• Kensington Orbit Wireless Trackball Mouse With Touch Scroll Ring (K72352 Us),Black
  • Kensington Orbit Wireless Trackball Mouse With Touch Scroll Ring (K72352 Us),Black
  • Kensington Orbit Wireless Trackball Mouse With Touch Scroll Ring (K72352 Us),Black
  • Kensington Orbit Wireless Trackball Mouse With Touch Scroll Ring (K72352 Us),Black
  • Kensington Orbit Wireless Trackball Mouse With Touch Scroll Ring (K72352 Us),Black
  • Kensington Orbit Wireless Trackball Mouse With Touch Scroll Ring (K72352 Us),Black
Kensington Orbit Wireless Trackball Mouse With Touch Scroll Ring (K72352 Us),Black
Kensington Orbit Wireless Trackball Mouse With Touch Scroll Ring (K72352 Us),Black
Kensington Orbit Wireless Trackball Mouse With Touch Scroll Ring (K72352 Us),Black
Kensington Orbit Wireless Trackball Mouse With Touch Scroll Ring (K72352 Us),Black
Kensington Orbit Wireless Trackball Mouse With Touch Scroll Ring (K72352 Us),Black
Kensington Orbit Wireless Trackball Mouse With Touch Scroll Ring (K72352 Us),Black

Kensington Orbit Wireless Trackball Mouse With Touch Scroll Ring (K72352 Us),Black

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  • Optical tracking for superior cursor control
  • Unique touch scrolling - simply slide your finger around the outer ring of the trackball for effortless scrolling through web pages and long documents
  • Free downloadable Kensington TrackballWorks software provides button customization
  • Ambidextrous design
  • Compatible with all Windows, macOS, and Chrome (OS 44 and later) computers
  • Plug-and-play, no drivers required
  • 2.4 GHz wireless with nano USB receiver that stowes inside the trackball when not in use
  • 2 year warranty (Only valid if purchased through Kensington Authorized Resellers)

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All great except for the scrolling (updated 6 Aug 2019)I bought this to use with either hand, since I'm having trouble with my dominant hand. The trackball part wasn't that difficult to become comfortable with, although clicking the button under my fourth finger is still a little challenging. The main issue I have is with scrolling. To scroll, you're supposed to slide your finger around a slightly textured area around the base of the ball. I cannot make this work smoothly; the scrolling is so jumpy and unpredictable that I've had to get out my old Mac trackpad for scrolling through long documents.Update two weeks later: I give up. I'm still using my Mac trackpad to scroll, but when using the trackball to position the mouse pointer it very frequently jumps up or down on the page without reason. I have to hold my fingers arched up over the trackball so I don't accidentally touch the scrolling ring (which might be the problem), but it almost seems like it's my palm touching the body of the trackball that might be at fault. Whatever the reason, this just seems like a really lousy product. Will try something else.1Perfect if you have trouble controlling your hands. I bought this because I have severe nervous system problems that makes controlling a mouse impossible on some days. It just flies around, clicking everything I don't want. It's very hard to get through daily living without using a computer. The track ball doesn't do that. I can move, on the slowest mouse setting, wherever I want without clicking anything. Then, when I finally get the cursor where I want, I can click without moving the ball.Moving the trackball does not involve touching the buttons, and touching the buttons does not involve moving the trackball. That's perfect if you have trouble controlling your hands. I can't speak for how it feels after a long day of using it, because I never use it more than a couple hours, and even then not heavily like I used to at work. I would guess this would be great to switch back and forth between a normal mouse, to give your hands a break. 5Nice wireless trackball, especially after some time with it. ADDED: After some time with this product, I like it a lot. I got used to the button placement fairly readily. The scroll wheel is awful, but other than that, I'm very pleased to have been able to replace my wired trackball with a wireless one.Basic Info/Setup:* I'm using this with a Macbook Pro, running OSX 10.7 (Lion.)* I use a Magic Trackpad at my desktop for most of my primary work.* I'm a longtime trackball user (never use a conventional mouse.)* Still need a trackball because some work - specifically mapping with Google maps - is very unfriendly to the Apple trackpad (zooming, clicking, none work the way I'd expect.)* I won't be using the device portably.* I've been using the cheap - and extremely reliable - Logitech Trackman marble.* I'm left-handed, so I need an "agnostic" trackball.