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Kensington Orbit Trackball with Scroll Ring

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Product Highlights
  • USB
  • Symmetrical Design
  • Mac & Windows Compatibility

The Orbit Trackball with Scroll Ring from Kensington is a desktop trackball with a USB interface. It features a symmetrical design, making it easy for both right-handed and left-handed users to operate. Optical tracking technology and a scroll ring make it easy to move your cursor and scroll through web pages. It is compatible with Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, and Mac OS X.

All-day comfort from a world leader in trackball innovation
Scroll ring allows fast, easy scrolling of web pages and documents
Uses far less desk space than a mouse
Optical technology for precise tracking -- no cleaning required
Symmetrical design for left-handed or right-handed handed users
Click-free scrolling
USB connectivity
PC and Mac compatible
Interface USB
Wireless Support None
Buttons 2
Scroll Wheel Yes (Scroll Ring)
Power Requirements Bus-powered
Kensington Orbit Trackball with Scroll Ring
  • 5-Year Limited Warranty
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    KensingtonOrbit Trackball with Scroll Ring
     
    3.8

    (based on 22 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (7)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (9)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (2)

    76%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy connectivity (7)
    • Ergonomic (7)
    • Ergonomic layout (7)
    • Fast connection (6)
    • Fast response (6)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Graphic design (6)
      • Web surfing (6)
      • Office (5)
      • Business applications (4)
      • Gaming (4)
        • Computer Platform:
        • PC (9), Mac (5)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Power user (17), Casual user (5)
        • Primary use:
        • Business (5), Personal (3)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      The One to Try First

      I've never liked mice. I always thought a trackball was the solution for me, but by the time I bought my first computer, trackballs weren't very popular. At that time the first one...Read complete review

      I've never liked mice. I always thought a trackball was the solution for me, but by the time I bought my first computer, trackballs weren't very popular. At that time the first one I could get my hands on was the Logitech Marble Mouse, and I have been using it and its successor (now called the Trackman Marble; B&H carries them) ever since.

      I have no problem with the Logitech Marble; my only complaint ever was that Logitech could have found a place to locate a proper scrollwheel on it. But trackballs are finally gaining in popularity, selection is improving, and it was time for a change.

      The Kensington Orbit is generally similar to the Logitech Marble, but the Orbit has a Scroll Ring! -- a truly inspired way to add scrolling to a trackball. The Orbit is truly ambidextrous -- lefties can swap the button functions in software, and even reverse the function of the scroll ring.

      Those buttons are not as perfectly placed as those on the Logitech, however. They have a good, positive feel and movement, but the sound is...unfortunate. Having read other reviews of this trackball on this Website, I feel the need to point out that both the ball and the ring on mine operated smoothly and freely, with no break-in needed. Any jerkiness in scroll ring action is onscreen only.

      Download the TrackballWorks driver! It will give you extra button functions and the ability to reverse the scroll ring, as well as control over pointer and scroll rates. And it switches automatically to work on any Kensington trackball you plug in. Other reviewers have had trouble with TrackballWorks in Windows 7, but I got it working on the first try -- I actually had more trouble with it in Windows XP!

      The Orbit comes with an attachable wrist rest, of...simple...if durable construction, which doesn't seem soft enough for comfort. In practice, I found it more comfortable than expected but soon enough, I switched back to a gel pad I bought years ago at retail.

      The Kensington Orbit is the trackball to choose if economy is an issue, or for anyone trying a trackball for the first time. The only reason I gave it less than a full 5-star rating is the less-than-perfect ergonomics.

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      Good mouse alternative

      I switched to using my mouse left handed to save my overworked right hand. When someone loaned me a track ball to try, I liked the reduced wrist motion and unlimited motion (you...Read complete review

      I switched to using my mouse left handed to save my overworked right hand. When someone loaned me a track ball to try, I liked the reduced wrist motion and unlimited motion (you don't run off the pad and have to "oar" over to keep going). I was addicted to the scroll function, hard to find in left handed devices. This device has ambidextrous buttons and scroll. I have used it for over a week now, and learning has been quick. I don't feel as precise in fine pointer placement, but I am getting faster and more confident. The scroll ring does not seem to be very sensitive in that it takes a lot of movement before it jumps to the next "click". At this time I think I will keep using it and prefer it over a normal mouse.

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      5.0

      Excellent Mouse

      By martinmartinmartin

      from NYC

      About Me Power user

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Accurate Controls
      • Smooth Movement

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Graphic Design

        Comments about Kensington Orbit Trackball with Scroll Ring:

        This mouse is fantastic I use it to edit with and it is perfect.

