HP Wi-Fi Mobile Mouse Introduced For $50

HP Wi-Fi Mobile Mouse Introduced For $50

You've heard of corded USB mice, and you've heard of Bluetooth mice. But a Wi-Fi mouse? Could it be? HP's calling this device the industry's first Wi-Fi mouse, using Link-5 technology to pipe in mouse commands over a standard Wi-Fi connection. No dongles, no nubs, and no Bluetooth module required.

Also, the battery is expected to last an astonishing nine months, and there are five customizable buttons that allow users to create shortcuts for common actions such as cut, paste, undo and redo. You'll get a 4-way tilt-scroll wheel, 30 feet of range and a sculpted form with rubber sides to ensure a comfortable, secure grip that can be used in the right or left hand.

Speaking of Link-5, that tech allows users to connect up to five HP-compatible PC accessories with one receiver, freeing up USB ports. There are no drivers or software to install. Users simply press the "Connect" button on a Link-5 device to pair it with their PC. The wireless receiver then "remembers" all paired devices, making Link-5 accessories ideal for those using a PC in multiple settings such as the home, office or other mobile locations.

The device uses the common 2.4GHz band, and should work with the Mini Keyboard and slew of other new accessories introduced today. The mouse here will sell for $49.99 in June, while everything is priced below.


HP Introduces Wireless PC Accessories to Enhance the Computing Experience
Industry's first Wi-Fi mouse provides reliable connectivity without wires or external receivers
PALO ALTO, Calif., May 12, 2011

HP today announced a new lineup of wireless accessories equipped with Wi-Fi connectivity and HP Link-5 technology to promote mobility and ease of use.

Products such as the company's exclusive HP Wi-Fi® Mobile Mouse allow users to do more without the hassle of wires and with the assurance of extended battery life.

"HP offers its customers a wide variety of accessories that are simple to use with connectivity options to meet their unique needs," said Scott Pappan, director, Accessories, Personal Systems Group, HP. "For consumers who desire PCs that are light and small but offer fewer USB ports, or for those who use their PCs in multiple settings, options like Wi-Fi and Link-5 allow users to keep USB ports free for other devices."

Industry's first Wi-Fi mouse

The new HP Wi-Fi Mobile Mouse is the first mouse to connect quickly and easily without a USB dongle via a PC's built-in Wi-Fi receiver.(1) A reliable, first-time pairing connects the mouse to the PC, allowing users to work with ease and confidence. The mouse instantly reconnects during each use and operates without interference from other wireless devices.

The HP Wi-Fi Mobile Mouse also offers:

- Up to nine months of battery life more than twice the battery life of comparable Bluetooth® models.
- Five customizable buttons that allow users to create shortcuts for common actions such as cut, paste, undo and redo.
- A smooth, four-way-tilt scroll wheel to improve control while scrolling up and down or side to side.
- Full functionality up to 30 feet from the PC.
- A sculpted form with rubber sides to ensure a comfortable, secure grip that can be used in the right or left hand.

HP Link-5 technology liberates USB ports

HP also introduced new PC accessories with HP's exclusive Link-5 technology. Link-5 allows users to connect up to five HP-compatible PC accessories with one receiver, freeing up valuable USB ports.

There are no drivers or software to install. Users simply press the "Connect" button on a Link-5 device to pair it with their PC. The wireless receiver then "remembers" all paired devices, making Link-5 accessories ideal for those using a PC in multiple settings such as the home, office or other mobile locations.

Link-5 delivers reliable connectivity using 2.4-GHz wireless technology and has an intelligent sleep mode to ensure the longest possible battery life. The latest
Link-5 accessories lineup includes:

- HP Wireless Mini Keyboard: Just the right mobile companion for a tablet or entertainment PC, this full-featured keyboard is lightweight and ultra-small in size.
- HP Wireless Ultrathin Wireless Keyboard: Offering a stylish look and feel, this keyboard is durable, full-featured and a great value.
- HP Wireless Elite v2 Keyboard: Featuring a sleek, ultra-slim design, this keyboard offers superb performance and comfort.
- HP Wireless Optical Comfort Mouse: Offering a comfortable, secure grip for use in the right or left hand, this mouse features an optical sensor with adjustable sensitivity that works on most surfaces.
- HP Wireless Laser Comfort Mouse: Using a laser sensor with adjustable sensitivity, this mouse delivers optimal performance and works on most surfaces.
- HP Wireless Mobile Mouse: Designed for users who are on the go, this mouse delivers reliable wireless connectivity at a great value.

Pricing and availability

- The HP Wi-Fi Mobile Mouse is expected to be available in the United States in June at a starting price of $49.99.
- The HP Wireless Mini Keyboard is available now in the United States at a starting price of $59.99.
The HP Ultrathin Wireless Keyboard is available now in the United States at a starting price of $59.99.
- The HP Wireless Elite v2 Keyboard is expected to be available in the United States in July at a starting price of $49.99.
- The HP Wireless Optical Comfort Mouse is expected to be available in the United States in June at a starting price of $29.99.
- The HP Wireless Laser Comfort Mouse is expected to be available in the United States in June at a starting price of $39.99.
- The HP Wireless Mobile Mouse is expected to be available in the United States in June at a starting price of $24.99.
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The 2.4Ghz band just got more crowded lol

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Sounds pretty cool. I like the idea of not having to worry about a separate receiver. Will it work with any Wi-Fi enabled device? If so, could the technology work with tablets?

Also, will it affect my wireless (web browsing, etc) performance much?

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>> Will it work with any Wi-Fi enabled device?

No. What HP's leaving out is that it only works with Windows 7 - and not with all wifi chipsets.  Your machine needs to have one of the newer "Win7 certified" wifi adapters, or it won't work properly.

HP's press release also says there are no drivers necessary, but sites that have reviewed it (CNet, for one) say there are indeed drivers to be installed (and the drivers refuse to install under Vista and XP).

I wouldn't be surprised if it works with all Linux devices out of the box soon though, if HP plans on supporting this mouse under webOS, Linux drivers will be coming to the kernel.

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