The Hunt for a Wireless Desktop Experience

Is wireless desktop the way to get a cleaner desk?

The Hunt for a Wireless Desktop Experience
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My desktop computer has en general been very wired. Wired headset, mouse and keyboard just to name a few things.

Well, recently I started looking into ways to make it less wired. Let me just preface this with I know some things can't be quite wireless yet. Monitors is the big one there.

But my plan is to switch whatever I can to be wireless, either over RF/Wifi or Bluetooth. There are some really nice bluetooth devices out there today, so it's my main route.

I bought a cheap Bluetooth 5.0 dongle (Dezen) so I could quickly start pairing devices. But it was a bust. It turns out that the chipset in this dongle is a cheap chinese knock-off that, putting it mildly, only has spotty kernel support. Even Windows does not detect it properly. So I quickly gave up on that one and found another dongle, where I checked the kernel support before purchasing. It's the ASUS BT500, which just worked out of the box.

But, to disable bluetooth's auto-suspend I had to append btusb.enable_autosuspend=0 to /etc/default/grub in the GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT line.

I need bluetooth 5.0, because most of the devices I am gonna be pairing is 5.0. And pairing Bluetooth 5.0 devices with a Bluetooth 4.X adapter does not work.

So here's the plan. Have bluetooth headset, mouse and keyboard. I have the Jabra Evolve 2 Buds headset, the Logitech MX Keys keyboard and the Lenovo Go Multi-device Mouse. All of these are bluetooth 5 devices and overall great devices. When all of them are connected, I will be using 1 USB port for the Bluetooth adapter, but I will be taking out 3 from the devices as they each have a dongle.

I want my desk to be pretty clean. As few wires as possible. The headset comes with a Qi charger, so I will be plugging that in for charging the headset case. But the mouse also supports Qi charging, so it will use the same charger. The keyboard does not though, but it supports USB-C charging. The other devices also does that, so I can get by with just having one USB-C cable on my desk for charging devices and then the devices themselves.

That's awesome!