Reviews and Problems with 3DConnexion SpaceNavigator
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Nathan C., Newegg
4 September 2014
Summary: While the profile is smaller than it's desktop cousins, it is still a very tall profile for most mobile accessories. I would trade a lower profile for a larger footprint on this any day. I would also carefully consider the wireless desktop version as well. It is physically larger, but if you're someone who dislikes cables everywhere, the size difference will be negligible in contrast.
Pros: I loved the desktop version so much, I decided to purchase one for my mobile workstation. I simply cannont do my CAD/CAM work without one now! The travel pouch is great addition as well, and a thoughtful touch.
Cons: Occasionally wanders while using it in MasterCAM X7, have not tried it yet in the new X8. Locks the program out while it is doing this (I believe this to be on MC's side, though)
Summary: I bought this to use with a 3D modeling package and an imaged editing program. I also wanted to use it for second life. It works very well, though it does require some practice. It should be noted that it connects to the first program activated accepting the 3D mouse and will ignore all of the others. It does not follow the focus of the cursor. It does work flawlessly with a wacom usb tablet and usb mouse.
Pros: Nothing comes close to increasing your CAD productivity like a 3D mouse. 3Dconnexion pretty much owns the market. This little guy is easy to transport, It's also got enough weight to stay seated on your desk.
Cons: Needed to update with firmware that wasn't available on their site. I had to contact tech support to get it. Prior to the update, I could not leave it plugged into my PC when booting up or it would seriously hangup the PC for a while. I'd be forced to unplug it prior to boot, and then plug it back in once windows loaded. Driver loads oddly with Autodesk Inventor occasionally requiring me to restart the app again.
Summary: This basic model works well, getting used to it is not easy, it will take a couple of days of fiddling with it. Works in Freecad older versions of sketchup and in solidworks, Google earth and in a bunch of other applications with their universal drivers. I had a bit of a misconception though, this should not replace your mouse in these applications but supplement your control of the environment along with a standard mouse, in fact calling this a mouse would not be...
Works great with Google/Trimble SketchUp, Photoshop
Dean Zimmermann "Dean Zimmermann", Amazon
13 March 2013
Summary: Set up was easy, and it worked right away in Trimble SketchUp 3D CAD software. It also has profiles for many other software products, and makes panning and zooming during Photoshop very easy so you can keep the tool you have selected, active. This is one of those, "How did I ever live without this?" devices if you do a lot of CAD or Photoshop detail work such as photo restorations.
Excerpt: I've only had this device for a few weeks but now when ever I sit down to a CAD Workstation that doesn't have 3D control, I know that I'm not nearly productive as I could be. The only draw back is the blue LED lights inside the device are WAY to bright, they even hurt my eyes when I'm in a well lit room. Although you can disable the LEDs; every time that the device is unpluged from a machine the LEDs need to be turned off again. (Would be nice if they could be dimmed).
Pros: Accurate Tracking, Comfortable Design, Glides Smoothly
Excerpt: I use the product for 3DS Max primarily and have been using the bigger brother for 4+ years now. Going back to grad school means I need a smaller option. Only problem is the decrease in weight makes it a little less easy to control.