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Microsoft Trackball Explorer

alaTest has collected and analyzed 33 reviews of Microsoft Trackball Explorer. The average rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average rating of 4.2/5 for other Mouse & Pointing Devices for all reviews. Views about the reliability and design are overall positive. The usability and price are also mentioned favorably. Opinions are divided on the size, while some have doubts about the durability.

price, usability, design, reliability


We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Mouse & Pointing Devices the Microsoft Trackball Explorer is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 75/100 = Good quality.

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Consumer review ( review summary for Microsoft Trackball Explorer


alaTest has collected and analyzed 1 user review of Microsoft Trackball Explorer from The average user rating for this product is 5.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.1/5 for other Mouse & Pointing Devices on People are impressed by the reliability and design. The price and usability also get good feedback, whereas some have doubts about the size.

usability, price, design, reliability


100% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Microsoft Trackball Explorer OptcialMicrosoft Trackball Explorer Optcial

May, 2018

Expert review by : Kai Chandler (

Review: Microsoft Trackball Explorer


It's not a mouse! Kai Chandler reviews Microsoft's latest mouse alternative.

Smooth action of optical ball. Five year warranty

Right handed use only

It's difficult to recommend a trackball over a mouse or vice versa as it's really down to personal preference, but whatever type of device you choose, there's no doubt that the IntelliEye sensor technology has something to offer. Although quite pricey...

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Great scroll wheel track ball!


I got this track ball after years of using the standard mouse. The first thing I noticed was the thumb buttons felt a tad loose, not as solid clicks as my Explorer mouse. This wasn't a huge problem, and the finger buttons were much better. After...

Oct, 2005

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I had to have one once I put my hand on one.


I saw this on a laptop that belonged to a friend who had severe RSI damage to her hands. I've had CP surgery awhile back so this trackball mouse looked like it might fit the bill. The first time I put my hand on it, I was sold. It just fit like a...

Oct, 2005

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good on my hand


I love this device, I have a repetitive stress injury on my pointer finger(too many years of mousing) and the device allows me to use my thumb to left and right click. The programable buttons are awsome too!

Oct, 2005

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The Best


By far, this is the best pointing device I've ever used. Extremely accurate for online gaming, office software, you name it. Ergonomics are the strong suit for this trackball...hand sits very naturally, and clicking with the thumb feels more natural...

Oct, 2005

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WARNING! *** Poor quality gamming mouse! ***


Microsoft has done it again! They built a revolutionary 5-button trackball with a half-backed design and shoddy craftsmenship. The thumb buttons are flimsy and if you press too hard the mouse wheel button clicks down at the same time. We gamers are not...

Oct, 2005

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Great Trackball


Love this trackball, smooth and fits the hand so naturally. I have pretty big hands and everything fits well. Can really spin around playing quake or precisely choose verts in 3d apps. Had a Logitech t-ball but after a while the ridge started hurting...

Sep, 2005

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Microsoft Trackball Explorer D68-00007 2-Tone 5 Buttons 1x Wheel + 1x TrackBall USB or PS/2 TrackBall TrackBall


this is one of the best trackballs i have had (my kenxxxton served me well for 9 years, R.I.P.) this one takes a while to get used to because of the way u have to hold it (kind of sideways), but it fits my hand perfectly. the extra buttons area great...

Sep, 2005

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Good, but not great


I've had this trackball for a couple years now. The tracking is excellent. The ergonomics are good. The buttons are placed well. For general desktop use, this is a fine trackball. However, if you use it in a dusty environment (own a pet, or get lots of...

Aug, 2004

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Microsoft Trackball Explorer D68-00007 2-Tone 5 Buttons 1x Wheel + 1x TrackBall USB or PS/2 TrackBall TrackBall


This is a good trackball. The extra buttons (mainly used for "back" and "forward" in a web browser) are nice, and the feel is good. However, my hand slips off of it a bit, and gamers, be aware that it is difficult to depress both left and right buttons...

May, 2004

Product Specifications

Trackball Explorer combines a finger-operated trackball with IntelliEye optical technology for superior precision and accuracy. The ball is large and conveniently located for easy control. Trackball Explorer has an ergonomic design that supports your entire hand and fingers. With no rollers or gears to clean Trackball Explorer will stay precise, as if it were "brand new." Trackball features smooth feel and programmable forward and back buttons for easier Internet navigation. The IntelliEye sensor scans 1, 500 times per second, resulting in smooth, controlled movement. The wheel makes scrolling simple without using scroll bars and helps you work 25% more efficiently.


Color of product:Silver

Energy Management

Power Source:Cable


Compatibility:Mac / PC
Country Kits:N/a
Localization:Dutch / English / French/English / French / Italian
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Microsoft Trackball

Input Device

Buttons Qty:5
Buttons quantity:5
Connectivity Technology:Wired
Device interface:USB
Form Factor:External
Interface (DB):PS/2 / USB
Movement Detection Technology:Optical
Movement detection technology:Trackball
Number of scroll wheels:1
Recommended usage:PC
Scroll: Yes
Scroll type:Wheel


Microsoft Certification:Certified for Windows Vista
Vista Certification:Certified for Windows Vista

Other Features

Compatible operating systems:Windows XP Professional\nWindows XP Home Edition\nWindows 2000 Professional\nWindows NT Workstation 4.0\nWindows NT Server 4.0\nWindows Millennium Edition\nWindows 98\nMac OS 8.6\nMac OS X 10.1.2+
Minimum system requirements:IE 4.01+\nCD-ROM
USB required: Yes

Packaging Data

User guide: Yes


Power Source:Cable

Service & Support

Type:5 years warranty

System Requirements

Mac operating systems supported: Yes
Minimum hard disk space:15 / 45
OS Required:Apple MacOS 8.5.1 or later / Microsoft Windows 95/98 / Microsoft Windows NT 4.0 SP3 or later/Apple MacOS 8.5.1 or later / Microsoft Windows 95/98 / Microsoft Windows NT Workstation 4.0 SP3 or later
Windows operating systems supported: Yes