Microsoft Wireless Notebook Presenter Mouse 8000


Last weekend, I took delivery of a Microsoft Wireless Notebook Presenter 8000 mouse. It’s what I call a compact mouse, it’s only 3.73cm high, 5.63cm wide and 9.35cm long, yet it sports no less than 12 buttons! The mouse itself is based upon earlier designs with a few minor refinements – last year, I gave my boss one of the earlier designs, he said “it’s the best mouse I’ve ever used”.

Of course, it’s a “presenter” mouse, so it uses six of the buttons to cover next slide, previous slide, volume up, volume down. Rather neatly, one of the six buttons activates the embedded laser pointer. If you’re using PowerPoint, one of the buttons can be used to engage/disengage digital ink, which is really quite a time-saver.

But the real gem is the fact this mouse uses Bluetooth for its connectivity. This means that is will work over a greater distance than its regular wireless counterpart. The gem gets brighter when I tell you that the button just below the mouse wheel is used to disable the mouse operation and engage the presenter buttons – this makes it a delight to just pick up and “cruise the room” with it in your hand. Being Bluetooth, you can use the Bluetooth dongle to connect to other devices, such as your mobile telephone.

This is a great mouse, it essentially removes the need for me to carry around a mouse and a wireless presenter device. It comes supplied with a solid transparent carry case (with strap) which is also designed to carry the Bluetooth dongle. Another great feature is the battery low indicator – it has an LED that starts to glow red when the is battery low.

The July 2007 issue of TechNet Magazine has a competition on page 10 – you could win this mouse! Visit http://www.microsoft.com/uk/technetmagazine/hardware_competition for a chance to win!

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