Logitech M570 Wireless Trackball Review — 8/10
The M570 Wireless Trackball is the successor to the popular TrackMan Wheel from Logitech. The original being a successful ergonomic mouse, the M570 follows in its footsteps. Trackball mice can aid people with disabilities, or people with Repetitive Strain Injuries, or RSIs. This mouse manages to do all that with no compromise to much performance at all. Seeing how much acclaim the M570 has gotten, drew me to it. So here I am doing a M570 review. Let’s give it a shot.
- Comfortable, ergonomic shape
- Strong build quality
- Fairly strong connectivity
- No jitter or real sensing problems
- 18 month battery life
- Incredible options and customization
- No left handed version
- Clicks are so-so
I’ve never been a fan of trackball mice. I never actively disliked them, I just liked standard mice better. I prefer control of the mouse to be under my hand rather than beneath one or two of my fingers. There always has been that weird group of people that use them though. We stare at them from across the cafeteria and wonder what in the world made them the people they are today. Oh well. Here I am trying it out.
Right out the box, the M570 looks solid. Although I like the rubber finish many mice are getting nowadays, it’s nice to see a mouse with a textured plastic finish feel this good. Although this could spell a nasty disaster for our friends with sweaty palms, the mouse is quite stunning for an ergonomic mouse like this.
First time you put your hands on an M570, you will notice how comfortable the shape is. It really shows how far mice have come in the past few years. There was minimal strain on my hands, and I was really having a good time. Definitely a great pick for someone with an RSI.
One thing that the M570 gets right is the familiarity! Unlike Logitech’s own Trackman Marble with unconventional buttons and positions promising extra comfort, Logitech quit the crap and just made a mouse. The only real difference between this and a normal mouse from them is the trackball. All the buttons are exactly where you’d expect them to be.
Even though the M570 boasts an ergonomic shape, I will say that it’s quite horizontal. The natural position for your hand is a vertical “handshake” position. But, it does has a large bump along the left side for your palm to rest on. So it’s not entirely horizontal, but it is something that should be pointed out. The back side also ends rather abruptly, leaving your wrist at an awkward angle. Again, not the end of the world.
On the side of mobility, it is wireless, and ready for use with Logitech’s Unifying receiver, but it is rather clunky for a daily trip to the office. In a bag, you could inadvertently click buttons on the mouse and wear them out. Although, third party companies have designed some carrying cases for the M570.
Nope. Sigh. Unfortunately lefties are left out in the cold once again. Why do I bother mentioning this? Hopefully soon more ergonomic mice are made for left handed users. But until then, sorry lefties.
The sides on the M570 are almost non existent. The mouse is more flat than round. Normally this is where I would talk about how I like concave sides on my mice and all that jazz, but because it’s a trackball mouse, you never need to lift it. So this isn’t an issue at all. The mouse is comfy enough without sides. After all, it doesn’t really need them.
Again, this is usually when I talk about lifting and stuff, but alas, this mouse is stationary. So it matters not.
But there are some benefits to the M570’s weight. At 142 grams with the battery in, the mouse is heavy. But this keeps it from moving around on your desk. The mouse does what it’s supposed to, and it does a great job.
The M570 is a very solid mouse. Squeezing it yields some squeaking, but nothing out of the ordinary. It’s not a high-end gaming mouse so it isn’t going to be made for intense squeezing.
When you shake the M570, there is a very apparent rattle. Well… wait.. of course there is. The mouse has a trackball. But if you remove the ball and shake it, there is a slight rattle but it’s nothing to worry about. It’s not a ultra high end mouse, so it isn’t going to be made out of steel like an M65 or anything. But it really shows no signs of giving in easily. It gets a gold sticker.
While the rest of the mouse is fine, there is one problem that has affected a few people; the rubber feet designed to keep the mouse in place. While they do the job incredibly well, they are prone to falling out and coming unglued. I’ve felt mine and they seem secured in place, but only time will tell. So buyer beware.
