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Kensington Orbit Optical Trackball - USB and PS/2

You Pay: $24.95

The Orbit Optical Trackball from Kensington is an optical trackball pointing device that can be connected to your computer via a USB or PS/2 interface. The 2-button trackball features Kensington's DiamondEye optical technology that provides you with extreme precision while navigating. It is fully compatible with both Macintosh and Windows computers, making this trackball a great choice for your computer.

Optical Technology
Optical sensors provide users with a maximum amount of control over their cursor, giving you much better response than traditional mechanical trackballs.
Dual Interface
The trackball can connect to your computer via either a PS/2 or USB interface, letting you connect it to a wide variety of machines. Nearly all modern computers have a either a USB or PS/2 port, making installation simple.
Mac and PC Compatible
The trackball works with both Mac and PC computers, letting you easily integrate it with your system no matter what operating platform you prefer.
Interface USB and PS/2
Wireless Support None
Buttons 2
Scroll Wheel None
Power Requirements Bus Powered
Kensington Orbit Optical Trackball - USB and PS/2
  • 5-Year Limited Warranty
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    KensingtonOrbit Optical Trackball (USB and PS/2)
     
    4.5

    (based on 24 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (16)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (5)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 1 Stars

       

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    96%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Smooth movement (20)
    • Fast response (18)
    • Simple controls (18)
    • Easy to clean (16)
    • Ergonomic layout (15)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Web surfing (13)
      • Business applications (12)
      • Word processing (12)
      • Laptop / office (11)
      • Graphic design (7)
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        • Power user (22)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      LOVE THIS TRACKBALL!!!

      I use my trackball with my Gateway laptop. It gets too hot to keep on my lap, and I often work long hours on it as I work from home. I also like...Read complete review

      I use my trackball with my Gateway laptop. It gets too hot to keep on my lap, and I often work long hours on it as I work from home. I also like to be able to sit back and not have to sit over it, and the trackball, along with an external keyboard allow me that freedom.I love the way it works so perfectly everytime, and keeps the strain and pain from my wrist that I experience using a mouse and even the glide pad on my laptop.I do dislike the way the ball falls out and rolls away when it slips off onto the floor occasionally. I took the part of the blister packaging that covers the top during shipping, cut the dome out of it, and cut away the part that covers the buttons, and taped that over the trackball, and now it can fall and the ball stays inside where it belongs. Hopefully this will be a good tip for other users to solve that problem.

      VS

      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Handicapped?—Other Options May Be Better

      My wife uses the Orbit Optical Trackball on her computer, but I also need to use it from time to time to access company financial reports. I am a handicapped graphic designer and use...Read complete review

      My wife uses the Orbit Optical Trackball on her computer, but I also need to use it from time to time to access company financial reports. I am a handicapped graphic designer and use a Kensington Slimblade Trackball on my other (main) computer. Although my wife has no problems using the Orbit, it is difficult for me to operate with my hand tremors. The tracking is very fast (almost too fast) even at the slowest settings using the software included. So, handicapped persons may want to consider the Kensington Slimblade instead, with third-party software from "USB Overdrive". The Orbit is affordable, has a nice look, and would probably work well for most users. But it also has a "cheap" feel to it, compared to the other Kensington Trackballs I have used.

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      3.0

      Same Old Orbit -New Disappointing Driver

      By the abv

      from nyc / los angeles

      About Me Power user

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Accurate Controls
      • Easy To Clean
      • Ergonomic Layout
      • Fast Response
      • Smooth Movement

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Business Applications
        • Graphic Design
        • Laptop
        • Web Surfing
        • Word Processing

        Comments about Kensington Orbit Optical Trackball (USB and PS/2):

        Have been using orbit trackballs since my mac laptop was black plastic. One of the best features of the driver, "Mouseworks" was that it was user programmable - you could enter any keystroke sequence and assign to a button or chord - in the new driver (the only one compatible with Lion) - this feature is missing. I am hoping they fix this -because orbitals are amazing....

