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External Keyboard for the Macbook Pro?


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Hi,

I am looking for an external (preferably wireless) keyboard for my macbook pro, any suggestions?

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Any particular reason?

The genuine Apple wireless keyboard supplied with the iMac's is a good companion. You can get that with a numeric keypad also.


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Any particular reason?

The genuine Apple wireless keyboard supplied with the iMac's is a good companion. You can get that with a numeric keypad also.
The one with keypad won't be wireless anymore though.

I have both: Used to use the Bluetooth keyboard when having my MBP on an external monitor and this worked great. Doing a bunch of programming though I was always missing the full size arrow keys and num pad. Ordered the USB full size keyboard with the iMac I recently got and it seems to feel more solid somehow. Hard to describe, but I just prefer to use this now.

I understand though, that it's nicer not having to connect extra cables when using it on your laptop...

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I have a henge-docks docking station at home, and I used to use apple's wired keyboard, which for some reason has started to act-up: some keys don't function at all- even though I've only used it for a couple months -
Now, although I absolutely love the feel of my macbook's keyboard, I never really enjoyed using the external keyboard, it is also a bit too thin for my taste, so that's why I'm shopping for a new keyboard ...

has anyone tried to use the Logitech Wireless Solar Keyboard K750 on mac?
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Isn't the logitech a Windows keyboard? I always hate that Windows and Command key are switched and then having to remember that when flipping between Mac laptop keyboard and a windows one... Just a thought :-)

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so I wouldn't be able to configure it to work with mac?
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how about the Macally iceKEY keyboard? (I know it's not wireless)
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so I wouldn't be able to configure it to work with mac?
Not true. Just about any USB keyboard will work plugged into your MBP. You may have to some juggling of the keys as indicated but for the most part it will work fine. Same thing applies for most USB mice.
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how about the Macally iceKEY keyboard? (I know it's not wireless)
I've used it in the past and it was a pretty good keyboard. Dekan has a point about using Windows keyboard on a Mac. It slowed down my typing because I had to keep remember the different keys used for Windows versus a Mac. I prefer Apple's wired small external keyboard because fits on my desk better when using it with my MBP. I also prefer wired keyboards and mice but that's a personal preference I have.

Also keep in mind that if you use any keyboard that require special software it has to be Mac compatible or they won't provide any Mac software to make it work on your Mac. The main general keys should still work but the specialized keys probably won't work correctly.

Other than that any keyboard works pretty well on Macs so your options can be as large or as small as you want.
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