Does anybody here turn their mice off

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by swy32x, May 31, 2005.

  1. swy32x macrumors regular

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    I have an Apple Bluetooth mouse and find that I never turn it off - should I, or is it not a worry?
     
  2. aussie_geek macrumors 65816

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    It's really up to you. Bluetooth mice go into a power save mode if you don't move them for a while. It doesn't harm the mouse having it on all the time - Apple would have said to turn it off if it did ;)

    The only advantage about turning it off is you saving on batteries.

    aussie_geek
     
  3. redeye be macrumors 65816

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    What about mother nature?
    If you use disposale batteries, turn it off. If you use rechargeable ones, you can leave it on,
    sometimes :) :rolleyes:
     
  4. doubleraven macrumors newbie

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    What about the Bluetooth Keyboard? Will leaving it on cause a significant loss in battery life?
     
  5. buryyourbrideau macrumors 65816

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    leaving anything on will obviously shorten battery life

    when i had the apple BT i turned it off at night or when i wasnt at home

    thats what i love about my mx1000

    awesome mouse and a usb charging station.

    WOOHOO!
     
  6. MacFan25863 macrumors 6502a

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    When I travel I turn my mouse off.

    Last thing I want is the mouse to be clicking throughout an entire 5 hour flight, plus all assorted airport time, because a toothbrush or something is pushing the button.
     
  7. katie ta achoo macrumors G3

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    I always turn off my BT keyboard and mouse.
    OK, I've only had them for about 2 days, but I've been so good about actually turning them off. It doesn't seem like that big of a hassle.

    When I turn it on, though, the mouse takes about 2 minutes to connect. I'm so impatient. :mad:

    but with how often I turn off my kb/mouse I expect the batteries to last a long time. I will then steal replacement batteries from the TV remote. :D
     
  8. wheezy macrumors 65816

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    the Apple BT Things are quite efficient marvels, and you can always check the battery status, which is extra cool (System Preferences).

    Also, I've discovered if you turn them on, and just click and hold the mouse a few times through, it'll connect in about 10 seconds. I've never had to wait 2 mins to connect. If it takes more than 30 seconds, I just turn it off/on again and it'll connect quick for ya.
     
  9. katie ta achoo macrumors G3

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    Ooo, thankie thankie!
    Damn! I don't have an excuse to go to the apple store anymore, haha.
    Stupid non broken mouse.. now I can't go play with the PowerMac G5s with the 30" displays... haha
     
  10. MoparShaha macrumors 68000

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    I leave my BT Keyboard on all the time. Batteries have consistently lasted six months. I've had it for a year and a half now.
     
  11. puckhead193 macrumors G3

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    i don't really use the keyboard, now cause their is no room for it on my desk, i'm saving it for school, but i use the mouse. i turn it off before i go to bed other then that its on.
     
  12. wheezy macrumors 65816

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    At least you have an Apple Store to go to! All I gots is Crap...err, CompUSA. My apple store is online.
     
  13. tangerineyum macrumors 6502

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    I can never turn mine off because it gets a bit fussy and doesnt like to reconnect to my ibook.
     
  14. puckhead193 macrumors G3

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    try clicking it a few times.
     
  15. katie ta achoo macrumors G3

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    Hehe, I'm spoiled! I'm there about 2x every 3 weeks.
    and I HARDLY EVER buy anything. I'm just there to hassle clerks.

    On average, I buy something ever 5 visits...

    "Uhh.. I'm test driving the PowerMac because I totally have $12k for my dream machine sitting around..."
     
  16. nagromme macrumors G5

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    Just wondering... if you let your Apple BT mouse and keyboard sleep instead of turning them off, does it really use more power or not?

    In other words, is it like the iPod hold switch (which I have never once used), meant to prevent accidental awakening by ignoring all input, or is it a real Off?
     
  17. katie ta achoo macrumors G3

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    I think it's a real off. I'm not sure.
    I am thinking that when you turn it off it's off-off because when you turn off the mouse, the red optical light also turns off. If it were in sleep mode, like iPods, it would be "awake" every few seconds to check for input. (I read something like the iPod is never OFF-OFF, it's on for a split second, and off for a split second or something like that. I dunno. :rolleyes: )

    Write ol' Stevey J a letter about it? :)
     
  18. nagromme macrumors G5

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    So the red light never goes off if you don't turn the mouse off with the switch?

    I think I'd prefer something that detected your hand (with minimal power) and then turned on the light.
     
  19. mariahlullaby macrumors 6502a

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    I turn it off sporadically, it's just a pain to not click it when I'm turning it off, because it wakes up the computer, etc. so I tend to keep it on. I rarely turn off the keyboard.

    Batteries seem to hold ok, though I 've only owned these for about 3 weeks :D
     
  20. doubleohseven macrumors 6502a

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    I always turn off my BT Apple Mighty Mouse whenever I've finished using it. I've had the same batteries in my mouse for nearly 3 months now, and it's still running strong. :cool:
     
  21. krye macrumors 68000

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    I nerver turn my Apple BT keyboard or mouse off. They go to slepp when not in use. With good batteries (like the ones they ship with) I get serveral months out of them. At least 3 months, if not more.
     
  22. mrwizardno2 macrumors 6502a

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    I got my BT mouse in December (towards the middle). I've never turned it off, it still reports 100% on the batteries.
     

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