Wireless Or Not?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Exist2Inspire, Nov 11, 2006.

  1. Exist2Inspire macrumors member

    Oct 9, 2006
    Purchasing an iMac in the next few weeks. Is it worth the extra £40 for the wireless keyboard and mouse? I mean...I won't really be using the USB ports on the iMac itself at all. The only thing I would need a port for would be a flash drive, and I can just deal with the 1.1 on the keyboard. When I get a printer I will probably go for a Wi-Fi one anyway. Also, how long is the battery life on the Mouse & Keyboard?
  2. Le Big Mac macrumors 68030

    Le Big Mac

    Jan 7, 2003
    Washington, DC
    Depends on your set up. I love my wireless K and M because I have a keyboard tray below the desk. Wire is barely long enough to reach through a hole/grommet in desk to the tray. Wireless--no issue.

    KB battery life I find is about 6 mo. Mouse is much worse--about 2 mos. That's for original BT mouse, not Mighty BT.
  3. Exist2Inspire thread starter macrumors member

    Oct 9, 2006
    Well, I'm getting a new desk soon which will be all on one level...so do you think that will work?
  4. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus


    Jan 9, 2004
    Grand Rapids, MI, USA
    There is no USB 1.1 port or any other kind of USB port on most wireless keyboards I know of. I personally would snap at the wireless though. I love mine.
  5. Arcus macrumors 6502a


    Dec 28, 2004
    of my hand will get me slapped.
    If you plan on gaming its a flat out 'no'. I dislike any wireless mouse or keyboard because of the lag for anything I do.
  6. OwlsAndApples macrumors 6502a


    Oct 4, 2006
    I have the wired set, probably just because I know I'll never get round to charging them, easier to just have them powered from the mac. However, it is annoying having tons of white cable, and having to work out what each is all the time (iPod, Keyboard, Mouse, Camera...)
  7. countach macrumors regular

    Oct 23, 2006
    On one level, wireless keyboards are a pain in the butt because you have to keep replacing the batteries. On the other hand, I'm just SICK SICK SICK of wires around my computer and am willing to pay the price. Get a recharger and a bowl of batteries and have it handy.
  8. Maxwell Smart macrumors 6502a

    Maxwell Smart

    Jan 29, 2006
    I would definitely recommend at least the wireless keyboard. I have an apple wireless keyboard and a microsoft wireless bluetooth mouse and I couldn't be happier. To me wireless freedom is worth having to change the batteries every few months.
  9. echeck macrumors 68000


    Apr 20, 2004
    Boise, Idaho
    I love my wireless keyboard and Mighty Mouse. Of course I love anything wireless. Cables = Bad!

    That said, bottom line is that if you don't think you'll need it, and the wires don't bother you, then I wouldn't spend the extra money for something you don't need. Simple as that. :)
  10. thejadedmonkey macrumors 604


    May 28, 2005
    I have a wireless mouse and wired keyboard. With all the wires I have, the wireless mouse is a godsend, except for when I run out of batteries and don't have any spares. OS X SUCKS when it comes to using the keyboard to navigate. No lie, I'd rather use Windows 3.1 or Me than OS X without a mouse.

    Get a bowl of batteries, and keep it stocked. Then go wireless.
  11. extraextra macrumors 68000


    Jun 29, 2006
    The wireless is such a bargain when you get it bundled with an iMac, I'd just go for it. It works fine and having no wires is pretty cool.
  12. RobTuck macrumors regular

    Sep 19, 2006
    Unless you have your keyboard at the other end of the room, I cant see how lag is an issue. I notice no lag whatsoever using my wireless keyboard.

    However, the mighty mouse is terrible for gaming, as you cant left and right click simultanously.
  13. Euan macrumors regular

    Sep 1, 2005
    Depends on your situation. Because of my flat the wireless option was a definite. I've got rechargable batteries so it's working a dream.
  14. Scarlet Fever macrumors 68040

    Scarlet Fever

    Jul 22, 2005
    for notebooks, i would definitely recommend wireless keyboards and mice. I love my wireless Apple keyboard and kensington mouse

    but for desktop systems, i think you should stay with a wired keyboard. I believe you can't use start-up keystrokes with bluetooth keyboards, which may be an issue later on. Feel free to correct me if im wrong, though.

    You might find a wireless mouse useful. Just one less USB port used, and one less wire to get in the way. :)
  15. Spanky Deluxe macrumors 601

    Spanky Deluxe

    Mar 17, 2005
    London, UK
    Go for the wireless. Its a great deal when bought with a machine and it rocks! Contrary to what Arcus said, wireless mice are fine for gaming. I notice no delay or lag or whatever else he/she thinks wireless mice do for gaming. Its great in first person shooters as well as all other games.
  16. Kiscokid macrumors member

    Oct 19, 2005
    Really couldnt be bothered to spend the extra money on this option as I never move away from my desk to work. Also didnt want to be fiddling around with batteries. Admittedly less wiring the better - but moving from a pc which had wires trailing everywhere I dont find this too much of a problem.

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