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Logitech brings back the trackball with the MX Ergo

by Brandon Russell | September 6, 2017September 6, 2017 6:00 am EST

Logitech on Wednesday went old school by introducing a brand new trackball mouse, which combines the elegance of its MX line with the improved ergonomics. According to Logitech, the mouse sets “a new standard for comfort and precision.”

The MX Ergo isn’t just any plain old trackball mouse; for one, it doesn’t look like a science fiction robot. It features an adjustable hinge from 0 to 20 degrees, multi-device connectivity, and a battery that Logitech claims will last up to four months on a full charge.

Essentially, it’s a trackball mouse with all of Logitech’s best features.

“We are so excited by this new trackball,” said Anatoliy Polyanker, global portfolio and brand director at Logitech. “It is back, better than ever and the idea for this trackball innovation was inspired by our users, who invented creative ways to achieve their desired level of comfort, sometimes adding additional wedges under their trackball for elevated angles.”

Compared to a standard mouse, the MX Ergo supposedly reduces muscular strain by 20 percent thanks to its sculpted shape and adjustable hinge. In other words, your wrist shouldn’t ache after a long day at the office.

I’ve experienced my fair share of wrist pain over the past few years, so I’m excited to see if the MX Ergo makes a difference. I’ve been using it for the past week, and compared to Logitech’s MX Master, the addition of a trackball takes some getting used to—frankly, it feels awkward—but I’m slowly adjusting.

Like the MX Master 2S and Craft keyboard, the MX Ergo supports Logitech’s Easy-Switch and Flow technology, both features of which can be accessed through Logitech’s Options software. There’s also a “precision mode button,” which will allow users to change the mouse’s cursor speed on the fly.

The MX Ergo will retail for $99 through Logitech’s website and other retail outlets in North America beginning this month. Logitech will also release an exclusive edition, the MX Ergo Plus, through Best Buy for the same price.

Brandon Russell

Brandon Russell likes to rollerblade while listening to ACDC.