SpacePilot Pro 3D mouse review

A professional device for working with 3D

SpacePilot Pro 3D mouse
An interesting new way to control programs on your PC

TechRadar Verdict

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


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    Designed specifically for 3D use

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    LCD screen gives quick access to features and programs

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    Mail Applet for Outlook lets you see your inbox straight from the LCD screen


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    Steep learning curve

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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.

Matt Hanson
Managing Editor, Core Tech

Matt is TechRadar's Managing Editor for Core Tech, looking after computing and mobile technology. Having written for a number of publications such as PC Plus, PC Format, T3 and Linux Format, there's no aspect of technology that Matt isn't passionate about, especially computing and PC gaming. Ever since he got an Amiga A500+ for Christmas in 1991, he's loved using (and playing on) computers, and will talk endlessly about how The Secret of Monkey Island is the best game ever made.