Summary: Quick and easy setup. Just take it out of the box. Plug it in. Download Kensington Trackball Works and you're set. EARLY IMPRESSIONS: Coming from having owned the best of the best mice and trackballs from Logitech such as my current Marble Trackball, the M570 (which possibly contributed me the De Quervane syndrome I have now) and the Anywhere Mouse, not to mention scores of other mice and trackballs over the years include the 1990s version of the Kengington Expert Mouse...
Summary: I have the other version of the trackball the Expert Mouse. This is even better. I love the spinning of the wheel to scroll. My only problem occurs when I go back to my office and start spinning the trackball on the Expert Mouse and no scrolling occurs. (Have to use the ring on the Expert.) I have read reviews complaining about the software but I am not sure I understand the complaints. The software is completely customizable.
The Slimblade really is better than the Expert Mouse Trackball - why did I wait so long?
17 January 2013
Summary: I have used the Kensington Expert Mouse Optical USB Trackball for as long as I can remember, avoiding the Slimblade. After a week's use of the Slimblade, I am sorry I waited to try it. It has a smoother action, the same 4 buttons and the same size ball as the Expert Mouse Trackball. The lower profile causes less carpal tunnel discomfort, and I don't have to use the the dopey detachable wrist rest.
Summary: I have used a trackball with my desktop machines for over twelve years. Until now, my favorite was the Microsoft Trackball Explorer, but I think this one may have it beat. The large, finger-controlled ball, the four programmable buttons, and the twist-to-scroll functionality are all top notch. It takes some tweaking to get things working the way you want, but the result is trackball heaven. I have also used a Kensington Expert Mouse for a long time.
Summary: I am a long-time Kensington Expert Mouse user, and it seems that with each new generation they improve upon the already-fantastic previous generation. I know it's not called an Expert Mouse, but in my mind it is the next iteration of this fine product. I was a bit wary about ordering this after reading some of the previous reviews, but I have always had good experiences with Kensington trackballs, so I took the plunge (besides, if I didn't like it I could return it).
Summary: I've been a trackball user for years and have used several different models. When my last one broke I began researching new models to purchase. I really liked the look of the Kensington Slimblade and from past experiences knew that I liked the feel of a bigger ball. I read a ton of reviews on the product and to paraphrase the majority of them, the hardware was amazing but the software was lacking. This gave me some concerns.
Summary: Pricey yes, but coming from a long time Expert Mouse user, the Slimblade is awesome. The ball is very smooth, the button action is clean, and, the new software (Trackballworks 1.1) is stable. I have always used the top buttons on my Expert Mouse for copy (left) and paste (right). I did not purchase the Slimblade until they released software that permitted programming of these buttons. I feel this device is truly an upgrade from the Expert Mouse.
Summary: The Kennsington Slimblade Trackball is awesome. I could end the review right there but that would be lame. So, I would like to add that a big part of one's acceptance of a new device is based largely upon their prior pointing/mousing device and what you are used to. If one is coming from a mouse, let's say - then switching to using a trackball might seem strange.
Finally found a trackball that is comfortable for me!
4 November 2011
Summary: I tried 3 trackballs before giving the Slimblade a shot: Logitech M570 Wireless Trackball Logitech Trackman Marble Mouse Kensington K72337US Orbit Trackball I found all 3 of them uncomfortable to use. The shape and angle of those trackballs put my hand in an awkward, cramped position. I finally tried the Slimblade and find it exceptional. 1) The slim (and more flat) form factor is super comfortable for me.
Amazing trackball, beats the expert mouse hands down.
12 October 2011
Summary: I was debating over this product or the Kensington Expert Mouse Optical USB Trackball for PC or Mac 64325 . In the end I decided to get both and compare. This product is everything about the expert mouse, but improved upon. The buttons have a huge hit area on this mouse, they're easier to click, they make less noise. I was uneasy about spinning the trackball to scroll, but Kensington did a fantastic job implementing this functionality.