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Logitech Wireless Trackball M570 Review

Logitech Wireless Trackball M570

Trackballs have been with us since the early 90s as our primary pointing device of choice. Since then, the mouse has taken oven. First, there was the trackball, then the mouse, and now, as more people focus on portability, things are moving towards trackpads. While the mouse continues to dominate the pointing device market, the trackball is quietly carving out a niche market and gaining a loyal following. I was having some problems with my Logitech Performance MX. The thumb button was stuck and the left click switch was acting up. This made tasks like drag-and-drop and double-clicking a pain. I decide to purchase a new mouse. I was comfortable with the Performance MX and wanted another high-end mouse but the only ones I could find were more oriented towards gaming. I saw the Logitech Wireless Trackball M570 on display and it felt really comfortable. I was confused at first. I thought the ball was another feature of the mouse. After doing some research, I discovered this mouse was really a trackball. You control the pointer with the ball and the device itself remains stationary. After looking up some more reviews on this model, I decided to fork over the $50 and try it out. Heres my take.

 

First Impressions

Logitech Wireless Trackball M570 BoxWhen I first unboxed this trackball, I was immediately reminded of its ergonomics. This trackball kept my hand at almost the same angle and my Performance MX. At first, I noticed that the trackball was a bit stiff. I had read that there is a way to correct this. First, pop the ball out from underneath with your pinky finger or a pen. Make sure you use the blunt side and not the pens tip. After you get the ball off, get a small knife or razor bade and strop the outer edge of the trackball case. If the ball was left in, it is where the ball meets the plastic. There seems to be a thin piece of plastic that is left over from the plastic molding process. Blow out all the black plastic shavings and re-insert the ball. If you did it right, you will notice that it is now easier to remove the ball. You will also notice that the ball moves much more smoothly without the stiffness. Be sure to not scrape off too much. You want to get the ball moving smoothly. If you scrape off too much, the ball can beВ popped off without any effort.

 

I was already aware of this before I purchased the Trackball M570 but if I had to live with that grinding feeling upon purchase, it would have definitely made this device feel cheap. After I got that out of the way, I plugged the unifying receiver in and test drove it. The unifying receiver is a small USB device that allows you to use this Trackball wirelessly. It is small enough to leave in your laptop if you decide to pack up and go. If you wish to take if off, there is a little slot in the battery compartment where you can store it. First impressions were exciting. I am not used to a trackball at all. The last time I remember using a trackball was in middle school. Although I was not used to it, the challenge was fun. It was awkward. Sometimes, I would move the trackball like a mouse. I had to consciously remind myself that the ball moved the pointer. I kept telling myself, This is not a mouse. This is a trackball!

 

 

Getting Use To The Trackball

The first day I got this trackball, I had to turn the sensitivity down to get use to the movements. It got more comfortable after about a day. It started to grow on me. At first, I would keep my thumb on the ball all the time. This made me accidentally moving items when I pressed left-click. I got by this by lifting my thumb off the ball before I clicked. At the end of the day, I stopped doing this. I got use to flicking the ball and stopping where I needed it. I got more comfortable with the ball and using it became more natural. I was still used to the Performance MX and its back and forward buttons. They are located where the ball is on the Trackball M570. I still had a bit of trouble getting use to their new location near the left-click. Using the trackball with my thumb felt a bit strange at first. I kept adjustingВ the trackballs position to find the perfect X and Y axis. After a few hours, I said, Forget it. After paying attention to where the pointer moves in relation to the trackball, there was no further need for me to adjust the trackballs place. I now focus on keeping it at a comfortable position and not aligning it right.

 

 

Ergonomics

Logitech Wireless Trackball M570The ergonomics of this mouse is very good. It is nicely angled like the Performance MX and this puts the hand in a very natural position. I didnt think the Performance MX was anything special until I tried a cheaper, flat mouse. It cramped my hands in 15 minutes! The higher-end Logitech Mice and this Wireless Trackball M570 holds true to this ergonomic position. The left and right-click buttons are excellent. I would prefer Logitech put the back and forward buttons a bit higher. I am a palm gripper so this would be more beneficial for me. If you are a claw gripper, you will have no problems with these buttons. The Trackball M570 has 2 finger grooves at the right-side. These grooves are designed to be ergonomic and act as a ring and pinky finger rest. While it is good in practice, I find them a bit uncomfortable. After looking at it closely, I realized that this mouse may be too small. As is, this trackball would be better fit for someone with smaller hands. When I rest my hand on the trackball in a comfortable position, my ring finger sits right between the two sculpted choils. My pinky actually rests on the mousepad. Although this trackball isВ better suitedВ for smaller hands, it doesnt bother me too much since the trackball stays put and I just lay my hand on it. Overall, ergonomics is very good but not perfect. At least not for me.

