I would never use BlueTooth for mouse - or anything, in fact. It sucks too much power while offering no tangible benefits in normal usage. In fact, the first thing I did when I got my new laptop was to disable BlueTooth from device manager.
Regarding the dongle, I wouldn't really mind the size. I have a VX Revolution from nearly 2 years ago that I still use, and its dongle is about 2.5cm long - but I hardly mind it, because of the comfort it gives me.
I actually find this really painfull... eh, another boring old mouse with a new improved micro sized usb dongle.
I am in the marked to replace my mouse and keyboard for both my desktop and laptop and this is what I am looking for:
-- Bluetooth 3.x ( to get rid of the wires )
-- LED or OLED backlighting ( some manufactures have it, but the keyboars look hidious )
-- A Wave/Natural design from Logitech or Microsoft
-- removable lithium Ion batteries like the one I got for my blackberry that is 3500mah
-- And a powder coating that does not wear off like the over priced lump of plastic that the Microsoft 8000 series is made from.
wtf? have these always been called dongles???? fkn nuts.. I never knew this before. Anyway, thats a pretty lame name. Reminds me of when my granddad told me that he had to shower after he took a #2 because he had so many dongles hanging... Not to mention that this really looks like a pain in the @$$ to pull out of your USB slot... Final review---SUCKS A BIG DONGLE
Dongle used to be a term for crap that plugged into your computer... typically on your printer port. They were used for software copy protection. No dongle plugged in... software no work.
The term has been expanderized in this era of lots of little doohickeys that plug in and perform various functions.
I typically use it for something that's badly designed so that when plugged in it ends up cantilevered WAY out of your system and poses a risk of causing system damage if you accidentally catch it when you're trying to plug something else in.
I wanted to buy a Logi Nano, so I wait until they are on sale at BB. I go in there and they don't have any, in fact I've decided that they never have them in stock. So I decided I would get a BT mouse and started researching them, then I find that selection is more limited and they all suck down batteries fast. So I'm sticking with my corded mouse. It always works perfectly, I never worry about batteries, and the cord is not really a problem.
the dongle looks impressive, but try to comfortably remove it from your laptop. There will be times you just forget that it's still in there, wasting the battery of notebooks or laptops.
Not to mention, if enough people have devices like this pretty soon we'll see some security threats coming via bluetooth
Have you tried BlueTrack? I totally thought it was smoke and mirrors like laser was but its NOT. I can't imagine using anything else. The nano dongle is a nice improvement. I just wish they would make it in more colors. I am soooo tired of black.
I bought a notebook computer with the Bluetooth built in. No dongle, and my Bluetooth mouse works just fine. What's the deal with having wireless adapters sold with all wireless input devices? Have machines with built-in Bluetooth, or make the devices WiFi, so that all wireless hardware is inherently compatible.