Logitech M570 Wireless Trackball Mouse: Easily use your computer for long periods of time with this trackball mouse, which allows you to precisely navigate features with minimal wrist movement. Enjoy lasting comfort thanks to the sculpted shape, which supports the curves of your hand.
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Finally a trackball refresher
Posted by: Steven6282 from: Lexington, SC on
Overall I'm happy with the new trackball. It could have been done better but it's nice to finally see a new one and have best buy actually carry wireless versions of it.
The pointing accuracy of the mouse is good. The track ball movement is nice and smooth. The grips on the bottom of the mouse are sturdy to prevent the mouse from slipping around on you. The wheel feels smooth as well. The additions of the forward and backward buttons (can be programmed as well) are fairly convenient. And the mini USB receiver is a major improvement over the old clunky wireless receiver for the last model.
The bad: The mouse is slightly smaller than the old trackball. It's barely noticeable and I'm sure for some people with smaller hands than mine, it will be great, but the new one doesn't fit my hand quite as nicely. I'm left with my fingers arched slightly more, but it still feels comfortable.
The wheel does not have 4 way scrolling.
They went with another RF receiver instead of bluetooth. Bluetooth woud've drained the battery more but it would've been so much nicer since a lot of notebooks these days have built in bluetooth receivers which would have prevented the need for an additional receiver pluged into a USB port.
Overall though it's a great replacement to the old trackball, and as an avid lifelong trackball user I'm very happy for the upgrade.
66 out of 66 found this review helpful.
Don't be afraid to try it
Posted by: Dreven from: Fort Worth, TX on
I was converted to thumb wheels by a friend about 8 years ago. I never liked the body style of the MS versions and have always used the Logitech ones (at home and work). Also, while I have tried several (finger) track balls over the years, I've never been able to get use to them. The thumb wheel design works extremely well.
- The rubber feet on the bottom are much better. They really stick the mouse to your desk surface much better. It also appears they will be more durable from their look (guessing so far). With the older design I had problems with the rubber feet peeling off after a year or two of use
- The hole under the ball is a little larger with a nice beveled soft edge to it. Occasionally you need to pop the ball out and wipe it down with alcohol as well as the little holder pegs inside the hole and the transparent laser cover. Just take a pen or pencil and press through the hole to pop the ball out.
- The fwd/back buttons are nice (don't really care). I need to see if those are customizable in the drivers.
IF YOU'VE NEVER TRIED A THUMBWHEEL:
- It took me a weekend to become use to thumb wheels. At first, it's probably going to feel very akward like you have no control over the mouse pointer (drunk driver). Hang in there through - the payoff is big.
- The payoff is that your wrist and hand will never become tired and the comfort of using this if far greater than using a mouse. I can also work faster with a thumbwheel in most situations (no idea how to explain it - it feels like I have more control).
- Unlink a mouse, you can sit this on a couch cushin next to you while on the couch to get away from laptop touchpads.
- First Person shooters are a total wash (at least for me). On my gaming desktop I also keep a normal mouse plugged in for FPS's.
- Third person games work AMAZINGLY well (like World of Warcraft). I *LOVE* 3rd person games with a thumb wheel. If you're a WoW addict your wrist will bow down and thank you for using a thumbwheel. In 3rd person games I actually feel as though I have more and faster control than with a mouse. You can play for hours with no wrist strain
- Any other type of game feels so much better with a thumb wheel.
15 out of 15 found this review helpful.
Long review about trackballs and this m570
Posted by: jabyte from: Mesa, AZ on
For anyone who uses a computer of virtually any kind, my highest recommendation is Logitech Trackman m570, the newest thumb controlled trackball. Mice have been the prevalent input device for computers. Now with laptops out-pacing desktops, touchpads are becoming the dominant device. In my opinion we are going from bad (mouse) to worse (touchpad).
I first started using a trackball a year or so after using a mouse (early 90s). Over the years both mice and trackballs kept improving, becoming more comfortable, more accurate, and less error prone. One of the biggest improvements to the mouse was an optical sensor which replaced the ball (yes, mice used to have a ball on the bottom of them). This greatly increased the life from a year or so to several years.
However trackballs continued to improve as well, going from the some-what clumsy finger driven (arcade game style big ball in middle design) to fast and efficient thumb driven. Then getting more and more comfortable and ergonomic, optical, and now laser driven.
Now more then ever before I believe a good quality thumb driven trackball is essential to anyone who uses a computer for more then 20 minutes at a time. With the majority of work being shifted to laptops / notebooks / netbooks this is even more important. The lack of efficiency, ergonomics, comfort and speed of touchpads are self evident. Look at your hand on a touchpad and see if that is a normal position for your hand and fingers to be in. Combine this awkward and dangerous artificial position with longterm use, and besides high probability of strain, productivity efficiency is at a minimum. Since laptops are moved around, and on different surfaces often, a mouse is not always even an improvement (or possible).
