Can wireless mouse receiver be plugged into keyboard?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by srowndedbyh2o, May 4, 2009.

  1. srowndedbyh2o macrumors regular

    Mar 28, 2009
    Looking into getting a USB wireless mouse for my iMac G5.
    I’m going to keep using my wired keyboard.
    Can the receiver for the mouse be plugged into the USB port on my wired keyboard, or does it have to be plugged into the computer?
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    As long as a USB port is connected to the computer, like through the wired keyboard, it should work fine. Be aware that some USB ports produce more power than others, which can affect USB powered drives, etc. A mouse receiver doesn't draw that much, so you should be fine.
  3. Samslice12 macrumors member

    Jan 20, 2008
    Yes, you can plug it into the to side of the keyboard.

    I'm pretty sure that the iMac has built in Bluetooth (correct me if I'm wrong), what about a bluetooth mouse? You won't need the receiver which is a lot less hassle.

    The Targus Bluetooth Mouse for Mac is a great mouse.
  4. srowndedbyh2o thread starter macrumors regular

    Mar 28, 2009
    Thank you.
    I'll check it out. Thanks.
  5. aidricksdad macrumors regular


    Dec 29, 2008
    Round Rock
    targus mouse sucks.....too big and funky scrolling was really hard with the wierd middle button so i returned it and bought a microsoft arc and love it
  6. timothevs macrumors 6502


    Nov 17, 2007
    Yes it indeed can be. I have my MX revolution receiver connected to my Mac Keyboard. Love it.
  7. kastenbrust macrumors 68030


    Dec 26, 2008
    North Korea
    Same, infact if your using Wireless internet or any other bluetooth devices such as a mobile phone etc then i'd recommend plugging the mouse reciever into your computer, because during graphic design or gaming the wireless internet can interfere with the mouse signal and make the mouse judder and jump around the screen :(
  8. srowndedbyh2o thread starter macrumors regular

    Mar 28, 2009
    Thanks all.
    I was considering the Logitech V450 Nano Cordless Laser Mouse for Notebooks (Red).
    My wife has very small hands, and this model looks like it would work well for her. Also they state that it has a 12 month battery life, which is great, and the receiver is tiny so it won’t be in the way if plugged into the keyboard.
  9. michael.lauden macrumors 68020


    Dec 25, 2008
    psh if you're going to buy a mouse... go Logitech MX Revolution
  10. Stephen22 macrumors newbie

    Aug 5, 2009
    Help!!!!!! Didn't like the MM so two and a half years ago I plugged a logitech receiver of the logitech V220 wireless mouse into the wired Mac aluminum keyboard usb port. Several months ago, I replaced the mouse with a logitech V450 wireless mouse whose receiver is also plugged into the side of the aluminum keyboard. Worked great until about three weeks ago when Sarfari 4 came out. The mouse cursor occasionally froze up and disabled the keyboard too, forcing a reboot. Logitech tech support dogmatically said that you must plug their mice and receivers into the back of the mac, not through the keyboard usb port. I assumed that the freezing was happening because of a problem or conflict while in Sarfari 4 because that's where it happened 4 times in a certain period of 2 weeks but yesterday it happened in Mail despite my removing the logitech control center and using the regular leopard mouse system preference to rule out control center software issue. IT OCCURS TO ME that 10.5.7 has recently come down about the time of the freezing problem and I have succeeded all these years with plugging into the keyboard USB port! Thinking about buying a bluetooth logitech or MM bluetooth but have read that they freeze up according to some before the download of 10.5.7 and according to some users just after 10.5.7! I have run out of usb ports and my peripherals cannot use hubs. I'm stuck. I cannot tell why the sudden freezing occasionally despite such success in plugging into the side of the keyboard regardless of what logitech tech support has to say about there not being enough power and that is causing the freezing. What I am really worried about is what will happen with the issue when Snow Leopard comes out in September. Will the problem go away? Or will it be worse? Safari 4 may be a big power drain or there may be a conflict with the mouse and Safari but it may equally be a problem with 10.5.7. I have had too much success with the side keyboard use of the receiver over 20-1/2 years to believe logitech tech support about only using a usb port in the back of my imac. Perplexed like crazy. Don't want to buy a bluetooth or expensive wireless MM and find out freezing is due to 10.5.7.

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