Although it was announced a few weeks ago, HP’s crazy new Wi-Fi mouse hasn’t been available to order until today. While wireless mice are nothing new, nor are Bluetooth mice, a Wi-Fi powered one is something else entirely. According to HP, there’s no dongle to worry about, no complicated pairing process to go through.
Instead, as long as your computer has Wi-Fi wireless networking, just install HP’s driver and you’re good to go. Unlike a lot of Bluetooth mice, you won’t have to worry about your computer inconveniently forgetting the pairing if the batteries die or one of the two gets turned off for an extended period of time.
What it also means is that this mouse can work, dongle-free, with essentially every laptop still in use today; and desktops, as well. Though very, very few desktops ship with Bluetooth, even the all-in-ones. Not that many laptops do, either (comparatively). A growing number of desktops, however, are shipping with Wi-Fi, and this mouse will work with those just fine.
HP claims that the new Wi-Fi Mobile mouse will manage to survive on its meager charge for a whopping nine months at a go. Otherwise, it seems like a pretty standard mouse, if a bit on the small side. The black and silver peripheral comes with back and forward buttons and a scroll wheel; it has a listed range of 10m, or 30ft. Shipping today, the new mouse carries a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $49.99.