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Kensington SlimBlade 72327 (K72327US) Scroll Ball USB Wired Laser Mouse

  • Sleek design saves space
  • USB
  • TrackBall

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  • newegg Ergonomic Design The Kensington SlimBlade boasts slim, low-profile shape for hours of comfortable use while the sleek contour saves your precious desktop space.
  • newegg High Performance The Kensington SlimBlade features dual lasers plus large ball to provide maximum accuracy and convenient scrolling.
  • newegg Powerful Software The TrackballWorks software can help you adjust pointer speed, scrolling and button functions for superior personalized experience.

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 2 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 2 years
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  • Joseph K.
  • 11/3/2015 8:48:16 AM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

1 out of 5 eggsDisappointing - Not as Advertised

Pros: Kensington reputation

Cons: Very disappointing. If you are buying the SlimBlade because it has software to support the "media mode" and "document viewing mode", you'll be sorely disappointed. Just got off the line with Technical Support. It was only after 10 minutes on the phone that they admitted they disabled that feature in the software. You'll get a nice little "Quick Start" guide that tells you all about those features. You'll need to ignore it.

Other Thoughts: I'm sure the device will perform reasonably well, but I am disappointed that it has advertised features I won't be able to use. It would have been nice if they at least offered an older version of the software that still had those features enabled.

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  • Earl K.
  • 5/6/2015 10:48:30 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsHard to quantify

Pros: Attractive, and well made (braided usb cable) counterpart of the K64325.

Cons: - Track ball too small
- no scroll ring
- awkward buttons.

Other Thoughts: It's difficult to rate mice because the 'feel' is so subjective. There are graphic designers who well not part with 15+ yo $12 analog mouse with the little rubber ball underneath because they like the way that particular device responses.

I loved the Kennsington K64325. I'd finally found a mouse that I would stay with forever. However, the manufacturing of that unit was not quite up to pair, and it stopped working after about a 1.5 years of serious use.

I thought to myself: now that I've found a mouse that I really like, I'll make an investment and buy the premium version, one that hopefully will last a lifetime. Terrible mistake. They ruined everything that made the K64325 so great: the large size, the feeling of inertial that it gives you, the unbelievably convenient scroll ring that surrounds the ball. The high precision well placed buttons, even the hideous (though detachable) foam wrist rest! The rage I felt for being given such an inferior product for so much more would have prompted me to give it a one star. But I feel that's unfair given how personal such considerations are.

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  • alexander s.
  • 11/12/2014 11:50:52 AM
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsDifferent from the Expert but still good

Pros: Seems to be an improved version of the Expert mouse. There is a hole in the bottom of the ball-cradle that allows dust and other unmentionables from blocking the laser. The buttons are stiff (slightly too stiff right now but I expect that to change) and the motion is just as fluid as my Expert. I was also concerned about the scroll mechenism in this mouse but i found my self using the same hand motions I used for the expert and getting the same results.

Cons: the shape of the mouse is a little odd, I use my Expert mouse with my hand resting along the right edge of the mouse. I left-click with the top right button and right-click with the bottom right button. This orientation is slightly awkward for me as the SlimBlade is wider at the bottom than the Expert. This means my wrist is in a slightly different orientation. That said, it isn't a drastic change and I expect to adapt to it quickly. It also insists on clicking when you scroll. It doesn't bother me at all but it might bother my coworkers if they have super-hearing.

Other Thoughts: It works out of the box in Ubuntu Linux.

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  • John T.
  • 11/5/2014 8:49:06 AM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSaves Hand

Pros: Smooth action, comfortable for large hand, does not break easily

Cons: connector wire can kink

Other Thoughts: I switched to large trackball that Kensington started making back in the late '80's. No more cramping of my hand or forearm muscles. Minimal chance of carpel tunnel problems with the cushions provided by Kensington

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1 out of 5 eggsannoying rattle

Pros: Cool looking.

Cons: Takes a while to get used to Y & once you get the hang of it, the single & double click buttons have a loud & annoying rattling sound that will drive you crazy.

