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Bluetooth mice - worth it? #4662064
02/10/18 04:10 PM
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I'd like to use a Bluetooth mouse with my Dell Latitude 5285 (like a Surface) so I don't have a dongle sticking out the side. Do these things stay paired or am I going to be frustrated when I need to keep pairing it and fighting to get the thing to connect? Running W10. Looking for something compact to travel with.


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Re: Bluetooth mice - worth it? [Re: dishdude] #4662085
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I've been using one on my laptop for three years now. Its a Logitech and it works great. Takes two AA batteries you have to replace about once a year. Oh I'm on Windows 10 as well.

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Re: Bluetooth mice - worth it? [Re: dishdude] #4662087
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I think it's worth it. At work I have two mice, a wired one and a BT one, and not having a wire is good for two reasons: no extra drag, and less things moving around my desk. [I kept the wired one and try to alternate hands from time to time.] I have a laptop for work, and a laptop at home, and both use BT mice. I wouldn't go back for anything.

I really want to get BT headphones as I'm getting tired of the wire getting wrapped around my chair.


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Re: Bluetooth mice - worth it? [Re: dishdude] #4662090
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Mine’s an HP. They keep paired now adays. Once you try it, you’ll never go back.


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Re: Bluetooth mice - worth it? [Re: dishdude] #4662092
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Thanks guys!


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Re: Bluetooth mice - worth it? [Re: dishdude] #4662099
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I've got 3 Logitech M310's we use, just the right size to fill your hand and the single AA battery lasts 6+ months. There's no pairing involved with the set up, just plug in the micro adapter and your ready for use. Never had one not stay paired. You can pick them up for $12-$15.


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Re: Bluetooth mice - worth it? [Re: dishdude] #4662101
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Get a Logitech etc. not some no-name brand. Bluetooth uses more battery power than a simple wireless mouse, you are looking at more frequent battery replacement or using rechargeable batteries.

Re: Bluetooth mice - worth it? [Re: dishdude] #4662105
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I much prefer corded. I have had a few Logitech MX518s and might consider going with a wireless mouse if they offer that model in wireless.


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Re: Bluetooth mice - worth it? [Re: wymi516] #4662115
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Originally Posted By: wymi516
I've got 3 Logitech M310's we use, just the right size to fill your hand and the single AA battery lasts 6+ months. There's no pairing involved with the set up, just plug in the micro adapter and your ready for use. Never had one not stay paired. You can pick them up for $12-$15.


That's what I have. I was worried about reliability before buying it but it works perfectly. I endorse it.

Re: Bluetooth mice - worth it? [Re: dishdude] #4662133
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I have logitech M705...it was worth any penny


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Re: Bluetooth mice - worth it? [Re: dishdude] #4662226
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I almost always use a USB mouse with my laptop computers. I have a logitech M310 which I am very happy with. The battery lasts a very long time, I use one with my tower and it gets a tremendous amount of use.


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Re: Bluetooth mice - worth it? [Re: dishdude] #4662285
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Even for gaming I don't prefer my wired mouse. It inevitably gets snagged on something, and latency is only an issue if you're online gaming, which I never do with my PC. For everyday tasks, you will never, ever be able to tell the difference.

Your laptop has bluetooth - use it to pair with your mouse (no dongle).

Most dongles (take a look at Logitechs universal dongle) are tiny nowadays. The days of having a giant USB thumb drive-sized dongle just for your mouse are over.


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Re: Bluetooth mice - worth it? [Re: gathermewool] #4662367
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Originally Posted By: gathermewool
Even for gaming I don't prefer my wired mouse. It inevitably gets snagged on something, and latency is only an issue if you're online gaming, which I never do with my PC. For everyday tasks, you will never, ever be able to tell the difference.

Your laptop has bluetooth - use it to pair with your mouse (no dongle).

Most dongles (take a look at Logitechs universal dongle) are tiny nowadays. The days of having a giant USB thumb drive-sized dongle just for your mouse are over.

Yup, todays dongles are tiny, about the size of your pinky fingernail.

I have also found BT mice go through batteries faster than the regular wireless mice.
It has been years since I had a corded mouse as a regular mouse at home. I have a few around for emergencies, but not used unless absolutely necessary. Cords get in the way and stuff needs to be moved around, plus when I occasionally switch hands and a wired is a pain to do with that.
At work we have wired and it annoys me.


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Re: Bluetooth mice - worth it? [Re: blupupher] #4662410
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Originally Posted By: blupupher
Originally Posted By: gathermewool
Even for gaming I don't prefer my wired mouse. It inevitably gets snagged on something, and latency is only an issue if you're online gaming, which I never do with my PC. For everyday tasks, you will never, ever be able to tell the difference.

Your laptop has bluetooth - use it to pair with your mouse (no dongle).

Most dongles (take a look at Logitechs universal dongle) are tiny nowadays. The days of having a giant USB thumb drive-sized dongle just for your mouse are over.

Yup, todays dongles are tiny, about the size of your pinky fingernail.

I have also found BT mice go through batteries faster than the regular wireless mice.
It has been years since I had a corded mouse as a regular mouse at home. I have a few around for emergencies, but not used unless absolutely necessary. Cords get in the way and stuff needs to be moved around, plus when I occasionally switch hands and a wired is a pain to do with that.
At work we have wired and it annoys me.


Right, I typically use the dongles. Bluetooth isn't as "specialized" a mode as the dongle
that's built for the mouse. When I use a wireless mouse for my laptop, I can leave the dongle installed and not even notice, it's that unobtrusive.

I don't mind the wired mouse at work, but I for sure would prefer a wireless. Unfortunately, we can't plug any aftermarket devices into USB ports, so we'er stuck with the provided, wired mouse...


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Re: Bluetooth mice - worth it? [Re: dishdude] #4662419
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I haven't used a wired mouse in 10 years, I've been using the Logitech ones with the little wireless USB dongle and they've been great. This new PC is more of a tablet and even the little dongle would be intrusive, so I'm looking at a Bluetooth mouse that won't require the dongle.



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