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Mouse for Surface Pro 2 that is not USB

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    Mouse for Surface Pro 2 that is not USB


    Just got a surface Pro 2 for work. In addition to the keyboard I need a mouse. normally a cheap USB mouse would do.
    however, I also have one of those 4G wireless network USB dongles that takes the only USB port.

    Can any of the other ports be used for a mouse? I think it also has Bluetooth, but ideally don't rely on a mouse needing a battery.

    unrelated to this, how does one use the camera properly in desktop mode? All I read it is using the cloud? what? I just want to access the pictures I take somehow. and can the camera zoom at all?

    I'm using an android phone and notice MS has to learn a lot....

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    Germany/Florida
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    Vista and Win7


    I got this Bluetooth mouse from Best Buy for my tablet. Works great and does not break the bank.

    There are a few similar HP models if you want to compare. They all have good reviews.
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    Posts : 87
    Windows 7 Pro 64


    hey WHS, thanks for the tip. I think that would work great. however, I kind of thought I'm only able to make sure the tablet is charged and probably would have a mouse without battery-life left.

    I ordered one of the cheap passive USB hubs/splitters and will try out if the mouse and the 4G dongle can work at the same time. Most of the time I'm near a company WiFi area, so the USB mouse alone would work. Only when I'm at construction sites or other areas without WiFi I need the 4G dongle...
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    Germany/Florida
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    however, I kind of thought I'm only able to make sure the tablet is charged and probably would have a mouse without battery-life left.
    To tell you the truth, I do not understand what your concern is. Can you repeat that in different words. This BT mouse works perfectly.
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    Posts : 87
    Windows 7 Pro 64


    My concern is the BT mouse has a battery that needs to be charged. So that all works fine as long as I make sure the battery in the mouse is full, right?
    Now, knowing myself, I have that mouse in my tablet bag and will have a BT mouse with empty battery.

    the advantage of the USB mouse is, it takes power from the tablet.
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    Germany/Florida
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    It has a AA battery and that seems to last forever. But you can always carry a spare.
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    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    I have a couple of Logitech wireless Trackballs and wireless keyboards. The ones I use on my desktop PC I never switch off and the batteries last over a year. The one I carry in my Laptop bag I do switch off. They all just use standard non rechargeable batteries. The Logitech Setpoint software will tell me battery state and when to change the batteries.
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    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    unrelated to this, how does one use the camera properly in desktop mode? All I read it is using the cloud? what? I just want to access the pictures I take somehow. and can the camera zoom at all?
    Could you expand this issue a bit ?

    What exactly is going on ?

    Do you need to import pictures from a camera ?
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    Hafnarfjrur IS
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    Linux Centos 7, W8.1, W7, W2K3 Server W10


    Hi there

    The batteries in most wireless mice last for ages even if the mouse is left switched on -- wireless keyboards also last for EVER-- I have an external ISL keyboard since these aren't readily available outside Iceland - and I've changed the battery once in about 18 months.

    Logitech (and some other people) do a "Unified" type of system which allows keyboard AND MOUSE to use a SINGLE receiver -- you can also use the mouse or keyboard by itself too.

    A decent powered USB hub will also be fine for your tablet -- or even an unpowered one if you aren't plugging in external HDD's. For external HDD's on a tablet I'd always use a powered hub to prevent loss of data on the HDD -- especially when using the larger 2 TB external drives.

    I've never been a fan of blue tooth -- often has a habit of disconnecting at odd times and isn't the most reliable method of data (or even music) transfer / streaming.

    Cheers
    jimbo
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    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    My Logitech wireless trackballs go into a power saver mode when not used for a while. That's why I don't bother switching them off when not in use. My Logitech keyboard came with a mouse that I don't use so I just linked it to my trackballs Unifying receive. I'll likely give the mouse and its original Unifying receiver to my father.
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