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Kensington SlimBlade USB TrackBall 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.


Learn more about the Kensington SlimBlade

Model

Brand
Kensington
Model
SlimBlade

Spec

Interface
USB
Tracking Method
TrackBall

OS / System Requirement

Operating System Supported
Mac & PC compatible, including Windows Vista, Windows XP, and Mac OS X

Features

Features
Multi-function ball lets you easily navigate through your music, pictures and documents using media or document view mode
Keep an eye on which application you are in and which function is being performed with the heads-up display on your monitor
With its low-profile shape, you'll be able to use it comfortably for hours on end
The sleek stationary design saves your desk space
Gain fingertip access to image and media controls
Control cursor and scrolling; volume, play/pause, stop, and next; zoom in/out, and pan, all with the ball

Mouse function updates: http://us.kensington.com/html/17763.html

Manufacturer Warranty

Parts
2 years limited
Labor
2 years limited

Quick Info

Warranty

  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 2 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 2 years


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  • Christian B.
  • 3/25/2014 1:10:25 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

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
  • Tech Level: High
  • 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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  • Gregory S.
  • 1/10/2014 6:35:46 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • 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
  • Tech Level: High
  • 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
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • 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
  • Tech Level: High
  • 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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  • Scott M.
  • 12/6/2012 11:28:16 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsWorks on Linux

Pros: Very Comfortable. Twist the ball to scroll is great. Low profile.

Cons: A bit pricey, five stars otherwise(still bought it)

Other Thoughts: I've been using the Expert Mouse for years. The newer SlimBlade looked great but i was unsure if it would work under linux. A guy at work had one and i plugged it into my laptop and it worked perfectly. Sold

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  • Anonymous
  • 10/16/2012 10:05:52 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAwesome mouse

Pros: This mouse is really easy to use and my hands don't cramp at all even after hours of use. The scrolling method is novel and works great. I like the fact that you can program all four of the buttons to do anything.

Cons: The top two buttons are a bit difficult to hit sometimes without shifting your hand.

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  • Marcial W.
  • 4/30/2012 9:39:40 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsDecent mouse, but didn't work out for me

Pros: Decently comfortable -- i had 'average' sized hands; all four buttons are generally in the right place for how this trackball fits in my hands.

No problems with drivers/trackballworks software on various W7 installations -- remapping functions were wonky, but ended up working out fine. The scrolling-by-twisting concept is novel.

Cons: Coming from a Logitech Marble, the SlimBlade trackball is so large it's almost cumbersome. Twist-to-scroll isn't working out for me -- though I'm that < 1% who use trackball mice for gaming (I'm looking for a Marble-clone, with scrolling). This mouse constantly triggered scrolling when I didn't want it. The mouse buttons have 'dead zones' which require slightly more pressure to register the click.

At one point, I mapped the extra buttons to 'forward' and 'backward', but my experience was that browsers responded oppositely. That is -- my 'forward' button actually went backward, and vice versa. I mapped oppositely, and got expected behavior.

Other Thoughts: It's a decent mouse, but mostly is an overpriced gimmick. Definitely NOT a gaming mouse (I guess I'm the only one who still uses trackballs for games heh).

Also tried to replace my Microsoft Trackball Explorer with this SlimBlade, for productivity at work (I'm a unix admin). Again, scrolling didn't activate when I wanted, and did activate when I didn't want it.

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  • Kenneth C.
  • 3/17/2012 6:58:20 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day

3 out of 5 eggsSliding on Plastic Pips

Pros: Finally customizable via software driver

Cons: Feels tight and sluggish compared to older frictionless-roller Turbo Mouse. Cloth covered cord unravels.

Other Thoughts: Newbies may think it's smooth, but this "sliding on plastic pips" mechanism is no comparison to the frictionless rollers of the old Turbo Mouse (the version that preceded the Expert Mouse and plastic pips). The old parabolic-curve acceleration is gone. The "gliding on air" feeling is gone. The tactile control is totally different — it's now tight and sluggish. It takes more effort. I'm tired after an hour. Yes I was spoiled. I wouldn't mind swapping the pips for the old-style rollers and eliminating the omnidirectional spinning/ scrolling. It affects my work efficiency.

The only upside is that the buttons are now finally customizable via the Trackball Works software (system pref). Getting a separate button for my repetitive double-clicking was crucial. Overall, it's just okay.

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