has the trackball landscape changed in any way lately?

4sStylZ

25 Aug 2019, 11:20

With some interface you want to select by clicking an object, drag it, and zoom / de-zoom for reaching another location fastly.
This is a not so common use-case, but when you can’t do it it’s very frustating.

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matt3o
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25 Aug 2019, 16:36

okay got a kens expert mostly to look inside and see what I can do with it.

there are mainly 2 mods I could do:

1) replace the ring that activates the optical switch effectively making the scrolling 2x or ever 3x faster. that also means it's easier to activate the scrolling by mistake
2) disable the scroll wheel and add 2 switches that are activated by rotating the wheel by about 5-10degrees on both sides. this way you can use your thumb to rotate the wheel clockwise and use the ball for scrolling. rotating CCW would activate another action (whatever that is)

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zuglufttier

28 Aug 2019, 13:23

Regarding the Kensinton Expert: Just removing the magnet inside the housing will make the scroll wheel feel way better!

You can pop it back in later if you don't like the feel.

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matt3o
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28 Aug 2019, 16:46

zuglufttier wrote:
28 Aug 2019, 13:23
Regarding the Kensinton Expert: Just removing the magnet inside the housing will make the scroll wheel feel way better!

You can pop it back in later if you don't like the feel.
mmh can't see any magnet...

Archie

28 Aug 2019, 20:16

Magnet was really bad idea (and its removal a common thing) - so apparently Kensington has stopped installing it in latest Expert batches. I've bought mine several years ago, and it was already without magnet.

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zuglufttier

28 Aug 2019, 20:46

Oh, I see, that's a possibilty!

@matt3o: There used to be a magnet inside the housing which created more friction for the scroll wheel. If your scrolling experience is pretty much fluid, then your unit propably does not have one.

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matt3o
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28 Aug 2019, 20:52

I'm sure I have no magnets but still the scroll wheel is shite :D

Archie

28 Aug 2019, 21:00

Yes indeed, Expert implementation was a biggest fault. Funny enough, cheap entry-level Orbit have butter-smooth scrollring...

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zuglufttier

29 Aug 2019, 16:21

Yep, I hated that scroll wheel, too. I never really found any trackball useful for me, either my thumb or my wrist hurts after a few minutes of use.

But I don't have any problems using normal mice, so I can live with that. But I'm always eager to find new input methods ;)

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daedalus
Buckler Of Springs

02 Sep 2019, 11:45

Been using a CST Lasertrac as my daily driver for close to a decade - cannot recommend it strongly enough to trackball fans.

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Daniel

02 Sep 2019, 21:30

Owning both a CST trackball and a Kensington Slimblade I'm only using the Slimblade since several years now. The distinct feature what I like about the Slimblade compare to the CST is that its flatter and that it has four buttons which are separated from the movement and/or scrolling mechanism. The fourth button has the "Back" function assigned by default under Linux. I really missed the button when using the CST while surfing the internet. The third button has the middle click assigned by default which is great for pasting selected text from the clipboard.

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