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  Obsidian Wireless Mouse

From the Company
The ultimate rechargeable wireless mouse has an optical sensor for high speed, ultra accurate tracking and groundbreaking design with outstanding ergonomics and highly tactile materials. The Obsidian features innovative technology, with a four-mode, touch-sensitive scroll, recharge dock and two battery packs for 24/7 use.

Features:

  • Superb design, complements any home/office environment
  • 4-mode, touch-sensitive scroll function
  • Recharge cradle with wireless transmitter storage and spare battery recharge
  • 5 buttons
  • 1000 dpi resolution minimum
  • Interference-free 2.4GHz wireless technology
  • Smooth glide action
  • 24/7 recharge solution using 2 x Li-ion battery packs
  • Plug and play; ease of use and set-up

The Bottom Line
The first thing that noticed about the Obsidian Wireless Mouse was its design. This mouse looks slick. The tagline on the packaging says "Design Meets Desire", and I must say that when I first saw it, I wanted to have one. It's glossy black finish and smooth simple lines are very appealing. Oh ya, and if you didn't already notice… it's got no scroll wheel!

Out of the package, the Obsidian mouse comes with 2 rechargeable batteries, a charging station and of course the USB dongle that houses the wireless receiver. One thing you will note was not included was a CD with software/drivers to install. That is because none are needed. Simply plug in the wireless receiver and you are off the races.

Something that I thought clever of Saitek was to make the charging station and wireless receiver separate, so if you want to carry the mouse with you, just grab the wireless dongle and an extra battery and leave the charging station at home. The charging station is a little large, but that is because it also acts as a resting place for the mouse when not using it (however, I don't think that many people would actually use it for that function). A nice feature of the charging station though is that it also has a USB port on it that you can plug the wireless receiver into, thus only taking up 1 USB port on your PC. The rechargeable Li-ion battery packs are puck shaped and fit into the belly of the mouse and since each battery is suppose to last around 10 hours, you will never have to worry about running out of juice. Simply swap out the battery puck for the one on the charger and continue mousing.

As I mentioned earlier, once of the neatest features of the Obsidian mouse is that there is no scroll wheel. Saitek replaced the tradition scroll wheel with a touch-sensitive pad that gives users more control over their scrolling. There are 4 options when scrolling: Manual Scrolling - just like a regular scroll wheel), Scroll Auto Repeat - allows you to scroll through tones of info at once, One Line Tap Scroll – as the name implies this is one line at a time, and Scroll Lock – this is the same the auto scroll default mouse function when you click the scroll wheel and use the mouse to control the scrolling instead of the wheel. While using the touch pad does take some getting used to, it is a pretty cool change over the norm. However, I must admit that I do still prefer the tactile feel and feedback of the tradition mouse wheel along with the ability to let my finger rest on the wheel in between scrolling.

The Obsidian also has 2 buttons (one on either side of the body) that are typically used for the "back / forward" functionality in web browsing for example. These side buttons are rubberized and ensure that you will not loose your grip on the Obsidian, however, since the Obsidian is quite wide, I found myself sometimes accidentally clicking one of these buttons when I was moving the mouse. Also, I'm not sure if it's because I'm not used to using such a wide mouse, or that the Obsidian is optical and I'm used to using a laser mouse, but I found myself having trouble using the Obsidian to do detail work in PhotoShop for example. Trying to move the mouse just a bit to select the next pixel over on a picture was very frustrating for me.

Overall, the Saitek Obsidian Wireless Mouse looks really cool and (though it takes a bit of getting used to) the touch-sensitive pad that replaces the scroll wheel is pretty neat. Being only an optical mouse, this mouse would probably be better suited for people who use their PC for web-browsing and occasional gaming. It's usable by left or right-handed people and your will never have to worry about having to wait for a battery to charge before you can use it again. However most gamers would be looking for something that is a little slimmer and whose control is more precise.


Review ID Number: 699
  Product Details
Saitek
Review Date: 2007-07-31
Reviewer: Shawn Sardy
Rating: 7 out of 10
 
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