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Unboxing Part 1: Three Windows 8 Mice, One Keyboard

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We share our Christmas-like experience in opening a number of packages sent in from Microsoft. Oh joy!

Recently Microsoft offered up a batch of Windows 8-ready peripherals consisting of a keyboard and three mice. For this first unboxing installment, I've chosen the two mobile-focused Bluetooth gadgets, the Wedges. First up is the one that obviously wears the PANTS and other letters in the family, the Wedge Mobile Keyboard. You can tell you're getting a high quality Microsoft product just by the sturdiness of the box alone.

Here's the keyboard sitting under the initial lid, hiding a two-battery compartment underneath. The box itself measures 11.75 x 5.5 x 1.75-inches to give you some idea of its overall size. The box even features a waxy texture, and was kept tightly locked by one little piece of packing tape on the red lip.

Here's a shot just to give you a better idea of how big this mobile keyboard really is. From side to side, it's roughly just over 10-inches wide and 4-inches tall -- the spacebar itself is 3.75 x 0.75-inches. Most of the weight resides in the keyboard's prop underneath which plays host to the two batteries and the Bluetooth pairing switch.

This is a shot of the contents underneath the keyboard's "bedding," hiding the rubbery, bendable keyboard cover and the device manual. This cover is utterly cool, protecting the keys when the gadget isn't in use, and serving as a prop for your Windows 8 (or other Bluetooth) tablet.

Here's the keyboard and its rubbery cover side-by-side. Notice the battery compartment which also serves as the keyboard's prop residing on the metallic underside. The Bluetooth button is on the other end which is initially used to pair the device to a Bluetooth tablet or PC.

This is the tablet cover which bends in the middle only. It's extremely sturdy though, really solid -- it doesn't feel like you'll break the thing in half. The only drawback to this cover is that the rubbery surface seemingly picks up every piece of dirt, food particle and booger, making it an embarrassing mess when you're wanting to show off this cool gadget to friends, family and readers.

Here's the keyboard paired with my 7-inch Google Nexus 7 tablet, making life a little easier when typing documents on the go. Pair it with the Wedge Touch Mouse, seen below, and you have a makeshift Android-powered netbook.

As you can see, the box for the Wedge Touch Mouse is similar to the Wedge Mobile Keyboard featuring the same solid design and waxy textured surface. And like the keyboard's container, this box is sealed shut with one piece of boxing tape. This box measures 5.5 x 5.5 x 2.25-inches.

Here's the mouse nestled within its cardboard bedding. Doesn't it look snug? From a distance, the gadget resembles a black and silver money clip (or doomsday button) with the word "Microsoft" stamped in silver along its rounded spine. Just in appearance alone you can tell this is no ordinary mouse -- what will we discover with it today?

Here you can see that Microsoft supplies a single battery which rests underneath the mouse itself. The product manual and other literature is placed under the gadget's cardboard bedding. Again, the packaging is really sturdy, indicating that Microsoft put a lot into not only the mouse, but the packaging itself.

This is where the battery slips into the mouse -- along the rounded spine. As seen in the picture, there's a power switch located next to the blue mouse laser (center), and on the other side is a switch that opens the battery compartment. The power switch also serves as the Bluetooth trigger when pairing the mouse with a Bluetooth tablet or PC.

Here's the mouse paired with the Nexus 7 tablet (along with the keyboard). The device is actially 2.375 x 2.125 x .25-inches at its thinnest point, and 2.375 x 2.125 x .875-inches at its thickest point along the spine. It's roughly three fingers wide, making it easy to slip into a pocket when taking the tablet abroad.

This probably isn't what Microsoft intended, but here's the Wedge mouse and keyboard couple paired with my Android-powered Nexus 7 tablet. It works great -- notice the keyboard cover is folded and positioned behind the tablet, propping the gadget up like a miniature LCD display.  

We'll have more hands-on coverage with both products later, so stay tuned!


