Logitech Trackman Marble Review

By Xah Lee. Date: . Last updated: .

The “Logitech Trackman Marble Mouse” is classic. It came out in 2004, and is still in production as of 2021-01. People love it.

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Major problem is no scroll wheel. You can use software to set it so that holding one button then the ball becomes scroll ball. But that's not convenient.

Another problem is, the cursor moves too slow in macOS, even if you set cursor speed in preference all the way up.

Buttons

By default:

There's no middle-click button, and no scroll.

Button Feel

The 2 big buttons are not good. They make a click sound, but sometimes won't register.

The buttons requires more pressure than most mouse buttons.

Ball Feel

The best thing about this trackball is the ball. Big exposed surface, very smooth, and very comfortable to use. and can spin for 1.5 second.

Ball Size

Ball diameter is 40 mm.

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No On-Board Memory

That means, when you use Logitech software to customize it, you need to have the software running.

Software

You can optionally install the Logitech Trackman Marble SetPoint software for customizing the buttons. It runs in Microsoft Windows.

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Logitech Trackman Marble SetPoint software.

You can set a button to be “AutoScroll” or “Universal Scroll”.

Both these scroll options are no good. It's not smooth, and clunky.

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Size Comparison

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[see Trackball Size Comparison]

Linux Setup

In the following, it'll make the right small button do middle-click.

#!/bin/sh

# Logitech Trackman Marble trackball
# http://xahlee.info/kbd/trackball_Logitech_trackman_marble.html

# make right small button do middle click
xinput --set-button-map "Logitech USB Trackball" 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 2

# make it faster
xinput --set-prop "Logitech USB Trackball" "Device Accel Constant Deceleration" 0.5

# hold right button to scroll
xinput --set-prop "Logitech USB Trackball" "Evdev Wheel Emulation" 1
xinput --set-prop "Logitech USB Trackball" "Evdev Wheel Emulation Button" 3
xinput --set-prop "Logitech USB Trackball" "Evdev Wheel Emulation Axes" 6 7 4 5

For detail, see: Linux: How to Swap Mouse ButtonsLinux: How to Set Mouse Speed .

With middle-button, now in browser you can have autoscroll. Autoscroll means: hold middle button, then move your mouse will scroll/pan the page.

By default, autoscroll is off in Firefox. You need to turn it on.

See: Firefox: Set Mouse Wheel Scroll Speed

For Google Chrome, you need to install a extension. Just web search it.

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Conclusion

No buy.

The button are hard to press, and sometimes doesn't register.

Lacking a scroll-wheel is a pain, the software driver emulation is clunky.

There are better trackballs at the same price. See Best Trackballs, Xah Pick

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