Kensington Orbit Wireless Trackball, Black/Red

Compact wireless trackball perfect for everyday use and travel. - View Complete Details

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Kensington Orbit Wireless Trackball, Black/Red - The ideal productivity enhancer for any mobile professional, the Orbit® Wireless Mobile Trackball offers compact comfort and precision for the road. A reliable wireless connection provides greater versatility and the receiver stows inside the trackball. Unique touch scrolling, along with the compact 32mm ball, lets you glide effortlessly up and down the screen.

  • Wireless mouse with 2.4 GHz nano receiver.
  • Precise cursor control.
  • Touch scrolling for effortless control.
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Kensington Orbit Wireless Trackball, Black/Red
 
3.8

(based on 55 reviews)

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69%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Kensington "Orbit" vs. Logitech M570 Trackballs

If you're buying the Orbit, it's probably because you've had a Logitech M570, which failed...So let's do a comparison test. It'll be as unbiased as an olde-English aircraft engineer can make...Read complete review

If you're buying the Orbit, it's probably because you've had a Logitech M570, which failed...So let's do a comparison test. It'll be as unbiased as an olde-English aircraft engineer can make it, but it will have warts...! OK - Logitech pro's first. The M570 has a stowable USB receiver, an on/off switch and is specifically designed for Right-handed operation - or at least, mine was. It's used on the desk, so wireless range is not really an issue - and it has a scroll wheel between the left/right paddles. Basically, it is/was a very easy-to-use wireless mouse - and once you'd become used to using a Trackball, nothing else was ever going to feel as comfortable - or as logical. Ergonomics at their best then... ... But not very reliable. The downside of Logitech ownership is that when you use it every day in an office environment (ancient engineers eventually become deskbound too), the natural oils & other substances exuded by ones fingers are transferred to the trackball itself. All this gunk then collects in the ball recess, gums up the three axis sensors and the whole thing becomes intermittent in operation. Logitech must be aware of this shortcoming, 'cos there's a conveniently "pen-sized" hole in the base, through which one pokes a pen and pops out the ball for regular cleaning - around once every month. This also gives access to the position sensors, which can have their encrustations removed with an alcohol-soaked cotton bud while the ball is out. As far as I can recall, none of this is written in the instruction manual, but such straightforward maintenance shouldn't be beyond anyone's abilities. And if that were all that was wrong, I'd still be buying and recommending M570's. No, their main problem is that when - after around two years regular use - the buttons begin to fade away as far as function is concerned, until your "Left Click" doesn't click at all. At which point, you find that whatever warranty you may have had went out the window when the original purchase receipt was lost - as happens with most mice. Bottom line - the M570 WILL wear out in time. And when it does, the Logitech "customer Service " team will disown you unless you can prove purchase... So, we try the next best thing - and the only other easily available wireless trackball mouse on the market is the Orbit. On the plus side, this too has an easily-stowable and very compact USB receiver in its base, an on/off switch, good battery life and enough range for my purposes. It also has a centrally-mounted Trackball, so one has to assume that lefties could use it too. This does, however, result in some ergonomic issues. Principally, the Orbit doesn't have a Scroll Wheel - which is a big deal. This means that you have to put your cursor onto the section that needs to be scrolled with the trackball, left click & hold on the side of the mouse whilst scrolling up or down with the trackball. It's all just a bit too fiddly, especially when the Orbit also seems to be much more "sensitive" to ball inputs than the Logitech ever was. This combination is nowhere near as comfortable to use "Out-of-the-Box" as the Logitech was. But it is still a good wireless trackball mouse. Is it better than the Logitech...? No. Will I buy another Logitech M570...? No. Am I stuck with replacing my Orbit until something better than either of these two comes along...? Yes. But having said that, thus far the Orbit has shown no signs of needing it's ball or sensors cleaning - so I'm optimistic that it'll last longer than the M570 ever did. That is all.

