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a27
Mar 30, 2009, 10:37 AM
Hello,
I need to get a USB keyboard that will work on some eMac

Can I buy any USB keyboard or does it have to be branded by Apple?

Thank you.



Consultant
Mar 30, 2009, 10:56 AM
Any usb keyboard will work.

Windows keyboard has the command key in a different place though so it doesn't work so well if you use keyboard shortcuts a lot.

Companies do sell aftermarket keyboard for Mac.

a27
Mar 30, 2009, 11:35 AM
Any usb keyboard will work.

Windows keyboard has the command key in a different place though so it doesn't work so well if you use keyboard shortcuts a lot.

Companies do sell aftermarket keyboard for Mac.

Thank you!

hughvane
Mar 30, 2009, 03:06 PM
From a fellow eMac user, yes, any USB k/b, no need for drivers, just a simple detection process to go through for non-Apple k/b's. I've used generic Win k/b's for over three years and much prefer them - and they're much cheaper than Apple brand.

Three differences in particular you should keep in mind:
1. Cmd (Apple) = Windows key
2. Option = Alt
3. Eject optical disk (if applicable) = f12 (hold)
You'll get used to those changes very quickly. Things like Ctrl, Esc. Shift, Tab etc are just the same.

txnoob
Mar 30, 2009, 03:08 PM
3. Eject optical disk (if applicable) = f12 (hold)
Y

Thanks for this, did not know that.

BlueRevolution
Mar 30, 2009, 03:12 PM
Windows keyboard has the command key in a different place though so it doesn't work so well if you use keyboard shortcuts a lot.

You can remap the modifier keys in  -> System Preferences -> Keyboard & Mouse -> Keyboard -> Modifier Keys. Personally, I have caps lock turned off altogether.