February 8, 2023

Modern Trackball Mouse wants to be a wireless solution to your ergonomic problems

Modern Trackball Mouse wants to be a wireless solution to your ergonomic problems

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Trackballs aren’t exactly a trendy computer accessory. Their heavy and handsome builds bring the old vibes to Office supplies. Although it 73 years of existenceTrackballs have been usurped by modern mice and trackpads as the preferred forms of computing input. But despite their low mainstream popularity, trackball mice still hold a place in many people’s hearts.

If you have a physical problem like carpal tunnel syndrome or a repetitive strain injury that makes repetitive movements difficult and/or painful, you might be one of those people who grabs a trackball mouse. Although trackball mice are generally larger and heavier than traditional mice, they make it easier to keep your hand and arm in a neutral position and avoid pronation.

Kensington released the SlimBlade Pro Trackball Wireless Mouse this week.
Zoom in / Kensington released the SlimBlade Pro Trackball Wireless Mouse this week.

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And since you’re not pushing a trackball mouse around the top of your desk, it can be more accommodating in tight workspaces. Some trackball fanatics also praise the accuracy they can achieve with gentle twisting of the right trackball. But there is definitely a learning curve to using them, and they aren’t for everyone. And a good trackball mouse may not be as fast or as accurate as yours The best computer mouse Traditional design.

But the continued advancement of trackball mice ensures that peripherals matter. Promoting a healthy work environment is becoming increasingly popular among tech companies as people spend more time in front of screens. You can find a lot of trackball mice online from smaller brands like Elecom and even the likes of Logitech which is currently selling two Trackball mice.

On Tuesday, Kensington, one of the biggest names in trackball mice (it also sells other PC accessories and desktop solutions), released a new trackball mouse, SlimBlade Pro Trackball (K72080WW). It looks like any old trackball mouse, complete with a bulging ball. But with that 2.17-inch (55 mm) wide red orb that can scroll up and down and twist are modern considerations.

For example, a wireless mouse. 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 in the modern style USB-C connector, and the seller says the mouse will last up to four months before needing a charge.

Ready for the modern age with a detachable Bluetooth, dongle or cable connection.
Zoom in / Ready for the modern age with a detachable Bluetooth, dongle or cable connection.

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Like its wired counterpart that was first introduced in 2009, the SlimBlade TrackballKensington’s new wireless trackball has programmable buttons. The California-based company’s announcement said the programmable buttons for the wired version are limited to four, but the cable-free option allows you to program “each of the four individual buttons and four combinations of combo buttons” if you download the Kensington software.

Unlike trackball mice with a ball controlled by the thumb, the SlimBlade Pro’s twisted globe is designed for use by any number and any hand. But if you’ve never used a trackball mouse before, you may find the SlimBlade Pro more difficult to operate than something like this Logitech MX Ergowhose shape resembles a conventional mouse.

The SlimBlade Pro Trackball is currently being sold for $120only a $10 bonus on Wired version MSRP. The price alone is enough to show that the trackball mouse, while no longer king of the hill, hasn’t quite fallen flat. For those who find these products less painful for long-term use, long-range trackball mice.