Rien Jansens: I just like to say that I just love my Logitech cordless Trackball and wouldn’t trade it for anything. It never gives me any problems at all. Battery life is very good in my opinion, but hardly an issue if you use rechargeable batteries. I always have charged batteries ready for everything that uses batteries. For instance: remote controls, cordless trackball, keyboard, and joystick.

Remi Sopczak: I’ve only had a (MS) wireless mouse at work for about six weeks, but other than the driver disk being incorrect (the mouse it came with wasn’t an available choice in the installation menu), the mouse has worked fine. The only lag I’ve noticed is the first time I use it after boot every day, about two seconds as the mouse comes alive the first time I move it. It really sounds like you’re losing your connection between the mouse and its base on a regular basis. Maybe because I have the base under a U shaped monitor stand, and the mouse itself is only about a foot away from the base is the reason for lack of problems.

Ray Nendze: I have an MS wireless mouse and it drove me nuts – cursor all over. MS help desk advised many cures to no avail. It turned out the grain lines in my desk were the problem. Dug out the old mouse pad and all was well again.

David T. Germak: I know what to do with it. Give it to your dogs as a play toy. Record them playing with it and post it at the Web site you created. (Forgot the name of it, damn it! Thought I put in my faves but I didn’t!) Anyway, I hear you about wireless ANYTHING – I hate it all. This is coming from somebody who at one point in their career repaired and designed numerous wireless devices! I’m a Computer Engineer now and have regained my f***ing sanity! Good god, just typing this damn e-mail is giving me flashbacks; I need to go take my medication now!

Tim Larkin: Speaking of wireless utopia… The Xbox 360 wireless controller is great when the Play & Charge Kit isn’t connected. The USB end of the kit is always connected to the 360, so I always have an ugly wire. Also, when I am finished playing wirelessly, I must connect the controller end of the kit and then turn the 360 off. This keeps the controller charged for next time. So all those moms that wanted to put the controller away, can’t. Microsoft will release a dual battery pack charger that, I hope, makes my wireless controller truly wireless.

Will Wagner: Chris, I didn’t like the mouse on my iMac, which was wireless Bluetooth. It was a tad slower in response too, but I really hated the single button clicks. I dropped it on eBay and got ~$23 for it. Better than using it for playing fetch with the family hound! 😉 I replaced it with a wired MS “Basic” Mouse, the laser mouse with the cool red light. It is a dream, and I have one on each of my computers (2 PCs and 1 iMac), so they all feel the same. Oh I also hate the no feedback scroll wheels too, I need the clicky resistance, just used to it I guess. My iMac keyboard is still wireless, and that is fine, but I think I may drop that too if I upgrade to another larger (Intel) iMac, and will include it with the old system when I sell that on eBay too.

Mike Tatum: It may be time that you look at other brands of mice. I have struggled through dealing with several brands of mice both wired and wireless and have finally rested on Logitech. Logitech wireless technology I will dare say is flawless. Some of the older models granted had battery life issues as well as connection issues. Now since the company has branched to rechargeable batteries in the wireless mice things have never been better. I’m currently using the LX 700/MX 3000 wireless keyboard/mouse combo and have never had a single issue with either device. One USB cord from the receiver/cradle and you are ready to go. I suggest giving it a try before giving up on wireless peripheral technology altogether.

Janis Petrich: Sorry to hear that your experience with your wireless mouse was such a negative one. I got my Microsoft wireless mouse a month ago, and…Dare I say it? I love it! I adjusted the speed to suit my temperament, and Miss Mousey and I have been slippin’ and slidin’ around happily every since. I love her smooth wheel moves, and her left-right possibilities with the wheel fascinate me – though I forget to use this feature most of the time (old HUP – Human User Programming).

David Jordan: Well, all I can say is you have not tried the Microsoft Bluetooth Keyboard and Mouse. You cannot tell the difference between this and an ordinary Intellimouse. Mouse cursor has no lag that I can see you can wiz it around the screen to your hearts content and the keyboard is great.

George Davis: I’ve never used a Microsoft mouse before but mostly because I’ve been such a fan of Logitech mice and keyboards. I’ve used the Logitech MX-700 since it came out and it works flawlessly at home, work and in our lab at work. Once you try a Logitech mouse, you’ll never go back. And no, I have no affiliation with Logitech.

Dennis McCreary: I did initially have the same problem you describe until I discovered that when I replaced the set of worn down batteries with a set of freshly charged ones, the problem went away. Now I no longer ignore the red blinking light that says the batteries need recharging. I immediately take them out and replace them with a freshly charged set. Since I started doing that, I have never had the problem with the lagging, jerky cursor. As you may have guessed, I never put the mouse on the mouse stand to recharge it, I simply run the batteries into the ground until the red light starts blinking and then replace them with a fully charged set. I found it extremely annoying to have to switch back to my corded mouse while I let the batteries recharge on the stand. By having the extra recharged batteries around to replace them with, I can keep my mouse in top operating shape and recharge the worn down set on a separate charger. That is definitely better policy if the batteries in the mouse are NiCad and probably better if they are NiMh. By the way, one of the first things I did when I started switching batteries was to replace the 900 maH NiCad batteries that the mouse came with for 2400 maH NiMh batteries. If they are brand new, the NiMh batteries will go for a week or so before they need recharging. I use NiMh rechargeables for lots of things around the house and find that even the ones that have started to deteriorate work just fine for the mouse, they just have to be recharged a little more frequently.

Ruth: Chris, I use the Logitech wireless mouse and keyboard and I will never go back to being wired for those two items ever again! Of course, I DID set myself up with some AA NIMH [Rayovac] rechargeable batteries right away because that’s the only way to fly. I have not noticed any lagging at all–that you experienced that mystifies me. It must be with the brand name.

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