L-Trac Trackball

By Xah Lee. Date: . Last updated: .

L-Trac first appeared on Amazon in 2009-09. This is the highest quality trackball. Large ball, super smooth scroll wheel (with actual mechanical rollers as contact), 3 buttons.

This trackball was made by CST (Clearly Superior Technologies, Inc). Around 2019-08, the company sold it to X-Keys.

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Xkeys Ltrac trackball [image source [2021-04-28 https://twitter.com/nekotrackball/ ]]

L-trac CST2545-5W Trackball (black ball version) Buy at amazon

Blue Glow Ball

The blue LED backlit ball model came out around .

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L-Trac trackball (photo by Andrew 2021-03-11)

L-Trac trackball blue glow Buy at amazon

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L-Trac trackball (photo by Andrew 2021-03-11)
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(photo by Andrew 2021-03-11)

Ball Size

Ball diameter: 57 mm.

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Trackball Ball Sizes and Replacement

Red Glow Ball

The red glow ball model came out 2015-05.

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Buy at amazon

Work in Linux?

Yes. Plug and play.

You can remap mouse buttons in Linux using xinput. [see Linux: How to Swap Mouse Buttons]

Extra Buttons

Two headphone plug holes in the back for adding 2 extra buttons.

You can buy one with buttons attached.

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Buy at amazon

Slimblade vs L-Trac Trackball

Slimblade vs L-Trac Trackball

Microspeed PC-Trac trackball, 1991

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Microspeed PC-Trac trackball

Photo Gallery

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Happy Hacking KeyboardL-Trac Trackball with emacs logo. 4032×2534 [photo from https://www.gnuisnotunix.com/trackball/ ]
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L-Trac Trackball modified with 2 external mechanical switch buttons
• modified SpaceNavigator 3d Mouse with Selectric Typeball
• right, a modified DT225 with LED light.
[image source imgur, by Ripster, 2015-07-09]

[see Trackball Size Comparison]

Rollers

This trackball has mechanical rollers as ball contact. That means, it can last long. Most other trackball use a fixed ceramic material that may wear out due to friction.

CST L-Trac Redesigned Rollers
Aug 1, 2016
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bar roller is used for heavier and larger trackball balls, so it's more smooth to roll, and contact does not wear down. Pictured is a older model. 5326×2996 [image source geekhack]
CST L-Trac trackball spin (this is an older model with flat side cylindrical roller) Video by George.

X-Keys Trackball

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