* I've owned this new Kensington device for a couple of days. My impressions my change, and I'll update if they do.I was really excited to see this product, since my desk is cluttered with wires, and I've been trying to do something about that. I'd like it if the device were Bluetooth, so it didn't require a dongle, but that's a bit trivial. The size of the dongle is a double-edged sword. I like how tiny it is (it literally extends just a quarter inch from your USB port) but I'd be afraid of losing it if I were traveling.The product's name, Wireless Orbit Mouse, is somewhat telling. Many trackball users describe such products as "upside-down mice," and this is really the case here. While most trackballs are much bigger - the ball on my Logitech is about thirty percent larger in diameter, and the standard, massive Kensington trackballs are even larger, this one is comparatively small. That has so far made the device less precise, but I think I can get used to that. The whole device is closer to standard mouse size and shape - about twenty percent bigger, I'd guess. I suppose the smallishness of the product is related to its positioning as a portable product (or maybe Kensington didn't want to compete with its larger trackballs.)Same deal for the seemingly-oddly placed buttons, which sit on the sides of the unit, perpendicular to the desktop. Standard trackballs place their buttons much closer to the ball on the device's top face. I expect to become accustomed to this, but the hand position is rather odd: you grip the Wireless Orbit in a claw-like way, rather than resting your palm at the base and using just your fingers on tradition trackballs. You're enlisting more of your hand with this product, and that may not be good.The ball has a scroll wheel. At standard settings, it is pretty jerky. I haven't messed with it, because the Apple Trackpad so excels at scrolling that I don't need it. (The pad sits directly to the left of my keyboard; the Kensington sits to the left of that.)Though you don't need the Kensington software if you're just using standard button functions, I highly recommend using it, since that allows you further customization of the ball's tracking speed, as well as the button configuration. Here's a bug, at least in the Mac version of the Trackballworks software, which installs as a system preference and requires a restart. If you've got your standard mouse preferences set as left-handers normally do - with the "Primary Mouse Button" set to left, then that overrides the trackball settings. In the Trackball works prefs panel, if you've got the regular mouse button assigned to primary right, making the traditional right click button the left button - which is the way lefties generally want it - the Trackball Works inverts things: assigning the primary trackpad button to the right doesn't work; the secondary mouse button remains on the right, the opposite of what you've set in the mouse preferences. So, you need to go back to mouse preferences and assign the primary button to the left (backwards for lefties.) This makes the Trackball work lefty-style - right button primary, left button secondary. A pain.(Step-by-Step)1) Assign standard mouse prefs to primary left.2) Trackball Works automatically assigned primary to right.3) You can then assign Trackball Works for secondary (listed as "right click") left.This is easy to work around - but if you've got a traditional mouse, too, you won't be pleased, since that mouse will now be reversed to traditional right-hand style. I don't use a traditional mouse, and the settings snafu doesn't seem to affect the Apple trackpads.The good news is that if you can get used to this stuff, the product works. It is a decent trackball, smooth-scrolling, and it functions the way a trackball should. I'd slow the pointer acceleration a bit.To address one of the other criticisms here, I don't find the product too light; it stays in place on my desk when I use it. Maybe that's a function of different desk surfaces.Will I get used to it? I'm guessing that I will; back in the day, I had no problem with my old tiny-trackball equipped Powerbook. But a week or so will see, and I'll report back.PROS:* A good trackball.* Small size might be nice for some.* Seems to have OK build quality.* Scrolling is smooth.CONS (many of which users may become accustomed to.)* Buttons on side.* Weird interaction with Mac mouse system prefs.* Cuts wire clutter.* Ball is smaller than many trackball users are familiar with; smaller ball equals different acceleration characteristics. Adjustments may help.* You have to remember to switch the device off, or you'll eat up batteries. As far as I can tell, there's no indication of a sleep mode.BOTTOM LINE: If you want to try a wireless trackball, go ahead, especially since Amazon has such generous return policies. 4Why have I not returned this? Because there are not that many options out there.Why have I not returned this?I've been asking myself this question for a couple weeks. I kept the box and I've had every intention of sending it back. I really don't have high expectations for my trackballs.The fact of the matter is, I'm a (finger) trackball user and I have been for 15 years. I think they make more sense and I've tried a number of them. I kept going back to the Logitech trackball design that they haven't changed in 10-15 years (besides the color) because it was comfortable. Index trackball users have very limited choices and that's a bummer.Reasons Why I Don't Like It No back button (or forward button) is just unacceptable in 2016 The "Scrolling" is incredibly cramped and does not feel right at all. I tweaked the settings to make it faster as the default is embarrassing. Side buttons are very weird to get used to The Trackball is a lot smaller than I thought it would be. I prefer a larger ball. (lol), especially doing design work It was discounted $20-30 within a day or two after I bought it (ouch).Reason Why I'm Keeping