Alternatives to Apple keyboards?

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by stevep, May 7, 2005.

  1. stevep macrumors 6502a

    stevep

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    If I buy a mac Mini it seems logical to buy a usb Apple keyboard as well, knowing that they are good quality and only around £17 in the UK. (I don't want a BT keyboard as I want to get a Belkin KVM switch so I can use a winXP box as well).

    But can anyone recommend any other decent quality, good looking keyboards that are better than the standard Apple model?
     
  2. Mitthrawnuruodo Moderator emeritus

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    I don't think there are any...

    I got the Apple USB keyboard for my father in law's mini, and that keyboard was delicious, really solid and a very nice feel to it...

    An added bonus is the two (unpowered) USB ports it includes, that you can plug your mouse into, saving the other (powered) USB port for something else...

    I also think you'd miss the apple button if you got a generic PC keyboard...
     
  3. emw macrumors G4

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    I have an old iMediaKey keyboard (or something like that) at work. I liked it initially since it came with all these extra buttons to control volume, open applications, blah blah, but after using it for awhile, I actually like my Apple keyboard at home better. Just a nicer feel.

    The mouse, however...
     
  4. e²Studios macrumors 68020

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    The Logitech Elite Keyboard is Apple/PC USB compatible, it also has the apple key sets. I think i paid $25 USD for one a few months ago. At the moment its on the PC, i actually prefer the Apple Keyboard, but there are others like that logitech out there.

    Ed
     
  5. brap macrumors 68000

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    The Macally IceKey is super-sweet. If you can justify the price.
     
  6. panphage macrumors 6502

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    My three favorite keyboards, in order of preference:
    1. Matias Tactile Pro
    2. AluBook keyboard (a VERY close second)
    3. Apple Pro keyboard

    Sorry, I'm not very helpful. You can frequently find the Pro keyboards on ebay here in the states. Not sure about in the UK. The Tactile Pro is *expensive* but worth every single penny. Of course, I got it for less than the $100 MSRP. In-depth review here: http://derek.trideja.com/review/tactilepro/
     
  7. StarbucksSam macrumors 65816

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    I personally think the Apple's are an excellent value and of great quality. Go with that.
     
  8. YS2003 macrumors 68020

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    I like Kensington's slim Mac keyboard. It is very light and slim and is very easy to move it around the desk or stash it under the iCurve stand. Good feel when you type. I like Apple keyboard as well (I have both wired and BT ones). I hope Gyration also makes its keyboard/mouse combo for Mac.
     
  9. stevep thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Really helpful replies you guys - thanks. It sounds as though I won't go far wrong buying an Apple k/b, but I'll certainly look at all the suggestions made above.

    stevep
     
  10. dsharits macrumors 68000

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    Also take a look at the Macally RFKey USB wireless kb. I got mine for $20 on Ebay, and I love it.
     

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