HP wireless mouse uses Wi-Fi to connect

HP has started selling a notebook mouse with an interesting take on wireless connectivity. Rather than using Bluetooth or RF to link up to a host system, the mouse is equipped with a Wi-Fi antenna. For notebook users who don’t have built-in Bluetooth, the Wi-Fi Mobile Mouse should free up a USB port that would have otherwise needed to be dedicated to a dongle or a physical connection to a wired mouse.

The mouse itself features five programmable buttons and a 4-way tilting scroll wheel. An optical sensor handles tracking and can be adjusted between 1200 and 1600 CPI (counts per inch rather than the more common dots per inch, or DPI). Two AA batteries keep the mouse juiced, and HP says they’ll last up to nine months.

As far as I can tell, the Wi-Fi Mobile mouse is only available through HP’s online store. It’ll set you back $50, which is a little pricey but not unreasonable given the mouse’s unique attributes. Thanks to Engadget for the tip.

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    • jcw122
    • 8 years ago

    Now you’d think the peripherals market would move like the rest of the market…towards speed…but I suppose not. #FAIL

    • Sam125
    • 8 years ago

    Cool, it’s ambidextrous too which is a huge plus for me. Any reviews on this puppy?

    • Arag0n
    • 8 years ago

    How can all you complain about lag without even trying the device? Shit! Are you witches? You must wait for the testing results and then complain and not in the opposite way! As far as I know the device uses a system that doubles the WiFi of the laptop as a doubles radio system for PAN and WLAN, and the PAN is used for the mouse. It’s not an IP mouse like the usual ones you can find into phone markets. But even if was like this, shit, did you ever saw that you have 1ms ping between laptops in your WLAN? If everything is properly done 1ms latency it’s lower than the refresh rate of the mouse itself, most of you I’m sure you have or had a MX518 that refreshes the mouse location every 4ms. As low as it can seem, remember, WLAN latency = 1ms, adding 1ms to 4ms becomes 5ms, such a big difference!

    It’s down to the implementation and HP says that the mouse will have up to 9 months of battery life. To be honest, the most important problem for me with this mouse it’s not the latency or the battery, it’s that im quiete worried about what happens if you want to use the mouse into a desktop! With no built-in wireless….

    So please, wait and see, don’t turn down a device without even trying it!

      • Anonymous Hamster
      • 8 years ago

      For use with desktops, the desktop itself doesn’t need a wifi adapter; it just needs to be on a network with a wifi router somewhere nearby.

      As far as latency issues, I think you nailed it. People are comparing the latency of the internet with the latency of a LAN. Of course, it would be interesting to use the mouse with a PC across the internet!

      Edit: After looking more closely, it does seem like the current drivers require that the PC have a wireless adapter. Maybe it’ll take a clever hacker to loosen this requirement.

    • geekl33tgamer
    • 8 years ago

    I’m sure there is a reason why nobody done this sooner… Laggy input response maybe?

      • derFunkenstein
      • 8 years ago

      Logitech made an iOS app that runs a mouse over wifi, and indeed it’s awfully laggy.

    • dpaus
    • 8 years ago

    Potentially very helpful in giving presentations using a projector; you can be further away from your laptop than Bluetooth allows…

    • indeego
    • 8 years ago

    Yo Dog I heard you like Onlive+HP: Now with latency on your latency.

    y u mad?

    /my mememash attempt sucks.

      • axeman
      • 8 years ago

      over 9000 upboats for you

    • Usacomp2k3
    • 8 years ago

    Is this ad-hoc wireless or does it connect through a WAP? The former is kinda pointless since most laptops only have a single radio and thus can’t do both at the same time. The latter I would think would introduce alot of lag and suck battery life.

      • mcnabney
      • 8 years ago

      Nailed it.

      Higher latency.
      Much worse battery life.

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