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Looking for old school rollerball ps2 style keyboard for laptop


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#1 TOASTYTOAD

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Posted 06 February 2018 - 05:36 AM

Hi there!

I used to have a usb connected keyboard that was like a ps2 controller with huge tracking ball mouses on each side (not little 1 inchers but big rolling spinning honkers), right click left click and full keyboard. It was curved on the edges so easy to hold onto and I beat the krap out of that thing. I can't seem to find anything like it now,must have been maybe 10 years ago or more I bought it and can't remember where/brand. It's not for use eying it as only laying flat on a desk, is easy to use in bed in any position. Anyone know where I can find this nostalgic friend of days gone by?? :)



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Posted 06 February 2018 - 10:48 AM

Scroll down on this link, I bet there are several around.  If needed use a usb/ps2 adapter.

 

 

http://www.fentek-ind.com/trackball-keyboard.htm


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Posted 06 February 2018 - 11:39 AM

I found Logitek has a line of roller ball mouses.  I got used to one on a Compaq laptop in the middle 90's and enjoyed the feel and smooth action it provided.



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Posted 06 February 2018 - 11:48 AM

Were I you I would create this using two large format trackballs (wireless or wired) and the keyboard of your choice.

 

When working with clients who lacked fine motor skills Kensington mice were very good, and there are now others, and the trackball in these are very large and you can get to "massive" if you go looking for ones specifically meant as assistive technology.  See this search:  https://duckduckgo.com/?q=large+trackball+mouse&t=hg&atb=v91-1&ia=products

 

An example of the "massive" version:  https://www.amazon.com/BIGtrack-2-0-Trackball-Buttons-12000006/dp/B0006ZM7VY?SubscriptionId=AKIAILSHYYTFIVPWUY6Q&tag=duckduckgo-d-20&linkCode=xm2&camp=2025&creative=165953&creativeASIN=B0006ZM7VY


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Posted 07 February 2018 - 03:50 AM

Hey! Thank you for all the replies! 

Scroll down on this link, I bet there are several around.  If needed use a usb/ps2 adapter.

 

 

http://www.fentek-ind.com/trackball-keyboard.htm

Yes, this one looks pretty close but not as curved as old one and has much smaller ball, about the closest I've seen so far though!

http://www.fentek-ind.com/kbmctb.htm

 

I found Logitek has a line of roller ball mouses.  I got used to one on a Compaq laptop in the middle 90's and enjoyed the feel and smooth action it provided.

I'll take a look! Rollerball rocks!

 

Were I you I would create this using two large format trackballs (wireless or wired) and the keyboard of your choice.

 

When working with clients who lacked fine motor skills Kensington mice were very good, and there are now others, and the trackball in these are very large and you can get to "massive" if you go looking for ones specifically meant as assistive technology.  See this search:  https://duckduckgo.com/?q=large+trackball+mouse&t=hg&atb=v91-1&ia=products

 

An example of the "massive" version:  https://www.amazon.com/BIGtrack-2-0-Trackball-Buttons-12000006/dp/B0006ZM7VY?SubscriptionId=AKIAILSHYYTFIVPWUY6Q&tag=duckduckgo-d-20&linkCode=xm2&camp=2025&creative=165953&creativeASIN=B0006ZM7VY

Yup. I saw those last night. The massive version is about what this old one had, on both sides plus right left click like a gaming controller handheld and oddly I found I could really get a LOT of work done with this setup on a mini keyboard. It was excellent for building websites, getting photos loaded etc, just super fast with those floating spinning balls and easier than a regular flat fixed keyboard. I scoured ebay but no luck finding my exact oldie but goodie. Darn, isn't that the way it goes, wish they wouldn't do away with things that work and I'm still hanging on to my windows 7 pro elitebook with the ssd and i7 buaha. 

 


Edited by TOASTYTOAD, 07 February 2018 - 03:52 AM.





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