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Logitech releases rare wireless trackball mouse

updated 07:25 am EDT, Wed September 15, 2010

Logitech Wireless Trackball M570 arrives

Logitech made a rare gesture towards enthusiasts of trackball mice today in adding the Wireless Trackball M570. It fully modernizes the design with a heavily ergonomic shape and quick access to back/forward buttons. Logitech has opted to go with its 2.4GHz Unifying receiver and so can put a keyboard on the single USB adapter.

Since the mouse doesn't have to power the sensor as often, the M570 can last as much as 18 months on a single AA battery; notebook owners can tuck the receiver away inside the mouse itself to save power. The peripheral has full support for both Macs and Windows PCs.

The company plans to ship the new trackball by the end of September for $60.



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  1. JeffHarris

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    +8

    All Thumbs

    I love using a trackball ... and had many over the years, even one of these ... but never liked thumb-driven types. They feel clumsy and inaccurate. Trackballs that are index finger driven have a more natural feel, since it's an extension of pointing with your finger. They also feel faster and more accurate because of this.

    Sure it's nice to see a wireless trackball, but why not use Bluetooth? It's built-in and you're not losing a USB port for the RF transmitter.

    It's a shame that Kensington doesn't make a Bluetooth version of their Expert Mouse Trackball, the best trackball on the market!

  1. MacAssemble

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    Joined: Jan 2008

    +7

    Cool design but...

    I am a long time trackball user (15+ years) and have tried several brands over the years. I have found that I can only use the center ball type comfortably. I have tried 2-3 of the side thumb style from logitec, but always have to promptly abandon them due to hand cramps. I always end up with the good old Kensington brand. I am currently using a "Kensington Orbit with Scroll Ring" model M01047 and have been happy with it.

  1. Paul Huang

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    Joined: Sep 1999

    -2

    dumb idea

    Logitech needs to hire an orthopedic surgeon on their design team. All they need to do is fire about 1/3 of the design staff and there wouldn't be extra expenses.

    Although Logitech has made many fine products, they still have not learned through their errors that the thumb-driven type is a COMPLETE FAILURE. The human thumb is not designed to move in X/Y directions, let alone diagonal moments.

    Avoid this pile of junk, unless you are prepared for surgery in a few months.

  1. Paul Huang

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    Joined: Sep 1999

    +1

    thumbs down, of course

    I almost forgot.

  1. LenE

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    Joined: May 2004

    +5

    Differing view

    I feel compelled to jump to the defense of the venerable Logitech thumb marble trackballs, as they saved me from RSI h***. I used to drive CAD systems for 14 hour days, six days a week. With the ball mice of the day, I developed a really painful condition that extended from my neck down to my right hand. I felt like such a wimp, but the pain and damage was real.

    I tried center ball trackballs, but the same tendons were stressed. Logitech's thumb trackball was my savior, as it did not irritate the damaged nerves and quickly resolved all of the pain I was experiencing.

    I had to switch to much lighter optical three button mice for the current CAD program I'm using (Catia), as it is really difficult to chord button presses on a trackball. I will forever be grateful for Logitech's designers who came up with the thumb trackball.

    -- Len

  1. facebook_Scott

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    Joined: Sep 2010

    +1

    Couldn't disagree with the haters more

    I used to have a corded Microsoft mouse that was like this, hands down my favorite mouse ever. Took the strain off my wrist and made 10 hours of mousing in graphic and web design a breeze.

  1. testudo

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    Joined: Aug 2001

    0

    Re: dumb idea

    Yes, that's why they created it. Their products with the thumb ball are so reviled and hated, and no one buys them, so they just keep coming out with more!

    Just like with all things, including mice, personal preferences, tastes, and abilities are what is important. What works for you may not work for all people and vice versa.

    For example, I find the 'mighty mouse' to be a completely stupid and dumb idea, as one has to relearn how to click a mouse just to use it. But it still seems popular, because others find its 'faults' to be 'plusses'.

  1. chris2519

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    Joined: Jul 2008

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    10 year old design

    I don't get this. They had the same exact product (then called the Trackman Wheel Optical) back in the early 2000s -- it looks like they even used the same molds. The only difference is the ball used to be red instead of blue and the plastic is now black instead of silver. There were wired and wireless versions. I always hated it because of the thumb-driven ball. And there was a second version (Cordless Optical Trackman) that had a finger driven ball. So all they're really doing is reintroducing an old trackball. Right? Or am I missing something...?

  1. gordonz

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    Joined: Sep 2010

    +2

    Improved Wireless Design

    I have been waiting for this for a long time. I have been using a corded TrackMan Wheel for at least a decade. I own four of them for my various home and work computers. I have wanted a cordless version for a long time. Unfortunately, the Cordless Trackman Wheel had a terrible design of its receiver. The receiver was about the size of a standard computer mouse and had a cord that was about a foot long. This made it rather useless for using with a laptop. This new trackball has a tiny USB dongle for the receiver.

    I realize that many people hate thumb ball mice. However for those of us who swear by them, this is a very welcome product.

  1. Paul Huang

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    Joined: Sep 1999

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    @testudo

    Those who have already done serious damage would resort to their other hand first, but then some prefer to damage their thumb. It's a given that thumbs are not designed to move all directions. Compared to messed-up index fingers, the thumb certainly seems like a good idea, until it is damaged beyond repair. It's not a matter of preference.

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