These days everyone wants
a good wireless mouse. Even with so many options to choose from,
it is hard to find a quality wireless mouse that combines performance
with dependable battery life. A4 Tech has recently introduced the
R7 Power Saver Mouse designed to appeal to the mouse user unwilling to
compromise performance for battery life. But does the R7 really
perform as well as a good wired mouse? We put the R7 to the test
right here at the Club!
The R7 packaging combines a traditional
box with a blister pack like front panel. This allows you to get a
feel for the size and fit of the R7 without even opening the box.
with over 25 million units sold, A4Tech knows how to give you everything
you need up front.
The R7 Power Saver Mouse is loaded with
features that help extend the battery life. The box does a nice job
of describing these features and more. Even the name R7 is derived
from the "R" in Radio frequency and the "7" from the 7mA power
With the box out of the way we can get
a better look at the silver and black color scheme. The R7 also
comes in a stylized pattern based on metal plating.
Four Levels of Auto Power Saving:
Auto-Power-Saving design helps save lot of power
intelligently Mouse sleep status Battery currents mA.
- 200 milliseconds unused Enter idle mode (takes
- 5 seconds unused Enter sleeping mode (takes 0.8
- 70 seconds unused Enter deep sleeping mode (takes
- 30 minute unused Mouse turns off automatically
(takes 0.01 mA)
A4tech R7-70D Mouse
USB Extension Cable
USB RF Receiver
2AAA Alkaline Batteries
IBM or Compatible PC
Hard Disk Drive
The ergometric design of the R7
integrates 6 buttons and a traditional wheel. The two buttons on
the side can be programmed on the fly as we will see later.
A closer look at the front shows off
the unique office button as well as the 2X button. Clicking the 2X
button performs a double click in a single stroke. This comes in
handy for some of my FPS games and applications as well.
The R7 is powered by 2 AAA batteries
(included) that are easily installed in the base. The mouse is
surprisingly light weight for a battery based unit coming in at about a
third less than my Logitech G7's by my guess. It is important to
note the R7 is a 900 DPI mouse and had some difficulty reading my
favorite mouse pad; the glass CorePad Magna.
Our R7 is finished in a very common
grey and black but the green striping and logos give a sporty feel to
The USB controller is actually a radio
frequency based unit that can be used alone or with the included USB
extension dock. the button is used to force a re-sync with the
mouse but during testing we never had the need to use it.