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Microsoft Trackball Optical

alaTest has collected and analyzed 673 reviews of Microsoft Trackball Optical. The average rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average rating of 4.2/5 for other Mouse & Pointing Devices for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the durability and size. The design and price are also mentioned favorably, whereas some have doubts about the reliability.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Mouse & Pointing Devices the Microsoft Trackball Optical is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 81/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Microsoft Trackball Optical

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 3 user reviews of Microsoft Trackball Optical from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 5.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.3/5 for other Mouse & Pointing Devices on Amazon.co.uk. People really like the design and price. The reliability and size are also appreciated.

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

This summary is based on the products: Microsoft 4500 Mouse - BlueTrack - Wired - Strawberry Sorbet PinkMicrosoft 4500 Mouse - BlueTrack - Wired - Strawberry Sorbet Pink

Dec, 2017

Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Microsoft Trackball Optical

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 279 user reviews of Microsoft Trackball Optical from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.7/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.1/5 for other Mouse & Pointing Devices on Amazon.com. Reviewers are impressed by the durability and size. The design and price are also appreciated. There are some critical reviews about the reliability.

usability, price, design, size, durability

reliability

79% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Microsoft Wireless Optical Desktop EliteMicrosoft Wireless Optical Desktop Elite

Dec, 2017

Expert review by: Microsoft Corporation (3dgameman.com)

Microsoft Trackball Optical and Explorer Video Review

 

Microsoft Trackball Optical and Explorer

Jan, 2008

Expert review by: Hardware Pacers (hardware-pacers.com)

Microsoft TrackBall Optical

 

There is not much to say about this product except it excelled on all tests. My mark is 9/10.

Attractive & Stylish, USB compatible, Customizable buttons

None

Nov, 2002

Expert review by: Julien JAY (activewin.com)

Microsoft TrackBall Optical

 

Every computer user knows that using a classic mouse is painful and can even causes wrist pain (after intensive hours of use) that imply some breaks needed to be taken: the exact opposite of productivity those today businesses need. Worst working with...

Comfort of use ; Cool dark design ; Improved IntelliEye technology ; Two programmable buttons ; Exceptional features rich drivers

The trackball shell smells like rubber

The Microsoft TrackBall Optical is a great addition to the vast and astonishing Microsoft hardware family. Microsoft once again (it becomes habit) revolutionized the computing world by revamping the TrackBall concept making this device almost...

Expert review by: (automatedhome.co.uk)

Microsoft Wireless Optical Desktop - Review

 

First impressions are that the keyboard is big: 455mm wide by 235mm deep (this increases to 270mm if you add the optional wrist support). It also stands tall - 55mm at it's highest point. The mouse is a good size, a simple enough shape but comfortable...

May, 2003

Consumer review by: John D. (newegg.com)

I don't think there is a worse mouse on the planet.

 

Win7Pro 64 - Please note that I did not purchase this on Newegg, I went to a nearby Box store because I needed a wired mouse asap, and this is all they had. I simply wanted to warn others before they ordered one. You're better off glueing some yarn to...

- none.

- I acknowledge that not everything can be plug-n-play. However, when it takes 4 attempts for the device to be recognized, and then takes 5 minutes for a suitable driver to be found, and it still does not respond correctly, that should have been the...

Feb, 2016

Consumer review by: Richard L. (newegg.com)

Repeat Purchase

 

It is really hard to find a 5+ button mouse that can be fully used by a left-handed person, hopefully MS will continue making this model fro many years.

I purchased this from Newegg because I couldn't find this mouse locally, and I really needed it NOW. I have had one for several years and finally wore it out. Didn't even try to find a different mouse to replace this one, just wanted the same one again.

Nothing

Dec, 2014

Consumer review by: Mike J. (newegg.com)

Mouse wheel sucks

 

It's a mouse, it works, but the wheel has real issues. I buy Microsoft hardware b/c it's generally high quality. This mouse is an exception. The middle mouse wheel has no positive feedback...no clicks or anything...it just spins. And sometimes the...

It works

The mouse wheel is garbage (hardware) and has tracking issues (driver)

Dec, 2014

Consumer review by: michael r. (newegg.com)

Not what I expected

 

I am going to buy another Microsoft Intellimouse made over 10 years because it is a way better product. No comparison. I would send it back but I did not buy on Newegg, wish I did. under 10 bucks for the mouse but over 10 in shipping & handling on...

Standard size mouse, a little bit larger around the edge. Mouse clicks are at an ok volume, not too loud. The side buttons are silent and nicely located. Scroll wheel is silent, smooth and seems to work fine.