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    fb39ca4 , September 13, 2012 2:36 AM
    Oh look another keyboard and mouse that has nothing to do with Windows 8.
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    vittau , September 13, 2012 2:34 AM
    This mouse must be really comfortable. NOT.
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    jordan009 , September 13, 2012 2:11 AM
    Makes me want to buy a 16 gig nexus 7
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    ctbaars , September 13, 2012 2:21 AM
    I want to know more ...
  • 11 Hide
    vittau , September 13, 2012 2:34 AM
    This mouse must be really comfortable. NOT.
  • 21 Hide
    fb39ca4 , September 13, 2012 2:36 AM
    Oh look another keyboard and mouse that has nothing to do with Windows 8.
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    captaincharisma , September 13, 2012 2:42 AM
    wow the unboxing of a keyboard. toms have really outdone themselves this time
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    nukemaster , September 13, 2012 2:52 AM
    The keyboard is slick for something like a Media Center, but needs some kind of built in mouse/joystick.

    Like this :)

    Would be interesting to see one with a rear touch pad like PSP Vita.
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    Lan , September 13, 2012 3:06 AM
    Curse my too large hands. This looks perfect for school. :( 
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    lascar30 , September 13, 2012 3:26 AM
    Obvious troll is obvious.
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    Blessedman , September 13, 2012 3:34 AM
    haha I find the HP keyboard description funny. They really need a proof reader.

    "OFN (Optical Finger Navigation) - Smooth and accurate pointing with advanced technology optical finger navigation that has no moving parts that can break and need cleaning."

    Kewl keyboard though
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    lpedraja2002 , September 13, 2012 4:23 AM
    I think this looks sleek and cool! But considering you're adding a keyboard and mouse to a tablet wouldn't that betray the whole notion of having a tablet in the first place since from my understanding it is supposed to separate itself from notebooks and laptops?

    Still, I like how this looks.

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    ojas , September 13, 2012 4:51 AM
    Wouldn't you want to test on Win 8 instead of a Nexus 7?
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    JOSHSKORN , September 13, 2012 5:02 AM
    I'm sure that guy has a hand smaller than mine...which makes me that much less enthusiastic about buying that small keyboard.
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    tupoun , September 13, 2012 5:19 AM
    Do I see "iPhone" keyboard?
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    SmaugTD , September 13, 2012 7:44 AM
    Looks small and uncomfortable
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    DroKing , September 13, 2012 12:56 PM
    Wow.... They look too much like Apple's moronic simple designs. I hate windows 8 so you can go ahead and cram these back up places where sun doesnt shine.
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    belardo , September 13, 2012 2:07 PM
    So the apple-like packaging has the same value and costs as the products within?
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    maigo , September 13, 2012 2:15 PM
    Too bad Windows 8 isn't made for real computers, then this might be worth a chuckle.
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    Anonymous , September 13, 2012 3:03 PM
    Wait.. someone at Microsoft thought it would be a good idea to call a product a "Wedge"?
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    demonhorde665 , September 13, 2012 3:55 PM
    UUUUGGG , both teh mouse and keybaord are

    A) UGLY
    B) look like they'd break if i sneezed on them
    C) look like they were designed for baby hands
    D) look like they'd givesome one carpal tunnel syndrome in 5 minutes flat
    E) fit perfectly witht eh little baby toy advertising board that is windows 8

    put all these together and you get .. a customer that will not ever consider buying these things

    1. i'm a gamer
    2. my key baord and mouse have to be able to take a bit of play (see 1)
    3. i'm American , and i play bass guitar
    4. my mouse and keyboard need to be big and fit my big hands with bug buttons (see 3)
    5. my mouse and keyboard has to look half decent if not out right cool. these do not look cool

    sorry MS no sale here.
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    belardo , September 14, 2012 6:05 AM
    These are made for tablets or phones... maybe certain TVs, nothing else.
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