3D mice have well-known benefits for CAD and CAM professionals, 3D animators and designers. But with different 3D mice serving different purposes, how do you find the mouse tailored to your design needs?
To help, we’ve pulled together some comprehensive reviews on 3Dconnexion’s SpaceMouse Wireless, the world’s first wireless 3D mouse. While SpaceMouse Wireless has earned notoriety for its cord-free capabilities, it has so much more to offer.
The SpaceMouse Wireless’ award-winning design offers unparalleled six-degrees-of-freedom navigation, a rechargeable battery delivering one month of use between charges and 2.4 GHz wireless technology to ensure a real-time connection to digital 3D content.
But how does it actually perform? Usability, ergonomics, aesthetic design and budget are important features professionals should evaluate before making a purchase. We’ve gathered third-party reviews that comment on these factors.
They’ll help you gain a clearer picture of what the SpaceMouse Wireless can do—and help you decide if the newest addition to the 3Dconnexion family is the right tool for your job.
Superior Navigation—Even Without A Cord
How will the 3D navigation feel without a direct USB connection to transfer data? Will there be lag time? Wireless is nice, but will it affect my work?
3D professionals wanted to know the answers to these questions.
“Cutting the wire is new for me. So I wondered, how is it going to perform? My biggest concern was lag without the wire. Would it be as quick as the wired version?” Jonathan Landeros, a senior applications engineer at KETIV Technologies and creator of the popular blog Inventor Tales, asked.“I'm glad to say that if there was any slowdown, it was imperceptible to me,” he concluded. “It works just like the wired versions I use. Performance was great.”
But what about precision and navigation?
Says Al Dean, editor-in-chief at DEVELOP3D and contributer at AEC Magazine, “[It provides] exact control over 3D CAD models — simply push, pull, twist or tilt the 3Dconnexion controller cap to pan, zoom and rotate your model while the 2D mouse is held in the other hand to work directly with the CAD geometry on screen.”
Design and Usability
When reviewing the SpaceMouse Wireless, many considered the weight of the device to be a plus. At just under one pound (0.45 kg), the weight provides a sturdy base for a non-slip grip.
“[The] SpaceMouse Wireless had the familiar heft that I've grown accustomed to out of 3Dconnexion products,” says Jonathan Landeros. “They've never felt cheap to me. There's a comfortable sturdiness to it.”
Battery life was a major concern for professionals using this device on the go. The SpaceMouse Wireless has a lithium-ion polymer battery, allowing one month of use between charges. (Estimated on an eight-hour workday, five days a week.)
That results in some serious power. “Energy cell takes minimum charge time (30 min). [I’ve] been using [it] for over 50 hours — still at 74% charge. NICE!” says Lisa K. Prosser via Amazon.
Ergonomics and Design Comfort
A newly designed base is built for maximum comfort and accessibility, according to reviewers.
“There has […] been some redesign work on the two fully customizable buttons that sit on either side of the device, in that they are now much larger and more accessible,” says Al Dean.
In an article on Design & Motion, Scott Moyse, MFG Applications Engineer at CADPRO Systems Ltd, adds, “The two buttons are larger, with a more comfortable contact point for your thumb and ring finger. I think that contact surface helps to improve the feel of the click, it’s smoother while being more positive, over time it just makes the device more enjoyable to use than its predecessor.”
Cutting the cord doesn’t hurt, either. “You don’t realize how much of an inconvenience the old cable was until it’s gone,” Moyse says.
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