Logitech Trackman Marble Mouse Review

By Xah Lee. Date: . Last updated: .

The “Logitech Trackman Marble Mouse” is classic, loved by 3D CAD users.

Logitech Trackman Marble angle-view
“Logitech Trackman Marble Mouse” 1500×1500 amazon

It's been in production for about 20 years now, and is still made.

The ball is not the largest, but largish, and can spin for 1.5 second.

Missing a scroll wheel is be the only flaw.

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Without installing any software, here's what the buttons do.

The big buttons are left and right buttons.

The 2 small slit buttons are standard browser back-page and forward-page. (they are standard 4th and 5th buttons) (works in Linux.)

There's no middle-click button, and no scroll.

No On-Board Memory

This device does not have on-board memory.

That means, when you use Logitech software to customize it, you need to have the software running.


You do not need software to have this work. For example, it works in Linux, out of the box.

But you can optionally install the Logitech Trackman Marble SetPoint software. It runs in Microsoft Windows.

Logitech Trackman Marble SetPoint software 2015-11-02
Logitech Trackman Marble SetPoint software.

You can set a button to be “AutoScroll” or “Universal Scroll”.

Both these scroll options are no good. It's not smooth, and clunky.

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“Logitech Trackman Marble Mouse” amazon
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“Logitech Trackman Marble Mouse” amazon

Size Comparison

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Linux Setup

In the following, it'll swap the left/right buttons, and make the right little button do middle-click.


# Linux: How to Swap Mouse Buttons
# http://xahlee.info/linux/linux_swap_mouse_buttons.html

# logitech trackman marble
# swap left/right buttons
# make right little button do middle click
# TRACKMAN_MARBLE_ID=$(xinput list | grep "Trackball" | head -n 1 | sed -r 's/.*id=([0-9]+).*/\1/')
# xinput --set-button-map ${TRACKMAN_MARBLE_ID} 3 2 1 4 5 6 7 8 2
xinput --set-button-map "Logitech USB Trackball" 3 2 1 4 5 6 7 8 2

# make it faster
xinput --set-prop "Logitech USB Trackball" "Device Accel Constant Deceleration" 0.8

For detail, see: Linux: How to Swap Mouse ButtonsLinux: How to Set Mouse Speed.

With middle-button, now in browser you can have autoscroll. Autoscroll means: hold middle button, then move your mouse will scroll/pan the page.

By default, autoscroll is off in Firefox. You need to turn it on.

See: Firefox: Set Mouse Wheel Scroll Speed

For Google Chrome, you need to install a extention. Just web search it.

Or, you can read more general how-to at https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Logitech_Marble_Mouse

Ball Size and Replacement

Logitech Trackman Marble replacement ball

The ball diameter is 40 mm.

For replacement, you can buy at amazon

probably not worth it. You can buy a new one, and is cheaper than the ball.


I like it.

After eyeing trackball for 2 decades, now i have it.

Trackball is actually easier to use than mouse.

I wouldn't replace mouse with this though. Because, lacking a scroll-wheel is a pain, the software driver emulation is clunky.

I always use 2 mouses. This trackball makes a great supplement. Use trackball for left-hand to move pointer, and mouse for right-hand.

This way, you can drag, select, by holding a button on the mouse on right-hand, then roll the trackball by left-hand.

For the mouse, i can recommond one of the following:

This trackball is especially useful, when you set up Auto-Raise Window. 〔➤see Mouse Hover to Auto-Raise Window

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