A year ago we took a look at one of the most innovative computer peripherals on the market, the Sandio Technology 3DGame O' 6 Degrees Of Freedom Mouse. Luckily this year's update on the mouse has a shorter name; it is the Sandio 3D Game O'2. At first glance, this mouse appears to have just a new skin but the same features, which could not be farther from the truth. After reading the provided manual and installing the provided software I was able to discover that this mouse has a few new tricks up its sleeves.
The new design of this mouse could not be more welcome, after using the original Sandio 3D Game O' for about a year as my main computer mouse; I have had time to find all the little quirks that bug me about it, but the instant I opened the new product box, and put the mouse into my hands I was won over. A quick overview shows a mouse with a black and red matte finish with dark gray side grips but once you plug it in you better be prepared for a light show. The left, right and top joysticks feature a blue LED light tucked away behind the joysticks which illuminate the surrounding area. The scroll wheel is also illuminated with a LED, but that is something that I will discuss in more detail later on.
The problem I had with the first design of this mouse was that the joysticks on the left and right side were not recessed enough which made it feel as though the mouse was going to slip out of my hand at any given time. With the new grips and even further recessed joysticks on the new design, this is a hassle that I have not had to deal with at all. Another big issue I had with the original design was the back/next/dpi buttons which have been moved forward to allow much better access without the need to cramp your thumb.
Overall, everything design wise on this mouse is very unique from its predecessor including the Sandio logo on the left and right joysticks. This can all be attributed to Sandio analyzing feedback on the original design of the mouse body and manufacturing quality. Sandio then took the feedback received and hired a top-tier mouse manufacturer to aide in making a much needed face lift.
As mentioned previously, the scroll wheel on this mouse features an LED, but this is not like the rest, this LED changes colors depending on which DPI setting is selected (400/none, 800/red, 1600/blue, 2000/purple). The DPI settings can be changed just like before by pressing both the side buttons at the same time, additionally though, you can press down on the middle joystick as well. The software still lacks the ability to change the DPI settings through the computer though.
The software which ships with the mouse comes pre-configured with a bunch of pre-programmed controls for the most popular games on the market today, you can download updates and other configurations from their website, and of course you can just make your own presets. Overall the software interface is pretty much the same as it always has been, but features one major upgrade which I had singled out as an issue in our last review, the application can now be minimized to the system tray when in use instead of taking up valuable program-bar real-estate.
Before this review wraps up I wanted to take a moment and congratulate Sandio Technology on an excellent packaged product. Last year we were not so nice when judging the packaging and horrible "Engrish" found all over the packaging. In our first review we had the following to say ...
"the packaging has a very nice reflective plastic that sits behind the fully shown product, and the USB cable is shown to make sure the customer takes notice that this isn't some PS/2 mouse, but the actual wording itself is atrocious to say the least."
In this year's update though, they have made sure to use spelling and grammar check and have packaged the mouse in a very nice heavy duty box which is closed by a magnetic flap. The box also comes with a few manuals that are very detailed in the operation of the mouse.
Overall this mouse is a much welcome addition to the lineup of high-end inexpensive 3D gaming mice available from Sandio Technology. I am sure that as time passes I will continue to use this mouse for my main machine just as I did with the last one which has been retired to my work machine. Once you have used the Sandio Technology 3D Game O'2 mouse for awhile it is hard to go back to a normal computer mouse and that is why I personally recommend this product to everyone who uses their computer on a regular basis for gaming and for general purpose.
Sandio has stunned us once more with the 3DGame O'2 Mouse. While this mouse pretty much does everything last year's model did, it is still worth the investment. With an overhauled and much needed face lift it is hard not to recommend this peripheral.