questionscan anyone give me a recommendation for a long…

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My bluetooth mouse works well over 12 feet away. It's hard to test past 14 feet because that would make it outside my office but doesn't seem unstable at least at the extremes within my 14 foot office.

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@cengland0: Cool. What brand, and if available, model?

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My Logitech MK320 wireless mouse and keyboard combo works well at 10-15 ft. range (limited by my eyesight) and runs on standard batteries. USB dongle connects to computer.

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@olperfesser: Thanks, I will look it up.

Edit: I see they have them for $20 at Office Max, but only in store Unfortunately, the closest store is 40 miles away in a neighboring state. Luckily, I will be going there for a Renaissance Fair this very weekend.

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@moondrake: It's an Apple Magic Mouse but I believe any brand bluetooth mouse should go at least 12 feet.

Battery operated bluetooth devices fit into the class 2 bluetooth group and those have a typical range of 10 meters which is about 32-33 feet.

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I'm using a microsoft comfort desktop 5000. The range is well, provided there's a [relatively] clear line of sight between the devices and the dongle.

Dongle in the back of the HTPC = very spotty reception.
Dongle in front = flawless

I also use a logitech k350 and m510 at work + home PC. Same thing with this as well. If there's a clear line of sight, you're money. Plus, assigning left & right wheel clicks to whatever you want, as well as making it app specific, is downright AWESOME.

I've heard good things about those lenovo mouse/compact keyboard devices. I want to get something smaller so I'll pick one up when it goes on sale.

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Why not try a mouse app on your smartphone? Mine does what I need. But I don't really browse of play many games on that pc. I mainly use a mouse for when I need to troubleshoot or it's just acting stubborn. If that isn't a solution you might consider one of these things. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA30X0ZC8453&nm_mc=KNC-GoogleMKP&cm_mmc=KNC-GoogleMKP-_-pla-_-Audio+%2f+Video+Accessories-_-9SIA30X0ZC8453

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@jdgm3nt4l: Don't have a smartphone. Might get one in November, if I decide to switch to Republic Wireless. Still on the fence on that. But I use this as a TV remote, seems like it would be kind of a pain to have to wake up the phone every time I want to pause the TV show I am watching to get a soda.

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@cengland0: Thanks. I have seen some of the newest Apple mice and they are just the cutest things. That's good information on bluetooth. I am behind the curve on that. I have lots of bluetooth enabled devices but I haven't used that capability yet. If get the smartphone next month I do want to try to make it talk to my car radio. I'll have to see if there are any compatibility issues, my car is 6 years old.

@justagigilo85: The computer has three front facing USB ports, so the only obstruction I will have is the occasional Great Dane Seeking Attention. I actually got a taller TV stand to raise the TV up over his 37" tall self so he could not successfully block our view.

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@bsmith1: Far more than she ought to. Mostly Moondrake is not good at sitting still. I work on art or do other things most of the time while watching TV and I am up and down at least a half dozen times in the course of a show. A one hour show might take me two to watch due to pausing.

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I use the logitech M310 at 8 feet away with no trouble. It's usually on sale somewhere between Best Buy, Wal-Mart, Radio Shack, or Staples for $19.99 but its normal price is closer to $30.

I have no need to try further, but I also have that computer inside a home theater cabinet and the receiver is plugged into the back of the computer. Very good chance that it would work at 12 feet away with no problems - especially if the tiny receiver were plugged into the front.

Uses alkaline batteries, charge lasts well over a year on light to average use.

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@omnichad: I think that's the one I was originally looking at on EBay. Thanks!