With its large scrolling cylinder, articulated left- and right-click buttons, and illuminated blue orb, the L-Trac Glow looks like it’s straight out of a 1980s sci-fi film. Thankfully, it boasts up-to-date technology, including a user-selectable tracking resolution.
- Up to 1600-dpi sensitivity
- Precise laser-based navigation
- A bit overpriced
The portable Elecom Compact is available in two different styles, so you can choose between either thumb or finger-operated models. Its small size makes it a great choice for those who travel, though it may be difficult for people with large hands to control it precisely.
- Comes with semi-hard case
- Buttons are very quiet
- Battery level indicator
Built by a company with a great reputation for making computer accessories, the Logitech M570 doesn’t have all of the bells and whistles of more updated options. Its long battery life and affordability make it a solid choice despite it being an older model.
- 10-meter wireless range
- Receiver can be stored in body
- Outdated software
Those with large mitts should look to the Elecom Huge for a comfortable solution. The biggest and heaviest on the market, it features a precise optical sensor, a tilting scroll wheel to streamline browsing, and long-lasting, highly tactile Omron switches.
- Ball is easily removed for cleaning
- High and low energy modes
- Difficult for small hands to use
The Perixx Perimice-517 is an ergonomic choice with a sculpted design that allows you to rest your wrist and hand comfortably. Its ball can be replaced with a variety of different colored ones, although you have to purchase them separately.
- Rubberized coating on surface
- Also comes in wireless version
- Only two dpi settings
The Kensington Expert can be connected via Bluetooth or with an included 2.4 GHz wireless receiver. You can customize the inputs of the device’s four buttons, as well as the speed of its innovative scroll ring by using the company’s software.
- Large 55-millimeter-wide ball
- Ambidextrous layout
- Also available in corded model
The body of the Kensington Orbit provides an ergonomic platform for hours of strain-free work, helping to fend off fatigue throughout a long day. It comes with software for customizing its right- and left-click buttons, and it’s compatible with all operating systems.
- Scroll ring for navigating pages
- Includes a detachable wrist rest
- Buttons are irritatingly loud
An excellent choice for the traveling professional, the Kensington SlimBlade boasts a low profile, a minimalist design, and an elegant style that looks good on your desk. You can also personalize the functions of its buttons with the included software.
- Lots of speed customization options
- Very little lag
- Holds up well over time
The ambidextrous Trackman Marble delivers smooth tracking with a top-mounted, oversized ball that allows for accuracy and speed. Its simple layout features two main clickers, as well as forward and backward navigation controls.
- Good value for the cost
- Reduces wrist fatigue effectively
- Impressive lifespan
Logitech MX Ergo
The Logitech MX Ergo is a cutting-edge, modern interpretation of an old-school peripheral, featuring industry-leading accuracy, wireless connectivity, and the ability to control multiple PCs simultaneously using the proprietary Logitech Flow software.
- Battery recharges via micro usb
- Extensive selection of buttons
- Can adjust hinge to find ideal angle