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ELECOM Trackball Mouse M-DPT1MRXBK, Wired, Wireless, and Bluetooth, Gaming, High-Performance Ruby Ball, Advanced Responsiveness, 8 Mappable Buttons, Smooth Scrolling, Extra Large, DEFT PRO, Black
- The DEFT PRO trackball is fast, efficient, and more durable thanks to reliable, gaming-grade parts inside. This means you can use it for longer and with more reliability than standard ELECOM mice
- Mapping your 8 buttons and up/down wheel directions becomes easier with ELECOM Mouse Assistant. This allows you to better match your gaming experience, be it MMORPGs, or first-person shooters.Supported OS- Windows 10, Windows RT8.1, Windows 8.1, Windows 7, macOS High Sierra(10.13) ※Update to latest version of each OS and installation of service pack may be necessary. ※We cannot use horizontal scrolling function in Windows RT8.1
- You can easily choose between wired, wireless and Bluetooth. This rechargeable mouse is also great for home, travel, gaming, or work use, and the receiver can be stored inside the bottom of the mouse
- Designed with a high-performance gaming optics system sensor and lens, as well as change DPI cursor speeds, the scrolling, strafing, and movement speed of our ergonomic trackball mouse is unmatched. Automatic profile switching
- The large artificial ruby is smudge and fingerprint resistant to give you better control and smoother movement. It also helps reduce wear and tear on the mouse and can easily be removed and cleaned
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|Operation||Thumb-based control||Fingertip-based control||Thumb-based control||Thumb-based control||Fingertip-based control||Fingertip-based control|
|Reading method||Optical sensor method||Optical sensor method||Optical sensor method||Optical sensor method||Optical sensor method||Optical sensor method|
|Resolution||750/1500 counts(Switchable)||750/1500 counts(Switchable)||500/1000/1500 counts(Switchable)||750/1500 counts(Switchable)||500/1000/1500 counts(Switchable)||1200 counts|
|Number of buttons||6 -include wheel button||8 -include wheel button||8 -include wheel button||6 -include wheel button||8 -include wheel button||3 -include wheel button|
|Power||AA alkaline dry cell *1||AA alkaline dry cell *1||AA alkaline dry cell *2||AA alkaline dry cell *1||AA alkaline dry cell *1|
Stay Ahead of Work, Improve Your Video Gaming, and Expand Your PC Control with DEFT PRO Trackball!
As a result of pursuing natural feeling and operability, an angle of 16 ° has been led. You can operate comfortably with a comfortable posture.
With a ball diameter of 44 mm, the range of motion is wide and the pointer can be operated in a wide range. The area to touch the fingertip is large, and fine ball operation is possible.
Triple the Connection Options
Unlike standard mice that are either wired, wireless, or Bluetooth, the DEFT PRO trackball mouse lets you do all three! This allows you more versatility and convenience whether you’re working from home, staying on the go, or gaming with precision.
Durable OMRON parts
For the left and right buttons, we adopted OMRON's 10 million high endurance switch which is highly reliable in durability performance and has a reputation for clicking feeling.
What's so special about this mouse?
Expanded Customizable Functions
Each expert trackball mouse can be customized to suit your specific scrolling and movement needs, including 500, 1000, and 1500 DPI speeds and 8 buttons and mouse directional mappings that let you set up to 10 unique actions.
Control and comfort
The large artificial ruby is 2.5mm in diameter and is naturally resistant to smudges and fingerprints to minimize wear and tear and improve control and comfort.
The DEFT PRO gaming trackball mouse uses high-performance optic systems and innovative lens to maximize every move, shift, and strafe, giving your more control and responsiveness while playing RPGs, shooters, MMOs, or even PUBG or Fortnite!
The moving speed of the pointer is switched in three steps of 500/1000/1500 count, and it is possible to memorize the speed set for each connection method.
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As to the Mouse Assistant software, that really gives me lots of options for optimal control of the mouse. Doubtless, I will be back and forward to that interface pretty often for a while as I tweak the settings to get just what I like.
In contrast to others who spoke of the ‘stickiness’ of the ball, I doubt the ball on my Huge could be more frictionless. In fact, just the merest brush of my fingers on the ball sends the cursor flying. Indeed I had to crank the cursor speed and DPI settings down to get enough control for my purposes, not being a gamer at all.
I am somewhat overwhelmed with the number of options for programming each button and will take some time to decide just what I want to have linked to which button.
I am not quite used to the placement of the wheel, but don’t see that as any issue but simply a matter of time and usage. The padded wrist rest is comfortable, my fingers need to learn how to automatically differentiate between the right like and untasked Button 8 but again, this is just muscle memory and shouldn’t take long.
