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Microsoft Trackball Optical

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1896 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers are impressed by the durability and size. The design and price are also appreciated, whereas there are some mixed opinions about the reliability.

usability, price, design, size, durability

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 82/100 = 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 4.2/5 for other Mouse & Pointing Devices on Amazon.co.uk. People are impressed by the design and price. The reliability and size also get good views.

usability, size, reliability, price, design

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

Jun, 2016

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 really like the durability and size. The design and price also get good feedback. There are some less positive opinions 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

Jun, 2016

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.

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

Buttons Qty:5
Connectivity Technology:Wired
Form Factor:External
Interface (DB):PS/2 / USB
Movement Detection Technology:Optical
Type:Mouse / Trackball/Trackball

Miscellaneous

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

System Requirements

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