• 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great if you have cats and dust

    • Written by from Richmond

    Previous trackballs were so hard to clean (lots of dust, kitty dander, kitty hairs in office), I was always chasing springs and struggling to open them. But this marble trackball has been SO easy - just lift up the ball and clear out the accumulated crud (especially if it acts wonky). Usually the problem is a wad of crud easily lifted out, takes a lot to affect them. I've used them for many years, always keep a stock in case a usually feline-related incident is the last straw. It survives frequent dangling down from the desk with trackball rolling somewhere else on floor for a long time before dying, though. Hope they always offer it and always upgrade drivers as needed. They last a lot longer than my poor keyboards. Self-stick velcro can help protect against busy paws for trackballs or keyboards (or anything) in a fixed position.

    1 of 1 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Those who have problems READ ME.

    • Written by from Little Rock

    I refuse to push a "rock" around my desk to get a cursor to move. I have used this exact style trackball for about 12 years now. The only time I had to replace one was when I just wore out the left button... and that was after YEARS of use.

    If it stops moving your cursor as expected... Remove the red ball and clean the 3 sensors of your dirty hand gunk that you have allowed to build up. You'll probably need to do this once a month. It takes all of 2 seconds. That's what that hole in the bottom was designed for, to let the gunk fall out.

    If you are freaking out about software, controls for page scrolling, etc. Stop. I have never had a USB based device that had to have software to run this. Maybe an old XP based PC, but never a problem with any Mac.

    If you want to get more control (say a two button click, then scroll) instead of finding the scrollbar and scrolling (as some have mentioned) just search for a piece of software called "keyremap4macbook." It will allow you to adjust everything the way you want. Open it up, and type in scroll. It will get you to what you are looking for.

    This is the BEST trackball EVER. You just need to take care of it. Clean it and search for the software you need.

    2 of 2 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    The best precision device for the Visio addict

    • Written by from Cherry Hill

    I have arthritic hands and almost every other pointing device is painful for me to us. My daily work often includes hours of developing precise diagrams of many kinds in Visio. The Logitech TrackMan Marble Trackball allows me to quickly, precisely, and painlessly develop the most intricate details. I have one at work, one at home, and one in my knapsack. As this device won't work with an iPad, my laptop still comes with me any place where I need to do more than note taking. This is a long-lasting and wonderful product. (I just wish Logitech would develop a Bluetooth version so it would also work with an iPad.)

    5 of 5 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Best I have EVER used!

    • Written by from Bixby

    I stumbled upon this unique device may years ago and have had 2 different models. Either one could easily be considered the best 'comfort' device I have ever used.
    No more worrying about whether or not the table is dusty or that little ball inside the normal mice needs cleaning or wondering how to get to it to clean it so you can at least make some progress. This ball pops right out, is easy to handle both literally and for the task at hand!
    If you are suffering from arthritis for example, I'm not though lot of us are, this mouse sits in place and does all your function sitting still!
    I wouldn't pay money for any other kind!

    9 of 9 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Mac compatible?

    • Written by from Ependes

    Bronx: The US and GB Logitech sites say "compatible with 10.4 and later".
    You can't blame Apple if 10.6 is not supported.
    Maybe the CD you got was made 1-2 years ago and you need to download the new drivers.
    This is rather strange as HID drivers are written only once as the kernel (OSX use "Mach" say me if I'm wrong) doesn't really change a lot over time...

    3 of 11 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Love it!!!

    • Written by from Broken Arrow

    When I use my computer for prolonged periods, a trackball mouse is definitely much easier and comfortable. I started using trackball mice about 8 or 9 years ago, I must have been about 19 years old, now I can't use anything else.

    5 of 5 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Best Mouse Ever

    • Written by from Newark

    I've been using this for about 10 years - first one was purchased when it was known as the marble mouse. Mine has been used with three different computers in that time with no trouble at all. My daughter also uses one for her computer. I have one at home and one in the office. It is reliable, accurate and easy on the wrist and hand.

    5 of 7 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    in responce to "Didn't last three weeks"

    • Written by

    I have had one for a couple years now, and mine does that occasionally. But that is because it was dirty. I just took the ball out, cleaned the little crevice it belongs in and it was all Hunky Dorey :)

    6 of 6 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    5+ years

    • Written by from Winthrop

    I love it so much I bought 2.

    2 of 4 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    One cool big mouse....

