Kensington SlimBlade Trackball

  • Kensington SlimBlade Trackball
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  • A solid device that's easy to use once you get the hang of it.
  • Smooth ball skates the pointer across big desktops. Comfortable design with big buttons. Intuitive twist-to-scroll system. Controls iTunes in the background. View mode glides through long Web pages.
  • Quality design & aesthetics, Smooth scrolling, Some media / application support


  • The inability to customise any of the buttons is a major drawback.
  • Software lacks any customization. Can’t use twists to shuttle in timelinebased software.

Expert reviews and ratings

By Ars Technica on

The venerable Kensington Expert Mouse is arguably one of the best trackball input devices for desktop computing. Among trackball enthusiasts, it practically has a cult following. Its successor, the Kensington Slimblade, was launched in 2008, but...

By GadgetSpeak on 56

Recently I heard from a reliable source that this type of product had been recommended by a doctor as a solution to overcome a medical problem. However, to the best of my knowledge, the product in question is not available on the National Health....

By Computeractive on 40

Promises lots but doesn’t...

By The Inquirer on

At first glance the unit looks like quite a chunky device with a fairly large base and a big ball dropped into the centre, hardly living up to its name, but because it doesn't move around it still takes up less of your overall desk space than a...

By Macworld UK on 60

There’s always been those who’ll use a trackball in preference to a mouse or trackpad. Other than aesthetics there’s very good reasons for this, not least that employing different controllers is an effective way to reduce risk of...

By PC Advisor on 80

Silky smooth cursor-racing operation, coupled with some good integration with a number of common programs, make the Kensington SlimBlade Trackball a winner. We only wish its extra View mode functionality would work with all apps, but this doesn’t...

By Pocket-lint on 80

The Kensington SlimBlade TrackBall is a really nicely made piece of kit but comes at a hefty price...

By Mac|Life on 80

The lack of button customization and kludgy software is a bummer, but the trackball itself is a marvel of usability and smart design.SlimBlade Trackball...

By RegHardware on 80

The first thing that will strike you about the SlimBlade is the enormous size of its ball - with a 55mm diameter it’s about the same size as a snooker ball and not far off the same weight. Being so big and heavy it 'rests on' rather the...

By Laptop Logic on 70

Trackballs have been around for awhile, and even though they have the history, they dont seem to have the demand that other peripherals gather. Everyone can use a normal 2 button, but to utilize the mighty trackball takes patience and some...

By Macworld on 70

As a cursor-controlling device, the SlimBlade Trackball’s scrolling mechanism is a bit of a step backwards from Kensington’s previous trackball model, and the lack of customizable buttons will turn off many veteran trackball users. On the...

By cnet on 57

Kensington resurrects a dying breed with the SlimBlade Trackball, but the potential of its unique shortcut buttons devolves into a mess of clumsy extra functions and awkward movements that restrict...

By MyMac on 50

Kensington SlimBlade trackball, I jumped at the chance. Eons ago, back in the mid to late 80s, I owned and loved one of the earliest Kensington ADB trackballs. It finally was put out to pasture when Apple discontinued the Apple Desktop Bus, but I...

By Web User on 92

The fact that this exciting-looking wireless model isnt a mouse and so involves a bit of a learning curve is the only thing keeping it out of our top three. It consists of a ball on a smooth dial which you rotate with your fingers to scroll around...

By on

If you prefer a trackball to a mouse for day-to-day work under Windows or OS X, the SlimBlade Trackball is a fine example of the species and the new twist action, which acts much like a mouse clickwheel, is a useful bonus. Priced at a similar level...