By David Ponce
With a name like SpaceMouse Plus, you’d think 3D Connexion (the folks behind this product) is still partying like it’s 1999. Doesn’t matter though, because their product could actually be sort of useful to the right people. Even though it’s called SpaceMouse, it’s not really a mouse at all. It’s more of an assistant to your regular mouse. It’s designed to let you simultaneously pan, zoom or rotate 3D models, scenes or cameras in CAD applications, while selecting, inspecting or editing with the mouse. It’s studded with 11 customizable buttons (via the included software) so you can launch macros, functions and modifiers easily.
And, if the unit’s design seems to be taking cues from Logitech, that’s no coincidence, as 3D Connexion is in fact a Logitech company.
This “space age” peripheral doesn’t come cheap. At all. We’re talking $500 worth of not cheap.