04-14-2012 11:00 AM
Yesterday, I requested the purchase for a couple of Trackman Wheels model T-BB18 , and I couldn’t believe the answer from our vendor ‘The product is discontinued’. I started to look for other source because I taught that my vendor was being lazy. After a few hours of research and looking for the product at Amazon with a price of $249 US Cy. Reality shocks me and now I will be hard for me to make my work every day.
I don’t know why Logitech discontinued the Trackman Wheel. The product is very reliable and the best in the market. Made my life easier working around dusty machines without a mouse pad, without having to replace the mouse every week due to dust collected inside of the mouse and finally works on smaller areas than a regular mouse because doesn’t move.
Since I used once the Marble model back on 97’ I have not wanted to use any other type of mouse until I found the Trackman Wheel.
Trackman wheel worked fine until my Lap top started to popping the following message “USB device not recognized” Intermittently and the trackman wheel stopped to work. I hope someone reading this post have solve this issue before and can share the solution with me.
I hope Logitech change his strategy and re- launch the Trackman Wheel once again to the market because it is going to be pretty hard to convince management to buy another Trackman Wheel at that cost.
04-17-2012 09:58 PM
Just registered to keep this thread growing and get my corded trackman back.
Can't be serious about discontinuing something that saves batteries...
"Green IT", ever heard about, Logitech?
04-19-2012 09:15 AM
I have been using the wired product since the mid 90's and have gone through many over the years. Half the people in my company use them because they caught on.
I just found out about the discontinuation, I needed to purchase a few new units for the office and couldn't believe that my only option is the wireless one. Twice the cost as the wired and serves no benefit to desktop use.
Looks like its time to find a different similar product from another manufacturer ...
04-19-2012 04:51 PM
I also want to say I'm sad to see it being discontinued. The one I bought 4 years ago still works although it developed a minor (but sometimes annoying) problem. Whenever I'd hold down a mouse button, it would sometimes not register on the computer, for exemple I'd be dragging a file, and suddenly it would do as if I had removed my finger from the left button. If I put enough pressure on the button it doesn't have a problem. But I can't rely on the -click- sound of the button to know that it is in "mouse left down" event or something. It still does that on other USB ports also.
The reason I don't want to buy a wireless one is, it's pretty pointless. As others have said, what's the point in not having a wire when the device is fixed? Also if I need to be somewhere further than the computer it's plugged to, the wire of the model I have is very long. I'd rather have a very long wire than a wireless that eats batteries. That's right, I have bad experience with wireless devices, ones I used usually ate batteries every other week or so. So you always have to have a battery charger but even then it's annoying. "Oh no my mouse is unresponsive, time to stop whatever I'm doing and replace batteries". Really.
So yeah, please bring it back / change your mind / give the blueprints to the right people that will do it.
04-25-2012 03:38 PM
I bought my first Trackman for around $75 - $90; I remember thinking it was completely out of character for me to spend that much on a 'mouse'. My reason for buying it was that my computer desk was small (and usually cluttered) and I liked the idea of having a pointing device that didn't need more space than it occupied. When it finally quit working for me I went without for a while but finally replaced it because a regular mouse just didn't feel right any more.
A couple of years ago I started having problems with my elbow due to the amount of time I was using a mouse. My coworker (and IT type) told me about his experience and how switching to a Trackman Wheel alleviated his problem. He loaned me his Trackman Wheel for my computer at work and I ended up keeping it (he bought himself a new one). Now the company bought me a laptop with docking station and wireless keyboard/mouse setup (Logitech MX5500) and my elbow is getting bad again. I thought about getting the M570 but it isn't compatible with the keyboard receiver and I don't really need a wireless version.
Please consider bringing back the Trackman Wheel or a corded version of the M570. It really makes sense for several reasons.
04-28-2012 01:38 PM
Posting to keep this thread alive and to help bring back the track man wheel. I've been using the track man wheel for as long as I can remember, I want to say 14 years I was using it in highschool. Also being a gamer, and yes I use a trackball for FPS too, I wear them out. Over the years I have bough close to 10 of them if not more and having multiple computers had them for each. I am unfortunately down to my last one, and the last time I sent in a defective one (broke in 3 months) they sent me a marble. Amazon has them for $250. Please bring this mouse back I am as well as friends, colleagues, and parents would like this mouse back. I don't want a wireless mouse, I don't want to worry about batteries either. If the wheel doesn't come back in wired form I will unfortunately be changing brands for mice and such. Most likely R.A.T 7 or 9. Yes I know, the 9 is wireless, but always on, GHz tech, and 2 custom batteries for 24/7 up time.
04-28-2012 02:31 PM
I am yet another person who loves this mouse and wants it back. I love it so much and have two (one for work, one for home) and was thinking about buying a third for traveling. One of mine is going to die soon after almost 11 years of faithful service (the scroller has already stopped working), and even though it will probably cost way more, I'd rather have it repaired than buy the wireless one. The ones with the ball in the middle look horribly uncomfortable. I love the shape of the Trackman Wheel because my hand can rest comfortably on it in a natural position. Wireless is not only unnecessary on a trackball, but also downright wasteful. The whole point of a trackball mouse is that it is stationary. Given the problems that others have mentioned with the wireless mouse losing connection and the ball not rolling as smoothly, I can't help but wonder if Logitech intentionally replaced a quality product with something that will need to be replaced more frequently. Don't "fix" what isn't broken!
05-02-2012 09:26 AM
Same as all the other people in this posting i've come to this site to look for a replacement of my old trackman wheel that i've been using over 10 years (well actually i buy a new one about once each year as the keys do break from power usage).. now i can't anymore it seems since only wireless is there and wireless is just not any good when it comes to accuracy or response timing.
- the wired trackman wheel was just perfect.
- if anything was there to improve it, it would have been additional gaming-grade programmable keys.
- the old software for the trackman wheel was good too; a device driver should not require internet or even talk to anything on the internet.
05-04-2012 09:38 AM
Saw one for $400 today. Madness...might want to get some of this crazy demand (cash$) Logitech????
On a larger scale; I have seen this sort of inexplicable corporate behavior before and it tends to end with bad consumer satisfaction. Strange business practise is the smoke of other issues: new and lousy leadership, pending sell-off, who knows what. I have seen this kind of irarational behavior with other folks like Sony. They began to appear suicidal (as when Sony subsequently destroyed their minidisc format by crippling it and discontinued some of the gorgeous software they bought from Sonic Foundry - in particular the pca lossless format).
What I'm driving at, Logitech, is it makes me nervous that you don't care what the consumer wants, and I become inclined to want to STEER CLEAR OF YOUR PRODUCTS... Because something that was right, ain't right.