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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Long review about trackballs and this m570

    Posted
    jabyte

    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" goo.gl/mIRIo

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Don't be afraid to try it

    Posted
    Dreven

    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. WHAT'S IMPROVED: - 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. GAMING - 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.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Exactly what I was hoping for!

    Posted
    carefulbuyer
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase

    This is my first trackball, and I use it at work for document editing and web searches—no gaming. Two weeks into using the M570, I can say that I LOVE it. As a Mac user, I typically use Apple products and already had a Magic Mouse to use with my MacBook Pro at work. But I when I got an ergonomic keyboard* tray, there wasn't enough space for using the Magic Mouse (or any other mouse that requires being manually moved across a surface). I decided to kill two birds with one stone: 1) get an ergonomically improved mouse, and 2) get a mouse that stays in one place and will fit on my keyboard tray. That led me to reading reviews for various trackballs. I thought briefly about getting the fancier Logitech MX ERGO Plus trackball with the adjustable tilt, but at over $90, I decided to try this less expensive M570 given its excellent ratings and the fact that it was on a great sale at $23.99 online. I absolutely love it! Being new to using a trackball, it took me a day to get used to zipping across my dual displays with the cursor, but it quickly became natural. My job involves a lot of Word document editing, and I have no trouble positioning the cursor exactly between two letters in word at 125% zoom. And my hand and wrist fall very naturally around this mouse (I'm a 5'5" female with small hands). Although I wasn't experiencing much wrist discomfort with the Magic Mouse, I was always very careful to hold my wrist in the appropriate angle to reduce repetitive strain. Because the trackball relies on your thumb to rotate the ball while your hand just rests on top of the mouse, your wrist is generally static, and this works great for me. The only thing that I'm not crazy about is the M570 scroll wheel--it's like any other standard scroll wheel that you'd find these days on a PC mouse, which means it doesn't fly as effortlessly as the scroll function on the Magic Mouse (which is just a finger flick). Thus, I still use my Magic Mouse for scrolling through long docs--it just sits next to the trackball, whose scroll wheel I use more for scrolling within a single page of a document that I'm editing or a web site. I'm very pleased with my purchase and have been giving my coworkers a sales pitch for this trackball. :) *I also just purchased the Logitech 750 Solar Wireless Keyboard, the black PC version vs. the white Mac-esque version because the PC version advertises "a concave key cap design". Note that this keyboard will work with Mac computers, but you have to remap a couple of keys--thus check online that your Mac model can do this if you want the black keyboard. I then used a single Logitech Unifying Receiver to link them both to my computer.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Finally!

    Posted
    Wim1

    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!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great for those with limited mobility

    Posted
    Justin
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    The Trackman was a classic of Logitech's lineup. And while we don't use dial-up anymore for some very good reasons, there's nothing really to explain why the trackball has fallen from grace. Thus, the M570, which brings us back to the era of trackballs, renewed with wireless functionality, an extensive battery life, and better precision than in the past. The M570 is a wireless mouse featuring 4 main buttons, a scroll wheel with its typical middle click, a large marble for mouse movement, and four rubberized feet for planting the device when navigating. It rarely moves unless you're intending to move it, and it works on basically any surface, glass, wood, fabric, you name it. The marble is the star of the show. By using your thumb, you're free to scroll through the entire screen of whatever device you're using. You may notice it takes a lot of swipes to get where you wanna go, or that precisely hitting some targets can be difficult. You should look into turning on mouse acceleration to deal with that. Once it's all squared away with, it's a great mouse. No wire means it can go anywhere, so you can even use it in bed, or on your lap. It may serve those with disabilities the best. Since you need only use your thumb, you aren't making movements of the wrist, reducing carple-tunnel syndrome. Furthermore the angle at which your hand rests on the device means you avoid scissoring the bones in your arm, whichever typically pinch nerves. I only wish the device had horizontal scrolling with the scroll wheel, and featured a precision button. These features exist on the more premium MX Ergo from Logitech, but that can cost double or even triple the price of the M570. By contrast, the M570 can go on sale down to $30, making it a fantastic purchase.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good product, but shares a common problem...