        • Computer Platform:
        • Mac

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        4.0

        The One to Try First

        By Baron Rojo

        from Cumberland, Ohio

        About Me Casual User

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Accurate Controls
        • Fast Response
        • Scroll Ring
        • Smooth Movement

        Cons

        • Button Placement

        Best Uses

        • Graphic Design
        • Web Surfing
        • Word Processing

        Comments about Kensington Orbit Trackball with Scroll Ring:

        I've never liked mice. I always thought a trackball was the solution for me, but by the time I bought my first computer, trackballs weren't very popular. At that time the first one I could get my hands on was the Logitech Marble Mouse, and I have been using it and its successor (now called the Trackman Marble; B&H carries them) ever since.

        I have no problem with the Logitech Marble; my only complaint ever was that Logitech could have found a place to locate a proper scrollwheel on it. But trackballs are finally gaining in popularity, selection is improving, and it was time for a change.

        The Kensington Orbit is generally similar to the Logitech Marble, but the Orbit has a Scroll Ring! -- a truly inspired way to add scrolling to a trackball. The Orbit is truly ambidextrous -- lefties can swap the button functions in software, and even reverse the function of the scroll ring.

        Those buttons are not as perfectly placed as those on the Logitech, however. They have a good, positive feel and movement, but the sound is...unfortunate. Having read other reviews of this trackball on this Website, I feel the need to point out that both the ball and the ring on mine operated smoothly and freely, with no break-in needed. Any jerkiness in scroll ring action is onscreen only.

        Download the TrackballWorks driver! It will give you extra button functions and the ability to reverse the scroll ring, as well as control over pointer and scroll rates. And it switches automatically to work on any Kensington trackball you plug in. Other reviewers have had trouble with TrackballWorks in Windows 7, but I got it working on the first try -- I actually had more trouble with it in Windows XP!

        The Orbit comes with an attachable wrist rest, of...simple...if durable construction, which doesn't seem soft enough for comfort. In practice, I found it more comfortable than expected but soon enough, I switched back to a gel pad I bought years ago at retail.

        The Kensington Orbit is the trackball to choose if economy is an issue, or for anyone trying a trackball for the first time. The only reason I gave it less than a full 5-star rating is the less-than-perfect ergonomics.

        • Computer Platform:
        • PC

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        4.0

        A decent mouse for a decent price

        By Angelbook

        from Brooklyn, NY

        About Me Power user

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Kensington Orbit Trackball with Scroll Ring:

              I decided to buy this mouse to replace an old mouse that had started to die out on me after about 4 years of use.

              I prefer using a trackball, even for gaming, it's just more comfortable for me. I wanted a scroll rings since my previous mouse didn't have one, so this mouse caught my eye.

              The trackball itself is smooth, the mouse installed itself into the computer no problem. The scroll ring works great for browsing. If the mouse is used for simple browsing and basic purposes, it works perfect and I'd highly recommend it.

              The only upsetting part about the mouse is the lack of a middle click button. There are ways to program this easily so it's not too big of a deal for browsing, but it doesn't work for gaming. The scroll ring itself doesn't click either and sometimes can be oversensitive for gaming as well.

              Still one of my favorite trackball mice, it loses a point for gaming but otherwise it's great for casual computer use.

              • Computer Platform:
              • PC

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              3.0

              A lot less presition that with a mouse

              By Emilio

              from France

              About Me Power user

              Verified Buyer

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                Cons

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                    Comments about Kensington Orbit Trackball with Scroll Ring:

                    Ive used this trackball for 10 days straight. I still dont have the same presition as I do with a regular $15 wireless mouse. The scroll ring is great but again, resolution/presition is not the same as in an optical mouse. Maybe I should have got the pro version...

                    • Computer Platform:
                    • PC

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                    4.0

                    Nifty trackball

                    By Big Mo

                    from Culver City

                    About Me Power user

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Ergonomic Layout
                    • Fast Response
                    • Smaller Trackball
                    • Smooth Movement

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Editing
                      • Graphic Design
                      • Web Surfing

                      Comments about Kensington Orbit Trackball with Scroll Ring:

                      This trackball is just the right size, and the 2 buttons are all I need. As a woman, I was specifically looking for a small sized trackball, and this is the one for me. Totally manageable and easy to integrate into your editing workflow, all you ladies looking for a trackball mouse? Get this one, hands down (no pun intended).

                      • Computer Platform:
                      • Mac

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                      3.0

                      OK for the money.

                      By oldcomputerguy

                      from Wichita, KS

                      About Me Casual User

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Accurate Controls
                      • Ergonomic Layout
                      • Scroll Ring Is Good

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Business Applications

                        Comments about Kensington Orbit Trackball with Scroll Ring:

                        Not the best, not the worst, but it does the job. The ball was binding a little at first, but has now loosened up a little; not as free-wheeling as I would like. Buttons are pretty touchy, it's easy to click them by accident. Scroll ring works pretty well.

