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ELECOM HUGE M-HT1DRBK Mouse Review

Tested using Methodology v1.0
Updated Dec 13, 2021 at 11:15 am
ELECOM HUGE M-HT1DRBK Picture
7.9
Office/Multimedia
4.9
Video Games (FPS)
6.8
Video Games (MMO)
2.3
Ultra-Light Gaming
5.3
Travel
Connectivity Wireless
Type
Trackball

The ELECOM HUGE M-HT1DRBK is a stationary, wireless trackball mouse designed for office and productivity tasks. It has an integrated leatherette palm rest, a side-mounted scroll wheel with L/R tilt inputs, and ten buttons, and you can reprogram nearly all of these buttons using the customization software compatible with Windows and macOS. Altogether, this mouse feels well-built, but there's a slight wobble in the scroll wheel and some buttons. It connects wirelessly with a USB receiver and uses a pair of AA batteries for power. Unfortunately, it doesn't support Bluetooth, and it's rather large and wide, so it isn't suitable for small hands.

Our Verdict

7.9 Office/Multimedia

The ELECOM HUGE is a very good mouse for office and multimedia work. It connects wirelessly with its USB receiver, feels well-built, and has a comfortable, right-handed shape suitable for all but small hands. You can also reprogram nearly all its buttons using the customization software, compatible with Windows and macOS. Unfortunately, it doesn't support Bluetooth, and while its scroll wheel has L/R tilt inputs, it doesn't have a free-scrolling mode.

Pros
  • Feels well-built.
  • Comfortable right-handed shape suitable for most hand sizes.
  • Has a scroll wheel with L/R tilt inputs for horizontal scrolling.
Cons
  • No Bluetooth support.
4.9 Video Games (FPS)

The ELECOM HUGE is a bad FPS gaming mouse and isn't designed for this use. On the bright side, it feels well built and has a comfortable right-handed shape suitable for most hand sizes. However, it has a very low maximum polling rate and high click latency compared to dedicated gaming mice. It's also heavy, though this isn't as problematic as it would be for a more conventional mouse as this mouse is designed to remain stationary.

Pros
  • Feels well-built.
Cons
  • High click latency.
  • Polling rate is fixed at 125Hz.
6.8 Video Games (MMO)

The ELECOM HUGE is adequate for MMO gaming, despite not being designed for this use. It feels well-built and has a comfortable, ergonomic shape suitable for all but small-sized hands. It also has quite a few buttons, almost all of which you can reprogram using the customization software that's compatible with both Windows and macOS. Unfortunately, it has high click latency and a maximum polling rate of only 125Hz.

Pros
  • Feels well-built.
  • Comfortable right-handed shape suitable for most hand sizes.
Cons
  • High click latency.
  • Polling rate is fixed at 125Hz.
2.3 Ultra-Light Gaming

The ELECOM HUGE is a terrible ultra-light gaming mouse, but it isn't designed for this use. It's very heavy, although, as a stationary mouse, its weight doesn't present the same problem as it does for more conventional mice. That said, the trackball doesn't move as smoothly in its housing as some of the other trackball mice we've tested. It also has high click latency, and its maximum polling rate is only 125Hz, making it a poor choice for any gaming.

Pros
  • Feels well-built.
Cons
  • High click latency.
  • Polling rate is fixed at 125Hz.
5.3 Travel

The ELECOM HUGE is a poor travel mouse as it's bulky and likely won't fit in laptop cases. It connects wirelessly with a USB receiver, but it doesn't support Bluetooth. That said, it feels well-built and has a comfortable right-handed shape suitable for all but small hands. Also, because it's a stationary mouse, it doesn't require much space to use.

Pros
  • Feels well-built.
  • Has a storage compartment for its USB receiver.
Cons
  • No onboard memory.
  • No Bluetooth support.
  • Bulky design likely won't fit in laptop cases.
  • 7.9 Office/Multimedia
  • 4.9 Video Games (FPS)
  • 6.8 Video Games (MMO)
  • 2.3 Ultra-Light Gaming
  • 5.3 Travel
  1. Updated Dec 13, 2021: Review published.
  2. Updated Dec 08, 2021: Early access published.

