MacBook Pro - Lid Closed - Wireless Mulitmedia Keyboard

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by verbose, Mar 5, 2006.

  1. verbose macrumors member

    Jan 22, 2006

    It's apparent that with my MBP connected to my 50" PDP, with lid closed, the computer just goes to sleep -- so I need an external keyboard and mouse. However, since I have them in my living room, I'd prefer wireless. The one wireless keyboard Apple makes is a basic keyboard, without mouse function. I don't want to get a separate mouse, because I want to use the thing in my lap for a variety of computer tasks. There seem to be a couple of Pc options, but there is no wireless Apple multimedia keyboards (with an integrated pointer of some kind) that I can find. This seems very strange to me with the deployment of Front Row and Apple Remote across three model lines now. This is a big hole in Apple's line-up to me -- if they want to go for the living room, they should provide a lap-friendly input solution.

    Anyway, is there anything out there that you guys have found is workable? Anyone try the Adesso 2.4GHz laptop keyboard? Granted it's for a PC, but there doesn't seem to be an Apple solution out there.

    Thanks in advance.
  2. DougTheImpaler macrumors 6502a

    Feb 28, 2006
    Central Illinois
    I don't know about this combo specifically, but I do want to urge caution. Non-Apple wireless keyboards may not wake your Mac up. My wife has a wireless keyboard/mouse combo from MS and I have one from Logitech (both USB). Neither one will wake up a sleeping Mac (not her eMac or any other USB Mac I've ever owned), so for that purpose, I had to plug a wired mouse in and click it, or a wired keybaord in and hit a button. Once you wake it up, it's fine to use.
  3. Anonymous Freak macrumors 603

    Anonymous Freak

    Dec 12, 2002
    One thing people don't seem to realize is that for lid-closed mode to work, you MUST be plugged in to power.

    But, as long as you've got power and external video, it will wake up (and stay awake,) just fine from Bluetooth (and, on the MBP, using the Front Row remote as well.)

    I have gotten my MBP to wake up over Bluetooth from the Apple combo, as well as from a Salling Clicker-based Palm and cell phone, and from a third-party Bluetooth mouse. As long as you have 'Allow Bluetooth devices to wake this computer' checked in the Bluetooth preference pane, you should be fine.
  4. generik macrumors 601


    Aug 5, 2005
    It's not wise to leave the lid on the MBP closed when it is switched on, heat will get trapped by the lid and it may cause your LCD to warp or even crack
  5. ashden macrumors newbie

    Jan 16, 2006
    Ashville, OH
    Why? That is exactly how the Apple manual says to do it when using an external mouse, keyboard and monitor.
  6. eva01 macrumors 601


    Feb 22, 2005
    Gah! Plymouth
    Actually that is wrong.

    The heat gets sent out the back of the Laptop, unlike the iBook where i believe it is shot upwards. Causing the iBook screen to block heatflow if closed and on while the Powerbook and MacBook Pro do not.
  7. Anonymous Freak macrumors 603

    Anonymous Freak

    Dec 12, 2002
    Here we go...

    From the MacBook Pro User's Guide, pages 69-70:
    It also mentions that the Apple Remote can wake up the MacBook Pro, but while it doesn't specifically mention that Bluetooth devices will wake it up for lid-closed operation, I can confirm from personal testing that it does work.
  8. ventivent macrumors newbie

    May 17, 2006
    Did you ever find out if this keyboard works?

    Hi there,

    Getting back to the original point of this thead, I was wondering if you were able to try this keyboard with a MacBookPro. I was thinking about doing the exact same setup...getting the new Macbook, hooking it up to my 58" 1080p DLP and surfing from the couch. Please respond if you tried this keyboard, or if not, what alternative you ended up using. I'm thinking aboug bluetooth keboard/mouse, but I would rather have an all-in-one package for sitting on my lap.


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