The mouse does not track as well as my old intellimouse explorer from early 2000. It is not as comfortable as it looks, the shape is not refined. When I pick the mouse up it moves the cursor up on the screen, my old mouse did not do that. Overall this...

Apr, 2014

Consumer review by: Toby H. (newegg.com)

Meh

 

Coming from a cheap little laptop mouse I picked up from a drug store in town, that had seen three or more years of use, this mouse barely lasted me a year. It will be consigned to the scrapheap... or maybe that cardboard box filled with old tech that...

It works well enough. It succeeds at moving the cursor around the screen analogous to my hand's motions on the mouse pad.

-Material on the sides, the grippy stuff, gets sticky a while after use (probably from sweat or gunk from food) and this can get gross. Cleaning it is difficult. -The trackwheel on my unit had a rubber liner around it for comfort, which basically...

Apr, 2014

Consumer review by: Michael B. (newegg.com)

nice mouse

 

Great price and works very well with Windows 8.1 and does a fine job at gaming.

Not as sensitive as my Logitech laser mouse on my back up pc. The mouse handles well and works fine with Windows 8.1 pro. Gaming is great on it and the price is also great compared to others.

Not really a con, just have to get used to the forward button on the right side of the mouse as opposed to having the forward and back button on the left side when comparing it to my Logitech laser mouse.

Mar, 2014

Product Specifications

Trackball Optical combines a thumb-operated trackball with IntelliEye optical technology for superior precision and accuracy. Designed to be thumb-operated, the ball is conveniently located for easy control. Trackball Optical has an ergonomic design that supports your entire hand and fingers. The wheel makes scrolling simple without using scroll bars and helps you work 25% more efficiently. With no rollers or gears to clean Trackball Optical will stay precise, as if it were "brand new." The IntelliEye sensor scans 1, 500 times per second, resulting in smooth, controlled movement. IntelliEye optical technology gives consumers more precision, control and accuracy. Trackball Optical is the ultimate trackball combining IntelliEye optical technology popularized in IntelliMouse Explorer with a wheel and five programmable buttons.

Design

Certification:FCC, UL, cUL, RSS-310, TUV-T, ACA/MED, FAC, VCCI, Telec, BSMI, NCC, SDoC, TRA, CITC, ETA, WEEE, EIP / ISO 9001, ISO 14001 \nFCC ID\nFCC Declaration of Conformity (USA)\nUL and cUL Listed Accessory (USA and Canada)\nRSS-310 and ICES-003 report on file (Canada)\nR&TTE Declaration of Conformity, Safety and EMC (European Union)\nTUV-T Certificate (Germany)\nACA/MED Declaration of Conformity (Australia and New Zealand)\nFAC Certificate (Russia)\nVCCI Certificate (Japan)\nTelec Certificate (Japan)\nBSMI and NCC Certificates (Taiwan)\nSDoC Certificate (Thailand)\nTRA Certificate (United Arab Emirates)\nCITC Registration (Kingdom of Saudi Arabia)\nETA Certificate (India)\nWEEE (European Union)\nEIP Pollution Control Mark, EPUP (China)\nCB Scheme Certificate (International) / ISO 9001, ISO 14001\nFCC ID\nACMA Declaration of Conformity (Australia and New Zealand)\nICES-003 report on file (Canada)\nEIP Pollution Control Mark, EPUP (China)\n CE Declaration of Conformity, Safety and EMC (European Union)\nWEEE (European Union)\nVCCI Certificate (Japan)\nKCC Certificate (Korea)\nCITC Letter (Kingdom of Saudi Arabia)\nBSMI Certificate (Taiwan)\nFCC Declaration of Conformity (USA)\nUL and cUL Listed Accessory (USA and Canada)\nCB Scheme Certificate (International) / ISO 9001, ISO 14001\nFCC ID\nFCC Declaration of Conformity (USA)\nUL and cUL Listed Accessory (USA and Canada)\nRSS-310 and ICES-003 report on file (Canada)\nR&TTE Declaration of Conformity, Safety and EMC (European Union)\nTUV-T Certificate (Germany)\nACA/MED Declaration of Conformity (Australia and New Zealand)\nFAC Certificate (Russia)\nVCCI Certificate (Japan)\nTelec Certificate (Japan)\nBSMI and NCC Certificates (Taiwan)\nSDoC Certificate (Thailand)\nTRA Certificate (United Arab Emirates)\nCITC Registration (Kingdom of Saudi Arabia)\nETA Certificate (India)\nWEEE (European Union)\nEIP Pollution Control Mark, EPUP (China)\nCB Scheme Certificate (International) / ISO 9001, ISO 14001\nFCC/IC ID\nCNC Certificate (Argentina)\nSIRIM Certificate (Malaysia)\nACMA Declaration of Conformity (Australia and New Zealand)\nCOFETEL Certificate (Mexico)\nANATEL Certificate (Brazil)\nMTC Certificate (Peru)\nRSS-210 and IC ID, Certificate of Acceptance (Canada)\nNTC Certificate (Philippines)\nSUBTEL Certificate (Chile)\nGOST and FAC Certificates (Russia)\nEIP Pollution Control Mark, EPUP (China)\nCITC Letter (Kingdom of Saudi Arabia)\nCMIIT Certificate (China)\nIDA Approval (Singapore)\nNTRA Certificate (Egypt)\nICASA Certificate (South Africa)\nR&TTE Declaration of Conformity, Safety and EMC (European Union)\nBSMI and NCC Certificates (Taiwan)\nWEEE (European Union)\nNTC SDoC Certificate (Thailand)\nETA Certificate (India)\nTRA Certificate (United Arab Emirates)\nPOSTEL Certificate (Indonesia)\nFCC ID, Grant of Equipment Authorization (USA)\nVCCI and TELEC Certificates (Japan)\nUL and cUL Listed Accessory (USA and Canada)\nKCC Certificate (Korea)\nCB Scheme Certificate (International) / R&TTE, WEEE, VCCI, KCC
Color of product:Black / Blue / Green / Grey / Pink / Purple / Red / White
Form Factor:Ambidextrous / Right-hand
Internal: No
Material:Plastic
Receiver Type:Nano
Surface coloration:Image / Monotone
Unifying receiver: Yes
Wireless receiver interface:USB