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  • Ryan K.
  • 3/11/2014 12:20:46 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Trackball

Pros: Comfortable, Large Ball, Accurate

Cons: Trackballs may not be for everyone, Scrolling with this trackball may not be for everyone, expensive

Other Thoughts: I've been holding off on this trackball for a long time, due to the mixed reviews and expensive price.

Recently I decided to pull the trigger and am glad I did. The trackball is a pleasure to use and I have found it to be very accurate with a little tweaking.

Many criticisms of this trackball from years ago is regarding the customization and the software. From my experience this has changed greatly over time as Kensington has greatly improved their software.

With their latest drivers and TrackballWorks (from their site) you can change the tracking settings, scrolling speed, button mapping, and more. The updated software addresses all these criticisms.

Unlike previous Kensington Trackballs there is no scroll wheel or scroll ring. Scrolling is performed by turning the ball clockwise or counterclockwise. You can also set a button to be the middle (3rd) mouse button for scrolling by holding the middle mouse button and moving the trackball to scroll in some applications. Some people may not like this, but I found that it works well for me.

As someone with signs of possible developing carpel tunnel I find this with a palm rest is a nice combination and change from a mouse and at least helps a bit. If you have trouble moving your wrists a lot you might find that this is more comfortable than a mouse. You still need to move your fingers to operate the ball, of course.

Sometimes you can find this trackball on sale. Even so, it can still be a bit expensive, even after being on the market for several years. If you like large trackballs or find mice uncomfortable it's worth trying however. Another alternative to this trackball is the Kensington Expert Mouse Trackball, which is similar but with a different body and a physical scroll ring.

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  • Anonymous
  • 1/10/2014 6:35:46 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Easy to use and setup. USB 2.0 for great performance.

Cons: Click switches seem to wear prematurely. I think this is a common problem with all devices using these types of micro-switches.

Other Thoughts: Kensington increased the size of the jeweled bearings that the ball rides on. This was a nagging problem with this model and the Slimblade trackball both of which I own. Kensington replaced the Slimblade some years ago with no questions asked as these products have a limited lifetime guarantee.

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  • Paul H.
  • 11/6/2013 10:49:29 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggsReally nice trackball

Pros: Very nice replacement for the Kensington Expert. Smooth operation, refined design and low profile. This is a classy looking trackball. Nibs that the ball glides on are well designed and do not appear to trap as much dirt as the Expert. Quiet (er) compared to the Expert - buttons have a more refined click vs the more plastic on plastic click and scroll of the Expert. The SlimeBlade scroll generates an electronic click internal to the device as feedback letting you know that you are in scroll mode. Its not loud compared to the well worn scroll on my Expert and in all but the quietest rooms should not be a problem.

Cons: While this is a really nice trackball I'm going to ding it a star for price in combination with the following two issues - the cord is about 1ft shorter than it should be and the button clicks could be slightly quieter. Perhaps in a couple of years when I replace it their design engineers will have improved it.

Other Thoughts: I spend many hours a week as a developer and wouldn't dream of returning to a mouse. If you have an Expert this is a worthy replacement.

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  • Johnathan S.
  • 6/19/2013 1:07:26 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsTerrible Product

Pros: It's somewhat pretty.

Cons: NO SCROLL WHEEL. Scrolls by rotating trackball. Absolutely terrible for anything requiring the slightest amount of precision. It makes a horrid clicking noise when scrolling that you cannot turn off. The cord is about a foot shorter than it needs to be. The buttons feel flimsy and weak.

Other Thoughts: DO NOT BUY THIS MOUSE. Buy the Kensington Expert instead. If you are thinking about upgrading from the Expert to this, DO NOT. That is what I did and it is horrible and terrible and all things bad. I have returned it and will be purchasing another Kensington Expert.

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  • Todd S.
  • 6/4/2013 9:58:12 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Slim design, good feedback, twist scroll

Cons: Expensive - you get what you pay for

Other Thoughts: I wasn't crazy about spending this much on a trackball but I needed a slim design to fit on the keyboard drawer. I am not disappointed with this. It has a nice feel and the twist, roll and clicks are all responsive.

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