USB Mini Trackball

evergreen_trackball I’ve never been one for using a trackball but I know many who love them. (Our designer at the theatre swears by them.) I guess where there’s a will there’s a way to miniaturize. This little Evergreen USB mini-trackball might come in handy for those looking to take their trackball on the road. It sure is tiny. It will set you back about $20.

Via OhGizmo

3 Comments

  1. Clayton

    03/26/2009 at 6:44 am

    Are mini-trackballs at all similar to trackpoints?

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  2. Frank

    03/26/2009 at 7:15 am

    no
    A trackball is a ball you rotate. The rotation gets detected by mechanical elements or by an optical sensor.
    A trackpoint is something like a joystick. Simply said: sensors measure the ‘force’ with which you push the knob in a specific direction.

    A trackball is one of the cheapest ways to produce a mouse and the worst, too. Because it’s fatiguing, imprecise and slow. Therefore not expensive to produce.
    A trackpoint is a superior input device, but very expensive and difficult to produce, sadly. It also takes a while to get used to a trackpoint.

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  3. Clayton

    03/26/2009 at 1:04 pm

    Thought so. Guess I’ll have to keep on the lookout for a cheap external trackpoint.

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