bt keyboard and USB

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by unc32, Sep 16, 2003.

  1. unc32 macrumors regular

    Jul 17, 2002
    Does anybody know if the new BT keyboard has a USB port? It would be great to connect my mouse to the keyboard rather than purchasing two options. See what I am saying?
  2. srobert macrumors 68020


    Jan 7, 2002
    It has none. Partly because batteries would drain too quickly for feeding 2 devices and also I don't think s single bluetooth emitter in the keyboard could transmit signal for both mouse and keyboard.

    I have shecked the tech specs and there is no mention of USB ports.
  3. Bear macrumors G3

    Jul 23, 2002
    Sol III - Terra
    Re: bt keyboard and USB

    The bluetooth keybord does not have a USB port.

    A bluetooth device does not use the same communications protocol as a USB device. Nor would they use the same device drivers.

    In conclusion, don't expect to see amy bluetooth keyboards with usb ports in them.
  4. Le Big Mac macrumors 68030

    Le Big Mac

    Jan 7, 2003
    Washington, DC
    Re: bt keyboard and USB

    I thought that would be neat too, but alas it doesn't look that's possible.
  5. Kwyjibo macrumors 68040


    Nov 5, 2002
    yeah i think USB can draw a max of 5v so ... that would quickly drain the battery...especially with the optics and stuff
  6. iJon macrumors 604


    Feb 7, 2002
    just plug it into the computer, problem solved.

  7. acj macrumors 6502

    Feb 3, 2003

    Volts are different than power. But point taken, most USB devices, like an optical mouse, would drain the batteries fast.

    BTW, I think Apple has the best wireless keyboard around. It is actually small.
  8. RubberChicken macrumors regular


    Sep 16, 2003
    I'm just happy to see the BT mouse, as the STD one is just the right height to keep biting it's own tail. But I'd be a whole lot happier if it would actually work with old DLink USB adaptor... AU$120 mouse + AU$90 for new adaptor... whoa! I'd like to see the option of swapping standard keyboard or mouse for bluetooth ones in new orders, thereby just paying the AU$30 diffrerence tween STD and BT (trying to justify purchase to boss).

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