Tangent Devices ELM-TK Element Trackball
With a compact design you'd expect a compromise on ergonomics, features and controls. With the Element range, there is no compromise!
With today's multi-purposing work stations, where desk space is at a premium, having a fully featured panel that is compact, fully featured and stylish enough to match its surroundings is a must. But, you'd expect that having a compact design means having to compromise ergonomics, features and control size. With the Element range, there is no compromise! Despite their small desk foot print, each Element offers full size controls which are ergonomically laid out, and best of all, there's lots of them!
When it comes to having lots of controls, one of the problems can be just what does each control do? This isn't the case with Element; every programmable control is clearly labelled, so if the function of the control changes, so does its display label - no more having to refer back to reference notes or on screen help. When the Elements are used with the Tangent Mapper you can even customise the layout of the controls.
Function and style
Apart from the size, the first thing you will notice about Element is the stylish, ultra slim design. Quality comes in the form of a solid aluminium, precision laser cut case. But it doesn't end there; all the internal components have been carefully chosen for reliability. All rotary controls and trackerballs have optical pickups, which means they are long-life and high precision.The buttons are ultra-reliable with a positive tactile response. The displays are crisp, high-contrast, high-resolution, easy to read, white OLEDs. When put side by side the panels magnetically lock together, keeping the layout neatly aligned.
You would have thought that all this comes with a high price tag - not so with Element! Each Element is competitively priced, and because it's modular in design you can pick and choose which components you need, targeting your funds where they're needed most. And if your budget allows it, you can even add more of the same panel type to build your ultimate control surface.
Most of our software partners have released versions of their applications which support the Element panels. Please check the Application Support tab for further details. If you intend to purchase only certain panels from the set, or if you intend you purchase more than one of any panel, then you should check that your software supports this option.