Microsoft Trackball Explorer
This is Microsoft Trackball Explorer. It came out in 2001.
Ball diameter: 46 mm [see Trackball Ball Sizes and Replacement]
Marketing blurb on amazon (around year 2001):
- Unlike the mechanical-trackball “mice of yore” that skip, stick, and need to be cleaned, the Microsoft D68-00007 TrackBall Explorer introduces an entirely new trackball featuring optical sensor technology.
- Reading through dirt, dust, and fingerprints, the optical sensor tracks the movement of the ball 1,500 times per second, giving you smooth, precise control.
- The Trackball Explorer comes with two additional buttons located on the side of the device — for a total of five buttons — for moving forward and back quickly in your browser, or you can program them.
- It also features a wheel for efficient scrolling and zooming and is ergonomically designed to support the natural position of your hand as you use your index finger to control the trackball.
- Product Description MODEL- D68-00007 VENDOR- MICROSOFT CORPORATION FEATURES- TrackBall Explorer- PS/2 and USB The TrackBall Explorer sets a new standard in trackballs by combining an IntelliEye optical sensor and an advanced ball design.
- The IntelliEye optical sensor tracks the movement of the ball 1500 times per second to give you unbelievably smooth precise control. * IntelliEye optical technology for more precise and better control than an old-fashioned mouse with a ball. * Browse easily with the programmable forward and back buttons.
- Scroll efficiently with the wheel. * The shape supports your hand in a natural posture.
- The ball is positioned for fingertip control and easy navigation. * The IntelliEye sensor has no moving parts to clean so your trackball stays smooth and precise.
- REQUIRES- 29MB of available hard-disk space CD-ROM drive Round mouse port (PS/2 compatible) or USB port (USB requires Windows 98 or 2000) Windows 95/98/Me/NT Workstation 4.0 with Service Pack 3 or later or Windows 2000.
- IntelliPoint software (included).
- MANUFACTURER WARRANTY: 3 YEARS
The is the best trackball ever. Discontinued. But can be bought on amazon, from $200 used to $500 new.
In a trackball device, the one thing you want, is large ball and with the least amount of friction. So that, you could spin the ball. However, in almost all trackballs i've tested at store, doesn't matter how much force you try to spin the ball, as soon as your finger leaves the ball, the ball stops within a second.
Microsoft Trackball Explorer is the first trackball that can spin somewhat (but not actually spin, as if using ball bearings.).
[see Trackballs That Can Spin]
This trackball have rave reviews all over the web. However, for business reasons, Microsoft stopped producing trackballs, citing that vast majority of people buy mouse. If you search the web, you'll find several avid fans who have written about how they wrote to Microsoft to ask them to bring this device back, but Microsoft basically said “sorry, no.”.
$500 on Amazon
Buy at amazon
You can see how the demand/supply of this trackball is going crazy. Amazon have sellers selling them from $200 to $500. Right now, there's a seller selling new ones for $500. That's more expensive than a whole computer. On Ebay, you can see several starting at about $200. And there's even repair service for this device for $45.