it My old Logitech trackball broke This work alright and I'm sort of getting used to the cramped features Although small, the ball is smooth and easy to pop out There are so few decent trackball designs out there (besides that MS one for $500-600... what is that?)In summary, do your research and read the reviews. Despite the reviews, it works and maybe I'll get more used to it. We'll see.3I love this mouse in many waysI love this mouse in many ways. The ball is accurate and the downloadable software among other things, enables you to set up hot keys to slow the pointer's movement or provide for single horizontal or vertical movement. Being wireless also is a big positive. My main concern with the mouse is the scrolling area located around the perimeter of the ball. The concept is great but the implementation, problematic. Basically what happened is that I found myself inadvertently touching the scrolling surface while moving the trackball. Most of the time this only caused mild frustration and I just had to move the page back to it's original location. Sometimes, however, if in the midst of clicking on a box or choice, the movement could cause me to click on something I had no intention to click on. I have been transferred to advertisers sites unknowing in the past and playing games or making purchases could be problematic. I, subsequently, decided that I would be better off without it. I could not find anywhere in the software where the scrolling could be turned off so I ended up taping some foam over the scrolling surface. Problem resolved. An on/off choice on the scrolling tab in the software would have been much quicker and aesthetically more pleasing.3as I have had great success with Kensington trackballs in the pastI was excited to get this, as I have had great success with Kensington trackballs in the past. I needed something wireless, and I thought this would be great. Instead, it has been a nightmare. The trackball sensitivity is odd. Sometimes it is too sensitive, sometimes not sensitive enough. This is frustrating when trying to draw or point to a particular area on the screen. I move to the area, then start slowing down to get on the precise location. Sometimes the cursor will just stop and not move despite moving the ball. Other times it just goes shooting off far past the point.The even more frustrating aspect of this mouse is how the cursor will just start shaking! I will leave the cursor on a spot on the screen, and then just watch as it begins dancing and winding up halfway across the screen. This is problematic for obvious reasons, but when I expect the cursor to be where I left it, go to click the mouse, and find it is nowhere near where I need it to be.I still use it out of sheer stubbornness, but most days I want to take this thing and smash it against a wall.1Good trackball for lefties and amidextrous usersI just received this today, and have been using it for several hours, so this is definitely a "first impression" review.I've been searching for a wireless trackball that I can use left-handed, and this is one of the very few out there.Although right-handed, I've been mousing left handed for decades due to repetitive stress injuries in my right hand. I've always used the Logitech Trackman marble mouse for its ergonomics and that it's ambidextrous, so I can switch off to my right hand if I wish. But after all this time, left handed mousing feels normal and I find I actually prefer it, even though my right hand is healed -- I can mouse with one hand and takes notes with the other at the same time!One downside to the Logitech is that it's wired, and while it's fine on my office desktop, it's a pain for travel, meetings, etc. So far the overall feel and operation of the Kensington Orbit is so close to the Logitech that I barely notice the difference. It has a good feel to it, the buttons work well, and the trackball pointing is smooth.Why I didn't give it 5 stars -- The touch scrolling is a little cumbersome. It might just take some getting used to, but I'm finding it jumpy and not very precise. Also the Kensington TrackballWorks software caused a bunch of problems. Right after installing it was like aliens had taken over my computer...the cursor was flying around on its own, opening multiple copies of programs...so weird. So I ended up uninstalling it and using the native Windows drivers, which work just fine. If you get this, it works fine plug and play right out of the box. My advice is just use it this way and forget the TrackballWorks software.If any issues come up over the next few weeks I'll edit this review.4This trackball works fine. What I really don't like about it is ... This trackball works fine. What I really don't like about it is that the plastic housing causes an additional noise added to your standard "clicking" that all mouse devices make. It's almost a "hollow" sound in addition to the click. Depending on where I push the left side button, I can get it to not make the sound every now and then but it seems to be random success. After several weeks of trying to use it, I will probably trash it and buy another device. I have used Kensington trackballs for years and have always liked them but this one, with the noise, is very irritating. 