A wireless mouse is always handy, as it prevents the office from the cable fuss. However, it has one main disadvantage, it needs batteries to operate. The batteries of course are not drained fast and they have a long life, but they are always an extra cost. Sandberg has released a wireless mouse that does not need batteries to operate, which is something rare to see on the market. Today we are reviewing the Sandberg Wireless Battery-Free Mouse Pro.
Sandberg was founded in 1985 and their headquarters are located in Denmark. The product range covers everything for the home and business – from cables and headset to wireless networking. Sandberg mainly specialises in networking products, IT and AV cables, plug-ins and audio.
Let’s take a quick look at the Sandberg Wireless Battery-Free Mouse Pro specs and features:
- Mouse pad Interface standard: USB
- Supports RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) Technology
- Adjustable frequency
- Mouse resolution: 800 DPI Optical
- Mouse buttons: Left click, right click, 2xclick, forward and backwards
- Mouse wheels: 1 x horizontal, 1 x vertical
The mouse’s highlight is of course that it can operate without batteries. According to Sandberg, this is done by draining energy from the supplied mouse pad that is connected via USB to the system.
A Closer Look – The Package
The first thing we noticed is how carefully Sandberg packages its products. The Sandberg Wireless Battery-Free Mouse Pro came in a transparent box. At the front side we can see the mouse, and some of the main features are stated.
At the back side of the box we can see the RFID receiver and a detailed report of the product’s specifications in many languages.
Apart from the mouse itself, inside the package you will find 1 RFID Mouse pad with 1.8 metres USB connection cable attached, which is responsible for providing the mouse with power. It draws electricity via electromagnetic induction through the computer’s USB port, so we do not need batteries to operate this wireless mouse. This results in a mouse with no wires leading out of it and which is far lighter than conventional wireless mice. Setup on Windows 7 is the definition of simplicity. Plug in the USB cord, place the mouse on the mat, press the tune button and start using it. The mouse stayed properly calibrated through all of the time we used it, even after reboots and power losses.
The RFID receiver has one tune button to tune the frequency between the mouse and the receiver once the mousepad has been plugged into a USB port. There are also two LED lights, one for Power and one for Run, which lits when the mouse is synchronized and working properly.
In the package you will also find one CD with iWheelZoom software, a User guide, and the Warranty card.
A Closer Look – The Mouse
The Sandberg Wireless Battery-Free Mouse Pro is visually pleasing, with black and silver color combinations. There are two scroll wheels, one vertical and one horizontal, as well as two side buttons. The build quality is neat and overall the mouse has a classy feeling.
The central mouse wheel has a pleasant touch feeling. As usual, the wheel can also be pressed to function as an extra button. There is also an horizontal wheel, thing that offers the user total control. There is also a small 2X zoom button next to the middle wheel.
At the above pictures we can see the back side of the mouse, where we can find the motion sensor that offers a 800dpi sensivity.
The two side buttons are very functional and can be adjusted through the supplied software.
The iWheelZoom Software is very simple, but it allows full customization of the mouse’s buttons. Of course, there are options for changing the pointer icons, calibrating the motion speed of the mouse and standard windows-like settings such as double click speed and right or left-handed button settings.
Under the wheel tab, you will find detailed settings concerning the two scrolling wheels.
Performance and Verdict
We did not encounter any problems installing the mouse, as it is plug and play and works out of the box. However, it can be fully customised using the supplied software. There was not a single time that we needed to press the tune button, even after restarts. We were a bit hesitant at first regarding the ‘no battery’ feature, but the mouse worked flawlessly. It felt great at hand and the extra scrolling wheel and additional buttons are really handy. The cursor motion was smooth and responsive. The product really does what it promises and we would easily say that it is a good bargain, considering its price which is about 30 euros across Europe.
(+) No need for batteries, no extra costs
(+) Easy to setup and use
(+) Precise tracking
(+) Excellent ergonomics
Thus, we will give the Sandberg Wireless Battery-Free Mouse Pro our Innovation Award, as its battery-free technology is not something that we see often in the market.