Saitek Obsidian Wireless Mouse

Posted on December 29, 2007
Author: Sean Potter
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Gaming Usage

The next obvious test is gaming! I decided to use Unreal Tournament 2004 to test the mouse out, given that it runs natively in both Linux and Windows. I'm also the most accustomed to this game, so it should be easy to see if the mouse lag is problematic for gamers.

Sure enough, I easily detected the lag created by the wireless connection. It wasn't so much that shots too long to fire, but more that I'm used to being able to move my mouse, click, and see a rocket, lightning bolt, or whatever projectile fire. I found that with the Obsidian, I was clicking before my cursor got to the location I wanted it. This essentially made "flick shots" ineffective, where you can't snap your wrist and shoot quickly.

The best experience from the mouse comes from the touch-sensitive scroll pad. It feels much more "natural" to use the scroll pad to switch weapons, rather than using a wheel. If only the Obsidian were a wired mouse!

Final Thoughts and Conclusion

So where did we land time-wise? After using the Obsidian for a little under 10 hours, the battery died on my. My stopwatch was at 9:33:17 when this happened. Not quite the 10 hours that Saitek promised, but damn close. I imagine that the extra and quick movements made in Unreal Tournament drained the mouse more than desktop usage, so I'm not entirely upset by this. The spare battery had finished charging hours before, so I just swapped batteries and continued on my merry way.


The Obsidian is one of the most innovative mice I've seen in some time, from it's unique battery design, to the touch-sensitive scroll pad. I hope that Saitek has patented the touch-sensitive scroll pad, and I hope even more that they release this feature in a future gaming mouse. I enjoyed my time using this mouse, and it could only have been improved by a more comfortable grip while using the side buttons and better wireless performance.

I'm not sure if the wireless lag can be improved with current technology, but I'm sure Saitek will continue rolling out wireless mice as new technologies continue to emerge.

Rating

7/10

Pros

  • Innovative Design
  • Touch-sensitive scroll pad
  • Plug-and-Play in Windows or Linux
  • Works great for left- or right-handed users
  • Two rechargable batteries, which charge on the cradle
  • Removable Receiver
  • It shares my name!

Cons

  • Lack of software utilities for customization
  • Minor delays/lags while gaming
  • Awkward grip while using side buttons

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