Energy Management

Battery life (max):5760
Battery Technology:Alkaline
Battery Type:AA / AA / AAA
Number of batteries supported:1 / 2
Power Source:Batteries / Cable

Ergonomics

Cable Length:60.2 / 76
LED Indicators: Yes
Plug and Play: Yes
Rubber grips: Yes
Wireless range:196.9 / 315
Works on any surface: Yes

Header

Compatibility:Mac / PC/PC
Country Kits:N/a
Localization:English/English / French / German
Manufacturer:Microsoft
Model:Optical
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Microsoft Trackball

Input Device

Button functions:Off, On
Buttons Qty:5
Buttons quantity:2 / 3 / 5
Buttons type:Pressed buttons
Connectivity Technology:Wired
Device interface:RF Wireless / USB / USB+PS/2
Form Factor:External
Frequency band:2.4
Interface (DB):PS/2 / USB
Movement Detection Technology:Optical
Movement detection technology:BlueTrack / Optical
Movement Resolution:1000 / 8000
Number of scroll wheels:1
Purpose:Office
Recommended usage:Notebook / PC / PC/notebook
Scroll: Yes
Scroll type:Wheel
Scrolling directions:Vertical
Type:Mouse / Trackball/Trackball

Keyboard

Device interface:RF Wireless / USB
Keyboard Layout:AZERTY / QWERTY
Keyboard number of keys:105
Keyboard type:AZERTY / QWERTY

Miscellaneous

Color:Black
Microsoft Certification:Certified for Windows Vista
Vista Certification:Certified for Windows Vista

Mouse

Mouse included:No / Yes
Movement detection technology:Optical
Scroll: Yes

Operational Conditions

Operating relative humidity (H-H):20 - 80 / 5 - 65 / 5 - 80
Operating relative humidity range:20 - 80 / 5 - 65 / 5 - 80
Operating temperature (T-T):0 - 35 / 0 - 40 / 0 - 60
Operating temperature range (T-T):0 - 35 / 0 - 40 / 0 - 60
Storage relative humidity (H-H):5 - 65 / 5 - 80
Storage relative humidity range:5 - 65 / 5 - 80
Storage temperature (T-T):-40 - 60
Storage temperature range (T-T):-40 - 60

