Excerpt: Love this mouse. Extremely accurate pointer which is essentially when playing with inches. Programmable buttons allow for quick shortcuts whether it's a command or even lock your computer quickly. The sensors can get dirty but it's very easy to clean and have had this for over 2 years without a problem.
Pros: Durable, Easy to Use, Quality, Good Value, Comfortable, compatible, adjustable
Excerpt: Digital music composition and editing present special problems. Experts often recommend learning keyboard shortcuts to speed up things. But that requires learning multiple key-strokes. This trackball is superb. It is fast and more important -- extremely accurate. I have used it on Protools, Cubase, and now on Logic Pro X. It's the best -- you'll love it!
Pros: Durable, Easy to Use, Quality, Comfortable, compatible, adjustable
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13 September 2013
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: After reading the early negative reviews about the lack of software support for programmable buttons, I held off on replacing my (non-optical) Expert Mouse Pro that I've loved for years. An upgrade to OSX Lion forced my hand though. I was expecting the Slimblade to feel cheap and junky compared to my old workhorse, but I couldn't have been more wrong...this thing is great! The trackball moves more smoothly than I thought possible and on-screen accuracy is much improved.
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: 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.