As far as it goes, I could not be happier and look forward to a long relationship with this mouse. Being a belt, braces, string and glue type of person, after sufficient time elapses, I might consider buying another to have as a standby in case something untoward happens.
The ball catches a lot, and needs oiling when you get it (this might be normal, but I never had to with my kensington).
It has a nice improvement over other trackballs where the socket grips the ball to the point it wont fall out even if you invert it, but I fear that's what's causing the grippiness, even after oiling.
This only affects small movements from standstill if you're trying something precise, once the ball is moving it seems okay (although it definitely doesn't spin as long if you're used to that in FPS's).
Also comparing it to other trackballs; the sensor is situated more toward your hand than directly under the ball. This means that when doing horizontal movements you must either rotate the ball (as opposed to just pulling left/right) or have your hand over the ball and pull left/right from the end of it (instead of from the top of it, on the ball).
You still can just pull across the top of the ball normally, but you get much less pointer movement due to the off-centre sensor.
The hardware doesn't support saving layouts to the device, which is okay unless you plan to move between computers (it'd be more of a bonus to have it, than it being a negative not having it), but I am missing the fact that you can't assign media keys to the buttons; the software just doesn't support it at all (which is odd since they're just keycodes, and has a "type the button you want" feature, but just doesn't pick up play/pause/next/previous).
But other than those things, the incorporated squishy hand pad, plethora of buttons in a bunch of useful places, and overall size are all great things ELECOM have provided for us trackballers.
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Update2: Trying to add some slightly better pictures and others that show the MS Trackball Explorer, Logitech Cordless Optical Trackmall, and the smaller Elecom "DEFT" trackball mouse. But some pictures are not loading to the site. Sorry. :(
Update1: IMPORTANT NOTE: Waaay down in the comments (the oldest one at the "bottom" should be a link to the Elecom software download page and the English PDF manual. As this mouse is "very new" you *DO* need a more recent Elecom proprietary software to recognize this mouse if you wish to use it's three proprietary function buttons (F1-F3).
Long Winded Review
This new Elecom Fingerball wireless mouse - the M-HT1DRBK - appears to have been released is June 2017 and has been available on Amazon since July 2017. In August I was about to order a second of the smaller Elecom M-DT2DRBKs when I stumbled over this new **larger** "HUGE" mouse and figured it was worth a try. The M-HT1DRBK just arrived and after giving it a ten minute test spin I just ordered two more. No clue if it will take "1-2 months" for the next batch to arrive, or if the price will drop from $85.99, but would say it is certainly worth the investment. FYI: It actually does say "HUGE" on the mouse itself. :)
Comparisons to the MSTE (MS Trackball Explorer)
1) It has a nice large "red ball" like a certain MSTE we all know and love. In fact, the Elecom ball is slightly BIGGER than the MS one. There were many reviews about the smaller Elecom mouse's "grey ball" having issues, and several people purchased a "blue" M570 ball to swap with the "grey" one. From my quick tryout of this new mouse with it's "red ball", would say that the quality looks to be significantly better than that of the smaller mouse's "grey" one. An excellent improvement.
2) This mouse is *MUCH LARGER* than the smaller "grey ball" M-DT2DRBK. Excellent for people with "larger" (aka normal sized) hands.
3) It is a bit wider than the MSTE, and Elecom moved one of the three proprietary "Function Buttons" to the right side of the ball. If you use their proprietary software, this would give you "two buttons to the right of the ball" just like the MSTE.
4) MOST IMPORTANT OF ALL. This mouse has a PALM REST. As this seems to be an alien concept to most mouse manufacturers I will state it again - this mouse actually has a place for the palm of one's hand to "rest" while using the mouse, so for the first time since the MSTE, there is actually a trackball that not only fit's one's hand, it is actually COMFORTABLE. Plus it doesn't have teeny tiny thumb-killing buttons like a certain L*git*ch Trackman. Wish I could show a decent side-view of the palm rest, but this can also be seen with via the pics on Elecom's web site.
5) ??? I would assume that being a wireless device, there may be an occasional "lag" in response times, but cannot say for certain. However there does appear to be a wired version of this mouse as well. It's part number (August 2017) is M-HT1URBK.
Bulk of this review was written after only ten minutes of mouse use, so haven't had the time to give it an extended run, but observations so far are positive. "Weeks later" - Still great. Haven't tried the Elecom software yet myself (not using the F1-F3 buttons).
- Seems to respond MUCH better than the smaller Elecom version (blue or grey ball).
- Range seems to be about the same as the smaller one. About nine feet out it gets tricky and Line of Sight is critical.
- The "left" button isn't as "tall" as the MSTE's, so my clumsy thumb is hitting the wheel, but this should be a minor issue.
