Keyboard and Mouse

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by Jrys, Nov 5, 2018.

  1. Jrys macrumors newbie

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    Just ordered my Mac Mini and now I need to decide on a keyboard and mouse. Eventually I plan to get an eGpu and play some FPS like Fortnite.

    I can either go with the apple keyboard and mouse or go with a Corsair K95 and Razer Basilisk. I’m not sure these are fully compatible. Does anyone have any experience with these?
     
  2. inmnbob macrumors regular

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    I bought the black apple keyboard and trackpad for the Mac mini
     
  3. F-Train macrumors 65816

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    The first question is whether you want a numeric keypad. I use the Magic Keyboard Numeric and a Trackpad; happy with both.
     
  4. StellarVixen macrumors 68000

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    Looks like I’ll be keeping my Model M and this Cooler Master mouse.

    Now, if I was in for a new thing, I would buy some of the Matias keyboards. I like tactile feel and mechanical action, I hate to bottom out keys in order to activate them.

    If chiclets were my thing, I would go with space gray Apple keyboard, but mouse, gawd, that mouse it horrible. I have to use three button mouse, and cannot imagine myself using...”that”.
     
  5. Spankey macrumors 6502a

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    I'm sticking with the SG Magic Keyboard and trackpad. For wireless devices you can't really beat them for connectivity and battery life with an Apple Computer. Yes, I like the Apple keyboards.
     
  6. StellarVixen macrumors 68000

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    What do you mean by “fully compatible”? You mean keyboard doesn’t have function command and option keys? You can remap control alt and windoze key to use as those. It will take some time to get used to, but once you do, PC layout won’t bother you at all.

    Mouse works just like it works in Windoze. Left click is primary, right click is secondary, wheel is used for scrolling. You can assign wheel click to do something, for example, for me it opens Dashboard.
     
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    archer75 macrumors 68020

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    You are free to use whatever you like.

    Many years ago I bought the slip profile mac keyboard for my PC to use for gaming as I like the keys better. Can't stand mechanical keyboards. Just my preference.
     
  9. D.T. macrumors G3

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    I can't go back to non-mechanical KB :) Currently using a Das Keyboard 4 Pro, specifically designed for Mac, but also works terrific in Bootcamp, with the Cherry MX Brown switch option. Outstanding build quality, nice media controls, USB 3.0 hub (2 ports), they make a Model S, also Mac specific, runs about $50 or so cheaper (USB 2, different materials, etc.)

    I have been using an MS 4000 series mouse, works well in MacOS (especially with a few tweaks), but then I recently busted my MM back out, which of course has excellent native support in MacOS, but is really awesome in Bootcamp/Win10 using Magic Utilities.
     
  10. Jrys thread starter macrumors newbie

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    What makes it Mac specific!
    Doesn’t the das work well for gaming?
     
  11. D.T. macrumors G3

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    Really just the keys (location/caps), plus you know the additional functions will work, sleep, media controls, etc., though I've had those work with Windows specific KBs.

    I use Bootcamp pretty often, so it's kind of a 6-of-one type situation, one OS or the other is going to have a few tweaks to the KB, I chose to go MacOS native. It's a terrific product, the media controls are nice, I really love the rotary volume dial. I'm assuming it would be solid for gaming with the type of switches and it supports N-Key rollover.

    More here:

    https://www.daskeyboard.com/daskeyboard-4-professional-for-mac/
     
  12. Martyimac macrumors 68000

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    I second the DasKeyboard option. I have one and love love love the feel of this keyboard. I have the 4 Pro for Mac with the Cherry Brown keys. Still tactile but not nearly as noisy as the Cherry blue keys.
    I also have a Matias LED keyboard but that is to much like  keyboards and went with DasKeyboard.
     
  13. D.T. macrumors G3

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    OK, first of all, I __just__ referenced a Calvin and Hobbes strip (context: brussel sprouts) so your reply, at least your avatar, is timely :)

    Interesting about the Matias, I was really close to pulling the trigger on one of those, I was kind of obsessed with the backlighting (like my MBP built-in KB), I also considered the Editors Keys, same thing, kind if Apple styled, good reviews, inconsistent availability (it's a UK product I believe), but ultimately it became way less important vs. the incredible build quality and glorious mechanical switches.

    I almost ordered the same KB but with blue switches to compare, hands on, but I wound up just sticking with the brown since I no longer had my box (so I couldn't really return it) - and afer reviewing several videos I felt like the blue would be a little too obtrusive.

    Yeah, love this das Keyboard :D
     
  14. Martyimac macrumors 68000

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    One other thing about the Matias LED keyboard, while the lit keys are cool, it turns out they had to take out some other key combos that are specific to mac, E.G. startup key holds like cmd-r and others don't work with the Matias. So you have to keep an  keyboard around for those times when you need startup key combos. They don't tell you that when you buy the keyboard, :(
    And I use the same avatar in facebook. :)
     
  15. D.T. macrumors G3

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    No kidding? Wow, that's a pretty notable omission, glad I stuck with the Das. I also scored mine for like $139 through Walmart.com (of all places ...), a little pricey for just a KB, but for me, "money so very well spent", especially for something I use like 12+ hours a day.
     
  16. inmnbob macrumors regular

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    I just finished installing my MacBook Mini and using the black Apple mouse, keyboard and touchpad. The mouse works well with my other Macs but not the mini--where it lags and skips and loses orientation. I have paired, unpaired and changes speeds etc but no luck. Thoughts?
     

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