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Performance has been excellent with the mouse and keyboard. The cursor response is practically instantaneous. The adjustments I mentioned earlier should help with any changes you might want to make.
As for range, my daughter thought it was funny when I told her to watch the screen while I went to the other end of the house and typed in a message. The mouse seemed to move the cursor pretty well, too. That's about 40 feet, through normal residential walls.
I did an OOo Impress presentation recently for the Melbourne Linux User Group. The meeting was held in a warehouse-type room, and I think the steel/sheet rock walls caused some reflections of the radio waves. The cursor started acting funny when I was about 30 feet away from the laptop, so I just moved a little closer.
I've also tested the range in a large room at the local library, and the best I could get was about 100 feet. I received a few strange looks, too, as I peered at the laptop screen through binoculars while I waved the mouse around.
As for battery life, never fear, the mouse has a NiMH battery and a charger. I've used my mouse for eight hours on a full charge. If you can get in the habit of putting the mouse in its charger during lunch or dinner, it always is ready. You can buy a spare battery, too, if you feel as though you'll forget to charge before a presentation. The compact keyboard uses four AAA-sized batteries, and it's been running strong for almost a month.
I'd recommend the Gyromouse and compact keyboard suite to any desktop or laptop Linux user. Put it with an LCD monitor and a small form factor desktop box, and you can have your workspace back. Give it a try, I think you'll wonder why you didn't get one sooner.
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