Re: Anyone using a Trackman Wireless?
From: james (fishbowl_at_conservatory.com)
Date: Sat, 03 Apr 2004 18:47:29 GMT
In article <email@example.com>,
Q <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
>I'm currently in the process of searching for a trackball, and am
>considering two options. Found a store which is relocating and has a
>sale on a Microsoft Trackball optical, I believe it's a vanilla
>optical-mouse type interface and I doubt I'll have much trouble
>getting it to work... probably plug it in and it works.
>Then there's another store where if I shell out $25 more I get a
>Trackman Wireless. Only I'm not sure how that one works. I guess it's
>gotta have an IR or RF receiver which would plug into your USB port,
>and probably uses some kind of software driver to run.
I have both of these. The problem with the MS trackball is it has lots
of buttons, and there seems to be no easy way to map them all so they
are useful. Otherwise it works fine. It's on my TV system, so I use it
often, but not extensively.
I use a wireless trackman constantly. It's good enough that I bought a
spare. (Logitech has a habit of discontinuing products I like,
replacing them with something I don't like as much).
The only thing about it, is that it requires frequent cleaning. The
ball comes off easily, and it's easy to clean the ball and the rollers,
but I have to do it surprisingly often. The battery life is short
enough that I prefer to use a NiMH AA.
Works fine on linux. Not as well on Windows (!). If you have it on a
KVM, use the MS driver on windows, not the Logitech driver.