bt keyboard and USB

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by unc32, Sep 16, 2003.

  1. macrumors regular

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    Does anybody know if the new BT keyboard has a USB port? It would be great to connect my mouse to the keyboard rather than purchasing two options. See what I am saying?
     
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    srobert

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    It has none. Partly because batteries would drain too quickly for feeding 2 devices and also I don't think s single bluetooth emitter in the keyboard could transmit signal for both mouse and keyboard.

    I have shecked the tech specs and there is no mention of USB ports.
     
  3. macrumors G3

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    Re: bt keyboard and USB

    The bluetooth keybord does not have a USB port.

    A bluetooth device does not use the same communications protocol as a USB device. Nor would they use the same device drivers.

    In conclusion, don't expect to see amy bluetooth keyboards with usb ports in them.
     
  4. macrumors 68020

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    Re: bt keyboard and USB

    I thought that would be neat too, but alas it doesn't look that's possible.
     
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    Kwyjibo

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    yeah i think USB can draw a max of 5v so ... that would quickly drain the battery...especially with the optics and stuff
     
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    iJon

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    just plug it into the computer, problem solved.

    iJon
     
  7. acj
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    Volts are different than power. But point taken, most USB devices, like an optical mouse, would drain the batteries fast.


    BTW, I think Apple has the best wireless keyboard around. It is actually small.
     
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    RubberChicken

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    I'm just happy to see the BT mouse, as the STD one is just the right height to keep biting it's own tail. But I'd be a whole lot happier if it would actually work with old DLink USB adaptor... AU$120 mouse + AU$90 for new adaptor... whoa! I'd like to see the option of swapping standard keyboard or mouse for bluetooth ones in new orders, thereby just paying the AU$30 diffrerence tween STD and BT (trying to justify purchase to boss).
     

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