Logitech Trackman Marble Mouse Review

By Xah Lee. Date: . Last updated: .

The “Logitech Trackman Marble Mouse” is classic. It came out in 2004, and is still in production. People love it.

Major problem is no scroll wheel. You can use software to set it so that holding one button then the ball becomes scroll ball. But that's not convenient.

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

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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 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.

Button Feel

The 2 big buttons are not good. They make a click sound, but sometimes won't register.

The buttons requires more pressure than most mouse buttons.

Ball Feel

The best thing about this trackball is the ball. Big exposed surface, very smooth, and very comfortable to use.

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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Size Comparison

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Trackball Sizes Comparison

Ball Size

Ball diameter is 40 mm.

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Linux Setup

In the following, it'll make the right small button do middle-click.


# Logitech Trackman Marble trackball
# http://xahlee.info/kbd/trackball_Logitech_trackman_marble.html

# make right small button do middle click
xinput --set-button-map "Logitech USB Trackball" 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 2

# make it faster
xinput --set-prop "Logitech USB Trackball" "Device Accel Constant Deceleration" 0.5

# hold right button to scroll
xinput --set-prop "Logitech USB Trackball" "Evdev Wheel Emulation" 1
xinput --set-prop "Logitech USB Trackball" "Evdev Wheel Emulation Button" 3
xinput --set-prop "Logitech USB Trackball" "Evdev Wheel Emulation Axes" 6 7 4 5

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 extension. Just web search it.

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No buy.

The button are hard to press, and sometimes doesn't register.

Lacking a scroll-wheel is a pain, the software driver emulation is clunky.

There are better trackballs at the same price. See Best Trackballs 2017