Bluetooth Mice – C’mon C’mon
Bluetooth has been around for over a decade. Yet 99% of the mice on the market need USB dongles. Foolish manufacturers make hundreds of non-bluetooth mice.
Why is Bluetooth so important?
A few reasons
- Those of us lucky enough to have high end laptops and travel with several devices may run out of USB ports and don’t want to have to carry a hub. My MBPro Retina only has 2 USB ports and when I travel I use both before a mouse enters the picture
- USB ports share bandwidth – a mouse and other USB devices slow down data transfer on USB attached storage
- I don’t like dongles. I switch my mice between several machines and tend to lose them.
Microsoft Sculpt Comfort Mouse – Good, Bad, Ugly
Microsoft to it’s credit makes a BT mouse or 2. Of course it makes several dozen (in fact 100+) USB dongle mice. Tsk Tsk. Mac makes Bluetooth only mice and bundles with their hardware but I am not an Apple mouse fan. I use anything but an Apple mouse on my Mac. But it is not without its problems that I hope are fixed in next version:
- It is big and bulky compared to every other MS Mouse. Anyone coming from a standard size mouse will be uncomfortable for a few days.
- Right click just does not work sometimes.
- To save battery it disconnects when idle. Sometimes it never re-connects.
- It does not do sideways scroll on the scroll wheel.
Yet to Microsoft’s credit it is a pretty mouse I use everyday on my Mac – because every other MFR but Apple has few pure bluetooth meeses.
MS made a few mistakes in the mouse and software stack
- Desktop motherboards don’t have Bluetooth. Ouch. MS and Intel its the 20th century.
- Of their 100+ Mice almost none do bluetooth, and none do sideways scroll wheels
- Most of their mice don’t do multi-touch…
Hedy Lamarr and Bluetooth
This beautiful starlet was brainy too!
If you know of good Bluetooth only mice let me know