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Logitech Trackman Marble Gray Wired Optical Mouse

100% Positive Reviews
Rated #63 in Mice


Pros: Super easy to use, doesn't require repetitive movements, faster than a conventional mouse

Cons: Not for everyone, people either love it or hate it. Also lacks a scrolling wheel.

I've been using these for about 14 years now, dating back to when it came in beige and only had a PS/2 interface on it (modern versions are silver and USB, with a PS/2 adapter included if you need it). This is one of the longest in-production mice of all time, first showing up on the market in the late 1990s.

It's not considered a good gaming mouse, although I've never had problems with it. Where it really excels for me is in my work; I'm a newspaper editor who spends a lot of time designing pages in Quark and/or InDesign, and that means literally hundreds--if not thousands--of mouse movements and clicks during a production day. It's well known that these kinds of repetitive movements over long periods of time are harmful. It's also slow and tedious. The Marble Mouse, which stays in a fixed position and navigates with the flick of a finger, reduces the time spent on muse movements to a fraction of what it would otherwise be.

There's an adjustment period for most people who try one of these, but don't use it for five minutes and then throw up your hands. I took to it immediately, and so did one of my friends, but it took another one a few hours to become a convert. Once you do get used to it, you won't want to use anything else.

There's no scrolling wheel, but you can emulate one by clicking and holding the two smaller buttons on each side of the mouse at the same time. These buttons also control the forward and backward functions on most Web browsers; they were added to the mouse about 10 years ago. I've never bothered with them, though. I never used a scroll wheel, and with this mouse, you can move the pointer as fast as you can move fingers to use the extra buttons. Never saw the point, but some people might.

When a product hangs around this long, it's almost always because there's something really good about it, and that's the case here. The only thing I wish would change is for Logitech to produce a wireless version, like they did with the M570 that has the trackball on the side. Other than that, it's perfect.
Logitech Trackman Marble Gray Wired Optical Mouse

The Logitech TrackMan Marble is designed to optimize user comfort on any computer. It features an ambidextrous trackball design and a stable base to keep your hand comfortable even during long sessions. It utilizes Logitech's Marble optical technology to facilitate smooth and ultra-precise tracking, allowing you to reach more screen space with less movement. Using optical tracking, it is virtually maintenance free, requiring no cleaning. Forward and Backward buttons are specially designed to help you browse the Web with ease, and fingertip-based control delivers a fast, accurate cursor movement with just a move of your finger. The Logitech TrackMan Marble features a USB interface for easy connectivity. This is a versatile and durable mouse, just waiting to execute your every command! Hand Orientation: Both Hands Operating System Supported: Windows XP / Vista / 7 Mac OS X 10.4 or later System Requirement: 1 USB Port; CD-ROM Drive Features: All-day comfort Ambidextrous trackball design Stable base Convenient button controls Fingertip-based control Convenient Forward and Backward buttons help you get around the Web with ease. Fast, accurate control is right at your fingertip with smooth-tracking Marble optical technology. Parts: 3 years limited Labor: 3 years limited

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