Keyboard and Mouse

I should’ve waited before replacing my old PC with another one. If I had I wouldn’t have my current dilemma as I’d be typing this post on an iMac, with a nice wireless keyboard, thin of form, full of factor.

But I’m not so here are my requirements and, dear reader, I’d like your thoughts and suggestions please.

My current keyboard is almost ideal. It has two USB ports on the back which I use for thumb drives (and occasionally to plug in a USB mouse when the batteries need charging on my main mouse), I’d be lost without the multimedia buttons (the silver ones in the photo), although I don’t use the ‘internet’ ones at all. It’s small, well constructed and my only complaint is that it’s quite noisy. The keys are a bit “clicky” which isn’t ideal for me as I work late at night quite often.

I’ve previously tried slimmer, laptop style keyboards which I do like using, but alas the only one I found that had a nice feel to it didn’t have multimedia buttons. I’m very keyboard orientated and I really missed being able to skip tracks without my hands leaving the keyboard (yes I know I can Alt+Tab to iTunes and then use keyboard shortcuts but that’s still 4 or 5 keystrokes as opposed to 1).

Suggestions of a suitable keyboard are welcomed, I’d be very interested in hearing about any experiences with a wireless keyboard too, but it must meet my requirements:

  • Quiet keys
  • Ability to control iTunes – volume, play, pause, next at minimum
  • Must be small (the Microsoft keyboards are stupidly large)
  • USB ports on keyboard are a bonus

Mouse wise I have been using a Logitech wireless mouse for some time now and the only gripe is the flipping docking station which takes several goes (as in 10-15 sometimes) to get the charging nodes lined up. That aside it’s nothing flash but does the job.

I’m not completely set on a wireless keyboard, but I couldn’t go back to a wired mouse. I use one at work and it’s forever ‘dragged’ when the cable gets caught under a piece of paper or whatnot, most annoying.

So, suggestions for a keyboard that meets my needs? And if it’s a combo of keyboard and mouse, which one??

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I was using the Logitech MX-1000 Laser mouse and keyboard combination. Both were wireless and they were superb. After moving to Mac and trying the Mighty Mouse I quickly moved back to the Logitech mouse but stuck with the Apple keyboard. Logitech (for me anayway) make great mice unlike Apple whose mice for me have been poor.

Looking at the Logitech site I can’t see that particular model available anymore. It looks like the Desktop 5000 or 5500 (or 3200) has replaced it. For what it’s worth I picked up the 5500 MX Revolutions mouse little brother (or sister) the VX Revolution. It’s a great mouse for the laptop and I really like the ratchet scroll wheel that can swap to a free wheeling scroll for long scrolls. If I was buying a mouse today it would be the MX Revolution. One upside of getting a combo is you can use your old wireless mouse at work!

However the keyboard looks large. And has a small display. Maybe a bit OTT. The older Logitech I had was big but the media buttons worked really well. One downside of the wireless keyboards is most don’t offer USB ports. Maybe nest to buy keyboard and mouse separate? I’m stopping there as I’m NOT helping.

I dunno about controlling iTunes, but the Macally IceKey is supposed to be the best Mac keyboard ever. And it has USB ports on it.

Cheers Matt. No sign of Windows support though… hmmm

Ahh apparently it will work with a PC but no volume control… dammit.

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