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Offline CliffordK

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Are the little mini USB transmitters any good?
« on: 19/03/2012 01:45:47 »
I got a new wireless keyboard recently. 

And, it came with the new style mini-transmitter.



It seems as if I miss keys periodically, or key combos such as Ctrl-C/Ctrl-V.

Are these mini-transmitters any good?  What I may end up having to do is put it into a USB extension cord to the front of my desk, which kind of defeats the purpose of the miniaturization.


 

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Re: Are the little mini USB transmitters any good?
« Reply #1 on: 19/03/2012 02:51:40 »
I suspect the intermittent faults are due to radio interference rather than a line-of-sight thing.
If true the problem will persist even if you use a USB extension cable to place the receiver (dongle) in line-of-sight of the transmitter (keyboard).

[Alternatively the computer may be intermittently distracted by some process and momentarily ignore your addon keyboard].
« Last Edit: 19/03/2012 02:56:55 by RD »
 

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Re: Are the little mini USB transmitters any good?
« Reply #2 on: 20/03/2012 13:00:38 »
Thanks,

I've added a USB extension cord and moved the receiver nearer to my keyboard.  I actually have the PC located behind my monitor on my desk.   It seems to help somewhat.  However, I still seem to miss a few keystrokes. 

Perhaps the left control button is flaky.  It is a new keyboard, HP, but, one never knows.  I'll watch it a bit more.

I shouldn't have that many devices that would interfere at home. 
 

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