bluetooth option on iMac G5

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  1. iMAC G5dreamer macrumors member

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    Hey guys im about to buy a new iMac G5 but i dont know if the bluetooth keyboard and mouse will be good,of course i want the freedom of not having all the cables and such,but with regard to the battery(that is my concern)how much can i use it with normal batteries ?(from your experience guys)i mean the keyboard,more or less how much do the batteries last,for instance ,if you use it just an hour a day,(in total)but you have the computer runing all day long ,let's say sometimes in sleep,then active when you get back ,etc

    i need to decide in two days ,can anybody help me out

    thanks guys
    i appreciate it
    daniel :D
     
  2. VooDooPope macrumors member

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    most people who ordered BT have just started receiving their macs. I've had mine since the 28th so there is no way for me to give you a good estimate.

    It does look damn good without any cords so IMO it is well worth it.
     
  3. Jovian9 macrumors 68000

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    The wireless keyboard/mouse are great! Though I use my mouse with my PowerBook and not the G5 iMac. You can turn them off when not using them so I would assume the batteries will last a long time.
     
  4. solidGas macrumors newbie

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    I just got my iMac on the 27th. I really like the feel of the wireless keyboard, and the heft of mouse. With the batteries in the mouse it is quite heavy. Anyway, I read somewhere that the batteries will last two weeks of normal use. But the real question is: What is normal use?

    Even if the batteries last two weeks, that means you will have to replace six batteries 26 times a year. If you calculate it out at $0.50 a battery thats $78.00 dollars a year. I don't know if I'll be using the keyboard and mouse if I have to keep changing batteries that often, but I really got the bluetooth for my cell phone.
     
  5. rdowns Suspended

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    I got the BT/KB/mouse bundle with my iMac G5 but have been using an Apple BT KB for a while now. First set of batteries lasted 6+ months and I never turned it off. As for going back to a 1 button mouse, feh. Probably going to sell the Apple BT mouse. I picked up a Logitech MX1000 today. Has a real nice feel to it but still charging so haven't used it yet.
     
  6. lost_mobius macrumors newbie

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    I have an apple wireless keyboard and get 3 months plus with average use on a regular set of batteries. The keyboard automatically turns on and off to save power. My mouse was equally as good, but I replaced it with a macally bt mouse, much better mouse execept no power switch, and 2 buttons w/ scroll. I would highly recommend bt with apple, good stuff. I am to order my G5 tomorrow with bt built in. It will be my first computer with it built in, until now I use the adapter with both my macs. Hope the info helps
     
  7. iMAC G5dreamer thread starter macrumors member

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    that's cool 3 months seem fairly good ,i also ordered the macally,they do good thinks but i had already thought about the mouse a while back ago,i was doubtful about the keyboard ,that looks pretty good 'cause to be honest i dont think the apple wireless mouse is good enough for the lack of buttons ,so i think i'm going for the bluetooth,

    thanks guys,any other replies will be appreciated
     
  8. earthtoandy macrumors 6502

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    i use a logitech wireless keyboard. its been several months and my keyboards battery is barely showing any loss. the mouse lasts many many days and then i recharge it. nice option of course. and i use my computer all damn day.
     
  9. QCassidy352 macrumors G3

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    I'm on the same set of batteries that came with my apple bluetooth keyboard back in april. The battery indicator currently shows 3 bars out of five remaining.
     
  10. iMAC G5dreamer thread starter macrumors member

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    well i think im pretty convinced ,the bluetooth will be excelent,by any chance has anybody sync with a Palm T3 ,how has it worked out?any problems,or anything seem seamless and flawless
     

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