Elecom readies wireless pack-a-mouse
Box doubles up as recharge station, transmitter
Why did no one think of this before? Like all other mouse makers, Japan's Elecom ships its new wireless input device, dubbed the "M-MBDUR", in a box. But this time it's no ordinary case - the plastic packaging doubles up as the rodent's recharger and its wireless transceiver.
Open the box and next to the 800dpi mouse is a fold-away USB cable. When you've finished for the day, drop the mouse back into the case to recharge its built-in battery. The company said the mouse will work for 32 hours on a single charge. When not being pushed around a desk it drops into sleep mode, in which state the battery charge will hold out for 180 days.
The box measures 8.7 x 5.8 x 2.9cm - about the same size as a closed clamshell mobile phone, Elecom said, making it easy to carry. We're not sure about the mouse itself though - it looks like it might prove a tad uncomfortable for some hands. The mouse measures 8 x 4.4 x 2.4cm and weighs 41.5g.
The box-mouse combo comes in a range of co-ordinated colours: black, red, blue, and grey. It is due to ship early April for ¥4,410 (£7/$12/€10). ®