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Submission + - Bluetooth versus Wireless Mice 2

Meneguzzi writes: "Having stuck with wired mice for years, I have recently been impressed by a couple of cordless mice I've used on other people's computers so much that I now want to buy one to use with my Mac Book Pro. However, while shopping around for the perfect cordless laptop mouse I was stuck with the question of whether to go for a bluetooth mouse or one of the many proprietary cordless mice with tiny USB receivers. To my surprise, there seems to be little literature systematically comparing these two options for attributes like precision, battery life (both for the mouse and the laptop), RF interference, and whatnot. As a Mac user, bluetooth has the advantage that it won't take up a USB port, and (in theory), would consume less battery than a USB port, but I wonder if this is actually true in practice.
On top of that, I noticed that there are far fewer (and less fancy) options for Bluetooth mice than there are for proprietary cordless ones. Logitech, for instance, has a very basic Bluetooth Mouse, while its proprietary options are much fancier. So I was wondering what are the experiences from Slashdotters on this particular type of hardware, and any recommendations."
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Bluetooth versus Wireless Mice

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  • Bluetooth is on the wrong end of the bandwidth vs. power consumption curve for a mouse application, plus it carries a royalty burden. The retail price of a mouse is not that high... it means that the royalty is a large hit relative to the available profit for the manufacturer.
  • I've used bluetooth mice and keyboards at work and home. It's nice if the computer already has a bluetooth adapter as they don't require an extra port. In addition, the bluetooth has better range, so it's nice for a conference room where the computer is far from the keyboard & mouse.

    However, for most applications, the negatives outweigh the positives.

    Compared to the IR/RF counterparts, bluetooth devices are slow to respond. This is because of power management. The bluetooth devices consume more powe

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