A very slick and versatile thumb-operated trackball from Japanese brand Elecom. It has a lot of buttons, 4D scrollwheel and DPI switch. I’m currently using this latest Elecom trackball and will let you know how good it is. Some users recommend to switch the Elecom ball for the blue Logitech M570 ball for more accuracy, I will test this as well. Stay tuned for the full review!
The Kensington SlimBlade could very well be called the Ferrari of the trackballs. Expensive, it looks utterly amazing and is full of cutting edge technology. I use it as my daily driver, and I love it, but it takes a daredevil to actually buy this as your first trackball.
With its fantastic scroll ring and low price, the Kensington Orbit Trackball has completely won me over as the Best Value trackball mouse currently available. Trackballing your way around the computer screen was never this smooth.
The Kensington Orbit Optical is another beginner’s trackball. Similar to the Logitech Marble (ambidextrous design, low price) but also different. Personally, I would go for the Logitech Marble, but if you’re looking for an affordable, simple, comfortable trackball to do basic computing (browsing internet, email, writing Word documents, etcetera) this could be your first trackball mouse.
This is the trackball that started it all for me. This the easy way to enter the wonderful world of the trackball. Very cheap, but also very good! If you don’t want to read all the trackball reviews on this website, just buy this one and send us a postcard of your honeymoon days with this sweet Marble trackball, you won’t regret it.
The Logitech M570 Wireless trackball is sexy, smooth and smart. The M570 features a wireless connection, thumb-operated scrollwheel and 5 buttons including Back/Forward. The design might be a bit small for large hands, but overall, this is a very good trackball and currently the best selling trackball.
The Logitech Cordless Optical Trackman is a strange beast, a one-eyed beetle from outer space that could scurry away from your desk any moment. Once you realise that it is just patiently waiting for your orders, you put your palm on the extra smooth surface (it’s really nice and soft) and discover that this serious trackball means business.
Logitech recently replaced this Trackman Wheel with the new wireless M570, and is currently hard to find. The Trackman wheel is slightly bigger than the M570 and has a wire, but this is exactly why some people prefer it.
The CST2545 is a high quality trackball, made in the USA by Clearly Superior Technologies. There are several CST2545 variations available, I’m testing the top of the range model, the CST2545-5W (GL) L-Trac Glow Laser Trackball with blue glow trackball (how cool is that!).
The Speedlink Aptico SL-630001-BK is a very good thumb-operated wireless trackball: similar to the best selling trackball Logitech M570 (which can be seen as one of its direct competitors) but with a better build quality, easily accessible DPI selection button, and its secret weapon, the more versatile and solid scroll ‘4D’ scroll wheel.
The Japanese Sanwa Supply Wireless Trackball Pro MA-WTB40R is not the most pretty device in the lineup of trackballs, but not a bad choice for someone who wants a large and wireless trackball. Available in Red or Black.
The Adesso iMouse T1 is a very basic trackball mouse. One of the few trackballs that is not made by Kensington or Logitech, it’s not bad but we would opt for a Logitech Marble or Kensington Orbit with Scrollwheel if you’re looking for an affordable trackball.
Beware: this trackball is much bigger than you would expect. It has the shape of a normal mouse, but it’s almost twice as long!
The Microsoft Trackball Explorer is another Microsoft Trackball classic. Not in production anymore just like its brother, the Trackball Optical, this ergonomically shaped trackball offers a fantastic grip and layout, with many buttons, a scrollwheel at the thumb’s position and a proper ball placed in the center. This smooth operator is worth getting, if you can find one.
We can start with the bad news: Microsoft ceased production of this beauty a few years ago. The good news: you can still get a Microsoft Trackball Optical on places like Amazon and eBay. But be fast, because these get more rare everyday! That the current price of an unused Trackball Optical can reach several hundreds of dollars is only another testament to how well this Microsoft trackball was loved.