Reviews and Problems with 3DConnexion SpaceNavigator
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SpaceNavigator 3D Mouse
Bob the Builder, B&H Photo
19 February 2014
Excerpt: I have them in my computer lab and my high school students use them for 3D modeling and 2D computer drafting applications.<br /><br />They are easily customized, reliable, and easy to learn to use.
Pros: Accurate Tracking, Comfortable Design, Great Features, Works On Any Surface
Works great with mavericks. Needed 2D navigation fix however
funkle0 "funkle0", Amazon
18 January 2014
Summary: I've been using a space navigator for many years now and love it. I use it with Archicad on my Mac Pro and Macbook Pro. There is definitely a tangible increase in efficiency, and 3D navigation becomes intuitive and subconscious, rather than awkward & slow. I was using it with Snow Leopard, for which the drivers offered very basic functionality. I've updated to Mavericks (skipping the last 2 OS), and the Apple implementation seems to be more robust.
Excerpt: I've used a number of 3Dconnexion devices over the past 10 years and they always worked excellent for me. I wouldn't want to use a CAD/CAM or 3D application without one.<br /><br />This "Notebook" SpaceNavigator is essentially the same product as the standard SpaceNavigator, with a smaller & lighter metal base.
Pros: Accurate Controls, Durable, Fast Response, Quality, Smooth Movement
Summary: if you are a modeling fool you will greatly appreciate the added flexibility offered in this tough little guy. Nice and heavy to stay put on the desk, smooth movement in every axis. This is a good quality durable product that seems like it will give years of service while sitting for 10 hours a day staring at a computer screen creating 3d models of hardware which will in turn be used to make somebody else rich beyond your wildest dreams.
Excerpt: I'm impressed with the device. It is well made, very heavy, so it stays in place on your desktop. If you haven't used a 3d mouse before, it takes a short amount of time to get use to it. After getting acclimated, you will love it. It will give you a lot more control with your sketch up, if you render. Get one.
Summary: I purchased the SpaceNavigator to use with my laptop running FlightSim 2004. It took a little experimentation but now it's set up I can fly perfectly with very little hand movement. It sits calmly on my laptop wrist support pad and is exactly what I wanted. I have also found it really cool for navigation in both Chrome and IE and it makes zooming and scrolling much simpler and more exact than a mouse or the touchpad.
Summary: If you ever wanted or needed the ability to control your 3D objects... move thru Google Earth, 2nd Life, Maya, etc.. This puppy is for you! PC/Mac A-OK. Works like a champ. The Major difference between the SpaceNavigator and the Notebook version simply is this one is bigger, heavier, a bit more robust. The one for the notebooks are smaller, lighter, and though it comes with a suction-cup, I like to have something I can not have to worry about lifting off the table...
Summary: I have used a space mouse for many years and in various CAD programs. This one works just as well as the higher priced units, just doesn't have the extra buttons that I would not use anyway. The only problem, and it is minor, is with drift when manipulating very large 3D models. Re-calibrating does not solve this, it's just inherent in the design, as it was with older similar space mouse models. A slight tap or bump to the knob will usually stop the drift.