Alternate keyboard for iMac

Discussion in 'iMac' started by tommy0614, Feb 7, 2013.

  1. tommy0614 macrumors member

    Jan 7, 2013
    I find the OEM keyboard for my new Imac a little small. Are there any alternates that you are aware of? I am looking for a compact one in black. Thank you.
  2. trustever macrumors 6502

    Jan 14, 2013
  3. Woyzeck macrumors 6502

    Nov 2, 2012
    I'm currently using this keyboard and I can't recommend it. Coming over from Thinkpads with their extremely good keyboards I found both the Apple wireless keyboard and the K750 really bad. Maybe it's a question of getting used to it, but I just make too many typos when using them.

    However the K750 is even worse than Apple's IMHO. It's made of cheap plastic, the aluminium looks come from a cheap looking foil that has partly losened now, making bubbles on the keyboard after no more than one month of using it.
    The K750's layout however provides those keys that are missing on the wireless keyboard (i.e. a delete button) and a numerical block.

    Too bad Apple doesn't sell a wireless version of their full sized keyboard. Again, it's form over function.
  4. MEGrubb macrumors newbie

    Jun 28, 2012
    The fact that the full size apple keyboard has a wire means that they prioritized form over function? I don't see how that applies here.
  5. Woyzeck macrumors 6502

    Nov 2, 2012
    Ok, you got me here...

    I meant that Apple only provides a wireless keyboard with reduced functionality, but the larger keyboard with full functionality is not available with wireless.

    Obviously they want their customers to purchase the smaller, less-functional wireless keyboard. Who wants a wired keyboard in 2013 ?
  6. Mike Valmike macrumors 6502a

    Feb 27, 2012
    Chandler, Arizona
    Me. And a wired Magic Mouse too, which they don't make. I like to leave my hardware plugged in and not cycle through so many batteries (rechargeable or otherwise). Until we all have Mr. Fusion power packs that will run devices for a century, sometimes it's best just to plug things in.
  7. MEGrubb macrumors newbie

    Jun 28, 2012
    I bought a 2012 iMac in December, and I chose the full wired keyboard. I prefer a wired mouse and keyboard for gaming.

    Having said that, I don't use the Apple Keyboard or the Mighty Mouse...I just bought a Das Keyboard for Mac and I've used a Razer mouse for the last 5 years. I highly recommend both of these products for any gamers.
  8. dholaday macrumors member


    Mar 27, 2009
  9. kohlson macrumors 68000

    Apr 23, 2010
    I was in Staples the other day and there is a line of iHome BT keyboards, in two sizes. They look similar to Mac standard models.
  10. dma550 macrumors 6502

    Sep 3, 2009
    I went through a bunch of keyboards getting my MBP. I really like the full sized wired keyboard, it's pretty reasonable for $50.00. I did not like the arrows on the mbp keyboard, way too cramped, and the wireless keyboard was very hard to type on, everything is so pinched. I also like the dedicated home/end/pgup/pgdn keys.
  11. ikev85 macrumors member

    Mar 6, 2012
  12. Val K macrumors member

    Dec 19, 2012
    i wish apple would sell a BT numpad keyboard, i have the wired one but i prefer wireless! I wonder why there is not such a keyboard, what's the reason?
  13. trustever macrumors 6502

    Jan 14, 2013
  14. talmy macrumors 601


    Oct 26, 2009
    OK, it's not small and it's over 23 years old, but it works great on my iMac:


    Northgate Omnikey 102
  15. jasimon9 macrumors regular

    Mar 11, 2009
    Yes, I bought dozens of these for staff back in the day! Wish I still had one around.
  16. montycat macrumors 6502


    Mar 19, 2007
    I still prefer the wired Apple keyboard. I just can't do without the numeric keys.

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