Battery Free Mouse completely misses the point


Battery Free MouseWireless mice are great. They help get rid of one of the most annoying things in every computer setup: cables. It’s only a small dent in the amount of cords dangling behind your PC, but every little bit certainly helps. Of course, with the good comes the bad. In this case you have to worry about keeping fresh batteries on hand at all times. Sure, rechargeable batteries are great, but what if you could get rid of those too? That’s exactly what A4Tech promises with their new wireless mouse.

The new Battery Free Wireless Mouse and Magic Pad set eliminates the need for batteries in your cordless mouse by transferring power using “electromagnetic induction technology.” A wireless mouse that doesn’t need batteries? Surely it must be too good to be true! Don’t worry, it is.

The mouse itself may not be tethered to your computer, but the special mouse pad is. All of that power has to come from somewhere, so the special Magic Pad connects to an available USB port on your PC. In addition to having a cable, (which completely ruins the point of having a cordless mouse) it also has some sort of giant in-line control box. I’m not really sure what it does, other than obviously taking up more space than is actually necessary. If you’re interested in this strange mouse, you can get one for $22.99.

Source: Ubergizmo

6 reviews or comments

tim Says: June 7, 2009 at 10:34 pm

Gotta say, you are wrong on this one. I’ve been using this mouse for over a year and it is GREAT. No batteries to fool with (rechargeable or otherwise), and no docking station…just leave the mouse laying on the pad. It’s really no hassle at all. I love this thing, and that’s after going through a lot of mice over the past 20+ years.

James Says: September 14, 2009 at 10:47 pm

I have to disagree to, this mouse is brilliant,you get the benefit of not having to tug on your mouse cable, without the hassle of changing batteries.
This mouse is great for photo editing, smoother mouse movements without that cabble resisting against your movements !!!!

Promptjock Says: October 15, 2009 at 1:04 am

For the reviewer: the “giant in-line control box” is there in case you have to “re-tune” the mouse because it gets’ sluggish, etc.”. Just press the button on the “control box” and within 10 seconds the mouse is “tuned-up”. The lights on the “control box” are there to monitor the “status” of the mouse: the RED led indicates the RF pad has POWER and the GREEN LED will flash as the mouse is moved on the pad, indicating a good RF link from the mouse to the receiver in the pad.

Gerald Says: July 23, 2010 at 11:22 pm

Best mouse I have ever bought. I’ve had mine over a year and love this thing! No batteries! :)

Mudgutz Says: January 5, 2012 at 10:45 am

I have had this mouse for 3 years and have saved me £££ or $$$ in batteries. They should be law.

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