Please make sure that you are posting in the form of a question. I really hate to give this nicely built trackball a 2 star rating, but if the Mac-compatible programming software doesn’t pop and work after being advertised that it will, it really detracts from the device’s usefulness. Waaay down in the comments the oldest one at the “bottom” should be a link to the Elecom software download page and the English PDF manual. I downloaded it several times and it would never recognize that the mouse was connected. Very reminiscent of a certain trackball explorer that is 3 times the price as this mouse. All reviewers Verified purchase only All reviewers All stars 5 star only 4 star only 3 star only 2 star only 1 star only All positive All critical All stars All formats Style: Some sequencers have an accelerator option included within the software but this means that you have to get used to a decidedly sluggish mouse when you quit this program.

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One person found this helpful. Every now and then, for mracus apparent reason, the cursor moves of its own accord on-screen. The ball is fairly large and extremely smooth in operation.

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Taking this trackball out of the box and attempting to move the ball is likely to fail dismally – that is, until you turn off the lock on the bottom of the unit which is intended to prevent damage in transit. This means that instead of having to hold down the left switch when drawing controller curves or filling in a MIDI note grid, you simply press the bottom switch once.

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You can send us a note about this article, or let us know of a problem – select the type from the menu above. As they say, it’s good – but not that good. In fact, I bought one.

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I will try adding possible links as a “comment” later as this review is too long as it is. This is because you tend to lean your hand on the right-hand side of the casing and so the right switch is nearest to you. It could be argued that the mouse has completely changed our computer working methods – indeed with many of today’s programs, the only real reason to use the computer keyboard is to input names where required.

These are positioned on the sides so that the palm of your hand rests on the unit, your first finger on the ball and your thumb and second finger on the two switches. In addition, the switches on this trackball are fairly unresponsive; consequently, it is heavy going if you’re having to double-click a lot.

It has a lot of good things going for it; it’s a great size, the ball rolls great, all the inputs are a huge improvement over the Deft, BUT the ergonomics on this thing are terrible.

There’s a very good reason why no-one makes these anymore, they’re crap.

Amazon Music Stream millions of songs. Once your thumb gets a little sticky, double-clicking on the left-hand button becomes difficult. Get to Know Us. Perfect replacement for the Microsoft Trackball explorer! Would assume one needs at least version 5.

Haven’t tried the Elecom software yet myself not using the F1-F3 buttons. Couple this with the fact that far less dirt gets into a trackball and you have a recipe for a much longer life. It works and I love track balls, trouble is I need to unplug tackball re-plug the wireless adapter every time the computer reboots.

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I think it would have been better to put the left button on top where Fn1 and Fn2 are, and place Fn1 and Fn2 either on the far right, or where the left button is. The aforementioned ball is smooth but quite noisy.

Am going to mess with it a bit over the next few weeks to see which angle works best. I used one of these for about nine months with a mouse accelerator because it really is too sluggish without one.

The three buttons are positioned towards the bottom of the unit, so requiring a space to be left behind for the heel of-your hand. Generally, using tape head cleaner or isopropyl alcohol once a week or so will keep the rollers clean.

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Atari no longer stock these but most shops have a few left. This unit has a nice positive “click action” with good quality micro switches, although they are a little difficult to operate with your thumb as the switches move in and out of the casing.

Everything I was looking for. Plenty of customization options to work with. The feel is most reassuring and very accurate – it is very difficult to get it to skate. The first has to be cost.