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Friday, June 14, 2002

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IMG Reviews Kensington TurboMouse Pro
12:51 PM | Andy Largent | Comment on this story

IMG has posted a new review, looking at the TurboMouse Pro from peripheral-maker Kensington Technology. While trackballs may not enjoy the same popularity as mice in the gaming world, the review points out many positive features for those who enjoy using input devices of this type. The USB TurboMouse Pro features 10 configurable buttons and a scroll wheel in addition to the trackball. Here's a clip from the review with more on the all-important bundled software:

Often the software that comes with 3rd party input devices is maligned for instability and incompatibility with the operating system and applications. I can happily report that my experience of the Kensington MouseWorks software in both 10.1.4 and 9.2.2 environments on my G4 Mac have been completely positive. In fact, a gamer will find the usefulness of the Pro trackball sans Kensington's software quite limited in OS 9.x (since all mouse buttons are treated equally as just single-button-mouse clicks) and possibly frustrating in OS X (since X will automatically map the right buttons to a right-context-click which will be problematic for left-handed users ... with a note that the OS X MouseWorks allows this default behavior to be changed to suit user preference).

The X-native MouseWorks software is not yet feature-complete with the 9.x / 8.x version, but I did not find the missing features annoying or problematic at all with the games I have been playing most recently ('Return to Castle Wolfenstein' and 'Red Faction').

Head over now and check out the full review.

IMG Review: Kensington TurboMouse Pro
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