After reviewing several different mice on this web site, today I figured I would take a look at the Logitech Cordless Optical Trackman and see how this trackball stacks up in terms of features to the mice I have reviewed in the past.
I have to say when I decided to purchase a trackball I wasn’t too impressed with the amount of options out there in terms of different trackballs you can buy. After looking for a few hours the Logitech Cordless Optical Trackman was clearly the best trackball I could find to purchase that had the features I wanted. I would like to see more manufacturers start to develop more trackballs for people to buy.
As it stands right now you only have a couple of options for trackballs you can buy and by the looks of things some big players in the trackball industry are getting out of trackballs and just going with mice, a good of example of this is Microsoft and the trackball they used to make that lasted me 5 years, Microsoft no longer makes trackballs at all now.
When I first received the Logitech Cordless Optical Trackman I was impressed with how slick it looked. After unpacking it from the box I was even more impressed with the rubber coating that it had on it and how good that felt in my hand.
In the picture above you see the Logitech Cordless Optical Trackman along with the wireless receiver that plugs into a USB port.
When you look at the trackball you see it has a wide array of buttons on it and using the Logitech software supplied with the trackball you can program all 8 of the buttons to do what you like as in activate certain keyboard keys.
While on the topic of buttons I was disappointed that the scroll wheel on the trackball does NOT have any tilt buttons like a lot of Logitech mice seem to have. The scroll wheel does have two tiny buttons, one in front of the scroll wheel and one behind the scroll wheel but they are so small they are almost useless.
In order to use this trackball you must first sync the trackball up with the receiver and you do that by pushing the button on the top of the USB receiver and then hit the small button on the bottom of the trackball.
This trackball runs on two AA batteries and I was able to get about 40 days of operation and that was using the trackball every day for about 12 hours a day. I was really impressed that I was able to get 40 days of use out of the trackball because I was only expecting to get a few days of use before I had to replace the batteries.
In terms of trackball movement do to the fact this trackball is using an optical sensor I had no problems having it respond quickly while testing it on video games. After using some high end mice over the years I see no difference at all between those mice and this trackball in terms of precise movement and quick response, and all the mice I used were all corded versions.
The only real problem I found with the trackball that was a huge turn off was the rubber coating that was on it started to peel off. In the picture below you can see on the side of the mouse after about a month of use the rubber coating starts to lift off from the edge of the trackball.
What makes this matter even worse is the fact that some of the rubber coating wants to peel off easily and some of it doesn’t want to come off at all. After a several months of normal use you end up with a pretty shitty looking trackball as shown in the picture below.
It truly does boggle my mind how Logitech doesn’t catch this stuff before they release a product to the public. They had a product here that for most part is a good product but then is ruined by this rubber coating coming off like it does. I suggest in the future Logitech get some more stringent testing procedures to make sure things like this don’t happen.
In conclusion if you care about how your trackball looks then clearly you won’t be impressed with this trackball and the rubber coating pealing problem it has. If on the other hand you don’t care about the looks of the trackball but want something that works and works well then you will want to pick up the Logitech Cordless Optical Trackman. At the time of this Review you could purchase the Logitech Cordless Optical Trackman for about $60.00 U.S.
For more information on the Logitech Cordless Optical Trackman go to the Logitech web site here.
Below are a few more pictures of the Logitech Cordless Optical Trackman enjoy!
Pictures below show the trackball after several months of use.