I’ve been using my current keyboard and mouse for a couple of years now and they are due for an upgrade. The keyboard has some keys that have become unreliable and the mouse is getting a bit grimy. Plus with the mouse attached, my desktop machine won’t sleep – I have to unplug it every time, which is a nuisance.
This Logitech keyboard/mouse combo looks kind of nice, as does this Microsoft combo. A rechargeable mouse with a charging cradle would be a nice bonus.
I’ve really liked the mechanical switches in my keyboard, but the noise level is a bit of a drawback. I don’t like the standard Apple keyboard – the keys take too much force to press. I do like the action on laptop keyboards (like my MacBook and old PowerBook).
Advice, reviews, tips and suggestions are invited in the comments.
The Microsoft Mouse is just wonderful… I used to have a tough time with my hand getting tired, but that mouse just feels comfortable in my hand.
I’m using a PC laptop, so I don’t know about the keyboard.
My advice is to go down to the local tech store and feel how they actually fit in your hand.
I am also a fan of the scissor-keys the PowerBook and MacBook Pro’s have, so after much looking around myself I have happily settled on the MacAlly iceKEY for my keyboard:
…and the Logitech MX1000 for my mouse:
…paired with USBOverdrive for configuration:
I love my Cherry G84-4100. Its a small one without Number-Pad. There are other versions with Number-Pad as well. It never lets me down.
My mouse is a Logitch G5 Lasermouse. I bought it for gaming but shure things it works for anything else as well.
The glidepath are so smooth my mouse needs a gentle push to glide over the pad (Ok, Im cheating, I use silcone spray)
If you dont like the mouse-light to stay on you need to disable legacy support for usb or standby power on usb. Its something like this and your USB wont get powered anymore.
I have the Logitech S 530 combo and can say it has been amazing. After about 5 months of use I can definitely tell the increase in my productivity as I needed a really low-profile keyboard that I could type fast one. I tried my best to find something that would match my good ol’ Powerbook and this was the closest.
I switched from the Microsoft Comfort (used to be the Microsoft Natural Pro I think) combo which in itself was also nice (I’ve used the microsoft comfort/natural keyboards as my past 5 keyboards and for the past 7 or so years. I was quite cautious about moving to a non-ergonomic, flat keyboard again), but I couldn’t type near as fast and would find the energy exerted in typing fast on it was more than I wanted. It literally takes no energy typing on the Logitech. It has a very quick, “rapid-fire” feel to it.
The mouse is also very nice I find and it fits in my hand perfectly, much more responsive and better feeling I find than the wireless Microsoft Laser mouse I had. I seriously appreciate all the buttons that come both on the keyboard and the mouse that are specific to OS X (which is all of them). Though some of them seem redundant (i.e there is a volume up/down/mute on both the keyboard and mouse, though I just reprogrammed the mouse sound buttons to move between desktops via my desktop manager). Speaking of which the software is quite nice and easy to program as expected. There are many more programming options than my Microsoft keyboard (which itself had many buttons but most of which didn’t work in OS X).
I use it non-stop every day and the batteries last very well, I only have to recharge once every few months (I use the high-end rechargeable duracell li-ion batteries)
And I guess to boot it looks very sleek and nice. One thing I had heard of when it first came out there was some bugs with Intel based macs and some of the customer buttons, but I think they released some driver updates for that issue.
In any case, those are my 2 cents. Good luck with your purchase on whatever you get and be sure to let us know.
When I did my shopping, my criteria was accuracy and no batteries. I settled upon the Razor Diamondback. I suppose the Copperhead might work better in OS X now. It wasn’t garaunteed to work at the time… I also splurged and picked up their aluminum mouse pad. Heavy duty and the optics of the mouse love it!
I have the Logitech S530 combo set and love it — I can recommend it unreservedly.
I love my Logitech DiNovo. Nearly flat, keys like a laptop, seperate numeric keypad/calculator/stuff etc.
Best keyboard I ever bought, and given the price of it that I saying a lot!
Anyways, that’s my recommendation but go try before you buy is usually the best bet.
Unfortunately the DiNovo doesn’t work with a Mac. The 530 seems to have a similar keyboard though.
I’m definitely going to try to buy locally so I can test it out first.
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