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What are peoples opinions of wireless keyboards(/mice)?
robzy 
6/8/08 7:26:55 PM
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I wasn't quite sure whether to put this in my other topic or not, since it was pretty much a whole other issue I thought it could do with it's own.

Pretty much as per topic, what do you think of wireless keyboards and mice? Do you lose anything (other than a bit of $ :P) by going wireless instead of wired?

Rob.

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superfireydave 
6/8/08 7:53:57 PM
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Rubbish.
Had a wireless mouse.
Bought a high performance wired one that ended up costing less than the wireless and it performs so much better.

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tantryl 
6/8/08 9:07:09 PM
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A pain in the bum.

Unnecessary and generally useless complication of a device that normally works without a hitch.


Edited by tantryl: 6/8/2008 09:07:47 PM

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nesquick 
6/8/08 9:34:55 PM
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just buy some generic looking logitech keyboard and mouse as it does exactly the same thing and save for some new hardware.

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TheFrunj 
6/8/08 10:04:22 PM
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Wireless keyboards are handy for media centre PC's, you can type infrequently on the couch.

Wireless mice are handy for laptop users, or tasks that don't require precision/reaction time. I use one at work, confuses those around me who haven't even heard of wireless mice (there are some Neanderthals still hanging around here).

For any real use, stick with wired keyboard and wired mouse.

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Jeruselem 
6/8/08 10:54:45 PM
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Great for a laptop but for a desktop, stick to wired mice and keyboards.
Wires can be annoying but flat batteries are more annoying.

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mohawk 
6/8/08 10:58:49 PM
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I agree with everyone above. At the end of the day wired is better and cheaper.

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das_book 
7/8/08 9:12:24 AM
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Forget wireless, changing batteries is a pain, and even for laptops, its better to use a wired one.

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Sneddo 
7/8/08 11:54:44 AM
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Well, I'm going to go against the trend. I've been using wireless mouse/keyboard for the last few years, and wouldn't go back by choice. I can't say I've noticed any real performance issues, but then I'm not a big gamer either and this is really the only place you will see such minuscule delays. Never had a problem with flat batteries, I've had mice with rechargables which get charged when they need to be, and keyboard batteries tend to last for ages (ie. years) in the gear I've had.

I guess the point may be not to buy the cheap, shitty gear. I have only used Logitech and Apple products and had no trouble with any of them. Maybe I was lucky...?

I guess part of it is me being a neat freak...

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tantryl 
7/8/08 8:04:43 PM
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Quote by Sneddo
I guess the point may be not to buy the cheap, shitty gear. I have only used Logitech and Apple products and had no trouble with any of them. Maybe I was lucky...?

I guess part of it is me being a neat freak...


Most of the problems are minor ones and they're not particularly common, but there's no question that wireless has more problems than wired.

Factor in the recharge base station needing to have, you guessed it, a power cable and USB cable to the computer then you're cutting out all of what, 10-30cm of cable?


Edited by tantryl: 7/8/2008 8:05:33 PM

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stadl 
7/8/08 8:34:18 PM
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I like wireless mice. The freedom of no wires is a big bonus I find, and I've never had problems with the performance of them for my needs as a developer/doco writer/websurfer/casual gamer.

Wireless keyboards are not that necessary, since you tend not to move them that much. One advantage wireless does have is decultter if you have a big desk. You don't have to route cables longer distances etc - especially if your PC is below the desk.

I did buy one $60 office works homebrand keyboard & mouse setup that was not worth the hassle and didn't connect regularly etc, and discharged the rechargeable batteries too quickly IMO. It was shit and I gave up after about 2 weeks - it was for a webserver machine that hardly got used so I went back to USB cabled - but I had to run a USB hub to get the extension from below the desk to above it - which was the original reason for picking wireless in that situation.

Apart from that experience, I've always used reasonably good gear - A couple of Logitech MX-1000s and a Dinovo Edge. Both have really good rechargeable battery life. The mice last about 3-6 weeks depending on the level of use, and recharge within an hour or two (if I forget and it gets down to critical, sticking it on the charger during a 30 minute lunch break gets it good for another week or two)

The Dinovo Edge hasn't needed a charge since I got it a couple of weeks ago so no time to judge battery life yet, although it's been used heavily in that time.

