Keyboards and Mice for iMac

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by tubeexperience, Jun 19, 2018.

  1. tubeexperience macrumors 68040

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    The Apple keyboard and especially the Apple mouse that came with iMac are failing at an astonishing rate.

    We have been replace them with keyboards and mice from old PCs that are being retired.

    Anyway, the boss said that these old keyboards and mice are "disgusting", so we are replacing them with new units for the upcoming year.

    I have been looking at the AmazonBasics Wired Keyboard and Wired Mouse.

    https://www.amazon.com/AmazonBasics-Wired-Keyboard-Mouse-Bundle/dp/B01N27QVPA

    It's $99.99 for a 10-pack.

    We are looking to buy at least 50 units (probably a lot more).

    Are there any alternatives that's just as good, but cheaper, or better at the same price?
     
  2. borgranta macrumors 6502

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  3. tubeexperience thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Some of these have quantity limits.

    The Verbatim Slimline Keyboard and Mouse only allow 3 to be purchased.

    The AmazonBasics Wired Keyboard and Wired Mouse, 10-Pack has a 20 limit (20 x 10-Pack = 200 sets total), which is around the quantity we are looking for.
     
  4. jerwin macrumors 68020

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    say goodbye to two USB ports.

    function key compatibility is really useful on a mac keyboard.

    buy one for testing purposes-- buy in bulk AFTER it meets your approval.
     
  5. leekil macrumors member

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    I question how good any keyboard and mouse for $10 or under can be. Especially the keyboard may be very non-ergonomic and therefore especially problematic.
     
  6. borgranta macrumors 6502

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    I seen Mac compatible wired keyboards in my local Walmart though I can not remember the price.
     
  7. tubeexperience thread starter macrumors 68040

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    We have already been using USB keyboards and mice, so this is not a concern.

    I am aware, but I don't think that's an option for these prices.

    That's the plan.
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    While I agree with what you said, these are for students to use, so they need to be cheap to replace because they break.

    In fact, I broke one while doing a 10-pages paper marathon.
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    Well, it needs to be available in large quantity.

    Having 5 in Walmart is no-good.
     
  8. jerwin macrumors 68020

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    which apple keyboards and mice received the thumbs down from your boss?
     
  9. tubeexperience thread starter macrumors 68040

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    ...the ones that came with the iMac(s)
     
  10. alien3dx macrumors 6502a

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    first time ever i heard mouse call mice?
    ** in my 30 life of using computer
     
  11. tubeexperience thread starter macrumors 68040

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  13. alien3dx macrumors 6502a

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    i only knew mouses and keyboards.. unless unknown term.. :confused:
     
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  15. Fishrrman macrumors P6

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    I haven't used Apple mice or keyboards since the ADB days.

    I currently use an old Macally "iMediaKey" keyboard. It has 2 USB ports (one on either end). They're "USB1.1" as far as I know, but I use the port only to connect the radio receiver for my mouse.

    For years now, I've been using Logitech wireless mice. I don't use the Bluetooth, just the "standard" Logitech wireless. Works great.
     
  16. tubeexperience thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Is that why brand name products are always better than store brand products? /s
     
  17. jerwin, Jun 20, 2018
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    jerwin macrumors 68020

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    There's profit to made in not supplying what has been "paid" for.

    Moreover, that presumes that a buyer's priorities are the same as the manufacturer's. If one is looking for durability and reliability, Apple's latest macbook pros have terrible keyboards.

    I haven't used a laptop in many many years, so I'm not sure what advantages the macbook pro's keyboard might have.
     

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