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Speedlink Snappy Wireless Mouse

Introduction

Today we’re looking at a straight forward, simple mouse from Speedlink. It’s called the Snappy and just by looking at it you can see why, but looks alone won’t suffice. Let’s see how good it really is.

Features & Specifications

  • Wireless three-button mouse with nano USB receiver
  • 10 metre range thanks to 2.4GHz wireless technology
  • highly precise 1000dpi optical sensor
  • suitable for left or right-handers

Box and Bundle

The packaging is nice and simple, although I don’t like this sealed plastic type. It can be a pain to get in to unless you have a pair of scissors or a knife handy.

From the front you can see the mouse and it’s tiny USB receiver.

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The back just shows a multilingual features list, system requirements, package contents and some compatibility badges.

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Along with the mouse you also get the very small USB receiver, a quick install guide and a battery.

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External Features

This version of the Snappy Wireless mouse is a nice, deep blue colour. Quite reflective, too.

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As far as buttons go it has the usual left/right click and scroll wheel.

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The underside of the mouse has the on/off switch (I’m going to assume the ability to turn it off is what the energy saving mode logo on the packaging was referring too), optical sensor and battery compartment on it. It takes a single, AA battery if you’re wondering.

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It looks to have quite an ergonomic shape too, I imagine it sits quite nicely in the palm of your hand.

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The USB receiver is tiny, pretty much the same Nano receiver a number of Speedlink mice use.

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There’s not much else to say about it at this point, it’s a fairly standard mouse. No cool flashy lights, shiny bits or gadgets so let’s move on to testing.

Testing

Methodology

Since this mouse is just a general travel/mobile mouse the best way to test it would be to just use it and report on how it well it goes about it’s mousey duties and any ptoblems I encounter.

Results

I thought I’d start by checking the claims of it not needing drivers to install and to make sure it wasn’t just downloading them from the Internet I disconnected my machine from the ‘net. Installed in seconds, lovely.

This is a good little mouse, it’ll work on almost any surface it seems (I even used it in bed, on a duvet and it worked perfectly. Infact it even worked on my face.) and it’s quite responsive.

The right/left click buttons give a satisfying click noise when used and the scroll wheel is a joy to use, too. The only thing I don’t like (and it’s not a massive issue with the mouse, more personal preference) is the amount of pressure required to activate the middle button, it feels clunky when compared to the right and left click buttons and you really have to press down on it to get it to work in comparison to the left/right buttons but other than that I couldn’t find anything wrong with the mouse.

Apparently it’s got a 10 metre range, and while I can’t imagine a scenario where’d you’d ever be 10 metres away from the receiver with a mobile mouse I thought I’d try it anyway.

Yup, it works, even through walls. It only let me down when I decided to see if it worked outside, on the other side of the house. Since I can’t even see the PC myself from here you can’t exactly complain about that.

Comfort

This isn’t a high-end, expensive gaming mouse so I didn’t expect fancy bits of plastic on it to rest your unused fingers but it does fit nicely into your hand and it’s no more uncomfortable to use than any other mobile mouse I’ve used, and I’ve got pretty fat hands.

They say it’s suitable for both left and right handed people and they’re right. It’s symmetrical so it’s just as comfortable to use in one hand as it is the other.

Cost

I’ve seen quite a few of these for between £12 and £14, which is a decent price for what you get. I’ve also seen them for as much as £17.99, it still won’t break the bank at that price but it’s a little more than it’s worth considering how many lower priced mobile mice there are.

Conclusion

I like this little rodent, aside the scroll-wheel middle button being slightly too stiff (and it is only slightly) I couldn’t find fault with it. If you’re looking for a snappy looking (excuse the pun), well built mobile mouse that does exactly what you’d expect it to than I can quite happily recommend the Snappy Wireless mouse.

Pros

Looks nice
Comfortable for a small mouse
Good range
Does exactly what you’d expect
Work on just about any surface

Cons

Middle click button

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