Reviews and Problems with Kensington Orbit Wireless Mobile
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Works well with Apple's Maverick
Backroad Rider, B&H Photo
2 weeks ago
Excerpt: The old Logitech trackball was giving me fits since upgrading to Mt. Lion and was as bad or worse with the Maverick operating system. I made sure the trackball had the latest firmware and was clean but it still had trouble selecting, "dragging and dropping" and scrolling so I bought the Kensington trackball. It worked perfectly right away. (I had downloaded the driver first.
Pros: Easy To Set Up, Good Ergonomics, Never Freezes
Summary: This is the worst trackball I have ever used. 1) It is uncomfortable because the buttons are in the wrong place. 2) I installed the downloadable software on my 64bit Windows 8.1 Pro and moving the trackball caused random movement and random button clicks all over the desktop. Using the Windows drivers everything was fine. I have used trackballs for years now for graphics processing, software development and general web browsing.
Excerpt: It's pretty small for travel, which is why I bought this trackball. Microsoft Trackball Explorer is still a much more comfortable trackball, but not manufactured anymore. The actual ball of this one is pretty small, and the left button is comfortable enough, but the right not so much. I also keep scrolling accidently by touching the areas by the ball. Still beats any mouse I think.
Summary: Update, 3/28/2014: Nothing major in the review below has changed -- still really love this trackball. But I have noticed that my comment about my "grip" on it is no longer correct. I use exactly the same grip as I did on my Logitech Mouseball. It just took a little usage time to get the feel of the different shape. So -- I suppose you could say it took me several weeks to fully adjust. But I never really noticed it.
Excerpt: I have small hands and I'm prone to shorting out every cord I come across. I needed wireless fast as my Kensington Orbit Optical Trackball keep shorting out. I loved that mouse so much. If only that design were wireless. YOU HEAR THAT KENSINGTON? MAKE THE ORBIT OPTICAL DESIGN WIRELESS THANK YOU!
Pros: Accurate Controls, Easy To Clean, Fast Response, Smooth Movement
Summary: I generally use trackballs, I buy all the expensive ones ranging to $450 and they all mostly suck. I have been using the Kensington Blade for about 3 years I think, it has served me well - though I would like one that was also wireless. For me, its not the price, its the function. The Orbit is too cheap in construction, not well thought in design, and of the two I bought the first one plain did not work. I did not open the second one and it sits in a box somewhere.
Summary: I'm a trackball fan. In my tech cupboard you'll find two prized Microsoft Intellimouse Trackballs -- and I mean the really stodgy, ovoid 1990s model issued in sexy beige and grey. While they may have looked like artificial kneecaps, they sure worked! These old, well-used gadgets serve less today as go-to gear than reminders of being spared in an early brush with carpal tunnel. I've never since found a design as comfortable.
Excerpt: Overall good product. My wife is a graphic designer and finds this type of mouse effective for her job's demands. The only issue she has had is the track ball not being big enough. An increase in size would have made it perfect. She recommends it.
Pros: Accurate Controls, Easy to use, Great Design
Summary: I started a new job a few months ago and found myself spending more time creating and scrolling through spreadsheets than I had in previous jobs. I developed the first world problem of wrist fatigue and wrist pain. I had an ergonomic evaluation with the Employee Health Physical Therapist. She recommend this product. I was able to trial it with her "loaner" mouse, it was a previous version. After I survived the learning curve, I really liked it.