The Microsoft Mobile Memory Mouse 8000 is one of a number of cool input devices that Microsoft introduced in commemoration of their 25th Hardware Anniversary. Designed for the mobile market, the Mobile Memory Mouse 8000 is not only compact and stylish, sporting a brushed aluminum finish, but also packs in quite a few goodies that take user experience up a few notches. Tall order for just a mouse? That's what we thought too at first.
On the outset, there is no real different between the Mobile Memory Mouse 8000 and other wireless mobile mice that have come before it. There are two parts to the device: the mouse itself, and the wireless USB transceiver. Installation is quick and painless as the Mobile Memory Mouse 8000 should automatically be detected on modern Windows operating systems like Windows XP and Vista. Software installation is not necessary at this stage, as the mouse can already be used as is. If you're just interested in having a working mouse, you can stop reading now. But, we're sure you want to know more.
What makes the Mobile Memory Mouse 8000 an ideal travel companion is the fact that you can connect the mouse to a Bluetooth notebook directly, without the need of its USB transceiver at all. This is a secondary connection option that can be enabled by pressing the Bluetooth mode switch on the mouse. Wireless performance and range are pretty decent, capable of going up to 30-feet away front of the transceiver.
Also, the Mobile Memory Mouse 8000 does not require the use of any kind of charging dock to recharge its batteries. Instead, Microsoft designed a magnetic charging cable that hooks the mouse to the USB transceiver, which now doubles up as the USB charger for the mouse. When connected for charging, the Mobile Memory Mouse 8000 basically turns into a wired mouse, and remains fully operational. This guarantees that there will be practically no downtime. And when the battery finally dies out, its a simple matter of replacing another rechargeable AAA-sized one, no proprietary nonsense here.
The USB transceiver of the Mobile Memory Mouse 8000 actually has a third functionality, passing off as a standalone USB flash drive with 1GB of built-in memory. While most desktop PCs never really have to worry about the lack of USB ports, notebook users will probably find an extra 1GB of storage very handy to have around in a pinch, without needed to swap USB ports.
On a down side, the Mobile Memory Mouse 8000 is another one of those 'right hand optimized' mice, and left handed users are again left out of the equation (pun intended). While its deeply sculpted curves will fit most users, we feel that those with larger hands may find it a little uncomfortable to use for long periods of time.
General performance was decent for a laser mouse, and Microsoft has also managed to include other standard features such as Windows Vista Flip 3D support, a four-way scroll wheel, Magnifier and Instant Viewer. For S$159 (~US$114), the Microsoft Mobile Memory Mouse 8000 is a definitive mouse to consider packing for your next road trip.