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Bad design for small hands

After using the new wireless mouse for a couple of days, I've realized it has a couple of major design flaws that are making it hard to use. The right click button is almost...Read complete review

After using the new wireless mouse for a couple of days, I've realized it has a couple of major design flaws that are making it hard to use. The right click button is almost verticle, and only my pinky finger sits naturally against it. This design makes it very hard/awkward to click. Also, the scrolling pad is perfectly aligned with the resting place of several fingertips. This results in random scrolling at moments when I do not intend to scroll.

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1.0

Driver

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from San Antonio

Comments about Kensington Orbit Wireless Trackball, Black/Red:

I just bought this wireless mouse and I cant get the driver. Where do I get it? I'm so frustrated because it directs me to the site, but asks for a product code, which isn't available on any of the packing or instruction booklet. I go to the site, and there's a list of items to download, but none to match my orbit mouse. Help. I'm so mad this isn't easier.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

A very convenient and easy to use trackball mouse.

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from Ashburn, VA, United States

Comments about Kensington Orbit Wireless Trackball, Black/Red:

This wireless trackball mouse is very convenient and easy to use in any places and in any positions. Not much to explain, because you will like it when you have it in your hand. You can use it even when you are on your bed and trying to watch videos from your computer that is far away. You can use it in any type of surface and in any position you feel comfortable.

 
5.0

Works Great On The Mac

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from Clearwater, FL, United States

Comments about Kensington Orbit Wireless Trackball, Black/Red:

This Was Just What I Wanted. Works Great On The Mac. However The Trackball Works For Win 10, Is Not Great, I'm Sure That Is A M/S Problem, Not Kensington. I'll Wait & See. Uninstalled It From Win 10, It Works Fine Without The Software. Mac Software Could Use More Documentation, IMHO !!

 
4.0

Had issue; but was able to repair

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from York, PA

Comments about Kensington Orbit Wireless Trackball, Black/Red:

I only had the Orbit for a couple days until I inadvertently dropped it while carrying my laptop. Fortunately, no damage was noticed; the trackball remained secured in its mount. Unfortunately, when I went to use it, the trackball motion was not smooth, pretty much unusable. I popped the ball out and noticed one of the 3 white balls that the trackball rests on was missing. I pretty much figured it was a write off. There's no way I'd be able to find it. I was extremely disappointed in its short life span and lack of durability. I've dropped other trackballs and was able to keep using them. I checked the Kensington web-site and read some of the other reviews that complained about issues with it and decide I was going to rant too. Even though you can't expect no consequence when dropping things. It happens,- even when trying to be careful. At any rate, I discovered that the missing white ball was still inside, rattling around when shaken. Fortunately, the product is not sealed, as another reviewer stated. It can be dis-assembled, although extreme care must be taken as the small white balls can easily be lost. The case halves actually retain them when assembled. If disassembly is attempted, it is advisable to do such that when the white balls come loose, they won't be lost. I'd suggest doing it in a shallow tray on top of a cloth that would keep the white balls contained if/when they fall out. There are torx screws underneath each of the 3 elongated rubber pads on the bottom. There is also 1 screw under the front side of the circular rubber pad. Once the screws have been removed, the trackball separates into two pieces. Care must be taken to not tear the flex cable that connects the touch scroll wheel assembly to the main board assembly. I found the missing white ball trapped between the circular top circuit board and the plastic case. The ball is very tiny and can easily be lost, In fact we almost lost them several times, before discovering that case halves serves to retain them. I found the best way wo reinstall is by laying the bottom case half flat, and then placing the ball in It's cavity. The top half is then carefully mated with the bottom half. Again extreme care must be taken as the balls can easily get dislodged until the case halves are mated and the screws re-installed and tightened. At any rate I'm much more satisfied, now that it's back in working order. I would rather the scroll pad would allow scrolling in a complete circle and in the same direction as your finger slides around the top, or have that action programmable.

 
4.0

This is the second one I ...