Not gonna lie, I’m not a trackball aficionado. So going into this review, I was skeptical if I’d like it much at all. But the M570 surprised me. The ball is easy to move and control. It just glides around in its socket. When you first get it out of the box, it’ll have a bit of resistance and inertia. But after about a week or so, you’ll break it in and it’ll be even smoother.
Keeping the mouse stationary, really kept my whole arm at rest. Using the M570 is really relaxing. The rubber grips on the bottom of the mouse keep it from moving at all. (So long as they don’t fall out.)
And the mouse will work amazing on cramped desks as well. Since you’re not moving it, as long as you have a space for it on your desk, then it is going to work for you. Just make sure to keep your arm straight to stay comfortable and RSI-free.
If you’re having trouble with the ball, you can also pop it out and clean it. This will keep the mouse feeling smooth even after years of use. This is a great feature. If something doesn’t work, you should be able to fix it, instead of replacing the whole mouse. I wish more companies had removable parts.
If you’re still having trouble with the ball after cleaning though, you can always buy a replacement ball.
Okay, I’d be lying to you if I said this was an amazing looking mouse. It looks a bit goofy. The grey color and fluid shape make it belong to the early 2000s. Even though the shape feels good, it really isn’t doing the mouse any aesthetic justice. Sadly on top of that, there is only one finish available for the M570. I will say that there are no fingerprints getting on this thing right now. The plastic does a fairly good job at that.
It’s not the ugliest mouse I’ve ever seen, but there are so many little details that really ruin it for me. For example, take the light on top that indicates battery life. There is an ugly little icon next to it with a battery on it. In my opinion, this just looks tacky. Like, c’mon. I know that means battery life.
Overall, it’s not the most pleasing mouse to look at. Maybe if they had gone with the color scheme of the rest of their trackball mice, it’d look better. But they went with a strange dark grey and blue combo that really doesn’t look very good. Not to mention the awkward looking shape. Honestly, the only thing that looks good is the trackball itself.
Left and Right Click
Starting off on a high note, the left and right buttons on the M570 are separated into two pieces of plastic! Unlike some of their other mice around the same price, this will keep the buttons from wearing out as fast over time. Excited to feel the clicks themselves, I quickly tested them.
And.. eh. They feel a bit cheap to me. They are absolutely not the worst switches I’ve ever used in a non-gaming mouse, but they have some flaws. The buttons have relatively short travel distance, but they fail to satisfy when it comes down to the actual click itself. The clicks end too soon. Maybe it’s just me, but they leave a little to be desired.
All this along with one big error. After about 2 weeks of use, the left click started double clicking occasionally when using it. I shrugged it off as a small flaw. But after a bit of research, I found that it isn’t just me. It’s not a hugely widespread problem, but it is something to watch out for.
I guess I overestimated it and ended up disappointing myself. Because the switches aren’t that bad, especially for a mouse at this price. But everyone should know what they’re buying before they buy it.
Scrolling is mushy. Simple as that. I know that’s not a big deal to some, but for some people, it really bugs them. It really doesn’t lock into notches very well, even though, for the most part, the M570 doesn’t miss notches. There will be the occasional one missing, but it’s nothing to worry about. This is forgivable but disappointing.
The middle mouse button is also a bit unrefined. Although the click is satisfying, the button has quite the travel distance. This can really hinder people looking for maximum productivity. It also negates the comfort factor a bit. If you have to use extra force to press a button, you’re missing the point of an ergonomic mouse.
Also, the mouse lacks tilt scrolling. In fact, it lacks any form of side scrolling at all. Some people think it’s just a gimmick, But I really like it. It’s not the end of the world, but it would have been nice to see.
Forward and Back Buttons
The travel distance on these is a little long, but it’s really not a huge issue. They can just feel a bit spongy to those who like ultra fast buttons. The click itself is fine though. It’s a handy feature and Logitech has been happily incorporating these into more and more mice.
But the real issue with these is the terrible placement. Honestly. How much more awkward can it get? I understand that the thumb can’t do much when it’s moving the cursor, but it really feels unnatural to reach up with my index finger to press these buttons. I’m probably not the only one that feels this way either. You get used to it over about a week, but it still doesn’t jive too well with me.
