It has an optical motion sensor on the bottom and a scroll ball on the top. When I recently made an attempt to clean out a storage room in my house, I was confronted with evidence of just how long and how strong that preference has been. Hi Geoff, thanks for your reply! The one my partner still uses, which is newer than mine but is still more than 5 years old, is still in good condition, it doesn’t feel funny or shed at all. Headphones by Rick Broida Aug 28, It’s a pity that trackpoints seem to a dying breed. I’ve got one, and I’ve been trying it out along with the latest release of the Raspbian Linux operating system.

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To save me from repeating the same thing over and over, I will xordless say here that the “Left” button on Windows is “mouse button 1” on Linux, the “Right” button is “mouse button 3” and the “Middle” button is “mouse button 2”. My partner still uses one, and I have no doubt that if it ever breaks there will be a major logitecy in our house, because Logitech doesn’t make them any more.

Tags for this Thread trackballsubuntu This actually worked without any tweaking, but had two limitations: I use the upper left button for scrolling.

Peripherals by Lori Grunin Aug 20, The cordless receiver was a rather large, clunky thing which was common to all Logitech cordless keyboards, mice and trackballs for quite some time.


The design tracman so good, and so innovative at the time that it was just amazing. Sorry this didn’t help.

Interestingly, the fourth button on the TrackMan reported itself as “button 8” when I probed it with “xev”, so I needed to make sure the server is aware of it. Any advice would be welcome. That is such a cool concept that it still blows my mind today.

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Kensington Expert Mouse Wireless Trackball – My latest acquisition, and perhaps the one which will dethrone the Logitech Cordless Optical TrackMan as my all-time favorite trackball cordess it’s just a bit too soon for me to be sure about that. I recall seeing a huge table listing compatibility of devices and receivers once. I have owned at least three or four of these over the years, and I’m pretty sure that there was a major change in the manufacturing and materials along the way.

The cursor movement was jumpy and imprecise, and cursor speed was much too low.

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In my pogitech this was the first truly great desktop trackball. You will need to either revert to the Windows XP operating system or search any other replacement product. Unfortunately it doesn’t turn out to be quite as nice to use as you might expect, particularly as a trackball, so I don’t really use it all that often.

Trackballs that I have known and loved: A history in hardware

But it turns out to be a mixed blessing, because making very small movements with with the touch-sensitive surface is actually not very easy.


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At this point it looks like a pretty normal mouse. Here’s an example of how to configure and use it. Trackback specific URI for this entry. Site Navigation About me My pictures on flickr mylvmbackup Linux packages Writings Disclaimer The views or opinions logirech on this blog are my own and do not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of my current employer.


Kensington Orbit Wireless Mobile Trackball – First, calling this one “mobile” is a bit of a stretch in my opinion, considering the size of it compared to the Thumbelina and Voyager.

I am probably different than most users, but I am a a fan of unusual input devices. Headphones by Rick Broida Aug 28, A normal mouse button click actually produces two events, a button press followed by a button release. It required some tweaking and testing, but this is what I added to xorg. I tried all sorts logktech thumb and finger combinations but I never managed to do it consistently and accurately when holding the Voyager in my hand; I had a bit more success when it was sitting on the desk, but it was still awkward.