Bluetooth just became a lot less important in laptops

 I was out at the store yesterday and saw this puppy.  Bought one on the spot.

 It’s a Logitech V450 Nano cordless mouse for laptops.  Check out that teensy little USB receiver!  Here’s how it looks in my laptop:

 

The "nano receiver" is small enough to stick into the port and just leave there, and it definitely doesn’t get in the way of mousing around right next to the machine, either.  If you do decide to remove the receiver for travel, it slots into a storage compartment next to the batteries: 

  

Putting the receiver into that slot automatically turns the mouse off to save battery life.

The mouse itself is great, too—a near-perfect copy of the hump-backed shape of the seminal Microsoft Optical Notebook Mouse, the first portable mouse whose shape didn’t cramp my hands.  I’ve worn out my MS mouse through years of use, and this is a perfect replacement that practically erases my concern over the fact my laptop doesn’t have Bluetooth.  Smart.

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    • nonegatives
    • 11 years ago

    I’ve been curious about these 2.4 GHz systems working around wifi.I bought a 5 GHz cordless phone system to avoid possible problems. Has anyone had problems with a combo of phone, keyboard/mouse, wifi all at 2.4 GHz?

    • Skrying
    • 11 years ago

    Picked this nice little mouse up today. I’m so pleased with it I might actually replace my MX518 with it on my desktop. The shape basically makes its smaller size unnoticeable. The tracking is wonderfully accurate and the clicking is very nice. Plus no cord, that’s the best part. The USB adapter is shockingly small and no connection issues have been detected by me.

    • gophers13
    • 11 years ago

    Looks like it’s only $35 and free shipping at Amazon. And it’s black.

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    • Flying Fox
    • 11 years ago

    Is there any laptop mouse with at least one side button?

      • Bigbloke
      • 11 years ago

      Yes. The Microsoft notebook 5000 bluetooth mouse has a back button on the side. I am waiting for one with forward and back buttons like my desktop mouse has had for 8+ years!

        • ChronoReverse
        • 11 years ago

        I own this mouse and it’s fairly decent overall. The mouse wheel isn’t as tight as I like though.

    • Hoser
    • 11 years ago

    Some of you guys dissing this saying bluetooth is better missed Damage’s point. He never said this was better than bluetooth, he simply said that it’s good for him because *[

      • Jigar
      • 11 years ago

      Title is wrong in that case… An Alternative to bluetooth or some thing would be good ..

        • Damage
        • 11 years ago

        Good grief. I said Bluetooth is “less important” not “unimportant” or anything of the sort. I *like* Bluetooth in laptops. It’s the ideal. I even use a BT adapter for a headset for Skype with my laptop sometimes.

        But this mouse means I don’t miss having integrated BT nearly as much. If you find that fact offensive and feel the need to defend Bluetooth as a result, well, brain chemistry problems are more common than you might think. May want to get yourself checked. 😉

          • adisor19
          • 11 years ago

          Damage, Anycom sells a Bluetooth adaptor that is the same side of that dongle in the picture. I would get that and a mouse and kill 2 birds at the same time : Brings BT to your laptop AND gets you a new wireless mouse. Win win situation if you ask me.

          Adi

    • indeego
    • 11 years ago

    We’ve seen bluetooth interference heavy in an office environment to make some devices unusable at times. There is of course, the whole insecurity of every bluetooth device as wellg{<.<}g

      • Corrado
      • 11 years ago

      I’m not worried about someone tracking my mouse clicks or intercepting my audio.

        • radix
        • 11 years ago

        The problem I think he’s referring to is responsiveness. If your mouse takes a lot of time to starting moving the arrow around after you move it, it is going to be a major PITA and I’ve seen it happen on a “loaded” environment.

    • Jigar
    • 11 years ago

    Impressive but not enough… Bluetooth wins hands down.

    • Corrado
    • 11 years ago

    I’ve got a logitech V470 bluetooth mouse. Using bluetooth is > using a receiver. I can have a keyboard, mouse, headphones, my phone all connected and not have a single dongle.

    I also JUST (last night) got an MSI Wind. It has 1 USB port. It also has bluetooth. I’d much rather not use the single USB port for my mouse and have to unplug it if I need to use a flash drive or something similar.

      • zgirl
      • 11 years ago

      QFT!

      I wish desktops would start coming with it by default. I hate being tethered to a base or dongle for my other wireless devices. Plus I would like to be able to use my full size keyboard with my laptop when I am at home and not have to worry about moving a dongle or cable.

    • Firestarter
    • 11 years ago

    Nice flashumbrella 😮

    • balzi
    • 11 years ago

    on the AA situatin: where the open-minded balanced thinking i expect from the TR -[< crowd/mob/posse/ <]-hecklers. As if you wouldn't run a pair of 2000+ mAh AAs, and if you're on the road and they go flat, you're in the same position as non-rechargeables running out. So you go buy said non-rechargables, and store the NiMHs until you can charge them again.. jeepers folks,

    • Voldenuit
    • 11 years ago

    You have to remove the battery cover to store the dongle? W. T. F?

      • Anomymous Gerbil
      • 11 years ago

      I think the point is that you generally don’t need to “store” it, you just leave it plugged into the laptop.

      • nonegatives
      • 11 years ago

      O.M.G. I’m too lazy to pop a cover off?

    • YeuEmMaiMai
    • 11 years ago

    LOL one guy with a add-on receiver thinks BT is a lot less important? Are you smoking crack?

    what happens when you loose that thing?
    can that mouse stream audio from your BT enabled phone to your laptop?
    can you use wireless headphones with that?
    can you upload stuff to your PDA if you do not have access to your adapter?
    can it function as an audio gateway?

      • radix
      • 11 years ago

      Can you use it like it is supposed to? As a mouse for instance? I think so, hehe.

    • End User
    • 11 years ago

    This would be so much cooler if it were a Bluetooth mouse.

    • ssidbroadcast
    • 11 years ago

    No rechargable li-ion battery? Minus points.

    Scott, I can almost see you in the reflection of the mouse’ surface. Nice digs.

    • A_Pickle
    • 11 years ago

    There’s a $40.00 Logitech mouse that has the same connector. Even still, though… Bluetooth has a purpose (wireless headphones).

    I really wish Wireless USB wasn’t effing vaporware, though… Bluetooth is… god-awfully slow.

    • Hance
    • 11 years ago

    I have the nano revolution also and its a great laptop mouse. I messing around putting the usb wort in the laptop just plug it in and forget about it.

    • radix
    • 11 years ago

    I bought the exact same mouse two months ago. No complaints whatsoever, works great, and the receiver is very small. It even comes with an extension cord for those that want to plug it in the back of the case.

    • pikaporeon
    • 11 years ago

    Same reciever is used in the VX Nano Revolution that I have, though the batteries are placed differently

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