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Magic Trackpad, but still no wireless number pad: Why??


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I know Apple is anti-buttons and maybe it's because I'm a bit of a numbers guy, but why in the world doesn't Apple offer a wireless number pad or at least add it to their wireless keyboard. It just seems so odd not to offer it. Does anyone else feel that way?

I wonder if the magic trackpad has enough "touch zones" that you could actually program it to be used as a number pad and put some kind of clear number label sticker on top. If that's possible I'd probably get one today.

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+1 for the wireless number pad! Bring it on!!!

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I know Apple is anti-buttons and maybe it's because I'm a bit of a numbers guy, but why in the world doesn't Apple offer a wireless number pad or at least add it to their wireless keyboard. It just seems so odd not to offer it. Does anyone else feel that way?

I wonder if the magic trackpad has enough "touch zones" that you could actually program it to be used as a number pad and put some kind of clear number label sticker on top. If that's possible I'd probably get one today.
I think you're onto something there. Except I would think a touch-screen surface (similar to the iPad) would be better. Maybe have a "keyboard" button on the trackpad that could toggle between a number pad and gestures.

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They just need to offer a 104-key wireless keyboard to compliment the existing wireless keyboard. I think when they released the current one, the thought was to keep it smaller to use with your HTPC machine.

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I'm still using the wired 104-key keyboard. I would love to go bluetooth but I use the numeric keypad a lot.

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They just need to offer a 104-key wireless keyboard to compliment the existing wireless keyboard.
Exactly. I get sick of typing IP addresses out all day on my MBP!
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They just need to offer a 104-key wireless keyboard to compliment the existing wireless keyboard. I think when they released the current one, the thought was to keep it smaller to use with your HTPC machine.
True. They do just need a wireless version of the 104-keyboard. It's ridiculous they don't offer it. I would love to have Apple's keyboard, but I need a number pad and I need wireless to easily put the keyboard to the side when I need more desk space. Since apple doesn't deliver, I had to buy from someone who will.

An Apple wireless 104-key with a magic trackpad on the left (I'm a lefty) would be perfect!

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I'm left-handed also, but I always use my mouse with my right hand. I just never could get used to using it in my left hand.

And I agree it's annoying they don't have a wireless 104-key keyboard.

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Exactly. I get sick of typing IP addresses out all day on my MBP!
Amen. That's when I notice it too. I love the keyboard otherwise.

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Seems like a great opportunity for a third-party company to me ...
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I tried to switch over to the Bluetooth Wireless Keyboard and Trackpad and then tried to play NWN1. I was stuck due to the lack of so many keys which are essential for that game. A full-size Bluetooth Keyboard would resolve that.

Until then I had to go back to my Logitech USB Wireless Keyboard, which is full size.

It doesn't look as cool and takes up a lot more deskspace, but it has the keys I need
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Uh-oh, looks like Canon just released a mouse/10-keypad/calculator in one for $63. Coming out in November. Apple is probably gonna feel the pinch from this one, as it could replace the magic mouse and magic trackpad (if you don't mind a mouse instead of a trackpad).
Canon's X Mark I Mouse triples as calculator, numeric keypad, fame attractor -- Engadget

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I don't like the look of that mouse. Firstly it's not magical as they claim. And secondly every time I used it I'd have to worry about hitting the keys accidentally. And also I never look at my mouse when I use it. And that little calculator means I have to move my head to the mouse and back to my screen if I was to add up things on it. No good. And it's not a scientific calculator or a graphing calculator. Sure 99% of these people have no need for a fancy calculator but all the geeky nerds who would think about buying a mouse like this would have a use for such a fancy calculator.

So in short that mouse + number pad looks really nice. But not for me so I am not in the market for one.
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I don't like the look of that mouse. Firstly it's not magical as they claim. And secondly every time I used it I'd have to worry about hitting the keys accidentally. And also I never look at my mouse when I use it. And that little calculator means I have to move my head to the mouse and back to my screen if I was to add up things on it. No good. And it's not a scientific calculator or a graphing calculator. Sure 99% of these people have no need for a fancy calculator but all the geeky nerds who would think about buying a mouse like this would have a use for such a fancy calculator.

So in short that mouse + number pad looks really nice. But not for me so I am not in the market for one.
I understand.
I can operate a desk calculator by touch, so I wouldn't have to look at the mouse. Although, I imagine it probably would take a little bit to get used to the buttons being smaller and closer together than a desk calculator.
I think it would be a fine interim device until Apple eventually (hopefully) comes up with some sort of trackpad/10-keypad device in the future. But I think it's an acceptable solution for now. I mostly posted this because of the OP's reference to some sort of desktop 10-key device combined with cursor control. But I do prefer a trackpad over a mouse.

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Found one that looks perfect with wireless keyboard. Check out the link to Gearzap. Looks good anyone seen one in the "flesh"?

Wireless Bluetooth Number Keypad for Apple Mac - GearZap.com
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