        • Computer Platform:
        • Mac

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        5.0

        Awesome Mouse

        By Chichigirl

        from Indiana

        About Me Power user

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • All of the above

        Cons

        • No problems at all

        Best Uses

        • All the above

        Comments about Kensington Orbit Optical Trackball (USB and PS/2):

        I'm using this mouse on two different computers, Vista and W7 and works fantastic on both. this is the BEST trackball mouse I ever bought, no errors, compatible, no sticking or problems at all. Super mouse, thanks bunches.

        • Computer Platform:
        • PC

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        5.0

        Awesome for Recording Studio

        By John Bonnell

        from Oklahoma

        About Me Power user

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Accurate Controls
        • Easy To Clean
        • Ergonomic Layout
        • Fast Response
        • Smooth Movement

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Professional Recording

          Comments about Kensington Orbit Optical Trackball (USB and PS/2):

          Makes doing fades and drawing curves a breeze. A very easy to use, smooth operating trackball.

          • Computer Platform:
          • Mac

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          5.0

          Brilliant universal design

          By Angela

          from Durban, South Africa

          About Me Power user

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Accurate Controls
          • Easy To Clean
          • Ergonomic Layout
          • Fast Response
          • Smooth Movement

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Business Applications
            • Laptop
            • Web Surfing

            Comments about Kensington Orbit Optical Trackball (USB and PS/2):

            Ideal for disabled (quariplegic) users.

            • Computer Platform:
            • PC

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            4.0

            Good product if it fits your hand

            By Bluenoser

            from Halifax, N.S.

            About Me Power user

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Accurate Controls
            • Easy To Clean
            • Fast Response
            • Smooth Movement

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Business Applications
              • Web Surfing
              • Word Processing

              Comments about Kensington Orbit Optical Trackball (USB and PS/2):

              I purchased this to replace an aging trackball. Initially I was not sure about the ergonomics because the buttons felt too close to the marble. After a week I seem to have adjusted to it. The base is a little light but doesn't move around on you and the buttons require a bit more pressure than I'm used to. I've never used anything but trackballs in twenty years, beginning with two early Kensingtons that had multiple differently color-coded and weighted billiard balls! They were the best I my opinion which is why I buy Kensington. All in all, I think this is excellent value for the money.

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              5.0

              Small and works great on MacBook Pro

              By Lou

              from Prospect Ct

              About Me Power user

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Accurate Controls
              • Easy To Clean
              • Ergonomic Layout
              • Fast Response
              • Smooth Movement

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Business Applications
                • Laptop
                • Web Surfing
                • Word Processing

                Comments about Kensington Orbit Optical Trackball (USB and PS/2):

                Small enough to carry with a Mac 13 inch laptop

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                4.0

                Nice Trackball

                By setheid

                from Seattle, WA

                About Me Casual User

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Accurate Controls
                • Easy To Clean
                • Smooth Movement

                Cons

                • No Scroll Wheel

                Best Uses

                • Business Applications
                • Laptop
                • Web Surfing

                Comments about Kensington Orbit Optical Trackball (USB and PS/2):

                After getting used to how the mouse works, I've become really comfortable with it and have had no problems. The layout works great for me. I give it 4 stars because there is no scroll wheel. I downloaded a program that lets me scroll by holding down the right button, which works alright. I like it a lot more than other mice that I've tried.

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                5.0

                A mouse I can't live without!

                By parkercat

                from Elizabethtown , KY

                About Me Power user

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Clean
                • Smooth Movement

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Gaming
                  • Laptop
                  • Web Surfing

                  Comments about Kensington Orbit Optical Trackball (USB and PS/2):

                  I use this everyday on my laptop. I have little space to move around.This is my third one. I wear them out using them everyday.

