Best Bluetooth Keyboard?

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  1. Deprecation macrumors newbie

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    Hey guys,

    I'm looking into buying a bluetooth keyboard to go along with my MacBook Pro (so I can use a stand with it). Which ones do you think are best?
     
  2. basesloaded190 macrumors 68030

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    If you don't need a number pad, I really think the Apple keyboard is great.
     
  3. Deprecation thread starter macrumors newbie

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    That's the one I was thinking about getting. The only thing that bugs me is that it lacks backlighting. Has that been an issue for you at all?
     
  4. joudbren macrumors regular

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    I just bought the new Logitech K811 Easy Switch bluetooth keyboard. Lovin' it so far. Looks like the Apple keyboard with aluminum chassis but has black keys to match my iMac and they are backlit. You can manually set brightness level or leave it on auto. Rechargeable as well and includes USB cord for recharging.

    I ordered mine direct from Logitech as nobody seemed to stock it yet. (brand new model) This is designed for Mac and has the Mac keys. It can also easy switch between 3 x bluetooth devices so you can quickly use it for iMac, iPad, iPhone.

    http://www.logitech.com/en-ca/produ...y-Switch_Keyboard_for_Mac,_iPad_and_iPhone|hp

    Cheers!

    P.S. Not to be confused with the similar looking K810 which is designed for Windows.
     
  5. COrocket macrumors 6502

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    I don't find the lack of backlighting an issue. I actually appreciate it because otherwise I would be changing the batteries way more often. I guess it depends on your taste/typing style. If you look at the keyboard when you are typing, I could see where the backlighting would be helpful. Maybe try using your macbook without the backlighting and see how you like it?
     
  6. Deprecation thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I was actually considering that one as well. Does it feel nice to type on it? I might consider it if it becomes in stock at Amazon.

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    Yeah, I really like the looks of the keyboard, but I'm just not sure if it would be hard to see at some points in the day. Thanks for your thoughts though.
     
  7. GizmoDVD macrumors 65816

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    Picked mine up at Office Depot for $99. Simply amazing.
     
  8. Che Castro macrumors 603

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    How's the battery life ?
     
  9. maxosx macrumors 68020

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    How thick is it & how shallow is key travel? What are the dimensions for width & depth?

    Sadly the spec page doesn't list these facts.

    Thanks :)
     
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    I've been looking hard at the Logitech K811 Easy Switch as well. I like the aluminum and black they went with (when is Apple going to switch out the anachronistic white keycaps on their BT keyboard?), the backlight and I absolutely love the idea of a switch to easily swap between computers, but there are a couple things that have me a little hung up.

    First, how do the keys feel? From looking at the pictures, they look a little small. Or is that because of the way they rounded out the corners on the keycaps? Do they keys have some concavity or are they completely flat?

    Battery. I don't like the idea of rechargeable, non-swappable batteries. AAs will be around forever. In 3 years time, will this keyboard still be functional or will it be gathering dust somewhere because the battery doesn't hold a charge anymore?

    For reference, the Logitech K811 here in Korea with Korean lettering is roughly $135, the Apple Wireless is roughly $85.
     
  12. dreamerdonkey macrumors member

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    You don't tell us about your typing skill. If you can touch and type then the look of the keyboard is negligible. Just think about your comfort of type. I prefer big key board that have numeric key with it but that's totally my opinion. You know the good brand name, visit there website and pick what you like :D
     
  13. SR45 macrumors 65832

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  14. nightlong macrumors 6502a

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    Logitech solar k760, also has 3 functions for switching between 3 devices, in my case 2 iPads and Air. This and no batteries make up for the only flaw ... It's not so firm to type on as the Apple BT keyboard, a bit clicky and plastic-y, but the design is otherwise similar and it has shallow key travel which I like. The solar is great, lasts for months and can even recharge in artificial light.
     
  15. joudbren, Jan 30, 2013
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    I see a lot of questions about the keys, spacing, etc. so I'll try to answer them as best I can. Key spacing is similar to the Apple keyboard and key travel is slightly longer with a better feel.

    I am a touch typist and I think this keyboard is much better than Apple's keyboard. The tops of the keys are ever so slightly concave which centres your fingers a little better. Just my opinion.

    Here's a link to a great review of the keyboard and the statement below from the review sums it up pretty well.

    "The K811 is a must-have bluetooth keyboard if you're an iMac user"

    http://www.gadgetmac.com/reviews/logitech-bluetooth-easy-switch-k811-keyboard-for-mac-review.html

    Cheers!

    P.S. Can't answer battery life questions as I've only had the keyboard for two days. It is supposed to last over a week of heavy use on a charge according to Logitech. It does work with the USB cable plugged in so no worries on dead battery. To save power the keyboard shuts off the backlighting automatically when not in use and as soon as you put your hands over the keyboard they light up again before you even touch the keys. Neat trick!
     
  16. GizmoDVD macrumors 65816

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    If anyone cares, I wrote a quick review of it on Amazon and snapped a picture comparison of it and the Apple Keyboard.
     
  17. Binarymix macrumors 6502a

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    Anyone know where I can buy the k811 within Canada? Preferably with free shipping?
     
  18. Giuly, Mar 31, 2013
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  19. wayne905 macrumors member

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    I'm wondering the same thing. Did you manage to get one in Canada? If so, where?
     

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