Logitech 3Dconnexion SpaceNavigator Review

3Dconnexion ,Navigate Google Earth and SketchUp

3Dconnexion, a Logitech company, produced the SpaceNavigator. It’s not really a mouse, and it’s not really a joystick, but it has a few qualities of both.

3Dconnexion ,What Is a SpaceNavigator?

3Dconnexion ,The SpaceNavigator is a “3D motion controller.” It is a USB device used in conjunction with a computer mouse for navigating 3D applications, such as Google Earth and SketchUp.

Generally, you’d put the mouse in your right hand and the SpaceNavigator in your left, although it would work equally well the other way around for left-handers. The SpaceNavigator is used for manipulating the 3D environment, such as rotating objects or panning and zooming the camera. Your mouse hand remains on your mouse for all other functions.

You could do most of those actions with your mouse hand and keystroke combinations. However, the 3D motion controller saves you time because you don’t have to switch between modes to manipulate 3D space. The SpaceNavigator also gives you finer control and allows you to perform two or more actions at once. You can zoom while tilting, for example.


SpaceNavigator can use the USB 1.1 or 2.0 port on one of the following systems:

3Dconnexion ,WINDOWS

  • Intel Pentium 4/III or AMD/Athlon processor-based system
  • 140 Megabytes free disk space
  • Windows XP, Vista, or 2000

3Dconnexion ,MACINTOSH

  • Intel Dual-Core or Core Duo processor-based system or 1Ghz G4 or higher
  • 512MB RAM
  • 10 Megabytes free disk space
  • Mac OS X 10.4.6 or later

3Dconnexion ,LINUX

Redhat Enterprise Linux WS 3, SuSE 9.0 or greater