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    Why wireless?

    What's up with this wireless fetish these days? I don't mean wireless networking, but wireless devices that don't need to be wireless. I almost never operate my mouse or keyboard from the other side of the room, why would I need wireless input devices? What's next, wireless scanners? Yeah, it can be done, but why bother?

    Why would I want to spend money every two weeks buying batteries (or big bucks and time on rechargeables) then not get any work done because I don't have a fresh set ready when I *do* run out of juice. I'm beginning to wonder if the hardware industry is in cahoots with the battery manufacturers .

    I've taken to calling these wireless devices "battery operated" devices. It puts a whole different perspective on the situation when you think of them this way.

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    Re: Why wireless?

    Why, indeed? I agree with you 100%. The only "wireless app" I MIGHT consider would be wireless networking, IF I had that need. ( which I don't at this time ) <img src=/S/cranky.gif border=0 alt=cranky width=18 height=25>

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    Re: Why wireless?

    I thought that too for a while, but have since changed my stance, a little.

    At home, I have two rooms in which I use a computer. The first room is the office, which is your typical setup containing a desk, a chair, a table for the printer, and a desktop PC system. Everything in that room PC related, is so-called "wired".

    The second room, is typically the living room, where I have the entertainment centre. Normally, I setup my laptop in this room while I'm spending time with my wife. We like to watch documentaries, and sometimes it's not enough information on the TV, so we pop on to the web (using our wireless lan connection) to get more information. My laptop *was* also my DVD player for a time. So, instead of getting up to control the DVD (play, pause, etc...), I purchased a cordless mouse that worked from across the room where the big comfy couch is.

    Now that I have a regular DVD player for the living room, I've moved the mouse to my office at work, where I have very limited space for clutter, and even less space for wires or cords to be running across my desk. Having the freedom of the cordless mouse is excellent for me. Now I just need to find away to charge my laptop without plugging it in <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>.
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    Re: Why wireless?

    In addition, it's just a nice convenience to have a keyboard and mouse not dangling a cable in the way of free movement around the desk. I agree that I don't move around the room with my mouse or keyboard, but it IS convenient to be able to pull 'em around the desk or down onto my lap without having to untangle cable. With respect to batteries, for the few years I've had my two cordless devices, I don't have to replace the wee batteries more than once each year.

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    Re: Why wireless?

    I know that the trend is for peripherals to go Bluetooth. As Al said, it minimizes the wireless jungle on the side of your desk--there is so much that can tangle. To me the tangle and cord issue alone is a strong enough argument for wireless peripherals--particularly if you have your things in limited space. I switched to a Logitech optical wireless mouse when they came out, and there were some issues with getting the software and drivers updated for XP, but the feel for me makes it well worth having compared to the same type Mouse that's wired by logitech. Part is also that it's optical which is another issue--but optical mice stay much cleaner.

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    Re: Why wireless?

    SMBP,

    I solved the cable jungle bit by buying these little cordcable reels from Cyberguys at $2.29 US. Search for part number 106 0153. They just roll up the excess slack in the cables to the length you want and can be changed anytime. Works pretty good. <img src=/S/clever.gif border=0 alt=clever width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Why wireless?

    All of the "Wireless" mouses and keyboards that I have seen, still have a small box with a cable that runs to the back of the tower. The box sits on the desk, and the mouse and keyboard send signals across the real desktop. All I see, there is the saving of one cable and the mouse and keyboard can be moved and clean under with out have the cable in the way. By the way the box get knocked of the desk and the signal is lost.

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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    Re: Why wireless?

    Dave--

    That's very true. But some of the other peripherals don't have any cables. Fortunately the mouse seems to work no matter how many times the transmitter gets knocked off my bookshelf--I just worry the dog is going to grab it on the floor and devour it. HP made a presentation to some of us recently-- a lot of their printers and other hardware peripherals that are coming out that are Bluetooth and wireless.

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    Re: Why wireless?

    Bob--

    That's a very, very good idea. I have seen some people use the thick ones they have in hospital ICU's to keep the monitors and equipment from getting tangled. I got some of those over a year ago, but have found excuses to put off untangling the massive gordian knot on the side of my desk and when I do it, I'm going to use them--hopefully soon.

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