New BT Keyboard v. Old BT Keyboard

Kan-O-Z

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Aug 3, 2007
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I just recieved my 'older' BT Keyboard just a few days ago. I really do like the styling of the new one. I have a Macbook Pro and want the wireless connectivity when I use it like a desktop computer. I think the new keyboard would match the Macbook Pro nicely. It really bothers me that the new one doesn't have an option to buy with the numeric keypad. I know the wired one has the numeric keypad but I don't want to deal with wires. After all I have a laptop and want to minimize the wires needed to connect/disconnect when I take it with me.

1. Any opinions on whether I should keep the older BT keyboard or go with the smaller new one?

2. Can I buy a new 'wired' keyboard and hook it up to my airport extreme and have it connect to my laptop wirelessly in that way?

Kan-O-Z
 

Spanky Deluxe

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Mar 17, 2005
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The missing numpad really bothers me too. If it was the same as the wired version but wireless (i.e. no missing keys) then I'd buy a wireless kit to replace mine in a hearbeat. As it is, I'd rather keep my nice full featured keyboard. I really use the numpad and page up/down etc keys a lot and while I can live without them on a laptop, not having them on a desktop keyboard is, well, pathetic!
 

j26

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Mar 30, 2005
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I presume you can buy a wireless (or wired) keypad, but you shouldn't have to. It's a bit crazy to remove the number pad on a desktop computer. There seems to be an implied assumption that mac users don't do numbers in any big way.

The new one does look nice though.

Keep the old one - I have one and it's great with my mb.
 

LeviG

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Nov 6, 2006
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I'm not overly concerned about the keyboard as I intend to get one for a media centre mac mini, although I would want a number pad for a more full time usage.
 

md1626

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Jun 27, 2007
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yeah me too. im not really sure what to do. i want the wireless freedom but i really want the numeric keypad because just to get the wireless is the exact same thing as my macbook pro keypad so there really is no point
 

Trepex

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Apr 5, 2007
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yeah me too. im not really sure what to do. i want the wireless freedom but i really want the numeric keypad because just to get the wireless is the exact same thing as my macbook pro keypad so there really is no point
Good point, except if I'm using my MBP with my external display, I prefer to have a separate keyboard instead of trying to type on the lappy while looking at the other screen.
 

md1626

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Jun 27, 2007
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any chance that they will release a new wireless keyboard with the numeric keypad or no?
 

Mac One

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Jul 18, 2007
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Though I don't own the new one, I would say keep the old one. It seems to be more ergonomic and would be better for your hands when you're using it for extended periods of time.
You should also remember the restocking fee if you do decide to return it.
 

md1626

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Jun 27, 2007
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how long do you think it would be before they would make the full wireless keyboard with the numeric keyboard. have they done this before with the apple pro keyboard (releasing the wireless small and then big)?
 

willyboy

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Aug 14, 2007
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It seems I am in the minority here...

I do not actually use my num pad on my old keyboard. As a matter of fact I think it interrupts the design and would do the same for the new one...Of course I do not crunch numbers all day.....Each to their own. It seems like I am on my own with this..
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