keyboard...wired vs wireless

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by gaelan, May 14, 2007.

  1. gaelan macrumors regular

    Oct 11, 2005
    i'm still in the planning/savings mode to get the imac. is the bt keyboard/mouse worth the upgrade? what is the battery life and reliability of these wireless devices?

    i don't like wires as much as the next person, but is going wireless worth the $50-$60? i could see it if i were to have a mini and wanted to surf the net from the couch, but it being a desktop system...

    also, what is the weight of the wired vs the wireless? all they had at the local mac reseller was the wireless, and i must say the added weight of the mighty mouse was quite nice compared to my current roller ball mouse.
  2. epochblue macrumors 68000


    Aug 12, 2005
    Nashville, TN
    The only real downside to the wireless, IMO, is that you have to keep buying batteries for them.

    Beyond that, like you said, I like the added weight and the fact that I can kick my feet on top of my desk and use the keyboard from my lap (where a wired one wouldn't reach).

    Of course, I received both the keyboard and mouse as a whether or not it's worth the money is purely up to you.
  3. phuong macrumors 6502a

    Aug 16, 2006
    wireless keyboards need to change batteries 3-5 times a year depending on how much you use it and the capacity of the batteries you put in. that's once every 4 months. so, not very frequently.
  4. winchest macrumors regular

    Aug 5, 2006
    I think they are worth the added convenience for no cables and they even make the desk look cleaner in my opinion.
  5. kajitox macrumors 6502a


    May 2, 2007
    While I still used my desktop, I loved having a wireless keyboard. I'd say it's worth it.
  6. QCassidy352 macrumors G4


    Mar 20, 2003
    Bay Area
    once every 4 months at MOST on my apple BT keyboard. It's worth it for the reasons epochblue mentioned, IMO.
  7. Dimwhit macrumors 68000


    Apr 10, 2007
    I'm planning on paying for the upgrade. It's worth freeing up the USB ports if nothing else.
  8. Dagless macrumors Core


    Jan 18, 2005
    Fighting to stay in the EU
    No you don't, just buy rechargeables. I'm using some 2500mAh batteries and they last months.

    I have a wired keyboard/mouse on one iMac and wireless on another. Much prefer the BT solution under OSX. Now Windows... that's a little different! XP isn't that great with BT and I find I have to toggle the powerswitch on the keyboard every time I boot into Windows.

    But it's great. I can sit back and use it as a giant remote control :cool: worth it, IMO.
  9. eXan macrumors 601


    Jan 10, 2005
    For a laptop, the wireless solution is better, but for desktop... questional.

    If you try hard to keep as little things on your desk as possible (minimalistic approach), then BT is better, but if dont really care about a couple more cables (especially if you already have over 8 :D ), then USB is better. Also, no hassle with getting new/recharging batteries.

    Just IMO.

    AS for me, I use wired kb and mouse with my iMac and BT mouse and built-in kb with MacBook.
  10. Dimwhit macrumors 68000


    Apr 10, 2007
    OK, I have a stupid question, but I've gotta ask:

    You buy a new iMac with wireless BT keyboard/mouse. You open it up, start up the machine, and get to the entry screens...

    How do you type anything? The keyboard/mouse aren't paired, yet, are they? How do you pair them before having to go through all the entry screens to set up the primary user, register, etc.?

    Assume for this that you have no other keyboard/mouse in the house to use. Am I missing something obvious?
  11. seany916 macrumors 6502

    Jun 26, 2006
    Southern California
    our workstations are a tangle of wires

    we're fine with that. wires tend to be more reliable. not nearly as clean or pretty though. no issues with batteries or BT.

    wireless FAR cleaner & prettier

    wired less hassle & a bit cheaper

    reliability is the most important thing for our computers.
  12. ofey macrumors newbie

    Jan 12, 2003

    When the computer detects no mouse/kb connected, it runs the bluetooth detection program. So it'll pair the both of them. Easy!!:) :)
  13. harveypooka macrumors 65816

    Feb 24, 2004
    Stick with wired. No batteries worries and the response times are better (especially for games). You'd also have no fears that someone is snooping on your wireless keyboard keystrokes! Stay paranoid! Stay with wires!
  14. Dimwhit macrumors 68000


    Apr 10, 2007
    Ah! Good to know. I figured there had to be something. :)
  15. eXan macrumors 601


    Jan 10, 2005
    I noticed no difference in the response time on both kb and mouse, even when playing games. :rolleyes: And yes, I've tried to specifically find out if there's any. I game a lot.

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