    • Written by from Columbus

    I have used this mouse for years, back when I used "Sony" desk top, back in the dark ages, (3) years ago. This is one of the best mouse's to use, cleaning it is easy, pop out the big red ball and dust it out and your good to go. Now if they could TEACH Apple how to make a mouse, and scrap the mighty mouse that is one of the worst designs ever, I just re-cycled my mighty mouse last week, At least this mouse, and the scroll wheel will work, unlike the ol" not so, mighty mouse. for the price, this mouse rules!

    4 of 4 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    I own several for my different systems...

    • Written by from tampa

    When it comes to editing, It is the only mouse I use....

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works w/ Snow Leopard for me

    • Written by from Longmont

    Maybe I've been lucky but I have been using this trackball for about two years and had no problems with it even after I upgraded to Snow Leopard.

    2 of 2 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Love it, works great w/ our iMac!

    • Written by from Whittier

    Great trackball, you will not be disappointed. I use a mouse for my laptop and a trackball for the desktop (two screens) because it saves my wrist having to track the mouse all over the place on two large LCDs.

    You move your fingers rather than your whole arm/wrist/hand when moving the pointer--certainly a lot more ergo-friendly than trying to manage lots of screen real estate w/ a mouse. I'll never go back to a mouse, it's just so much better w/ a trackball.

    2 of 3 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great trackball

    • Written by from Kalamazoo

    I have ben using this for a couple of years now and love it. No problems at all. If you get one you will not regret it. I just wish logitech would make it in a wireless bluetooth model.

    2 of 2 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Can't believe it took me so long!

    • Written by from Melbourne

    I use my Mac for work - on average 8-10 hrs each day. For the past couple of years I have been jumping from one mouse to the next (and I have tried a lot of different mice) in the hope of relieving the pain I've been getting in my forearm, wrist and fingers.

    I tried cheap mice, expensive mice, simple and fancy mice but each one had its own particular flaws (ergonomically or functionally).

    I came across a forum discussion quite by accident where the banter was about the Trackman Marble. I had never ever considered a trackball before (admittedly, I thought they were all big, prehistoric looking things) but the look of this thing was something I just had to explore further.

    Upon checking out several different reviews - most of which gave the TrackMan Marble a glowing report - I thought what the heck, it's relatively cheap considering some of the disasters I'd purchased in the past, I'll go get me one.

    All I can say is WOW!

    Apart from this thing looking like something out of Star Trek (yes, I'm a fan) - the feel of it in my hand is excellent. The ball is very smooth to move around and the buttons click with a reassuring 'click' that implies a quality build.

    It does take some getting use to, but in the few days I've been using this I have become quite proficient.

    I never thought I'd find a trackball so satisfying to use as this. I highly recommend it.

    15 of 15 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Mouse

    • Written by from Bronx

    I use to use this mouse at my old job designing graphic arts, and custom signs in 2005, and I thought this mouse was amazing then. Now I final found another Logitech trackman at the apple store online, for everywhere else kept sending me a refund, because no one seems to have this mouse in stock. No more moving my arm around in circles like I am scary. By far this is the best mouse out there right now, and it is so difficult to get it online or in stores anywhere. I think it is being discontinue.

    49 of 51 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    By any name, it's mightier than the mouse

    • Written by from Rialto

    Originally called the Logitech Marble Mouse Trackball, the TrackMan Marble Trackball is the superior alternative to the mouse. Unlike a mouse, it sits in one place and your fingers use that big burgundy ball to move the pointer. Your thumb does the clicking and once you get accustomed to it, using a mouse will seen quaint and clunky.

    Long before the optical mouse rose to fame, Logitech was already employing optical technology in the TrackMan Marble and its siblings. Pop out the ball and you'll find a small rectangular window. Behind that window are an infrared LED and the sensor. Together, they track the movement of the marble's leopard spots. It might not be as sexy as the red glow of a conventional optical mouse but it gets the job done with more precision and comfort. The TrackMan Marble is even ambidextrous, allowing lefties to use it as easily as righties. Oh, and those two tiny buttons near the big buttons? Those take the place of the scroll wheel, allowing you to cruise up and down the screen.

    69 of 74 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    As Good as it gets

    • Written by from Laurel

    You either love trackballs or hate them. This one could be called the gold standard. Uses most of the features of the "mighty mouse", and you don't have to scrape your desk top up. No more back and forth, just a smooth scroll. But, it will take time getting used to.

    14 of 15 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    GOOD

    • Written by from Makawao

    This thing is so nice you wont need to worry about moving the mouse the ball does all the work this is a great mouse!!!!!!!

    66 of 73 people found this useful