Logitech MX Ergo Reviews
Logitech remains the most prominent trackball seller. It issued the Logitech M570 track it back in 2010, and before that Marble Trackman ambidextrous in 2008. The thumb button is the best example of this. Whereas the traditional mouse places the thumb button, you know, under your thumb, MX Ergo places it to the left of your left click button.
You can choose the connectivity options between Logitech Unifying Receiver (a small USB dongle is included to be connected to your machine) or via Bluetooth. We can’t distinguish the difference in the gap between the two, so it’s up to you to determine which is more comfortable for you. A little button below the scroll-wheel switches between the two, and switching is comfortable enough so that we can see this as an easy way to switch control between the two machines.
There is a small button next to the trackball that you can press to reduce the cursor speed. This ‘precision mode’ should help with reasonable mouse control, maybe it could be more useful if you do more precise design work with the mouse. However, for general office use, we don’t need it.
The same applies to some other buttons that are included on the mouse. It’s nice to know that they were there, but in the end, we didn’t personally use it for them. Also, The scroll wheel can be tilted left and right for horizontal scrolling, and some surrogate thumb buttons will confuse you.
For general office work, we are sold at the MX Ergo to be as efficient as a standard mouse, but we think that is more of a taste that is obtained when it comes to gaming.
The need to spin the ball to cover great distances was never that accurate, and the added complexity of having to switch to precision mode to perfect our goal slowed us down to an uncomfortable amount.
Also, although we tend not to rely on the thumb button for everyday use, we are used to using it in games to handle the ‘reload’ and ‘use’ functions. Need to use our index finger for the thumb button uncomfortable when taking attention from the left mouse button.
The only problem (beyond that it lacks a left-hand model) is that some features feel a bit overkill. We couldn’t find the use of the thumb button that wasn’t pressed using the thumb, and we felt like the scroll wheel tilted left and right a little something new.
In the end, these features never reduce the rest of the product. They are there if you want to use them, but equally, they are easy to ignore if you don’t.
What’s left of you are products that are designed to be amazing and fun to use. It might not reinvent the wheel, but when it works well, it’s hard to ask for more.
The Bad > No left-handed version, Tilt options are limited
The Good > Comfortable design, Accurate trackball, Plenty of additional buttons, Unifying receiver and Bluetooth support
The Conclusion > Trackball mice won’t be for everyone, but if you’re set on the form factor then the MX Ergo does everything you’d need it to. It’s got a large, comfortable design, the trackball itself is smooth and accurate, and the ergonomic options are great.
Logitech MX Ergo Specification
|Connection Type||Dual connectivity (Bluetooth & Unifying)|
|Indicator Lights (LED)||Power LED, Precision mode LED|
|Connect / Power||Yes|
|Battery Life (not rechargeable)||n/a|
|Battery Life (rechargeable)||4 months|
|Cable Length||0.9 meters|
|DPI (Min/Max)||512dpi to 2048dpi|
|Scroll Wheel||Optical sensing technology|
|Standard and Special Buttons||Back / Forward|
|Gesture Support (Windows)||Yes|
|Gesture Support (Mac)||Yes|
|Mouse||51.4 mm (2.02 inches)||99.8 mm (3.92 inches)||132.5 mm (5.21 inches)||258.9 g (44.40 ounces)|
Logitech MX Ergo Manual
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