Best Trackballs 2017

By Xah Lee. Date: . Last updated: .

This page is a list of best trackballs, from user's reviews on trackball/gaming/amazon forums, updated for 2017.

Elecom HUGE Trackball

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Elecom HUGE trackball Buy at amazon

Best overall in big ball class.

5 standard buttons. Plus 3 extra programable function (which requires the driver software, available for Windows and Mac)

Scroll wheer can tilt left/right, as 2 extra buttons.

Best optical sensor, adjustable DPI, with dedicated switch.

The ball spins better than all other big ball trackballs.

[see Elecom HUGE Trackball]

Kensington Slimblade Trackball

Kensington Slimblade trackball TEK 92960
“Kensington Slimblade Trackball mouse” Buy at amazon (the keyboard on the left is the Truly Ergonomic Keyboard)

Best design. 4 buttons. Huge ball.

To scroll, twist the ball (like rotating earth).

for video, see: Slimblade Trackball

L-Trac Laser Trackball

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L-Trac Glow Backlit Trackball. Buy at amazon

Highest quality. Huge ball. The whole thing is big. Laser tracking. 3 standard buttons, plus a scroll wheel! No software required.

Minor complaints is that the scroll-wheel and middle button are hard to reach.

[see L-Trac Trackball]

Kensington Expert Mouse

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Kensington Expert Mouse trackball, wireless version. Buy at amazon

Classic. Huge ball. 4 buttons. Best thing is scroll-ring, but it's actually lousy, as it makes a rustling sound.

Full review at Kensington Expert Mouse

Small Balls

Logitech MX Ergo

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Logitech Mx Ergo Trackball

full review at Logitech Mx Ergo Trackball

Elecom DEFT Trackball

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Elecom M-DT2 trackball. 〔Wireless. Buy at amazon 〕 〔Wired. Buy at amazon

this one is considered the best by some.

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

No software required for standard buttons and wheel. But the top buttons fn1 fn2 fn3 need their driver, and only their driver. That sucks.

Has DPI switch.

the only issue, is that the whole thing is a bit small. Perfect for small hands.

Full review at Elecom DEFT Trackball

Kensington Orbit Trackball with Scroll Ring

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“Kensington Orbit Trackball with scroll ring” Buy at amazon

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

Elecom EX-G

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Buy at amazon

button and functionality, better than Logitech M570 Wireless Trackball for sure.

But for the shape and comfort, some people prefer this Elecom EX-G, some not.


Logitech M570 Wireless

Logitech's M570 trackball is the most popular, simply because of the name, and low price.

But notorious is that the buttons start to fail after a few months.

The Elecom EX-G, comes with wireless version or wired, and also left hand version.

full review Elecom EX-G Trackball

Trackball vs Mouse, and How to Choose a Trackball

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