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Hello loyal readers! I’m considering purchasing one of Apple’s Bluetooth keyboards, to replace my wired keyboard. I like the “feel” of the keys, and the idea of no wires is appealing. I have a bluetooth adapter from Belkin which plugs into my G5, and provides bluetooth […]

Hello loyal readers!

I’m considering purchasing one of Apple’s Bluetooth keyboards, to replace my wired keyboard. I like the “feel” of the keys, and the idea of no wires is appealing. I have a bluetooth adapter from Belkin which plugs into my G5, and provides bluetooth services.

Who out there owns an Apple Wireless Bluetooth keyboard, and what do you think of it? Is it the same as the wired version, in terms of “feel” and behavior? How is the battery life, and the response time when typing? I’ll be using this for my programming, so we’re talking about “heavy useage” here.

I’m looking forward to reading your comments, so just leave them in the box below…

  1. GuyWhosWifeHasaMini Tuesday, May 2, 2006

    My wife has a Mini (PowerPC) and bought it with the Apple Wireless Bluetooth keyboard and Apple Wireless Bluetooth mouse. She likes them both very much – in terms of feel. Behavior: they both go through batteries fairly quickly. So…we got rechargable batteries. Well, that may not have been the best choice because they go through those even faster than regular batteries. So now I buy the “high end” batteries that claim to work best wtih digital cameras and they work the best. Other than that the only other problem we had was with the initial setup: you have to have a wired keyboard and mouse to set up the Bluetooth on the computer.

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  2. I use my keyboard for evening freelance work and go through one set of batteries every 3 weeks. The battery costs will add up quickly.

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  3. Hi Jason,

    Ive been using the bluetooth keyboard for about a year and a half now and have had no problems with it. This includes some xcode usage and a lot of web development in Dreamweaver and SkEdit. Its difficult to tell the difference from the wired version (unlike the bluetooth mouse which I do find a bit jerky and laggy).

    Battery life is ok. not great. my batteries seem to last about 4 or 5 months (i leave my machine on all day but turn it off at night).

    The “feel” is exactly the same as the wired version. Even my die hard windows buddy loves the key response of my apple keyboard.

    I’d recommend it mate, less cable clutter too.

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  4. oh yeh, forgot to mention. there is one annoying factor. The keyboard takes a little while to “pair” on startup. You end up sitting at the login screen for about 20 seconds until the keyboard is available…

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  5. I have no problem with the battery runing low quickly. I keep my keyboard and mouse turned on all the time, but during daytime I’m away using my ipod at my university. In the evening or weekend I use the keyboard and mouse, and I thnik the battery must have lasted for at least 6 months now.

    I agree with Chris on the mouse. Would you recommend the Mighty Mouse?

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  6. I’ll probably keep my Logitech mouse, as I’ve never liked the Apple mice, and after playing with the Mighty Mouse, I grabbed the other brand mouse instead.

    One other question:
    If I put my G5 to sleep, will it wake up if I tap a key on the keyboard? What happens if I close the lid on a Powerbook that’s paired with it, and I carry the Powerbook out of range? Will the keyboard go to sleep? In my limited playing with a wireless keyboard, I noticed that one that isn’t “paired” to a machine will put itself to sleep. Does this mean it’s not using any power? How do the energy saving functions work?

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  7. I love mine. Battery life is amazing. I have used mine dailey, and a lot, since september without new batteries!

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  8. I had an old fashioned RF wireless keyboard, and the batteries would last 6 months or more. I’m sorry to hear that the bluetooth version doesn’t live up to the same standard.

    On that note, why do wireless keyboards need batteries anyway? I’m hoping that, someday, we’ll have wireless keyboards that collect and store energy from the downward motion of key presses, and just use that to transmit data. Think of all the energy that is being wasted by millions of typing hands everyday!

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  9. Andreas: the mighty mouse is amazing I use it every day at work for my graphics work and then at home too. The “nipple” does get stuck after heavy use sometimes and needs cleaning but other than that, its a brilliant mouse.

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  10. Justin Crittenden Tuesday, May 2, 2006

    Also with that long pair time it makes it impossible to use boot time key commands such as C for booking from CD or Cmd-Opt-P-R to clear the P-ram.

    from all i’ve seen of bluetooth, i’d make sure you at least have a wired one just in case, and i’d rather go RF. I’ve personally always gotten better range out of it than bluetooth.

    also surprising to hear a belkin adapter working since apple supposedly says a specific d-link one will work…

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