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from Preston, Paignton, United Kingdom

Comments about Kensington Orbit Wireless Trackball, Black/Red:

This is the second one I have brought. If I was not happy with the first one, I would not have brought the 2nd one

 
3.0

Scrolling not what was expected

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from Newport Beach, CA, United States

Comments about Kensington Orbit Wireless Trackball, Black/Red:

I like everything about this track ball except the scrolling. It does not scroll well. Trying to figure out it can be adjusted to scroll further.

 
3.0

Great trackball - only works for a year

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from Middletown, DE, United States

Comments about Kensington Orbit Wireless Trackball, Black/Red:

This is my favorite trackball, but does not work very long. it seems to only work for a year. But have no fear, Kinsington does replaces it.

 
5.0

Fast Learning Curve

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from Pittsburgh, PA, United States

Comments about Kensington Orbit Wireless Trackball, Black/Red:

Four stars and counting upward. I've used the Orbit for only about 3 days now, having previously been accustomed to a trackball on which the ball was operated by the thumb and the right/left click buttons and scroll wheel were more conventionally situated. My hand is 'learning"' it a bit more quickly than I'd anticipated when I started out. I'm thinking less and less about 'mechanics' while trying to get work done. I like that the Orbit is constructed to be used by both the left- and right-handed. I quickly found the 'sweet spot' that makes my fingers happy when adjusting the sensitivity of the trackball via the TrackballWorks configuration panel. Still adjusting to the scroll-pad, but as quickly and the other adjustments have been made, I'm confident I'll catch on fairly quickly.

 
2.0

not impressed (but wanted to be)

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from MN

Comments about Kensington Orbit Wireless Trackball, Black/Red:

maybe i will get used to it over time but switching from the expert mouse to this one is pretty hard. itty bitty trackball makes it uncomfortable to use. they do make up for it in software (and the software features are very nice).

 
4.0

Good enough to buy a second one

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from Lexington, KY, United States

Comments about Kensington Orbit Wireless Trackball, Black/Red:

Had one for 2 years with my work laptop. Got another for my personal unit. The scroll ring is somewhat touchy but no better wireless alternatives exist.

 
2.0

Great Idea

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from Nebraska

Comments about Kensington Orbit Wireless Trackball, Black/Red:

I bought this trackball because my wired one was pretty old and occasionally didn't work right. I love the idea of a wireless unit and the mobile size is great for my small hands. Problems have developed that even loading the latest version of Trackball Works hasn't helped with. The mouse literally goes berserk moving the screen from side to side, up and down, etc. and after two days of trying all the settings available to "tame" the mouse, I just turned it off and put it aside. I have loved the convenience and comfort of using my Kensington Trackballs over the years and they are the only style I have ever had in over 20 years on a computer. Maybe the problem is that it is a "mobil" mouse or because it's wireless. I don't know why that would make a difference, my printer Is wireless and I've never had a problem with it. If you have any "FIXES" I don't know about, I would appreciate your input.

 
3.0

Orbit Wireless Trackball

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from Canada

Comments about Kensington Orbit Wireless Trackball, Black/Red:

I've had kensigton trackballs since I ditched the Mac mouse in 86. Wireless is great but scroll feature is annoying! Poorly placed, keep touching it because the ball is too small. Opened the unit (4 screws) and pulled the scroll cable off the main board. Now I can deal with it not jumping around. Ball needs to be bigger and finer resolution for drawing purposes.

 
4.0

Just the right size

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from Palo Alto, CA, United States

Comments about Kensington Orbit Wireless Trackball, Black/Red:

My doctor suggested a trackball to relieve the pressure of repetitive stress to my shoulder. I have a limited amount of space at my desk and I didn't want any more wires or cords. This little beauty fit the bill perfectly. It fits in the palm of my hand and it's wireless.

