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Four Good Wireless Mice With Long Range
Wireless technology is an intrinsic part of our lives. With cell phones, remote controls, and wireless routers everywhere, why are we still using traditional corded mice? You can now get a great long-range wireless mouse that'll work with your computer and your TV too!
The traditional weakness of wireless systems has been range and interference. If you get too far away from your computer, your wireless mouse might stop working.
On top of that, first generation mice needed lots of batteries and bulky adaptors, which made them a bit impractical. Thanks to recent innovations and a drastic increase in wireless standards, you can get a sleek, accurate, and truly long-range wireless mouse that will suit your needs and budget.
This article will take a look at four of my favorite long-range wireless mice and give a brief review of each one. We'll look at range, device compatibility, and any other potential drawbacks.
In doing this, I want to help you get the most for your money and hopefully help you find a versatile mouse that will last you a long time. Let's get started!
Stuff to Look For in a Long-Distance Wireless Mouse
If you're hoping to buy a long-range wireless mouse, here are a few things that I recommend you should look for in order to avoid hassle and frustration.
- Rechargeable: Surprisingly, only a few long-range wireless mice make use of a built-in rechargeable battery. That's too bad, because even though most wireless mice are energy efficient, opening the thing up every few months is a hassle. If the mouse you want doesn't have a built-in battery, invest in some inexpensive rechargeable AA or AAA batteries to replenish it. This will be helpful in reducing waste.
- Pointer/Air Mouse Functionality: Many modern wireless mice with long range will also come with pointer functionality. The mouse senses its orientation gyroscopically, letting you point the cursor anywhere on the screen rather than pushing it across a flat surface. That lets you make use of your cursor in situations where there's no surface to use or during a presentation. This is helpful if you like to hook up your computer to a flat screen TV.
- HDTV Compatibility: With the advent of HDTVs, you can now use your flat screen as a giant computer monitor. In that scenario, you'll definitely want a wireless mouse with long range paired with a good keyboard to surf the internet or watch videos from the couch. If you're going this route, I highly recommend you opt for an air style mouse, trackpad, or even a trackball.
1. Microsoft Arc Touch
- Pros: High portability, premium design, haptic feedback
- Cons: Scroll wheel can be finicky
This is a great long-distance wireless mouse from Microsoft that combines great functionality with a beautiful, minimalist design.
First off, you'll notice the lack of a scroll wheel. This mouse utilizes a touchpad for a more natural and accurate scroll experience that works in four directions. It also features Haptic feedback (rumble) for tap functionality.
Secondly, you'll notice the unique curved design. This mouse can be folded flat for easy storage. The wireless receiver is a tiny USB connector that attaches under the mouse magnetically when not in use.
The wireless range for this mouse is around 30 feet, which is enough to let you use it from across a pretty large room. It is definitely one of my top picks both aesthetically and functionally.
2. Apple Magic Trackpad
- Pros: Slick design, multi-touch functionality, works on any surface
- Cons: Not inexpensive, takes some adjustment
The Apple Magic Trackpad marries form and function beautifully. It's a multi-touch and multi-scroll device. This means that instead of using a scroll wheel, you use hand gestures, like on a laptop touchpad. It's intuitive, though it definitely takes a bit of an adjustment.
You can quickly scroll through screens and pages with a swiping gesture. To click, you can either tap or physically click it (if it's resting on a hard surface).
Even though it looks like it only has a single button, this mouse has multiple button functionality due to different sensors that pick up where you're clicking. It uses Bluetooth instead of a USB dongle. This mouse offers an impressive range of 33 feet.
It's fantastic for working in a limited space (like on a plane) because you don't have to slide it around. You can do things like pinch to zoom or swipe to scroll. It works perfectly on modern Macs, and it can easily work on Windows and Linux with the right drivers and apps.
It's a great mouse for precision work and one of the best wireless long-distance mice on the market today.
3. Logitech M570 Trackball
- Pros: Ergonomic design, easy on wrists, use on any surface
- Cons: There's a learning curve (but it's worth it)
The Logitech M570 is my current workhorse, and I couldn't live without it. Admittedly, a trackball is very different from a conventional mouse, and the learning curve can be steep. However, if you get past the hump, a trackball can be life-changing.
