Solved Mouse - USB vs. Bluetooth


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I've got a Logitech USB wireless mouse with the dongle plugged into a CalDigit TS4 Thunderbolt dock. Yeah, I know, that's gross overkill - the dock is there for other stuff, all of which is working fine.

Recently, the mouse has started acting up - disconnecting and reconnecting at random. Replacing it with a different mouse doesn't seem to help. Plugging the dongle into one of the ports on the notebook helps, but it kinda grates me to take up one of the limited number of USB ports with it. So...

I've discovered that Logitech now has a Bluetooth mouse. Anyone with any thoughts to share about that?

I'll likely just buy it and try it, but thought I'd save my funds if it's a dumpster fire.
 

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  • OS
    Windows 11 23H2
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon G10
    CPU
    i5-1240p
    Memory
    16gb
    Graphics Card(s)
    Whatever comes in it
    Sound Card
    Whatever comes in it
    Monitor(s) Displays
    No external monitor. Yet.
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1200
    Hard Drives
    Internal 512 GB SSD
    Desktop 6 TB, 1 TB, 225 GB, all HDDs
    Portable 4TB SSD, 2TB HDD
    A whole army of USB flash memory sticks
    Mouse
    Logitech M317
    Internet Speed
    500 mbps Fiber
    Browser
    Chrome
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender
    Other Info
    CalDigit TS4 dock for all my USB stuff, speakers, and connect to Android phone
    HP MFP M277dw laser printer/scanner
Or, maybe just get a multi-port USB connector, or a powered hub to piggyback off your USB port?
 

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    Version 23H2 (OS Build 22621.3447)
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    PC/Desktop
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    Dell 8950
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    i9 12th Generation
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    64GB
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    PNY 3060 12GB
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    NEC EA27IU
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    3140X2160
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    SSD internal, external drives
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    Advanced Air Cooling
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    Microsoft
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    Microsoft
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    High-Speed
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    Google Chrome
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    Norton 360
Or, maybe just get a multi-port USB connector, or a powered hub to piggyback off your USB port?
Uh, that's why I've got the TS4.

Now, about the BT mouse...
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11 23H2
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon G10
    CPU
    i5-1240p
    Memory
    16gb
    Graphics Card(s)
    Whatever comes in it
    Sound Card
    Whatever comes in it
    Monitor(s) Displays
    No external monitor. Yet.
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1200
    Hard Drives
    Internal 512 GB SSD
    Desktop 6 TB, 1 TB, 225 GB, all HDDs
    Portable 4TB SSD, 2TB HDD
    A whole army of USB flash memory sticks
    Mouse
    Logitech M317
    Internet Speed
    500 mbps Fiber
    Browser
    Chrome
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender
    Other Info
    CalDigit TS4 dock for all my USB stuff, speakers, and connect to Android phone
    HP MFP M277dw laser printer/scanner
I have a Logitech MX Master 3. It can be either Bluetooth or USB. The Bluetooth works fine once the system boots. I have a desktop. You should be fine with the BT mouse.
 

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    Windows 11 Pro 24H2 RP channel
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    Home built
    CPU
    Ryzen 9 5900X
    Motherboard
    MSI MPG X570S Edge Max WiFi
    Memory
    Corsair Vengeance RGB PRO 64GB (2x32GB) DDR4 3600 (PC4-28800) C18
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    ASUS GeForce RTX 4070 Super OC 12GB DDR6 / ZOTAC RTX 3060 Twin Edge OC 12GB GDDR6
    Sound Card
    Proprietary on MB
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    ViewSonic XG2530 25"/Benq XL2411P 24"/ ASUS VA24DQSB) 23.8"
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    1920x1080 240Hz/144Hz/60Hz (based on monitor setup above)
    Hard Drives
    SK hynix Gold P31 1TB PCIe NVMe Gen3 M.2 2280 Internal SSD
    ADATA XPG SX8200 Pro 1TB
    Samsung SSD 860 EVO 1TB 2.5 Inch SATA III Internal SSD
    PSU
    Corsair RM1000e
    Case
    Phanteks Enthoo Pro Full Tower Chassis with Window
    Cooling
    Corsair iCUE H60i RGB PRO XT Liquid CPU Cooler
    Keyboard
    Corsair K70
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master 3
    Internet Speed
    ~950Mb/s download / ~700Mb/s upload
    Browser
    Edge (Chromium)
    Antivirus
    Norton 360
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    Windows 11 Pro
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    Home Built
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    Ryzen 7 3700X
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    MSI B550 Gaming GEN3 Gaming Motherboard
    Memory
    32MB DDR4
    Graphics card(s)
    I forget, but it's old. I can't see the need to upgrade it.
    Sound Card
    Propietary
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    ACER LED 24"
    Screen Resolution
    1920X1080
    Hard Drives
    1TB Samsung SSD 3.5"
    Case
    Corsair
    Cooling
    Stock
    Mouse
    Logitech
    Keyboard
    Logitech
    Internet Speed
    ~750Mb/s download / ~750Mb/s upload
    Browser
    Edge
    Antivirus
    Defender and Malware Bytes
I have a Logitech M510 wireless mouse with the unifying receiver which works great once I found a suitable place for the receiver. It didn't work in the sockets on the back of the PC but is flawless with the receiver plugged into a USB port on a monitor: I had Bluetooth mice but they were just basic Microsoft ones and the performance was very inconsistent, freezes, stutters etc.. The Bluetooth seemed too prone to suffer from interference.
 

