Best Trackballs 2016

By Xah Lee. Date: . Last updated: .

This page is a list of best trackballs, from user's reviews around the web, updated for 2016.

I put them in 2 categories: Big Balls, and Small Balls.

Biggish balls

Kensington Slimblade Trackball

Kensington Slimblade trackball 78432


Best design. 4 buttons. Huge ball. But there are complaints about the software.

No scroll wheel, but it's got a mechanism that when twisting the ball (like earth) is scrolling. Still, not a good as a dedicated scroll wheel.

for video, see: Slimblade Trackball

L-Trac Laser Trackball

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L-Trac Trackball

Highest quality. Biggest in size. Huge ball. Laser tracking, no need to clean. 3 standard buttons, plus a scroll wheel! And, no need for any software to work.

Minor complaints is that the scroll-wheel and middle button are hard to reach, and isn't as ergonomic.


L-Trac Trackball Review

The Itac trackballs are professional, and the ball got the least friction of all. But, is very expensive, and hard to buy.

ITAC Mouse-Trak Trackball

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Kensington Expert Mouse

Kensington Expert Mouse trackball wireless
Kensington Expert Mouse


Classic. Huge ball. 4 buttons. Best thing is scroll-ring. This is large, and tall. Ball got big friction.

more photos at Kensington Expert Mouse

Small Balls

Elecom DEFT M-DT2 Trackball

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Elecom DEFT M-DT2 Trackball

this one is considered the best by some.

it's got the most smooth ball, and not expensive.

No extra software required. Works out of the box for standard buttons and scroll wheel.

Has DPI switch.

the only issue, is that the whole thing is a bit small. If you got big hands, this is not for you.

full review: Elecom DEFT M-DT2 Trackball

Kensington Orbit Trackball with Scroll Ring

Kensington Orbit Trackball K72337US
Kensington Orbit + Scroll Ring


this one is well-loved. Medium sized ball, only 2 buttons, medium priced, but best thing is the scroll ring.

detail and video at Kensington Orbit Trackball with Scroll Ring

Logitech M570 Wireless Trackball

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Logitech M570 Wireless Trackball


Logitech's M570 trackball is the most popular, simply because of the name, and low price. Whether you like it depends on whether you like thumb operated trackball.

See video reviews at Logitech M570 Wireless Trackball

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