Logitech Control Center also lacks a pointer-acceleration slider, so moving the cursor around multiple monitors or high-resolution displays is harder. The MX Ergo has eight programmable buttons—twice as many as the Expert Mouse, and three more than the M—and one non-programmable button on top to switch between paired computers. During this research, I laid hands on almost every available trackball. If the MX Ergo is too expensive, or if you want the cheapest good introduction to the world of trackballs, get the Logitech M Wireless Trackball. Longer warranties are nice but not required.

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Adjustable speed The M now sports an adjustable laser sensor, giving you a wider range of cursor speeds—and the perfect amount of control. Kensington Expert Mouse Budget finger-operated trackball: But the scroll ring felt gritty when we turned it, as if two pieces of metal were skimming across each other.

The Kensington Expert Mouse Wired Trackball is nearly identical to our finger-operated pick, the wireless Expert Mouse, aside from its wired connection and different colors.

The ball even stays in place when you turn it upside down. You can connect the MX Mous to two computers simultaneously via Bluetooth or a Logitech Unifying dongle; using a button on top of the MX Ergo, you can swap between the computers. Presenters Spotlight All Presenters.

Using the Kensington Expert Mouse, you can move a cursor across a 4K monitor with a small swipe, but on the MX Ergo it takes a couple rpllerball turns of the ball, even if you have the pointer speed set to maximum.

We looked for the same amount of buttons as we do on wireless mice —a trackball should have at least right- and left-click buttons, but we preferred models with at least two additional buttons for back and forward. Similar to the MX Ergo, the M is made of molded plastic with a small divot for a pinky to rest on.


Finger-operated trackballs place the ball in the center, so you can use them right- or left-handed.

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Like every other trackball we tested, the MX Ergo lacks fast scrolling. If you opt for a wireless trackball, you can miuse at least four to six months of battery life. Subscribe to our daily deals newsletter Subscribe to our daily deals newsletter.

We found the following features to be the most important in our research and testing: You get the reliability of a cord with cordless convenience and freedom—fast data transmission and virtually no delays or dropouts. You get precise cursor control wherever you want to use your trackball.

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A trackball should rotate smoothly, without gritty-feeling friction. The MX Ergo comes with a magnetic metal stand that allows you to keep it flat or angle the device at 20 degrees; I found this upright angle more comfortable, but the MX Ergo works perfectly well in either position, so you should be able to find a good neutral position for your setup. Before joining Wirecutter, I spent six years at Lifehacker writing about technology.

The M comes with a three-year warranty. Work—and play—anywhere You get precise cursor control wherever you want to use your trackball. Learn more about cookies including how to disable them.

Wireless freedom Who wants a cord in the way? Rozette Rago Thumb-operated trackballs are usually right-handed only, but other than the trackball itself, they work just like traditional mice.


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You can also set up a keystroke to initiate a precision mode that slows down the cursor, and customize button behavior per application. Super powered With up to 18 months of use from a single AA, you might just forget your trackball uses batteries at all. Cornell ergonomicist Alan Hedge pointed out to us that a trackball is most useful if it helps you keep your hand in the correct position: The Expert Mouse has a power switch on the bottom but also turns itself off automatically after inactivity to save battery life.

During this research, I laid hands on almost every available trackball. All-day comfort Work in comfort with a stable, sculpted trackball that supports your hand and lets you rest your arm. Easy to clean Should you need to clean your trackball, removing the ball is a snap.

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With this smaller ball you need to put in more effort to move the cursor across the screen: We also found trackballs more precise than trackpads and more usable for design work or anything else that required accuracy.

If you need to make small movements, this model has a button on the side to toggle precision mode, but I never used it and ended up reprogramming it.

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