CNET First Look
HP WiFi Mobile MouseThanks to its unique, reliable WiFi-based connection methodology, the HP WiFi Mobile Mouse is easy to recommend to mobile Windows 7 PC users that need more available USB ports.
-Hi. I'm Rich Brown, senior editor for cnet.com. Today, we're gonna take a look at the HP Wi-Fi mobile mouse. This is a brand-new mouse from HP. It is actually pretty interesting. This is the first mouse that we've seen that relies on your Wi-Fi receiver to make the connection with your PC. It's not based on bluetooth. It doesn't use a USB receiver. Instead, you simply install the drivers on your Windows 7 pc. And with a brief pairing process, it will recognize the mouse pretty much instantly over your wireless receiver. Now we think this mouse makes a lot of sense for travelers, particularly those who have a small laptop with few USB ports. If using this mouse frees up one extra USB port, you can use that port instead for a data key, syncing a wireless device, or some other peripheral that you couldn't normally use. Now, aside from it's connectivity, this mouse isn't actually all that interesting. It has a basic 5-button design with buttons on each side as well as 2 main buttons and the scroll wheel down the middle. The scroll wheel also works for 4-way scroll so you can go up, and down, and left, and right, which is nice if you're working on a spreadsheet. It's a laser-based sensor and you can customize laser with kind of a clunky process that involves clicking all the buttons at once and waiting for this light to light up and tell you that you've cycled through the next setting. It's a little bit awkward. The mouse also runs on 2 basic double A batteries. They're not rechargeable, but HP says they last for up to 9 months, which is actually twice as long as bluetooth. I'm Rich Brown. This is the HP Wi-Fi mobile mouse.