battery life, and the Logitech M is the best of the bunch we tested with an estimated 18 months of life on a single AA battery.

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Thumb-operated trackballs are usually right-handed only, but other than the trackball itself, they work just like traditional mice. Using Logitech Flow, you moues pair your MX Ergo with multiple computers and move the cursor between them just as you would on a multiple-monitor setup. If you want to use it left-handed, the button assignment can be reversed using the Mouse Settings control of whatever desktop you are using.

You can connect the MX Ergo to two computers simultaneously via Bluetooth or a Logitech Unifying dongle; using a button on top of the MX Ergo, you can swap between the computers. Cornell ergonomicist Alan Hedge pointed out to us that a trackball is most useful if it helps you keep your hand in the correct position: If you need to make small movements, this model has a button on the side to toggle precision mode, but I never used it and ended up reprogramming it.


Hands-On with the PiServer tool The new PiServer package included in the latest Raspbian x86 release provides kensingon very powerful client management tool. 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.

Ambidextrous Design The symmetrical design of the Expert trackball works equally well for both right-handed and left-handed users. Although the scroll ring is chintzy plastic, it feels much smoother to scroll than the gritty wheel of the Expert Mouse.

Then we used the remaining trackballs for several days of work, paying attention to the build quality, accuracy, and general comfort. Hands-on kensingron the Pi-Desktop kit.

Why you should trust us The best finger-operated trackball: So this means in the example command I gave above, I assigned function 8, “Back”, to button 2, and function 9, “Forward” to button 8. Learn more about cookies including how to disable them. That’s pretty easy to figure our using xev – details left to the reader. I have already started using it in preference to the Logitech M trackball I have had on my desk for the past few years.