Control your PC and media center with your BlackBerry

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MobiMouse allows you to turn your BlackBerry into a wired or wireless mouse and keyboard. With support for USB, Bluetooth, WiFi and mobile, there are a variety of ways to connect. With MobiMouse, you can launch and control Windows Media Player, iTunes, PowerPoint, or even a DVR application right from your BlackBerry. You can also assign shortcuts to close an application, open the default Browser, Task Manger, and more.

The installation was a breeze, and didn’t even require a reset on my BlackBerry. Now, you have to make sure that you download the file onto your computer, too, as you have to install a small application on any computer you want to use with MobiMouse. From there, it’s a piece of cake.

MobiMouse has become more and more feature rich over the few weeks that I’ve played with it. This is the third review of MobiMouse I’ve started to write, as they keep releasing new versions (good for them—too few companies continue to fix and improve their products).

You can connect your BlackBerry to your computer in four different ways:

Bluetooth: Far and away the best solution I found. Very little lag time, and very accurate control. All of the features work (including arrow-keys), and it was pretty fantastic. I was over at a buddy’s house with a big-screen LCD, and a desktop hooked up to it. He was pretty stoked when he realized he could ditch his mouse and keyboard, and control the computer from his 8900 Curve.

USB: You can connect your BlackBerry to your computer using the USB cable, but I’m not sure I can see why this would be useful…. Works fine, just not much use.

WiFi:
This is the mode that I used the most, because it was easiest to set up. Install the app on any/all computers that you have, and you’re good to go. Just punch in the IP address of the computer you want to use, and you’re done (this is real easy, since the MobiMouse program on each computer tells you the IP address!). Now, I did notice a small amount of lag, and occasionally characters that I typed on the BlackBerry wouldn’t show up, but this was noticeably better after the recent updates.

Internet: This is the most complex to set up (port forwarding, etc.), but it is a pretty cool idea. You don’t even have to be in the same place as the computer in order to control it. Again, not sure how much use there is to it, but let me tell you, I drove my wife nuts all day yesterday while she was at work.

MobiMouse is a great product, particularly if you have a home entertainment system hooped up to a PC. My wife and myself, poor grad-students that we are, don’t have a TV; our PC is our TV. MobiMouse was great for us, too, as we can watch movies and Hulu on the laptop, and control it from across the room.

Cool: There are so many ways to connect to MobiMouse, great compatibility across OSes (new update even lets it work on Windows 7), basically all of the features you want, without much bloat. And, best of all, the frequent updates are fantastic. Great company.

Uncool: The lag when connected to WiFi was a drag. Fix it! Also, I would love to have a ‘media-player’ mode, where ‘next, play, previous, etc…’ are all dedicated buttons.

Purchase MobiMouse for the special price of $7.99 until May 23rd.

  • Chris

    If this could be a bluetooth remote for my PS3, I’d buy it in a heartbeat.

  • Chris

    If this could be a bluetooth remote for my PS3, I’d buy it in a heartbeat.

  • Chris

    If this could be a bluetooth remote for my PS3, I’d buy it in a heartbeat.

  • Jeremy

    How does this compare to the free BluCtrl?

  • Jeremy

    How does this compare to the free BluCtrl?

  • Alex

    Wow, wasn’t aware of BluCtrl. Looks pretty slick, but like Chris, the fact that you need an client on the PC kills it for me since I would LOVE to be able to use my Blackberry as a keyboard for my PS3.

    Is it that hard to emulate an HID compliant keyboard/mouse via Bluetooth?

  • Alex

    Wow, wasn’t aware of BluCtrl. Looks pretty slick, but like Chris, the fact that you need an client on the PC kills it for me since I would LOVE to be able to use my Blackberry as a keyboard for my PS3.

    Is it that hard to emulate an HID compliant keyboard/mouse via Bluetooth?

  • Alex

    Wow, wasn’t aware of BluCtrl. Looks pretty slick, but like Chris, the fact that you need an client on the PC kills it for me since I would LOVE to be able to use my Blackberry as a keyboard for my PS3.

    Is it that hard to emulate an HID compliant keyboard/mouse via Bluetooth?

  • http://www.virtualviews.com/ Virtual Views

    The wifi lag might be because your wifi router is far away from the media pc with MobiMouse. The wifi signal has to travel from the blackberry to your router and back to the PC. Adjust the antenna, boost the signal, move the router, or get a repeater.

    Also, make sure you reboot the blackberry whenever you install an update of MobiMouse.

  • http://www.virtualviews.com Virtual Views

    The wifi lag might be because your wifi router is far away from the media pc with MobiMouse. The wifi signal has to travel from the blackberry to your router and back to the PC. Adjust the antenna, boost the signal, move the router, or get a repeater.

    Also, make sure you reboot the blackberry whenever you install an update of MobiMouse.

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    Great stuff… Keep write more reviews! thank you! Latest technology news

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    Great stuff… Keep write more reviews! thank you! Latest technology news

  • r34v3r

    Arrow mode does not work on my Windows 7 64bit machine.

  • r34v3r

    Arrow mode does not work on my Windows 7 64bit machine.

  • r34v3r

    Arrow mode does not work on my Windows 7 64bit machine.