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I own three of these. I've tried pretty much every trackball out there (I don't use mice), and if you're considering a trackball, IMO, this is the best currently on the market.
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I own three of these. I've tried pretty much every trackball out there (I don't use mice), and if you're considering a trackball, IMO, this is the best currently on the market.
I own the Kensington Elite, and if this is anything like it, it's a great build. The Elite seems like it will last a long time with plenty of buttons and the software to configure it is pretty unobtrusive.
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Got the wired "full size" Expert version a few weeks ago when it was on sale so I'm set, but I do like the look of this one. Aside from being lower profile and sleeker-looking, any advantages to this one, or is it a matter of preference and feel? Is there a scroll ring (which admittedly has kind of sucked in every Kensington trackball I've used, offering little resistance other than an inconsistent and not entirely satisfying "scratchy" plastic on plastic friction)?

I really like the Expert though. Used a much older version years ago until the connector broke, switched to the Orbit which is nice but very basic, now I'm back to the Expert. Took a few days to break it in and get the hang of it again, but it's really slick. Incomparably better than mice, for me at least. Takes me back to when I was a kid and got a tour of a local Sperry plant where they built the avionics and consoles used in Navy ships and saw my first trackball. Got me interested in technology and engineering. This was before Missile Command (the game for you youngins) made them popular in arcades.
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Got the wired "full size" Expert version a few weeks ago when it was on sale so I'm set, but I do like the look of this one. Aside from being lower profile and sleeker-looking, any advantages to this one, or is it a matter of preference and feel? Is there a scroll ring (which admittedly has kind of sucked in every Kensington trackball I've used, offering little resistance other than an inconsistent and not entirely satisfying "scratchy" plastic on plastic friction)?

I really like the Expert though. Used a much older version years ago until the connector broke, switched to the Orbit which is nice but very basic, now I'm back to the Expert. Took a few days to break it in and get the hang of it again, but it's really slick. Incomparably better than mice, for me at least. Takes me back to when I was a kid and got a tour of a local Sperry plant where they built the avionics and consoles used in Navy ships and saw my first trackball. Got me interested in technology and engineering. This was before Missile Command (the game for you youngins) made them popular in arcades.
I've used both. No scroll ring on this one, but you perform the same function by rotating the ball itself, which works OK. The buttons aren't as nice to use on this model. Drivers were a travesty when it first came out, but they might have been fixed now.

I bought this one thinking it was an upgrade from my Expert Mouse when it first came out. Never really liked it quite as much. Furthermore this one died after about a year and a half, so I went back to my Expert Mouse which is about 15 years old now and still going strong.

That being said if I couldn't get an Expert Mouse I'd go back to this one in a heartbeat--overall feel is pretty similar--and just hope I had better luck this time around with reliability.
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i m looking for a trackball to work with CATIA....any suggestions...tia
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In 4 one, thanks OP! This will be the upgrade for my M570.
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in for 2, thanks.
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I'm a longtime fan of the Kensington Orbit trackball which is the simpler, cheaper, 2 button version + scroll ring. The scroll ring is awesome.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B002OOWB3O?psc=1
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Super price.

I use both the expert and orbit + ring simultaneously so I can use either hand. The scroll wheel allows for comintuous scrolling by spinning the wheel , which is good for scrolling large docs or media editing, and allows you to scroll and move the cursor at he same time, which I need to do. My only hesitance about the slim blade is having to use a motion similar to opening a water bottle repeatedly just to scroll, which might get annoying. Otherwise the slimblade does look easier to use positionallywith a flatter incline. I would buy this if it wasn't for the ball scrolling and if I hadn't just gotten the expert.
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Out of stock, but can still be backordered for this price. But I'm not getting the free shipping. And their cutoff is $49. :-(

Edit: oh my bad. says "Free shipping available for this item"

I should also add that I currently own two of these and have been using them for probably over 5yrs each now. One had a problem with the top-left button, so I warrantied it and they sent me a new one. Luckily, I almost never use that top-left button (I'm right handed), so it makes almost no impact on my usage habits. I have only used Kensington 4-button trackballs over the past 20+ years or so, and by far the Slimblade is my favorite model. My only wish is that they would make a bluetooth/more compact one that I could bring along with my laptop.
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How is this compared to the new Logitech one? Ignoring the price difference
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How is this compared to the new Logitech one? Ignoring the price difference
I've used them. The trackmans (non thumb) are good and smooth... smaller 40mm ball is like the orbit and isn't great but going to the billiard sized Kensington expert made a huge difference. This blade has the same 55mm ball as the expert. The other downside was the narrowness of the trackmans designed. I prefer the wider footprint and larger buttons on the Kensingtons.
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Out of stock, but can still be backordered for this price. But I'm not getting the free shipping. And their cutoff is $49. :-(

Edit: oh my bad. says "Free shipping available for this item"

I should also add that I currently own two of these and have been using them for probably over 5yrs each now. One had a problem with the top-left button, so I warrantied it and they sent me a new one. Luckily, I almost never use that top-left button (I'm right handed), so it makes almost no impact on my usage habits. I have only used Kensington 4-button trackballs over the past 20+ years or so, and by far the Slimblade is my favorite model. My only wish is that they would make a bluetooth/more compact one that I could bring along with my laptop.
they do have a bluetooth one for the expert. still huge, but at least it's wireless.
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