    Posted
    HARDMODEGAMER

    The switch in this device is poorly manufactured. It is not a problem with logitech for the most part though. In fact the overall design of this product exceeded my expectations. The problem is with the metal contact inside the actual switch that is soldered onto the pcb that closes a circuit sending the signal that registers as a left click or right click etc. I found in the one I purchased, the metal contact was oxidized with a bluish grey (silver I assume) oxide which interferes with the switches ability to open and close as it is intended. Instead what happens is even though you currently have the button pressed down it will randomly release the click and sometimes re click causing ghost clicks or unintended double clicks as well as interfere with , selecting text, etc. If you are within the return policy of the store you bought it at, simply return it for a new one though you may experience the same problem after a while, given time for the contact to oxadize again if it hasn't already from sitting on the shelf. Option 2 would be to use the warranty if it still applies. Once again you may have the same problem again, especially if your replacement contains the same make and model of switch as the one that failed. The third option is to fix it yourself. Keep in mind this will void any remaining warranty you have on the device. Do a search for ghost click oxidize contact or something similar and there are a few different ways you will come up with to fix this yourself. I wouldn't say don't buy this product because of this problem because I don't know if logitech has addressed the issue and rereleased the product with a better switch or not or even if they are addressing it at all. Unfortunately the choice in components is often made by a manufacturer based on upfront cost rather than reliability and performance.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A great wireless trackball...

    Posted
    Graystone55
    • Top 500 ContributorTop 500 Contributor

    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.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Finally a trackball refresher

    Posted
    Steven6282
    • Top 1000 ContributorTop 1000 Contributor

    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.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Cool Tracking Device - Maybe not be for everyone

    Posted
    ninja8mylunch
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    I used a track ball pointing device 15 years ago and remember them being useful for most applications. I also remember them collecting dust on the rollers fairly quick which caused them to become a pain to clean and maintain. Additionally the oil from my fingers would get all over the ball and that would cause problems with accuracy of the pointer as well. Fast forward to today... I felt a bit of nostalgia buying this device. The main difference here is the roller-ball is operated by the thumb versus your index & middle finger for instance so that takes some getting used to, especially if you're transitioning from a traditional mouse. The plus though, is that your wrist gets a break (or a nice rest rather) and that could help those who tend to suffer from carpal tunnel. This device is wireless which is pretty great for those of us who despise wires snaking everywhere. The smal low profilel usb dongle is a Logitech Unifying one so you can pair multiple logitech unifying compatible devices to it. The one con I have with this device so far is (and it may just be a personal thing) that it's somewhat difficult to get this device to be in the most natural angle without having to keep shifting it around. Sometimes I feel like my thumb is going to cramp up and that might just be because I'm not used to this device yet, or maybe I have an unusually long thumb? I don't know, but I hope that feeling will go away eventually! I am a motion graphics designer and video editor and this device works fairly well... again, it may take some getting used to so if you're in the middle of a big project with a tight deadline, you might want to stick with your old mouse... or if you're daring, go for it and give it a try. You can always switch back to your preferred method of pointing at things on the screen. I took away 1 star because I think there is definitely some room for improvement in the ergonomics dept. (maybe moving the ball more to the center). The learning curve might be really awkward for some people especially if they've never used a track-ball before. Otherwise, this device works well as an alternate pointing device to your mouse or a trackpad. I would recommend this device to anyone who might be suffering from carpal tunnel or those who just like playing will cool gadgets. This will definitely look cool on your desk.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The Best Logitech trackball ever!