                        • Computer Platform:
                        • PC

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                        4.0

                        nice, but issues

                        By Thomllama

                        from Connecticut

                        About Me Power user

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Accurate Controls
                        • Ergonomic Layout
                        • Fast Response

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

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

                          Comments about Kensington Orbit Trackball with Scroll Ring:

                          I like this tracball, but coming from the Turbo Mouse I find the larger ball on my older unit much nicer and more accurate. I DO prefer the 2 buttons over the 4 which were not really easy to use.

                          I'm left handed and the software Kensington uses works well on my mac and is easy to switch if someone right handed wants to use it for a few minutes.

                          I do have one issue with the Orbit and it's the scroll wheel is defective. Contacted Kensington and they are shipping me a new one but it did take a few days of back and forth e-mails to to to this. I think the final was I posted a video of the issue on U-tube and sent them the link. On the plus side they haven't asked for the old one back so I'm not paying for shipping to return like most places have you do.

                          • Computer Platform:
                          • Mac

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                          5.0

                          Great Trackball, great price!

                          By EBZ

                          from West Hartford,CT

                          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

                            Comments about Kensington Orbit Trackball with Scroll Ring:

                            I've been using trackballs for quite a while now, and this one definitely takes the cake when it comes to performance vs. price. I use it for dual-screen editing and am very please with the action, hand positioning and the scroll ring works great!

                            • Computer Platform:
                            • PC

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                            5.0

                            Earlier to Use Then I Thought

                            By Tomez

                            from Omaha, NE

                            About Me Power user

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Smooth Movement

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Gaming
                              • Web Surfing
                              • Word Processing

                              Comments about Kensington Orbit Trackball with Scroll Ring:

                              I orginally had a Microsoft Trackball that I loved dearly, but I can't find it anymore so I gave this Orbit Trackball a try and it was easier than I thought it would be to use, so I bought an extra this time to make sure I have another one incase I need it. I highly recommend this Trackball. Very Easy to Use!!!

                              • Computer Platform:
                              • PC

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                              1.0

                              Orbet Trackball

                              By Jeff

                              from Southern Maryland

                              About Me Power user

                              Verified Buyer

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                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                    Comments about Kensington Orbit Trackball with Scroll Ring:

                                    Have just upgraded to Mac Lion, and was told by Kensington that this would work. Well, it doesn't! They're trackball works software would not allow more that one button to be programmed... Not worth the money.

                                    • Computer Platform:
                                    • Mac

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                                    4.0

                                    So far , so good

                                    By CarlosL

                                    from Boca Raton Fl.

                                    About Me Power user

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Accurate Controls
                                    • Easy To Clean
                                    • Ergonomic Layout
                                    • Fast Response
                                    • The scroll ring

                                    Cons

                                    • Somewhat costly

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Graphic Design
                                    • Web Surfing

                                    Comments about Kensington Orbit Trackball with Scroll Ring:

                                    I have been using trackballs for 2 decades. It is obvious that technology has advanced on these devices. The Orbit Track bsll is simple to use, accurate and the scroll ring is useful and responsive. The service reliability and the competitive price of B&H photo make the purchase desition very easy.

                                    • Computer Platform:
                                    • PC

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                                    4.0

                                    Functional but not my favorite

                                    By Diana the small business owner

                                    from Oregon

                                    About Me Power user

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Easy To Clean
                                    • Ergonomic Layout
                                    • Fast Response

                                    Cons

                                    • Shape is flat and wide
                                    • Touchy response

                                    Best Uses

                                      Comments about Kensington Orbit Trackball with Scroll Ring:

                                      This is my third Kensington mouse. I've owned 2 Turboballs, a style that is no longer available, and now the Orbit Trackball. My chiropractor first recommended the ball-type mouse to help solve a shoulder and upper back problem, plus elbow tendinitis. These problems went away after I switched to to a turboball. Unfortunately, my old Turboball will not work with my new computer. I liked the fit and feel of the Turboballs better under my hand- they were not as flat or wide as the Orbit Trackball. Also, the ball itself was bigger and easier for me to maneuver, and my last one had 4 programmable buttons instead of just 2. I like the scroll wheel and the wrist extender on the Trackball. The Trackball seems a bit touchier to use but that may be because I'm still getting used to it and haven't refined the programming enough. Overall, I much prefer this mouse to a standard mouse.

                                      • Computer Platform:
                                      • Mac

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                                      3.0

                                      Good mouse alternative

                                      By anon

                                      from Pendleton OR

                                      About Me Power user

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Ergonomic Layout

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Business Applications
                                        • Word Processing

                                        Comments about Kensington Orbit Trackball with Scroll Ring:

                                        I switched to using my mouse left handed to save my overworked right hand. When someone loaned me a track ball to try, I liked the reduced wrist motion and unlimited motion (you don't run off the pad and have to "oar" over to keep going). I was addicted to the scroll function, hard to find in left handed devices. This device has ambidextrous buttons and scroll. I have used it for over a week now, and learning has been quick. I don't feel as precise in fine pointer placement, but I am getting faster and more confident. The scroll ring does not seem to be very sensitive in that it takes a lot of movement before it jumps to the next "click". At this time I think I will keep using it and prefer it over a normal mouse.