Test Results

perceptual testing image
Design
Design
Style
Lighting Color No Lighting

The ELECOM HUGE trackball mouse is a large stationary mouse made mostly of matte black plastic. It has a cushioned black leatherette palm area, and a silver scroll wheel mounted on the left. There's also a strip of glossy black plastic around the base and a band of grooved black rubber surrounding the top-mounted, ruby red trackball.

Design
Shape
Length 7.2" (182 mm)
Height 2.4" (60 mm)
Width 4.5" (114 mm)
Grip Width
85 mm
3.3
Design
Portability
Volume
76.22 inยณ (1,249 cmยณ)
Cable/Receiver Storing
Yes
Design
Weight
Maximum Weight With Wire
N/A
Maximum Weight Without Wire
316 g
Minimum Weight Without Wire
316 g
Weight Distribution
Front-heavy
Extra Weights
No

The ELECOM HUGE is very heavy, but it's designed to remain stationary on your desk. It includes a pair of Tenerg Ultra Alkaline AA batteries, each weighing 23.46g. However, we performed our tests with two Amazon Basics rechargeable AA batteries, weighing 27.38g each. Although you can store the receiver in the mouse, it wasn't included in either our Minimum or Maximum Weight Without Wire measurements as it needs to be connected to your computer for the mouse to work.

8.0
Design
Build Quality

The ELECOM HUGE trackball mouse feels well-built. There's no noticeable flex in the body, but there's a slight wobble in the scroll wheel and some buttons. That said, some degree of wobble is normal with scroll wheels with L/R tilt inputs like this one. There's also a very slight rattle if you shake the mouse. However, this is a stationary mouse, and this is very unlikely to be an issue when using the mouse as intended.

8.5
Design
Comfort Of Use
Right-handed
Yes
Left-handed
No
Ambidextrous
No
Coating
Matte
Finger Rest
Thumb and Pinky

The ELECOM HUGE has an ergonomic shape and feels very comfortable to use. Since it's a stationary mouse, you don't need to move your wrist or arm to use it, making it more accessible for users with limited mobility. Otherwise, it's large and fairly wide, but it has good button placement for medium to extra-large-sized hands. It also has a non-removable, cushioned palm area for added comfort.

Design
Palm Grip: Hand Size Recommendation
Small Hand
No
Medium Hand
Yes
Large Hand
Yes
X.Large Hand
Yes

Small hands may find this mouse too large and wide to comfortably use a palm grip.

Design
Claw Grip: Hand Size Recommendation
Small Hand
No
Medium Hand
Yes
Large Hand
Yes
X.Large Hand
Yes

Small hands may find the ELECOM HUGE too large and wide to comfortably use a claw grip.

Design
Fingertip Grip: Hand Size Recommendation
Small Hand
No
Medium Hand
No
Large Hand
No
X.Large Hand
No

The ELECOM HUGE isn't designed for a fingertip grip, and the trackball would be hard to reach, regardless of hand size.

5.8
Design
Wireless Versatility
Bluetooth
No
Receiver
Yes
Battery Type
2x AA
Use When Charging
No ( Single use batteries)
On/Off Activation
On/Off Switch
Receiver Extender
No
Battery Indicator No

Advertising material for the ELECOM HUGE claims a battery life of "about 534 days on low energy mode and about 325 days on high-speed mode."

Note: There are low and high settings on the operation switch on the bottom of the mouse, but neither of these settings increases or decreases the polling rate, which is usually how other mice achieve different battery usage modes. Given this, we're unsure if changing the battery settings affects the battery life. If you have this mouse and have any information on its battery life or the battery modes, reach out to us in the discussions.

