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2017/08/17 11:17:48 (permalink)

Track balls

Can anyone recommend a track ball please?

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Re: Track balls 2017/08/17 12:18:36 (permalink)
Kensington Expert Mouse.
 
https://www.kensington.com/us/us/4493/trackballs
 
When I looked at the web site this morning, it looks like it is under maintenance and links aren't working correctly, so:
 
https://www.amazon.com/Kensington-Expert-Trackball-Mouse-K64325/dp/B00009KH63/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1502972282&sr=8-2&keywords=kensington+expert+mouse
 
I own it, I use it, and I love it...
 
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Re: Track balls 2017/08/17 12:43:01 (permalink)
+10 on the Kensington.
 
 

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Re: Track balls 2017/08/17 15:42:48 (permalink)
I use a logitech trackball (the one with the blue ball.)  It is a simple one without a lot of bells and whistles, but it gets the job done. It is a thumb controlled one (i.e. you move the ball with your thumb.)

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Re: Track balls 2017/08/17 16:48:16 (permalink)
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I use a logitech trackball (the one with the blue ball.)  It is a simple one without a lot of bells and whistles, but it gets the job done. It is a thumb controlled one (i.e. you move the ball with your thumb.)




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This one - the thumb control is very natural and easy.

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Re: Track balls 2017/08/17 17:15:10 (permalink)
I like the larger ball of the Kensington when I am doing automation moves. It feels very natural.
 
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Re: Track balls 2017/08/17 17:56:21 (permalink)
dcumpian
I like the larger ball of the Kensington when I am doing automation moves. It feels very natural.
 
Dan




I agree.  Those thumb ball devices make my thumb hurt

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Re: Track balls 2017/08/18 06:06:53 (permalink)
Are you guys using the Kensington with Bluetooth or wired?

To those using the Bluetooth one is there any lag? Or other issues.

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Re: Track balls 2017/08/18 10:37:30 (permalink)
Mine is wired

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Re: Track balls 2017/08/18 14:36:06 (permalink)
Mine is wired as well.
 
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Re: Track balls 2017/08/18 14:49:30 (permalink)
Whether thumbed or fingered, large or small, blue or not, take care thy ball.

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Re: Track balls 2017/08/18 15:50:24 (permalink)
"Ooh! Aah!" He says, crossing his legs.

Speaking of taking care of thy ball. Is the trackball prone to becoming greasy from constant digital contact?

Just thinking like old mice used to pick up crap from your mouse pad or desktop, then they invented laser/optical mice and no more dirty balls.

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Re: Track balls 2017/08/18 15:59:49 (permalink)
Yes, they can pick up crap.  It usually ends up on the bearings, but on the logitech, you just pop the ball out and wipe the crap off the bearings with you finger.  Usually when I do this, I wipe the ball off, too.  Not a big deal.

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Re: Track balls 2017/08/18 19:02:31 (permalink)
Yep, just pull the ball out and wipe it down.
 
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Re: Track balls 2017/08/19 14:08:15 (permalink)
Thanks for your help guys. I'll just have to remember to wipe my ball every now and then.

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Re: Track balls 2017/08/19 14:08:20 (permalink)
Thanks for your help guys. I'll just have to remember to wipe my ball every now and then.

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Re: Track balls 2017/08/21 12:37:29 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby BobF 2017/08/21 14:19:24
Posted twice to cover both?
 
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Re: Track balls 2017/09/01 05:28:00 (permalink)
I got the Kensington Expert wireless/Bluetooth.

Why have I waited so long to get a trackball. This is great. Thanks for the recommendations.

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Re: Track balls 2017/09/05 12:28:23 (permalink)
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I got the Kensington Expert wireless/Bluetooth.

Why have I waited so long to get a trackball. This is great. Thanks for the recommendations.



It is pretty nice, especially once you get muscle memory for automation/fader moves. For awhile, I kept my mouse and trackball plugged in and used the mouse for navigation, but I finally gave it up and disconnected it.
 
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Re: Track balls 2017/09/05 23:27:58 (permalink)
Anyone have that $29 model?  I think I'm going to go back to wired keyboards.  They still put P/S2 on motherboards.

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