Need a decent bluetooth keyboard/mouse for macbook!

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Oats, Aug 28, 2008.

  1. Oats macrumors regular

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    I have been searching online for a full size (extended) keyboard and mouse (2 button scrollwheel) that works via BLUETOOTH.

    There are plenty of wireless options out there, and I just purchased one (the Logitech S530) but it turns out it is not bluetooth. It uses a USB dongle I have to plug in. I am looking for one with NO dongle, just bluetooth, since my macbook has bluetooth capability built-in.

    I don't like the Apple Wireless keyboard because it is not full size, it is basically the same as my macbook keyboard. I also don't like the wireless mighty mouse because it is expensive and I prefer a real scroll wheel and two real buttons.

    I searched the Apple store, check it out:
    http://store.apple.com/us/search?find=bluetooth+keyboard

    Thanks if you can help.
     
  2. hogfaninga macrumors 65816

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    Kensington Si670m Bluetooth Wireless Optical Notebook Mouse 72271 for PC or Mac

    I got it about 3 months ago and I love it. It sells for $30-35 at Amazon.
     
  3. richard.mac macrumors 603

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    Logitech diNovo Edge for Mac? not sure about a mouse as Logitech's only bluetooth mouse is notebook sized and doesnt match the diNovo. theres a good bluetooth mice review for Macs though on MacRumors here.
     
  4. Oats thread starter macrumors regular

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    good suggestions... that diNovo Edge looks pretty nice, but pricey for a keyboard at $160.

    any other ideas?
     
  5. richard.mac macrumors 603

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    ^ oo nice i didnt see that. the only downside to that keyboard is it has a Windows keyboard layout. still works but you have alt instead of command and winkey instead of option and youd only get brightness keys (F14 & F15)… no volume and exposé as theres no Mac drivers.
     
  6. Oats thread starter macrumors regular

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    yes, that logitech MX 5500 looks great... i don't care about windows keys, thats fine, but $170? all i want is a basic keyboard and mouse + bluetooth.


    edit: just found this one at dell.com. looks great! can anyone confirm it works with a mac? again, i don't care about the windows/apple key difference.

    http://accessories.us.dell.com/sna/PopupProductDetail.aspx?sku=330-0437
     
  7. richard.mac macrumors 603

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    any keyboard should work. apart from the windows key youll also probably not be able to use the specialised functions of the Apple keyboards. but if you dont care about that simple typing should work fine.

    although im not 100% sure that the Dell Bluetooth keyboard will connect using OS X's Bluetooth Setup Assistant. if youre not game you could get the older style Apple Bluetooth Keyboard here.
     
  8. BrokenE macrumors regular

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    Not sure if you're asking if it will work with OSX regardless of specs, but overview and tech specs both indicate this is only for windows vista. Also, the reviews indicate this is not a top quality product.
     
  9. Bengt77 macrumors 68000

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    Just a post to warn you for the Radtech mice. I had a BT500 minimouse, and it sucked big time. It constantly disconnected when I left it for only half a minute, after which it took up to three seconds for it to become responsive again. Really frustrating. If the full size BT600 is anything like the BT500, steer clear from it. After the Radtech I had a wireless Mighty Mouse. Worked like a charm, but it broke after only one year's use. Way too soon. It's okay, but definitely not worth-it's-money-okay. Good thing I got it as a present. My previous mouse was the Microsoft Wireless Laser Mouse 8000. It's okay. Really okay, actually. Well, it's even pretty good, really. The only downside to it is that it can take a while to establish the bluetooth connection.

    Finally, I thought to myself "Why, exactly, did I want a wireless mouse with my iMac? The iMac doesn't leave the desk, so why should the mouse?" Therefore, my current mouse is the standard wired Mighty Mouse I got with the iMac. It's perfect. I don't know about bluetooth mice. My experience with them has been far from stellar. Although I will probably buy a white Logitech V470 to go with my soon-to-be-announced MacBook. Maybe Logitech does bluetooth right; I'll just have to wait and see.

    EDIT: I just searched for the BT500 and found out that I actually had the Bluetake model. Looks exactly the same as the one from Radtech. No clue as to wether the Bluetech is actually another mouse or indeed the same. If it's a cheap copy, that might be the explanation of why it was such a bad mouse. Any ideas?
     
  10. spacepower7 macrumors 68000

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    try this

    The question is do you want a full size bluetooth mouse also?

    I had that Kensington Si670m Bluetooth® Wireless Notebook Mouse which was too small and uncomfortable for me.

    I played with this $99 mouse/keyboard set
    http://www.rocketfishproducts.com/p...-keyboard-and-laser-mouse-blacksilverred.aspx

    at Best Buy paired to an iMac. The mouse was awesome, I might buy the set and give away the keyboard since I like the Apple one.
     
  11. Oats thread starter macrumors regular

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    just thought i would follow up - i bought a dell bluetooth keyboard and mouse combo from ebay. there were tons to choose from, i got a good price on a brand new set.

    keyboard: LOVE it. the keys feel great, works fantastic with OS X. even the volume controls work. (the back/forward browser buttons don't but i don't care. everyone uses "delete" key to go back anyway, right?) also, the WIN key is the same as apple/CMD, so it is a bit out of place, but not too hard to get used to. great news is that when running Windows in parallels, the keyboard is right at home!

    mouse: recognized fine by OS X, but it is crazy fast... in particular the acceleration. with some tweaking, i could probably get it to what i am used to, but i like my USB mouse a bit too much still right now. the bluetooth one is also heavy, but seems well made.
     
  12. Rizvi1 macrumors 6502a

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    This m9270ll/a is what I'm about to buy from a friend of mine for my recently-purchased-from-Craigslist 1.83ghz Mac Mini C2D. I did a search for it on here and saw that it had some nice remarks in the MBP Mouse and Keyboard.. thread and the Non-aluminum wireless keyboard thread also.

    Now I need to figure out what to do about a mouse. I suppose I would like for it to match w/ my Mac Mini and Apple M9270LL/A Wireless Keyboard, but at the same time, the monitor I'm going to be using is a Dell 2408WFP.

    These two posts from this thread have caught my eye:

    Any model number for this? maybe this is the route I'll go. I don't necessarily need a wired mouse.

    Any other thoughts on this Logitech V470?

    Any chance to buy this mouse alone? I'll see if a local best buy has it so I can check it out (though it has been a long time since your post)
     
  13. brogrimm macrumors newbie

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    I just tried a Dell bluetooth keyboard (GM952) which worked but once you get away from the standard QWERTY keys you risk things not working. I use the HOME and END keys quite a bit so these not working on the MacBook is a big problem. So I'm off to finding an older Apple bluetooth full-size keyboard. It's a shame their new aluminum keyboard is so small. They really should offer the full keyboard (arrow keys and keypad). Oh well.

     
  14. SecondDealer macrumors regular

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    Whats up with the USB stick in the picture on the dell website?
     
  15. js81 macrumors 65816

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    Rocketfish BT KB & Mouse

    I have the Rocketfish (BestBuy) bluetooth keyboard and mouse. Click the links if you want to see them - less than $100 for both (I got mine from eBay for $25 and $20, respectively). The keyboard IS silver/aluminum, even though it looks grey in the picture. The mouse looks a lot like a mighty mouse, but with a scroll wheel. The quality isn't as good as the Apple ones, but its above most cheaper Logitech, etc. I've used.
     

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