does this exist: external media keyboard

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by mattwolfmatt, Jan 26, 2017.

  1. mattwolfmatt macrumors 65816

    mattwolfmatt

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    I'm looking to see if a product exists: I'm looking for an external media keyboard, similar to an external numeric keypad, but only with the media keys on it (play, volume, forward, reverse, etc.) USB or bluetooth would be ok.

    For my job, I need to pause and play music frequently, and my keyboard is quite a reach away. It would be convenient to have something right next to me. The keyboard I have is large and does not fit in the space, with the other papers in the area.

    My searches have turned up nothing. Surely I'm not the first one to want just the media controls nearby.

    Thanks in advance for your help!
     
  2. AppleNewton macrumors 68000

    AppleNewton

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    Have not seen something like this specifically. One option is to get a USB adapter with an IR receiver (if your Mac does not have a receiver) and using a remote to control it.

    Or using the iTunes Remote app on an iPhone.
     
  3. Fishrrman macrumors G4

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    OP wrote:
    "I'm looking for an external media keyboard, similar to an external numeric keypad, but only with the media keys on it (play, volume, forward, reverse, etc.) USB or bluetooth would be ok."

    You don't need a keyboard to do this.
    You can do it as well or better with... a MOUSE.

    Look at the Logitech G700s:
    http://gaming.logitech.com/en-us/pr...}|{aff_code}&gclid=CODe65mV5dECFdyFswodi0cE8A
    (sorry for the long link)

    Observe carefully.
    See the 3 buttons on the left/front surface?
    They can be used for volume up/volume down/mute. In fact, they may work in this capacity without any programming at all!
    See the buttons on the left side of the mouse?
    They can be used for skip ahead/skip back.
    There are actually four buttons, the other two can be set for something else.

    Plus two more buttons on top to set up as you wish.

    Logitech provides driver software, but I prefer SteerMouse.
    USB Overdrive may also work.

    I realize it's not as visually attractive as an Apple mouse.
    BUT -- much more functionality.

    Also, it's wireless with a built-in battery, but...
    ...when the charge runs low, it also has a USB charging cable.
    While on charge, you can still use it while charging as a "wired mouse".

    Again, I think this will work for you better than a keyboard.
     

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