    Posted
    TheMacGeek

    Trackballs are great for people who have wrist pain with the normal mouse, and for use on the couch or small table where you may not have room for a mouse pad and regular mouse. It will take just a few hours to get used to it if you have used a mouse your whole life, but it is well worth it to stick with it. You will never turn back to a normal mouse after using the benefits of a wireless trackball. It is super comfortable to use for hours with no pain. Before I bought this Logitech M570 wireless trackball, I used the Logitech Marble Mouse USB for years. The new M570 is much more comfortable to use in the hand, and has the added benefits of the scroll wheel and front/back buttons for moving around websites easier. The main differences between the two, are the Marble Mouse USB has the center wheel trackball that you use with your index finger and has no scroll wheel for scrolling down web pages, and this new M570 uses the thumb wheel for more accurate cursor movement with the added scroll wheel and front/back buttons for navigating websites better. The unifying wireless USB reciever on the M570 is GREAT. it has a very long wireless range, and also allows you to use the logitech unifying keyboard with the same USB plug, so you don't need to use up two USB ports for trackball/keyboard. I keep the USB wireless receiver plugged in all the time because its so tiny. The blue trackball is a little smaller than the older versions, but I got used to it right away. The ball was a little stiffer to turn, but I used a little Pledge furniture polish and a cotton cloth to smooth out the ball, so it turns easier and faster with no more stiffness. This brings the ball movement back to the nice smooth feel of the old trackballs. This runs on a single AA battery, and it seems to last forever. No need to worry about running out of power.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Love it. Hate it.

    Posted
    DaveLy
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    I bought this trackball in an attempt to reduce the elbow pain I was suffering whenever I spent too much time doing mouse-intensive work (such as video editing). On the good side, the pain was pretty much gone after about 3 days of using this instead of a Logitech Revolution. It's fairly easy to get the hang of, and looks nice enough. OK - now for the frustrations, and there are quite a few. The ball is suspended on 3 plastic bearings, and these accumulate debris. If you don't remove the ball every few days and clean these out, the motion becomes stiff, sticky, and unusable. The pointer motion is quite precise in small areas, but if you need to move your pointer to the other side of the desktop on a dual monitor system, it takes about 3 motions where you roll the ball, then have to lift your thumb and roll again. Some better acceleration determination would be useful. Having used multi-button Logitech mice for a long time, this one feels like there are a shortage of extra buttons. I like to have back/forwards, and then program 2 buttons for copy/paste as well as the usual left/center/right clicks. An extra couple of button located below the ball where I can press them with my thumb would be great. Perhaps my biggest frustration is with the scroll wheel. It's like something from 20 years ago. Logitech's scroll wheels on just about every mouse over the last 10 years has allowed rapid scrolling. I don't understand why that can't be added to this trackball. I use that feature so frequently in spreadsheets / database management, that losing it is almost enough to endure the pain exacerbated by the old mouse. My solution has been that I generally have both on the desk - the trackball for most tasks, and an MX Revolution for the times when I really need the extra buttons and scroll features. Would I recommend it? Yes, if you have elbow pain that you need to resolve. No, if you want a productivity enhancing pointing device.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    I like the wireless feature, but....

    Posted
    STov

    While overall the trackball is as easy to use as traditional ones have been, the actual body is less ergonomically designed. This is the first thing a new user will notice when using this trackball, The edge of the body above the ball has to high of an arch and digs into the hand. The buttons are another story, rather than being straight as one would expect, they curve down to the right thereby making it more difficult to click the buttons when one lays one's hand upon it in a natural way. The track ball must be set at a specific angle in order to click the buttons without hassle. Therefore, the brainless ease of use one has had from previous designs is no longer there. It actually takes a it of conscious focus to use the device until of course it becomes natural. This is contrary to usability metrics and no mouse or track ball should be designed that way. The biggest problem I have with this track ball is the ghost clicks I consistently encounter while playing spider solitaire. Not only will the device double click, it will let release the mouse button unexpectedly thereby returning the cards to their previous spot or preventing the intended move by dropping the card on an alternate column prior to the intended column. I have also begun to experience these ghost clicks within the browser while surfing the web. Checked boxes that are automatically unchecked, and YouTube videos that continue to play when the pause button is clicked. It appears that when one hovers over an item, it is automatically selected even though the feature is disabled in Windows 7. You will be glad to hear that while this is an unacceptable bug for users of these types of products, I read a few months back while trying to find a solution that both Microsoft and Logitech consider these ghost clicks to be harmless to users. If you consider it harmless to inadvertently place two orders for the same item or items on a website because your single click ended up being two clicks harmless; then yes, this is a harmless bug. As a result of my experiences with this Logitech product, I must advise against it's purchase. If this concerns you and you choose against purchasing as a result of this review, please inform Logitech.com that you consider this a serious security issue that must be resolved. Thank you.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Surprisingly good value

