After we recently reviewed the Logitech Ergo M575 Wireless Trackball, which was only introduced last fall, we now have the MX Ergo Wireless Trackball in front of us. Logitech connoisseurs know that the MX models are among the manufacturer’s most advanced products, so expectations are particularly high here.
While we were very satisfied with the Ergo M575 Wireless Trackball from a purely ergonomic point of view, but missed a few features, we find them here. The MX Ergo offers a rubberized surface, a textured mouse wheel and a precision mode. We’ll clarify which features the MX Ergo still offers, and whether the surcharge compared to the Ergo M575 Wireless Trackball is worth it, in our review.
|Wireless (2.4 GHz or Bluetooth Low Energy)
|Logitech Advanced Optical Tracking
|512 – 2,048
|Rechargeable (500 mAh) lithium polymer battery
|Up to 4 months on a full battery charge
|132.5 x 99.8 x 51.4 mm (H x W x D)
|164 g (without metal plate/receiver).
259 g (with metal plate/receiver)
|Scope of supply
|MX Ergo Advanced Wireless Trackball
Micro USB charging cable
Quick Start Guide
|€ 79.42 *
Scope of delivery
Included in the box, besides the MX Ergo Wireless Trackball itself, are the USB receiver and a quick start guide. Since the trackball has a permanently installed battery, a micro USB cable for charging is also included. The scope of delivery thus turns out to be quite manageable, but it offers everything that is necessary and corresponds to what is usual for mice away from the gaming market.
Design and workmanship
Trackballs are, of course, designed a bit differently than mice, as the operation is fundamentally different. For a brief explanation, the reasons and advantages, we would like to refer to the review of the Logitech Ergo M575 Wireless Trackball:
With the trackball, the movement of the mouse pointer is possible through the thumb alone, the hand itself remains still, in contrast to the control with the mouse, including the trackball. This minimization of movement is supposed to make working significantly healthier and also prevent increasingly common complaints, such as mouse arm. This is caused by chronic overloading. Even if working with the mouse does not seem strenuous, the permanently uniform movements, which are sometimes performed daily and over several hours, cause tiny injuries, which after several years can lead to a clinical picture that significantly limits the user.
The shape and size of the Logitech MX Ergo Wireless Trackball are very similar to the Ergo M575, and the hand fits comfortably on it. Due to the tilt, the hand is in a natural position and tires more slowly. However, the already slight inclination can also be further increased. The bottom of the trackball is very well thought out and has a slight 20° bend. The trackball itself has no direct contact with the workstation. This is provided by a metal plate, which is attached to the trackball via a magnet. Thanks to the 20° bend, the metal plate can be fixed in two positions, so you can choose between two angles where your hand lies.
Furthermore, the mouse has two additional buttons on the edge of the left mouse button, which can be freely assigned. Very close to the ball is another button, which can be used to activate the precision mode. If you press this button, the pointer speed is significantly reduced until you press it again. Below the mouse wheel is also the toggle button, which allows you to quickly switch between two connected devices.
The trackball is made entirely of plastic, which has a very high-quality feel. The contact surface and buttons are also rubberized, so that the trackball always fits perfectly in the hand. This also applies to the mouse wheel, which has a texture in addition to the rubber coating. The trackball’s ball is smooth, but not slippery and fits very well into the very high-quality overall picture. The mentioned metal plate is more than sufficiently thick and rubberized on the underside, so that the trackball doesn’t slip when working.
Overall, we can describe the material quality and workmanship as almost perfect, there is really nothing to criticize here.
As usual, Logitech relies on Logitech Options for the software. This enables the most important functions, which include swapping the left/right keys, adjusting the pointer speed and assigning the additional keys. These settings can either be made globally for all applications or differently for individual programs. Logitech also offers the user ready-made profiles for browsers, photo editing, video editing, office and other software here. The type of connection and battery status are of course also visible in the software.
Another feature of the software is Logitech Flow, which is only available for selected mice and keyboards. Using this option, you can easily switch between several devices that are in the same network at any time. For example, the cursor can be moved over the edge of the screen and then automatically switches from the PC to the notebook. Text, images and files can also be transferred between devices using Flow.
The size and material of the trackball proved to be very good in everyday use. We also really liked the adjustable tilt. After we got used to the 20° more inclination, we liked it a bit more and the posture of hand and arm became a bit more comfortable again. The rubber coating on the metal plate was more than strong enough so that the trackball never slipped, no matter where we used it. The magnet also proved to be sufficiently strong at all times, so the angle never shifted unintentionally.
The pressure point of the keys, including those of the additional keys, is well chosen, so we found the click to be very pleasant. The position of the precision key is also very well chosen. From the beginning, it allowed us to quickly and intuitively change the pointer speed while working, meanwhile this even works almost automatically and subconsciously at the right moment, so that a really good workflow is possible in all programs. There is also nothing to criticize about the sensor and the ball. After 3 weeks, the movement still works like on the first day, cleaning has not been necessary so far.
After using the Logitech MX Ergo Wireless Trackball for a longer period of time, over several hours a day, the conclusion is very positive. The ergonomic design is convincing, especially in combination with the additional tilt, and also thanks to the high material quality, the MX Ergo is an asset in everyday work. In addition, there is the precision mode, which makes operation much easier in many cases, especially if you have only worked with classic mice for years and the operation via trackball does not yet work perfectly in all cases. If you use several devices at home in parallel and often switch between them, you will also like Flow.
The Logitech MX Ergo Wireless Trackball leaves a very good impression in the test. The ergonomics are very good, and the adjustable angle can improve the posture even more. Apart from the ergonomics, the precision mode is a very practical function, especially for users switching from other mice. Users who use several devices can also benefit a lot from Logitech Flow in everyday life. Apart from that, Logitech offers an almost perfectly manufactured trackball with very high material quality in the MX Ergo Wireless Trackball. The battery life is sufficiently long at 4 months.
Overall, Logitech offers a lot here, so even the relatively high price is justified. If you’re looking for a new mouse, are open to an alternative and also want to work better from an ergonomic perspective, you should definitely take a look at the Logitech MX Ergo Wireless Trackball.