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Old 8th February 2009
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Question Best Trackball for Mac!

Best Trackball for Mac!
Any ideas - i am switching from mighty mouse - what is the best one for using with logic and tools?

peace
Old 8th February 2009
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I have a Logitech Trackman that I got with an older G4 that I bought. I hated it when I first got it but I didn't have anything else.

Now I can't live without it, and anything else seems totally clumsy and awkward. When I bought my Mac Pro I left the mouse packed up and kept the trackball...

funny how that happens sometimes.


Old 8th February 2009
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Originally Posted by Beastie ➡️
Best Trackball for Mac!
Any ideas - i am switching from mighty mouse - what is the best one for using with logic and tools?

peace
I use this guy...

?http://eshop.macsales.com/item/Kensington/64325/

Peace
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The Kensington Expert Mouse is what I use. Once you learn to use it, it's not only very fast, but it greatly reduces wrist fatigue. The buttons are programmable (there's 4), and there's a very convenient "Scroll Ring". I've had it for about a year now. Well built, smooth, easy to clean, customizable, etc.

Check it out:

Expert Mouse®
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Beat me to it!
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Smile

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same one as on the SSL duality
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SO KENSINGTON EXPERT MOUSE PRO????

Best option?

quite expensive for a input device!
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I have used one for years, I find the reduction in fatigue dramatic, would pay twice that.
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I used a trackball for about 5 years, but found it painful at times for my thumb. Just last week I switched to a touchpad from Adesso. It takes a bit of getting used to, but I love it. It's good for riding faders b/c of the sensitivity. Only $40.

They don't say that they work with macs, but it's great--no install necessary. Scroll works, etc.
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+1 for the Kensington. They replace them no questions asked if anything goes wrong within 5 years I think.
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I use the Kensington too. I have the wireless version. I've had three other Kinsington trackballs as well, but this is my first wireless version. My recommendation would be to not use the wireless one unless you really need that freedom. The "wired" models I've owned functioned a little faster, and of course never needed batteries. The issue with the wireless model of the current Mouse Pro is that sometimes there's a very slight delay after the cursor has been at rest for awhile. It took a little getting used at first, and now I rarely notice. It seems like the last software update for the trackball may have helped, but I'm not sure. I also saw a review on it where even the reviewer noticed the slight delay. Sometimes the cursor disappears. Anyone else had this problem? I'm still not sure what causes it.

Nonetheless, for me the benefits of wireless function outweigh the potential performance decline. I agree with the other posters that it's a great trackball. I'm always in the market for a better one, but I haven't found it yet.


-SD
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But how the kensington software works under leopard?
TD
Old 8th February 2009
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yeah I too have a logitech. not sure what model - has a thumball, a roller and three buttons. works well
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But how the kensington software works under leopard?
TD
Works great here as far as I can tell.


-SD
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I tried several Kensington trackballs, but didn't like any of them. I found the balls don't move very easily.

I have been using this one from Logitech for a few years, and I'm extremely happy with it:



http://www.logitech.com/index.cfm/mi...s/156&cl=US,EN
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I have THREE Kensington Orbital Opticals here
One on my Mac, one on the PC and one on my VS2480

Orbit® Optical Trackball

No problems with them at all


I think it was $30 a ea.

Model #64327


I would go with this one to be honest
Expert Mouse®
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Originally Posted by Tui ➡️
I tried several Kensington trackballs, but didn't like any of them. I found the balls don't move very easily.

I have been using this one from Logitech for a few years, and I'm extremely happy with it:



http://www.logitech.com/index.cfm/mi...s/156&cl=US,EN
I own three of these and use them for 1 mac, 1 pc and formerly a digital mixer or at times a HDR. They are amazingly reliable, and the movement is among the best. I wish they made a professional 4 button model, and I would definitely consider switching from the Kensington. The lack of the extra buttons and a scroll ring was too much for me to sacrifice with my main DAW, but i agree, the tracking and feel are very smooth.


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Kensington guy here since the mid-90's;

Best trackball and BEST customer service on earth!

Using the Expert Mouse but getting the Slimblade next:

SlimBlade(TM) Trackball
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Kensington guy here since the mid-90's;

Best trackball and BEST customer service on earth!

Using the Expert Mouse but getting the Slimblade next:

SlimBlade(TM) Trackball
Ok, you just freaked me out! I've been waiting on a new version, and here it is! How long has this been out?

I'm a little perplexed though, at exactly how it functions. Heads up display? I know that Mouse Works traditionally operates in the background, but the thought of having a "heads up display" working within a DAW etc. sounds a little dicey. Have you heard anything about how well it works? The Kensington site isn't very informative.

Thanks for calling our attention to it.


-SD
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Not released yet, but this one will be a good one judging by the last two flagship models.
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Originally Posted by tnjazz ➡️
I have a Logitech Trackman that I got with an older G4 that I bought.
Now I can't live without it, and anything else seems totally clumsy and awkward. When I bought my Mac Pro I left the mouse packed up and kept the trackball...
I have the same trackball, it's great!

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yeah I too have a logitech. not sure what model - has a thumball, a roller and three buttons. works well
It seems you also have the trackman

Quote:
Originally Posted by Tui ➡️
I tried several Kensington trackballs, but didn't like any of them. I found the balls don't move very easily.

I have been using this one from Logitech for a few years, and I'm extremely happy with it:
I totally agree, the big kensington looks tempting, but I found it horrible to control, I prefer the smaller and smoother Logitechs.
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Not released yet, but this one will be a good one judging by the last two flagship models.

I'm sure you're right. I look forward to hearing more about it. Also, I wonder if they'll release a wireless version.

If you find any more info about it, I sure would appreciate appreciate an update! Feel free to PM me or leave a message on my user page.


Thanks!


-SD
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It boils down to what feels best in YOUR hand. I use one of these and like it. It's cordless.
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I wish they made a professional 4 button model,
You do realise that the current version of the marble mouse has 4 assignable buttons?
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I'm sure you're right. I look forward to hearing more about it. Also, I wonder if they'll release a wireless version.

If you find any more info about it, I sure would appreciate appreciate an update! Feel free to PM me or leave a message on my user page.


Thanks!


-SD
Anytime, Sonicdefault! Will keep you updated.

This is nice, too - just bought it for my wife & she loves it!
Wireless too!

SlimBlade(TM) Trackball Mouse
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This is nice, too - just bought it for my wife & she loves it!
Wireless too!

SlimBlade(TM) Trackball Mouse
That one does indeed look nice, with the smaller trackball, they should make a version without the mouse part...
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That one does indeed look nice, with the smaller trackball, they should make a version without the mouse part...
You disable the mouse function when trackballing - very nice!
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I now use a wacom bamboo tablet but I used to put my right/left hand on one of these
PC-Trac trackball, large ambidextrous desktop trackball , high reialbility.

I found it to be more ergonomic than the usual suspects mentioned above and it works well with macs.
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Kensington Expert mouse all the way , i would never go back to a normal mouse ! No more wrist pain , and very customizable , you can use it like a little controller as well
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Originally Posted by Tui ➡️
You do realise that the current version of the marble mouse has 4 assignable buttons?
No, I didn't realize that! I might try it though. Mine are the older 2 button ones, but they still work great and smooth.


-SD
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