PM G5 - Wireless Keyboard or Standard??

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by JasonGough, Oct 10, 2005.

  1. JasonGough macrumors regular


    Apr 25, 2005
    Manchester, UK
    Hey guys, just up for abit of advice about what type of keyboard to get when i buy my new PowerMac :D

    Currently i have a wireless keyboard and mouse (by microsoft) which i use on my rubbish old PC. I intend to use my wireless mouse when i get my mac, as i want a wireles mouse with scroll button, and since its USB its mac compatible i don't need to buy anything new.

    I'm not sure tho if i should spend £70 extra to get the bluetooth keyboard & mouse.... might not be that important, but i heard the cable on the standard powermac keyboard is pretty short, and i'm worried it might not be long enough to reach the Mac.

    So anyone here with a wired powermac keyboard, how long is the cable? can you buy an extender, does it come with an extender? Is it cool having USB ports on your desktop?

    any help is appreciated :)
  2. iGary Guest


    May 26, 2004
    Randy's House
    Get Bluetooth and the wireless keyboard.
  3. osiris315 macrumors member


    Apr 7, 2005
    Valencia, Spain
    I thought about the BT versions of both the keyboard and mouse when I recently bought my G5 Mac. However, I'm glad that stayed with the standard kb as it has 2 USB ports built in which I dont think the BT version has (I'm sure I'll be corrected here if I'm wrong).

    As it happens, I also bought the Mighty Mouse which is only available in wired format but will definitely buy the BT version when/if it becomes available.
  4. MrSugar macrumors 6502a


    Jul 28, 2003
    I use the bluetooth Apple keyboard with my G5 and I absolutely love it. The battery life is great, and it works perfectly. Plus no wires clogging up my desk area. If you have the money definitely give it a look.
  5. yoak macrumors 65816


    Oct 4, 2004
    Oslo, Norway
    I use a bluethooth mouse with my iBook and i´m very happy with it. Less clutter. Go wireless
  6. fayans macrumors 6502a


    Sep 19, 2005
    MacRumors: Forums
    Once you go wireless, you will never go "wired" back :D
  7. vashim66 macrumors member

    Oct 25, 2003
    I went wireless a couple years ago and now im back to wired. I hate having to replace the batteries. To me the small cable clutter isn't worth the expense or inconvience of replacing batteries.
  8. mad jew Moderator emeritus

    mad jew

    Apr 3, 2004
    Adelaide, Australia
    I got wired with my iMac originally but then finally cracked about three months ago and bought a Wireless Keyboard and Mouse. It's much cleaner and easier for people who use their desks for non-computer usage. It's just so much easier to get them out of the way when necessary. I highly recommend cable-less peripherals when possible. :)
  9. FireArse macrumors 6502a

    Oct 29, 2004
    Forget recharge

    The battery life on the Keyboard is fantastic - got mine with the order in February and have only just had to replace the original batteries - i think of myself as quite a heavy user - maybe 6-7 hours a day? The mouse uses a bit more juice - forget rechargables and get in-bulk Duracells from Costco. A pair would last you over 3months :)

  10. tobefirst macrumors 68040


    Jan 24, 2005
    St. Louis, MO
    The wired keyboard has a 3' cord, unless they've changed it since the G4 Power Mac days. I'm pretty sure though, that it'll come with a 3' extension cable. I *think* my Power Mac G5 at home did.

    You can definitely buy a longer USB extension cable, if you'd like, though. I have two 10' cables somewhere at home (they are currently 'lost'). I got mine from eBay for around $6 each, shipped.

    It is pretty cool having ports on the keyboard. However, this has become less relevent since Apple started putting a port on the front of their towers. It's still nice for connecting and disconnecting USB drives and card readers and other such quick-use devices.

    All that being said, I went for a bluetooth keyboard and mouse with my G5 at home, and eventually did the same for my iMac G4. Wireless is the new black. :)
  11. robcts macrumors regular

    Sep 10, 2005
  12. forumBuddy macrumors member

    Jul 6, 2005
    I love my Apple wireless keybord, as I later found out I don't like any of the current wireless mices because of the extra wait and lag.
  13. Kalinatek macrumors regular

    Aug 29, 2005
  14. eva01 macrumors 601


    Feb 22, 2005
    Gah! Plymouth
    I have wired on the powermac and wireless things on the powerbook, i like the wired on the powermac better
  15. macbaseball macrumors 6502a


    Feb 27, 2005
    Northern California
    I agree. I also have a wired keyboard and mouse on my Power Mac just because I never turned the bluetooth mouse off, and I used up tons of batteries. Maybe I didn't have it set right. Does your KB+Mouse sleep or anything?

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