Bluetooth keyboard & Mouse or Wired combo?

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  1. HarryWarden macrumors 6502a

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    I recently was given a friend's Thunderbolt Apple Display as he no longer needed it. I have a MBA and was wondering if I should get a wired mouse and keyboard or go with Bluetooth? Do wireless options last long on batteries or do you have to replace them often, thus exponentially adding to their cost vs. a wired USB combo?
     
  2. deeddawg macrumors 604

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    All depends on the particular models you choose, but recent stuff seems to last a long time.

    I use the apple wireless keyboard and the apple wireless trackpad and have been perfectly happy. I don't really know how often I change batteries, it's infrequent enough that I've not paid attention. Maybe two or three times a year.
     
  3. Ronnoco macrumors 68030

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    At home I use a 27" ACD with Apple's BT keyboard and MagicTrackpad. I find if I turn them both off when my MBA is not connected to the ACD, the batteries last FAR longer then leaving them on and having them constantly searching for a device to pair with when not even connected to the display.
     
  4. APlotdevice macrumors 68040

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    I highly recommend the Logitech BT Solar Keyboard. You get the benefits of wireless while never having to replace the batteries. (It can also be linked to three devices simultaneously.)
     
  5. HarryWarden thread starter macrumors 6502a

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  6. HarryWarden thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Ordered it today from Amazon. Can't wait to try it. Will it come charged or will I need to leave it in light for a while when I first open it?
     
  7. APlotdevice macrumors 68040

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    Well I'm not personally a fan of external trackpads, so I couldn't say. And my current wireless mouse doesn't have very good battery life due to it being designed for gaming. I have had a good experience with non-gaming wireless optical mice from Logitech in the past though.

    It should have some juice right out of the box. And it doesn't take that much light to charge it.
     
  8. Trvlngnrs macrumors 6502

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    I use a wireless keyboard with a wired mouse (because I already had it).
     
  9. Ronnoco macrumors 68030

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    The Apple MagicTrackPad is a terrific device IMO. Haven't used a mouse since I purchased the MT. With the "Tap to Click" functions enabled, it really is a dream to use. Best peripheral I purchased yet.
     

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