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I bought a Microsoft Bluetooth mouse. My Vista laptop does not have built-in bluetooth. Can anyone recommend a good bluetooth USB adaptor to make this thing work?


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Well for a laptop I'd be tempted to try something like this, this or this.

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They're all mini adapters that you should be able to leave plugged in without fear of it being knocked out or damaged.

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You might not even have to pay that much. I picked up a mini-USB bluetooth adaptor like that from the local pound shop. Time will tell on quality/longevity, but it seems to work perfectly well. If they can be had from there for 1ukp I'm sure you'll find them cheap elsewhere too. – David Spillett May 14 '10 at 23:34
@David - I just linked to the shopping results pages because they were the first (and easiest) to find. I was highlighting that you can get mini adapters which seem ideal for laptops. – ChrisF May 15 '10 at 10:03
I wasn't criticising your answer, just pointing out that I'd seen working options in surprisingly cheap places. Mini-usb adaptors are indeed very useful - I have a bluetooth ones and a similarly sized microSD adaptor almost permanently attached to my netbook. – David Spillett May 17 '10 at 11:02

The cost of buying a bluetooth adapter and the new mouse is probably higher than if you simply return the mouse and get a regular wireless mouse (all of which now include usb receivers). I know it's probably not the answer you are expecting but it's the "easiest" way to get everything working.

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I went for this one. It blinks (blue) when active and blinks quickly when in use, but it's on the back of my laptop so what do I care.

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