    Posted
    TheBlackMoon
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    Although at first glance, taking it out of the box, this trackball feels like a cheap, poorly made, lightweight plastic replica of the REAL Trackman Marble. However, I found the unit to actually be a well made and durable little monster of a deal. Costing a bit more than the wired Marble (at ~ $60USD), I took a chance that the personal reviews I had read about it being lightweight and dropping signal regularly were more from user error and opinion than actual design flaws. Logitech, historically, makes a faily decent product, so I was hoping that it really couldn't be all that bad. Besides, we (of the trackballing genre) have waited too daggone long for a wireless version for them to just put out JUNK!!. Thankfully, I was right to doubt such reviews, and this little unit is right on the money. Is it smaller than the original? Yes, but not in such a way as to make it cumbersome or unpleasant to the touch. In fact, some would argue that the original is too big for most hands. Is it lighter? HELL YES!!! In fact, on first using the thing, I kept knocking it off of the bed, onto the floor. In fact, I sat on it a few times, stepped on it once or twice, and mistakenly kicked it across the room on more occassions than I care to mention, that is, until I got used to having it around and the fact that the thing is light as a feather, comparitively speaking. That said, again, the new wireless version is durable. Only once did the ball fall out, even with all of the abuse that I've put it through. It never loses signal or skips (I use it approx. 15ft from the computer), and though it is not bluetooth (2.4GHz), I do not get signal interference at all. Mind you, I haven't taken it for a spin on a good 1st person shooter yet. I've had the unit since Xmas and use it daily, but so far, the batteries (cheap ones included) have held up well. All in all, I don't think you'd be disappointed.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Smooth and comfortable trackball

    Posted
    StevenH
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    I've been using trackballs almost since I started using computers. This one is definitely the best to date. It's a huge leap forward in comfort over the previous generation of trackballs from Logitech. I own quite a few of these, one for every computer I have and I will say they last a good while. I've only retired one that I was using for probably around 2 years (can't remember but it was the very first one I bought when this model first released). I only retired it because the buttons were getting a little squishy instead of having a firm click. It is still 100% usable though as I have it still as a backup for my servers when I need to access them directly. The tracking is very precise. I even prefer this trackball over gaming mice when playing games. And owning probably around 8 of these currently I think I can safely say the quality control is pretty good because I haven't had any with any defects. The battery life is amazing, a single AA battery lasts for over a year! I really can only think of two downsides to this trackball. One, it collects a little more lint and such than a standard mouse. I'm guessing this is due to the trackball being in the air so dust falls down into the crack easier, and also it picks up small amounts from your thumb when using it. That is ok though, because the ball is very easy to pop out and clean. The other downside, and this one is a little more annoying, is that it uses Logitechs proprietary wireless dongle. I really wish they would have simply made this thing bluetooth even if it would have sacrificed some battery life. It would be much more convenient with the majority of laptops these days coming with bluetooth, to not have to use up a USB slot for the dongle. It would also make it much easier to use with tablets that might only have one or no USB slot.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Replacement For Old Logitech Trackball

