Of all the pointing devices that have been invented, the most neglected is probably the trackball. Trackball fans swear by them, arguing that they’re kinder to wrists and hence a good choice if you suffer from repetitive strain injury or joint problems. But they’ve never quite made it into the mainstream.
Logitech is hoping to bring the trackball back with its new MX Ergo trackball, announced today and shipping later this month. The $99 wireless trackball is a thumbball design, with your hand resting on it as if it were a mouse and pointing done with the thumb. The angle of the trackball can be adjusted between 0 and 20 degrees to help you find the angle that’s most comfortable for your wrist. Beyond the ball, there’s a tilting scroll wheel and a DPI switch to toggle between normal and high precision modes.
Logitech claims that a minute of charging will power the Ergo for a day and that a fully charged battery can go four months before it will need replenishing.
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