This is usually just something gamers like to know about, but some people really like audible feedback from their mice. When compared to most gaming mice, it really doesn’t make much of a splash. But compared to “silent” mice, it’s really not-so-silent. It’s a happy medium that can be appreciated by just about anyone.
Delving deep into the beating heart of the mouse reveals a less than stellar sensor on the M570’s trackball. At only 540 DPI, the laser sensor isn’t the best ever. But before you start thinking poorly about the mouse, remember that it’s a trackball mouse. Logitech made the ball’s surface for the sensor to pick up as flawlessly as possible. So although it has a lower DPI count, it’s really not that big of a deal.
The ball also doesn’t get dirty as easily. And because of this, there are little to no errors. There was no jitter or erroneous sensing that I could tell. Just keep your disgusting Cheeto fingers away from it, and it’ll be fine. And to top it all off, it doesn’t need a mouse pad, and it’ll perform the same everywhere. On the couch, floor, bed, what have you…
More: What is Mouse Jitter?
Now obviously, this is not a gaming mouse. But if you game casually and just want to have fun without any spin outs or jitter, this is a great mouse! The ball moves your aim just as you’d expect it to, and it really worked with me, rather than against me. Speaking of spin out, a good way to get your mouse to spin out, involves lifting. Well, huzzah! There is no lifting involved with the M570. So no spin outs at all.
More: What is Mouse Spin Out?
The M570 is wireless and works through the Logitech Unifying Receiver. For those who don’t know, it’s a little USB dongle that can run multiple Logitech peripherals at once. Mice, keyboards, that kind of stuff. This frees up those USB ports you use for flash drives and the like. It also fits nicely in a little compartment on the bottom of the mouse all cute and stuff.
But sadly the connection range is limited. No more than 5 feet away from your computer and it starts to falter. Logitech has an issue with this. Not really sure why. Logitech is a huge name in this market, yet several other companies do this so much better. It happens a lot.
And I know that not many people use a mouse more than 5 feet away from their computer, but some do. Like in a home theater situation, or if their computer is in a rack in another room. And this is a limitation that I think should be fixed, or even mentioned.
Anyway, just telling it like it is.
Back to the many many positive things about this mouse. The 18 month long battery life is one of those things. Now we’ve been seeing some other mice with long battery lives for some time now. Most mice with a battery life this long aren’t all that great (see M510). But the M570 is a competent performance mouse. It’s nice to see a mouse with a good battery life AND performance.
So yeah. You can squeeze 1.5 years out of one AA battery. Which, I might add, comes with the mouse. Now this obviously depends on how much you use your computer, but it’s still impressive. And it has a sleep mode that’ll keep you from wasting battery while not using it. So really you can leave it on 24/7.
When it comes to customization and productivity, the M570 is just as good as the MX Master. Except it uses SetPoint! Freaking SetPoint! Unlike the poor MX Master who is stuck with their latest software “Options”, the M570 gets SetPoint, the predecessor to Options. This is great! Every button is customizable. You can set profiles for different programs like games, or editing software. And you can create tons of key combinations, macros, and shortcuts.
For those of us who actually like to get productive sometimes, this mouse is just great. Virtually anything about it can be changed. So it’s great for getting work done, as well as just being convenient.
Oh and by the way. SetPoint is NOT available on Mac. You can always download the Logitech Control Center software to use your mouse though.
Who is the M570 good for?
Okay, so given the cheap price in relation to its performance, this mouse is a really great deal. It’s built tough and has everything you could really want out of a good productivity mouse. And for someone transitioning to an ergonomic mouse, you’ll find that it is quite familiar. It’s got some issues. It’s not perfect. But it’s a far cry from being a bad product.
As with the good mice I review, it’s tough transitioning back to my personal mouse. This one left an impression on me. Maybe I’ll use it for a living room setup for when I just don’t want to move! All jokes aside, it will suit anyone who would want it. It’s a good’un.
So, if you like this mouse, or hate this mouse, or just have any questions, leave a Facebook comment down below and tell me what you think.