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Old Jan 8, 2002, 06:08 PM   #1
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Default Battery Life on Wireless products

Does anyone here own a wireless keyboard or mouse and wouldnt mind posting how long the batteries last.
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Old Jan 8, 2002, 06:17 PM   #2
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I've got a Logitech Cordless Optical mouse, and the batteries last about 7 to 8 weeks.
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Old Jan 8, 2002, 06:52 PM   #3
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My mouse runs for about a month on titanium energizers (with heavy use), so I swapped to regular energizers to try them out. You will know when the battery is low, the mouse is very unresponsive! (this just happend today) I'm still learning all of the wireless mouse/keyboard tricks.
One thing I did learn is that with winXP, you can have both a wireless keyboard/mouse combo AND ps/2 mouse/keyboard combo at the same time and all will work. So I use each keyboard or mouse as I need it for different apps. I use a logitek (Ifreedom?) combo mouse and keyboard, they average around 110us....
I love the mouse, fastest little critter I'd ever seen, I have the sensitivity down to 15 percent or so to slow it down.
If you decide to try it, read my lessons learned waaaaaaay down below, it will save you alot of time!
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Old Jan 9, 2002, 01:51 AM   #4
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Stay away from the MS Wireless Explorer. Battery life with 2 AA Alkaline is around 3 weeks with moderate use. In addition this mouse has many many other issues, like extreme mouse lag, slow RF connection,..
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Old Jan 9, 2002, 11:40 AM   #5
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Default Not really on topic, but...

One problem with my cordless mouse is that the update rate is at 50Hz, and is impossible to change. It pretty much defeats the purpose of having optical; you don't get nearly the precision you'd get with a corded optical mouse.
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One problem with my cordless mouse is that the update rate is at 50Hz, and is impossible to change. It pretty much defeats the purpose of having optical; you don't get nearly the precision you'd get with a corded optical mouse.
yeah i know this was microsofts biggest problem optical uses a lot more power then a conventional mouse so that had to incorporate lots of power saving features.
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Old Jan 9, 2002, 02:29 PM   #7
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Stay away from the MS Wireless Explorer. Battery life with 2 AA Alkaline is around 3 weeks with moderate use. In addition this mouse has many many other issues, like extreme mouse lag, slow RF connection,..
Arrgghhh I just bought one, and it has been a complete nightmare. It weighs a ton, seems to stick to any surface (probably because of the weight). It doesn't scroll around the screen, rather it hops. I can't hit any button first time. It's more of a get near button, and slowly nudge in.

I'm going to try and return it. I really hate it.
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My dad just got a cordless mouse...this one runs off of IR. It's okay but I don't really like it. If you accidentally put anything in front of it and the port (and the position is one where you'd OFTEN want to put something) the thing stops working completely. I like my corded optical mouse a lot better.
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Arrgghhh I just bought one, and it has been a complete nightmare. It weighs a ton, seems to stick to any surface (probably because of the weight). It doesn't scroll around the screen, rather it hops. I can't hit any button first time. It's more of a get near button, and slowly nudge in.

I'm going to try and return it. I really hate it.
I hope you can return it. However, it shouldn't be that bad. Try to reposition the receiver really near the mouse (about 10-15 inches) and most importantly on the same level (not higher or lower).
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arrrrg thats the one i wanted too the microsoft wireless optical.

euan if you cant return it wanna sell it cheap?
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