Best Trackball Mouses

Review & Comparison, Last Update October 17, 2017
A trackball mouse is a type of a computer mouse that looks as if you have turned your mouse upside-down. They bring many benefits to their user, and in many fields too, from convenience to health related issues. Here we offer you a review of five trackball mice we consider the best. ...Read more ...Read less
BEST 2017
PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
Shape
Material
Number of Buttons
Ball Size
Connection Type
Weight
 
PROS
This is the biggest and the heaviest trackball mouse in its class, which makes it the most comfortable to use as an immovable mouse. And the DiamondEye™ technology makes it extremely pinpoint.
CONS
For users new to the trackball mouse technology it may require some time to get used to.
OUR VERDICT
This Kensington trackball mouse will be duly appreciated by professional users.
detailed parameters
Shape
Symmetrical with a ball in the middle on top
Material
Plastic, with a rubber wrist rest
Number of Buttons
4 programmable buttons and a scroll ring
Ball Size
Big
Connection Type
Wired
Weight
1.7 pounds
PROS
Owing to a branded Marble Optic Technology the cursor operation precision of this Logitech trackball mouse is outstanding. The support of OS Windows XP an further, and PS/2 adapter will let you connect this device to old computers.
CONS
There is no scrolling wheel in this Logitech trackball mouse. But you can configure other buttons to act as one.
OUR VERDICT
A simple and affordable trackball mouse. Its shape and convenient placement of control features will be the best choice for beginners willing to master this type of pointing devices.
detailed parameters
Shape
Symmetrical with a ball in the middle at the front
Material
Plastic
Number of Buttons
4 programmable buttons, by default: right-click, left-click, forward, back
Ball Size
Medium
Connection Type
Wired
Weight
0.43 pounds
PROS
The Unifying technology allows for connecting up to 6 devices at a time to the wireless mini adapter. And the upgraded power consumption will make you forget about constantly changing batteries.
CONS
According to some users, managing the scrolling wheel of this wireless trackball mouse is not very comfortable.
OUR VERDICT
Light weight, small size, and wireless feature of this trackball mouse make it a great purchase for the laptops and ultrabooks users.
detailed parameters
Shape
A traditional mouse with a ball on the side
Material
Matte plastic
Number of Buttons
5 programmable buttons, by default: right-click, left-click, forward, back, and a scroll wheel
Ball Size
Small
Connection Type
Wireless
Weight
0.3 pounds
PROS
This Kensington trackball mouse has very smooth motion of the rubberized scroll wheel. Its convenient placement of buttons and easy management were noted by many users.
CONS
The fewest number of buttons among the trackballs in this review, which reduces its potential.
OUR VERDICT
This trackball mouse is easy to manipulate, so it will be good for both professionals and beginners.
detailed parameters
Shape
Symmetrical with a ball in the middle on top
Material
Plastic, with a rubber wrist rest
Number of Buttons
2 programmable buttons and a scroll ring
Ball Size
Medium
Connection Type
Wired
Weight
0.65 pounds
PROS
Soft-touch coating, a lot of buttons, ergonomic shape - everything in the design of this Logitech cordless trackball mouse was thought through for a prolonged work.
CONS
A big receiver. Also some users noted that this trackball mouse sometimes loses connectivity after a computer reboot. But this can be fixed by simultaneously pushing right-click and left-click buttons.
OUR VERDICT
This cordless trackball mouse with a lot of features will be loved by the fans of NCIS TV-series, as it is the one used by most of its characters.
detailed parameters
Shape
A traditional mouse with a ball on top
Material
Plastic with a Soft-Touch coating
Number of Buttons
8 programmable buttons, by default: right-click, left-click, forward, back, 2 Cruise control buttons, a drag-lock, a scroll-wheel button
Ball Size
Medium
Connection Type
Wireless
Weight
1.2 pounds

What is a Trackball Mouse

Computer mouse has changed a lot through its history. Nowadays we see a varied range of its types, shapes, and colors. But maybe the most interesting and odd ones, at first glance, are trackball mouses. You won't see them on every user's desk, many people even do not know of their potential. Trackball mice, as any other manipulators, are made to control the cursor. But they are quite different from traditional mice, both in appearance and in the way of managing. The first thing that catches your eye is a big ball. Its placement is what caused these mice to be called an 'upside-down mouse'. This ball is what actually controls the cursor movement on the screen. At first, this might seem inconvenient but try a trackball at least once and you probably won't wish to go back to your old mouse. Here you can manage the cursor with only a finger! Other advantages of a trackball mouse include space saving, a possibility to work on any surface, and a precise positioning, which will be useful in modeling, design, or just ordinary office work.

