I honestly wasn't sure about the Logitech Ergo M575 at first. As a trackball mouse, it feels very niche. I literally only know one person who uses a trackball, and it's never been something I'd consider. After using the Ergo M575 for about two weeks now, it feels a tad more natural. But if you're asking me if I will switch to it permanently, the answer is probably not.
- Works with both Mac and PC, configure buttons via Logi Options+
- DPI: 400 up to 2000
- AA battery required, 24 month (Unifying USB) or 20 month (Bluetooth, button toggle located at the bottom)
That being said, I want to point out that the Ergo M575 is still a great device. For one, instead of moving your wrist all over, you only need to move your thumb. That's a lot more ergonomic, and saves on your desktop space. It looks like most Logitech mice, except for the giant trackball in the area where you usually rest your thumb. But depending on the size of your hand, this may not be comfortable. I have medium-sized hands, so the Ergo M575 doesn't feel too big.
I was using my index finger at the start to toggle the scroll wheel, which meant I had to stretch uncomfortably to reach it. Instead, your index finger should rest nicely on the left click button most of the time, and your third finger should be doing most of the scrolling. The Ergo M575 also puts the side buttons near the left click button, but I didn't use those as much. That's because I have to shift my grip upwards, but it was more comfortable to grip it lower with my palm resting on the desktop. I did not increase the DPI settings using Logi Options+, as the default was sufficient for my use.
In short, if you plan to switch from a standard mouse, you'll need some time to get used to it. You'll also have to remember that the Ergo M575 isn't supposed to move. And while the trackball won't feel as precise at the start, you'll soon appreciate how much easier it is to drag and drop stuff, or highlight text. Battery life is rated at up to 24 months with the AA battery using the Logitech dongle. Bluetooth will get you 20. I did not test this with gaming, deeming it the utmost impractical thing for a trackball mouse. I switched back to my Razer Viper V2 Pro for when I wanted to get some gaming done.
Usually retailing at S$89, the Logitech Ergo M575 is a good pickup for those who want something different. I've seen it discounted as low as S$51. Now, I don't have wrist issues while using a mouse, so I can't tell you if it helps. But it makes sense that if you don't have to move your wrist too much, this mouse will likely help with those experiencing carpal tunnel symptoms. Get it from Shopee, Lazada, or Amazon SG.
Note: Review unit provided by Logitech.
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