Open X doesn't mark the It spot

Taking a look at another handy tool to open packages. It comes in a box that you can open without any tools, which is a good start.

A few days ago I blogged about the Open It , a package opener. I thought it was a pretty good product, partially because it was designed by a group of women.

The OpenX Dong Ngo/CNET Networks

Soon after I posted the blog, I was solicited to review the OpenX opener. On Tuesday, I received a few samples.

The OpenX comes in a box that you can open without any tools, which is a good start. It has an ergonomic shape with a good grip and two cutting blades. The first blade stays retracted, and you need to push it out with your right thumb to cut a slit when opening a package. You push the second, U-shaped blade into the slit and zip it along the package to open it.

I tried the tool with a few packages and it worked well, especially with those impossible plastic clamshells. However, it's not really helpful with packages thicker than its 5mm long blade or packages that require a screwdriver to open. Also, the OpenX doesn't give you enough leverage to cut strong packing materials that would normally require a pair of strong scissors.

One more thing: the OpenX is not lefty-friendly. You need to be right-handed to operate its retractable blade, which is a big shortcoming.

I don't think the OpenX can outdo the Open It; nonetheless, it is a handy tool that costs only about $7. And that's the story of how I became a reviewer of package openers for the first, and hopefully last, time.

About the author

CNET editor Dong Ngo has been involved with technology since 2000, starting with testing gadgets and writing code for CNET Labs' benchmarks. He now manages CNET San Francisco Labs, reviews 3D printers, networking/storage devices, and also writes about other topics from online security to new gadgets and how technology impacts the life of people around the world.


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