 

 

Scroll Wheel

I have to take marks off on the scroll wheel. It is a standard scroll wheel. It isnt bad, but for $50, I wished Logitech added their Hyper-Scroll wheels found on higher input devices like the Performance MX and M500. A Hyper-Scroll wheel wouldve been a perfect ergonomic compliment to the smooth ball action. Not only is the scroll wheel generic, but it doesnt allow you to tilt left and right. Granted newer widescreen monitors limited this features use, nearly all $50+ mice have tilt. Why isnt it on this one? This leads me to believe maybe Logitech is cutting corners. This scroll wheel feels rubbery. The steps of each click feels soft. I is definitely quieter than standard scroll wheel but it doesnt feel as good. I was really spoiled with the Hyper-Scroll wheel. It allowed me to fly through long documents with a single flick. If you didnt want that, you can disable it with a mechanical button and have the standard click scroll wheel. When I first tried the Hyper-Scroll of other Logitech mice, ItВ surprisedВ meВ how good the steps felt. It was very firm and audible. The scroll wheel on the M570 almost feels loose. It is adequate, just not what Id expect from a $50+ trackball.

 

 

Looks Sexy

Some people think style isnt important in an ergonomic device. I have to disagree. Theres no reason we cant have both function and form. Fortunately for us, the Wireless Trackball M570 is a very handsome device. At first glance, it looks like a mouse with a ball on the side. Compared to gaming mice with 8+ buttons, this trackball looks rather tame. I like the blue color of the ball. Blue is a color that looks good on nearly any desk. It would be nice if Logitech made additional colors available. I would love to be able to customize my trackballs color. The dark plastic does a good job in making this device feel less cheap or rather more expensive. Overall, the Trackball M570 is probably the sexiest looking trackball Ive seen. The others either look like one-eyed insects(Trackman Marble) or handicapped devices(no offense).

Logitech Wireless Trackball M570

 

Final Thoughts

The Logitech Wireless Trackball M570 is an excellent alternative to standard mice. The accuracy of this trackball is very good as well as its ergonomic. The trackball is very smooth and fluid. I can see this device being used by many designers and engineers. I would like to see this trackball be slightly larger but the main thing I hate about this device is its scroll wheel. Like I said earlier, for the price, I would expect a better scroll wheel. One positive about the scroll wheel is that it stays put when you middle click.

 

Logitech claims this trackball has an 18-month battery life. Ive increased the polling rate to 1,000 MHz which is a 1 ms response time. This has made the trackball more responsive at the cost of battery life. This is not a big deal for me. After the included Duracell battery die, Ill swap it with a rechargeable NiMH.

 

Would I recommend someone buying this trackball? Thats a tough question. I have made the switch and I am happy but if you have used a standard mouse for years, the initial experience may put you off. For comfort, this trackball has been the best pointing device Ive used. Ive seen some videos of people using a trackball for gaming so I suppose it just takes time getting use to. One last thing I want to mention while using this device is that its just fun to use. Maybe its because Im a relatively green trackball user but I find it fun spinning the ball with my thumb. It is especially easy holding the left-click and moving the ball to highlight many files in a folder. If you want to try something different or you are concerned about repetitive stress injury, you may want to consider the M570. Although I like it, I can imagine some people hating it. Trackballs are so rare, its just one of those things where I dont see many feeling in-between.

 

Logitech Wireless Trackball M570

 

Pros: Good ergonomics, accurate, sexy looks, battery life
Cons: Scroll wheel, feels a bit small(personally)

 

 

Logitech Wireless Trackball M570

This trackball takes some time getting used to for traditional mouse users but it rewards you with great accuracy and good ergonomics. The only improvement it needs is an updated scrollwheel. Other than that, the trackball is smooth and easy to clean. The battery life is fantastic and will last you 6 months easily. I just wish it was a bit bigger for my hands.

Rating by Set Sar: 4.0 stars

Razer Deathadder First Impressions

Razer Deathadder Glow

To start, I know what you must be thinking, First Impressions for a Mouse? Well, I do first impressions because I really want to provide our readers with the full experience. Yeah, I may like a product after first usage, but who knows, after a week or so I may realize that I really hate it. I would rather write a first impression, and a final and full review, rather then provide inaccurate information. Now, back to the Razer Deathadder. If youve read my review on the Samsung QX401, then you probably already know that I did not like the trackpad. So I decided to purchase a mouse. My first thoughts were to get the Logitech MX performance, however, my friend already owned that mouse and I thought Id give something else a try. All of the forums pointed me to the brand Razer. So, I did some Bing searches and found that the Deathadder, while one of the more affordable, was one of the more favoritedВ of the bunch. So I bought it through Amazon and in 2 days flat, (I love Amazon Prime) IВ receivedВ my mouse. So after 2 days of using it, how do I like it you ask?

