Conclusion: Saitek makes really great peripherals for computers, but they seem to have missed the mark on this one. The design is good, and the ideas have a lot of promise, but the end product is hard to use because the sensitivity and buttons are not customizable.
Excerpt: Since we watch our TV shows as BitTorrent downloads on a media center PC, a solid wireless mouse for navigating through files is pretty much compulsory. So with dedicated controls for pausing, playing, and zooming in on media, we decided to give the Obsidian a tryout.
Pros: Contemporary black and silver egg-like body looks like a cool piece of modern art. Good battery life at 8 hours of use per charge. Wireless range up to 10 yards. Comes with two rechargeable batteries so that you can use one while the other powers up.
Cons: Unconventional controls require lots of extra brainwork. Reception patchy when not in direct line of the dongle. Included software doesn’t work well with Macs.
Summary: The Obsidian is very sleek and has an impressive look. The fact that the mouse is ambidextrous is nice and makes it a more universal peripheral. This could prove to be useful if you and your spouse or a friend are dominant in different hands.