0
Design
Cable
Cable Length N/A
Cable Type
No Cable
Permanent Kink
No
Port Type: Mouse End
No Port
Port Type: PC End
No Port
0
Design
Mouse Feet
Gliding Experience
Stationary
Material
Rubber
Extra Included
No

The ELECOM HUGE is a stationary trackball mouse with four rubber feet on the underside. Unfortunately, they don't do a very good job keeping the mouse in place.

Design
In The Box

  • ELECOM HUGE
  • 2x Tenerg Ultra Alkaline AA batteries
  • USB wireless receiver
  • User documentation

Control
Control
Sensor Specifications
Sensor Technology
Optical (LED)
Sensor Model
Not Specified
Works On Glass
Yes
Minimum CPI (DPI)
500 CPI
Maximum CPI (DPI)
1,500 CPI
CPI (DPI) Adjustment Steps
N/A
CPI (DPI) Variation
1%
Minimum Lift Off Distance
N/A
Maximum Polling Rate
125 Hz

The ELECOM HUGE trackball mouse has a fixed polling rate of 125Hz. You can choose between three CPI presets using the dedicated CPI button on the thumb rest. The settings are 500, 1000, and 1500 and labeled Low, Mid, and High, respectively.

7.8
Control
Buttons
Buttons Activation
Mechanical
Total Number Of Buttons
10
Number Of Side Buttons
6
Number Of Programmable Inputs
10
Profile Switching Button
No
CPI (DPI) Switching Button
Yes
Gesture Support
No

The ELECOM HUGE has a large number of buttons, most of which you can reprogram. By default, the left-click is the largest button in the button cluster on the left side, while the right-click is the button to the right of the trackball on top. All the function buttons are on the top of the mouse, the FN1 and FN2 buttons are on top to the left of the trackball, and the FN3 button is the furthest button on the right. The side-mounted scroll wheel has a middle click button, and while we don't consider them buttons according to our methodology, the scroll wheel also has L/R tilt inputs.

Also, there's a CPI switch located on the thumb rest with a Low, Mid, and High setting. There's also an operation switch on the underside of the mouse with an Off, High, and Low setting. You can reprogram all inputs except for the CPI switch, power switch, and scroll up/down inputs.

Note: The software has an option to assign gesture commands, but we weren't able to get this feature to work during our tests. We've found user reports that this is a known issue and that the feature used to work. We'll continue to monitor the situation in case a software or firmware update may fix the issue.

Control
Mouse Wheel
Scroll Wheel
Notched Wheel
Scroll Wheel Steps
24 Steps
Scroll Wheel Tilt
Yes
Thumb Wheel
No Additional Wheel
Thumb Wheel Steps
No Additional Wheel

The ELECOM HUGE trackball mouse has a conventional scroll wheel mounted on the left side of the mouse for vertical scrolling. It feels responsive and precise and has smooth, subtle steps and a notched rubber grip.

Note: Although it's designed for use with your thumb, the scroll wheel on the ELECOM HUGE doesn't technically fit our methodological definition of a thumb wheel, which we define as an additional scroll wheel typically used for horizontal scrolling.

Control
Noise
Click Noise
Quiet
6.2
Control
Click Latency
Click Latency: Receiver
27 ms
Click Latency: Bluetooth
N/A
Click Latency: Wired
N/A
Operating System And Software
7.0
Operating System And Software
Compatible Software Option
Software Name ELECOM Mouse Assistant 5
Software Windows Compatibility
Yes
Software macOS Compatibility
Yes
Account Needed
No
On-Board Memory
No
CPI (DPI) Adjustment
No
Polling Rate Adjustment
No
Profile Configuration
Yes
RGB On/Off
No

By default, the software for the ELECOM HUGE trackball mouse is in Japanese, so English language users will have to change it using a drop-down menu on the bottom left-hand side. The software is straightforward, and reprogramming buttons is easy. Unfortunately, we couldn't get the gesture support feature to work during our tests.

10
Operating System And Software
Mouse Compatibility
Windows Compatibility Fully
macOS Compatibility Fully

The ELECOM HUGE trackball mouse is fully compatible with both Windows and macOS.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The ELECOM HUGE trackball mouse we tested is black with a ruby red trackball. There are no other color variants. You can see the label for our unit here.

