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Satechi Edge Wireless Gaming Mouse

By Jorge Figueiredo - March 20th, 2015

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‎If you have never had the chance to use a gaming mouse, you don’t know what you are missing (yes, even if you are not a “gamer”). Gaming mice tend to be more comfortable than your typical run-of-the-mill pointing devices; on top of that, they are also very precise. Though they carry a higher price point than their “plain” cousins, I think that they more than make up for this thanks to their high level of tracking and durability. For those that still are unconvinced, you can take the plunge with the relatively inexpensive Satechi Edge Wireless Gaming Mouse. Not only is it easy on the wallet, it is also a surprisingly capable interface for gaming and non-gaming applications.

The Satechi Edge comes well-packed in a box with the wireless USB dongle, a pair of AA batteries, and a start-up guide (that is very short). The mouse itself is quite light – even with the batteries enclosed, and is very comfortable to use (though, if you do have larger hands and palm-style grip, you might have an issue with fit). The surface of the mouse is mostly matte-black plastic, though the sides are slightly different in texture, and the thumb well features a rubberized grip. The mouse features a number of extra buttons that are located about the unit. Aside from the normal left and right button, there is a clickable scroll wheel, a button located below the scroll wheel, two thumb buttons and a small button located on the left edge of the mouse (to be used by the index finger). Located underneath the mouse is, of course, the optical sensor and three slippery feet. Also, you will find the enclosed battery bay (which contains a small compartment for the USB dongle), and two switches (one for activating the mouse, the other for selecting the mode).

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Box contents.

Installing the mouse is a piece of cake. Simply plug in the USB dongle into a free USB port on your computer, turn on the Edge mouse, and after a quick (and automatic) device-driver sequence, you’re ready to go! The extra buttons on the mouse are pre-mapped to different functions depending on which mode the mouse happens to be in. For the most part, “Standard” Mode and “Gaming” Mode share the same functions (thumb buttons are PAGE UP and PAGE DOWN, the center button is for DPI adjustment, and the secondary index finger button will double-click). Video Control mode, on the other hand, has some great features like fast-forward/rewind, play/pause, and screen clear (which minimizes everything to the desktop). To me, this gives the Edge a…well…edge (ahem) over other gaming mice, as it can be used as an interface to a media center PC hooked up to your television (thanks to the RF dongle, it has a range of almost 100 feet).

The Edge also features two LEDs: one is located on the palm surface while the other is located in the scroll wheel. The lighting scheme is not configurable, though – it merely denotes which DPI state (800 DPI, 1600 DPI, 2400 DPI, 4000 DPI) you are in by using one of four colours (red, green, violet, blue). Given that there is no software suite that accompanies this mouse, I found that this simple method was quite clever. In addition, if you are not a fan of LED lights, these can be disabled with one of the switches on the bottom.

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Unobtrusive and handy, this RF dongle keeps your mouse talking to your PC up to 98 feet away.

According to the literature, the Edge can use the same batteries for up to 35 months, thanks to a helpful power-saving mode that puts the mouse to sleep. While I cannot attest to this (seriously, I know that we can be late on some reviews – but 36 months is a long time!), I know that the power-saving chip has saved my bacon on a number of occasions. I have been using this mouse for several weeks and have left it on over at least one weekend and one night. So far, so good.

In normal productivity, I found the mouse to be a great interface. The added functionality of the various buttons makes this mouse a lot more versatile than typical office mice, and it increases efficiency once you figure out where everything is located. Gaming-wise, I found that there was very little lag (I used the 500 Hz polling), and the responsiveness was good enough to enjoy myself playing first-person shooters. While I did miss the higher DPI on my SteelSeries Sensei, I was still happy with the functionality of the Satechi Edge. I also played around with the Video Control mode, and was pleased with the button placement. Everything made sense, and I didn’t have to worry about taking my video player out of full-screen mode to do anything. Not too shabby!

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Mmm….purple…

Overall, I found the performance of this mouse quite admirable for a wireless device. Though there were minor noticeable differences between it and other wired gaming devices that I have reviewed before (many wired gaming mice go beyond 4000 DPI, for instance), the functionality, “customized” lighting, comfortable ergonomics, and low price point ($24.99 on Satechi’s site) makes this mouse a very compelling purchase, especially if you’re thinking about setting up a gaming or media PC as a part of your home entertainment centre.

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