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Story continues below advertisement. Just in front of the scroll wheel but tucked inside the main left and right mouse buttons where you won’t hit them accidentally is a pair of tiny moon-shaped buttons. Follow us on Twitter globetechnology Opens in a new window. Behind the scroll wheel is a button the company calls the Office Switch. Commenters who repeatedly violate community guidelines may be suspended, causing them to temporarily lose their ability to engage with comments.

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And if you’re in the middle of an intense gaming session and the batteries die, you’re out of luck until you can recharge.

A4Tech Office 8K mouse – The Globe and Mail

If your batteries die, you swap them out for the charged set and keep on going. That has all changed with A4Tech’s offfice mouse, the wireless and rechargeable Office 8K.

Many of the company’s previous models had a low-resistance scroll wheel that still felt somewhat sluggish. Last year I a4tecu a chance to review several of the company’s mice. This should only take a few moments.

Premier Doug Ford urged to divulge knowledge of PC nomination irregularities. A4Tech has managed to get everything spot-on with this product, from the special features and software package to the overall finish of the mouse.

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Readers can also interact with The Globe on Facebook and Twitter. Follow us on Twitter globetechnology Opens in a new window. Unlike the company’s previous mouse models which felt slippery and even a bit tacky at times, the Office 8K is comfortable and has a really solid, high-quality feel. A4 has taken a different approach.

But since the charger keeps a fuelled-up pair of cells within easy reach at all times, battery life ceases to be an issue. And as 8m who has a wireless mouse knows, these little critters have a bigger appetite for batteries than rodents have for cheese. It ships the mouse with four of the NiMH batteries and a twin-cell charger built into the wireless receiver.

A4Tech Office 8K Wireless Optical Mouse RP-680 – mouse – RF

The mouse is ergonomically designed and nestles comfortably under the hand, with indented sides to match the way the average hand sits when relaxed.

I had no problems whatsoever establishing or maintaining a reliable wireless signal during my tests even when 8l it near several other wireless mice and keyboards, a wireless joystick, a WiFi network and a couple of cordless phones. This is a space where ovfice can engage with each other and Globe staff. A4Tech takes the prize for its Office 8K mouse in terms of the company that has made the most dramatic improvements to a product in recent months.

This way, you should never be caught with flat batteries. That said, the A4 Tech mouse is no power-miser – a set of batteries lasted just a few work days on average in my tests. In the Office 8K utility software, you can choose to set the panel buttons up with any function you like from a list of 24 different commands, ranging from copy, paste and delete, to volume and playback controls odfice media files, to program launcher hot keys for Outlook, Word and Internet Explorer.


Story continues below advertisement. If you are looking to give feedback on our new site, please send it along to feedback globeandmail. The Office 8K really impressed me – it’s a piece of hardware that can compete with the best devices on the market and hold its own. Not much to pick on here. The electronics are also top of the line.

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This is the best mouse A4Tech has produced so far, hands-down. While the electronic guts of the devices were outstanding and company had come up with some interesting aa4tech in a market that has become largely commoditized, its products still lacked a slick, professional edge. Since the mouse is wireless, it has to have its own power source for its on-board transmitter.

A4Tech has made huge improvements to the scroll wheel on the Office 8K.

The panel has eight buttons arranged around its outer edge, all of which are programmable.