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5.0 out of 5 stars The Standard Mouse is a Disaster - The Marble is Wonderful, 27 Dec. 2009
This review is from: Logitech USB Marble Mouse (Accessory)
There are FOUR reasons why the Marble Mouse kicks the standard mouse into the bin. First, when you need to make fine and accurate movements (like when using a pen) you need to use your fingers - the standard mouse forces us to use the wrist (one of the causes of RSI), or even your arm. With the Marble you can use fingers for fine movement and you can also flick and whizz the ball for those long cursor movements. Second, while the standard mouse needs a mouse pad or a desk area in which to move, the Marble Mouse does not move - find a comfortable location for it (left or right side) and leave it there. Third, the Marble, unlike the standard mouse, does not wear out and can be cleaned easily. To clean it just pull the marble out, wipe the three marble points, put the marble back and your done. I have had my Marble Mouse for six years and it is still works like new! Fourth, when you click with a standard mouse you need to use fully extended middle fingers, whereas with the Marble you use curved fourth finger and thumb - this is important because according to the lever principle it puts less strain on the tendons and muscles. All of these may seem minor points but when you are making 100s of mouse movements a day it affects your hand and wrist. Do you have a niggling ache in your wrist (?) - its probably due to the standard mouse. The only slight downside to the Marble is that it will take you a few days to get used to it. But once you get the hang of it, the standard mouse will get the boot! Happy Marble Mousing.
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Initial post: 15 Apr 2011 17:05:20 BDT
Last edited by the author on 15 Apr 2011 17:06:24 BDT
Millie says:
I have been using Logitec marble mouse for years and have nothing but praise for it. Its the best mouse I have ever used very easy on the hand doesnt cause any strain or discomfort . I would definatly recomend it . great product.

Posted on 20 Oct 2012 22:55:04 BDT
Craig H says:
What an excellent review, one of the best I've seen on Amazon. Most helpful, well done.

Posted on 31 Jan 2013 10:10:19 GMT
Last edited by the author on 31 Jan 2013 10:11:07 GMT
While this is great quality trackball of no doubt, I am posting this comment as person who extensively tested both Logitech trackballs and variety of mice for extended amount of time, as this "best review" appear to contain some questionable points.

a) "the standard mouse forces us to use the wrist". Wrong. You can move a mouse both by using only fingers (for precise motion) or using whole wrist swing (for quick motion). At least with smaller/ligher mice like Logitech MX Anywhere you definitely can ("palming" vs "fingering" to hold). With trackball you only can use fingers - so either have to set sensitivity to high and will have trouble with precise pointing, or set sensitivity to low and will be slow with quick movements.
b) "the Marble, unlike the standard mouse, does not wear out and can be cleaned easily". Vast majority of mice are optical nowadays - the only thing that may require very rare cleaning (an may wear out in several years) are the mouse "feet". Trackball, on the other hand, always require much more regular cleaning of the rollers - since it always picks some dirt from your fingers (even when actual ball uses optical tracking). If you don't clean it, ball motion becomes not smooth.
c) "when you click with a standard mouse you need to use fully extended middle fingers". This is personal preference, because I have always clicked left with my index(2nd) finger and right with my middle(3rd) finger, and neither they are "fully extended" - my fingers are always curved over the mouse, mainly because I use aforementioned finger motion for precise movement

The thing where trackballs get unquestionable advantage is the space requirement, also you can use them virtually anywhere - even on couch or your knee (if wireless).

Posted on 15 Apr 2013 09:36:08 BDT
seoras says:
And what about the absence of a scrolling wheel? That concerns me as it would seem to add more work in moving the pointer to the scrollbars, scrolling down or up, then back to where you were.

In reply to an earlier post on 22 Nov 2013 02:22:42 GMT
I just noticed that after installing the SetPoint software, you can simulate scroll by pressing the smaller right-click button and then scrolling. It's equvialent to pressing the middle button on a normal mouse and then moving it.
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