When is a mouse not a mouse? When it’s a SpaceExplorer. 3D Connexion’s unique six-axis technology replaces the familiar sleek rodent with a push-pull-twist-tilt system of hands-on control.
The SpaceExplorer is ergonomically designed, with the controller surrounded by a wrist pad and a selection of easy-to-reach pre-programmed buttons. Although the 3D Connexion website suggests it’s not Mac compatible, drivers are available to download.
The SpaceExplorer is most effective with 3D applications. You can use it to zoom, rotate, and fly through any of the popular 3D programs – including Second Life, where it offers a more fluid experience than mouse navigation does. The catch is that there’s no standard for 3D, so every application needs its own driver. It also works well for zooming around images in Photoshop or maps in Google Earth.
The problem is the price. It’s not cheap, and if you’re wondering if it’s worth the money, for most users the answer would have to be ‘no.’