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User currently offlineCba From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 4531 posts, RR: 3
Posted (9 years 7 months 23 hours ago) and read 958 times:

As part of an upgrade to turn my laptop into a desktop, I've been shopping around for a good wireless keyboard addon. The Powerbook I'm using has built-in bluetooth capabilities, so I'd figure that this would increase my number of options for a good keyboard without having to use one of my precious USB ports (only have 2, 1 taken by a printer). I considered Apple's bluetooth keyboard, but at almost $70 its a ripoff (just like about any other addon directly from Apple). However, after searching several websites (Comp USA, macmall, newegg.com), I cannot find a bluetooth wireless keyboard. All of the available models are another type of wireless and require a USB infrared adapter. With the availability of bluetooth in so many machines, why are bluetooth wireless devices almost barely available?

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User currently offlineManuCH From Switzerland, joined Jun 2005, 3013 posts, RR: 46
Reply 1, posted (9 years 7 months 23 hours ago) and read 956 times:

There are native bluetooth third-party keyboards, like the Logitech diNovo media desktop. But that one is definitely more expensive than the Apple $70 keyboard, because AFAIK it can't be purchased as "keyboard only", but you need to get the entire kit (bluetooth receiver, keyboard, mediapad and mouse). And I don't know if it will work on a Powerbook.

I recommend that you get the Apple keyboard, especially for compatibility reasons. You don't want a keyboard where you don't have the Alt or Option key, or where it doesn't work as expected. I have the Apple one and didn't regret the purchase - even if the keys could be better.

Quoting Cba (Thread starter):
why are bluetooth wireless devices almost barely available?

Unfortunately I'm unable to answer that one.

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User currently offlineHawaiian717 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 3226 posts, RR: 7
Reply 2, posted (9 years 7 months 11 hours ago) and read 903 times:

Quoting ManuCH (Reply 1):
You don't want a keyboard where you don't have the Alt or Option key, or where it doesn't work as expected.

I assume you mean the Command/Apple or Option key, since Alt is a Windows key. If you use a Windows-oriented keyboard, the Alt key is the same as Option, and the Windows key is the same as Command/Apple. It works the other way around if you use an Apple or Mac-oriented third party keyboard on a Windows PC.

User currently offlineAndz From South Africa, joined Feb 2004, 8490 posts, RR: 10
Reply 3, posted (9 years 7 months 10 hours ago) and read 895 times:
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User currently offlineAirbus3801 From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2004, 1089 posts, RR: 5
Reply 4, posted (9 years 7 months 10 hours ago) and read 891 times:

Why not just use the keyboard on the laptop, but just upgrade it all inside. Which PowerBook do you have. Also, if it is a G4, is it the newest revamp w/ tiger and the faster processors?

User currently offlineLOT767-300ER From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (9 years 7 months 5 hours ago) and read 867 times:

Well, Gotta love Froogle.


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