Date: March 3rd, 2005
Article by: Jeff Caldwell
Edited by: Nathan Glentworth
(Owner, Head Editor & Hardware Reviewer)
Product Submitted by: A4Tech
<--SHOP FOR AN A4TECH NB-30 BATTERY FREE OPTICAL WIRELESS MOUSE
After a brief glance of the instruction booklet to make
sure the mouse wasn't one of those "download your own drivers because
we didn't want to package it" kind of deals, I'm assured the setup is
a simple plug n' play install.
Above you see the mouse that comes with this package.
After a few seconds of the USB connection wizard running you see the
installation finish. The next thought was of course, the mouse needs
some sort of configuration. The surprise is, the mouse requires no installation!
Just plop it onto the "MagicPad" mousepad and move on.
Here is where it gets a little strange: to get your mouse
working you have to push a "Tune" button similar to the connect features
of most wireless devices, but this button is attached to the pad, not
the mouse. When its connected the mouse will light up red and your ready
to go, at least your supposed to be.
I installed this mouse in the night, more anxious to see
it working then to test it for the review. I was happy with the product
for the night, it only disconnected itself once. My presumption was
that I slid too far off the mousepad; which was quite possible as the
mousing surface is very small compared to what I am used too. The mouse
is aimed for the average home/business user, not the gamer and this
The next morning I awoke to do the real testing by getting
a good day's work done (see: gaming endlessly). I looked to see the
mouse had disconnected itself, again I assumed "Ok, it's a power saving
feature. After awhile of no use, it probably disconnects itself." Wow
was I ever wrong; I spent a good 10 minutes trying to get it to connect
again, it absolutely refused to acknowledge the mouse's presence. Once
the mouse finally connected again I was about to begin my testing and
it was out again. This time I was nowhere near the edges of the mousepad.
I continued to give the mouse the benefit of the doubt
and thought, "Ok, time to try it on another machine". My assumption
was that the mousepad didn't like the USB Hub it was connected to. The
same problem arose on the next machine; it even followed onto a third.
So all in all, I got in about three hours of casual surfing
before this product stopped working. For $39.95 USD I would expect A
LOT better quality than this; seems more like $0.99 bargain material