                                        • Computer Platform:
                                        • PC

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                                        2.0

                                        Scroll ring

                                        By Guyton Gurl

                                        from savannah, ga

                                        About Me Power user

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                          Cons

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                                              Comments about Kensington Orbit Trackball with Scroll Ring:

                                              i lve the stationary mouse, but the scroll ring is not great. It doesn't roll the page smoothly, but the stationary part is great.

                                              • Computer Platform:
                                              • PC

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                                              4.0

                                              enjoying this item

                                              By Hina

                                              from Pasadena, CA

                                              About Me Casual User

                                              Verified Buyer

                                              Pros

                                              • Durable
                                              • Easy Connectivity
                                              • Ergonomic
                                              • Fast Connection
                                              • Versatile

                                              Cons

                                                Best Uses

                                                  Comments about Kensington Orbit Trackball with Scroll Ring:

                                                  I am really enjoying this mouse. I am finding that the right and left click buttons fit my smallish hands. I also find the scroll ring easy to use. I am right handed, but use my mouse with my left hand so I can still write notes while mousing, but I can switch to the right if I need to. Great mouse, I would buy another and wouldn't hesitate to recommend it.

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                                                  • Personal

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                                                  5.0

                                                  great value for the price!

                                                  By thx421

                                                  from michigan

                                                  About Me Power user

                                                  Verified Buyer

                                                  Pros

                                                  • Durable
                                                  • Easy Connectivity
                                                  • Ergonomic
                                                  • Fast Connection
                                                  • Versatile

                                                  Cons

                                                    Best Uses

                                                    • Office
                                                    • Sequencing

                                                    Comments about Kensington Orbit Trackball with Scroll Ring:

                                                    This is the first 5 star review I have given because it is better than what I expected. very comfortable design and the scroll ring is great!

                                                    • Primary use:
                                                    • Business

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                                                    4.0

                                                    Good for the wrist

                                                    By guitarsean

                                                    from Denver CO

                                                    About Me Power user

                                                    Verified Buyer

                                                    Pros

                                                    • Durable
                                                    • Ergonomic

                                                    Cons

                                                      Best Uses

                                                      • Gaming
                                                      • Multimedia
                                                      • Office

                                                      Comments about Kensington Orbit Trackball with Scroll Ring:

                                                      I've always preferred trackballs to regular mice. I miss the 'chord' function of my older Orbit, but I got used the the scroll wheel quickly. I also like that it is an optical mouse, I expect it to last much longer than the older Orbit models I used.

                                                      • Primary use:
                                                      • Business

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                                                      5.0

                                                      Great mouse

                                                      By Kevinmk

                                                      from columbia illinois

                                                      About Me Casual User

                                                      Verified Buyer

                                                      Pros

                                                      • Easy Connectivity
                                                      • Ergonomic
                                                      • Fast Connection
                                                      • Versatile

                                                      Cons

                                                      • None

                                                      Best Uses

                                                      • Gaming
                                                      • Home
                                                      • Multimedia
                                                      • Office

                                                      Comments about Kensington Orbit Trackball with Scroll Ring:

                                                      mouse takes a while to get use to extremely sensitive. a great buy would recommend it to all my friend.

                                                      • Primary use:
                                                      • Personal

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                                                      4.0

                                                      Great Product

                                                      By Tony

                                                      from New York

                                                      About Me Power user

                                                      Verified Buyer

                                                      Pros

                                                      • Durable
                                                      • Easy Connectivity
                                                      • Ergonomic
                                                      • Fast Connection
                                                      • Versatile

                                                      Cons

                                                        Best Uses

                                                        • Gaming
                                                        • Home
                                                        • Multimedia
                                                        • Office

                                                        Comments about Kensington Orbit Trackball with Scroll Ring:

                                                        I've been using trackballs for years now - this track ball will do the job for you

                                                        • Primary use:
                                                        • Business

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                                                        5.0

                                                        Works Great !!

                                                        By gem

                                                        from Quad Cities

                                                        About Me Casual User

                                                        Verified Buyer

                                                        Pros

                                                        • Durable
                                                        • Easy Connectivity
                                                        • Ergonomic
                                                        • Versatile

                                                        Cons

                                                          Best Uses

                                                            Comments about Kensington Orbit Trackball with Scroll Ring:

                                                            It's a Kensington. Always lives up to expectations.

                                                            • Primary use:
                                                            • Personal

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