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My personal favorites, best value and best selling trackballs

Overall Best Trackballs

These are my personal favorite trackballs. Best suited for larger hands, professionals or people that want a seriously good trackball.

Best Value Trackballs

Don’t want to spend a lot of money on a trackball? There are some great options for around $20.

Best Thumb-Operated Trackballs

If you are looking for a thumb-operated trackball, these are the three best options.

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I have Parkinson’s Disease and my hand shakes. I am looking for a trackball wireless mouse that will limit the shake -not high priced

What you need is some mouse or game software that will do the reverse of mouse acceleration so if your making fast sudden movements then the mouse pointer should ignore it.

I bought a Logitech M570 and it worked much worse than its predecessor, LogitechTrackman Wheel. I thought it was defective and got a new one. Same result. As I have seen in Internet, I’m not the only one. The M570 is not smooth at all; you will end up changing it for something better.

I can confirm what Hector said about M570. Exactly the same.

The wired Elecom I bought was terribly poor. The grommet at the front where the wire goes into the mouse interfers with LMB depression, causing unintentional clicks or interrupting click and holds. Shame really as it has all the features I want, just badly made. I also had to put in a ball from a previous mouse to make it move more fluidly. Pro tip there folks never throw away your old mice, bits can still come in handy.

I have used trackballs since they were invented and for CAD use.
The Microsoft Explorer was the best one ever made.
Button placement, scroll wheel operation and sufficient trackball size and smoothness.
Needs to be cleaned out periodically, but ball pops right out so easy to clean.
Sadly they stopped making it and I have only one good one left (After 15 years or so they do wear out.)
My other computer has a Kensington Expert on it (Wired) and it is very good, just overall hand placement and scroll wheel on the Microsoft are somewhat better than the Kensington.
Many of the newer ones have too small balls and that makes movement less precise and results in more frequent jamming due to contamination.
I have literally worn the paint off of several Microsoft Explorers and their buttons do eventually fail.
Since you can’t reasonably get a Explorer, get a Kensington Expert wired or wireless.
Watch out for bad scroll wheel placement on other trackballs too as you really don’t want to have to move your hand to use the scroll wheel.

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March 14, 2016