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NaturalPoint TrackIR 4 PRO & TrackClip PRO Review

Makaveli    -   February 22, 2007


Configuration:

When you first pop in the “Quick Start Guide” CD you’ll see this:



The demo included on the disk is “Ship Simulator 2006”. Click the “Install TrackIR Software” link. After you install the software and open the TrackIR program, you’ll see this:



The “Main” tab is the place where you can see which profile you’re using, what game you’re playing, and what device is present. The “Profile” tab is the place where you can see all of the games which the TrackIR supports and also the different profiles which you can use for different games. You can easily make your own by clicking “New” at the bottom of the “Profile” tab. Also, using the NaturalPoint website, you can upload and share profiles with other users.



At anytime, you can edit your profile by going to the “View” tab in the menu. When you click tracking, you’ll see this:



The 3 green dots are exactly what your TrackIR is seeing from the 3 infrared LEDs on the TrackClip. As you move closer, you’ll see dots get bigger. When you click settings, you’ll see the following options:



The image on the right is what you’ll see if you click the “Heads” option under the “View” tab. As you move, you’ll see the head on the right doing more drastic movements than your head.



Here is where you can monitor your sensitivity on all of the 6DOF (6 degrees of freedom). The six degrees of freedom are as follows: Yaw, Pitch, Roll, X, Y, Z. Yaw is basically you moving your head as if you were saying "No" and Pitch is as if you were moving your head saying "Yes". Roll is simply that; rolling your head to either side. X is moving your whole upper body to the left or right. Y is sinking up and down in your chair. Last but not least, Z is moving your head toward and away from the screen.



To change anything, you have to edit the profile which these settings belong to. To do that, simply go to the “Profile” tab and click “Edit”. For me, the racing settings needed to be changed and it took seconds for me to perfect the profile for racing. Make sure that when you switch games, you switch your profile. When I first tested racing, I accidentally left the profile on "Flight" which ended up being no fun at all. I then put on my racing profile and it was much better.

If you have the TrackClip, be sure to select the specified option in the “Edit Profile” window. If you don’t, the TrackClip will not be used. Also, in the "Edit Profile" window, you see the "Hotkeys" tab.



I personally found that F12 (centering hotkey) was very useful when I messed up my view and couldn't go back to looking straight ahead. Pause was also a nice feature, because when someone was talking to me, I could just pause the TrackIR so that I could continue looking where I was while my attention was elsewhere.



  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Installation
  3. Configuration
  4. Specifications & Testing
  5. Conclusion
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