Can anyone recommend a good keyboard for my new imac

Discussion in 'iMac' started by scrapgramm, Aug 2, 2011.

  1. scrapgramm macrumors newbie

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    I love my imac but I hate the little keyboard. My old pc keyboard had Home/End/internet back/forward/5 programable hot keys/calculator, ect. ect. Being larger It was much easier to type on. I have a really hard time typing on this little tiny keyboard. Nothing wrong with it, I just like the larger size and the quick extra shortcuts.

    Isn't there anything made for the Mac. I know some keyboards will work with the Mac but I'd prefer one that was made just for it and not the PC too.

    Am I asking to much?

    Thanks in advance for any help.
     
  2. jacksoncmc835 macrumors member

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    i like the wired imac key board but i believe logitech might have some that would work cant say for sure... if u also want an upgrade ur mouse the logitexh mx anywhere is a wonderful mouse
     
  3. Lankyman macrumors 68000

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    It's all in your mind, the keys are still in the same place Apple have simply got rid of the clutter which you seem to want back? I find it a very good keyboard to type on, the keys have a satisfying click. I do touch type and can hit 110 wpm which is the same as I achieve on my full size work keyboard.
     
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  6. jacksoncmc835 macrumors member

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    which apple keyboard you have wired or battey version... also you might be able to asigin short cut to keys or key combos to do what you want
     

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  7. scrapgramm thread starter macrumors newbie

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    You are probably right about that, I'm nearly 70 years old, except that I recently switched from, PC to Mac. I've had a PC since they first became available for home use with the grand old 5 1/4" floppy disks. As far as the computer is concerned, no problems, should have made the switch years ago. I am loving my iMac.

    The keyboard is another thing. Can't type worth beans on it. The keys are too flat for me, There is no support for the wrist, using a bean bag raises the wrist too far up from the keys. My fingers slip off of them causing me to have to look down to see where I am. On my old keyboards I hardly ever had to look down and yes, I miss that clutter.

    There are just some habits that you cannot break after so many years. Personally I feel like this keyboard is designed for a younger generation of laptop users who grew up with the flat keys, not that that's a bad thing, Apple didn't get where they are doing things wrong.

    Thanks to all who suggested or did not suggest a keyboard. I appreciate all feedback. That's the great thing about these forums, we get to hear everyone's opinions.

    You all have a great night, I'll be checking out those alternative keyboards.
     
  8. feflower macrumors regular

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    The keyboard I suggested:

    http://matias.ca/tactilepro3/index.php

    Then may be the one for you. It is old-school "clickity-clack" type keyboard. I'm also a little older and grew up with the older keyboards, so take a good look at this one..
     
  9. feflower macrumors regular

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    The keyboard I suggested:

    http://matias.ca/tactilepro3/index.php

    Then may be the one for you. It is old-school "clickity-clack" type keyboard. I'm also a little older and grew up with the older keyboards, so take a good look at this one..
     
  10. talmy macrumors 601

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    Another vote for the Matias Tactile Pro.

    I use a Northgate Omnikey 102 keyboard, built in 1989. The Matias uses the same clicky keyswitches. Good stuff!
     
  11. bushman4 macrumors 68000

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    Logitech has several bluetooth keyboards that are good. You might be better off with a wired keyboard as there is a bigger selection available. Microsoft also has some decent keyboards.
     
  12. dxr808s macrumors member

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    The Apple full wired keyboard is much better than the wireless one, imo.
     
  13. iSayuSay macrumors 68030

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    Having the wireless Apple keyboard .. you're gonna be pushed and trained to be a shortcut warrior. All activities and command has its own combination (apart from NumPad keys) ..

    I already quite getting the hang of it, I can do most of the shortcut already, even have assigned around 20 of my own shortcut for different apps .. kinda proud of it though :p. For general typing (like this post :p) .. the keyboard feels really nice, not feels cramped due to standard key size. But yes, I hate when I need some numerical input on Excel

    Or when I stuck at game, i download a trainer, only to find out I have to reconfigure the keys due to inavailability of Numpad keys as standard issue :D

    Shoot man .. If only Apple make a wireless keyboard with Numpad and side buttons .. well I'd pay $100 for that :D

    There's not much option for you out there, especially if you want a good keyboard for OSX (with command, option, control and numpad buttons) ... Logitech make 1 or two, a bit steep at around $100 .. but if you're willing to go, Logitech make some good keyboards, and made for your Mac :D
     
  14. Stan Mikulenka macrumors 6502

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    Hi scrapgramm,
    I'm using the Mac bluetooth + Logitech diNovo at the same time:
     

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  15. MacHamster68 macrumors 68040

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    why not use the last proper keyboard from Apple instead of those gadgets that are more about design then function
    [​IMG]
    and its wireless too, despite the fact it has a energy hungry numberpad ;)
     
  16. rikbrown macrumors regular

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    Also using this keyboard, love it - and it goes very well with the iMac design.
    It does seem more sluggish than the Apple keyboard at connecting upon waking from sleep, though, which is annoying. May need to try it with its wifi dongle in the USB instead.
     
  17. iSayuSay macrumors 68030

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    Wow never think of that .. yeah .. that's a good alternative, but will it have same function as the new wireless keyboard (+numpad of course)??

    And my old Genius wireless keyboard (2.4GHz instead of bluetooth) has an excellent battery life. Almost a year since I had to replaced it, yeah it's full sized with numpad and extra buttons
     
  18. Macman45 macrumors demi-god

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    Are These Still Available?

    I have the full size USB keyboard, it's ok, but the one in your screenshot looks better....If only because it's angled where mine is flat.

    Are these available in the UK still? :)
     
  19. MacHamster68 macrumors 68040

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    on ebay yes . with luck even new ones still sealed in box , but from Apple no :(
     
  20. Macman45 macrumors demi-god

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    Thanks All


    Will have a look around for one....This one would be a lot better if it had a raised back, or even a couple of those little legs you get on some keyboards.

    Will trundle to ebay later :D
     
  21. scrapgramm thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks everybody, I'm going to hop over to eBay to look for that older Apple keyboard.
     
  22. talmy macrumors 601

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    IMHO it's still more about form than function. I've got one of these in my closet and had another (wired) one. The both suffered from sticking keys because of a sloppy mechanical design (especially the space bar) and the keyboard feel was no better than any other. Get the Matias or a used Omnikey for that matter.
     
  23. coolspot18 macrumors 65816

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    The full size wired USB keyboard is quite good.

    Home/End, etc keys need to be remapped in OSX, but instructions are readily available online.
     
  24. Badger^2 macrumors 68000

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    Hated that one. =)

    People keep mentioning Logitech -- but honestly you can use pretty much any keyboard you want. Microsoft, kensington, razer, etc, etc.

    I used a MS keyboard/mouse for years.
     

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