I’m a long time user of Logitech trackballs. I’ve used several models but my main models today are M570 and since a year or two the MX.
I started using a trackball because I started developing issues with my right shoulder and wrist using a regular mouse. I hardly had any issues after started using a trackball and although I still use a normal mouse sometimes I wouldn’t want to go back to using this in my normal day routine.
The thing is, it takes getting used to. And some never can’t get used to it? So it just not might be for you?
To me a mouse for a computer is like the steering wheel, controls and pedals in a car. At some point you get so familiar with these it’s hard to replace them? And that’s the same with mice. Using a normal mouse almost has become part of your DNA. You should not think about left/right clicking, scrolling and pointing.
It took me a while getting used to the Logitech trackballs in the past, but I still have a right/left click and a center scroll button.
The Kensington SlimBlade introduces a totally different approach earlier seen with the Logitech Trackman. (Also never did like those…)
With the Kensington it’s like the steering wheel in your car has been replaced by a trackball and you now have to control the speed by lifting up your left knee, shift gear by pulling up your right and brake by setting both legs down. With the M570 and MX I still have my normal pedals, but I only have to get used to steering with a trackball.
And I can do everything with my M570 and MX mouse, and even more, that Dom showed me on the video without having to be completely alienated from the DNA feeling of having a ‘normal’ left/right click and middle scroll button?
So for me this Kensington SlimBlade is ‘another’ gimmick that some may like? I’ll personally will stick to my M570 and MX trackballs.
The only downside of these mice are…they are designed for right-handed only.