2Awkward to usePerhaps it's because I've become so accustomed to a trackball that has left and right buttons on each side of the ball, but this Kensington Orbit Trackball is extremely awkward to use and doesn't have a good ergonomic feel. The main problem is that the left/right buttons are on the side. When I press the left button, I naturally compensate with pressure on the right to keep the device in place. When I do this, I end up clicking both left and right buttons at the same time. As well, when I pick up or move the device out of the way, I end up clicking both left/right buttons.When I remove my hand from around the device and just use my fingers to roll the ball, the device turns in the direction I spin the ball. However, this only occurs when I use the device on a smooth surface (i.e., granite countertop, stainless steel table).I didn't have as much a problem with the scroll pads (on either side of the ball) like others did. I have to make an effort not to rest my fingers alongside the ball, which causes the screen/text to scroll.My preference would be to have the button on top of the device, on either side of the ball. Build-wise, this is a nice device, but for me me that's the only good point.Pros:- Good build/materialsCons:- Ergonomically awkward3Good but terrible scrollingOk... I've always loved a trackball... makes things so much easier when you don't have to move your whole arm to move a mouse cursor everywhere. I still have several wired trackball mice, but I needed something wireless with a scroll feature. Well... this works great as a trackball, but the scroll feature really sucks. You barely even move your finger near the outer touch sensitive ring and you're zooming or scrolling on whatever page or program you're using. And downloading the driver app for it has no option for setting the sensitivity of it at all. If they added a feature to the app that allowed you to turn down the sensitivity or turn it off completely it would have been so much better. It's great for just normal operation, but trust me, the scroll pad along the outside edge of the ball is a seriously bad idea! I could only give it 3 stars. The battery life is good, the mouse control is great, but that scroll area really knocked it down a few pegs for me!3Just not worth it...When I got this, it took some getting used to. The whole point of a trackball (besides not needing any surface area) is its ergonomics, but the button placement on this trackball is off just enough that my hands get tired after daily use. Like anything with rollers you have to pop the ball out and clean the lint off about once a week to keep it moving smoothly, unfortunately after a few months of this the entire top containing the electronics decided to pop off and I lost 1 of the (tiny itty bitty) rollers which made moving smoothly incredibly frustrating. Upon the second time the top popped off (there is nothing securing the top down!) I lost another roller on the opposite side. This surprisingly made it work BETTER than with just one missing, I assume because there is no equal resistance on both sides (but still crappier than when both were still installed). The pieces are so small that they will be immediately lost even in the shortest carpeting, about the size of a grain of rice.I can't recommend this device to anyone based on its form factor or durability. The touch sensors for scrolling are ... adequate but I wish it supported at least 2 finger multitouch since there is a sensor on either side of the track ball.All in all... this device has turned me off entirely from Kensington products. I'd order a logitch or microsoft trackball if they made a finger touch instead of a thumb one. I've decided wireless is not worth it and am ordering the Logitech marble mouse instead. I'll miss the mouse scrolling...but I'm pretty sure I can assign one of those buttons as a scroll lock and then use the trackball itself. Problem solved.Cannot recomment...but its still working now despite falling apart so I can't mark it 1 star.The seller was very good though, i got the product in record time.2Not recommendedI have used track balls for many years, but they were all the Logitech brand and were wired. I thought I would try this wireless one with my laptop. The ergonomics are not good and the ball is very difficult to move with any precision at all. I am not talking about doing graphic work here, I mean you cannot even get the cursor onto the navigation scroll bars with any repeatable accuracy. I got this because my wrist was beginning to hurt using the touch pad, but I believe over time, this Kensington K72352 mouse will end up doing damage to my index finger due to the difficulty of trying to get the cursor positioned accurately. I HIGHLY recommend that anyone interested in this mouse that you keep your packaging so you can easily return it. Better yet, I suggest you don't purchase this product and look at better alternatives.1Doesn't work - replacement was even worseI was looking for a trackball that had a scroll wheel like the wired Kensington trackball. Although this was large, it looked like it would be useful.It was a pain to use. I didn't mind the size at first, but I could never get Bluetooth to work on this or its warranty replacement. The ball was not designed to stay in when the trackball was tilted or inverted, and, in variably, I wound up looking for the ball after it dropped out.Worse still, the damned thing stopped working a few