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Old Jun 29th, 2009, 09:02 AM   #1
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Big-time Bluetooth mouse problems

I wanted to ask for some advice on finding a good Bluetooth-enabled mouse to use with my Macbook. I've been having a lot of frustrations with mice lately.

I've tried two Apple Mighty Mouses and both of them work fine to start, but quickly (within a couple of days) become frustrating to use as the pointer drags and doesn't follow the movement of the mouse properly. I've read that the Mighty Mouse has been unreliable for many and I can see why. I move my hand enough to move the pointer across the screen, but it repeatedly gets stuck and moves maybe half of the screen. I've cleaned the trackball and the bottom of the darn things like crazy.

So I purchased a Logitech V470 and it too was frustrating to use. This one had a different problem. The cursor would move too much, that is, it would jump across the screen without my having moved it enough to warrant it. I played with sensitivity but this solved nothing. I was extremely disappointed since Logitech is a great brand for mice. I returned it and now I'm stuck.

Could these problems have something to do with my mousepad? It's this one. Maybe it doesn't work with laser mice?

What's a good, reliable Bluetooth mouse?
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As near as I can tell after researching this for a while, the problem is an inherent one in Bluetooth -- it uses the same 2.4GHz frequency range as wireless 802.11b/g, certain kinds of wireless phones, microwave ovens and a host of other devices. In particular I've noticed that BT and 802.11g don't seem to always play well together.

IOW, if your bluetooth mouse was the only 2.4GHz item in the house, chances are it would work a lot better.

I find this to be an incredibly stupid design flaw, but there is at least a simple and inexpensive solution: RF (non-bluetooth) wireless mice. They don't use the same frequency, thus the problem is avoided.

I love Bluetooth and sincerely wish they would revise the spec to use a different frequency, but until then I'm not prepared to give up my wireless connection just to use a mouse without hassle, so it's back to RF for a while. When I move up to an all-"N" network I'll give BT another go.
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Thanks for that answer, chas_m. I indeed have other 2.4 GHz items in the house...would a possible solution be to change the channels on these other devices (since I don't think you can change the channel on mice)?

I really hate those RF receivers and I hate how they stick out from the side of my laptop. Kind of defeats the purpose of Bluetooth too.

The thing is, I used to in the past have a Kensington Pocket Bluetooth mouse and it didn't seem to have these issues...the mouse was incredibly uncomfortable though so I began this search for a new BT mouse.
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Thanks for that answer, chas_m. I indeed have other 2.4 GHz items in the house...would a possible solution be to change the channels on these other devices (since I don't think you can change the channel on mice)?
Perhaps, if you can work out which channel the mouse is using

In my particular situation, I live in a high-rise apt building with LOADS of other wireless networks around, which I believe aggravates the problem. In one's own house, presumably with fewer networks around, this might not be an issue.

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I really hate those RF receivers and I hate how they stick out from the side of my laptop. Kind of defeats the purpose of Bluetooth too.
I plugged my RF receiver into a hub so that it could be hidden. Obviously this means I just use the trackpad (or the BT mouse) when I'm not at home.

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he thing is, I used to in the past have a Kensington Pocket Bluetooth mouse and it didn't seem to have these issues...the mouse was incredibly uncomfortable though so I began this search for a new BT mouse.
Well the one people like the most here is the logitech one by a wide margin, but I have no personal experience with it. I like the company generally but dislike their insistence on having their own driver for the mouse.
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Old Jun 29th, 2009, 04:05 PM   #5
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I figure I'll just change the channels on the phones I have as far away from the current channel as possible.

I picked up a Microsoft Bluetooth Notebook Mouse 5000 and so far so good. I'll check back in in a few days..
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I too use a Microsoft Bluetooth Mouse with my Mac and have no problems. The one I use is the Microsoft Wireless Laser Mouse 8000. It may be discontinued now though but I can say that it is a very good mouse in my opinion.
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