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Offline bigpook

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IBM Labtec SpaceBall 3D (33L3252) Trackball
« on: Fri, 08 May 2009, 20:06:48 »
Any one have any experience with this? It looks kind of cool.
From what I can gather it seems designed for use in 3D enviroments.
Would it still work as a "regular" mouse?

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Offline bigpook

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« Reply #1 on: Fri, 08 May 2009, 21:22:29 »
Thanks for the link, I saw that particular mouse in one of the links I was chasing down. But all the links I found were people selling them. Couldn't find any reviews on them though.
So this kind of mouse is specialized for CAD/CAM. I take it that is not an everyday Joe User mouse. I liked it because the ball is way out there, it looked easy to manipulate...
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« Reply #2 on: Sat, 09 May 2009, 03:55:19 »
I've found this review of the 3Dconnexion Spaceball 5000, which looks identical (except for the colors) to the IBM/Labtec one from the first post.

I guess the internals are the same, and it was just rebranded by IBM when bundled with their PCs?

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« Reply #3 on: Sat, 09 May 2009, 07:32:31 »
Thanks xyzzy, that answers my question:

The Spaceball is not a substitute for the mouse, trackball or wacom tablet and is intended to complement the user’s usual input devices rather than replace them. The Spaceball workflow and feel is not at all similar to working with a mouse-plus-wacom combination.
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« Reply #4 on: Sat, 09 May 2009, 07:32:46 »
You might want to check out http://www.3dconnexion.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=336 for general purpose drivers for the new version of the hardware.

Without the hacked drivers it can only be used for 3D applications and Google Earth.

These are awsome devices looking for a purpose. A shame Logitech bought them out (?) then sat on the idea without developing it to its potential.

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The Spaceball is not a substitute for the mouse, trackball or wacom tablet and is intended to complement the user’s usual input devices rather than replace them.

Quote from: link above
With a driver , SpaceNavigator don t “emulate” a keyb/mouse/Joy, but IS a keyboard , IS a mouse and IS a Joystick.

I don't have one myself so I can't say how true that is.
« Last Edit: Sat, 09 May 2009, 07:37:29 by Rajagra »

Offline Manyak

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« Reply #5 on: Sat, 09 May 2009, 08:46:10 »
Quote from: Rajagra;90011
You might want to check out http://www.3dconnexion.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=336 for general purpose drivers for the new version of the hardware.

Without the hacked drivers it can only be used for 3D applications and Google Earth.

These are awsome devices looking for a purpose. A shame Logitech bought them out (?) then sat on the idea without developing it to its potential.


This post right here is the reason I'm about to buy one of these. I wish I knew about these modded drivers years ago.
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« Reply #6 on: Sat, 09 May 2009, 11:54:51 »
haha didn't make that connection, Mel Brooks <3

Offline lowpoly

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« Reply #7 on: Sat, 09 May 2009, 15:40:37 »
Quote from: bigpook;89988
Thanks for the link, I saw that particular mouse in one of the links I was chasing down. But all the links I found were people selling them. Couldn't find any reviews on them though.
So this kind of mouse is specialized for CAD/CAM. I take it that is not an everyday Joe User mouse. I liked it because the ball is way out there, it looked easy to manipulate...
Never touched a SpaceBall but I'm pretty sure the ball doesn't roll. You probably just can push it or turn it but just very, very little.

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Offline D-EJ915

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« Reply #8 on: Sat, 09 May 2009, 23:25:29 »
it's a rubber ball that's attached to a joystick kind of thing, it's pressure sensitive as well, it kind of shifts in the direction you push it if you know what I mean.

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« Reply #9 on: Mon, 11 May 2009, 07:15:39 »
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it's a rubber ball that's attached to a joystick kind of thing, it's pressure sensitive as well, it kind of shifts in the direction you push it if you know what I mean.

I've got your pressure sensitive joystick.
 
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