Buyer's Guide - Trackball & Trackpad

This buying guide will provide information on computer mouse alternatives, the trackball and trackpad, so that the user may be able to make an informed decision on the products they purchase.

So what are these ‘tracking’ items, anyway? And what are they used for? A trackball is an upside-down mouse; the rotatable ball that normally rests underneath the mouse is brought to the top. This ball becomes the method of positioning the cursor and moving objects across the computer screen. As opposed to a mouse, which needs desktop room to work, a trackball stays in one place, and can even be part of a keyboard or built into a laptop computer. 

A trackpad is another stationary device that provides a small, flat surface that you slide your finger over using the same movements as you would a mouse. It is similar to a touchpad that you use with a laptop. A trackpad is a great option for those who have a desktop computer but would prefer to have the option to utilize the gestures available to the touchpads on a laptop. Additionally, if you are a laptop user who is dissatisfied with the touchpad on your laptop, trackpads are an easy alternative.


Two example trackballs are the wired Logitech Trackman Marble and the Logitech Wireless Trackball M570.

Logitech Trackman MarbleThe Logitech Trackman Marble, pictured left:

You could also choose the Logitech Wireless Trackball M570, pictured right: Logitech Trackball M570


Two examples of trackpads are the Logitech Rechargeable Trackpad (for both Mac and Windows) and the Apple Magic Trackpad.

Logitech TrackpadThe Logitech Trackpad


The Apple Magic Trackpad, pictured right: