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. Time-tested shape Millions of people have loved the Logitech Trackman Wheel. The thumb buttons are the best example of this. This essentially slows its responsiveness so you can make smaller, more precise movements. Thumb-operated trackballs are usually right-handed only, but other than the trackball itself, they work just like traditional mice. Please use a more current browser to view our site.

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The M has five buttons: Logitech has remained the most prominent seller of trackballs.

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Logitech MX Master 2S. Looking for support for this product? Unlike both of those models, however, logitexh MX Ergo uses a rechargeable internal battery instead of AA batteries. Adjustable speed The M now sports an adjustable laser sensor, giving you a wider range of cursor speeds—and the perfect amount of control.

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Whereas a traditional mouse places the thumb buttons, you know, under your thumb, the MX Ergo places them to the left of your left-click button. And your trackball is always ready to use. A trackball should rotate smoothly, without gritty-feeling friction. Learn more about the Logitech Unifying receiver. Logitech M Should you switch to a trackball?

Presenters Spotlight All Presenters. The same is true of a host of other buttons included on the mouse. With this smaller ball you need to put in more effort to move the cursor across the screen: If you opt for a wireless trackball, you can expect at least four to six months of battery life.


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. A low-quality ball can ruin the experience of using a trackball. Comments are disabled We respect your privacy.

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. But the scroll ring felt gritty when we turned it, as if two pieces of metal were skimming across each other.

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You get the reliability of a cord with cordless convenience and freedom—fast data transmission and virtually no delays or dropouts. But after having used the mouse the decision makes more sense.

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Obviously now that your thumb is dedicated to moving the trackball, it makes sense that the thumb-buttons loigtech have to move, but their new position turns them into extra buttons for your index finger, and we think this removes a certain amount of their utility. 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.

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. The ball, while small, is smooth and easy to use, and the MX Ergo can tilt 20 degrees to provide a more comfortable position. With a huge ball and four buttons, this is a near-perfect trackball held back by a gritty scroll ring.


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Actual wireless range will vary with use, settings and environmental conditions. Using the Kensington Expert Mouse, you can move a cursor across a 4K monitor with a small swipe, but on the MX Ergo it takes a couple of turns of the ball, even if you have the pointer speed set to maximum.

Then we used the remaining trackballs for several days of work, paying attention to the build quality, accuracy, and general comfort. Ultimately, these features never detract from the rest of the product.

Who wants a cord in the way? A low charge means the buttons will have little to no functionality, going in and out of operation until a full charge is restored. The long battery life virtually eliminates the hassle of changing batteries.