Reviews and Problems with 3DConnexion SpaceNavigator
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3Dconnexion SpaceNavigator for Notebooks
27 April 2009
Conclusion: The SpaceNavigator for Notebooks is every bit as useful and intuitive with 3D applications as the original SpaceNavigator. But unless you need to lug a 3D mouse along on your daily commute, you should probably just stick with the cheaper desktop model.
Pros: Innovative design. Smooth movement. Simple software integration. Makes navigating Google Earth and Second Life a blast.
Cons: Could be more travel-friendly. Pricey. Base needs to be steadier. For use in 3D applications only.
Excerpt: Invention of the computer mouse must have been one of the biggest innovations in the field of computer related hardware. This rodent kept the same basic design for a very long time but this all have changed now. Regular computer mouse is good for many things but still there is room for improvements.
Excerpt: Quick, call Maxwell Smart. We’ve identified a KAOS plot aimed at destroying American worker productivity. Now thanks to 3DConnexion, that evil plot to have 90 percent of Americans flying all over the globe using Google Earth—instead of working — just got easier, and thus more KAOtic.
Pros: Cheap, comes preconfigured for common multimedia apps, Google Earth.
Cons: Not particularly useful for other apps; not programmable.
Conclusion: Overall, the 3Dconnexion Space Navigator is a very tidy product that is very good for 3D apps and software. In Google Earth, after a little time, I was able to master the controls and easily navigate around the planet whilst panning, zooming and rotating simultaneously.
Pros: Very easy to use, Comfortable, PE version is competitively priced, Stylish
Cons: Could be a little heavier, SE version a lot more expensive for seemingly not much gain
Excerpt: 3Dconnexion’s line of input devices for 3D suites – which it calls 3D mice – are tools that aim to make it easier to work in animation tools such as Maya, 3DS Max, LightWave and Cinema 4D than traditional ‘2D’ mice.
Pros: Smaller and lighter than standard SpaceNavigator model.
Cons: Standard version is better for most 3D artists.