 

Design and Build

Its strange, the mouse itself В is pretty plain, but at the same time it has two blue glows on it, which В makes the mouse veryВ desirable. The mouses build is very durable with no loose edges. The scroll wheel feels very tight, which is a good thing. It has your standard right and left click and two otherВ programmableВ buttons. I love that Razer made the cord a durable shoe lace like material and design. It feels very rugged and I dont see it falling apart anytime soon.

Comfort

I think that comfort is an extremely important factor. Or else I would just be using my laptops trackpad. The Deathadders comfort is fantastic. My hand and fingers just lay on the mouse nicely. I owned the Apple Magic Mouse before this, and while it did serve its time well, I never really liked , or got used to the fact, that it was extremely flat. With the deathadder, its nice curve just made using a mouse a breeze.

Razer Deathadders Cord

 

 

Usage

What good would a mouse be if it didnt work properly. I know, I am once again comparing this mouse to apples, but I can easily say that this mouse is the winner when it comes to responsiveness. I DONT play too many video games, but even using this mouse for my every day task, Ive notice just how responsive this mouse is from pointing to one side of the screen to the next, as well as simply clicking. I would even go as far to say that, while it doesnt have any many features, it betters the Logitech MX performance mouse when it comes to its responsiveness.

 

All in All

I think that this mouse will be a desk companion with me for a while. Its design is nice and simple, it has blue glowing lights, (YES!) very comfortable and it is extremely responsive. Ive said it before but Ill say it again, it does its job RIGHT!

Stay tuned for my full review of this mouse soon. Thanks for reading!

Samsung SyncMaster SA550 Full Review And Final Impressions

 

 

Ive been using the Samsung SyncMaster SA550 for about a month now and, as promised, here are my final thoughts of it.  If you didnt already, make sure you check out my first impressions of this monitor here.  (This review will make a lot more sense) As mentioned, I’ve had this monitor attached to my 2011 Sandy Bridge MacBook Pro for about a month now and it’s been treating me great to be blunt and honest.  I had my doubts of attaching the Macbook Pro to a 23” display, with it having intels integrated HD 3000 graphics and all. ( A little more on that below.)  My thoughts on this monitor overall, while it is a tad bit pricey,  have not changed much. And if youve read my first impressions then you must know that this is a good thing!  This monitor has really eased my workload, so even though it was about 250 bucks, I can easily say it has paid for itself. I have a lot of good things to say about this monitor so let’s get down to it! Here is my full review and final impressions of the Samsung SyncMsater SA550.

 

 

Display

To start off I would like to address a question that I’ve been asked countless times.  “Does the monitor get that nasty yellow tint?” As I’ve mentioned in my first impressions, I have had no problems with any yellow tinting. My brother’s iMac has a slight yellow tint problem so no worries guys (and girls ;D ) I know what I’m talking about here.  If I open a blank word document and maximize it, it looks white as snow. (Without that yellow stuff you find time to time!)

Samsung SyncMaster SA550 brightness max
Samsung SyncMaster SA550 With brightness max

 

The monitor has a refresh rate of 2ms and to this day I have not noticed once any ghosting problems.  But I have noticed some pixilation lag which I mentioned below in the Macbook Section; it’s more likely to be a graphics card issue rather than a monitor one though.

 

 

The LED backlit display has a crisp resolution of 19201080 and it is simply a pleasure to work on. ( As cliché as that sounds!) In my first impressions I said that the colors aren’t as vibrant than glossy monitors, while that may be true, I’ve noticed I’ve been watching more movies on this monitor than my glossy Macbook Pro’s. Not just because of size but I have noticed that after a long period of watching movies or shows on any glossy monitor my eyes start to hurt a bit. (My friends HP monitor) But with the Samsung, while it isnt the most vibrant, it is a great companion monitor to watch movies on.  And I do watch plenty of movies! And whether I’m watching DVDs or simply watching youtube videos the Samsung SA550 gets the job done right.

 

 

When it comes to doing work such as photo/video editing this monitor is A-MA-ZING.  I can’t go back to editing on my Macbook Pro’s glossy monitor after using the Samsung for so long– again not because of size—but rather the colors aren’t as accurate. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a Mac guy and I love the Macbook Pro but when it comes to work the Samsung attached to it just blows it out the water.  At first glance, there isn’t much about the Samsung that separates it from your typical glossy.  However, I do a lot of photo editing and I’ve edited the same picture on the Samsung, the Macbook Pro, and the iMac. Once I’ve actually printed out the photo, I can easily say that the Samsung had the much more accurate colors; hence my opinion that the Samsung was the best to edit photos on.

