Orbita Mouse USB Round Mouse Review

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This Orbita Mouse is basically like a Griffin PowerMate in mouse form. It turns, clicks and even right-clicks, but it takes a few minutes/hours of frustration to get used to. And, it's expensive—but it is unique.

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The Price

$98.50 $70 on Newegg

The Verdict

Too expensive to be worth it.

The Cyber Sport Orbita Mouse is an interesting anomaly in that it looks and behaves totally different from any other mouse on the market now, but actually does exactly the same things as what you've got in front of you. There's the standard right and left click, then you can twist the mouse to scroll up, down, left or right. If you're familiar with the PowerMate, it's that, plus a right click button.

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Despite what the site says, it's not an ergonomic mouse—not when compared to an actual ergonomic mouse—but it does scroll satisfyingly when you twist. Its most annoying factor is the first few minutes or hours when you start using it, thanks to the fact that you actually have to calibrate the mouse. The instructions aren't clear enough to get it done right on the first try, so you may have some bad luck before you finally get the thing to work properly.

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If you don't really care about ergonomics, this is a reasonable enough mouse that basically has $45 worth of PowerMate built in, but without the customizability of the Griffin suite. Those of you who have hands that are worried about RSI, a standard ergonomic mouse plus a PowerMate will turn out to be about the same price. But on the same note, why does the PowerMate still cost $45 after so many years? [Newegg and Orbita]

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Scrolling by turning is satisfying

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Requires calibration

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Not very ergonomic

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Takes a while to get used to

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Costs $70

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DISCUSSION

jdickson87
JDickson87

An MX Revolution is the same price. Cheaper maybe? That is a great mouse- very comfy, long battery life, lots of buttons, and the nifty scroll wheel. This thing is just a new version of apple's shitty hockey puck that even they admitted was a mistake in record time (for apple). This thing doesn't even look nice!

This is a joke, right? Please tell me there's a punchline. Aside from $100 msrp.