GameBall Thumb - Limited Edition (Preorder)
We are currently out of stock of the GameBall Thumb Limited Edition. We will be receiving more in a few weeks (early March), but we are trying to clean up our logistics issues before we sell any more units. Keep checking back for when we have more in stock.
GameBall Thumb is the world’s first thumb trackball mouse developed specifically for the computer gamer. We leveraged our learnings from the original GameBall and incorporated the gaming specific features wanted by the community.
The Limited Edition (LE) model includes a red ball with a red base and will only be sold for a limited time. The Standard Edition (SE) will have a black ball and all black body. The Standard Edition model will go on sale once the Limited Edition version is sold out.
GameBall Thumb is a collaboration with ProtoArc. The two companies have agreed to explore future projects together. This relationship is a great opportunity to leverage the benefits both companies can offer and create some exciting new products. You can find out more about ProtoArc here.
- Wired or Wireless operation
- High resolution Pixart sensor
- 6 native DPI settings up to 5,000
- Built in precision button
- RGB lighting
- No additional software needed
- Ceramic bearings
- Kailh switches
- 1000hz polling rate (Wired & Wireless)
- Built-in adjustable base (20 degrees)
- Rechargeable internal battery
- 6 button operation (left, right, middle, back, forward, precision)
- Detachable braided cable
- Removable ball for easy cleaning
Windows 8 or later
Mac OS X versions 10.10 or later
Popular Linux distributions
Android 5 or later
Pixart PMW3325 Sensor
Wireless 2.4Ghz (includes USB Receiver)
5.12 inches (130mm) long
4 inches (102mm) wide
2 inches (50 mm) tall
900mA Lithium battery
Battery life: 30 - 90 days per charge based on usage
34mm size ball
Kailh GM2.0 20 million+ switches
DPI levels (300, 600, 1200, 2000, 3000, 5000)
1.8m detachable braided cable (Wired operation & charging)
1000hz polling rate
Weight 190g / 6.7oz
FCC and CE certified
For international customers: please note that shipping costs do not include any additional taxes/duties that may be required. Click here for shipping and tax information
I've been exclusively using thumb trackballs from that other big "L" company for about 15 years for general computing and PC gaming, and the frustrations with those devices are well known - wireless and tracking issues, longevity problems with the mouse button switches, etc. No kidding, I've gone through at least 15 of those things over the years when thinking of the desktop, laptop, and work setups I've had. I was excited to get my hands on the GameBall Thumb if for no other reason than just to get another company's take on a gaming thumb trackball.
The major pluses are that right out of the box, the ball rolls extremely smoothly and the high polling rate allows for a very responsive feel. Additionally, the configurable DPI settings allow for a wide range of sensitivity options. The shape and feel of the device is nice for me with small hands, and while it took some getting used to as far as wrist position and such, I'm fine with it. The buttons and wheel all take a tad more force to use compared to the devices I came from (I mean both the force required to click the buttons and wheel, and the stiffness of the scrolling portion of the wheel), which is still taking some getting used to, but they do produce a satisfying and confidence-inspiring click and feel.
This trackball can work via wired or wireless, but I did find a quirk when using it wirelessly and then plugging it into the same PC I was using it on to charge it - it's like the wired and wireless modes started fighting and I got weird, intermittent jerky mouse behavior when doing so. I'm not entirely sure this is what is happening, but the moment charging was done and I unplugged it, everything was fine again.
The configurable RGB ring lighting surrounding the ball is a nice touch but it is odd that when wireless, the ring lighting turns off when you're using the device, then it comes right back on after a second of non-use, which I suppose might be to save battery, but the behavior is strange. (You can disable the lighting entirely to save battery even more.) When wired, the ring lighting does stay on including during use, and again can also be disabled if desired - all without any software needed. Also, a small green LED lights up when the unit is fully charged and still plugged in. This is handy, but I got the unit with the red ball and red/black casing, and have configured the RGB lighting to be red for a whole theme, so it is a big disconcerting that there's a constant green LED also on, messing with the aesthetic a bit. I do wish that the charging LED would eventually turn off when the trackball was plugged in long enough for the thing to realize you're just planning on using the thing wired for a good long while.
I also wish that the angle for the GameBall Thumb could be increased further beyond what it allows. One of my prior thumb trackballs came with an optional rubberized base that allowed me to put the device at more of a sideways angle, giving it more of a "handshake" feel, and while I am able to use that base with the GameBall Thumb to mostly get what I want, the shape is only vaguely similar so it's not exactly a snug fit and I have to readjust it often.
Otherwise, I'm happy with the GameBall Thumb and would recommend it to any ballers out there looking to move beyond what the big "L" offers.
I work an IT job, and most everyone there uses a Trackball mouse. I decided to get myself a cheap one as a test, and i grew to enjoy the form factor. I happened to google gaming trackball mouse and found this mouse the day the pre-order launched. I was excited to see its focus was on better parts as I was tired of the ball bearings seizing on my cheaper mouse, and having difficulty with a smooth action while using it. Had I known that this mouse would have the same issues and have to clean it out more often because I deal with it getting stuck more often with less debris to clean I wouldn't have got it. I also can't use the wireless because it will randomly move my mouse half a screen down unprompted. I could live with it being wired if it didn't have difficulty with the ball bearings guiding the trackball during precise movements. It makes it impossible to play an FPS and have smooth control, and its not easy to quickly swap into precision mode then swap back out in an FPS situation. I was really hoping to have a higher quality mouse that let me embrace the form factor, but instead it made me hate the form factor even more.
I posted a reply to another customer on this. I have had customers find extra plastic in the ball well. It was like leftover plastic from manufacturing. They removed it and it was smooth after. Can you check the inside and edges of the ball well and see if you have anything like this? We have already corrected this at the factory.
We have a 30 day return policy. If you are not happy, we can process a refund for you.
I can also swap out with a new one if you prefer.
The mouse works great. The ball action is smooth and has great options when controlling the mouse's DPI. There are two things I think all thumb users should know.
Even if you’re used to using a thumb ball, the higher DPI settings will take some getting used to, and the mouse clicks are very loud due to the modern switches. Things to know, but I love it.
I love this mouse, however, there is nowhere on the device itself to store the wireless dongle. I will most likely lose it down the line and have to go wired.
Everything you could possibly want in a gaming trackball. Love it