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As I now want to buy a new one I am looking at battery operated v rechargeable as I want to do away with the recharger.
My question is for those that have cordless laser mice how long do the batteries last?
On the logitech site they claim up to a year but I imagine that is for average users and not webmasters like us who use them 12+ hours per day.
If you are using batter operated how often do you have to change the batteries?
In the beginning I bought 8 rechargeable AA batteries and a charger tht charges 4 at a time. Investment of about $30.
That was over a year and a half ago and I'm still on the initial set.
I maybe "swap" batteries once every 1-2 months. When they die, it's less then two minutes downtime (if I'm fumbling, most of the time its less than a minute).
Keep in mind that conventional batteries will last longer in a low-drain device (most mice) than rechargeable ones. Most rechargeable batteries suffer from "shelf drain", (that is, they discharge just sitting there with no use) and you won't likely get over a month's use no matter how little juice the device uses.
I have tried both and I now opted for a corded mouse. It is really not a problem.
I hate wires, especially on my mouse so a corded alternative is not an option.
Keep in mind that conventional batteries will last longer in a low-drain device (most mice) than rechargeable ones.
This must be true as my rechargeable only seems to last a week at most. It is never a problem though because it has a battery indicator and when it gets to the second bar I just recharge it overnight when I am sleeping.
The problem with my rechargeable is it is not as portable as I would like, as the recharger also acts as the receiver.
I see there are also now bluetooth mice but they still seem to be in their infancy. Would be nice though, and that would at least free up an additional usb port.
I think I will give a battery operated a go and see how it goes.
Thanks to all for the replies.