USB Keyboard?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips, Advice and Discussion (archive)' started by Lord Bodak, Sep 14, 2003.

  1. Lord Bodak macrumors 6502

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    Now that I've ordered my Powerbook, I'm looking for a good USB keyboard to use with it and my Linux machine. Since this is my first Apple, one with the Apple keys labelled would be a plus, but not necessary.

    Basically I'm looking for something not exceptionally expensive and without all the little Internet shortcut buttons that Logitech and Microsoft fill their keyboards with.

    Any suggestions?
     
  2. DakotaGuy macrumors 68040

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    Why don't you just order an Apple Keyboard? It is around $50 and has all the right keys for the Mac.
     
  3. MoparShaha macrumors 68000

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    Yeah, I agree. The Apple keyboard is a joy to use. Very good quality, it looks great, and its got the volume keys which are very cool.
     
  4. TEG macrumors 604

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    Also, Apple KBs and Mice are fully compatible with PCs, and Unix systems.

    TEG
     
  5. Kwyjibo macrumors 68040

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    i would wait a week, if you got a 12 or 17" pb it might be nice to get the bluetooth options that are soon to be availible.
     
  6. legion macrumors 6502a

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    Also check macally

    They have some Apple Keyboard options.
     
  7. Lord Bodak thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Anyone have a picture of the key layout on the Apple keyboards? It drives me nuts when a company sells something like a keyboard and doesn't give a good picture of the key layout!
     
  8. TEG macrumors 604

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    Here is the pict...

    TEG
     

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  9. Lord Bodak thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Dumb question I suppose, but I see Apple's keyboards have on the bottom: Control, Option/Alt, and Apple/Command. Windows keyboards have: Control, Windows key, Alt. How do these associate if I plug a typical Windows keyboard into a Mac?

    Additionally, does the right click button on a Windows keyboard have any effect (it's usually next to the right Windows key)?
     
  10. TEG macrumors 604

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    I can't give you a clear answer to that. I'd assume that either the Apple Key or the Alt/Option Key would act at Alt on a PC.

    BTW, the Gryration Keyboards and the Logitec Keyboards have the apropriate keys labeled for the correct System, they may be an alternate for you.

    Too tell the truth, I want a USB/Mac keyboard that has a full size backspace, and full two level enter. I used to have one on my old 386, I loved that keyboard, easy to use.

    TEG
     
  11. Lord Bodak thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I actually found a $19.99 FMI Mac USB keyboard at CompUSA... or at least found the spot on the shelf where it belongs, it was sold out. CompUSA's web site doesn't have a good picture though!

    I've always preferred the full-size enter and the half-size backspace, with backslash between equal and backspace. Then again, since switching to Linux, I hardly ever use the backslash anyway.
     

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