Why is it so hard to find a non-slim Mac keyboard?

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by Prizm4, Feb 13, 2018.

  1. Prizm4 macrumors newbie


    Sep 8, 2017
    I can buy a standard full size PC keyboard for $10, but it is so hard to find the equivalent for my iMac.

    Basically, you're either stuck with a chiclet style keyboard, or an oversized monstrosity with disco lights that you have to turn off with every boot. That's if you can find one that doesn't have re-jiggled key locations, and that actually has the official Function shortcuts in the right place.

    All I want is a cheap one of these with official Mac keycaps.
  2. BlazednSleepy, Feb 13, 2018
    Last edited: Feb 13, 2018

    BlazednSleepy macrumors 6502a

    Apr 15, 2012
    Because there just isn't a large enough market for mechanical keyboards for the Mac. There are some out there (DasKeyboard), but they are expensive. If you want cheap, you gotta stick with the more chiclet style keyboards.
  3. Chuck Rodent macrumors regular

    Chuck Rodent

    Jan 9, 2014
    Given how much I use my keyboard, I was willing to pay the price for a mechanical version. The Das Keyboard is 6 years old, used every day, and shows no wear.
  4. Prizm4, Feb 14, 2018
    Last edited: Feb 14, 2018

    Prizm4 thread starter macrumors newbie


    Sep 8, 2017
    Oh, I don't care if it's mechanical or not. I'm just surprised how difficult it is to get a basic keyboard with standard sized keys.

    Thanks, but I'd probably hide that thing if I had guests over haha

    Ever notice that third party keyboards almost never have both icons for Command and Option? The Option icon is almost always missing. Not even the Das Keyboard has the icons. Which I would personally find a bit confusing as I'm new to Mac. EDIT: I notice even many Macbooks don't have the Option icon, yet the icon is used when Mac software illustrates a keyboard shortcut. Talk about confusing the end user.
  5. elf69 macrumors 68020


    Jun 2, 2016
    Cornwall UK
    I bought a apple pro keyboard a1048 for my iMac

    was new old stock, cost me £35 but worth it to me.
  6. Prizm4 thread starter macrumors newbie


    Sep 8, 2017
    Interesting, thanks for the heads up.
  7. sartrekid macrumors 6502a

    Oct 30, 2014
  8. thisismyusername macrumors 6502

    Nov 1, 2015
    I wouldn't limit the search to "Mac keyboards". Just use whatever keyboard you want. If it turns out to be a Windows keyboard, then you're hitting the windows key instead of a command key and an alt key instead of an option key. You can always print out some labels and stick them on the keys :)
  9. BrianBaughn macrumors 603


    Feb 13, 2011
    Baltimore, Maryland
    I suppose "demand" is the answer. There is a demand for a cheaper knock-off of what looks like a Mac keyboard.

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