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The ball on top then works as a trackball, and there is a little cover that you can slide closed over the mouse optical sensor on the bottom. The button immediately to the right of the ball is the “left” button, and the one above that in the upper right corner is the “right” button. I’ve got one, and I’ve been trying it out along with the latest release of the Raspbian Linux operating system. The technology has gotten steadily better, making for easier, smoother and more accurate movement. The first ones I bought were very sturdy and quite heavy, but sometime later I noticed that the new ones were much lighter and had much more of a plastic feel to them. My partner still uses one, and I have no doubt that if it ever breaks there will be a major crisis in our house, because Logitech doesn’t make them any more. This was a pretty good gimmick at the time that it was first released – even the idea of a scroll ring instead of a wheel was pretty new, and to have it be touch-sensitive rather than mechanical was just very spiffy.

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Also, the hole which was supposed to let you move the ball with your thumb was more of a gimmick than a practical alternative. Because it is sending the same events as the left button mouse button 1it is not possible to remap that drag-lock button to make it a middle button.

Logitech Logitech Pro Computer Webcams. Great initiative, I’ll take a trackkan at that page. You may wonder about the 8 mouse buttons, as the device only has four physical buttons. I believe that the original Thumbelina also came with a bit of stick-on velcro that you were supposed to use to attach it to your laptop. Fortunately it’s possible to define multiple input devices in the xorg.


The lowest-priced item in unused and unworn condition with absolutely no logtiech of wear.

The Microsoft Trackball Explorer might have been an option, but it seems to be impossible to get nowadays. Strange that they have aged so differently.

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I’m still using the FX on my second desktop PC. You can always tell the old hard-core Unix guys, because they will do just about anything for a three-button pointing device.

The views or opinions expressed by visitors on this blog are theirs solely and may not reflect mine. I recently looked at the Logitech Trackman Opticalbut was not convinced by the reviews I read, and the fact that it requires batteries a trackball is a stationary device, so a cable does not really interfere here!

The one which I still have but keep in the storage room seems to be sort of “decaying”, the rubber feels kind of tacky and it leaves a bit of residue on the desk. I am going to look at adding one, and using it for simple disk storage expansion and for booting the Raspberry Apple Magic Mouse 2 – Silver When I recently made an attempt to clean out a storage room in my house, I was confronted with evidence of just how long and how strong that preference has been.

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Logitech Trackman Marble FX Trackball

It has a plastic cover which protects the ball and buttons when traveling. E-Mail addresses will not be displayed and will only be used for E-Mail notifications. It is a corded trackball, and the wrist rest is a permanent part of the molded body.


That is such a cool concept that it still blows my mind today. I recall seeing a huge table listing compatibility of devices and receivers once. The design was so good, and so innovative at the time that it was just amazing. I’ve been trying it out, here’s what I have found so far. However there is a less obvious button, surrounding the ball on top, which works as a drag-lock button.

One other note about the manufacturing of this trackball, and possible differences over time.

It required some tweaking and testing, but this is what I added to xorg. Unfortunately it doesn’t turn out to be quite as nice to use as you might expect, particularly as a trackball, so I don’t really use it all that often.

I just wrote about this logitecb, so refer to that post for all the details about buttons, scrolling, connectivity and comfort. Please ensure that your browser supports and accepts cookies, or your comment cannot be verified correctly. The one thing it was good for was to push the ball out of the case so you could clean out the dust from inside. The buttons still work exactly as they did in mouse mode.