SlimBlade Trackball review
The Kensington SlimBlade Trackball is an innovative design let down by software limitations and the inability to program or customise button controls, including the speed settings. Mechanically and aesthetically sound, what looks like a snooker ball sits atop a sleek gunmetal grey base, resting on small beads for a smooth precise control.
A choice of three modes is meant to offer specific control over a range of options and potential uses, including a selection of everyday applications and creative software. Optical sensors within the cradle make for some smooth scrolling although these are not as intuitive as we would have liked.
As with the Wacom Bamboo, a learning curve is required here, but for document and media browsing the SlimBlade Trackball offers clear benefits. User reviews suggest third-party software options improve performance, although this is an area Kensington needs to address itself rather than rely on others. We hope Kensington is listening.