months after I got it.Kensington sent a replacement -- and THIS ONE had a big gouge in the ball. I used the ball from the original. Bluetooth never worked. Each trackball required its own, paired USB transmitter. It would have been much easier if Kensington used a USB device that could be easily paired to all its wireless devices (like Logitech does).I stopped using this large, heavy hunk of trackball for a few months, getting used to a Logitech wireless trackball, and when I returned to this Kensington, changed the batteries, and tried to use it, it would no longer work.I don't want to mess with Kensington again - they'd possibly still replace this under warranty, but with WHAT? Another one of these with another gouge in the ball and a three month lifespan?If I was still a reviewer for magazines, I'd give this one an appropriately low rating.1
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All great except for the scrolling (updated 6 Aug 2019)I bought this to use with either hand, since I'm having trouble with my dominant hand. The trackball part wasn't that difficult to become comfortable with, although clicking the button under my fourth finger is still a little challenging. The main issue I have is with scrolling. To scroll, you're supposed to slide your finger around a slightly textured area around the base of the ball. I cannot make this work smoothly; the scrolling is so jumpy and unpredictable that I've had to get out my old Mac trackpad for scrolling through long documents.Update two weeks later: I give up. I'm still using my Mac trackpad to scroll, but when using the trackball to position the mouse pointer it very frequently jumps up or down on the page without reason. I have to hold my fingers arched up over the trackball so I don't accidentally touch the scrolling ring (which might be the problem), but it almost seems like it's my palm touching the body of the trackball that might be at fault. Whatever the reason, this just seems like a really lousy product. Will try something else.1Perfect if you have trouble controlling your hands. I bought this because I have severe nervous system problems that makes controlling a mouse impossible on some days. It just flies around, clicking everything I don't want. It's very hard to get through daily living without using a computer. The track ball doesn't do that. I can move, on the slowest mouse setting, wherever I want without clicking anything. Then, when I finally get the cursor where I want, I can click without moving the ball.Moving the trackball does not involve touching the buttons, and touching the buttons does not involve moving the trackball. That's perfect if you have trouble controlling your hands. I can't speak for how it feels after a long day of using it, because I never use it more than a couple hours, and even then not heavily like I used to at work. I would guess this would be great to switch back and forth between a normal mouse, to give your hands a break. 5Nice wireless trackball, especially after some time with it. ADDED: After some time with this product, I like it a lot. I got used to the button placement fairly readily. The scroll wheel is awful, but other than that, I'm very pleased to have been able to replace my wired trackball with a wireless one.Basic Info/Setup:* I'm using this with a Macbook Pro, running OSX 10.7 (Lion.)* I use a Magic Trackpad at my desktop for most of my primary work.* I'm a longtime trackball user (never use a conventional mouse.)* Still need a trackball because some work - specifically mapping with Google maps - is very unfriendly to the Apple trackpad (zooming, clicking, none work the way I'd expect.)* I won't be using the device portably.* I've been using the cheap - and extremely reliable - Logitech Trackman marble.* I'm left-handed, so I need an "agnostic" trackball.* I've owned this new Kensington device for a couple of days. My impressions my change, and I'll update if they do.I was really excited to see this product, since my desk is cluttered with wires, and I've been trying to do something about that. I'd like it if the device were Bluetooth, so it didn't require a dongle, but that's a bit trivial. The size of the dongle is a double-edged sword. I like how tiny it is (it literally extends just a quarter inch from your USB port) but I'd be afraid of losing it if I were traveling.The product's name, Wireless Orbit Mouse, is somewhat telling. Many trackball users describe such products as "upside-down mice," and this is really the case here. While most trackballs are much bigger - the ball on my Logitech is about thirty percent larger in diameter, and the standard, massive Kensington trackballs are even larger, this one is comparatively small. That has so far made the device less precise, but I think I can get used to that. The whole device is closer to standard mouse size and shape - about twenty percent bigger, I'd guess. I suppose the smallishness of the product is related to its positioning as a portable product (or maybe Kensington didn't want to compete with its larger trackballs.)Same deal for the seemingly-oddly placed buttons, which sit on the sides of the unit, perpendicular to the desktop. Standard trackballs place their buttons much closer to the ball on the device's top face. I expect to become accustomed to this, but the hand position is rather odd: