Backlit keyboard for Mac Pro, closest to the standard aluminium keyboard

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by mustgroove, Nov 19, 2013.

  1. mustgroove macrumors regular

    Aug 14, 2006
    The lack of backlight on the standard aluminium Mac Pro keyboard sucks bigtime, are there any USB full size backlit keyboards (with numerical pad) that are close to the standard aluminium one in terms of key travel?
  2. CalfCanuck macrumors 6502a

    Nov 17, 2003
    Logitech Illuminated Keyboard

    I can't answer the key travel question, but I've been using the Logitech Illuminated Keyboard for years and love it - I use it with a MP3.1 and several other computers via a KVM switch. BTW, I got the Logitech because my wife complained that the Apple keyboard was too noisy during late night typing!

    I believe this is the newer model. Worth a look.
  3. willgreene99 macrumors regular


    Dec 16, 2010
    Curious, what key do you use to emulate the Command Key?
  4. mac666er macrumors regular

    Feb 7, 2008
    San Francisco, CA
    In most Windows Keyboards, the windows key is used as a command key in a Mac.
  5. pastrychef macrumors 601


    Sep 15, 2006
    New York City, NY
    To add to what mac666er said, usually, the ALT key on a Windows keyboard behaves as an Option key on a Mac.
  6. tayh macrumors member

    Nov 10, 2012
  7. benji888 macrumors 68000


    Sep 27, 2006
    United States
    Hmmm, finally someone does a nice looking keyboard and black, and backlit...but, is it wired or Bluetooth? No indication from website.

    It doesn't make sense that apple can't take their MacBook Pro backlit black key keyboard and make an aluminum (make it dark like upcoming Mac Pro) Bluetooth version of it WITH 10-key. That's what I really want!

    But thx for posting, the Moshi is the best looking one I've seen...and I recently got their aluminum capped ends lightning cable, a quality product!
  8. VirtualRain macrumors 603


    Aug 1, 2008
    Vancouver, BC
    Yeah, it seems like the best choice to accompany a new Darth Vader Mac Pro. Agreed that Apple has dropped the ball on their keyboards and other accessories. White keys don't make any sense since they went aluminum and black on all their computer products.
  9. TyPod macrumors 68000


    Nov 2, 2006
    And Yourself?
    My guess is Apple will be refreshing the keyboard and mouse soon to compliment this change.
  10. brucem91 macrumors 6502

    Dec 9, 2009
    I have the "PC" version of this keyboard, only difference is the label on the bottom keys (Ctrl, FN, Super, and Alt from Left to Right instead of Fn, Ctrl, Alt, CMND). I really enjoy this keyboard, the selling point was that you can sync it with three different bluetooth computers. Right now I have it synced to my iMac (one sync works across OS X and bootcamp), and my second is synced to my iPad. Works quite well.
  11. ActionableMango macrumors G3


    Sep 21, 2010
    No sure what you're seeing when you go to the website, but I see three pictures in the row of thumbnails that show a USB cable.
  12. haravikk macrumors 65816

    May 1, 2005
    If it were wireless I would have thought they'd mention it prominently somewhere, so it may just be wired only.

    That Logitech keyboard looks nice, but the same size as the current Apple wireless keyboard which is unfortunate, I'm looking for the same thing as the OP but specifically in a wireless keyboard. I may just have to re-evaluate whether I really need the keypad, but I actually type with the keyboard resting on my legs so I need the extra width, though I could get a tray or something I suppose ;)
  13. funwithdesign macrumors regular

    Dec 9, 2011

    Pretty sure Logitech makes a full size solar wireless keyboard.

    Edit: NM don't think it's backlit
  14. ActionableMango, Nov 20, 2013
    Last edited: Nov 20, 2013

    ActionableMango macrumors G3


    Sep 21, 2010
    I use this. It's full size with all the keys. Wireless. Chiclet keys like the Apple keyboard.

    There is a Mac K750 which has Mac-centric keys, but it is silver and looking at the two in person, I prefer the black.

    EDIT: Whoops, I forgot the backlit requirement. It's not backlit.
  15. iPhil macrumors 68040


    The Moshi Luna keyboard listed @ online apple store here is shown with usb cord..
  16. mustgroove thread starter macrumors regular

    Aug 14, 2006
    Pretty sure the Moshi Luna doesn't have USB ports on the side like the Apple aluminium one does, so using the USB Mighty Mouse with this keyboard would be out of the question :(
  17. BlueTide macrumors regular


    Feb 6, 2007
    And they just had to put that logo right there...
  18. howiest macrumors regular


    Aug 16, 2015
    Left Coast
  19. pierrox macrumors regular


    Jun 19, 2015
    Paris, France
    Nice one, it's even got the Mac layout with the CMD/ALT/CTRL keys! Anyone tried one?
  20. nigelbb macrumors 65816

    Dec 22, 2012
    Looks like they only just started selling it.

    I couldn't resist ordering one as it looks so gorgeous plus all the other facilities are great. It's what the Apple wireless keyboard should be. It's $139 with free delivery to me in the UK although I will probably have to pay VAT & customs when it arrives. I haven't bought any upgrades for my Mac Pro recently although TBH there isn't much more I can sensibly add to a 2008 3.2GHz octa-core 3,1.
  21. howiest macrumors regular


    Aug 16, 2015
    Left Coast
    Matias keyboards get high praise from many Mac fanatics here in Canada. I wouldn't hesitate to buy one but I had just replaced my aluminum Apple extended wired keyboard when they announced this new Matias keyboard. :(

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