HP Quietly Starts Shipping Industry's First Wi-Fi Mobile Mouse

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News Posted: Sat, Jun 18 2011 2:33 PM
For whatever reason, Hewlett Packard decided not to make a big deal out of the fact that its 'Wi-Fi Mobile Mouse' is now available for purchase. We'll go ahead and do it for them, because this is one rodent deserving of a little fanfare.

The reason we're intrigued with the Wi-Fi Mobile Mouse is because even though wireless mice have been done before, they've never been done like this. Unlike other wireless rodents that communicate with your PC using either Bluetooth or a USB dongle, HP's creation uses your computer's built-in Wi-Fi receiver. Genius! Notebook users who aren't real keen on using a trackpad stand to gain the most from something like this, as the lack of a USB dongle means you don't have to give up one of those precious USB ports that are in short order on most laptops and netbooks.


Other than how it hooks up, the Wi-Fi Mobile Mouse is a pretty standard peripheral with respectable specs. You can use it on most surfaces and adjust the laser sensitivity from 1200 DPI (default) to 1600 DPI (maximum). There are five programmable buttons, 4-way tilt scroll wheel, rubber sides for improved grip, a symmetric body to suit both left and right-handed users, and up to nine months of battery life.

The Wi-Fi Mobile Mouse is available direct from HP's online store for $50.
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Sounds pretty sweet. My only concern would be how it effects the wireless connectivity of a laptop/netbook since very rarely is someone hardwired in with one of these. Any idea of the range one of these things has? Is it comparable to the 25-30ft you get with Bluetooth.

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"Sure you can call it Genius , somewhat, but if I'm doing some unplugged, non internet related work on my laptop, enabling WI-Fi sucks the battery life out of it. Nine months of battery life? I guess this is clearly not for gamers. "

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pwrntspd replied on Sun, Jun 19 2011 2:44 AM

Ive been so excited to see stuff like this. i heard about wifi being extended to accessories and devices a while ago and its nice to finally see some. Cant wait to get the review on this, im curious as to how this compares to having a bluetooth mouse in terms of performance and laptop batter life.

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mhenriday replied on Sun, Jun 19 2011 5:28 AM

How about a turn in the test lab to address the issues taken up in the article itself and in some of the comments above ? This should be right up HHH's alley....

Henri

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