you grip the Wireless Orbit in a claw-like way, rather than resting your palm at the base and using just your fingers on tradition trackballs. You're enlisting more of your hand with this product, and that may not be good.The ball has a scroll wheel. At standard settings, it is pretty jerky. I haven't messed with it, because the Apple Trackpad so excels at scrolling that I don't need it. (The pad sits directly to the left of my keyboard; the Kensington sits to the left of that.)Though you don't need the Kensington software if you're just using standard button functions, I highly recommend using it, since that allows you further customization of the ball's tracking speed, as well as the button configuration. Here's a bug, at least in the Mac version of the Trackballworks software, which installs as a system preference and requires a restart. If you've got your standard mouse preferences set as left-handers normally do - with the "Primary Mouse Button" set to left, then that overrides the trackball settings. In the Trackball works prefs panel, if you've got the regular mouse button assigned to primary right, making the traditional right click button the left button - which is the way lefties generally want it - the Trackball Works inverts things: assigning the primary trackpad button to the right doesn't work; the secondary mouse button remains on the right, the opposite of what you've set in the mouse preferences. So, you need to go back to mouse preferences and assign the primary button to the left (backwards for lefties.) This makes the Trackball work lefty-style - right button primary, left button secondary. A pain.(Step-by-Step)1) Assign standard mouse prefs to primary left.2) Trackball Works automatically assigned primary to right.3) You can then assign Trackball Works for secondary (listed as "right click") left.This is easy to work around - but if you've got a traditional mouse, too, you won't be pleased, since that mouse will now be reversed to traditional right-hand style. I don't use a traditional mouse, and the settings snafu doesn't seem to affect the Apple trackpads.The good news is that if you can get used to this stuff, the product works. It is a decent trackball, smooth-scrolling, and it functions the way a trackball should. I'd slow the pointer acceleration a bit.To address one of the other criticisms here, I don't find the product too light; it stays in place on my desk when I use it. Maybe that's a function of different desk surfaces.Will I get used to it? I'm guessing that I will; back in the day, I had no problem with my old tiny-trackball equipped Powerbook. But a week or so will see, and I'll report back.PROS:* A good trackball.* Small size might be nice for some.* Seems to have OK build quality.* Scrolling is smooth.CONS (many of which users may become accustomed to.)* Buttons on side.* Weird interaction with Mac mouse system prefs.* Cuts wire clutter.* Ball is smaller than many trackball users are familiar with; smaller ball equals different acceleration characteristics. Adjustments may help.* You have to remember to switch the device off, or you'll eat up batteries. As far as I can tell, there's no indication of a sleep mode.BOTTOM LINE: If you want to try a wireless trackball, go ahead, especially since Amazon has such generous return policies. 4Why have I not returned this? Because there are not that many options out there.Why have I not returned this?I've been asking myself this question for a couple weeks. I kept the box and I've had every intention of sending it back. I really don't have high expectations for my trackballs.The fact of the matter is, I'm a (finger) trackball user and I have been for 15 years. I think they make more sense and I've tried a number of them. I kept going back to the Logitech trackball design that they haven't changed in 10-15 years (besides the color) because it was comfortable. Index trackball users have very limited choices and that's a bummer.Reasons Why I Don't Like It No back button (or forward button) is just unacceptable in 2016 The "Scrolling" is incredibly cramped and does not feel right at all. I tweaked the settings to make it faster as the default is embarrassing. Side buttons are very weird to get used to The Trackball is a lot smaller than I thought it would be. I prefer a larger ball. (lol), especially doing design work It was discounted $20-30 within a day or two after I bought it (ouch).Reason Why I'm Keeping it My old Logitech trackball broke This work alright and I'm sort of getting used to the cramped features Although small, the ball is smooth and easy to pop out There are so few decent trackball designs out there (besides that MS one for $500-600... what is that?)In summary, do your research and read the reviews. Despite the reviews, it works and maybe I'll get more used to it. We'll see.3I love this mouse in many waysI love this mouse in many ways. The ball is accurate and the downloadable software among other things, enables you to set up hot keys to slow the pointer's movement or provide for single horizontal or vertical movement. Being wireless also is a big positive. My main concern with the mouse is the scrolling area located around the perimeter of the ball. The concept is great but the implementation, problematic. Basically what happened is that I found myself inadvertently touching the