Wired vs Wireless Keyboard

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by imacdaddy, Sep 23, 2007.

  1. imacdaddy macrumors 6502a

    Feb 2, 2006
    Need some help please. :)

    I'm use to numeric keys to the right of the keyboard. How are the new wireless keyboards less the numeric keys?
  2. bc008 macrumors 68000


    Aug 6, 2007
    tbh i got the wired because i though i used the number pad a lot.
    now that im paying attention i actually use the numbers on top a lot more. wished i wouldhave went wireless
  3. katy macrumors member

    Jun 19, 2006
    i feel kinda the same...it would have been good for me because instead of having the number pad i could have used that space to place my graphics tablet...

    But then again i kinda like products being wired?
  4. Stetwin macrumors 6502


    Jul 8, 2007
    England - Co-Durham
    I would say go wired if you play games and wireless if you don’t, although at work I type a lot of 18 digit tracking codes so it makes me feel more at home with a numeric pad on my keyboards
  5. Dybbuk macrumors 6502a

    Aug 8, 2006
    Wireless looks a lot nicer, but realistically that is the only advantage. Wireless has a long list of disadvantages, particularly batteries and delay.

    Although, I honestly wanted a wireless MM just so I could give it a name.
  6. beg_ne macrumors 6502

    Jul 3, 2003
    I don't have a wireless keyboard, but I did end up getting a wired keyboard. I would say if you use the numeric keypad a lot or use the arrow key combos (like Command+left arrow, Command+right arrow etc) then the wired is a little nicer. I put aside my old wireless keyboard for a few days and tried programming with my MacBook Keyboard and those two things were the biggest issue I had.

    I was really looking forward to the wireless keyboard before it came out and the spy photos of the wired were leaked, but was kind of disappointed when the wireless was a compact keyboard. I really didn't want to go back to a wired keyboard since my current desk setup was wireless keyboard and mouse.

    Eventually the wired had more pros and less cons than the wireless.

    The big ones being:
    1. I have a full keyboard still, which is nice since I'm used to that with my old wireless keyboard for programming. Numeric pad and full Arrow keys FTW.
    2. Price. $30 is quite a bit more to pay. Especially given the less amount of materials that go in to build the compact keyboard. A bluetooth module can't possibly cost that much...
    3. Time to wait. Isn't it still like 3-4 weeks to wait? I wanted a new keyboard soon, and waiting weeks on end wasn't very appealing.

    The main issue i was worried about was having the wire again, but I only really use the keyboard at my desk, and i plug in my 20" ACD anyway, so it's not really more work to do, and I don't move my keyboard so...

    After having my wired keyboard for a few weeks now I'm really happy with it.
  7. ctsport1234 macrumors regular

    Mar 15, 2005
    go to a apple store and try both? I prefer the wireless. :D
  8. Veritas&Equitas macrumors 68000


    Oct 31, 2005
    Twin Cities, MN
    No Apple Stores have the wireless version yet, any Apple Stores in the US anyway.
  9. imacdaddy thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Feb 2, 2006
    Thanks everyone for your feedback! Much appreciated. :cool:

    I have a Wacom Intuos pen tablet and I use the mouse on the tablet. With my current full size white Apple wireless keyboard, the mouse positioning is a little too far for comfort. I do occasionally use the numeric keypad for Excel work, but can be sacrificed. I can always pick up a USB numeric keypad if I desperately need one.

    Are the keys identical in size and spacing to the wired keyboard?

    Unfortunately, there's no Apple Store where I live, but only Apple Dealers/Resellers and they don't have the new wireless keyboards yet to try out.
  10. gotzero macrumors 68040

    Jan 6, 2007
    Mid-Atlantic, US
    I recently got the wired version after playing around with my girlfriend's MB. Some of the time I prefer that keyboard to my MBP. I think I am still biased from early experience with wireless keyboards, but I still do not see the point. For me the 10-key was necessary, so it was not much of a decision.

    I have not seen the wireless version, but based on the photos, it appears that the wireless one will sit at a much steeper angle on any kind of flat surface, which could also come into consideration for some.

    I still use wired connections for everything except internet when I am not at one of my desks, but as computers and entertainment centers continue to move toward each other, I could see myself intereseted in a wireless keyboard like the apple one, but only with an attached pad.

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