Logitech M570 Wireless Trackball Mouse Review

Logitech M570 Wireless Trackball Mouse Review

Last Updated on by Daniel Lawrence

Logitech M570 Wireless Trackball Mouse Review

There are many different types of mice on the market, from wired to wireless, from optical to laser. Some are good and some are bad, some are expensive and some are cheap. There is no one size fits all mice, each type has its advantages and disadvantages. But which mouse is right for you?

I’ve tested all of the major wireless mice on the market, both optical and laser, to see how they performed. I’ve also reviewed some of the cheaper and less well-known brands of wireless mice to see what they are capable of. The first two mice that I tested were the Logitech M570 and the Microsoft IntelliMouse Explorer Pro, both of which have been on the market for quite some time. Although this mouse might not be great for gaming, if you’re looking for a comfortable, well-designed, and easy-to-use mouse, this one’s for you.

Logitech M570: Design

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The Logitech M570 Wireless Trackball Mouse has an unusual design. It looks like it was made for an alien compared to nearly every other mouse. However, the unique aesthetic is not accidental.

Logitech’s M570 mouse remains stationary, unlike other mice that need to be gripped and moved around the desk. Simply place your hand on the mouse and your thumb on the oversized blue trackball to navigate. By using only your thumb as a control, this design relieves pressure that’s otherwise put on the outside of your hand, while also minimizing overall movement.

It is an understatement to say that the Logitech M570 Wireless Trackball Mouse is unconventional in design. Compared to almost any other mouse, it looks like it was made for an alien

I admit that it took me a while to get used to it. Having been used to a conventional mouse design for over ten years, testing out this new layout was refreshing. Nevertheless, as the hours passed, it became apparent why this ancient design is still going strong.

While movements felt a bit imprecise when compared to other mice, it did not put nearly as much strain on our hands. At the time of writing this review, we have over 50 hours into testing this mouse and we are not looking forward to going back to a conventional mouse.

Logitech M570: Setup Process

Logitech M570 setup is straightforward. After removing the mouse, batteries, and receiver from the plastic packaging, plugging in the small USB receiver is as simple as placing the batteries. Both Windows and macOS recognized the mouse immediately. All we had to do was adjust the tracking speed in the mouse settings menu of the respective operating systems.

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There is a dedicated 2.4GHz receiver built into the Logitech M570 that plugs directly into any USB-A port on a desktop or laptop computer. Based on our testing, We found the maximum operating distance of 33 feet to be accurate if there are no obstructions in our way.

Logitech M570: Performance

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The trackball is responsive and precise, the buttons feel nice to the touch, and the scroll wheel is adequate. This mouse is not ideal for gaming, but for nearly everything else, from web browsing to editing documents, it performs as expected.

It looks strange, is bulky, and takes some practice to use, but once we became accustomed to it, it became apparent why this mouse has an almost cult following.

We even spent some time in Photoshop and Illustrator with the M570 and realized that the trackball provided a more comfortable feel compared to conventional mice, making it easier to create shapes and edit images. Obviously, a lot of this is down to personal preferences, but it is still important to note.

Logitech claims that the mouse can run for up to 18 months on a single pair of AA batteries. The mouse was tested for 50 hours, so we can’t verify Logitech’s claim, but based on user reviews and forums, a year-and-a-half of battery life doesn’t sound unrealistic.

Logitech M570: Comfort

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If it doesn’t win in specs, what the M570 lacks in that department makes up for ten-fold in comfort. Its crescent shape fits hands of all sizes perfectly. You can rest your pinky and ring fingers in the grooves to the right of the left/right mouse buttons and the prominent ridge creates a bowl-like shape for your palm to rest on.

Furthermore, a stationary design allows you to rest your arm on your computer chair’s armrest and keep it supported while you move the cursor around the screen.

Using our thumbs as our main form of input took some time. In terms of how you interact with your computer, it is almost as if you have to rewire your brain, but after an hour or two, it becomes second nature. Furthermore, a few days into testing we noticed our thumbs and hands weren’t cramping up and clenching as other mice do.

As an added benefit of the stationary design, you can rest your arm on the armrest of your computer chair and keep it supported while still moving the cursor. You won’t have to rub your elbow against the armrest of your chair for hours on end.

Competition

In light of the Logitech MX Anywhere 2 S’s impressive features and price, it may be difficult to directly compare it with other portable mice on the market. However, there are two other products that offer similar functionality for less money.

One alternative is Logitech’s M535 Bluetooth Mouse. It is priced at $39.99, a full $30 less than the MX Anywhere 2S and offers the same Bluetooth connectivity. The device lacks the 2.4GHz receiver and the rechargeable battery is replaced with two AA batteries, but it has a 10-month lifespan and has the same basic functionality for a lower price.

Alternatively, you can use the Microsoft Sculpt Comfort Bluetooth Mouse. As with the Logitech M535, it retails for $39.99. With Microsoft’s BlueTrack Technology, it works on most surfaces and sports a sculpted ergonomic design. On the side is a dedicated button that can be programmed to control different settings.

Pros Cons
Long battery life Takes some getting used to
Won’t damage desk Quite large
Incredibly comfortable

Conclusion

The Logitech M570 Wireless Trackball Mouse surprised us with how well it performed. Although the mouse looks unusual and is bulky, once we got used to it, it was clear why this mouse has an almost cult following. The mouse is comfortable and doesn’t cost a lot, either.