Of course, you can use a trackball mouse not only for work, but also for various games, but we think that maybe traditional gaming mice might be better for this purpose.

Best Trackball Mouses

What Features to Compare

One of the main features of a trackball mouse is its Ergonomics. This feature is strongly affected by the design of a device. The selection of the trackball mice is wide, so it is not that difficult to find one well suited for you. Just pay attention - the mouse must have the size and shape good for your hand. For example, size. You will not be satisfied with a trackball mouse that is too big or too small, your hand will get tired in no time. Unsuitable shape will cause discomfort. The weight of the trackball mouse can also be different. Heavy models are good to use on your desk, as they are harder to move. The light ones are easier to take with you when you use a laptop and go somewhere. One more important thing to take into consideration is the material your trackball mouse is made of. We suggest you buy a mouse with rough or rubberized coating, it will prevent your hand from sweating and slipping from the device.

One more point that is vital is your mouse's Functionality. Here you should consider the ball size, the number of buttons, their placement and the sensor type. A ball is the main operating part of a trackball mouse, its size affects the positioning precision. However, a big ball is harder to master, it is better suited for people with trackball experience. Starters might be better off with a small or medium sized ball as those are easier to use. Concerning the number of buttons there are no real rules or stereotypes. The thing is, the more buttons you have on your trackball mouse, the more options you will be able to perform with only one finger. In addition, the possibility of programming these buttons will give you an opportunity to set a certain function to each button. So choose this parameter according to your needs. For example, if you are going to use a trackball only to work on the Internet and with documents, then only a few additional buttons will be enough. But to work in graphic editing programs or do a 3D-modeling, it will be useful to have as many additional features under your finger as possible.

Never forget about the Connection Type. Same as any other mouse, a trackball mouse can be either wired or wireless. If you plan to do most of your work at your desk, you may decide on the wired trackball mouse. In that case look at the cable length - with the longer cable you will have more freedom of placing your trackball mouse. And if you often change working places and wireless device is your choice, then pay attention to the time it works from the battery.

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Kensington K64325

Ergonomics

Kensington Expert Trackball, being completely symmetrical as it is, will befit left-handed users the same as right-handed. The body of this optical trackball mouse is made in a rectangular plate shape with the ball in the middle. This ball is what controls the cursor. This Kensington trackball mouse is heavy, and it will steadily stand on your desk. In the box with this product you will also find a rubberized detachable wrist rest, provided in order to prevent tiring of your hand even during long hours of work.

Functionality

There are four programmable buttons on this optical trackball mouse. They are located in the corners of the device. Also Kensington Expert Trackball has a scroll ring. The ball itself is rather big and will perform great for professional work by experienced users. The TrackballWorks™ software can be downloaded from the official site and will allow you to set sensitivity, or to program any of the four buttons so they perform the function you want. And the DiamondEye™ optical tracking technology makes precise positioning of a cursor an easy task.

Connection Type

This Kensington optical trackball mouse must be connected to your personal computer by using a USB cable. The length of the cable delivered with the mouse is standard for most traditional mouses (6 feet). And as this trackball mouse is immobile on top of your desk, its placing shall not cause any real troubles. For those who like this mouse, but are bothered by the necessity of a wire, the manufacturer also offers a wireless option.

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Kensington K64325
Kensington K64325
 

Logitech Trackman Marble

Ergonomics

Smooth curves of this Logitech Trackman Marble Mouse lie perfectly in your hand. The buttons are located exactly where they should be. The fingers seem to be drawn to the two big buttons on the sides, what with their convenience. The ball is controlled by a pointer and a middle finger, and the process of manipulating it is simple and comfortable, its smooth movement and precision are guaranteed. And because this optical trackball mouse is symmetrical, you will be able to use it with both right and left hand.

Functionality

Logitech Trackman Marble Mouse has four programmable buttons. Two big buttons are by default set to perform as the right-click and left-click buttons, and two smaller buttons are meant to be used as forward/back. This Logitech trackball mouse is not equipped with the scroll wheel but it is possible to set this option on any of the buttons in case you need it. The ball has black dots all over it which means that this trackball mouse uses a patented Marble Optical technology. This technology is designed to increase the precision of cursor positioning.