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  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro 22H2 22635.3785
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Home built
    CPU
    Ryzen 5 Pro 4650G
    Motherboard
    Gigabyte B550M DS3H
    Memory
    16 Gb DDR4 3200 Corsaire Vengeance
    Graphics Card(s)
    On CPU: Radeon Vega 7
    Sound Card
    Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Surround 5.1 Pro USB
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Dell U2312HM + Dell U2412M
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1200 Dell U2412M 1920x1080 Dell U2312HM
    Hard Drives
    Crucial CT250P2SSD8 System; Sandisk SDSSDA240G Apps; Seagate 2Tb HDD Data
    PSU
    Corsair Bronze 550W
    Case
    No idea, got it from my son
    Cooling
    standard
    Keyboard
    Aukey KM-G12
    Mouse
    Micrsoft bluetooth
    Internet Speed
    3.7 Mbs
    Browser
    Brave / Edge
    Antivirus
    Windows / Malwarebytes
I have a Logitech M557. I have been using it for 5 years now and it works well.
However, if you're a gamer, you're better off with a USB mouse.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11
I have a Logitech M510 wireless mouse with the unifying receiver which works great once I found a suitable place for the receiver.
Interesting. Mine seems to be working well now that I plugged the receiver directly into the PC. Before that, two different mice were acting up when plugged into the TS4 dock. I'm now wondering the the USB A-to-C adapter for them was the problem. Or maybe just being too close to too many device connections on the TS4.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11 23H2
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon G10
    CPU
    i5-1240p
    Memory
    16gb
    Graphics Card(s)
    Whatever comes in it
    Sound Card
    Whatever comes in it
    Monitor(s) Displays
    No external monitor. Yet.
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1200
    Hard Drives
    Internal 512 GB SSD
    Desktop 6 TB, 1 TB, 225 GB, all HDDs
    Portable 4TB SSD, 2TB HDD
    A whole army of USB flash memory sticks
    Mouse
    Logitech M317
    Internet Speed
    500 mbps Fiber
    Browser
    Chrome
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender
    Other Info
    CalDigit TS4 dock for all my USB stuff, speakers, and connect to Android phone
    HP MFP M277dw laser printer/scanner
I have a Logitech M557. I have been using it for 5 years now and it works well.
However, if you're a gamer, you're better off with a USB mouse.
Not a gamer.

