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Help me select a quality trackball

IceBurnerIceBurner It's cold and there are penguins.Registered User regular
I've been using Logitech TrackMan Wheels for a long time, but lately I've realized their durability is terrible; I don't even do really heavy gaming, but the buttons keep wearing out rapidly.

I don't need a gaming input device, it doesn't need to have 10,000,000 mickeys of sensitivity or anything fancy. I'm just looking for an ergonomic trackball with a clickable wheel that won't need replacement annually.

Suggestions?

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  • ArcSynArcSyn Registered User regular
    edited December 2008
    IceBurner wrote: »
    I've been using Logitech TrackMan Wheels for a long time, but lately I've realized their durability is terrible; I don't even do really heavy gaming, but the buttons keep wearing out rapidly.

    I don't need a gaming input device, it doesn't need to have 10,000,000 mickeys of sensitivity or anything fancy. I'm just looking for an ergonomic trackball with a clickable wheel that won't need replacement annually.

    Suggestions?

    Heh, good luck. :( I have found that trackballs are getting harder and harder to come by.

    However, if you can find a Microsoft Explorer Trackball I have used one for YEARS and it's been excellent. The copper inside the the cable broke after maybe 6 years but I spliced a new USB cable on it and it continues to work perfectly for me.
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    If you prefer a thumb control like the Logitech line, Microsoft also put out a standard Trackball that I owned for some time and it was also very good.
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  • PMAversPMAvers Registered User regular
    edited December 2008
    First and last word in trackballs is Kensington.

    I use a Expert Mouse, and it's a sex-machine.

    http://us.kensington.com/html/2200.html

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    Granted, it doesn't have a click-wheel, but the scroll-ring is VASTLY better, IMO. Plus, it's got four buttons, so you can probably just re-assign the scroll-click to one of those.

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  • LodbrokLodbrok Registered User regular
    edited December 2008
    I've been using one of these for three years every day at work without any problems:

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    It is also a Logitech (Logitech Cordless TrackMan Optical), of course, but the build quality does not seem to be bad at all. At least I have not had any problems with the buttons during three years of heavy use. On the other hand, if you are looking for a trackball where you manipulate the ball with your thumb, this thing is obviously not for you....

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