Smack on the wrist for me I’m afraid readers. I missed this one last week and it really should be mentioned. Logitech has launched a wireless mouse that it claims will last an entire year on a single charge.
Designed for people constantly on the move, the V200 Cordless Notebook Mouse gets its incredible staying power via “virtually interference free” 2.4GHz digital cordless technology. This is far stronger than the 27MHz that is used in conventional mice. A beneficial spin off from this boost is that it increases the wireless range to a maximum radius of 30 feet.
The V200 communicates via a little wireless USB receiver which is individually paired with the mouse during manufacturing and a built in battery life indicator does what its name suggests. Given its portability, the V200 isn’t overly cluttered with additional buttons (I also suspect this would have a negative effect on the battery life), but it does have a tilt wheel which means you can scroll left, right, up and down as well as zoom in and out.
Not to be outdone on the desktop front, a second release sees the “Cordless Mini Optical Mouse” unveiled. This little fella is shaped to fit in the cup of a hand and will last up to four months on a single AA battery. It has a range of six feet and, like the V200, features a tilt wheel.
The V200 will go on sale this month with the Cordless Mini Optical to follow a month later. Currently prices are in dollars, but at $39.99 and $29.99 respectively, I wouldn’t expect them to cost the earth when they touch down on these fair shores.
We've had a couple of questions (cheers Michael!) about whether the 2.4GHz technology used in the V200 would interfere with wireless LANs. A sensible point. The short answer is no, but here's a full copy of the feedback we got from friendly Logitech rep Ben Starkie when we posed the question:
It's true that 2.4 GHz band hosts many of today's short-range consumer wireless communication, including transmissions from Bluetooth and Wi-Fi
(802.11) devices, cordless home phones and high-performance devices such as wireless game controllers or mice. Speaking specifically of the V200, the mouse is paired automatically to its companion receiver during manufacturing on one of 28 channels. These 28 channels have been identified by Logitech, from the 79 possible channels within the band, as the least used by wireless LANs. This pairing minimises the risk of interference. In the unlikely event that the V200 does experience interference on its pre-determined channel, there is a small button on the underside of the mouse which will manually transfer the mouse onto another of the 28 channels. We have never yet experienced a problem with this solution and feel confident that it reduces the chance of interference to an absolute minimum.
It's nice when everything comes up roses :)