With the promise of “less movement and more comfort”, the Ergo M575, successor to the M570, is the latest wireless trackball from Logitech. With lines that refer to the top of the line and praised MX Master 3, the M575 works by Bluetooth or Unifying USB receiver, has a sensor of up to 2,000 DPI and can work for up to 2 years with just a conventional battery. In Brazil, it has a suggested price of R $ 349, much more than other ergonomic mice of the brand.
Is this a good device for creative professionals? Does it match the home office? I tested the Logitech Ergo M575 Trackball for almost 60 days and share my experience of use in this review.
Video Logitech Ergo M575 Trackball Review
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At first, the shape of the trackball may frighten some people, but this is fleeting, after going through the famous learning curve. The M575 has a design that perfectly accommodates the palm of your hand and you do not need to slide the mouse on the table, which means that the control of the cursor is done by the trackball, through your thumb. Incredibly, the finger is not tired when controlling the wheel, even working all day with the product.
The colors available in the market are black and white, both versions bring the ball in blue. According to Logitech, the plastic parts of the Ergo M575 are made from recycled plastic. One thing that caught my attention is the robustness of the product: the mouse is very resistant and gives a sense of durability, which is great since it is more expensive than a Sculpt Comfort Mouse, from Microsoft, for example.
At the bottom, the brand placed the button to turn the gadget on and off, and there is another shortcut to switch the connection between Bluetooth and Unifying. The battery compartment also has a space to store the receiver.
Overall, the Ergo M575 right away delivers a Logitech due to the similarity to the MX Ergo. In addition to having more buttons and microUSB input, the MX Ergo allows you to tilt the body, favoring adjustments, something that this tested model does not offer. And, as you may have noticed, the M575 is for righties. The brand did not design a version for lefties.
Usability, comfort and autonomy
Even though it is robust, 134 mm high, 100 mm wide and 48 mm deep, the trackball mouse adapts well to large and small tables. The weight of 145 grams, much higher when compared to other conventional mice from the same company, does not become a lock, because it is not necessary to move the arm. For those who are in the habit of resting their hand on the peripheral, it is possible to feel a perfect fit: my thumb reached the wheel without any difficulty and I had successful access to the other controls and scroll.
The main buttons, primary and secondary, generate “smooth clicks” at any time, while the smaller side ones, both very quiet, require a little more strength from your index finger. They are programmed at the factory to move forward and back a page in Chrome, for example, but it is feasible to configure them for other actions. I will address this just ahead. The scroll is nothing different: just like other common mice, you can easily handle it by rotating or pressing to scroll up and down a page.
Now, the icing on the cake is on the left side of the equipment. The scroll wheel is simply fantastic: it favors ergonomics, requires no pressure and feels smooth. For those who work with editing programs, this fluidity is further enhanced. In Photoshop, the experience with the Ergo M575 was better than with other mice, because the entire command is accessible using the wheel and I don’t need to move my arm for each task in the Adobe program.
And, of course, trackballs tend to accumulate dirt, which can harm the laser. I believe that this is the main negative point here. The good news, however, is that with the hole in the bottom, you can push the wheel to clean. It is an easy process and many people should have no trouble extracting it. But Logitech could clearly explain how this maintenance can be done without harming the equipment.
In autonomy, using the Ergo M575 with the USB receiver, the battery can last 24 months. In Bluetooth, this period drops to 20 months. I worked more with this second option and obviously, I could use it smoothly during the two months of testing. The product depends on just one ordinary AA battery to function; the brand already sends a GP alkaline in the box.
Software and customization
The Logitech Ergo M575 trackball is configured for 400 DPI, which should suit most people. However, it is possible to reach 2,000 DPI. I confess that I am not used to working with this greater sensitivity, but I like to think that I will use it quietly on a 27-inch monitor and even on an ultrawide model. The adjustment is made in the Logi Options program, available for Windows and Mac, but it does not display the DPI numbers, so you will have to adjust it manually without knowing the sensitivity.
Configuring the buttons is also another feature present in Logi Options. The user can assign different commands to three buttons (the two on the side and the scroll). Opening a specific page on the web, a folder on your computer, turning on Cortana, turning off your PC and accessing the application menu are some of the options available. The program also makes it possible to make exclusive configurations for different applications: I was able to create commands for Notion, Typora, Discord, Photoshop, Premiere, Chrome, Edge and others.
The Ergo M575 is compatible with Windows, macOS, iPadOS and iOS. Unfortunately it is not a multi-device, but it was possible to use it on an iPad Air, iPhone 11 and Windows notebook. As expected, the connection is very stable and the trackball adapts well to each system.
Logitech Ergo M575 Trackball: is it worth it?
Before the M575, I had a gamer model, AGM700, from AOC. After months of just working with a mouse, I found myself, for the first time, handling a peripheral without complaining of fatigue at the end of the day. For 57 days, my experience with the Logitech Ergo M575 was very positive on both the iPad and the computer through a 27-inch monitor.
Logitech was accurate in product development. Ergonomics is certainly the pinnacle, but I also want to highlight the ecosystem and the versatility that the company delivers: Logi Options is very easy to navigate and makes it possible to integrate various branded devices. On the other hand, clearer instructions for cleaning the trackball would be interesting; the multi-device feature is needed; and a left-handed version would be most welcome.
Still, the M575 is an excellent product for creatives in general who don’t want to pay more than R $ 500 on an ergonomic mouse. But, if you want something superior, the MX Ergo may be the best option, since it has a inclination for a better fit and is multi-device, which favors multitasking.