Re: [opensource-62] wireless desktop

From: Patrick R. Michaud
Sent on: Saturday, May 11, 2013 1:11 PM
On Sat, May 11, 2013 at 12:00:48PM -0400, Trey Smith wrote:
> RF speakers exist, but are generally awful analog devices prone to
> interference. If you must use wireless speakers, I suppose BT is the way to
> go. 

FWIW, I recently purchased a G-Grip Bluetooth speaker set and
it works great.  Available at Target for $69.99 [1] (I found mine on 
sale for $59.99, though).  Works great with Bluetooth from my
Android phone; haven't been able to sync the audio through my
laptop's bluetooth connection yet, though (Ubuntu 12.04).
There's a standard audio jack on the G-Grip, which allows wired
connections as well, and it can be powered/charged from USB, 
which means you won't _have_ to use an extra electrical outlet.


Target has other models of wireless speakers from the same company
as well, they've gotten generally good reviews.  I went with the 
Bluetooth speakers because I wanted to be able to pair with my 
phone and other Bluetooth devices.

Trey is spot-on about the relative advantages/disadvant­ages of each.
With an RF keyboard, you don't have to worry about pairing or
getting the drivers correct; with Bluetooth you sometimes do.  
On the other hand, a Bluetooth keyboard can potentially work 
with many other devices (e.g. phones or tablets) that an 
RF keyboard won't be able to do.

I currently use RF for my wireless keyboard (Logitech K-800), but 
I've had some real troubles with the RF signal whenever the dongle is
plugged directly into my computer.  Even at a distance of 4 feet
the mouse will often be jerky or disconnect.  I always have to use
a USB extender cable or plug the dongle into a USB hub some distance
away from the computer to get things to work smoothly.

Hope this helps,


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