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    Mac mini peripherals?
    Hello there!

    I've just ordered my first mac (mac mini) and I've just seen that it doesn't come with a keyboard or mouse!
    I know it has Bluetooth, so can I use any Bluetooth keyboard with it or do I really want to spend 60 on an apple one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr_Dre View Post
    Hello there!

    I've just ordered my first mac (mac mini) and I've just seen that it doesn't come with a keyboard or mouse!
    I know it has Bluetooth, so can I use any Bluetooth keyboard with it or do I really want to spend 60 on an apple one.
    I really like my Apple keyboard and magic trackpad. IMO both are worth spending money on.
    I've always wanted to be smart, handsome and modest. But, I guess I'll have to be satisfied with two out of three . . .

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    AFAIK it will work with any Bluetooth keyboard.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr_Dre View Post
    Hello there!

    I've just ordered my first mac (mac mini) and I've just seen that it doesn't come with a keyboard or mouse!
    I know it has Bluetooth, so can I use any Bluetooth keyboard with it or do I really want to spend 60 on an apple one.
    I hope that this didn't surprise you...that's one of the reasons why Mac-minis are less expensive. It's been this way since the first Mac-minis were released in January, 2005 (almost 7 years ago)!

    And like others have mentioned...just about any USB mouse & keyboard should work....and I would think most bluetooth devices should work as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Slydude View Post
    AFAIK it will work with any Bluetooth keyboard.
    Sorry to sound dumb but what is AFAIK?

    I guess i will just bite the bullet and get the apple keyboard, not to sure about the mouse tbh.

    Thanks for your help guys!

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    AFAIK - As far as I know.

    I hope the fact it doesn't come with a monitor won't be a surprise to you either.

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    LOL! i am aware of that hehe. I just cant wait to get it now!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr_Dre View Post
    LOL! i am aware of that hehe. I just cant wait to get it now!
    You will need a USB keyboard and mouse to set the mini up. Then you can pair it with the bluetooth keyboard/mouse/pointing device
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    Quote Originally Posted by class77 View Post
    You will need a USB keyboard and mouse to set the mini up. Then you can pair it with the bluetooth keyboard/mouse/pointing device
    I do not remember doing that . . . at the time I had a 3rd party BT Keyboard and Mouse (have since switched to Apple KB & Trackpad).

    Don't believe there is any need to have a USB KB to set it up but always a good idea to keep one around for troubleshooting.
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    Quote Originally Posted by class77 View Post
    You will need a USB keyboard and mouse to set the mini up. Then you can pair it with the bluetooth keyboard/mouse/pointing device
    Maybe you should tell Apple that, as when you buy a mini, the BT keyboard and mouse are added extras and it says nothing about having a wired one first.

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    Ok well I'm due to receive it quite soon. I've got a USB keyboard in case I need one, I'll drop an update here when I know if the bluetooth keyboard worked.

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    Quote Originally Posted by class77 View Post
    You will need a USB keyboard and mouse to set the mini up. Then you can pair it with the bluetooth keyboard/mouse/pointing device
    I hope this isnt true. I also just purchased a mini and already have a apple bt keyboard and magic mouse. ugh. it will be here today i can let you know tonight.
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    I can't see why you would need a USB one... I received the BT Keyboard and Trackpad with my iMac, and didn't need a USB keyboard to set it up. It just worked straight out the box. As it would.

    I imagine it has the same Bluetooth gubbins inside, so can't see how it would be any different.

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    I'm buying a Mac Mini myself and the Apple store personnel told me, FOR THE INITIAL SETUP ONLY, you can't pair a wireless keyboard with a new mini. You must have a wired keyboard and a wired or usb pointing device. After the initial setup, you can then pair your wireless keyboard with your new mini

    Threads like this on Apple support pages are what I'm basing this on:Mini Setup
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    Quote Originally Posted by class77 View Post
    I'm buying a Mac Mini myself and the Apple store personnel told me, FOR THE INITIAL SETUP ONLY, you can't pair a wireless keyboard with a new mini. You must have a wired keyboard and a wired or usb pointing device. After the initial setup, you can then pair your wireless keyboard with your new mini

    Threads like this on Apple support pages are what I'm basing this on:Mini Setup
    I read the threads and no doubt some people experience problems, but since most people I know of who have Mac Minis also use wireless keyboard and mouse or trackpad, if this was a widespread problem there would be a major change to configuration.

    My Mac Mini is the late 2009 model, set up and pairing to BT was quick and easy. Definitely did not use a wired keyboard.

    Interesting to see if any of those of you awaiting your new Mac Minis have any problems.
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