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: (1 items) When Douglas Engelbart invented the mouse in the mid-1960s, its ability to point and click helped pave the way for the personal computer’s ubiquitous 2-D graphical user interface. Now, more than 40 years later, 3-D virtual worlds and 3-D development have become popular. But the mouse—designed for 2-D interaction—is often insufficient for traversing virtual 3-D environments.
Pros: Software toolkit available for custom driver development, Makes moving through 3-D realms more efficient, Great build quality
Cons: Challenging learning curve, No out-of-box support for multimedia software, Limited number of supported programs
Summary: That limitation is ultimately what really hurts the SpaceNavigator PE. While we appreciate the fact that this type of device cost $300 two years ago, a controller whose main commercial appeal is limited to Google Earth and a few other apps is of limited value. Don’t get us wrong though, it is effective and if we had $60 to burn and our second job was flying around on Google Earth, we’d buy one.
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. My only concerns with the product are that it won’t really appeal to that many target markets as the only users who can really fully utilise it are 3D designers and artists who need 3D software.
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.
3Dconnexion's SpaceNavigator helps you fly through Google Earth : Logitech 3Dconnexion's SpaceNavigator
20 September 2007
Summary: If you've played with Google Earth, you've entered a 3D world within your computer. You navigate that world using buttons and icons on the Google Earth interface and it can almost feel that you're fly ing. The sensation could be better though...