Because it relies on your thumb, you can greatly reduce chronic strain injuries on your wrist. There's very little movement necessary to adeptly use this trackball.
It's a great long-distance mouse as it offers a range of 30 feet and great reception. Like most mice, this one uses a proprietary USB dongle, but a single dongle supports most Logitech devices.
I love it for travel and couch use since you don't need a flat surface to use it. The M570 is my all-time favourite, but their new MX Ergo is supposedly quite excellent too.
4. Microsoft 5000
- Pros: Ambidextrous and usable by left handed people, great tracking
- Cons: Premium responsiveness means it's pricier
The Microsoft 5000 is a great example of a powerful and versatile long-range wireless mouse that has the added bonus of coming with a USB storage transceiver. This transceiver turns the mouse on and off when you plug it in. It also acts as a storage device on the fly.
A great feature is the design, which allows for comfortable use whether you're left-handed or right-handed. It's a comfortable device and a pleasure to use all day.
Unlike a lot of long-distance wireless mice out there, it has a very stable and precise tracking system that avoids the jiggling cursor issue. It keeps things nice and smooth, and it will work on a range of surfaces in case you're somewhere without a mouse pad.
The battery life is around eight months between changes. I recommend picking up a couple of rechargeable AA batteries for when it conks out, but it won't happen very often!
It's also a very ergonomic mouse with five buttons and four-way wheel scrolling. A best seller with great reviews, this is a popular long-range wireless mouse. It is well worth your time to check out.
FYI: What's Up With MHz and GHz?
You'll see those terms thrown around. They refer to the wireless frequency that the mouse operates with.
2.4 GHz is very popular, but anything with a range in GHz is a good idea. Older wireless mice tend to run on lower frequencies, which led to connectivity problems and range issues.
Sometimes you can have interference issues when your mouse operates on a frequency with lots of competition. If that's the case, try switching up the bands if possible.
This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.
Why Are You Interested in a Long-Range Mouse?
Daniel on January 07, 2020:
To Dave and Larry:
Concrete walls do effect signal strength of wireless devises but only if the are blocking the path between the transmitter and receiver - so since I would seriously doubt that you would want to use a mouse to control a TV you can no longer see or are more than 30 feet away from, concrete walls floors or ceilings should not be an issue if they are still in line of sight as they don't have a sucking magical anti-frequency ability force-field around them.
Those are all English words, but it does not make a coherent sentence in the structure you have used them in, and without a question mark at the end (?) it just makes a weird statement.
Time to get some meds for your OCD!
Philip on April 05, 2019:
what would the a good mouse for my tv android
Mark on March 10, 2019:
I have the Microsoft 3000 mouse that is very comfortable and works well except for the wireless receiving even though the distance between mouse and receiver is only about 3 feet. This is even with new AA batteries and the latest software. So overall it is irritating not to have immediate response and continual delays.
Wayne on December 31, 2017:
Microsoft arc mouse is a nice mouse to use but definitely not long range
1 metre max
Lionel on December 06, 2017:
I want to install a surveillance camera dvr in my attic above the bedroom where the monitor is located. What wireless mouse do you recommend? Sheetrock ceiling and max distance is about fifteen feet.
Dave on October 22, 2017:
Larry: Wow! You just just what I was thinking.
It was so bizarre because I was thinking that exact same thing after reading the article,... and then realized you had already raised this concern/question!
The only disappointment to be had, is in the realization that there seems to have been no new guidance had from any of the replies to-date.
Tim on September 05, 2017:
This is an auto-generated article. They have not tested the range of any of these Mice
Larry Anderson on July 06, 2017:
It appears that 30-35 feet is the range of these wireless mice. However, although my computer is less than 30 ft from the living-room TV Screen to which it is connected (large size & resolution), there is a cement floor and two cement walls that exist within those 30 feet. Must I buy and test each product? Is there no better way of defining the range or give a range reguction factor for each wall or obstruction within this 30 ft. range?
dan on September 06, 2016:
Use a usb to cat6 adapter
zain on August 23, 2016:
Hi Walter did you get a response i need it for the exact same reason
Walter simmons on July 12, 2016:
Hi, I need a mouse for my DVR the range is 100 feet please help me resolve this problem i know the this can be done I this for my surveillance equipment my phone number is 701-306-0162 thanks Walter