 

NOTE: I am using an HDMI cable with this monitor which is NOT included in the box. Definitely get an HDMI cable if you’re planning to get this monitor for the best results.

 

 

Aesthetics and Build

I understand that looks don’t change but I had to bring it up again. As with a lot of new products that you buy the first impressions are always, “This machine looks incredible”. However about a few weeks later the looks seem to lose its lust. And I usually fall victim to this of course. However when it comes to this monitor I must say that it has not lost its appeal. It just sits nice and sleek next to my Macbook Pro and I CONSTANTLY get reminded by friends and family of how “Pro” it looks.

 

 

Setting up the monitor is a breeze. It has a few pieces that pop together in place. (Pieces are pretty much self-explanatory) The entire feeling hallow argument that I stated in my first impressions actually no longer bother me at all. I go to electronic stores often and I can say that as of 2011 a lot, if not all Samsung monitors, have the same hallowed feel to it.

Samsung SyncMaster SA550. You have to pop in the back piece.

Keep in mind that the actual display is plastic. (Including the what looks like a glass border around the display)

 

Buttons

I stated in my first impressions that I didn’t like how the touch sensitive buttons felt unresponsive. I’ve tried tampering with it daily JUST to see if my opinions on it would change: it hasn’t.  I really never need to use them but for the sake of having my final impressions of it I had to give it some time.  I like physical buttons like my friends HP monitor. It feel faster to navigate through menus on my friends HP monitor with the physical buttons. On my Samsung I feel as if I have to be gentle with it to get the touch sensitive buttons to register. While not a huge deal it does slow you down. And of course I’m sure a lot of us won’t be changing the monitors’ settings hourly so it wouldn’t be a big deal regardless.

 

 

 

Value

I think this monitor is a great deal. While it is a tad bit pricey at about 250 dollars, you do get what you pay for.  I know you can find many monitors online for a great bargain but dont stump this monitor out yet. It’s hard to explain but you won’t notice how nice this monitor really is until youve used it for a long period of time and then try out another.  You not only appreciate it more but you also  really get the sense just how nice and accurate colors are. Thumbs up to Samsung!

 

Connecting to a 2011 13” Macbook Pro? (For those interested)

For the actual set up, it is a tad bit annoying because the Macbook Pro doesn’t have a dedicated HDMI port. Instead it has a Mini display port or my case the Thunderbolt port. You pretty much have to buy a little connector that you plug right into the Mini display/Thunderbolt port and on the other side you’ll have your HDMI port that you simply connect an actual HDMI cable to.  The Samsung SA550 doesn’t come with an HDMI cable so you’ll have to invest in that as well.  Once connected you’ll have to go into system preferences and click display.  There you can calibrate your screen, set the monitor to mirror mode or have it extend your desktop.

 

Note: When using it in mirrored mode I did notice the resolution didn’t fit the Samsung’s monitor well.  So I had to use it in clamshell mode. Simply close your Macbook and use a mouse or keyboard to wake the machine up. (While the lid is still closed) And there you have it; the Macbook Pro on your Samsung SA550 with the monitors crisp maxed out resolution.

 

Performance when connected to a Macbook Pro?

For those curious about the actual performance of this monitor being attached to the baseline 2011 Macbook Pro 13” look no further.  A lot of people have asked me whether the Intel HD 3000 was capable enough to run an external monitor smoothly. And my answer?  It works PERFECETLY fine when doing your basic task.  No lag, no ghosting, nothing.  However, I have noticed when I am doing work in Adobe Illustrator the Samsung Monitor pixelates. When I hover over the dock, a simple task such as adding a watermark to our TechShift pictures will cause the monitor to pixelate for a moment, which gets pretty annoying quickly.  (ONLY THE DOCK GETS PIXELATED) And yes, without the monitor there is no lag or pixilation with any of my software.

 

 

 

Final Thoughts

 

If you’re not on a tight budget then this monitor is definitely worth considering.  There isn’t too much to complain about. It is able to connect to a computer or laptop just fine. It’s built, while it’s not the best,  isn’t too far behind from what other monitors have to offer. I have enjoyed watching movies and videos on this monitor but Ive even more so enjoyed more editing on it. And, while the touch sensitive buttons aren’t my ideal, at the end of the day I must consider that this product is a monitor and it does exactly what it needs to do without any compromise to the actual display. So if you’re in the market, check out the Samsung SyncMaster SA550. The TechShift team and I definitely recommend it.