Other Features

Compatible operating systems:-Windows XP Home Edition / Professional;\n-Windows 2000 Professional / Server;\n-Mac OS X 10.1.x - 10.3.x; / Microsoft Windows 7/Windows Vista/Windows XP,\nMac OS X v10.4.x-10.7 / Windows 2000, XPP, XPH, MC, Tablet PCE\nMac OS X 10.2 - 10.3.X (OS X 10.0 - 10.1) / Windows 7, Vista, XP (excluding Windows XP 64-bit)\nMac OS X v10.4 – 10.6 / Windows 7, Vista, XP (excluding Windows XP 64-bit)\nMac OS X v10.4 – 10.6\n / Windows 7, Vista, XP (excluding Windows XP 64-bit)\nMac OS X v10.4 –10.6 / Windows 7, Vista, XP (excluding Windows XP 64-bit)\nMac OS X v10.4 –10.6\n / Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Mac OS X v10.4 –10.6 / Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP\nMac OSX v10.4x-10.6x / Windows 7/Vista/XP / Windows 7/Vista/XP\nMac OS X v10.4.x-10.7 / Windows 7\nWindows Vista\nWindows XP (32/64-bit)\nMac OS X 10.4.x - 10.6.x / Windows 98/ME/2000/NT/XP\nMacOS 8.6, 9.x, X 10.1 / Windows Vista, XP, 2000 / Windows XP 32/64-bit, Vista, 7\nMac OS X v10.4-10.6 / Windows XP HE, XPP, 2000 P\nServer Mac OS X 10.1 - 10.2.x / Windows XP HE/P, 2000 P/Server,\nMac OS X 10.1.x - 10.3.x; / Windows XP/2000\nMac / Windows XP/Vista/7
Connectivity Technology:Wired / Wireless
Depth:2.63 / 3.75
Depth (imperial):2.63 / 3.75
I/O ports:USB
Minimum system requirements:IntelliPoint 7.1\nCD-ROM / USB / USB/PS2\nCD / USB\nCD-ROM
Mouse dimensions (WxDxH):2.21 x 3.76 x 1.59 / 2.67 x 4.57 x 1.67
Number of products included:1
Product dimensions (W x D x H):2.21 x 3.76 x 1.59 / 2.67 x 4.57 x 1.67
Receiver dimensions (WxDxH):0.516 x 0.72 x 0.173
USB required: Yes
Width:2.25 / 4.57
Width (imperial):2.25 / 4.57
Wireless technologies:Wired / Wireless

Packaging Data

Batteries included: Yes
Receiver included: Yes
User guide: Yes

Power

Battery life (max):5760
Battery Technology:Alkaline
Battery Type:AA / AA / AAA
Number of batteries supported:1 / 2
Power Source:Batteries / Cable

System Requirements

Linux operating systems supported: Yes
Mac operating systems supported:Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger, Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard, Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard / Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger, Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard, Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard, Mac OS X 10.7 Lion / No / Yes
Minimum hard disk space:100 / 60 / 80
Minimum processor:Pentium / Pentium 133 MHz / Pentium 233 MHz
Minimum RAM:128
OS Required:Apple MacOS 8.5.1 or later / Microsoft Windows 2000 / Microsoft Windows 95/98 / Microsoft Windows Millennium Edition / Microsoft Windows NT Workstation 4.0 SP3 or later/Apple MacOS 8.5.1 or later / Microsoft Windows 95 OSR 2.1 or later / Microsoft Windows 98 / Microsoft Windows NT 4.0 SP3 or later
Processor frequency:133
Windows operating systems supported:110 - 120V, 60Hz / 15 x 10.1 x 1.09 / 2 w. / Windows 7 Home Premium, Windows 7 Home Premium x64, Windows 7 Professional x64, Windows 7 Starter, Windows 7 Starter x64, Windows 7 Ultimate, Windows 7 Ultimate x64, Windows Vista Business, Windows Vista Business x64, Windows Vista Home Basic, Windows Vista Home Basic x64, Windows Vista Home Premium, Windows Vista Home Premium x64, Windows Vista Ultimate, Windows Vista Ultimate x64, Windows XP Home, Windows XP Home x64, Windows XP Professional, Windows XP Professional x64 / Windows 7 Home Premium, Windows 7 Home Premium x64, Windows 7 Professional, Windows 7 Professional x64, Windows 7 Starter, Windows 7 Starter x64, Windows 7 Ultimate, Windows 7 Ultimate x64, Windows Vista Business, Windows Vista Business x64, Windows Vista Home Basic, Windows Vista Home Basic x64, Windows Vista Home Premium, Windows Vista Home Premium x64, Windows Vista Ultimate, Windows Vista Ultimate x64, Windows XP Home, Windows XP Home x64, Windows XP Professional, Windows XP Professional x64 / Yes

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:2.25 / 2.67 / 3.76 / 4.57 / 4.61
Height:1.67 / 1.69
Keyboard dimensions (WxDxH):18.9 x 8.39 x 1.18 / 21.7 x 2.4 x 9.29
Keyboard Weight:2.47
Mouse weight:3.17 / 4.62
Receiver weight:0.0564 / 0.529
Weight note (metric):3.17 / 4.62
Width:2.25 / 2.67 / 2.72 / 3.76 / 4.57