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Question: Apple Wired Keyboard and Mouse worth it?

I have a mid-2011 27" iMac and love it. I normally use the included Wireless Keyboard and Magic Mouse, along with a Magic Trackpad (purchased separately) on occasion.


But recently, a crazy thought came over me. I'm looking into buying an Apple wired keyboard with the numeric keypad, along with a wired (Mighty) Mouse. Both of these were discontinued, so I'm looking on eBay.


What do you guys think of the wired keyboard and mouse?

iMac, macOS High Sierra (10.13.2), 27-inch, Mid 2011

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Dec 12, 2017 4:42 PM in response to niclonnic In response to niclonnic

niclonnic wrote:


What do you guys think of the wired keyboard and mouse?

I have them. Only I bought mine at OWC: https://www.macsales.com. They have lots of older equipment as well as upgrades for recent machines.


I got tired of dealing with bluetooth and charging. Whenever I took my MacBook Pro to the living room, I would get intermittent "connected" and "lost connection" messages all day. Now, when I want to use the desk and my 2nd monitor, I just plug everything in. I know the mouse is going to flake out eventually, because I used to have one just like it. But for now, it works great.


I have my old wireless keyboard and mouse in a storage bin. People have been reporting problems with the new wireless keyboard (https://mjtsai.com/blog/2017/12/07/the-magic-keyboard-with-numeric-keypad-is-app arently-bendy/). The new wireless mouse has the charging port in the bottom, so you can't use it while plugged in. I might still consider the new wireless trackpad. It doesn't have batteries and you can use it while charging. (https://www.apple.com/ca/shop/product/MJ2R2LL/A/magic-trackpad-2)

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Dec 12, 2017 5:16 PM in response to etresoft In response to etresoft

People have been reporting problems with the new wireless keyboard (https://mjtsai.com/blog/2017/12/07/the-magic-keyboard-with-numeric-keypad-is-app arently-bendy/).

Are there any problems with the standard Magic Keyboard (no numeric keypad)?

Dec 12, 2017 5:16 PM

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Dec 12, 2017 5:17 PM in response to etresoft In response to etresoft

I have not been too impressed, nor a fan of Apple’s wireless, Bluetooth input devices, including the Apple Pencil.


I use this for a Bluetooth keyboard, now.


http://matias.ca/aluminum/backlit/

Charge on the lithium battery, so far is good and has lasted nearly 8 months with my regular use.

Matias states charge up of the Li-ion battery for the keyboard should last up to 1 year!

It has two Li-ion batteries. One for the keyboard. One for the backlight.

The keyboard needs charging for the backlight ONLY every 3-4 weeks, or so, with my regular use.

If you use the backlight on its maximum brightness, you need to charge around the 2 to 2-1/2 week mark.

There are 5 brightness settings for the backlight.

I use the 3 or 4 brightness level.

This keyboard has been wonderful with my iMac!

Been using a Logitech Bluetooth Trackpad for my late 2009 iMac since 2012.

This trackpad works great, and uses lots of really cool and intuitive features, too!

Dec 12, 2017 5:17 PM

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Dec 12, 2017 6:05 PM in response to niclonnic In response to niclonnic

Over the years I’ve had at least 3 wireless keyboards. Except when within 1 year they all developed connection problems and each keyboard lasted between 2 and 4 years. About 5 years ago I bought a wired keyboard and no-name mouse (this one has two buttons and a clickable wheel). Absolutely no problems since getting wired, as it were.


I’ts disappointing to learn wired keyboards are no longer available. Speaking facetiously, I’m surprised Apple’s wireless keyboards and mouses (mice?) don’t connect interactively via the cloud before the characters appear on the screen.

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Dec 12, 2017 9:56 PM in response to Group6 In response to Group6

Well, I'm using the original wireless keyboard that came with my iMac. After 6 years, it has never had any connection problems. And the batteries last a long time. I used to have a Logitech K750 solar keyboard, but it died a few weeks ago.


The one that I have problems with is the Magic Mouse (also came with the computer). On rare occasions, it will lose the connection in the middle of use. Or, it'll cut out when bumped or hit. I found that this happens because the batteries don't stay firmly in place.


The Magic Trackpad also suffers from random disconnects, but not nearly as much as the mouse. In fact, I've recently only had one disconnect the other day.

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