HP has revealed a new line-up of wireless accessories equipped with Wi-Fi connectivity and HP Link-5 technology to promote mobility and ease of use.
Products such as the company’s exclusive Wi-Fi Mobile Mouse allow users to do more without the hassle of wires and with the assurance of extended battery life. According to the press release, the mouse connects to your PC’s wireless receiver rather than with a RF signal from a wireless USB dongle.
“HP offers its customers a wide variety of accessories that are simple to use with connectivity options to meet their unique needs,” said Scott Pappan, director, Accessories, Personal Systems Group, HP.
“For consumers who desire PCs that are light and small but offer fewer USB ports, or for those who use their PCs in multiple settings, options like Wi-Fi and Link-5 allow users to keep USB ports free for other devices.”
HP says the battery in the Wi-Fi Mobile Mouse will last twice as long as the charge from Bluetooth devices, running for up to 9 months before running dry. HP also claims the mouse will match Bluetooth’s 30-foot receiving range.
HP claims it’s easy to pair up the mouse and a Windows 7-equipped laptop, connecting with Wi-Fi without using an often-scarce USB port. The mouse’s range is 30 feet, similar to the distance most Bluetooth mice can operate.
Aside from its connection technology, the Wi-Fi Mobile Mouse seems like a fairly straightforward input device, although HP has left out some specifics. The mouse has five configurable buttons and a four-way scroll wheel, but HP doesn’t call out the optical sensor technology. The HP Wi-Fi Mobile Mouse will be available in June for $49.99.
HP also introduced new PC accessories with HP’s exclusive Link-5 technology. Link-5 allows users to connect up to five HP-compatible PC accessories with one receiver, freeing up valuable USB ports.
There are no drivers or software to install. Users simply press the ”Connect” button on a Link-5 device to pair it with their PC. The wireless receiver then “remembers” all paired devices, making Link-5 accessories ideal for those using a PC in multiple settings such as the home, office or other mobile locations. [HP via Mashable and CNET]