If you thought the Windows Vista or Office 2007 packaging was fancy, then check out this awesome re-usable packaging for the Microsoft Wireless Notebook Presenter Mouse 8000. Some people have complained it is difficult to open, but I think it’s innovativeness makes up for it. The product name however falls on the opposite side of creativity scale.
At first look it might appear to be just another transparent plastic shell, but then…
It rotates. So theoretically if you were at a retail shop, you could easily take a look all around the mouse without removing the packaging. It makes more sense for this mouse in particular because of the presentation buttons at the bottom.
Of course you could also do this.
On the back, it has these two tabs which helps you cut away the packaging.
Unfortunately the result is still an ugly mess of sharp plastic edges and ripped cardboard.
The reusable part of the packaging is actually the clam-shell hard casing which spun around. The case also fits the USB/Bluetooth receiver at the bottom.
The battery compartment is actually very cunningly hidden under the casing which you access by clicking the Microsoft Laser logo which pops open a panel below it. It’s all very secret-agent like.
Speaking of secret agents, there’s also a built in laser pointer which is not the biggest or strongest in the world, but certainly would be practical in a presentation.
Over the next couple of weeks I have a few presentations to do so I’ll certainly be road-testing this mice out. But as for what it is now, a wireless Bluetooth mouse, it certainly is one of the lightest and most comfortable I’ve seen and used.