Logitech Anywhere MX with unifying receiver

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by stract, Nov 19, 2013.

  1. stract macrumors member

    Sep 13, 2013
    So, I have a Logitech mouse (anywhere MX) that I use when traveling, and a K800/M705 keyboard/mouse combo for my desktop usage. My new rMBP is replacing both my laptop and desktop, but I haven't bought a new display yet (hoping for an ATD refresh soon), so not currently connecting it to the keyboard/mouse combo.

    Anyway, they all work with the help of a small unifying receiver (plugs in via USB and provides BT signal to interact with devices). My question is, now that I have a laptop with built-in BT, do I even need the unifying receiver anymore? Will all my devices pair and function through the built-in BT?
  2. Giuly macrumors 68040


    You still need the receiver, as Unifying is "fake Bluetooth", but not real Bluetooth.

    As virtually all computers come with real Bluetooth built-in today, allowing you to choose between a device that uses Unifying and a device that uses Bluetooth without buying additional hardware, it's completely useless in the modern world.

    It probably even uses more power than Bluetooth 4.0.
  3. John Kotches macrumors 6502

    Jan 19, 2010
    Troy, IL (STL Area)

    So, not all RF technology is Bluetooth. Logitechs unifying receiver is RF. It isnt "fake Bluetooth" as poster #2 titles it.

    RF has been around longer than Bluetooth and often has greater range.
  4. Giuly macrumors 68040


    Still, according to Logitech's own whitepaper, it doesn't have any advantages over Bluetooth Smart/4.0 anymore and is not only redundant, but also occupies an USB port.
  5. alphaod macrumors Core


    Feb 9, 2008
    Yeah, but it doesn't have the lag and connection issues that Bluetooth has.
  6. anshu macrumors newbie

    Mar 30, 2011

    Huh? The main features part of the paper starts with

    Unlike Bluetooth, Logitech Advanced 2.4 GHz is not a frequency-hopping protocol that continuously
    jumps from one channel to another. Logitech Advanced 2.4 GHz is a so-called frequency-agility protocol
    that stays on the same channel as long as possible. When the active channel becomes unusable,
    Logitech Advanced 2.4 GHz automatically selects another one

    I much prefer having the logitech, since it connects much faster then bluetooth and I never lose a connection and have to reboot the device... and the complaint about ports? I imagine most people are using the mouse and keyboards in a more permanent desk setup, not on the go, so no worries about hubs or anything, i could be wrong of course
  7. Giuly macrumors 68040


  8. John Kotches macrumors 6502

    Jan 19, 2010
    Troy, IL (STL Area)
    And most items don't have Bluetooth 4.0.

    Bluetooth is okay but I am not the biggest fan because it isnt nearly as seamless as it should be. Lots of experience with things just not working cleanly/well.
  9. jedolley macrumors 68000

    Sep 18, 2009
    The question was kind of answered already, but may have been lost/confused in the Bluetooth debate...

    The unifying receiver is NOT Bluetooth and the Anywhere MX is NOT a bluetooth mouse. You will need the USB receiver in order for the mouse to work.
  10. Mr. McMac Suspended

    Mr. McMac

    Dec 21, 2009
    Far away from liberals
    I've had nothing but disconnect problems with bluetooth on 2 mac mini's with my Apple Bluetooth Keyboards. I've since switched over to the Logitech K750 with uses the same dongle as my mouse. Since then I've had zero problems.

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  11. Giuly, Nov 24, 2013
    Last edited: Nov 23, 2014

    Giuly macrumors 68040


    Amazon currently has the Anywhere MX for $27.50 (instead of $59.99), if you care to pick one up and have a spare USB port.

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