Here are some of the strength a trackball provides:
- Small footprint (set it down, that's it, no moving, dragging, or slding required)
- Lap, couch, floor, edge of laptop case, etc. No problem (flat surface or even space is not required)
- Substantially decreased exposure to RSS (Repetitive Strain Syndrome)
+ Only thumb and occasionally fingers move leaving hand, arm, wrist & elbow relaxed
- Relaxed fit, smooth operation, efficient to use
+ from small screens to more then 6 large screens
- Easy to carry, micro leave-in receiver battery lasts over a year
- Can be used for hours without cramping
- Looks and feels amazing
Okay, that list could keep on going, and once you start using a trackball (for more then a week) I'm positive you will wonder how you lived without (and never want to be without it again)! So if you are willing to try and see if it is as great as I am saying it is, then here are two import things to know (What kind to get, and How to make the switch):
1. What kind to get (and what kind not to get) and why.
There are almost as many kinds of trackballs as there are mice. The thumb driven trackballs are the most accurate, easiest to become effeiciant on, and have the best ergonics for prolonged use. There are only two thumb driven trackballs to consider, and Logitech makes them both. They are:
A - The new Logitech Trackball m570
- Portable / mobile use
- Has USB micro leave-in receiver
- Included AA Battery lasts up to 18 months
- Works up to 30 ft away
- Here are the main advantages over the older optical corded one:
+ This one is much more precise
+ Reception is incredible, even on a desktop
+ Accuracy and acceleration is executed perfectly (meaning I can travel long distances faster & when moving slowly it is pixal accurate, both at the same time)
+ The design is more comfortable
B - The older Logitech Trackman (corded version)
- I would only consider this one if money is a HUGE factor!
+ m570 is far superior in every way (movement, accuracy, front & back buttons, etc.).
- Corded for desktop use (no batteries)
- No batteries, no troubleshooting, always works if plugged in
- Costs less
- 4.5 Stars out of 5 from Amazon.com with over 715 reviews!
- After using the above m570 on my desktop for a few days:
+ I no longer recommend this trackball.
+ I leave it here because it is the 2nd best trackball available
2. How to make the switch from a mouse / touchpad successfully
- Plug in new trackball.
- Install the software if you want the advanced acceleration and customizable buttons (the software is not required otherwise)
- Adjust sensitivity as needed. You may be returning to adjust it some more once you use it more.
- VERY IMPORTANT. Unplug your old mouse, and put it in an different room (yes seriously), you will not learn how to use a trackball by using a mouse!
Really that's all it takes. Just start using it. It will seem slow, awkward maybe even a bit frustrating at first. After an hour or so, it should start to feel more natural, and the cursor will start to go where you need it on the first try. After a day or two, you will reach the speed and efficiency you had with a mouse, and would have already passed that of a touch pad. After a week, well, congratulations! Welcome to the world of efficiency like you've never felt before. I have yet to recommend these two trackballs and have someone tell me after a week of use, that they went back to a mouse. I've never had it happen! Once you hit this landmark, you will never want to use a mouse again. Really it's that great of an experience.
However, don't worry, no matter how long you go without using a mouse, if you ever need to use one again (on someone else's computer, for example) you will be just a good as ever. Similar to riding a bike, you will always have the skill and capability to be efficient on a mouse. On that note, I have yet to see anyone that is efficient on a touchpad, and what do the majority of laptop users go with? You guessed it, the touchpad.
For my full review see: "double u" "double u" "double u" "dot" "G" "o" "o" "dot" "g" "l" "forward slash" "mIRIo"
17 out of 19 found this review helpful.
A great wireless trackball...
Posted by: Graystone55 from: Mesa, AZ on
This wireless trackball is a great addition to any system with limited space to move a mouse around in. It does take some getting used to (using your thumb to control cursor movement). But once you get used to this you'll find this mouse comfortable and easy to use. I've used trackballs for years instead of mice. They come in two flavors...Those that you move with your fingers and those you move with your thumb. I advise you try these types out before you buy a track ball for the 1st time. Some people love or hate each type so you'll need to determine which works best for you. This one uses the thumb.
Logitech has stopped putting the software called setpoint in with the product and expects you to download it. This assures you've got the latest version. Setpoint allows you to get the settings and movement speeds just right for your hand. And to change the button functions to be what you like.
This mouse seems to have better resolution than the ones with the red ball and black dots. This one is sort of a crystal blue. There are 5 buttons and a scroll wheel so you can get lots of functionality from the combinations.
I noticed the range of this mouse is about 15 feet and it never seems to lose the connection in that range. It has an off switch on the bottom to make sure it doesn't use up your batteries rolling around in your case. The paperwork suggests a battery could last 18 months. I wouldn't count on this if you use it. Generally I get about 2 months out of a battery but this one is too new to judge.
In summation, a very nice track ball at a reasonable price. I recommend it to anyone who likes using thumb trackballs instead of mice.
11 out of 11 found this review helpful.
