Kensington Reveals Orbit Wireless Mobile Trackball Mouse For $60 - HotHardware
Kensington Reveals Orbit Wireless Mobile Trackball Mouse For $60

Kensington Reveals Orbit Wireless Mobile Trackball Mouse For $60

Man, talk about history repeating itself. First came the mouse, then the trackball, then the gaming mouse, and now…the trackball? We guess this iteration of the mouse never truly went away, but the popularity amongst the masses has certainly declined. That's not stopping Kensington from producing yet another in the line, though, with the Orbit being introduced this week along with a bit of new software. The Orbit Wireless Mobile Trackball is built to fit the everyday working style of mobile professionals on the go, with a  centered-ball design, recommended by ergonomists, delivers more precision and comfort than conventional ball-under-the-thumb structured trackballs.

Kensington’s trackball is built to accommodate either right-or left-handed use and incorporates both a storable nano receiver for convenient travel, and 2.4 GHz technology for the wireless transmissions. There's a mid-size ball that snaps in and out of place for easy cleaning, and a unique Touch Scrolling solution makes navigating documents quick and smooth. The accompanying customizable TrackBallWorks software helps users fly through web pages and create shortcuts that let them work any way they want to.


It's totally plug 'n play, works with Windows and OS X, and should ship within a month or two for $59.99. The 'ball is back, baby!
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Who uses trackballs anymore. About the only thing they are good for is taking the ball out and playing marbles with it or driving a cat nuts.

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You'd be surprised how many folks use trackballs. I know lots of hardcore coders or writers that use a trackball and tenkeyless keyboard to minimize arm movements and to keep their hands / arms at a fixed distance apart while working. They're also helpful for people with RSI, etc.

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Marco C:

You'd be surprised how many folks use trackballs. I know lots of hardcore coders or writers that use a trackball and tenkeyless keyboard to minimize arm movements and to keep their hands / arms at a fixed distance apart while working. They're also helpful for people with RSI, etc.

Got to agree with you Marco there are quite a few folks that swear by using a trackball !  That is all they use day in day out..Some of the folks I have encountered were publishers and they just rock along with what appears to be very minimal effort and freedom. so I cannot not knock it.

So I'll be sure to share this bit of buzz' with them as well.

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My very first computer came with a Kensington Expert Mouse. I was one of the users testing the trackball. (The Expert Mouse came with a larger, more palm sized ball than the current Orbit has.) I was hooked from day one (possibly '96?) and have never looked back. Whenever I'm only able to use a conventional mouse, I can't get the thing to move without feeling as if it is unbelievably unresponsive, slow and cumbersome, and that I'm all over my desktop constantly having to lift and relocate the mouse back to a comfortable space. I was amazed when the computer techs would come to use my computer and they'd complain about the "sensitivity" of the mouse and the lack of control. Really??? So, with each new computer, I was able to continue with my Expert Mouse up until about 4 or 5 yrs. ago. It has a single prong plug-in instead of the USB port connection, and finally became obsolete. (When I retired and asked about taking my beloved mouse home with me no one cared...I was the only one in the division with that style.) So, I'll continue looking for replacement Orbits, and just saw that there is now a wireless model. Can't wait to get it for my laptop: I will go kicking and screaming if the trackballs are ever discontinued!

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Designers and such tend to use trackballs. Absurdly inconvenient for almost anything else. (aka gaming :P)

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This mouse actually looks useful. And less arm/wrist movement might be great way to keep carpel tunnel syndrome away.

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Ahhh, takes me back to the first time I played Missle Command!:P

Never really liked trackballs, they always seemed to hurt my wrist more than anything else. Have three of them sitting in storage. This one seems kinda expensive? That is almost the price for the cheapest 3D Connect 3D Mouse.

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animatortom:

Ahhh, takes me back to the first time I played Missle Command!:P

Never really liked trackballs, they always seemed to hurt my wrist more than anything else. Have three of them sitting in storage. This one seems kinda expensive? That is almost the price for the cheapest 3D Connect 3D Mouse.

I agree whenever I use a trackball my wrist hurts more than a regular mouse. Though I have not used one in a long time and maybe the newer ones require less movement but I never found them very useful for much of anything including design work.

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