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Tips on Choosing a Wireless Keyboard and Mouse

by Paul Sanders

Man using a wireless mouse

Your computer already has enough tangled cords coming out of it. You can get rid of a lot of them by unplugging your keyboard and mouse and going wireless. You can move a wireless mouse onto multiple surfaces and even across the room from your computer. You keyboard doesn't need to be tied to your workstation either. Switch to a wireless keyboard and you won't have to worry about toppling your computer every time you try to move your keyboard an inch too far. Connect your computer to your HDTV and use a wireless keyboard and mouse to browse the Internet from you couch. Use your wireless mouse as a remote control when watching movies. Here are some tips on choosing a wireless keyboard and mouse.

Choosing a Wireless Keyboard and Mouse:

  1. Check the range. The power and range of various wireless keyboards and mice varies. Some wireless keyboards can operate through walls, while other keyboards need to be in the same room as your workstation in order to operate. The farther from your workstation, the more interference your wireless keyboard or mouse will experience.

  2. Upgrade your features. Wireless keyboards typically have multiple features not found on the default keyboard from your computer manufacturer. You can use multimedia buttons on a wireless keyboard to sort through music and videos on your computer from anywhere in the room or use programmable buttons for frequently used programs. Properly programmed, your wireless keyboard can let you access multiple programs with the push of a button and even without using your wireless mouse. A wireless mouse may contain some of the same or different features.

  3. Think ergonomically. Some wireless mouse designs are ergonomically designed for either left- or right-handed users. If you need a wireless mouse that is usable by both types of users, check for extra thumb buttons or wireless mouse shapes that might make the mouse exclusively right- or left-handed.

  4. The best of both worlds. You may be able to skip the wireless mouse altogether if your wireless keyboard includes an integrated touchpad or mini joystick.

  5. Give your wrists a rest. Is your keyboard ergonomically designed? Look for split keyboards and tented wireless keyboard designs to reduce strain and maximize comfort.

  6. Watch out for unseen problems. If you plan on using your wireless keyboard or wireless mouse to control your entertainment center through your computer, you may find yourself operating them in the dark. Search for a back-lit wireless mouse or keyboard so you can find the right keys when the lights are out.

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