Worth the extra
Posted by: DiveConB from: Midland, MI on
I bought this product because I use a similar trackball at work. I have to be honest in saying that I was a little unhappy with the price, but I will say that it was money well spent.
I love my laptop except the trackpad. It is not clearly marked and can be little touchy at times. The solution was this remote trackpad. It has great range and is as responsive as anyone could ask. I have even used it as a remote control of sorts when watching Netflix streaming to my TV using the laptop as a receiving device and hooking that into my TV.
I have no complaints about this wireless trackball.
10 out of 10 found this review helpful.
Outstanding trackball mouse
Posted by: MilitaryBuyer from: Europe on
Very similar to the older version with the exception of the much smaller usb receiver. Without a doubt the best track mouse I have ever owned. Price is a little high which reflects my poor value for price rating. For US military overseas Best Buy does ship to APO addresses...THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT BEST BUY.
9 out of 9 found this review helpful.
Posted by: Driver1995 from: Buffalo, NY on
I use this with my laptop while on the road, the receiver is small enough that I don't have to remove it from my computer when I transport it, and the trackball unit itself has a power switch to save the battery when it's packed. It is also very light and easy to pack and carry. And if you don"t want to keep the receiver in your computer, there is even a slot under the battery cover to store it.
9 out of 9 found this review helpful.
Posted by: Wim1 from: North Reading, MA on
As an avid trackball user for years (I've had probably 7 variants over the last ten+ years) I'm so happy that Logitech has made one that finally fits my needs. I prefer a trackball when using my laptop in a mobile setting since you never know how much space (or what kind of surface!) you'll have to work on.
Wireless Pros: After using their old wireless trackball for a year or so, I gave up on that since the wired receiver it used couldn't stand up to continuous setup and repacking the lack of strain relief on the wire led to damage. The wired one was a pain for all the same reasons that wired controllers are a pain in a mobile environment.
The new one combines the nano-receiver and has a place to store it when it's not plugged into your laptop. So convenient. I also notice no delay when compared to the wired version of the Logitech trackball used on my home system.
Trackball Pros: The ball action is extremely smooth with almost zero resistance and allows for precise control of your cursor: this is very important to me as I use it professionally for Photoshop editing and Illustrator drawing. I find this to be in direct contrast to Microsoft trackballs which have quite a bit of resistance to your thumb inputs in comparison, especially as the bearings get dirty. Oh - and this is very simple to clean by popping the ball out and swiping your fingers over the three bearing points.
The addition of the two buttons for forward and backwards are a nice touch and bring it more into line with more modern mice that are on the market. Given my druthers, I'd ruther have a trackball with the button selection a new mouse offers, however, this is a decided step in the right direction which leaves me as giddily happy after several weeks' hard use as I was when I first saw the box on a Best Buy shelf!
8 out of 8 found this review helpful.
if you like trackballs, should love this
Posted by: TheObituary from: IN on
I have wanted one of these since before they made them! i have used trackballs and "ergo" keyboards for at least a decade and love them. find myself clumsy with regular mice and keyboards. i have used the similar wired version and the wireless version is just as good.
It worked out of the box with no software (had none actually) on windows 7. range is great! i have a cheap Logitech mouse and its range was less than 10 feet when i tried it with laptop connected to HDTV about...well 10 feet away! Could need a new battery but its not that old or used that much. Software can be downloaded to custom program the extra keys (great for video editing).
The only slight issue i have is it sometimes seems to lag, possibly due to power conservation/waking up?
I have only had it a few weeks so i cannot judge this but, battery supposed to last like a 18 months! The lag is fairly rare and not too big a deal unless maybe your gaming and the price could be a little better but i am a bit cheap and its not best buy i shop around, and its about the same price or higher everywhere i found it.
If you don't have a trackball and want to try one i don't think you will be disappointed, if you use them already i think you will love this.
7 out of 7 found this review helpful.
Great update to the Trackman, keep old trackball.
Posted by: xbradx75 from: Lafayette, IN on
Just purchased this to replace my aging Trackman Wheel that was having issues staying connected.
Overall, this is a great update to the cordless Trackman Wheel design with the addition of the on/off switch and the two additional buttons. The new wireless usb adapter is similar to the now standard mini wireless dongles, not the very large unit included with the previous model with it's 3ft usb cable.
With the mouse powered on and the usb wireless adapter plugged in, pairing was instantaneous.
My only nitpick about this new version is the new blue trackball. It doesn't feel nearly as smooth as the previous models' red trackball. It was very stiff feeling. So as a test, I swapped it with the red one from the old and not only did it fit flawlessly, it also both feels and tracks much better than the newer blue one.
Pros: same overall design
two additional buttons
much improved and now smaller and truly wireless adapter
Cons: new blue trackball isn't nearly as smooth
If you're upgrading, or replacing an older Logitech Trackman(corded or cordless, shouldn't matter), hang on to the previous model's trackball to use with this and you'll be much happier!