- ??? I read elsewhere that the "left" and "right" mouse buttons are "better quality" than the other buttons, that one should be able to tell the difference, that they should have made *all" the buttons "better quality", etc. Haven't noticed any difference between buttons yet. Too busy enjoying having a wireless mouse that actually fits the shape of my hand for a change.
Customization - aka The Buttons
So far as remapping buttons, "drivers", and support for various operating systems... Would assume this mouse works as a basic mouse in anything from XP up to Win10. You've got your Left, Right, Forward, Back and Wheel Buttons, plus the three Extra Proprietary Function Buttons F1-F3. Remapping the eight buttons and basic customization is where it gets interesting. Would assume one needs at least version 5.1.0 of Elecom's proprietary software to use/control all eight buttons. For now I am sticking with X-Mouse Button Control which allows configuration of everything except the three extra Function Buttons. Both programs allow for the use of multiple profiles for easy customization across different applications. Elecom's software (and English PDF manual) is available from their website. I will try adding possible links as a "comment" later as this review is too long as it is.
Odd Future Issue (?)
Since the palm-rest is made of a "soft" material vs plastic, I wonder how it might hold up over time. Will it wear out? Time will tell.
I went through phases of tech grief, which are sort of similar to regular grief. I denied that the product was discontinued and convinced myself that the product was cycling, which is when they sometimes discontinue the product and re-release it in a few months with different colors or a different name. This did not happen. I then became quite angry, which I know is quite silly but hey, it happened - because I felt betrayed by the company. How can you, as a company, release 1001 different models of the same mouse but just 1 very, very, very basic model to cater to index finger trackball users? I then entered the bargaining phase, which is where the tech part of this comes in. I took to their forum, twitter, facebook, anywhere I figured I could nudge the company into getting the idea that we (index finger mouse users) exist, enough so to at least bring another model to market. I came pretty close to publicly begging. After months and not a peep from the company, I became sad - depressed isn't the word I'd use, again, this is not real grief, just tech grief. I felt sad because I felt really uncomfortable and out of place using a regular mouse and nothing else was working for me. I tried several from various companies like Kensington and the thumb trackball from Logitech (which I cannot use, whatsoever). Finally came acceptance. A slap in the face recently is that the company introduced a new thumb trackball, as if their M570 weren't enough, they released the sleek MX Ergo Plus - Ouch. I bought a new Logitech Trackball, the basic one, you know and that was that for some time.
Enter Elecom, a foreign company that doesn't seem to be on the radar yet. One day I decided to do another search for trackball mice and I discovered the Deft or EX-G series, whatever they call it. I bought it and it turned out to be a great cordless Trackball, however, the ball never quite felt right and the shape was just off enough to make it not quite a gamer mouse for me, though I could use it for everyday PCing, etc.
Finally, finally, I get what I want/need. They've released a larger version that is, perfect, for what it's worth. I can't really explain how great it feels so I'll say this. I wrote those previous anecdotes for a reason, so you could/can identify with me. If you've ever used that darn Logitech Cordless Optical Trackman OR the Microsoft Trackball Explorer, which is very similar in feel, then this is it, folks, this is the trackball for you.
At first, it feels a bit large, too big in fact - but give it a few, just like the Trackball addiction sneaking up on us, the device eventually becomes just right. I don't quite remember how my hand was when I used the previous devices but I think the most jarring difference is that you won't have to contort your ring finger to right click, as the buttons lay right under your hand in a naturally open position. The top of the device is large and there's soft padding so you literally just lay your hand down on top of it, it's very comfortable. There are some extra buttons that I haven't figured out how to use since I haven't read the manual (3 function buttons) but you get the staple of an advanced Trackball otherwise, you get a clickable scroll wheel in addition to 2 clickable buttons (forward/backward for browsers) just above it. All of these tend to work universally and are easily bindable in games. The left button is under the scroll wheel in a really great position, IMHO, as my thumb sits right there. The 3rd function button lies beside the right clicker. There's a switch on the device that seems to increase trackball speed manually vs. through software.
So far, it's a fantastic device. I got the corded version and am seriously considering buying 2 or 3 more and just putting them away, just in case. I'm giving it some time to see what if anything happens to the device after months of use.
Thank you Elecom and Thank you seller and Amazon!
Just came back to say that after many months, the mouse still works perfectly. I own 2 now. 1 for my main system and another for my work system. I'm going to buy 2 more as I mentioned before to put away, just in case Elecom decides to call it quits on production. I also have my eye on the Bluetooth model that I will likely use with my mobile devices - I'll see. The HUGE is so great, I'm not sure I want to change the formula.