• 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Simple and Effective to Use

    • Written by from Woodland Hills

    As far as trackballs go, there are better models out there. I myself prefer both the Kensington Expert Mouse and the Logitech M570. However, the TrackMan Marble has two things going for it: it's inexpensive (usually going for $29) and very, very simple to use.

    It fits both the right and left hand. It has a large trackball and four buttons total. The two larger buttons are your clicking and contextual clicking buttons, and the two smaller buttons function as up and down scrollers. That's it. While the buttons are programmable (mainly for swapping between right and left hand users), the simplicity is the key here. This trackball will function well for years to come.

    If you want a trackball with a bit more functionality, such as more programmable buttons, a scrolling ring, etc, look into the Kensington Expert Mouse. If you want something that's a bit more comfortable but catered to right hand users, consider the Logitech M570.

    2 of 2 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Awesome

    • Written by from Allen

    It took a little while to get used to it, but now my hand doesn't ache at the end of the day. The only drawback is the lack of a dedicated scroll wheel, which just means I have to click on the scroll bar and roll the trackball up and down. A bit of an inconvenience, but a small cost to pay to not have an aching hand at the end of the work day.

    14 of 15 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    One of the best mice available

    • Written by from Pacifica

    I have owned several of these over the past five years, for both home and office. These are dependable and work well (each has lasted more than 2 years). They take a beating and keep working. Only reason I did not give 5 stars is because it is not wireless. Not a fault of the Marble Trackball, just that a cordless version would be better (c'mon Logitech). Also, can't beat it for the price.

    4 of 4 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Just got my "rat"; now testing it

    • Written by from Lomita

    I just got this rat (it's too big to be a mouse, and looks very rat-like in size and shape), and tho it's taking a bit of getting used to, so far I like it better than my old Mighty Mouse, which recently stopped working, and needed to be replaced.
    I find it really comfortable, and it's a lot easier on my hand and wrist, especially for prolonged periods. I have big hands, so it feels just right for me. I also like the customizability of the button functions. I just wish I could customize the trackball itself, and enable it to scroll with it like I did with my old MM.
    Logitech needs to add some sort of scrolling function for the trackball so you can scroll in any direction, like on the MM. That was the one thing about the MM that I really liked. The smaller "cruise" buttons are meant to replace the scroll wheel, but I find them very counter-intuitive, and I keep wanting to scroll with the trackball, but I can't, so I have to use those two buttons. I would rather have either a small scroll/tilt wheel or a mini-trackball somewhere on the rat, preferably up front near the big red ball, where my fingers can easily get to it. Either that, or somehow enable the big trackball itself to scroll, which would be a lot more intuitive and easier to get used to, I feel.
    Software installation was no problem at all; it was very easy and straightforward. One caveat, tho: During the installation, it tells you to go to Logitech's website and download the latest version of their software, which, by the way, now supports 10.6 Snow Leopard. So if you have Snow Leopard, go ahead and make sure you download the latest version of it, and you should have no problems with it.
    So, despite the "cruise buttons," so far I'm generally very happy with my "rat" and am now testing it to see whether I want to keep it or take it back. I'm tentatively giving it 4 stars for now, and will write an update when I've finally come to a decision on it.
    Later...

    5 of 6 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    It should be called a rat instead of a mouse :)

    • Written by from Long Beach

    I was surprised by the size of this mouse (double of what I am used to) when it arrived but it works like a dream. It was easy to configure and the fact that it stays put and the ball and the multiple clicks get you where you need to go effortlessly, is a plus. I would definitely recommend this product.

    1 of 1 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    What a huge red trackball!

    • Written by from Cherry Hill

    Takes a little getting use to. The only thing I don't like about this mouse is that you cannot set the big red ball to "click." Reason why I rate just "4" out of "5" stars.

    Otherwise, a wonderful mouse.

    3 of 6 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Only Bluetooth could make it better

    • Written by from Bristow

    I have tried many track balls over the years, since they first came out. This trackball, by far, has been the best overall experience of all of them. I play games once in a while but mostly write emails, develop databases, develop code, etc. I have 3 of these, one for work, one for desk and one for my son. Great bang for the buck and the only improvement I could recommend would be wireless via bluetooth (not a proprietary thing that requires drivers and a USB receiver)

    18 of 21 people found this useful