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                  5.0

                  the best I've had

                  By svenderson

                  from richmond, VA

                  About Me Power user

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Accurate Controls
                  • Easy To Clean
                  • Ergonomic Layout
                  • Fast Response
                  • Smooth Movement

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Graphic Design
                    • Web Surfing
                    • Word Processing

                    Comments about Kensington Orbit Optical Trackball (USB and PS/2):

                    As far as cheap trackballs go, this one is the best. I've had 2 of them at 2 different jobs & both have lasted forever.

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                    4.0

                    LOVE THIS TRACKBALL!!!

                    By mama7464s

                    from San Antonio, TX

                    About Me Power user

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Accurate Controls
                    • Easy To Clean
                    • Ergonomic Layout
                    • Fast Response
                    • Smooth Movement

                    Cons

                    • Ball falls out if dropped

                    Best Uses

                    • Business Applications
                    • Gaming
                    • Graphic Design
                    • Laptop
                    • Web Surfing
                    • Word Processing

                    Comments about Kensington Orbit Optical Trackball (USB and PS/2):

                    I use my trackball with my Gateway laptop. It gets too hot to keep on my lap, and I often work long hours on it as I work from home. I also like to be able to sit back and not have to sit over it, and the trackball, along with an external keyboard allow me that freedom.I love the way it works so perfectly everytime, and keeps the strain and pain from my wrist that I experience using a mouse and even the glide pad on my laptop.I do dislike the way the ball falls out and rolls away when it slips off onto the floor occasionally. I took the part of the blister packaging that covers the top during shipping, cut the dome out of it, and cut away the part that covers the buttons, and taped that over the trackball, and now it can fall and the ball stays inside where it belongs. Hopefully this will be a good tip for other users to solve that problem.

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                    5.0

                    EXCELLENT

                    By BECKI

                    from PALM DESERT, CA

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Accurate Controls
                    • Easy To Clean
                    • Ergonomic Layout
                    • Fast Response
                    • Smooth Movement

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Word Processing

                      Comments about Kensington Orbit Optical Trackball (USB and PS/2):

                      Bought for use at work. I have issues with the thumb on my right hand and this mouse has helped reduce the pain associated with that.

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                      2.0

                      Ball Falls Out

                      By one_aceracer

                      from South Carolina

                      About Me Power user

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Accurate Controls
                      • Easy To Clean
                      • Smooth Movement

                      Cons

                      • No ball rentention

                      Best Uses

                      • Desktop

                      Comments about Kensington Orbit Optical Trackball (USB and PS/2):

                      Although the trackball functions as it should there is no retention for the ball. If you happen to knock the unit over the ball falls out.
                      This replaced an older trackball which did have ball rentention.
                      It's not an issue if the unit will be kept on a desk but ours is used for a home theater PC and is used on the arm of a chair. Evry time it gets knocked off the ball falls out and we have to retreive it. PITA

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                      5.0

                      EXCELLENT

                      By jhrockers

                      from Aberdeen, MD

                      About Me Power user

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Accurate Controls
                      • Easy To Clean
                      • Ergonomic Layout
                      • Fast Response
                      • Smooth Movement

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Business Applications
                        • Gaming
                        • Web Surfing
                        • Word Processing

                        Comments about Kensington Orbit Optical Trackball (USB and PS/2):

                        The Seniors in my program love it. It's so much easier for them to use then a regular mouse.

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                        5.0

                        wonderful track ball.

                        By i have purchase two and give one to my f

                        from belleview, fl

                        About Me Power user

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Accurate Controls
                        • Fast Response
                        • Smooth Movement

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Business Applications
                          • Gaming
                          • Graphic Design
                          • Laptop
                          • Web Surfing
                          • Word Processing

                          Comments about Kensington Orbit Optical Trackball (USB and PS/2):

                          so easy to connect, u don't have to move mouse all over, keep in place is like moving it with ur eyes not ur hands.I have to get a wrist rest thing any way.

