Even today it can be an advantage to save a USB port on some systems. You can lay this trackball on a desk and roll the ball with your fingers, or you can hold it in your hand and roll the ball with your thumb. This TrackMan was reasonably comfortable to use, but the fixed wrist rest was not really appreciated by everyone. I think every one of these trackballs had some interesting or unique new feature – that was generally the reason that I bought them. I believe that this was the first to use Logitech’s Marble optical sensing technology.

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One of its few flaws was that click-and-drag pretty much required two hands. Logitech TrackMan Voyager – In some ways this was the next generation of the Thumbelina, because you could easily hold it in your hand and roll the ball with your thumb. Thanks for your feedback, it helps us improve the logiitech.

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There is one significant disadvantage of this button behavior, though. I’ve been waiting a long time for a new trackball from Logitech.

The Microsoft Trackball Explorer might have been an option, but it seems loitech be impossible to get nowadays.

Overall it is a pretty nice trackball, and I still use it from time to time when I need to grab one quickly for something, such as when the Logitech Unifying receiver isn’t recognized properly.


The views or opinions expressed by visitors on this blog are theirs solely and may not reflect mine. I recall seeing a huge table listing compatibility trackmxn devices and receivers once.

I have the same question I’m going to try it out and see how easy it is to assemble and use.

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You will need to either revert to the Windows XP operating system or search any other replacement product. The ball on top then ttrackman as a trackball, and there is a little cover that you can slide closed over the mouse optical sensor on the bottom. That third button made all the difference in the world to the usability of the Thumbelina, because trying to click-and-drag in any other way, trwckman just the two basic buttons, was nearly impossible. You scavenged a common USB trackman for parts.

Then comes the surprise.


I think every one of these trackballs had some interesting or unique new feature – that was generally the reason that I bought them. The cursor movement was jumpy and imprecise, and cursor speed was much too low.

I’d like to map the 4 buttons in a very specfic way, but I don’t really understand what I’ve been reading. Hands-on with the Pi-Desktop kit This kit promises to turn your Pi into a functional desktop computer. Input Device Connectivity Technology. It also has a hole in the body so the ball can be moved with your thumb, although with the new button arrangement it is even more difficult to do that without accidentally hitting a button.


Hi Logirech, thanks for your reply! It’s the best investment I’ve made so far with no doubt what so ever!! Bookmarks Bookmarks Digg del. Because it is sending the same events as logitfch left button mouse button 1it is not possible to remap that drag-lock button to make it a middle button.

And I don’t like using regular mice on my desktop, either! Interface Required Connector Type. So much great stuff, so little money required. When they are clicked, on Linux they actually generate two sets of button events – scroll logjtech generates events for buttons 4 and 11, and scroll up generates buttons 5 and So I decided to write a review of the trackballs I have known and mostly loved.

You tarckman wonder about the 8 mouse buttons, as the device only has four physical buttons. I believe that the original Thumbelina also came with a bit of stick-on velcro that you were supposed to use to attach it to your laptop. Hands-on with the Pi-Desktop kit. I put a K keyboard and an M trackball paired to one Unifying receiver at home, and the same setup plus an M Touch Mouse on the desk at my day job.