• 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Just got my "rat"; now testing it

    I just got this rat (it's too big to be a mouse, and looks very rat-like in size and shape), and tho it's taking a bit of getting used to, so far I like it better than my old Mighty Mouse, which recently stopped working, and needed to be replaced.
    I find it really comfortable, and it's a lot easier on my hand and wrist, especially for prolonged periods. I have big hands, so it feels just right for me. I also like the customizability of the button functions. I just wish I could customize the trackball itself, and enable it to scroll with it like I did with my old MM.
    Logitech needs to add some sort of scrolling function for the trackball so you can scroll in any direction, like on the MM. That was the one thing about the MM that I really liked. The smaller "cruise" buttons are meant to replace the scroll wheel, but I find them very counter-intuitive, and I keep wanting to scroll with the trackball, but I can't, so I have to use those two buttons. I would rather have either a small scroll/tilt wheel or a mini-trackball somewhere on the rat, preferably up front near the big red ball, where my fingers can easily get to it. Either that, or somehow enable the big trackball itself to scroll, which would be a lot more intuitive and easier to get used to, I feel.
    Software installation was no problem at all; it was very easy and straightforward. One caveat, tho: During the installation, it tells you to go to Logitech's website and download the latest version of their software, which, by the way, now supports 10.6 Snow Leopard. So if you have Snow Leopard, go ahead and make sure you download the latest version of it, and you should have no problems with it.
    So, despite the "cruise buttons," so far I'm generally very happy with my "rat" and am now testing it to see whether I want to keep it or take it back. I'm tentatively giving it 4 stars for now, and will write an update when I've finally come to a decision on it.
    Later...

    6 of 7 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    I own several for my different systems...

    When it comes to editing, It is the only mouse I use....

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works w/ Snow Leopard for me

    Maybe I've been lucky but I have been using this trackball for about two years and had no problems with it even after I upgraded to Snow Leopard.

    2 of 2 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Love it, works great w/ our iMac!

    Great trackball, you will not be disappointed. I use a mouse for my laptop and a trackball for the desktop (two screens) because it saves my wrist having to track the mouse all over the place on two large LCDs.

    You move your fingers rather than your whole arm/wrist/hand when moving the pointer--certainly a lot more ergo-friendly than trying to manage lots of screen real estate w/ a mouse. I'll never go back to a mouse, it's just so much better w/ a trackball.

    2 of 3 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    OK trackball but...

    This, and other Logitech trackballs, still doesn't support Snow Leopard. And Logitech won't say if, or when, there might be Snow Leopard support.

    So that means awkward tracking, no custom buttons, strange interactions with other companies' input devices (particularly Microsoft mice).

    3 of 8 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great trackball

    I have ben using this for a couple of years now and love it. No problems at all. If you get one you will not regret it. I just wish logitech would make it in a wireless bluetooth model.

    2 of 2 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    It should be called a rat instead of a mouse :)

    I was surprised by the size of this mouse (double of what I am used to) when it arrived but it works like a dream. It was easy to configure and the fact that it stays put and the ball and the multiple clicks get you where you need to go effortlessly, is a plus. I would definitely recommend this product.

    1 of 1 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Can't believe it took me so long!

    I use my Mac for work - on average 8-10 hrs each day. For the past couple of years I have been jumping from one mouse to the next (and I have tried a lot of different mice) in the hope of relieving the pain I've been getting in my forearm, wrist and fingers.

    I tried cheap mice, expensive mice, simple and fancy mice but each one had its own particular flaws (ergonomically or functionally).

    I came across a forum discussion quite by accident where the banter was about the Trackman Marble. I had never ever considered a trackball before (admittedly, I thought they were all big, prehistoric looking things) but the look of this thing was something I just had to explore further.

    Upon checking out several different reviews - most of which gave the TrackMan Marble a glowing report - I thought what the heck, it's relatively cheap considering some of the disasters I'd purchased in the past, I'll go get me one.

    All I can say is WOW!

    Apart from this thing looking like something out of Star Trek (yes, I'm a fan) - the feel of it in my hand is excellent. The ball is very smooth to move around and the buttons click with a reassuring 'click' that implies a quality build.

    It does take some getting use to, but in the few days I've been using this I have become quite proficient.

    I never thought I'd find a trackball so satisfying to use as this. I highly recommend it.

    17 of 17 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    What a huge red trackball!

    Takes a little getting use to. The only thing I don't like about this mouse is that you cannot set the big red ball to "click." Reason why I rate just "4" out of "5" stars.

    Otherwise, a wonderful mouse.

    3 of 6 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Mouse

    I use to use this mouse at my old job designing graphic arts, and custom signs in 2005, and I thought this mouse was amazing then. Now I final found another Logitech trackman at the apple store online, for everywhere else kept sending me a refund, because no one seems to have this mouse in stock. No more moving my arm around in circles like I am scary. By far this is the best mouse out there right now, and it is so difficult to get it online or in stores anywhere. I think it is being discontinue.

    56 of 58 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    By any name, it's mightier than the mouse

    Originally called the Logitech Marble Mouse Trackball, the TrackMan Marble Trackball is the superior alternative to the mouse. Unlike a mouse, it sits in one place and your fingers use that big burgundy ball to move the pointer. Your thumb does the clicking and once you get accustomed to it, using a mouse will seen quaint and clunky.

    Long before the optical mouse rose to fame, Logitech was already employing optical technology in the TrackMan Marble and its siblings. Pop out the ball and you'll find a small rectangular window. Behind that window are an infrared LED and the sensor. Together, they track the movement of the marble's leopard spots. It might not be as sexy as the red glow of a conventional optical mouse but it gets the job done with more precision and comfort. The TrackMan Marble is even ambidextrous, allowing lefties to use it as easily as righties. Oh, and those two tiny buttons near the big buttons? Those take the place of the scroll wheel, allowing you to cruise up and down the screen.

    79 of 84 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Only Bluetooth could make it better

    I have tried many track balls over the years, since they first came out. This trackball, by far, has been the best overall experience of all of them. I play games once in a while but mostly write emails, develop databases, develop code, etc. I have 3 of these, one for work, one for desk and one for my son. Great bang for the buck and the only improvement I could recommend would be wireless via bluetooth (not a proprietary thing that requires drivers and a USB receiver)

    20 of 23 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    As Good as it gets

    You either love trackballs or hate them. This one could be called the gold standard. Uses most of the features of the "mighty mouse", and you don't have to scrape your desk top up. No more back and forth, just a smooth scroll. But, it will take time getting used to.

    14 of 15 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    GOOD

    This thing is so nice you wont need to worry about moving the mouse the ball does all the work this is a great mouse!!!!!!!

    74 of 83 people found this useful