I use a Gyration package which includes a keyboard about the size of a laptop's and a mouse. Both have served me extremely well for just over a year.
My apartment features a mixture of concrete and plaster walls, depending on the room. Depending on the location of the RF transmitter, my range varies from 9-26 feet (the former includes walking into an equipment closet, while the latter is measured walking past more a/v equipment into a large living room/gallery area).
I have heard other folks mention various solutions, so I'd say that there are likely a number of excellent products out there. I'd try them before you select (it take less than five minutes to connect the various MS and Gyration products to a computer at a CC or BBuy...XP Pro recognized everything without the Gyration disc, anyway. So, you should be able to connect the transmitter and see if that high RF environment at one of those B&M stores allows for a reasonable signal (especially I think because both stores would consider this a restocking fee-based product if you returned it).
PS: The mouse shows not an iota of lesser charge capability after a year and I've only recharged the batts in the keyboard three times!
Originally Posted by Fred Seger
I use a Microsoft Bluetooth keyboard. I use it reliablably at about 10' - it's supposed to have at least a 30' range though ( I think). I imagine any bluetooth keyboard would be similar.
Ditto - except mine is a Logitech bluetooth.
I use it for FPS gaming, where no-lag performance is critical, and it's never been a problem. I use it mostly at around 12'. Max distance in my room is around 20' with no problems. I think it would go 30', as long as there aren't any obstructions.
I too use the Logitech Bluetooth keyboard/mouse combo. It's fantastic all around. I can go into another room 30' + away and it still works fine (not that I need to). FPS gaming works well. Not exactly the cheapest solution, but I have no regrets.
I'm not sure who makes it but the wireless KB & mouse I got with my March '03 Dell seems to have very good range .... I took the KB to the living room to clean it without removing the batteries ... the screen was filled all sorts of garbage when I went back to the computer room; a good 25 feet distant.
Added to that it still has the original set. I have since been using rechargables for the mouse ... 2 to 3 weeks max on alkalines.
Let me complicate it by adding that I would like use the keyboard/mouse with 2 computers. I currently I use a Belkin switch with a cordless Logitech with limited range to control both my HTPC and my file server; they are both outputting to my CRT through a Zektor. This may be a stupid question, but, is there a way to use a bluetooth device on two computers by switching device ID's on the fly?
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