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SpaceExplorer

3D-controller from 3DConnexion
 
Author: Jani 'Japala' Pönkkö
Published: 17.07.2008
Manufacturer: 3DConnexion
Product Group: Input
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Specifications:

  • Advanced 6 degrees-of-freedom optical sensor
  • Speed adjustable to preference
  • Sculpted palmrest for comfort
  • 15 programmable function keys
  • 593g (USB) 619g (Serial)
  • 3-year warranty

Appearance

 

3DConnexion SpaceExplorer
 

Keys are placed around the well designed palmrest that gives the control cap a very steady base to be operated from. On the SpaceNavigator we had to rely on the weight of the unit to keep it from lifting up from the table top when zooming etc. With SpaceExplorer the weight of your hand keeps it firmly in place.

 

3DConnexion SpaceExplorer
 

 

3DConnexion SpaceExplorer
 

It is a pure joy to have these 15 user customizable buttons on the SpaceExplorer compared to the two that we have on the SpaceNavigator. Being able to run macros, switch views etc. without need to use a mouse or a keyboard boosts the productivity quite a bit and also results to more enjoyable usage experience.

 

3DConnexion SpaceExplorer
 

3DConnexion SpaceExplorer
 

One can reach all the buttons quite easily but I had some trouble with the furthest ones on the top. For them I had to let go from the control cap or raise my wrist to be able to operate them. Not a huge problem as one can assign the least used functions for these buttons.

The wrist rest works great. Rubber surface feels nice and the unit is ergonomically near perfect.

 

3DConnexion SpaceExplorer
 

As one can see, the cap is identical to what is used on the SpaceNavigator. It feels and operates the same so if you just want the 6 degrees of freedom for surfing on the Google earth etc. you can settle for the cheaper Navigator just fine.

 

3DConnexion SpaceExplorer
 

Bottom of the SpaceExplorer features six large rubber pads that keeps the unit from sliding around the table. As the weight of your hand is sitting on top of the unit as well, the usage experience is very stable and smooth.




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