[CQ-Contest] RF and wireless mice?

Lyndon Nerenberg lyndon at orthanc.ca
Tue May 25 20:01:06 EDT 2004

> As our cat has chewed through my kids' computer's mouse cord for the
> third time, I'm contemplating getting a wireless mouse.  Looking at
> the specs of the Microsoft wireless mouse, it runs on 27 MHz.

A bit more expensive, but you can now buy Bluetooth mice. I have the 
Microsoft optical Bluetooth mouse hooked up to my iBook, and it works
okay. It's a bit aggressive about dropping the Bluetooth session when 
the mouse is idle, causing a slight delay when you next wake the mouse 
up. (This problem might be specific to MacOS X. I don't run Windows so 
I have no way to compare the behaviour between the two.) It also eats 
batteries at a surprising rate. Buy a couple of pairs of NiMH cells, 
and keep the second pair charged. When the batteries start to die the 
mouse lags horribly.

On a positive note, the mouse has a lot of mass. I find that makes it 
quite easy to control. Your mileage may vary.

I can also recommend Bluetooth keyboards. Getting those wires off your 
work surface is a wonderful thing.


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