    Posted
    GoMapleLeafs
    • My Best Buy Premier Silver MemberElite Plus Member

    This is a great replacement for my old Logitech wireless trackball. The USB dongle is really small and can be left in the laptop all the time - compared to the boat anchor the old wireless track ball had. I have large hands and this feels comfortable even after 4 to 5 hours of work. It has an on/off switch, a batter power indicator although I assume it only lights up when the battery is close to needing replacement. It uses 1 AA battery and where the battery goes in, there is a storage place for the USB dongle. There is also a back/forward button that fits comfortably for your index finger between the trackball and the right/left buttons. Synchronization is immediate - unlike my old trackball where I had to press buttons on both the USB dongle/anchor and the trackball to initiate communications. I am having one weird issue and I am not sure if it is the trackball or just the software on my company's laptop. I am using a Microsoft Natural Ergonomic keyboard 4000 and when I reboot my laptop I have to remove the dongle or my keyboard will not work - almost like a USB conflict. Once the laptop is powered up and running, I just insert the dongle and the keyboard / trackball work without any further conflicts. Overall I highly recommend this.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Very Happy

    Posted
    HarleyHellboy
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    This is an excellent Trac ball mouse. I used a Microsoft Trac ball mouse for years. The Microsoft Trac Ball mouse was so highly rated that even being discontinued it sells used for up to $80.00. Mine finally died on me so I had a big decision to make. Buy another Microsoft mouse or take a chance on the new improved Logitech mouse. I really didn't think anything could match the performance of my Microsoft Trac ball. Was I wrong !!!. The Logitech performed just as well. In other words it is an outstanding performer. I'm an adult gamer and this mouse is so state of the art you can even download a free app from Logitech to fine tune the mouse....Very Cool Indeed...To say I have found the ultimate mouse is putting it lightly. To use an expression my beloved Grandmother used "I'm Over The Moon" Do yourself a favor and buy and enjoy this mouse. If you never used a tracking ball give yourself a week to learn it. ONCE YOU DO YOU WILL NEVER USE A REGULAR MOUSE AGAIN. You don't have to move your arm or wrist ever again. No strain no pain...effortlessly let's you move the cursor in a very precise way. The Logitech satisfied me in every way. It earned my Highest Rating. 5 STARS. LIke I said, once you tried it you will never go back to a regular mouse. After you experience how comfortable and accurate it is you will also be "OVER THE MOON"...Grin...now you have to admit..it doesn't get better than that. Also remember there is a free download from Logitech if you want to fine tune the mouse. This is something I learned in a gaming room after I bought the Logitech. In my opinion right out of the box my mouse worked so well I didn't make any changes...BUT...Logitech gives you options and that speaks well for the company.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good Performing Trackball, Should be Bluetooth.

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    js114
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    This unit was purchased to replace a 10 year old Logitech Trackman Wheel, which is the usb-wired trackball that the M570 is based on. Considering the sheer number of hours the old unit was used, I can only hope this new wireless unit lasts at least half as long. Starting off, the M570 is slightly smaller in all dimensions than the old unit, and has more rounded edges. This makes it fall to hand slightly better, but Is taking some time to adapt. The marble is not as smooth/glossy as the old one, so it doesn't spin as freely, which makes it feel like junk has built up on the glides, so that is a negative. The extra two buttons have limited use on a mac and fall in a location where my finger used to click the older left button, so that's taking some getting used to. This is not a bluetooth device, which is a negative. It uses it's own radio transmitter that takes up a usb port. Luckily, it seems to work plugged into an apple wired keyboard so I'm not giving up any of the 4 ports on my Mac. The unit performs as a thumb-based trackball should, and being so similar to the trackman wheel is the main reason I chose it. There are very few good trackballs out there, and even fewer include a scroll wheel, which I considered a requirement. The unit was on sale at BestBuy.com for $20 off, and the local store matched that price without me having to mention it. I also got another $5 off thanks to their competitive price matching policy when I showed the same unit on sale from amazon. It was easy to find in my local BestBuy store, as it was with the desktop computer accessories on a logitech-branded display.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Nice standard features, though not a mouse

