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

    May 29, 2012
    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!
  2. Willi4m thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 29, 2012
  3. John Kotches macrumors 6502

    Jan 19, 2010
    Troy, IL (STL Area)
    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

    May 29, 2012
    Well I don't want to have to spend money on batteries every month.
  5. oddsratio macrumors newbie

    May 18, 2012
    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:

    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:
  6. Richdmoore macrumors 68000


    Jul 24, 2007
    Troutdale, OR
    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

    Feb 7, 2013
    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
    Last edited: Jun 5, 2013

    cocacolakid macrumors 65816


    Dec 18, 2010
    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.


    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...


    Here's a CNET review with video:


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

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