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                          3.0

                          Handicapped?—Other Options May Be Better

                          By QuansetAD

                          from Kentucky

                          About Me Power user

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Fast Response
                          • Looks Good

                          Cons

                          • Feels "Cheap"
                          • Limited Controls

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Kensington Orbit Optical Trackball (USB and PS/2):

                            My wife uses the Orbit Optical Trackball on her computer, but I also need to use it from time to time to access company financial reports. I am a handicapped graphic designer and use a Kensington Slimblade Trackball on my other (main) computer. Although my wife has no problems using the Orbit, it is difficult for me to operate with my hand tremors. The tracking is very fast (almost too fast) even at the slowest settings using the software included. So, handicapped persons may want to consider the Kensington Slimblade instead, with third-party software from "USB Overdrive". The Orbit is affordable, has a nice look, and would probably work well for most users. But it also has a "cheap" feel to it, compared to the other Kensington Trackballs I have used.

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                            5.0

                            Excellent value for the money

                            By Mr Bloody Russell

                            from Overland Park, KS

                            About Me Power user

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Ergonomic Layout
                            • Fast Response
                            • Smooth Movement

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about Kensington Orbit Optical Trackball (USB and PS/2):

                                I've been using trackballs for years and when my old Kensington Orbit died I replaced it with the optical version. It's comfortable, no more cleaning junk and dust off rollers, and it looks cool too.

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                                5.0

                                Love It!

                                By Section147

                                from Westlake, OH

                                About Me Power user

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Accurate Controls
                                • Easy To Clean
                                • Ergonomic Layout
                                • Fast Response
                                • Smooth Movement

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Business Applications
                                  • Graphic Design
                                  • Web Surfing
                                  • Word Processing

                                  Comments about Kensington Orbit Optical Trackball (USB and PS/2):

                                  Have used the old Kensington Orbit for years and got tired of cleaning the contacts every other week. This update (optical) seems to have alleviated that problem. Highly recommended!

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                                  4.0

                                  Orbit Optical Trackball - Fantastic!

                                  By JC

                                  from Indianapolis

                                  About Me Power user

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Accurate Controls
                                  • Easy To Clean
                                  • Ergonomic Layout
                                  • Fast Response
                                  • Smooth Movement

                                  Cons

                                  • Not super travel-friendly

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Gaming
                                  • Graphic Design
                                  • Laptop
                                  • Web Surfing
                                  • Word Processing

                                  Comments about Kensington Orbit Optical Trackball (USB and PS/2):

                                  Make this a rating of 4.5. This trackball does everything I wanted it to. Got it for my Mac Powerbook - felt like I needed something that provided a bit more control when I wasn't on the go. It does that quite well! The only issue I have with it (hence the -.5) is that the ball itself just sits in it's position. I'd prefer one that fits snug so that when I move, I wouldn't have to worry about the ball rolling around. Other than that, great product!

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                                  5.0

                                  Probably Best Mouse for a Mac Designer

                                  By herroncreativeworks . com

                                  from Austin, Texas

                                  About Me Power user

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Accurate Controls
                                  • Ergonomic Layout
                                  • Fast Response
                                  • Smooth Movement

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Graphic Design

                                    Comments about Kensington Orbit Optical Trackball (USB and PS/2):

                                    I'm a graphic designer and I've got an Apple Magic Mouse, but I don't have room to do big sweeps in Photoshop, etc. with a mouse so I bought this Kensington Orbit Trackball.

                                    I plugged it in to my Mac Pro, 30" Display USB port and it worked immediately.

                                    It's a workhorse. I like it.

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                                    5.0

                                    Orbit Optical Trackball

                                    By Old Timer.

                                    from Forest Hill, TX

                                    About Me Power user

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Accurate Controls
                                    • Easy To Clean
                                    • Ergonomic Layout
                                    • Fast Response
                                    • Smooth Movement

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Business Applications
                                      • Laptop
                                      • Word Processing

                                      Comments about Kensington Orbit Optical Trackball (USB and PS/2):

                                      Tried numerous trackballs in the past but all were problematic in one way or another. The Orbit I just purchased replaces one that wore out after more than five years of service. These are definitely a great value for the money in every venue.

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