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HP Wi-Fi Direct Mobile Mouse review

A wireless mouse that uses your Wi-Fi network rather than USBs or Bluetooth

Our Verdict

A good idea for freeing up USB ports, but it pulls it off with a few hiccups

For

  • Interesting use of Wi-Fi tech
  • Frees up USB port
  • Excellent range
  • Good battery life

Against

  • Compatibility problems
  • Requires a Microsoft-certified wireless networking card
  • Not compatible with Windows XP or Macs

Unlike most wireless mice that connect to computers via a USB dongle, or even via Bluetooth, the HP Wi-Fi Direct Mobile Mouse connects to a computer via its wireless network card. That might seem like a bit of an odd choice, but it does make some sense.

Laptops often don't come with a surplus of USB ports, and older laptops – and even some new ones – don't have Bluetooth connectivity. Being able to connect to a wireless network is much more common, so using that technology for the HP Wi-Fi Direct Mobile Mouse is a good idea, on paper.

In practise, the HP Wi-Fi Direct Mobile Mouse's unique way of connecting does throw up a few more problems than standard wireless mice encounter.

Not all wireless cards are supported, and it works best with Windows 7, while Windows XP and OS X – the Apple Mac operating systems – are not supported.

HP includes a set-up CD that walked us through the set up process, and once connected we were impressed with the performance and range of the mouse – up to around 30 feet. It also felt compact yet comfortable to use, and the billed battery life was very decent, at around nine months.

It's a good idea for computers where USB ports are at a premium, but it's far from perfect, and the compatibility problems could make you wish you had gone for a simpler, plug-and-play USB wireless mouse.

Tech Specs

Product TypeMouse
Number of Total Buttons5
Pointing Device Host InterfaceUSB
Scroller TypeTilt Wheel
Ergonomic FitSymmetrical
ColourBlack
Brand NameHP
Pointing Device Connectivity TechnologyWireless
Pointing Device Wireless TechnologyWi-Fi
Movement DetectionLaser
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityRoHS, REACH
Height35 mm
Width98 mm
Depth66 mm
ManufacturerHewlett-Packard
Product NameMouse
Manufacturer Part NumberLQ083AA#ABB
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.hp.com/uk
Limited Warranty2 Year
Weight (Approximate)110 g