Keyboards for Mini

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by Bluedog54, Apr 4, 2012.

  1. Bluedog54 macrumors member

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    Just ordered a mini server from Apple, and am considering keyboards. Up until now I've had only MBPs and would like opinions as to the better keyboards out there for the mini.
     
  2. blevins321 macrumors 68030

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    If you Iike the MBP keyboard, think about getting a wired or Bluetooth Apple keyboard.
     
  3. paulrbeers macrumors 68040

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    This... I actually used ergonomic keyboards for a long time on my PC's, but they always felt like mush. After using Macbook Pros for so long, I switched to the Wireless Keyboard and won't go back (although have considered going to the USB "extended" keyboard for the 10 key).

    The only other keyboards I would consider are mechanical, but I just can't bring myself to switch to those ugly things.... I'm just too vain!
     
  4. Bluedog54 thread starter macrumors member

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    This wireless keyboard and the "extended" USB keyboard.... Are they made by Apple?
     
  5. onomike macrumors newbie

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    Logitech K750 for Mac

    It's wireless, solar, has a number pad, is white and silver, and has all of the familiar mac keys. Love mine.
     
  6. paulrbeers macrumors 68040

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    Yes. Sorry, should have been a bit clearer....
     
  7. Consultant macrumors G5

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  8. paulrbeers macrumors 68040

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    The other thing to keep in mind, is that "any" USB keyboard will work, but you will have to deal with keys that aren't named right (i.e. Option/Command are not there instead they are windows keys)
     
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  10. derbladerunner, Apr 4, 2012
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    While I generally like Logitech HW quality, some people experienced problems with their Mac driver SW (LCC). You can read reviews here about the LCC:

    http://www.macupdate.com/app/mac/8154/logitech-control-center

    Maybe these problems are gone now. Can some people with Logitech keyboards/mice chime in ?

    I switched back to a Apple wired keyboard because of the issues (More space on the right for layout and the Numeric Keypad was important for me, the wireless one from Apple has no Numeric Keypad):

    http://store.apple.com/us/product/MB110LL/B

    PS: I still use a Logitech mouse, the M705. Like it because of ergonomics and good battery life:

    http://www.amazon.com/Logitech-Wireless-Marathon-3-Year-Battery/dp/B0034XRDUA

    Strangely enough, only Logitech keyboard/mice sets gave me issues on 10.5 and 10.6. Logitech mice "alone" with Apple keyboards work(ed) fine.
     
  11. onomike macrumors newbie

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    I have the K750kb and the Logitech M570 trackball with the unified wireless usb receiver and Lion on my mini. The control center works well. The only odd issue I had was interference from a wifi printer that was between my mini and my mouse. I moved the mini so that the printer was no longer in the middle and all is well.
     
  12. DrakkenWar macrumors 6502

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  13. Winni macrumors 68030

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    For people who actually WRITE a lot, Apple's keyboards completely suck. Especially if you are going to use a non-US keyboard layout.

    I don't like wireless/bluetooth keyboards either - simply because they need batteries and those batteries are usually drained exactly when I need them the most.

    So for me, it must be a wired input device.

    One of my favorites would be the Microsoft Natural Keyboard. And yes, they provide drivers for OS X.
     
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  15. Skoopman macrumors 6502

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    I have the wired Apple keyboard and it's the best I've ever used. Had a Logitech keyboard before and it was just meh. The buttons made horrible sounds and got stuck a lot. Another great thing about the wired Apple keyboard are the two USB ports.
     
  16. philipma1957 macrumors 603

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    I have apple wired keyboards with logitech mice.

    Buy silicone covers one spill and you get your money back. I am tying this on an apple keyboard that is 6 years old. Model number is

    a1048




    http://imagine41.com/media/catalog/...6e95/a/p/apple_usb_keyboard_and_mouse_001.jpg

    I use a silicone cover and plugged in a logitech mouse m310


    http://www.amazon.com/Logitech-Wire...FHO4/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1333627096&sr=8-4

    These feel nice and Amazon had them for 12 bucks a while back. use 1 battery that lasts 6 months to a year.
     
  17. Martyimac macrumors 6502a

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    DasKeyboard has just released a keyboard for the Mac. I have one on the way and should be here tomorrow. I have one on my PC and love it. It harkens back to the day of the older IBM "clicky" keyboards and is just a delight to type on. You might look them up. It is a wired USB keyboard.
     
  18. Skoopman macrumors 6502

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    Sorry, I am a copywriter and write thousands of words on a QWERTZ Apple keyboard every day, your argument is simply invalid. This is the best keyboard I've ever typed on and believe me, I tried many. It may come down to preferences, but I simply love this keyboard for writing.
     
  19. Bluedog54 thread starter macrumors member

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    I'm anticipating the arrival of the mini server in the next day or two. What keyboard does the mini come with, and do most folks find it adequate or do most folks move to something else?
     
  20. paulrbeers macrumors 68040

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    Umm, the mini does not come with a keyboard, or mouse, or monitor, or anything else. It comes with a power cord, and an HDMI to DVI cable as well as a few setup documents.
     
  21. TraceyS/FL macrumors 68040

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    i've had wrist issues for years, and the apple extended I use is by far the most comfortable keyboard i have EVER used. EVER. I was a big MS Natural kb user, but this is just better for me.

    Of course, I can also type 60-80wpm on my iPad so i could be considered a freak! LOL!!

    I can't give up my number pad, so i use the extended wired one. I do own a BT for my iPad though (my daughter uses it more than I do).
     
  22. scottsjack macrumors 68000

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    I love using my Apple full-sized keyboard. It's so much better than both Apple's laptop and wireless keyboards. It has all the right keys for Mac use, works great for Windows too. If Apple released a wireless version of their full-sized keyboard I would get three of them right away. I hate the wire but love the keyboard!
     
  23. Bluedog54, Apr 5, 2012
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    Thanx for all the feedback. Looks like I will order the wired Apple extended keyboard.

    Now, I suppose I should ask how many of you are using the Magic Trackpad...:)
     
  24. TraceyS/FL macrumors 68040

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    I went with the magic mouse because of space constraints on my desk - along with using the extended keyboard.

    It was a good decision, I had nothing prior that used gestures - so while I know i'm missing out on some, i'm happy with what i've got for now. I had originally planned to run both - but it would be a long reach to the right to use the trackpad.

    It might be different if i wasn't going to school full time right now - but that is reality so not much "fun" stuff going on to play with the trackpad. Although, it might make a great mothers day gift from the kids ;)
     
  25. jlrathke macrumors member

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    I use the Apple Bluetooth keyboard and the magic mouse with my mini...I like the keyboard, but wish it had the number pad...the magic mouse takes a lot of getting used to. It would be fine if it were taller, thicker...whatever. I have pretty big hands and the slim, low profile it tough to get used to...still working on it.

    Jerry
     

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