Am I obligated to only Apple accessories when using a Mac product?

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  1. VietlOtUs macrumors member

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    I'll be a first time mac owner hence my limited knowledge about Mac... I was wondering if accessories such as wireless mouse, keyboard, speakers would have to be made by Apple in order to be compatible for a Mac product such as a MacBook.
     
  2. arkitect macrumors 601

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    :confused:

    Not at all.

    In fact the best accessories for your Mac probably won't be made by Apple. ;)
     
  3. kkat69 macrumors 68020

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    HEEEEEEEECKKKKk no.

    We have a combination of Kensington and Logitech mice. Keyboard's, as long as it has a USB or bluetooth or even a wireless usb adapter it should work right out the box. Those funky and often times crappy made 'Mac' compatible software that comes with such devices is most of the time not needed.

    Speakers? shooot, an audio jack is an audio jack whether it's for a computer or home stereo. I have a sound blaster extigy which I bought for my windows system years ago. I use a optic cable to connect my iMac to it and it sound great. My wife will use some cheap 10 dollar speakers from stables for her MB when she's watch a movie sitting at her desk.
     
  4. KoolStar macrumors demi-god

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    You are absolute right. I tend to lean towards Apple accessories, but I use all kinds of things on my Mac. Heck I have an XBox 360 connected to and apple monitor and a Mac Pro. Gasp.
     
  5. AAPLaday Guest

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    Indeed microsoft make great mice, logitech too
     
  6. tmelvin macrumors 6502

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    Exactly! Using an MS Laser5000 BT Notebook Mouse with my MB right now. It's a great little mouse for my needs.
     
  7. SnowLeopard2008 macrumors 604

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    No... although you get better support (tech support) from people that know that whole system thoroughly. I also tend to lean towards Apple accessories, since they have great customer support. It's your decision.
     
  8. iOrlando macrumors 68000

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    yeah..support is key. I lean towards apple accessories because if i have a problem...booom..im in the apple store.. With any other product..you have a problem..tough luck
     
  9. iParis macrumors 68040

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    Everybody here is right.

    But, I'm a looser and do the opposite.
    I have a really nice Windows Desktop (not made by dell) but I use an Apple Cinema Display, Apple keyboard, and Apple mighty mouse.
     
  10. sushi Moderator emeritus

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    Both these companies make very nice keyboard and mouse options.

    Personally, I love my Microsoft trackball. Works with my Macs and PCs. :)
     
  11. SnowLeopard2008 macrumors 604

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    I was tempted to do the same thing back in my windows a.k.a crash/freeze days... :D
     
  12. likemyorbs macrumors 68000

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    lol, you southerners are funny.:D
     
  13. queshy macrumors 68040

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    No, you do not need to buy Apple only accessories.

    Any accessories will work.
     
  14. Doctor Q Administrator

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    I don't know if RAM counts as an accessory, but you can buy third-party RAM for Macs. I always do because Apple overcharges for RAM.
     
  15. Shackler macrumors 6502a

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    Apple accessories are over priced. 3rd party is usually the better way to go.
     
  16. Macmaniac macrumors 68040

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    As a stock holder yes.

    As an average person no.
     

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