Best Trackballs

By Xah Lee. Date: . Last updated: .

This page is a list of trackballs. There's no universal agreement on which is best, but i list them roughly in order with better reviews to worse.

First, read: Trackball vs Mouse, and How to Choose a Trackball?

L-Trac Laser Trackball

CST25455W glow trackball
L-Trac Glow Backlit Trackball. amazon

Highest quality. Biggest in size. Huge ball, and spins! Smooth scroll wheel, also spins! Laser tracking, no need to clean. 3 standard buttons. 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

Elecom DEFT Trackball with Scroll Wheel

Elecom wireless trackball 1
〔Wireless. amazon〕 〔Wired. amazon

Elecom DEFT Trackball with Scroll Wheel

Logitech M570 Wireless Trackball

Logitech Wireless Trackball M570 2-s
Logitech M570 Wireless Trackball amazon

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

See video reviews at Logitech M570 Wireless Trackball

Kensington Orbit Trackball with Scroll Ring

Kensington Orbit Trackball scroll ring
“Kensington Orbit Trackball with scroll ring” amazon

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

detail & video at Kensington Orbit Trackball with Scroll Ring

Logitech Marble Trackball

Logitech Trackman Marble angle-view
Logitech Trackman Marble Mouse Review amazon

The Logitech Trackman Marble is a classic. Loved by 3D software users (Computer Aided Design). Common complaint is that it doesn't have scroll wheel. Best thing is the ball here, which can spin for 1 second.

See video reviews at Logitech Trackman Marble Mouse Review

Kensington Slimblade Trackball

Kensington Slimblade trackball 78432
Slimblade Trackball amazon

Best design. 4 buttons. Huge ball. But there are complaints about the software. No scroll wheel.

for video, see: Slimblade Trackball

Kensington Expert Mouse

Kensington Expert Mouse and Slimblade Kensington Expert Mouse and Slimblade side-view
Kensington Expert Mouse amazon vs Slimblade Trackball. amazonphoto by ronin

Classic. Huge ball. 4 buttons. Best thing is scroll-ring. But this is large, and tall. Ball got big friction, can't spin.

more photos at Kensington Expert Mouse

Elecom Wireless Trackball Mouse

This one is from Japan. Not much reviews about it.

elecom wireless trackball mouse M-XT 1
“Elecom wireless trackball mouse” amazon

Adesso Trackball Mouse

Adesso trackball mouse 2
“Adesso trackball mouse (iMouse T1)” amazon

Kensington Orbit Trackball

Kensington Orbit trackball 64327
“Kensington Orbit Optical Trackball Mouse 64327” amazon

This is $25. From the looks, it seems to be a fantastic one. But bad reviews. No scroll wheel. 2 buttons only.

This one just remindes me of Star Trek. Some people on YouTube modified it so the ball lights up.

Sanwa Trackball Mouse MA-TB39

Sanwa trackball mouse MA-TB39
“Sanwa trackball mouse MA-TB39” amazon

Kensington Orbit wireless trackball

Kensington Orbit wireless trackball
“Kensington Orbit wireless trackball” amazon

Not so good. Small. The scroll touch ring doesn't work so well. But if you need a portable trackball, this fits the bill.

Detail & video at Kensington Orbit wireless trackball

Best Trackball: Microsoft Trackball Explorer

ms trackball explorer-5
Microsoft Trackball Explorer. amazon

The best trackball ever, ever, is the Microsoft Trackball Explorer. (discontinued) For detail, see: Microsoft Trackball Explorer.