Connection Type

Logitech Trackman Marble optical trackball mouse has to be connected to your computer with the use of a USB cord. The cord has a length of five and a half feet which is long enough to place this Logitech trackball mouse almost in any place that will be convenient for you. The delivery package also includes a PS/2 connector. It will enable you to connect this great device to any old computer, if it has a Windows XP or any newer operating system installed.

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Logitech Trackman Marble
Logitech Trackman Marble
 

Logitech M570

Ergonomics

Logitech M570 wireless trackball mouse looks just like your ordinary mouse. The only thing that makes it different is a ball you put your thumb on. This design makes it extremely easy to go from a regular mouse to Logitech M570. The body of the manipulator is covered in matte plastic and is very pleasant to touch. Ergonomic shape supports your wrist perfectly, and allows you to comfortably work whole day. This Logitech trackball mouse also has a light weight, enabling you to transport it along with your laptop.

Functionality

This Logitech trackball mouse is equipped with five buttons and a scroll wheel. After you download Logitech SetPoint™ (Windows) or Logitech Control Center (Mac OS X) software from the official website you will be able to program buttons according to your personal needs. The "Forward" and "Back" buttons will simplify moving over the Internet page or quickly scrolling through a document. The laser sensor allows for precise monitoring of the ball movement, and owing to low power consumption the batteries work longer with this wireless trackball mouse.

Connection Type

You can connect this trackball mouse to your computer with the wireless technology. The key feature of this Logitech M570 is a Logitech® Unifying technology, and it means that you can connect up to six Logitech devices to a single mini receiver. It may be a keyboard, one more mouse, a wireless headset, or all of those together. Also thanks to optimized consumption of power one AA type battery will work up to 18 months.

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Logitech M570
Logitech M570
 

Kensington K72337US

Ergonomics

Most of the Kensington trackball mice are absolutely symmetrical, and K72337 is the same. It will be perfectly comfortable to use regardless of whether your response hand is your right or your left. The ball is of a medium size. This trackball mouse has a good positioning with either a point finger or a middle finger on. The buttons are located on the sides. It has a rubber wrist rest. Using Kensington K72337 trackball mouse is the same as using an ordinary mouse, but instead of a scroll wheel you have a ball under your finger. Owing to its design, Kensington K72337 will be good for professional users and beginners alike.

Functionality

To control this Kensington trackball mouse you have two buttons, a ball and a scroll ring. Many users note the latter to be extremely smooth, and rubberized coating makes it pleasant to touch. Buttons' size and placement are designed the way to not bring you discomfort during the periods of use. And you can reprogram them with Kensington TrackballWorks™ to increase functionality. To do this, go to an official Kensington website and download the software.

Connection Type

This optical trackball mouse is delivered complete with a traditional USB cable that is a meter and a half long, so it should not raise any difficulties to place the Kensington trackball mouse on the top of your working desk. Kensington K72337US is a trackball mouse compatible with the most popular operating systems such as Windows, MacOS, and ChromOS, it will easily connect to most of the existing personal computers and laptops.

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Kensington K72337US
Kensington K72337US
 

Logitech Trackman

Ergonomics

The only trackball mouse in our review with a Soft-touch coating. This type of coating is very pleasant to the touch, and it will prevent your hand from sliding off from the trackball mouse. Logitech Cordless Optical Trackman is shaped the same as any traditional mouse, but unlike most mice it has a tilted wrist position, which is more natural for your hand. This way your wrist will sustain much less pressure if you work for a long time. The ball is located at the top of the mouse under the pointer and middle fingers. It is easier to manipulate the cursor in this way. This optical trackball mouse has rubber feet that along with its weight help it to be steady in place. All in all, this Logitech trackball mouse has a wonderful ergonomic design.

Functionality

This cordless trackball mouse is equipped with 8 buttons and a scroll wheel for fast viewing of Internet pages and documents. Each button can be programmed to perform any action you wish, thus multiplying the mouse's functionality. The ball is medium-sized, so a beginner will not have any problems dealing with it, as won't a pro user. And thanks to the Logitech's Optical Marble technology (black dots in the ball) the positioning of cursor becomes faster and more pinpoint. Thanks to its capabilities, Cordless Optical TrackMan Logitech trackball mouse will be a good purchase for users with high expectations of the trackball mouse's functionality.

Connection Type

Logitech Trackman trackball mouse is a cordless trackball mouse which means it is not limited by the length of the cord. You will be able to place it in the most convenient location, and the cord itself will never get in your way. Some reviewers point out that the wireless receiver is a little too big to use it on a laptop, but it does not give rise to unfavorable criticism when used with a personal computer.

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