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Wireless mouse & keyboard excessive battery usage


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#1 cmptrgy

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Posted 26 September 2012 - 10:55 AM

My friend has an AIO computer with Win 7 64-bit that is about 1 1/2 years old
--- He has a wireless mouse and keyboard that came with the system and has been working well
--- However, he has been changing the batteries very often recently
--- So now he shuts off the wireless mouse and removes the battery(s) from the wireless keyboard when he shuts the computer down
How can I help him fix his problem?

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Posted 26 September 2012 - 12:12 PM

Look for a more efficient mouse and keyboard. Some allow you to individually shut off both the mouse and keyboard when not using them to save power. Logitech has one such model for about $40. The degree of battery efficiency can vary greatly from one model to another, so make sure you check out product reviews before you purchase :)
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Posted 26 September 2012 - 02:56 PM

Just for comparison, I get approx a month on cheap batteries on my Logitech wireless mouse used 5 days a month. The keyboard lasts over a year.

Battery life will be dependent on a couple of factors.

1. How much use on the mouse. ON mine the Red LED goes bright in use, thus using more battery, I would expect the same with the keyboard.
Since a keypress on the keyboard most likely triggers the transmitter using more power, same with mouse movements.
2. How good is the battery. Cheapo Kodak non alkaline batteries for example last a lot shorter time than a Duracell does. Even country of origin can impact battery life. I knew someone that tried some Made in China dollar store batteries, They weren't worth the effort to install them.

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