Kensington Orbit Wireless Mobile Trackball - Ratón (Bluetooth, Oficina, Trackball, Negro, Ambidextro, USB)
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Descripción del producto
Color del producto: Negro
Conectar y usar (Plug and Play): Si
Factor de forma: Ambidextro
Frecuencia de banda: 2.4
Interfaz de receptor inalámbrico: USB
Interfaz del dispositivo: Bluetooth
Receptor incluido: Si
Rueda de desplazamiento: No
Sistemas operativos compatibles: Windows 7, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Mac OS X
Software incluido: TrackballWorks
Tecnología de detección de movimientos: Trackball
Utilizar con: Oficina
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One of my criteria was that the trackball device be wireless and fairly small. There are other kensington products that are great but they are slightly larger and not wireless. There is an orbit in this category. I was tempted but really don't want a larger, corded device to stick in my bag.
I tested the logitech m570 first, it was pretty good. But I could not get used to the logitech's ball being on the side and having to use my thumb to move it. I have used my fingers too long moving trackballs around I guess, I could not get the precision i needed using my thumb. It was fine for general surfing but when I need to manipulate an architecture document with multiple layers, hundreds of elements, no dice.
Good center, top ball placement. That's where it needs to be on a trackball.
The device is just the right size for portable use, it works well in a confined, small space.
You can program clicking both buttons together (i use it for a command+click on OSX).
Seems like good construction, simple, elegant design.
Good software, easy to configure. Uses the same software as my other kensington input devices.
I dislike the buttons on the side, but am getting used to it. I would prefer them on the top.
You have to anchor the trackball with your palm or else when you click the left slick you can push the device around. Also takes getting used to. You hold it like a mouse but you it like a trackball - funky.
The "touch" scroll surfaces take some getting used to. They don't seem very responsive, but I will give it time. Probably the weakest part of the device.
More buttons would be nice.
Aside: It seems like all the latest wireless mouse / trackballs are using their own USB dongle. What's wrong with bluetooth? Did vendors just stop wanting to use it? I dislike having to keep a USB dongle in one of my 2 usb ports. Wouldn't bluetooth be fine for this? Grumble grumble.
- This trackball is a good bit smaller than I initially expected. Granted I was coming from a Kensington Expert Mouse, which is quite large, but this trackball was no larger than an average mouse. Obviously whether this is good or bad depends on individual taste.
- This trackball is light. Again, a matter of personal preference, but I prefer the base to be a little bit heavier to keep it from sliding around my desk. Also, durability is a concern with its lightweight as well. Time will tell.
- The scroll "thing". I'm all for trying something new, but this thing is touchy. Again, coming from the Expert Mouse I may be a little spoiled on the scroll ring, but given the size difference something similar would have been difficult to implement.
-- It only has two mouse buttons. I didn't think they made mouses/trackballs without forward and back buttons anymore. A little thing, sure, but since most time on computers is usually spent browsing the web, it is a bit of an annoyance. I would have rather had a more basic scroll wheel and the extra buttons. but I knew what I was getting when I ordered it.
- Tiny trackball. Again a product of the smaller design and power considerations - it is battery operated after all - it reduces precision compared to a larger ball. This is possibly my single biggest complaint, and again the matter of preference, larger trackballs make it easier to make precise movements as well as quick movements across the desktop thanks to their greater mass and inertia.
And finally, I would like to mention my disappointment in its compatibility with 64-bit operating systems. Currently, the only compatible version of TrackballWorks is an unsigned beta driver. Even following the instructions provided by Kensington, I was unable to get it working and have had to instead use the native Windows drivers. At one point the cursor stopped moving entirely, requiring me to navigate with the keyboard to roll back the driver to the default driver.
Presumably a non-beta version should be out sometime soon, but I still don't understand why they would release a product before the software is ready. It is not as if 64-bit Windows 7 systems are unusually rare. In the meantime I will have to use a third-party mouse control program to offer the same basic controls Trackballworks provides. I feel bad for the person not as computer savvy as myself who buys this trackball and has to deal with that mess.
Software notwithstanding, the Kensington Wireless Orbit Trackball is a nice, functional, wireless trackball that will fit most users needs. It's ambidextrous design does not go unappreciated, either. For someone with very limited mobility and no functional use of their hands such as myself, this simple layout (without all the little finger buttons and thumb trackballs other wireless trackballs all seem to have) is a welcome new addition to the limited selection of trackballs currently on the market.
I have been searching for a replacement to the Microsoft Trackball Explorer. The Explorer is probably one of the most ergonomic, comfortable, and precise trackballs I have ever used. I have 2 left that are functional, but they are approaching 8 years old.
My search had brought me through Logitech's trackballs, but they were not as comfortable and lacked the scrollwheel.
I was turned on to the Kensington Expert Mouse this last year and found it to be very precise, easy to use, but not as comfortable or natural feeling.
I overlooked this 'mouse' for a year. Recently I looked again. I watched a video. It dawned on me: This could be what I was looking for!
For the last couple days I have been using it non-stop. For gaming, I missed having additional buttons to program. This one only has two. (This cost the product 1 star). But, playing on it for nearly 2 hours with no pain had me sold.
It is ergonomic. Your hand rests naturally on top of the mouse and the buttons are at your thumb and ring or pinky finger. The scroll-wheel is responsive and I do think it needs a little tweaking in the settings and some getting used to, but it is much more comfortable than the ribbed scroll-wheel of the Expert Mouse (which I am also fond of).
I would like to see the return of the Microsoft Trackball Explorer -- it is still champion. But for travel and as a plausible alternative, this one is the only thing that has come close. I am pleased with this purchase.
* 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.
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.
* 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.
I have used trackballs for years now for graphics processing, software development and general web browsing. I've found the Logitech Marble Mouse the best as I can use it equally well with either hand and with comfort. The problem is that it is not wireless. I tried the Logitech M570 for just over a year before it died on me. It was OK, but It only works with the right hand. I thought I'd try the Kensington as it has a central ball, so I thought I'd be able to use it with either hand.
The placement of the Kensington buttons is way down on the side of the unit. You have to position your fingers well over the buttons and then make a very positive click. It feels uncomfortable enough with the right hand, but with the left your hand feels completely contorted!
I wish Logitech would come out with a wireless version of the marble mouse.
I think the slide scroll feature on the Kensington is great and that worked well.