So IMO,
Necessary: No.
Nice: yes - particularly mice.

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das_book 
8/8/08 9:01:23 AM
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Oh, just remembered, another thing I hate about wireless mice.

The weight.

I can't stand heavy mice.

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thesorehead 
8/8/08 5:08:36 PM
Guru

I love my G15 (orange) and MX Revolution. Using the mouse feels like you're just resting your hand on a perfectly-moulded hand-rest; the keyboard has just the right number of macro-buttons and a nice feel/look.

Charging station for mouse: big deal. Have it sitting on top of the computer case or at the corner of the desk. And USB receiver - that's what the USB ports on the back of the G15 are for! ^_^

Never had problems with reception, motion tracking etc - compared to my prior wired mouse it's fine.

EDIT: Prior to this I had a wireless keyboard/mouse set that plugged into the PS/2 ports and charged batteries using the receiver. "APlus" brand. I recognised a relatively cheap set when I unwrapped this gift, and didn't have high hopes. However I was surprised at the responsiveness of the mouse (provided it was "awake") and the performance of the keyboard.


Edited by thesorehead: 8/8/2008 05:12:42 PM

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Kommando 
9/8/08 12:31:05 PM
Immortal

The G15 doesnt come in wireless, however a keyboard is too large an accessory for a non HTPC to warrant wireless. the mouse however is waved around rather violently at times and has for as long as i have been gaming ended up caught on things and the vertical drop off the back of the desk tends to make the mouse forward heavy as the cord, which is always too short, drapes off the desk and pulls on the mouse.
When i won my MX400, there was no going back.
The freedom of cordless outweighed (sic) the downfalls of changing batteries and being 600g instead of 350g. The G7 is a vast improvement on this using a faster 2.4Ghz frequency which results in NO LAG, none, whatsoever, if someone claims they are an expert gamer and that wireless mice have lag, they are lying sons of bitches who should have their right index finger broken.
the swappable LiPol batteries further reduce the weight and the laser tracking packed into it is from my viewpoint, flawless.
there have been reports and tests done by extreme pc testers involving strapping the mouse to a grinder and ramping up the rotational speed till it fails at 6500rpm, but im doubt Logitech designed it for such extreme abuse.

Wireless mice. i would not, could not go back to a wired one. which puts me at an interesting dilemma. my G7 is 2 and a half years old. its pretty worn, but logitech has discontinued them. woe, where shall i find a suitable replacement as good?

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ShiroKage 
9/8/08 3:08:32 PM
Disciple

wireless keyboards are rubbish, more trouble than they're worth.

wireless mice are good.

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Darkmatter 
9/8/08 5:44:22 PM
Overlord

Quote by ShiroKage
wireless keyboards are rubbish, more trouble than they're worth.

wireless mice are good.




agreed

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confined 
9/8/08 10:19:45 PM
Immortal

Can't stand wireless keyboards. Never seem to work properly when I use them at work.

I used a Logitech MX700 for nigh on forever. Never had an issue with it until I moved to Perth - my neighbour is flooding 2.4GHz so my mouse was cutting out all the time. Changed to a G9 and will never look back to wireless mice.

Well I lie, I did have one issue with the MX700 - occasionally in games the view would snap to straight up, which was really annoying in the middle of gunfights.

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the_13th 
12/8/08 10:29:29 PM
Overlord

When it comes to Mice, the g7 was fantastic but Keyboards Im yet to find a wireless keyboard thats worth the price you pay for it

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Waltish 
14/8/08 2:39:27 AM
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I think use what works best for you in the given situation, I have 2 corded 1 wireless and 1 blutooth mouse.

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StoolSample 
14/8/08 12:13:35 PM
Learner

Waltish - Hit the Nail on the head...
Ive used a Stock/Cheap Logitech Wireless Solution for Keyb and Mouse
Standard Stuff, Function Keys, 3 Button Mouse+Wheel (800dpi)
Some people are just too Sensitive :P
And Rechargables that have lasted me many months. Every 4 Days, Recharge while I Sleep. Once a Routine is Set, = Win


Edited by StoolSample: 14/8/2008 12:15:04 PM


Edited by StoolSample: 14/8/2008 12:15:29 PM

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