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Reviewed by: Carl Nelson [11.25.04]
Manufactured by: A4Tech


How'd They Do That?

Today we're taking a departure from our usual reviews of motherboards, video cards, and cases to bring you a review of a mouse.

Yes, a mouse.

But not just any mouse! A wireless optical mouse.

Ahem.. Not just any wireless optical mouse - this one doesn't use batteries - at all.

That's right - the "NB-30" BatteryFREE from A4Tech gets its charge through a special mousepad, elminating the need for batteries.

What does that mean? Well, as you can see on the list of features on the box, it is light, saves some money (compared to using non-rechargable batteries), and protects the environment. Aww, doesn't that just make you want to go hug a tree?

The secret behind the BatteryFREE is actually the special mousepad it comes with:

The pad is what powers the mouse itself, using induction. It doesn't charge batteries in the mouse, or anything like that, so you cannot use the mouse anywhere else. It also contains the receiver, which uses RFID, so it will not interfere with other RF devices.

The pad is very smooth, and quite flat; if they made regular pads like this, I would recommend it for any mouse! However at 20x16cm (8x6.4") it is quite small.

Now let's take a look at the mouse itself...

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