• 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.

    73 of 78 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!!!!!!!

    69 of 76 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.

    51 of 53 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.

    16 of 16 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)

    19 of 22 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Great .. for a while

    • Written by from Los Angeles

    I've bought three of these trackballs. Logitech's is by far the best - UNTIL - something causes the ball itself to roll irregularly and in herky jerky motions. I've use compressed air, wiped out the cavity that holds the ball, washed the ball. And nothing restores its smoothness.

    Perhaps I've overlooked some remedy to this problem.

    17 of 21 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

  • 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

    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

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Okay Mouse

    • Written by from Plymouth

    I tried this mouse out for a couple of days and a few things you need to be aware of. The tracking of the mouse through bluetooth is a little slow to respond. You will find yourself moving the mouse more than normal no matter how you change your settings. I ignored this when reading the reviews hoping that it wasn't as bad as they made it out to be, but it isn't that bad but can be annoying. The features to the mouse are very nice!!!, however I found the two finger moves were rather difficult to do. It is also small. If you have larger hands, it can feel cramped after long periods of use. If there was a bigger mouse with more response it would be an absolute 5 in my book. The only reason I returned it was for those two reasons only.

    15 of 21 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.)

    7 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

    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

  • 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.

    5 of 5 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!

    5 of 5 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...

    6 of 7 people found this useful

  • 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.

    4 of 4 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.

    6 of 8 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.

    3 of 3 people found this useful

  • 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.

    2 of 2 people found this useful