Sandberg Blast Mouse Review, under the microscope today is a gaming product from Sandberg. We’ve already looked at a handful of their products in the past, mostly audio. The brand has a plethora of products for the consumer, the bulk of which are designed to fill gaps in the market, for less common needs. Cables, convertors, and so much more…
Gaming is an area they’ve already briefly dipped their toes into, but now they’ve branched out and formed the Esports Equipment range. Generally, Sandberg tend to cater for the more general day to day user. How does a product from a brand such as this, actually perform? Let’s find out…
[Product Specification & Description]
With a balanced metal plate at the bottom, you are assured of the right weight for precision in your game. You can quickly switch the speed with the large centre button and in addition to the ordinary mouse buttons and scroll, you also get a number of sliders by the thumb rest. A nylon-clad cable and multi-coloured fader light ensure the perfect gaming experience!
- USB interface
- USB cable 2 metres
- Avago 3050 optical sensor
- Up to 4000 DPI switchable
- 6400 fps frame rate
- Multi-color LED lights
- 10 programmable buttons
- Key life: 5 million
- Built-in heavy iron plate
- Weight: 140 g
Right off the bat things are looking good, Sandberg have opted to included a common centre peice to any good mouse. The Avage 3050 sensor.
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[Packaging & Bundle]
The packaging on past products from Sanberg, have always been well thought out and pleasant on the eye. This is no different but theirs now an obvious gaming twist in the actual design. From The front, we’re shown the mouse and its surrounded by a lighting bolt. Products features and such are listed too, anything up to windows 10 naturally is supported, being driverless though it does come bundled with their own software, which we’ll examine in due course
The backside is very generic and only the basics are listed, in a wide range of common languages. Something not obvious from the box or the product web page, is that the warranty is 5 years long, very generous!
Sandberg has opted for a flip open box, which in reality is almost wasted in 2016, but I appreciate the idea still. In a retail store environment, this would allow you to have a closer look before making a purchase. Apart from the mouse, Sandberg have also included a software disc. My opinion is that you should also avoid using these, unless you have no internet connection. The latest version from the site should always be first choice, it could have bug fixes or new features included!
We shall start our tour of the Blast with a view from the backside. Sandberg has been clear in description of the said product, they mention a metal base, which adds the weight. That does indeed means the bulk of product is made from plastic. Though areas that you come into contact with, are rubber coated. The small but subtle Sandberg logo, illuminates
From this angle you can see its flat type of design, what I mean is that your hand is not forced to lean in either direction. On the left side, the Blast has a ridge for you thumb to sit, but theirs nothing on the opposite for the pinky to rest.
Spinning around to examine the front side you’ll notice a slightly elongated left click button, and shorter right clicker. on the very same buttons a smaller red button is found, access to either feel very natural.
Between these is the scroller with a strip of grip in the center, their very a fair amount of resistance here, and overall grip is very good.Below or above…depending on how you’r looking at it… it’s the DPI switcher (larger red button)
As referenced above, there is no pinky rest along the right side of the mouse, but this does not affect comfort too much. The design is an interesting one, inbetween the panel, we have an almost engine like pattern.
Switching over to the left side, where most of the action will take place. The Blast has 3 additional buttons, all of which sit nicely under your thumb. Acess and usability of each are well-thought out.
The problem I tend to find, is that these buttons or either too easy, or too stiff. The blast does not suffer from such issue.
Looking at the underside of the mouse, we find the Avago Optical gaming sensor. Something that we’ve yet to mention is the 2m cable, which is braided The braid is quite stiff and should not tangle…
[Software & Lighting]
The application bundled is very user-friendly, and well designed. It loads up to the basic settings page, from which you can bind keys to shortcuts, actions and adjust the DPI for each mode. Theirs also some control for the lighting effects, and quite a lot to play with. Modes such as neon, respiration, and RGB flash
Scroll and click speed is located in the advanced section, along with the very robust macro recorder.
As mentioned above, the product has a decent lighting solution, both in software and in reality, I was very happy with approach Sandberg offer. Simply select a colour for each DPI profile and hit Apply.
[Testing and Final thoughts]
We perform all our testing on a OcUK Mega Mat XXL Elite Tactical Gaming Surface ( available here )
We don’t have a predefined list of games for our testing. As time has passed, new releases are often thrown into the mix, but more often than not old schoolers like Unreal tournament, and CS: GO are at the centre of the testing.
I never jump into a gaming on day one of our mice reviews, as I feel it fair to allow for the transition period. We’ve all been there with say a new keyboard, you spend the entire day mashing all the wrong keys, activating lights and such. Mice have a similar and distinct transition period. My daily driver is the Steelseries Kinzu V2. A small, ambidextrous and no-nonsense mouse.
The Blast is an interesting product, and I must confess I initially had reservations and doubts purely because of the asking price. I couldn’t help but feel it was going to be limited in some way. The product doesn’t pretend to be something it’s not, theirs no tagline or slogan on the box, indicating it will transform you into an FPS god. Their no silly buttons that the average human couldn’t never make use of.
I’ve been using the mouse with a mixture of games for a few weeks now, and day one was a struggle. The left click seems to loose, or senstive and I found myself over clicking and miss clicking. Thats not a fault of the product exactly, but many of you like me, may come from and old and tired mouse, that needs a fair amount of force to make it click. In terms of comfort, despite its apparent and perhaps bizarre shape, the blast is very comfortable.
The long gaming sessions where a joy, with no aches or issues. I’ve made it clear in the past I just prefer something simple, and normally a product like this would be wasted on me. I can rarely make use of all the buttons, without it feeling unnatural. The blast is different, I appreciated the extra buttons both in game and in Windows too, if configured right it can really help with productivity
The Blast mouse is one of the few I’ve ever used, that offers multiple buttons that are actually practical and comfortable. General feel and comfort is very good. The price is very fair, considering the feature set and RGB sweetens the deal more so. This being on the first product, from Sandberg’s Esport range leaves me very excited to see what they bring to market next! Well done Sandberg
After much thought, it has to be Editors choice.
We would like to thank Sandberg for providing the sample, and we look forward to seeing more from them, in the near future!