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    sumobaby
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    The M570 feels quite natural with my hand at rest upon it though overall I am unsure of the best ergonomic use. My only serious complaint for this device is that it doesn't feel so natural for click-and-drag. Admittedly, I should be using the scroll click for most such operations (drag-to-scroll). I am torn deciding between resting my hand or perching my hand like a spider. I think I have some thumb fatigue, but I don't know if that's from this device or playing games on my smartphone. I must admit when I purchased this product I thought it was a mouse with ball option (minor complaint 1). Actually it's just a trackball with mouse-like shape, buttons and ergonomics. This is the first trackball option which I enjoyed that was greater than the size of a grape and felt comfortable to me. For small desk spaces or as a second mouse peripheral, I recommend the M570. Personally I use this trackball between my mouse and keyboard. I can place it right next to the keyboard due to it's stationary nature. I trust the battery life and the Logitech Unifying receiver with all Logitech mouse accessories — in previous mouse devices, the batteries have lasted 6 months to a year easily and the Unifying receiver provides a one-computer-to-many-device connection. As mentioned on Wikipedia, using this Logitech Unifying receiver for a many-computer-to-one-device connection or a many-to-many connection is not practical (minor complaint 2). http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Logitech_Unifying_receiver In all, I am quite pleased with this purchase. Aside: I have not had a good experience with battery life or wireless connection for any Logitech, Microsoft or cheaper wireless full-size keyboards — malfunction and/or eat batteries; seems they were all garbage within a year or so.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Carpal tunnel free mouse!

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    computerlady
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    I started a new desk job, sitting in front of a computer and processing and not really moving much. This job was new for me since my previous job was a receptionist at a vet clinic that required me to get up and down and moving all the time. I would be at a computer but never same position with no movement, not even a phone to have to pick up. I was enjoying not having to be on my feet for a change but something started to bug me, I was getting very painful in my right arm. So painful after a few weeks at this job I couldn't sleep because my arm was so painfully numb! Over the weekend the pain would go away, so I knew it was from work. I soon realized that I hovered my fingers while working on my cheap work mouse that they supplied us. Imagine lifting your pointer finger for 12 hours a day in a statue-like position day in and out. So once I realized it was my mouse that was causing the pain I went out to get a new one. I tested the shape and ease of use on EVERY mouse I could...then I found it! This mouse fits your hands natural position, on its SIDE!! The buttons aren't super sensitive so I can rest my fingers on the buttons without clicking on things I don't want to. I now don't have to keep my arm tense from moving all the time because the ball is my pointer, not my hand movement! Ever since I got the mouse, ALL the pain in my arm went away and has not come back since!!! I now understood how people got carpal tunnel syndrome, and what a horrible thing it is! If you have pain in your arm like I did, this is the perfect mouse for you!!! Its the answer I was looking for and worth every penny!!!! Its a little more than most but its a small price to pay instead of future wrist surgeries from getting carpal tunnel!!!!!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great with a Mac or a PC

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    Webjester
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    I have a MacBook air with OSX Lion and am using this mouse primarily with Google Sketchup Pro software and Adobe Photoshop CS3. I originally tried an Apple Magic Mouse, but found the lack of center click unacceptable for Sketchup. (I later found that you can add it to software, but the lack of control wheel made 'zooming' difficult). My favorite feature, besides the long battery life and easy connectivity (Once software is installed) is the two little programable buttons to the left of the left mouse button. I was able to program these (through the logitech software) to move back and forth between full-screen windows in lion, effectively replacing the three-finger-swipe motion. Switching between programs and desktops is now super easy as I don't have to switch between my touchpad and wireless mouse. (A problem with previous mice since Lion came out.) The ergonomics are great as well. Anyone with carpal tunnel should own this unit! Side note: I also love it for first person shooters due to the fact that I never have to lift the mouse up to re-center. You can also turn around quickly by spinning the ball golden-tee style! The only negative comment I have about it is the little USB transmitter that comes with it. I was worried that I'd lose it when not connected to the computer. Upon opening the battery cover I discovered a tiny home for the transmitter! I don't dislike it (as much) anymore. LOVE THIS MOUSE!!!

    I would recommend this to a friend