Sandio 3D Game O2 Mouse

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3D Game O2
by Sandio
Conclusion
March 23, 2008
The 3D Game O2: Introduction The 3D Game O2: What's In The Box / A Closer Look
Using The 3D Game O2 3D Game O2: Specifications
3D Game O2: Conclusion



3D Game O2
by Sandio
Features: A mouse created exclusively for 3D gaming (Call Of Duty 2, Half-Life, Half-Life 2) and 3D environment applications, such as Google Earth and Microsoft Virtual Earth, as well as CAD applications.
Official Website: www.sandiotech.com
MSRP: $79.99
Current Price: Buy Direct
Pros
  • Easy installation
  • Replaces many keyboard keys
  • Up to 2000 dpi
  • 3D movement intuitive
  • Quick DPI changing
  • Up to 16 programmable commands
  • Really cool LED lighted features
  • Currently, 41 PC games supported
  • No software required for non-3D use
  • Wrist support adds comfort for longer gaming sessions
  • Audible and visual DPI adjustment
  • Import/Export your favorite settings
  • Create your own favorite settings
  • 1 year warranty
Cons / Disadvantages
  • 3D Game O2 mouse is about 30% wider than the ordinary mouse, which will take time getting used to. However, the benefits certainly outweigh the potential disadvantage.
Observations
  • PC gaming is improved
Suggestions
  • To reduce the mouse width, have the two 5-way directional buttons recessed further in, towards the mouse body, and trim the exaggerated mouse base.
  • Make a wireless version
The Sandio 3D Game O2 mouse was certainly a treat to use with some of my favorite PC games--Call Of Duty 2, especially and HL2 (Half Life 2). Sandio claims you get an advantage with this mouse, and I tend to agree. I noticed I used the keyboard less because more motion buttons were now located on the mouse itself.

The 3D Game O2 mouse looks really cool when in the dark. LEDs backlight the mouse and it gives off an enthusiastic presence when the room is dimmed. Blue LED backlighting on the three "joystick" controls and a pink LED backlighting on the scroll wheel complete the 3D Game O2's features.

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

Sandio certainly delivers on their performance mouse. However, I did notice what could be a con or disadvantage--at least from the start. The width of the mouse is much larger than typical mice--about 30% wider (3.5"). This can be a problem for those who are used to the smaller 2.5" width mice. Over time, I did get used to the width, but I couldn't help wonder if Sandio could create a mouse with the 5-way buttons on the side, so they were closer to the body of the mouse. My fingers felt like they were spread apart more than usual.

Overall, the 3D Game O2 performed superbly, and I wouldn't consider the width of this mouse to be a perpetual hindrance, as more of a temporary disadvantage you need to get used to. And as stated above, the benefits certainly outweigh the con.


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