I Googled Logitech 557 and found a lot of posts about them disconnecting. Now wondering if that's a liability of BT mice in general as compared to the dedicated wireless radios used for the USB dongle.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11 23H2
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon G10
    CPU
    i5-1240p
    Memory
    16gb
    Graphics Card(s)
    Whatever comes in it
    Sound Card
    Whatever comes in it
    Monitor(s) Displays
    No external monitor. Yet.
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1200
    Hard Drives
    Internal 512 GB SSD
    Desktop 6 TB, 1 TB, 225 GB, all HDDs
    Portable 4TB SSD, 2TB HDD
    A whole army of USB flash memory sticks
    Mouse
    Logitech M317
    Internet Speed
    500 mbps Fiber
    Browser
    Chrome
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender
    Other Info
    CalDigit TS4 dock for all my USB stuff, speakers, and connect to Android phone
    HP MFP M277dw laser printer/scanner
I have a few Microsoft Sculpt Comfort BT mice, one in use and two new for sale. Also have a few Targus BT mice which apparently have been discontinued and an older LogiTech that hasn't been needed for awhile. BT is usually part of the Wireless/Wi-Fi Network adapter and frees up a USB port. I keep one in each Notebook case. Got lucky a few years ago, package of 6 Targus was less than cost of 2 individual. If not having BT in the computer there is an IOGear USB Bluetooth dongle that works well. My April 2022 Dell Vostro Desktop has Wired and Wireless adapters and the Wireless includes Bluetooth.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Win11 Pro RTM
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Vostro 3400
    CPU
    Intel Core i5 11th Gen. 2.40GHz
    Memory
    12GB
    Hard Drives
    256GB SSD NVMe
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro RTM x64
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Vostro 5890
    CPU
    Intel Core i5 10th Gen. 2.90GHz
    Memory
    16GB
    Graphics card(s)
    Onboard, no VGA, using a DisplayPort-to-VGA adapter
    Monitor(s) Displays
    24" Dell
    Hard Drives
    512GB SSD NVMe, 2TB WDC HDD
    Browser
    Firefox, Edge
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender/Microsoft Security
Not a gamer.

I Googled Logitech 557 and found a lot of posts about them disconnecting. Now wondering if that's a liability of BT mice in general as compared to the dedicated wireless radios used for the USB dongle.
I'm using the built in BT (from Intel) on my PC (ASUS ROG) and not a third-party USB dongle.
With that said. I only experience disconnects when batteries are low. Simple fix is to charge batteries every month.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11
Uh, that's why I've got the TS4.

Now, about the BT mouse...

Or, maybe just get a multi-port USB connector, or a powered hub to piggyback off your USB port?
Good suggestion in my opinion, archfoto, dock or no dock. 🙏
Much cheeper option than a new mouse and it’s always good to have more ports, especially when a person is concerned about taking up 1 single port on a laptop.
 
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My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro 23H2 Build: 22631.3593
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Sin-built
    CPU
    Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-4770K CPU @ 3.50GHz (4th Gen?)
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Maximus VI Formula
    Memory
    32.0 GB of I forget and the box is in storage.
    Graphics Card(s)
    Gigabyte nVidia GeForce GTX 1660 Super OC 6GB
    Sound Card
    Onboard
    Monitor(s) Displays
    4 x LG 23MP75 1 x 24" LG M38H 1 x 32" LF6300 TV Monitor 1 x Wacom Pro 22" Tablet
    Screen Resolution
    All over the place
    Hard Drives
    2 x WD something Something 8TB HDD's / 2 x WD something Something 4TB HDD's / 1 x EVO 1TB SSD / 2 x QVO 1TB SSD's / 1 x EVO 250 GB SSD / 2 x QVO 1TB (External Hub) / 1 x EVO 1TB (Portable Backup Case)
    PSU
    Silverstone 1500
    Case
    NZXT Phantom 820 Full-Tower Case
    Cooling
    Noctua NH-D15 Elite Class Dual Tower CPU Cooler / 6 x EziDIY 120mm / 2 x Corsair 140mm somethings / 1 x 140mm Thermaltake something / 2 x 200mm Corsair.
    Keyboard
    Corsair K95 / Logitech diNovo Edge Wireless
    Mouse
    Logitech G402 / G502 / Mx Masters / MX Air Cordless
    Internet Speed
    100/40Mbps
    Browser
    All sorts
    Antivirus
    Kaspersky Premium
    Other Info
    I’m on a horse.
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro 22621.2215
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    LENOVO Yoga 7i EVO OLED 14" Touchscreen i5 12 Core 16GB/512GB
    CPU
    Intel Core 12th Gen i5-1240P Processor (1.7 - 4.4GHz)
    Memory
    16GB LPDDR5 RAM
    Graphics card(s)
    Graphics processor is an Intel Iris Xe
    Sound Card
    optimized with Dolby Atmos®
    Screen Resolution
    QHD 2880 x 1800 OLED
    Hard Drives
    M.2 512GB
    Other Info
    …still on a horse.
If a device plugged into the TS4 attempts to draw too much power for an extended period of time, the TS4 will protect itself by disabling USB ports until it's fully disconnected and reconnected, similar to what you're describing. We most often see this behavior with BUS powered USB hubs, though other peripherals or USB devices may trigger this behaviour.

