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Battery life of wireless keyboard/mouse

Message #1 - Posted 2004/09/01 - Pat

I noticed the new iMac can be purchased with a wireless keyboard and mouse. Although this seems really nice from a setup and ease of use standpoint, I'm wondering how often the batteries in these devices would need to be replaced (or recharged if rechargeable)? If a lot, that would certainly dampen the appeal. Is it worth it?

Thanks for any feedback on this. -Pat

Message #2 - Posted 2004/09/01 - Ron Parsons

Previously, Pat wrote:

I noticed the new iMac can be purchased with a wireless keyboard and mouse. Although this seems really nice from a setup and ease of use standpoint, I'm wondering how often the batteries in these devices would need to be replaced (or recharged if rechargeable)? If a lot, that would certainly dampen the appeal. Is it worth it?

Thanks for any feedback on this. -Pat

Mouse, 4 to 6 weeks a new set of AA.

Keyboard, unknown, still on original set.

Ron Parsons

Message #3 - Posted 2004/09/02 - bernie

I use a Logitech rechargable wireless optical mouse and the Mac wireless keyboard. My original set of batteries (on the keyboard) lasted about 6 months and it has been longer than that on my second set. Highly recommend it!

On Wed, 01 Sep 2004 18:04:36 GMT, Pat wrote:

I noticed the new iMac can be purchased with a wireless keyboard and mouse. Although this seems really nice from a setup and ease of use standpoint, I'm wondering how often the batteries in these devices would need to be replaced (or recharged if rechargeable)? If a lot, that would certainly dampen the appeal. Is it worth it?

Thanks for any feedback on this. -Pat

Message #4 - Posted 2004/09/02 - Pat

"bernie" <b@ber.com> wrote in message news:4hucj0d50ktp5neehm30ckuulj2olqn5dk@4ax.com...

I use a Logitech rechargable wireless optical mouse and the Mac wireless keyboard. My original set of batteries (on the keyboard) lasted about 6 months and it has been longer than that on my second set. Highly recommend it!

Sounds great. 6 months or more is pretty decent, and I would definitely go for that.

How often do you need to recharge the mouse?

Message #5 - Posted 2004/09/03 - bernie

Every night I put the mouse into the recharger/bluetooth base and it has yet to fail me. Note: I do not plug the USB bluetooth plug into my iBook because I already have the bluetooth function. I only plug the base into the wall for power. The mouse is the Logitech MX900 http://www.logitech.com/index.cfm/products/details/US/EN,CRID=3,CONTENTID=7110

It doesn't have a Mac driver, but it works with my iBook. I also installed the shareware "USB Overdrive" program
http://www.usboverdrive.com/ to enable/program all of the buttons, which is a probem that many have mentioned concerning the mouse and the Mac platform.

hope this helps, bernie

On Thu, 02 Sep 2004 12:55:40 GMT, Pat wrote:

"bernie" <b@ber.com> wrote in message news:4hucj0d50ktp5neehm30ckuulj2olqn5dk@4ax.com...

I use a Logitech rechargable wireless optical mouse and the Mac wireless keyboard. My original set of batteries (on the keyboard) lasted about 6 months and it has been longer than that on my second set. Highly recommend it!

Sounds great. 6 months or more is pretty decent, and I would definitely go for that.

How often do you need to recharge the mouse?

Message #6 - Posted 2004/09/03 - Adrian

bernie wrote:

Every night I put the mouse into the recharger/bluetooth base and it has yet to fail me. Note: I do not plug the USB bluetooth plug into my iBook because I already have the bluetooth function. I only plug the base into the wall for power. The mouse is the Logitech MX900 http://www.logitech.com/index.cfm/products/details/US/EN,CRID=3,CONTENTID=7110

It doesn't have a Mac driver, but it works with my iBook. I also installed the shareware "USB Overdrive" program
http://www.usboverdrive.com/ to enable/program all of the buttons, which is a probem that many have mentioned concerning the mouse and the Mac platform.

A wireless keyboard/mouse issue which Apple do not warn you about is that Bluetooth doesn't work when you are using a startup disk so you can't operate the computer! When I left my G5 doing a very long download I decided to swithc off the keyboar and mouse to save batteries ... when I came back at the end of the day the Mac had gone to sleep and after switching on the keyboard nd mouse it wouldn't respond - obviously couldn't restablish the connection. Luckily I had a USB mouse around which I plugged in and got a response, otherwise I would have had to shut down from hardware. I would recommend that peaople keep a USB keyboard and mouse around for emergency use!

Adrian

Message #7 - Posted 2004/09/23 - Wilson Cheung

The power consumption seems very low. You're keyboard will probably last for several months on its 4 AA batteries. The mouse in the worst case is about a month. The consumption is kept low because both units go to sleep if they are not in use and wake up when used.

Wilson
On 9/1/2004 2:04 PM, in article UaoZc.97597$Fg5.59834@attbi_s53, Pat wrote:

I noticed the new iMac can be purchased with a wireless keyboard and mouse. Although this seems really nice from a setup and ease of use standpoint, I'm wondering how often the batteries in these devices would need to be replaced (or recharged if rechargeable)? If a lot, that would certainly dampen the appeal. Is it worth it?

Thanks for any feedback on this. -Pat

Message #8 - Posted 2004/10/14 - redworm

On 2004-09-01 18:43:54 -0700, bernie said:

I use a Logitech rechargable wireless optical mouse and the Mac wireless keyboard. My original set of batteries (on the keyboard) lasted about 6 months and it has been longer than that on my second set. Highly recommend it!

I bought a logitech keyboard after spilling milk on my mac keyboard... now its sticky lol

but i find that the logitech keyboard cannot do any startup commands.. which sucks so i have to plug in my sticky keyboard for startup commands... On that note, i'd like to ask you bernie, can you do start up commands with your logitech?... Anyway since mine cant do startup commands.. i would definetely NOT recommend logitech keyboards.....

email me your answer bernie...

kleenex900@telus.net

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