scrolling surface while moving the trackball. Most of the time this only caused mild frustration and I just had to move the page back to it's original location. Sometimes, however, if in the midst of clicking on a box or choice, the movement could cause me to click on something I had no intention to click on. I have been transferred to advertisers sites unknowing in the past and playing games or making purchases could be problematic. I, subsequently, decided that I would be better off without it. I could not find anywhere in the software where the scrolling could be turned off so I ended up taping some foam over the scrolling surface. Problem resolved. An on/off choice on the scrolling tab in the software would have been much quicker and aesthetically more pleasing.3as I have had great success with Kensington trackballs in the pastI was excited to get this, as I have had great success with Kensington trackballs in the past. I needed something wireless, and I thought this would be great. Instead, it has been a nightmare. The trackball sensitivity is odd. Sometimes it is too sensitive, sometimes not sensitive enough. This is frustrating when trying to draw or point to a particular area on the screen. I move to the area, then start slowing down to get on the precise location. Sometimes the cursor will just stop and not move despite moving the ball. Other times it just goes shooting off far past the point.The even more frustrating aspect of this mouse is how the cursor will just start shaking! I will leave the cursor on a spot on the screen, and then just watch as it begins dancing and winding up halfway across the screen. This is problematic for obvious reasons, but when I expect the cursor to be where I left it, go to click the mouse, and find it is nowhere near where I need it to be.I still use it out of sheer stubbornness, but most days I want to take this thing and smash it against a wall.1Good trackball for lefties and amidextrous usersI just received this today, and have been using it for several hours, so this is definitely a "first impression" review.I've been searching for a wireless trackball that I can use left-handed, and this is one of the very few out there.Although right-handed, I've been mousing left handed for decades due to repetitive stress injuries in my right hand. I've always used the Logitech Trackman marble mouse for its ergonomics and that it's ambidextrous, so I can switch off to my right hand if I wish. But after all this time, left handed mousing feels normal and I find I actually prefer it, even though my right hand is healed -- I can mouse with one hand and takes notes with the other at the same time!One downside to the Logitech is that it's wired, and while it's fine on my office desktop, it's a pain for travel, meetings, etc. So far the overall feel and operation of the Kensington Orbit is so close to the Logitech that I barely notice the difference. It has a good feel to it, the buttons work well, and the trackball pointing is smooth.Why I didn't give it 5 stars -- The touch scrolling is a little cumbersome. It might just take some getting used to, but I'm finding it jumpy and not very precise. Also the Kensington TrackballWorks software caused a bunch of problems. Right after installing it was like aliens had taken over my computer...the cursor was flying around on its own, opening multiple copies of programs...so weird. So I ended up uninstalling it and using the native Windows drivers, which work just fine. If you get this, it works fine plug and play right out of the box. My advice is just use it this way and forget the TrackballWorks software.If any issues come up over the next few weeks I'll edit this review.4This trackball works fine. What I really don't like about it is ... This trackball works fine. What I really don't like about it is that the plastic housing causes an additional noise added to your standard "clicking" that all mouse devices make. It's almost a "hollow" sound in addition to the click. Depending on where I push the left side button, I can get it to not make the sound every now and then but it seems to be random success. After several weeks of trying to use it, I will probably trash it and buy another device. I have used Kensington trackballs for years and have always liked them but this one, with the noise, is very irritating. 2Awkward to usePerhaps it's because I've become so accustomed to a trackball that has left and right buttons on each side of the ball, but this Kensington Orbit Trackball is extremely awkward to use and doesn't have a good ergonomic feel. The main problem is that the left/right buttons are on the side. When I press the left button, I naturally compensate with pressure on the right to keep the device in place. When I do this, I end up clicking both left and right buttons at the same time. As well, when I pick up or move the device out of the way, I end up clicking both left/right buttons.When I remove my hand from around the device and just use my fingers to roll the ball, the device turns in the direction I spin the ball. However, this only occurs when I use the device on a smooth surface (i.e., granite countertop, stainless steel table).I didn't have as much a problem with the scroll pads (on either side of the ball) like others did. I have to make an effort not to rest my fingers alongside the ball, which