Wireless devices tend to have a pretty limited range of connection options, but a new mouse from HP adds a new one to the fray: Wi-Fi.
Rather than operate via Bluetooth or a RF-equipped USB dongle, HP's Wi-Fi Mobile Mouse uses the same receiver as a computer's wireless connection. This not only frees up a USB port, but also allows for owners of Bluetooth-less computers an additional way to use a mouse.
This, HP says, doesn't come with any performance sacrifices. With a battery life of 9 months and an operating range of 30 feet, the Wi-Fi Mobile Mouse's technical specifications are still comparable to its Bluetooth counterparts.
But there's a catch: HP's crafty new device requires Windows 7 to work. Deal breaker? That depends on which side of the OSX/Windows fence you are on. In any case, the requirement does limit the mouse's potential range of customers.
The WiFi Mobile Mouse will be available in June for $49.99.
Here's a (sort of awful) promo vid for the device.