- CalDigit rep

Before you spend money on a new mouse, have you tested the mouse by unplugging power intensive devices from the hub?
And to risk stating the obvious, have you checked the batteries in the mouse?
Do you have the latest firmware for the dock?
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro 23H2 Build: 22631.3593
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Sin-built
    CPU
    Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-4770K CPU @ 3.50GHz (4th Gen?)
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Maximus VI Formula
    Memory
    32.0 GB of I forget and the box is in storage.
    Graphics Card(s)
    Gigabyte nVidia GeForce GTX 1660 Super OC 6GB
    Sound Card
    Onboard
    Monitor(s) Displays
    4 x LG 23MP75 1 x 24" LG M38H 1 x 32" LF6300 TV Monitor 1 x Wacom Pro 22" Tablet
    Screen Resolution
    All over the place
    Hard Drives
    2 x WD something Something 8TB HDD's / 2 x WD something Something 4TB HDD's / 1 x EVO 1TB SSD / 2 x QVO 1TB SSD's / 1 x EVO 250 GB SSD / 2 x QVO 1TB (External Hub) / 1 x EVO 1TB (Portable Backup Case)
    PSU
    Silverstone 1500
    Case
    NZXT Phantom 820 Full-Tower Case
    Cooling
    Noctua NH-D15 Elite Class Dual Tower CPU Cooler / 6 x EziDIY 120mm / 2 x Corsair 140mm somethings / 1 x 140mm Thermaltake something / 2 x 200mm Corsair.
    Keyboard
    Corsair K95 / Logitech diNovo Edge Wireless
    Mouse
    Logitech G402 / G502 / Mx Masters / MX Air Cordless
    Internet Speed
    100/40Mbps
    Browser
    All sorts
    Antivirus
    Kaspersky Premium
    Other Info
    I’m on a horse.
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro 22621.2215
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    LENOVO Yoga 7i EVO OLED 14" Touchscreen i5 12 Core 16GB/512GB
    CPU
    Intel Core 12th Gen i5-1240P Processor (1.7 - 4.4GHz)
    Memory
    16GB LPDDR5 RAM
    Graphics card(s)
    Graphics processor is an Intel Iris Xe
    Sound Card
    optimized with Dolby Atmos®
    Screen Resolution
    QHD 2880 x 1800 OLED
    Hard Drives
    M.2 512GB
    Other Info
    …still on a horse.
Do you have another Logitech device with its own Unifying Receiver? If you do you can try the mouse with a different Unifying Receiver.

