Saitek Obsidian Wireless Mouse

Posted on December 29, 2007
Author: Sean Potter
Pages: 1 2 3 4


The Obsidian, much like myself, derives it's name from a volcanic rock of the same name. Obsidian is formed when lava is rapidly cool, such as when a lava flow reaches the ocean, or an underwater volcano reaches the cold of the deep seas. In certain cases, other minerals also become visible in what is called "snowflake obsidian". This is where snowflak sparkles appear in the obsidian, which are usually off-white in color. "Snowflake Obsidian" is how the Obsidian is patterned. There are sparkles of white and silver within the black, and a silver stripe is on either side, further adding to the color scheme. The mouse is certainly well-named.

The batteries are two small cylinders that fit on the underside of the mouse. Following the color scheme, one is white, and one is silver. One the conductive side, there are two metal strips that form two circles so you can put the battery in any way (or charge it any way). This is much simpler than have to deal with AA batteries. You can also notice the sliding mechanism on the bottom of the mouse, which releases the battery.

The cradle seems to be more of a battery charger than a cradle. The mouse fits on top, but it's not a natural feel. There isn't a spot that feels "natural", or a spot where the mouse is supposed to sit. When I put the mouse down, it feels like I need to rock it around until it finds a firm spot to sit in. This is more of an obsessive-compulsive issue than anything else, but it would be one less thing to worry about. The nice part about the charger is that the receiver is detachable. You can plug the receiver into a spare USB port on your LCD or Computer, then use the USB port on the cradle as a USB extension cable.

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