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SpacePilot Pro 3D mouse review

A professional device for working with 3D

Our Verdict

It's not the easiest mouse to get to grips with, but it's great for working with 3D.

For

  • Designed specifically for 3D use
  • LCD screen gives quick access to features and programs
  • Mail Applet for Outlook lets you see your inbox straight from the LCD screen

Against

  • Steep learning curve
  • Expensive

There are two things you notice immediately about the SpacePilot Pro 3D mouse.

The first is its very unorthodox looks. A small LCD screen and a large dial are surrounded by a number of different buttons.

The second thing you'll notice is how heavy the device is. This is not a device for holding in your hands as its very unwieldy and uncomfortable to hold.

The instructions suggest you place the SpacePilot Pro 3D mouse to the left of your mouse and keyboard - the assumption being that it will join them to form an essential trio for controlling your computer.

At first controlling a computer using the SpacePilot Pro 3D mouse feels more like a struggle than a natural evolution of control.

Frustrated, we found ourselves regularly returning to the comforting familiarity of the keyboard and mouse, leaving the SpacePilot Pro 3D mouse sitting redundantly on our desk.

However, as with most new control schemes, after a while using the SpacePilot Pro 3D mouse, things start to fall into place.

The large dial in the centre can help with zooming in and rotating 3D objects, and once you've got to grips with the controls it can help with 3D modelling.

Programs such as Google Earth also benefit from the new controls, but you can't help but return to the mouse and keyboard every now and again to help you get your bearings.

Tech Specs

Product Type3D Input Device
Pointing Device Host InterfaceUSB
Brand Name3Dconnexion
Pointing Device Connectivity TechnologyCable
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityWEEE
Height57.9 mm
Width150.1 mm
Depth230.9 mm
Manufacturer3Dconnexion
Product ModelPRO 3D
Product NameSpacePilot PRO 3D Mouse
Product LineSpacePilot
Manufacturer Part Number3DX-700036
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.3dconnexion.com
Marketing Information

Is the ultimate professional 3D mouse, engineered to excel in today's most demanding 3D software environments. Its breakthrough features include second generation. Quick view Navigation technology, dual-function Intelligent Function Keys and at-a-glance access to important information via the full-color LCD Work flow Assistant.

Limited Warranty3 Year
Weight (Approximate)880 g