I have a Logitech MK550 Wireless Keyboard and Mouse Combo. It includes a K350 Keyboard and a M510 Mouse. It was becoming intermittent. Moving the Unifying Receiver from the back of the computer to the front helped for a time but eventually even that didn't help. I solved the problem by buying a new Unifying Receiver.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro 23H2
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    ASUS TUF Gaming A15 (2022)
    CPU
    AMD Ryzen 7 6800H with Radeon 680M GPU (486MB RAM)
    Memory
    Crucial DDR5-4800 (2400MHz) 32GB (2 x 16GB)
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA RTX 3060 Laptop (6GB RAM)
    Sound Card
    n/a
    Monitor(s) Displays
    15.6-inch
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080 300Hz
    Hard Drives
    2 x Samsung 980 (1TB M.2 NVME SSD)
    PSU
    n/a
    Mouse
    Wireless Mouse M510
    Internet Speed
    1200Mbps/250Mbps
    Browser
    Firefox
    Antivirus
    Malwarebytes
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro 23H2
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Custom build
    CPU
    AMD Ryzen 7 3700X
    Motherboard
    ASUS PRIME X370-PRO
    Memory
    G.SKILL Flare X 32GB (2x16GB) DDR4
    Graphics card(s)
    ASUS ROG-STRIX-RTX3060TI-08G-V2-GAMING (RTX 3060-Ti, 8GB RAM)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Samsung S23A300B (23-in LED)
    Screen Resolution
    1080p 60Hz
    Hard Drives
    2TB XPG SX8200 Pro (M2. PCIe SSD) || 2TB Intel 660P (M2. PCIe SSD) ||
    PSU
    Corsair RM750x (750 watts)
    Case
    Cooler Master MasterCase 5
    Cooling
    Corsair H60 AIO water cooler
    Mouse
    Logitech K350 (wireless)
    Keyboard
    Logitech M510 (wireless)
    Internet Speed
    1200 Mbps down / 200 Mbps up
    Browser
    Firefox, Edge, Chrome
    Antivirus
    Malwarebytes (Premium)
    Other Info
    ASUS Blu-ray Burner BW-16D1HT (SATA) || Western Digital Elements 12TB USB 3.0 external hard drive used with Acronis True Image backup software || HP OfficeJet Pro 6975 Printer/Scanner
Do you have another Logitech device with its own Unifying Receiver? If you do you can try the mouse with a different Unifying Receiver.
Good thought, but no. Just the mouse. Using the laptop's own keyboard.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11 23H2
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon G10
    CPU
    i5-1240p
    Memory
    16gb
    Graphics Card(s)
    Whatever comes in it
    Sound Card
    Whatever comes in it
    Monitor(s) Displays
    No external monitor. Yet.
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1200
    Hard Drives
    Internal 512 GB SSD
    Desktop 6 TB, 1 TB, 225 GB, all HDDs
    Portable 4TB SSD, 2TB HDD
    A whole army of USB flash memory sticks
    Mouse
    Logitech M317
    Internet Speed
    500 mbps Fiber
    Browser
    Chrome
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender
    Other Info
    CalDigit TS4 dock for all my USB stuff, speakers, and connect to Android phone
    HP MFP M277dw laser printer/scanner
Before you spend money on a new mouse, have you tested the mouse by unplugging power intensive devices from the hub?
And to risk stating the obvious, have you checked the batteries in the mouse?
Do you have the latest firmware for the dock?
The three HDD on the dock have their own supplies. There's also an SD card and a USB stick, and the mouse.
Yes, I put a fresh battery in the mouse just a couple of days ago. Thanks for asking.
I just looked at the CalDigit site. The most recent firmware is from June 2022. I bought it in Dec of 2022, so it appears that it's current.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11 23H2
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon G10
    CPU
    i5-1240p
    Memory
    16gb
    Graphics Card(s)
    Whatever comes in it
    Sound Card
    Whatever comes in it
    Monitor(s) Displays
    No external monitor. Yet.
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1200
    Hard Drives
    Internal 512 GB SSD
    Desktop 6 TB, 1 TB, 225 GB, all HDDs
    Portable 4TB SSD, 2TB HDD
    A whole army of USB flash memory sticks
    Mouse
    Logitech M317
    Internet Speed
    500 mbps Fiber
    Browser
    Chrome
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender
    Other Info
    CalDigit TS4 dock for all my USB stuff, speakers, and connect to Android phone
    HP MFP M277dw laser printer/scanner
@antspants
Oops, I forgot. One of the Thunderbolt USB-C ports on the CalDigit is 100w power. That one is the "umbilical" to the laptop, both charging it and providing the USB connection between it and the dock.

So yeah, there IS a device drawing power. Of course, the laptop battery is there to smooth out demand, you'd think. Kinda moot to consider unplugging it, though, because that ends the data connection.

