Alternatives to the Trackball Explorer

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Alternatives to the Trackball Explorer
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Trackball mice are some of the most ergonomic computer peripherals made, and for that reason, they are an attractive alternative to traditional mice. The Microsoft Trackball Explorer is one such popular mouse, but it is by far not the only one. Microsoft has another popular trackball that is just as good as the Explorer. Logitech, Kensington and Adesso are other companies that also have a variety of trackballs available, which help make it easy to find an alternative to the Explorer.

Microsoft Trackball Optical

The Microsoft Trackball Optical mouse has many of the same features as the Explorer, but in a different design. The Trackball Optical uses Microsoft’s IntelliEye Technology, just as the Explorer, giving the Optical the precision control wanted in a quality mouse. Also like the Explorer, the Optical has five buttons to use, two which are programmable according to the user’s liking. The main difference between the two is the Optical has a thumb-operated trackball, whereas the Explorer relies on the forefinger to operate.

Logitech Cordless Optical Trackman

The Logitech Cordless Optical Trackman is perhaps the best alternative to the Explorer on this list. The designs are similar, with the large top-mounted trackball being operated by the forefinger. However, the Optical Trackman beats the Explorer’s five-button design, in that it offers eight buttons. Plus, according to various Internet searches, the Optical Trackman is generally priced lower than the Explorer. Give this one a good long look as perhaps a permanent replacement to the Explorer.

Logitech Trackman Wheel

The Logitech Trackman Wheel is one of the long-standing Logitech trackballs, and is similar in design to the Microsoft Optical, but with only three buttons, including the scroll wheel. It is thumb-operated (for the right hand) and ergonomically designed for comfort, and is also available in a cordless option. If you’re looking for a simple and reliable trackball, this one is an easy recommendation.

Kensington Orbit Optical Trackball

The Kensington Orbit Optical Trackball is one of those that is designed to be used by either the left or right hand. It has more of a flat look than any others here, but is just as easy on the hands, and also only has two buttons for simplicity. Its precision optical technology and comparable pricing help make it worth considering as a quality alternative to the Explorer.

Adesso Desktop Optical Trackball Mouse with Scrolling Wheel

The Adesso Desktop Optical Trackball Mouse with Scrolling Wheel (iMouse T1) is the most sleek design here, making it rather stylish and unique when compared to the others here. It is also designed for either hand usage, with the scroll wheel located on the left side, usable by the thumb or little finger. It only has two buttons to use, making it lower priced than the Explorer, but it’s worth a try, nonetheless.

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