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Recommendation: Logitech MX Ergo Advanced (Plus) Wireless Trackball Mouse

Spanish version / versión en Español: Recomendación: Logitech MX Ergo Advanced (Plus) Wireless Trackball Mouse.

I bought this mouse less than 24 hours ago, and I’m already completely in love with it. I’m honestly even a little mad at Logitech for not sending me an email with the marketing for this product as soon as it came out, LOL!

My previous mouse

Before starting with why I love my new purchase, let me give you a bit of background on my previous mouse. It was a Logitech M570 (also a wireless trackball mouse). I was pretty comfortable with it, but I always thought it needed more buttons. However, the newer versions still had pretty much the same number of buttons, so I never thought of upgrading it...until now.

If you don’t know what a trackball mouse looks like, here it is:

Why do I love these?

  • I don’t need a mouse pad.

  • I don’t need to move my hand; I just move my thumb.

  • Less desktop space is needed.

  • It can be used on almost any surface.

I say it needs more buttons because you basically have (1) the regular left-click, (2) right-click, and (3) scroll wheel button; plus, you can find the two buttons between the trackball and the left-click button.

I wanted to program several buttons to do some of my more common tasks - I’ll mention them later in the post. Unfortunately, I was only able to use buttons 3, 4, and 5 for my custom functions.

There are a lot of mice with more than 5 programmable buttons, but I wanted it to be specifically a trackball mouse. This brings me to my new toy!

Logitech MX Ergo Advanced (Plus) Wireless Trackball Mouse

This mouse has 9 buttons in total! The picture may be misleading because it’s only pointing to the 6 programmable buttons, but it’s not counting the left-click, right-click, and the small button in the middle that says 1 and 2. These 3 buttons will always maintain their specific functions and cannot be changed.

I’m sure you’re curious as to what I have programmed these 6 buttons to do. Here it goes:

  1. Left-top button: Delete.

  2. Left-bottom button: Enter/Return.

  3. Scroll wheel left button: Move to the desktop to the left (for Mac computers).

  4. Scroll wheel middle button: Screen capture.

  5. Scroll wheel right button: Move to the desktop to the right (for Mac computers).

  6. Button over the trackball: Maximize/minimize window.

Before I got an additional keyboard, I didn’t have to use numbers 3 and 5 that often. I could just use my Macbook’s trackpad to swipe left/right and change my desktop. However, after acquiring the keyboard, this became a bit more work. I had to either reach out to the laptop’s trackpad with my left hand or use the keyboard shortcut with my right hand (which I had to switch between the keyboard and the mouse). Neither option was good enough for me.

Reference picture of my current desktop setting.

With my previous mouse, I had to start using the two additional buttons (4 and 5) to move to the left/right desktop. So, my previously programmed keystrokes (Delete and Enter/Return) were no longer in the picture. This, again, was not good enough for me.

Now I get to have all my 4 favorite tasks PLUS 2 more buttons that make my life easier!