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Any difference between a wireless usb mouse or a bluetooth mouse?

By PotatoYam
Jan 10, 2008
  1. I'm just wondering if there are any differences between the two. I have integrated bluetooth on my laptop, so I won't need a dongle for it. I also know bluetooth is slower than wireless usb, but does this have any effect for a mouse?

    In terms of performance and accuracy, are there any advantages or disadvantages to either format? Why are bluetooth mice seemingly much less popular with manufacturers?

    Thanks a bunch.
     
  2. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

    Here's some advantages and disadvantages

    Distance
    Bluetooth you can expect 30 feet distance from the EEE. Wireless IR you can expect from 4 to 6 feet.

    Easy to setup and configure
    You plug Wireless in and it just works. With Bluetooth , you have to use the command line to set things up, and you have to script it or else every time you boot you'll have to give it all the commands.

    Ports
    The Bluetooth wins this one. The wireless keyboard and mouse use a USB port and do not give you anything else. The Bluetooth adapter uses the same port, but also lets you connect Bluetooth stereo headphones, your mobile phone, etc.

    It really depends on what your needs are. If your living room is 12 feet and you want to hook your EEE up to your PC and surf from your lazyboy at the other end of the room, infrared won't do it. If you want the keyboard in front of the standard EEE screen and just want a better one, then the wireless IR is fine.
     
  3. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,704   +397

    Bluetooth is less popular because EVERYTHING since about 1997 has USB ports, bluetooth on the other hand, its much less common. I have 6 computers at home, the only one that has bluetooth support is my Powerbook.
     
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