Cutting the Cord: Exploring Mouse Connectivity Options for a Tangle-Free Experience!

Cutting the Cord: Exploring Mouse Connectivity Options for a Tangle-Free Experience!

In the previous articles, we discussed the types and external appearances of keyboards and mice. In this article, we will focus on the different connectivity options for mice, their special features, and other products available for efficient work.


Mouse Connectivity Options

Similar to keyboards, mice also offer various connectivity options. Here are the three main types:


Bluetooth Mice: Mice can be paired and connected via Bluetooth, allowing for easy portability. However, Bluetooth connectivity may not be as stable as wired connections and can have some latency. Many wireless Bluetooth mice in the market support connecting to up to three devices simultaneously, and users can quickly switch between them using dedicated buttons.


2.4GHz Wireless Mice: This type of connectivity requires a USB receiver (dongle) to be plugged into the computer. The mouse can then connect to the computer through this 2.4GHz signal. The advantage of 2.4GHz wireless over Bluetooth is that it offers faster response times, but it does require an available USB port on the computer.


Wired Mice: Wired mice come with a long data cable, usually with a USB interface (older versions may use PS/2). They offer zero latency and are very reliable but can lead to a cluttered desktop. Many users prefer wireless options for the sake of convenience.


Most mice these days offer multiple connectivity options. Taking Logitech as an example, they provide mice with Bluetooth, Bluetooth with Logi Blot USB receiver, Bluetooth with Unifying USB receiver, and standard USB receivers. The Unifying USB receiver can pair with up to six compatible devices, reducing the number of USB ports required on the computer.


Special Features of Mice

To meet various office and gaming requirements, mice with special features are also available in the market. Many mice support multi-device connectivity, allowing users to switch between up to three computers with the press of a button. This functionality eliminates the need for separate mice for each device, greatly improving work efficiency. For example, the Logitech MX Master 3s and Microsoft Surface Precision Mouse offer such capabilities.


Another noteworthy feature is Logitech Flow, which allows a mouse to control multiple computers wirelessly. Users can move the cursor to the edge of one screen to automatically switch control to another computer. The mouse can even switch seamlessly between Windows and macOS operating systems. This feature is available on specific Logitech mice.


While some mice offer multi-device switching, they are limited to two to three computers and require all devices to be on the same local network. Logitech Options software is used to set up and manage these connections. Moreover, all the computers should be equipped with a display, which restricts the usability to specific mouse models and brands.


Other software and products in the market offer a solution for controlling multiple computers with a single set of keyboard and mouse. Examples include ShareMouse, Synergy, Barrier, and Mouse without Borders. Most of these software require payment for activation and may have complex setup procedures. Another option is the use of KVM (keyboard, video, mouse) switches, which allow one set of keyboard, mouse, and display to control multiple computers. An example of this is the TESmart 2x1 HDMI KVM Switch, a single-screen KVM switch.


Using KVM switches can save cable clutter, optimize desk space, and make the setup more organized. It enables easy switching between computers without the need to physically connect and disconnect cables. Additionally, it can save costs on keyboards, mice, and cables. KVM switches come in various types, including single-screen, dual-screen, with different numbers of computer ports (e.g., 2, 4, 8, 16), and with different port types (HDMI, DP, USB-C, etc.). These will be discussed in detail later.



In conclusion, all the mentioned solutions are meant for efficient work, but each has its advantages and disadvantages. Users should choose products and methods based on their specific work requirements and the configuration of their existing devices.

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