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The description is a bit mis-leading. There is no scroll wheel with this CST.
I vaguely recall the middle button can be configured for scrolling (/w the trackball) or middle click with a quick solder change.
I fixed this miscommunication with wizardry. Thanks!
On mine, you press and hold middle click to enable scroll mode, which is pretty awesome. Unfortunately, you have to hold for like three seconds.
I like how in the manuel, they tell you haw to open it up and take it apart (for regular trackball cleaning, etc.) As I said before, if not for the "fatal flaw" of shape and poor bearing choice, this would indeed be the "clearly superior" option. The same applies to their higher DPI laser units.
@bmpwe I am currently using a modified ITAC systems Mouse Tak Industrial, but I will be upgrading to a Penny&Giles or vintage Kensington (or both) with a DIY 8200 DPI sensor soon.
To compare pricing, the ITAC MSRP is $250. I haven't seen any numbers, but P&G likely cost more. I tried contacting USMicroProducts (who currently own P&G's trackbal line) for pricing, but they were not as forthcoming once they fgured out I wasn't a real buyer.
If you're interested in somehting better, be prepared to shell out serious cash, or get a used unit to refurbish. Pro tip: most arcade balls I have seen aren't that great for computer use and/or require serious modifications.
I do have a question. I see the following on the specifications:
"Dupontt, Deltrintm with Teflon bearings"
Are the bearings PFTE (teflon) or POM (delrin) ? The ones in mine appear to be POM, but they could have changed in the last few years.