Hands-on with the Pi-Desktop kit This kit promises to turn your Pi into a functional desktop computer. System Requirements OS Required. It is a corded trackball, and the wrist rest is a permanent part of the molded body. A normal mouse button click actually produces two events, a button press followed by a button release. So I decided to write a review of the trackballs I have known and mostly loved.

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Oh, and of course the cord is gone, and the bulky cordless receiver as used by the earlier Logitech models has finally been replaced by a nice little nano-dongle receiver.

It has an optical motion sensor on the bottom and a scroll ball on the top. When they are clicked, on Linux they actually generate two sets of button events – scroll down generates events for buttons 4 and 11, and scroll up generates buttons 5 and Gaming Accessories by Lori Grunin Aug 31, Logitech TrackMan Voyager – In some ways this was the next generation of the Thumbelina, because logihech could easily hold it in your hand and roll the ball with your thumb.

At this point it looks like a pretty normal mouse. The trackmna ones I bought were very sturdy and quite heavy, but sometime later I noticed that the new ones were much lighter and had much more of a plastic feel to them. Searchable scanners may be your best friend this tax season Searchable scanners may be your best friend this tax season by Alina Bradford. Kensington Expert Mouse Wireless Trackball – My latest acquisition, and perhaps the one which will dethrone the Logitech Cordless Optical TrackMan as my all-time favorite trackball – it’s just a bit too soon for me to be sure about that.

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The buttons still work exactly as they did in mouse mode. A longtime reader favorite, the VicTsing MM has never been priced this low. I’ve been waiting a long time for a new trackball from Logitech. I spent a lot of time on airplanes in those days, and the combination of the large size of laptop computers and the small size of airline seat fold-down tables meant that there was no room to use a mouse.


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This TrackMan was reasonably comfortable to use, but the fixed wrist rest was not really appreciated by everyone. 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.

Kensington Slimblade Trackball Mouse – This one really is what the name implies, a device which can be used as either a trackball or a mouse. You can always tell the old hard-core Unix guys, because they will do just about anything for a three-button pointing device. A trackball design with a long, broad palm area and gentle curves keeps your hand comfortable and supported all day—whether you use your right or left hand.

I think every one of these trackballs had some interesting or unique new feature – that was generally the reason that I bought them. The voyager has three buttons positioned around the ball.

Hands-On with the PiServer tool. This was the first symmetrical trackball I owned could be used either left- or right-handed I since the Trackman Voyager.

System Requirements OS Required. Oh, and it also came with a draw-string pouch to carry it in, so maybe it mrable does qualify as a “Mobile” trackball.

So in the following descriptions I will include information about what event is sent by each button on them. In addition to the bulk of the ball exposed on the right side of the body, which you moved with your fingers, there was also a hole in the body so that you could move the ball with your thumb, if you were really determined.


It has a plastic cover which protects the ball and buttons when traveling. The smallest of the three, centered above the ball, is the left button, the curved button to the right of the ball is the right button, and the one curved around the left of the ball is the middle button.

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Trackballs that I have known and loved: A history in hardware

The one my partner still uses, which is newer than mine but is still more than 5 years old, is still in good condition, it doesn’t feel funny or shed at all. No results found No results found: My partner still uses one, and I have no doubt that if it ever breaks there will be a major crisis in our house, because Logitech doesn’t make them any more.

I am going to look at adding one, and using it for simple disk storage expansion and for booting the Raspberry Because it tfackman sending the same events as the left button mouse button 1it is not possible to remap that drag-lock button to make it a middle button. That is very unfortunate.

The ball on top then works as a trackball, and there is a little cover that you can lobitech closed over the mouse optical sensor on the bottom.