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the MAc Keyboards and Mice are very ...
9th February 2010, 11:03 AM #1
Alternative MAC Keyboards
Okay so we have purchased 20 Mac Mini's, but no Kerboards or Mice.
the MAc Keyboards and Mice are very Expensive and our Students are very destructive so im looking for a decent priced USB keybaord with USB ports on it.?
Anyone have a nice Alternative for under a tenner?
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9th February 2010, 11:13 AM #2
Any reason for needing the USB hub on the keyboard?
most mice will have a plenty long enough lead, if that is the reason
Last edited by Ben-BSH; 9th February 2010 at 11:19 AM.
9th February 2010, 11:22 AM #3
The Mac Mini's only have USB Ports on the Back, so Plugging in a USB Drive means the Student Pull the nice Tiday Mac Mini's all over the place.
9th February 2010, 11:26 AM #4
9th February 2010, 11:27 AM #5
Thanks to Ben-BSH from:
mtdmitchell (9th February 2010)
9th February 2010, 01:09 PM #6
Thanks, not to be fusy but they are ugly
Originally Posted by Ben123
9th February 2010, 01:40 PM #7
9th February 2010, 03:23 PM #8
Its pretty frustrating trying to find keyboards without the usual glut of 'windows functions' buttons; interested if you find a copy (feature wise) of the mac alu keyboard
10th February 2010, 03:47 PM #9
Sadly, third party Mac keyboards (Macally and so on) tent to be as expensive as Apple ones. Any Windows usb keyboard and mouse will work, but you won't get Apple specialist keys, which probably also means the CD eject key! Forgive me for the plug, but we've been selling one made by Cherry, which you might also be able to source through other resellers. Not a great deal cheaper than the Apple one I'm afraid. There's a couple of useful resources I can point you at if you want to give windows keyboards a try: Doublecommand is an OSX kernel extension which lets you remap keyboard commands DoubleCommand and there's a nice article around the subject from Macworld here Mac mini, Windows Keyboard | Desktop | Mac Gems | Macworld
I hope that helps you out.
Thanks to Robbocop from:
mtdmitchell (10th February 2010)
10th February 2010, 07:18 PM #10
Thanks for that, Im just going to have to stick with a normal Keyboard and maybe tape a USB extension lead to the front MAc!
Originally Posted by Robbocop
The other main Problem is the Power button is on the back on the MAc im hoping this can also be mapped a key?
11th February 2010, 12:25 PM #11
Wake on lan? Pretty sure F12 ejects a disc if your using a generic usb keyboard
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