Apple BT Keyboard - 2 Bat. vs 3 Bat. Version?

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by Tucom, Dec 7, 2012.

  1. Tucom macrumors 65816

    Tucom

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    What's the difference in battery life and reliability and overall performance between the 2-battery newer version and the older 3-battery version? I have a chance to purchase a 3-battery one for $30 shipped off eBay, is it worth it? Or should I save up for the 2-battery version?
     
  2. Michael CM1 macrumors 603

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    The older one -- I assume you mean the wider white one -- used *four* batteries. The new one uses two.

    The main differences are size of keys, weight and number of keys. This new one is basically a MacBook keyboard with a cylindrical battery compartment. It's very portable, so you can use it with an iPad if you need to without too much clutter. If you need the keypad, there are add-ons that attach to the right side to give you the keys taken off.

    I don't have any complaints about either one, but I would personally recommend the newer one. I think the keys depress easier and the batteries seem to last a lot longer.
     
  3. flynz4 macrumors 68040

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    I do not think so. When apple first came out with the aluminum wireless keyboard... it used three batteries. After about a year... they changed to two batteries. They look largely the same.

    I prefer the newer one with two batteries. It seems to last longer.

    /Jim
     
  4. Tucom thread starter macrumors 65816

    Tucom

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    Yes there was the white acrylic BT keyboard that used four batteries, but the first mini Aluminum keyboard Apple made used three batteries, then they went to two batteries.


    I actually acquired a two battery version, but still curious how the two compare.
     

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