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The Marmite Trackball,
This review is from: Kensington Orbit Wireless Mobile Trackball Mouse - Black (Accessory)
Seems you either love or you hate this little chappie. After long since used the good old wired Logitech Marble Mouse and loving it at that time, I decided I fancied moving back to a trackball style mouse as I always preferred the method of rolling a ball around rather than swiping around on a mousemat. I wanted another centre located trackball, but I also wanted USB wireless and it surprised me how that narrowed my options down.
Now I read pretty much every review I could find for this one after seeing it and taking a liking to the design in the shop. Amazon US has loads more reviews but are just about as conflicting as the few found here, some rave about it, others criticized it's design and useability.
I've now been using this mouse for about 2 weeks and I've grown to really like it, it's true you really need to instal the TracballWorks software and tinker settings a little to get the best from it. I had some problems installing the software on Windows 7 64bit, but after nearly tearing my hair out I discovered it was simply a my AVG firewall blocking a cookie and that was stopping the instal. Once installed I adjusted the page scroll sliders to be more sensitive, and also inertial scroll which basically allows a fast swipe of the surface to keep an upwards/downwards page momentum scroll, a bit like spinning a disc. To stop the scroll early you can simply tap the touch area again to stop it, very nice IMO and I do find the touch scroll system responsive and pleasant to use unlike some reviewers have mentioned. I also chose clicking both left and right together to act as "back" for web browsing which caters for all my instant clicky needs.
As for the device itself, I personally think it looks great, it isn't the fingerprint magnet others have made it out to be and was pleasantly surprised for this as prepared myself for compromise here and it is one of my pet hates. Just looked at it now and can't even notice any prints on it without studying it and haven't bothered cleaning it since new. It fits nicely with my large hands, and the ball rolls lovely and smoothly while not being too loose. The micro USB adapter is a bonus but not something I was too bothered about as I'm a desktop user anyway, but great for those using laptops.
If I can find one negative so far, but this is really being picky, it's that the buttons are quite noisy with the clicks. If you've been using a nice silent mouse then this might sound a little like a mouse of the 80's at first :-) Doesn't bother me TBH but thought it might be worth mentioning.
So there we go, will you love or hate this trackball? You'll just have to try it for yourself and see how you get on as I don't think these reviews will really answer that question for you.