I've got a couple of things to try today. If they fizzle, I'll either just leave the mouse receiver plugged into the laptop USB-A port or I'll go ahead and try a Bluetooth mouse, which was the original question, anyway.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11 23H2
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon G10
    CPU
    i5-1240p
    Memory
    16gb
    Graphics Card(s)
    Whatever comes in it
    Sound Card
    Whatever comes in it
    Monitor(s) Displays
    No external monitor. Yet.
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1200
    Hard Drives
    Internal 512 GB SSD
    Desktop 6 TB, 1 TB, 225 GB, all HDDs
    Portable 4TB SSD, 2TB HDD
    A whole army of USB flash memory sticks
    Mouse
    Logitech M317
    Internet Speed
    500 mbps Fiber
    Browser
    Chrome
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender
    Other Info
    CalDigit TS4 dock for all my USB stuff, speakers, and connect to Android phone
    HP MFP M277dw laser printer/scanner
My take on things.......Bluetooth mice may have slower response times compared to Wireless radio mice. Probably okay for normal everyday usage but not the best for laptop gaming. Some devices do not like to be connected via USB type docking ports and should be connected directly to USB ports on the motherboard itself. For a laptop a Bluetooth mouse is useful as you do not need to use up limited USB ports for operation.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Win 7/10/11
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Other Info
    I'm a computer enthusiast so have quite a few systems that I run. More like an advanced hobby.
I have both MS BT & USB mice.
A small word of advice; if you are using multiple OSs on the same system, not VMs, the BT mouse can be at a disadvantage as it wil need to be paired on either OS. Once connected to an OS it will need to be paired again when you switch back.
Unless you want to mess with the reg hardware IDs, a USB mouse is better suited for those situations.
The big advantage of a BT mouse is that it will remain usable even if all your USB ports are taken.
The range of a BT mouse is also much greater.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Win11 All /Debian/Arch
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    ASUSTeK COMPUTER INC. TUF Gaming FX705GM
    CPU
    2.20 gigahertz Intel i7-8750H Hyper-threaded 12 cores
    Motherboard
    ASUSTeK COMPUTER INC. FX705GM 1.0
    Memory
    24428 Megabytes
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel(R) UHD Graphics 630 / NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060
    Sound Card
    Intel(R) Display Audio / Realtek(R) Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Integrated Monitor (17.3"vis)
    Screen Resolution
    FHD 1920X1080 16:9
    Hard Drives
    2 SSD SATA/NVM Express 1.3
    WDS500G2B0A-00SM50 500.1 GB
    WDCSDAPNUW-1002 256 GB
    PSU
    19V DC 6.32 A 120 W
    Cooling
    Dual Fans
    Mouse
    MS Bluetooth
    Internet Speed
    Fiber 1GB Cox -us & ADSL Bouygues -fr
    Browser
    Edge Canary- Firefox Nightly
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender
    Other Info
    VMs of Windows 11 stable/Beta/Dev/Canary
    VM of XeroLinux- Arch based & Debian 12
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Insider Canary
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    ASUS X751BP
    CPU
    AMD Dual Core A6-9220
    Motherboard
    ASUS
    Memory
    8 GB
    Graphics card(s)
    AMD Radeon R5 M420
    Sound Card
    Realtek
    Monitor(s) Displays
    17.3
    Screen Resolution
    1600X900 16:9
    Hard Drives
    1TB 5400RPM
My take on things.......Bluetooth mice may have slower response times compared to Wireless radio mice. Probably okay for normal everyday usage but not the best for laptop gaming. Some devices do not like to be connected via USB type docking ports and should be connected directly to USB ports on the motherboard itself. For a laptop a Bluetooth mouse is useful as you do not need to use up limited USB ports for operation.
I'm not gaming, so BT could be OK for me. Meanwhile, I ran my mouse for a day or so with the dongle plugged into the laptop and it was fine, so your point about some devices not liking to be on a dock is well taken.

I'm trying a new Thunderbolt "umbilical" and and new mouse today. We'll see if that helps. If not, I'm getting a BT mouse. Might get one regardless, just to see how it goes. Apart from freeing up a port, it would be nice not to have to deal with the dongle.

Off topic, could yall in AR stop sending this nasty weather to Memphis? :-)
Last night's storm left a big area in my neighborhood without power for 12 hours.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11 23H2
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon G10
    CPU
    i5-1240p
    Memory
    16gb
    Graphics Card(s)
    Whatever comes in it
    Sound Card
    Whatever comes in it
    Monitor(s) Displays
    No external monitor. Yet.
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1200
    Hard Drives
    Internal 512 GB SSD
    Desktop 6 TB, 1 TB, 225 GB, all HDDs
    Portable 4TB SSD, 2TB HDD
    A whole army of USB flash memory sticks
    Mouse
    Logitech M317
    Internet Speed
    500 mbps Fiber
    Browser
    Chrome
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender
    Other Info
    CalDigit TS4 dock for all my USB stuff, speakers, and connect to Android phone
    HP MFP M277dw laser printer/scanner
A small word of advice; if you are using multiple OSs on the same system, not VMs, the BT mouse can be at a disadvantage as it wil need to be paired on either OS. Once connected to an OS it will need to be paired again when you switch back.
Mercifully, no. Just Win 11.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11 23H2
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon G10
    CPU
    i5-1240p
    Memory
    16gb
    Graphics Card(s)
    Whatever comes in it
    Sound Card
    Whatever comes in it
    Monitor(s) Displays
    No external monitor. Yet.
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1200
    Hard Drives
    Internal 512 GB SSD
    Desktop 6 TB, 1 TB, 225 GB, all HDDs
    Portable 4TB SSD, 2TB HDD
    A whole army of USB flash memory sticks
    Mouse
    Logitech M317
    Internet Speed
    500 mbps Fiber
    Browser
    Chrome
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender
    Other Info
    CalDigit TS4 dock for all my USB stuff, speakers, and connect to Android phone
    HP MFP M277dw laser printer/scanner
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