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Microsoft Trackball Explorer


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  • Supporting Your Hand Naturally
  • Superior Precision and Accuracy
  • It won't wear out
  • Ease of Operation
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BrandMicrosoft
Item Weight454 g
Product Dimensions24 x 22.5 x 7.5 cm
Item model numberD68-00002
  
Additional Information
ASINB00004YV5X
Best Sellers Rank 241,043 in Computers & Accessories (See top 100)
Shipping Weight5 g
Date First Available5 Sep 2000
  
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Microsoft's Trackball Explorer is the first to combine the IntelliEye optical sensor and a unique index finger trackball design. This means that you can control your on-screen pointer, and navigate and perform all your mouse commands without stretching your arm to move around a mouse pad. You'll find a lot more control using your index finger on the trackball. Plus, IntelliEye technology means that there are no moving parts to wear out or clean, so you can enjoy complete care-free driving.

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Tony K T Ng on 10 Dec 2001
I've used MS Intellimouse Trackballs since they were first released. The main reason I chose them is because you manipulate the ball with your index finger and middle finger, which makes it that much more accurate than thumb-trackballs. The addition of a USB interface and optical technology means that the ball no longer gets "gunked" up with dirt, and that the ball is even more accurate, albeit a tad over-sensitive on first use.
The left/right buttons are in pretty much the same place, which is great. I found the wheel being between these two buttons a bit dubious, but it's a good position for working, but not for games (Yes, I play FPS games with my trackball as well).
The Explorer buttons are a welcome addition, as I have used regular Intellimouse Explorer's before and found that the Back/Forward buttons extremely useful. However, a slight annoying occurrence that happens, is that if my ring finger twitches ever so slightly, then my browser will go back one page.
However, all the buttons are in great places and it is shaped to fit your hand brilliantly. A must buy for all those tired of their Intellimouse Trackballs getting unresponsive with dirt.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By C. Sculpher on 2 Feb 2004
Years of mouse-time had rendered my wrists painful and weak (first the left one - resulting in surgery - and increasingly the other) but then a chance comment from a chum bought the TRACKBALL EXPLORER to my attention. SO ergonomic. SO easy to setup. SO cheap! (compared to other 'ergonomic' alternatives) And it looks pretty cool too. BEWARE left-handed users - this item can ONLY be used with the right hand - so if, like me - you're a lefty and you've learnt to type one handed and right-mouse with the other - good for you - if not - look elsewhere. STILL - 5 out of 5 for a great sturdy product that does exactly what it sets out to - makes computing (and specifically surfing) a comfortable and pleasurable expeience. Recommended (as if you hadn't alreadsy guessed!!)
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 6 Nov 2001
When I started work as a CAD technician I began with a basic mouse (like most stubborn people, I could see no reason to change as the PC package came with one supplied) and this mouse remained on my desk for two years. However, during one of our monthly CAD meetings, it was revealed that several colleagues had wrist fatigue and aching fingers. In response we trialed five different ointing devices, I was the guinea pig for the Microsoft Trackball Explorer.
On first appearance, it's a bit easy to be put off by the sudden increase in buttons. Like many people I think less buttons must make it easier (after all, who really understands what every button means on their VCR?) and the Trackball was an ugly beast of a mouse in comparison to the sleek traditional lines of the basic mouse.
Although I was never victim to Wrist fatigue, there was a significant difference in the way I held the mouse. My thumb was more involved in the process, and my fingers had to learn to be more agile. There is also a distict art to handling the on-screen cursor as it seems to shoot from left to right with the smallest of touches.
Initial concerns were also evident as I installed the mouse (Install a mouse? Not in my day sonny) which seemed a labourious task that somehow took 30MB on the hard-drive. This was however, as i later discovered, the second lowest installation size out of the five.
Having to use icons all day also makes you aware of how hard you have to click the mouse buttons (which curiously enough were placed very naturally, and seemed to fit my hand extremely well). In comparison, the mouse buttons needed a good old fasioned "click-up-the-wotsit" before it started to get comfortable. After the second week however it seemed to press and de-press with a something resembling ease.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. Crawford VINE VOICE on 17 Jun 2004
I'm a right-handed finger-trackball user. That basically means the actual trackball needs to be offset to the right of the device (unlike thumb trackball's that are strangely enough on the left...) Logitech used to make a great product called the Trackman Marble FX.. Suited me down to the ground... However, times change and Logitech's current trackball range is attempting to be everything for everyone; but not for me. This Microsoft trackball however is a quality replacement for the Logitech. I have a few niggles with it - the thumbwheel is a little too far back for me, and its too easy to click the thumbwheel button. But apart from that I'm happy to use this device all day.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 20 May 2005
Having suffered Carpal Tunnel Syndrome from using a mouse for years I tried Logitech's Trackman FX. It is good but the main button has to be hit with the side of your thumb which caused me new pains. Also, many of the other buttons are so small or narrow that they get uncomfortable when you are hammering them all day long (more pain!).
Anyway, the Trackball Explorer is perfect. The buttons are big and flat, you strike them in a natural way and the ball is perfecly placed. Cannot recommend it highly enough.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Steve on 11 April 2003
MS Trackball Explorer claims to be an ergonomic pointing device, but a desktop trackball will always be a pain in the shoulder if you use it for too long. I don't believe it is truly ergonomic. You need to get used to it, and learn to keep a very relaxed arm and shoulder while using it. If possible, I think it might be best to have two available pointing devices, and I'm thinking of trying this, and alternating with a hand-held pointing device, as long as the drivers for two devices don't conflict.
Trackball Explorer has excellent responsiveness to the ball, best set at Half speed and High acceleration, and manipulated with two fingers. The wheel and four buttons have a very useful range of re-assignable functions, including Forward and Back browsing. One button is a bit too easy to hit by mistake when you are moving your hand across the desk, and that's a learning experience if you have it set as Back, and you're in the middle of a web form!
Overall, it is good value and very useful. However, for intensive computer use, perhaps you might need to use it alongside a different type of pointer, in order to avoid over-use injuries.
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