 
1.0

Not compatible with Windows 10

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from West Yorkshire, United Kingdom

Comments about Kensington Orbit Wireless Trackball, Black/Red:

I bought this and it worked okay for a couple of weeks then I had a jumping screen. I looked at everything that I thought would be causing this problem then I removed the wireless trackball and plugged in my old standby and the jumping screen has gone and everything work perfectly now. The wireless trackball now in the wardrobe.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Good ideas, bad execution

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from Los Angeles, CA, United States

Comments about Kensington Orbit Wireless Trackball, Black/Red:

I wanted to love this trackball. I liked the small footprint for travel (and my smaller hands) and I LOVED the wireless connectivity. But where this product fails is the touch scroll wheel. It is in exactly the wrong place (right around the little bitty rollerball) so every time you even tap it with a findertip or knuckle, suddenly you've scrolled to a totally weird part of the page or document and that makes for a LOT of typos. Because of its proximity to the rollerball, it is impossible to not touch the scroll dial when using the rollerball. A rubber manual scroll ring around the ball (like the original Orbit) would have been a much better idea.

 
4.0

Perfect ergonomics.

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from Duluth, MN

Comments about Kensington Orbit Wireless Trackball, Black/Red:

The stubby design allows the user to employ a wrist rest, something those with long tails prevent. There is some kind of scrolling feature that I have not been able to figure out yet and there is no instructions.

 
5.0

Kensington Quality Continues

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from Winter Springs, FL, United States

Comments about Kensington Orbit Wireless Trackball, Black/Red:

I have enjoyed Kensington products such as Expert Mouse which is really a large trackball. When I found this Wireless Mobile trackball, I knew it would be perfect for my computer repair and trouble shooting on the multiple setups I run through one switch box. Now when a computer loses contact with its mouse, I can simply connect the wireless Trackball to finish my repair work. Because it is a trackball I takes less space than a mouse, but is just as useful. A fine product for those who prefer trackballs.

 
5.0

Awesome! Blew me away!

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from Glendale, CA

Comments about Kensington Orbit Wireless Trackball, Black/Red:

I bought the Orbit Wireless as a last resort after SetPoint kept freezing my ASUS with Win 8. I've been using Logitech trackballs for over a decade and didn't think trackballs could get any better. I was wrong! What puts the Orbit Wireless head and shoulders above any other mouse or trackball is the Touch Scroll with inertial scrolling. It allows me to scan large spreadsheets, Word docs, program code, PDFs, websites, you name it, I can scan at various speeds with the flick of a finger and tap, or a controlled slide, I get to where I need to be effortlessly. The Touch Scroll even allows me to page up and down with single page viewing. Awesome! And programming the simultaneous pressing of both side buttons (thanks HD) makes the autoscroll feature work in programs that didn't recognize the scroll wheel click on the Logitech. (Visio is the only exception). And the use of the CTRL key to slow the speed of the mouse movement for fine tuning cursor placement is genius! Kudos Kensington! You guys rock!

 
4.0

Love the mouse, hate the software

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from Greenwood Village, CO, United States

Comments about Kensington Orbit Wireless Trackball, Black/Red:

I asked for this mouse at work so that I could use it with each hand, freely switching as needed. It is great for that. The manual was not very helpful, but I soon discovered that there is a wheel/scroll function around the outside circle holding the trackball. This is exactly what I needed. I had tried downloading the software in order to find this function, and the software made the mouse unusable. I had to disconnect the mouse, reconnect my old one, and uninstall it. It made the cursor automatically click on everything it ran over - insane.

 
1.0

Major flaw - don't lose the dongle.

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from NYC, NY, United States

Comments about Kensington Orbit Wireless Trackball, Black/Red:

I have been a Kensington customer for a long time. I have literally changed at least 20 minds concerning the Orbit trackball at work. Sadly Kensington refuses to address a major flaw - my computer was stolen off my desk with my trackball dongle attached. When asked for a replacement Kensington said they are unique to the trackball (hear of Logitech's unifying dongle system?). Only fix is to buy new 1. Not right. No more Kensington products in my office or home. Very sad and disappointed ex-customer.

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