Slimblade Trackball

By Xah Lee. Date: . Last updated: .
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“Kensington Slimblade Trackball mouse” Buy at amazon (the keyboard on the left is the Truly Ergonomic Keyboard)

The 2 buttons on the north side are harder to reach. The bottom left is the easiest to press, with thumb. (if you use it with right hand.)

The Slimblade also features a twist scroll wheel. You twist the ball to scroll, like rotating earth. It's awkward. Not very good in comparison to a scroll ring or scroll wheel.

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“Kensington Slimblade Trackball mouse” Buy at amazon
video showing actual use. Buy at amazon

Work in Linux?

Yes. Works in Linux out of the box.

  1. Lower left button is left click.
  2. Lower right button is right click.
  3. Top left button is double click.
  4. Top right button is browser back button.
  5. Twisting for scroll also works.

You can remap mouse buttons the usual way. 〔►see Linux: How to Swap Mouse Buttons

Slimblade vs Expert Mouse

Kensington Expert Mouse and Slimblade
Kensington Expert Mouse Buy at amazon vs Slimblade Trackball. 〔photo by roninBuy at amazon
Kensington Expert Mouse and Slimblade side-view

Of all web reviews, there's no consensus of which is better. Some prefer Slimblade, some Expert Mouse.

Personally, I favor the expert mouse, because of the physical scroll ring.

Slimblade vs L-Trac Trackball

Slimblade vs L-Trac Trackball

Trackball Sizes Comparison

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Kensington Orbit Wireless TrackballKensington Orbit Trackball with Scroll RingSlimblade Trackball 3840×2160 〔image source imgur

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