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Josh Mings

Lexip Pro. The All-in-One 3D Mouse [Review]

It’s a mouse. It’s a 3D mouse. Actually, it’s BOTH. It’s the Lexip 3D mouse and it combines the rotational power of a 3D Mouse with the click control of a traditional mouse. Lexip is a start-up out of France with a recent patent on the idea of a multi-axis mouse. If you’ve often feared the ramifications of wielding so much functionality in a single desktop device, not to worry. We were able to get our hands on the Lexip Pro and have all the details for you NEXT.

Lexip Pro 3D Mouse

The Leixp 3D mouse sports seven programmable buttons and six degree of freedom tilt control. Where the traditional mouse is a one-piece design, the Lexip is a two-piece design, with the top, flexible portion mounted to the bottom fixed portion. You would think this mouse might weigh a ton and be difficult to maneuver with it’s crazy flexibile, two-piece design, but a lot of thought has been put into the ergonomics of the mouse.

First, it’s phenomenally comfortable, light and easy to move. The shape and rubber grips are a great addition making it very comfy indeed. Next, the tilt, rotate and thumbstick controls are incredibly responsive. On the flip side, I found the laser not responding on some surfaces (granite, laminate countertop) that my other (Logitech) mouse works fine on and the right and left-mouse buttons are a little tight and clicky. Using it with multiple 3D software programs, does however reveal the frustration-cutting usefulness of a device like this, bringing consistency across the way you interact with the models and while the tilt and joystick take a little bit to get use to, you’ll find yourself relying less on the keyboard and/or the mouse scroll wheel to interact with your model.

Retail Price: US $260 (199 Euros)

The controls

The controls are what make this mouse of course. You have the typical two buttons and scroll wheel. Plus, you have an additional three buttons on the side and a small joystick under the tip of your thumb. An important point, for the reason that the joystick doesn’t impede your grip on the mouse. Now, you also have additional control by tilting the mouse forward, backward and side-to-side. It all works in conjunction to give you smooth rotation of the model on your screen and provides additional control in other applications like your browser, document or spreadsheet. Now, the scroll wheel doens’t have side-scrolling, but the additional controls and tilt more than make up for that.

The mouse also comes with a gorgeous control panel that updates settings automatically to the application you’re in. As you see below, you can customize the buttons and axis setting for each application as well as adjust the sensitivity of each of the axis settings. The mouse supports CATIA, SolidWorks, SketchUp, 3ds Max, AutoCAD, Maya and Inventor as well as Rhino, TopSolid and SpaceClaim. You can download the control panel and drivers for the various 3D software they support on the website.

Pros

  • All-in-one mouse and 3d control
  • Wide variety of supported software
  • Fluid Rotational Control
  • Open API to extend to other software
  • Lots of mapping options
  • Great control panel
  • Easy set up

Cons

  • LMB and RMB Buttons are stiff/clicky
  • Designed for right-handed users (joystick/buttons on left side of mouse)
  • Commands on Control panel not always the clearest
  • Slight strain on forearm area
  • Need a mouse pad for some surfaces

The mouse is also wired which you may consider a pro or con depending on your preference.

The Smack

Overall, this mouse brings a different approach to interacting with your 3D data. If you’ve used a lot of programs, a 3D Mouse is helpful to get around different ways of interacting with your model. In the same sense, the Lepix mouse helps you transition between cad programs keeping cad model movement/rotation consistent. While it has a lot of support for various software, there needs to be more as I’m sure there will be. I think the biggest improvements need to be made on the left and right mouse buttons, as my personal preference is to have a softer push instead of a loud click that notifies the entire building you’ve just clicked something. This is a very cool device and for the price, is very competitive with other ’3D mouse’ options available.

Images via Lexip

Filed under: REVIEWS TECH

  • http://twitter.com/CADkid Marijn

    I do not like the 3D mouse from 3Dconnection, this one looks way more usable.
    One of my main reasons I don’t like the 3D connection mouse is that your missing one hand for your normal mouse or your keyboard. So this would be ideal if it works.

  • diverso

    Looks like an awsome idea, would love to give it a try.

  • Cknudson

    Do you know if they have any resellers within North America? 

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/M4LABVCK4LZ6UFHNRV3HYRL2MA Adam

    i WOULD BE WORRIED ABOUT ACCIDENTAL TILTING, WHEN MOVING THE MOUSE AROUND OR RESTING YOUR HAND ON IT. oTHER THAN THAT, SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY! 

  • http://twitter.com/NielcoIT John fra Nielco IT

    The mouse look very interesting. But can it beat the G9′s from Logitech in acuracy?

  • Rob

    Nice compact combo-solution for travelling, but I don’t think it will beat the speed and ergonomics of my marblemouse trackball and a SpaceExplorer.

  • http://about.me/jeffreymatthias Jeffrey Matthias

    If I didn’t have two hands, this would be a miracle product. Alas, I current have more hands that moneys, so I’ll have to just wonder what they are like until I come across one in the wild.

  • Ryan Carroll

    Just about what I’m looking for except I don’t need the roll and yaw features of the whole mouse; I just want a mouse with a joystick at the thumb! Can such a mouse be had at a cheaper price?

  • Josh M

    I’ve not seen one. The roll and yaw don’t need to be used, but yeah, I imagine if they had a version without it, it may be a little lower price which would be really nice.

  • Josh M

    I don’t believe they do.