The modern trackball mouse wants to be a wireless solution to your ergonomic problems

By | November 30, 2022

Kensington SlimBlade Pro Trackball Mouse on desk

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Trackballs aren’t exactly a modern PC accessory. Its heavy, clunky constructions bring dated vibes to office settings. And despite 73 years of existence, trackballs have been replaced by modern mice and trackpads as the preferred forms of computing input. But despite their low popularity, trackball mice still hold a place in many people’s hearts.

If you have a physical problem such as carpal tunnel syndrome or a repetitive strain injury that makes repeated movements difficult and/or painful, you might be one of those people holding a trackball mouse. While generally larger and heavier than traditional mice, trackball mice make it easier to keep your hand and arm in a neutral position and prevent overpronation.

Kensington released the SlimBlade Pro Trackball wireless mouse this week.
Extend 🇧🇷 Kensington released the SlimBlade Pro Trackball wireless mouse this week.

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And because you don’t push trackball mice across the table, they can better accommodate tight workspaces. Some trackball fanatics also rave about the precision they can achieve with the right trackball smooth spin. But there’s definitely a learning curve to using them, and they’re not for everyone. And a good trackball mouse might not be as fast or accurate as your best traditionally designed PC mouse.

But the continued advancement of trackball mice ensures the peripheral’s relevance. Promoting healthy ergonomics is becoming more and more popular among tech companies as people spend more time in front of screens. You can find many trackball mice online from smaller brands like Elecom and even Logitech, which currently sells two trackball mice.

Kensington, one of the biggest names in trackball mice (they also sell other PC peripherals and office solutions), has released a new trackball mouse, the SlimBlade Pro Trackball (K72080WW). It looks like any old trackball mouse, complete with a bulbous ball. But keeping track of that spiked 2.17-inch (55 mm) red sphere that can roll up and down and spin are modern considerations.

For one, the mouse is wireless. You can connect to Windows PCs (Windows 7 and later) or Macs (macOS 10.13 and later) via Bluetooth, a 2.4GHz USB-A dongle, or even a USB-A cable. The mouse is also rechargeable via the modern USB-C connector, and the supplier says the mouse will last up to four months before it needs charging.

Ready for the modern age with a Bluetooth connection, dongle or detachable cable.
Extend 🇧🇷 Ready for the modern age with a Bluetooth connection, dongle or detachable cable.

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Like its wired counterpart first introduced in 2009, the SlimBlade Trackball, Kensington’s new wireless trackball has programmable buttons. The wired version’s programmable buttons are limited to four, but the cordless option lets you program “each of the four individual buttons and four combination button sets” if you download Kensington’s software, the company’s announcement said. in California.

Unlike trackball mice with a thumb-controlled ball, the SlimBlade Pro’s rotating globe is meant to be used by any finger and any hand. But if you’ve never used a trackball mouse before, you might find the SlimBlade Pro more difficult to operate than something like the Logitech MX Ergo, which is shaped more like a traditional mouse.

The SlimBlade Pro Trackball is currently selling for $120, just a $10 premium over the MSRP of the corded version. The price alone is enough to show that the trackball mouse, while no longer the king of the hill, has not completely fallen away. For those who find these products less painful for long-term use, hooray for trackball mice.

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