Ergo M575 Wireless Trackball – Review

It looks like a mouse, it does the same job as a mouse but it isn’t a mouse.

  • Logitech
  • www.logitech.com
  • £44.99, $49.99, 49.99 €
  • Compatibility: Mac with spare USB port

Logitech’s Ergo M575 is, in fact, a thumb-operated trackball with mouse-like controller buttons. Pop in a AA battery (supplied) and plug the USB dongle into your Mac, then use the M575’s thumb-operated trackball to move your pointer around the screen. The device stays in one place on your desk – you don’t drag it around like a regular mouse controller. There are twin left and right buttons and a scroll wheel, just like a traditional mouse, and back/forward buttons within easy reach of your forefinger. Assuming you’re right-handed, of course. This is not a device for southpaws.

As well as a USB dongle, the M575 is also Bluetooth-compatible; switch between connectivity methods using a button on the base of the controller. Using Bluetooth, you can use it with your iPad as well as your Mac.

Using a trackball instead of a mouse or trackpad takes a little getting used to, but when you’ve mastered it, it’s comfortable and intuitive. Although we can’t see trackballs taking over from more common controller devices any time soon, if you suffer from RSI or find some other complaint that makes a mouse or trackpad difficult or painful to use, it’s a revelation. Great price too.

Ergo M575 Wireless Trackball
  • Overall
4

Summary

An unusual and innovative controller that might be more comfortable for those with RSI.

+ Comfortable and ergonomic
+ Performs well
+ Great price
– Won’t suit everyone

Ian Osborne

Ian has worked on computer and video games magazines since the legendary Crash and Zzap! 64 in the early Nineties, so he’s seen many changes over the years (including an expanding waistline and receding hairline). A lifelong Mac user, he bought his first Mac in the year 2000. It’s a testament to the resilience of the Mac that his mother is still using that computer to this very day.

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