Wireless Keyboard And Mouse

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by jer446, Dec 29, 2005.

  1. jer446 macrumors 6502a

    Dec 28, 2004
    We just got a new plasma and hooked up my dads laptop so we could watch movies on it. It sucks having to run up the laptop to do stuff, so we want a wirless keybaord and mouse. His computer doesnt have bluetooth. I think it would be better if there was something small we could buy,like a kb and mouse so it doesnt take up a lot of room. How far to normal wireless kb and mouse work? We need it to work up to about 10 feet away from the receiver.
  2. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus


    Jan 9, 2004
    Grand Rapids, MI, USA
    Be really careful using a computer on a plasma display... Plasmas are susceptible to burn-in. While some are better than others, the fact that you have highly static elements in a screen display on a computer (like the Apple in the menu bar, which is always there) is the worst-case scenario in terms of generating burn.

    As far as your question, BT is rated for 10m (more than 30 feet). That's probably not realistic, but 10 feet should be no problem for BT devices.
  3. Seasought macrumors 65816


    Nov 3, 2005
    I think that's about the average maximum distance for most wireless mice and keyboards (you can check of course when you visit the company's site).

    If you aren't going to go Bluetooth I've read a little about IR extenders to extend the distance of wireless mice and keyboards. You might wish to research that a bit as I have no hands-on experience with such.
  4. puckhead193 macrumors G3


    May 25, 2004
    if your going to watch DVD's on it... why not just get a DVD player....:confused:
  5. cwedl macrumors 65816


    Jun 5, 2003
    Bluetooth has a range of 32 feet (10 meters), I'm assuming these apple products have the same.
  6. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus


    Jan 9, 2004
    Grand Rapids, MI, USA
    Yes, and BT was short for Bluetooth. Sorry if that was not clear. ;)
  7. EricNau Moderator emeritus


    Apr 27, 2005
    San Francisco, CA
    If the laptop doesn't have BT, you can fix that... Link

    Then I would just get the Apple Wireless Keyboard and Mouse. They have a Range of about 33 feet (like all Bluetooth devices).
    You mentioned that you wanted something small. The Apple keyboard is nice because it doesn't have that border around the entire thing, the keyboard just seems to float there.
  8. adk macrumors 68000


    Nov 11, 2005
    Stuck in the middle with you
    I second that. You can get a Quality DVD player for far less than a BT Keyboard/mouse.
  9. fradac macrumors regular

    Oct 24, 2003
    Atlanta, GA
    bluetooth works.


    i actually have a mac mini plugged to my plasma permanantely and have a bluetooth mouse and keyboard. i used the mac mini to watch recorded shows. and play music and browse the net etc.

    works great
  10. h0e0h macrumors 6502a


    Aug 30, 2004
    West Monroe, Louisiana
    since the computer doesn't have bluetooth built in, i would recommend the Logitech MX5000. You have to use the included USB Bluetooth adapter or the keyboard just won't work. I own one running on my mac mini and absolutely love the laser mouse/BT Keyboard. Check it out for 119 at newegg.com
  11. jer446 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Dec 28, 2004
    i forgot to mention the laptop wasnt a mac, its a crappy dell.. We have a dvd player but use the laptop to play movies that i have on my computer..I bought a wireless kb and mouse last night and am returning it this mornign because it doesnt have the reach,... im going to buy something bluetooth today.
  12. cintimac macrumors newbie

    Dec 31, 2005
    help with bluetooth

    My imac G5 is losing connection with the bluetooth keyboard and mouse after a minute or two of turning on. Was working fine until I hooked up a couple of PC laptops to the wireless network in the house. Any suggestions?
  13. RedTomato macrumors 68040


    Mar 4, 2005
    .. London ..
    Wireless networks transmit on the same frequency as bluetooth, so can disrupt it.

    Try moving your wireless base station away from your iMac, more than a couple of meters way should do it.

    (microwaves and mobile phones also cause problems.)


    .. redTomato ..

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