Looking for the smallest possible wired keyboard for my Mac! / Or keyboard stand!

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by Willi4m, May 29, 2012.

  1. Willi4m macrumors newbie

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    Hello everyone, I'm a professional photo retoucher living in a tiny flat and working on a tiny desk which I do not intend to upgrade to a bigger one because it is a family heirloom. Currently there's barely enough space for my Mac Mini, Intuos Tablet and (very) thick professional screen which I need and can not replace either. I have a wired Apple keyboard but with the numeric pad it takes up too much space. The small wired version is only available in some US stores and I live in europe.

    My options I think would be to either find something to elevate my current keyboard above the very wide screen stand in which case it would have to be stable. Or to buy a new smaller wired keyboard, however I'd like to find one without that Fn key or the Windows logo if possible. In that case it can not be bigger than 13cm x 29cm.

    Can anyone help? It would be much appreciated!
     
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  3. John Kotches macrumors 6502

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    Is there a reason to be locked into a wired vs. the wireless (Bluetooth) keyboard?

    If not, you could consider that as a viable option.
     
  4. Willi4m thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Well I don't want to have to spend money on batteries every month.
     
  5. oddsratio macrumors newbie

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    There are some well-reviewed clones of the compact apple aluminum keyboard, though I hear that they keys are a bit stiffer than what you would expect with apple, but they would be around 30 euro.

    I to am looking for a wired aluminum model that's OEM, though, as it's compact enough to stuff in a sling bag.

    Tenkeyless boards, like the Filco from here are great, but if you don't want to spend money on batteries, it will be out of your price range:
    http://www.keyboardco.com/keyboard_search.asp?SG=10023

    Don't know how much you want to spend; it's overpriced, but it has some of the best build quality in a keyboard. It's about 14 inches long. I use a leopold 10-keyless myself, which is about 50 dollars less, but I don't know about european retailers who sell those. I can point you to more resources if you want to go in this direction.

    This keyboard has also gotten some positive reviews:
    http://www.dealextreme.com/p/78-key-compact-slim-usb-keyboard-black-160cm-cable-44378
     
  6. Richdmoore macrumors 65816

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    The battery life is very good with the apple wireless keyboard. Another option is to get rechargeable batteries, with 4 of them you could rotate 2 sets as needed.
     
  7. Volkan1984 macrumors member

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    There is the Apple Battery Charger Pack. A charger (obviously) and 6 batteries included for a mere €29. No need to buy new batteries and they last around a few months per charge.
     
  8. cocacolakid, Jun 5, 2013
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    cocacolakid macrumors 65816

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    What about the Logitech K760 solar powered wireless keyboard? It looks a lot like the Apple keyboards, is small, and runs entirely on solar power, including in low light room. It has good reviews. I've been wanting to buy one for a while but my money keeps being spent elsewhere.

    http://www.logitech.com/en-us/product/wireless-solar-keyboard-k760-for-mac

    The list price is $80 U.S. but Amazon here sells them for $60. It's even cheaper on eBay. UPDATE: Here's a seller that ships to most of Europe, you didn't say what country you're in...

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Logitech-Wireless-Solar-Keyboard-K760-for-Mac-all-iPads-Mini-and-all-iPhones-/111051344036?pt=PCA_Mice_Trackballs&hash=item19db2d08a4

    Here's a CNET review with video:

    http://reviews.cnet.com/keyboards/logitech-wireless-solar-keyboard/4505-3134_7-35332361.html

    Logitech also makes the same keyboard with the number pad, K750.
     

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