Compared To Other Mice

The ELECOM HUGE is a very good, stationary trackball mouse with an ergonomic, right-handed shape. Like many other popular trackball designs, this mouse is quite bulky, though it also has an unusually wide grip width and isn't suitable for small hands. There's a dedicated CPI button on the thumb rest that lets you cycle through three CPI settings, which is an unusual feature for productivity-oriented mice as they usually only allow you adjustment options through the software. This mouse also incorporates a cushioned leatherette palm rest directly into the mouse, while many other trackballs have separate wrist rest attachments.

For more options, see our recommendations for the best mouse, the best ergonomic mouse, and the best wireless mouse.

Kensington Orbit Fusion Wireless Trackball

The ELECOM HUGE M-HT1DRBK and the Kensington Orbit Fusion Wireless Trackball are wireless trackball mice with comparable performance. The ELECOM feels sturdier and has significantly lower click latency. It also has an integral cushioned palm rest, four additional buttons, and its scroll wheel has L/R tilt inputs. On the other hand, the Kensington has a free-scrolling scroll ring instead of the more conventional notched scroll wheel on the ELECOM. It also uses only a single AA battery, while the ELECOM uses two AA batteries.

Kensington Expert Mouse Wireless Trackball

The ELECOM HUGE M-HT1DRBK and the Kensington Expert Mouse Wireless Trackball are both wireless trackball mice, but the ELECOM has better overall performance. The ELECOM has a conventional scroll wheel, much lower click latency, six additional buttons, and three CPI settings. It also has an integrated cushioned wrist rest. On the other hand, the Kensington has a free-scrolling scroll ring around its trackball and a removable cushioned wrist rest. It also supports Bluetooth.

Kensington Orbit Wireless Trackball with Scroll Ring

The Kensington Orbit Wireless Trackball with Scroll Ring and the ELECOM HUGE M-HT1DRBK are wireless trackball mice that perform similarly. The Kensington has an additional CPI preset, Bluetooth support, and a removable wrist rest. It also has a free-spinning scroll ring, while the ELECOM has a more conventional notched scroll wheel. On the other hand, the ELECOM feels sturdier and has both a thumb and pinky rest as well as an integrated cushioned palm rest. It also has six additional buttons, lower click latency, and its scroll wheel has L/R tilt inputs for horizontal scrolling.

GameBall Mouse

The GameBall Mouse and the ELECOM HUGE M-HT1DRBK are both stationary trackball mice, but the GameBall performs better and is designed for gaming. In contrast, the ELECOM is designed for productivity tasks. The GameBall connects wirelessly and uses a pair of AA batteries. It also has a better sensor, a higher polling rate, and a lower click latency. On the other hand, the ELECOM is a wired-only mouse with two additional buttons. It also has a thumb and pinky rest, a scroll wheel, and customization software, which are all features the GameBall lacks.

Logitech ERGO M575

The Logitech ERGO M575 and the ELECOM HUGE M-HT1DRBK are comparable wireless trackball mice aimed at productivity and office work. The Logitech has a side-mounted trackball and its scroll wheel on top. It's also significantly smaller and only has a pinky rest, while the ELECOM has a thumb and pinky rest. On the other hand, the ELECOM has a side-mounted scroll wheel with its trackball on top. It's much larger, and it has five additional buttons, including left/right tilt inputs for its scroll wheel. Both mice are suitable for either a palm or claw grip, but neither is suitable for small hands using any grip type.

Kensington SlimBlade Trackball

The ELECOM HUGE M-HT1DRBK is a better stationary trackball mouse than the Kensington SlimBlade Trackball. The ELECOM connects wirelessly with a USB receiver and feels sturdier. It has a thumb and pinky rest and an integrated cushion on the palm area. It also has three CPI presets, six additional buttons, and a conventional scroll wheel with L/R tilt inputs. On the other hand, the Kensington connects with a braided USB cable has a free-scrolling scroll ring.

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