causes the screen/text to scroll.My preference would be to have the button on top of the device, on either side of the ball. Build-wise, this is a nice device, but for me me that's the only good point.Pros:- Good build/materialsCons:- Ergonomically awkward3Good but terrible scrollingOk... I've always loved a trackball... makes things so much easier when you don't have to move your whole arm to move a mouse cursor everywhere. I still have several wired trackball mice, but I needed something wireless with a scroll feature. Well... this works great as a trackball, but the scroll feature really sucks. You barely even move your finger near the outer touch sensitive ring and you're zooming or scrolling on whatever page or program you're using. And downloading the driver app for it has no option for setting the sensitivity of it at all. If they added a feature to the app that allowed you to turn down the sensitivity or turn it off completely it would have been so much better. It's great for just normal operation, but trust me, the scroll pad along the outside edge of the ball is a seriously bad idea! I could only give it 3 stars. The battery life is good, the mouse control is great, but that scroll area really knocked it down a few pegs for me!3Just not worth it...When I got this, it took some getting used to. The whole point of a trackball (besides not needing any surface area) is its ergonomics, but the button placement on this trackball is off just enough that my hands get tired after daily use. Like anything with rollers you have to pop the ball out and clean the lint off about once a week to keep it moving smoothly, unfortunately after a few months of this the entire top containing the electronics decided to pop off and I lost 1 of the (tiny itty bitty) rollers which made moving smoothly incredibly frustrating. Upon the second time the top popped off (there is nothing securing the top down!) I lost another roller on the opposite side. This surprisingly made it work BETTER than with just one missing, I assume because there is no equal resistance on both sides (but still crappier than when both were still installed). The pieces are so small that they will be immediately lost even in the shortest carpeting, about the size of a grain of rice.I can't recommend this device to anyone based on its form factor or durability. The touch sensors for scrolling are ... adequate but I wish it supported at least 2 finger multitouch since there is a sensor on either side of the track ball.All in all... this device has turned me off entirely from Kensington products. I'd order a logitch or microsoft trackball if they made a finger touch instead of a thumb one. I've decided wireless is not worth it and am ordering the Logitech marble mouse instead. I'll miss the mouse scrolling...but I'm pretty sure I can assign one of those buttons as a scroll lock and then use the trackball itself. Problem solved.Cannot recomment...but its still working now despite falling apart so I can't mark it 1 star.The seller was very good though, i got the product in record time.2Not recommendedI have used track balls for many years, but they were all the Logitech brand and were wired. I thought I would try this wireless one with my laptop. The ergonomics are not good and the ball is very difficult to move with any precision at all. I am not talking about doing graphic work here, I mean you cannot even get the cursor onto the navigation scroll bars with any repeatable accuracy. I got this because my wrist was beginning to hurt using the touch pad, but I believe over time, this Kensington K72352 mouse will end up doing damage to my index finger due to the difficulty of trying to get the cursor positioned accurately. I HIGHLY recommend that anyone interested in this mouse that you keep your packaging so you can easily return it. Better yet, I suggest you don't purchase this product and look at better alternatives.1Doesn't work - replacement was even worseI was looking for a trackball that had a scroll wheel like the wired Kensington trackball. Although this was large, it looked like it would be useful.It was a pain to use. I didn't mind the size at first, but I could never get Bluetooth to work on this or its warranty replacement. The ball was not designed to stay in when the trackball was tilted or inverted, and, in variably, I wound up looking for the ball after it dropped out.Worse still, the damned thing stopped working a few months after I got it.Kensington sent a replacement -- and THIS ONE had a big gouge in the ball. I used the ball from the original. Bluetooth never worked. Each trackball required its own, paired USB transmitter. It would have been much easier if Kensington used a USB device that could be easily paired to all its wireless devices (like Logitech does).I stopped using this large, heavy hunk of trackball for a few months, getting used to a Logitech wireless trackball, and when I returned to this Kensington, changed the batteries, and tried to use it, it would no longer work.I don't want to mess with Kensington again - they'd possibly still replace this under warranty, but with WHAT? Another one of these with another gouge in the ball and a three month lifespan?If I was still a reviewer for magazines, I'd give this one an appropriately low rating.1
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