Apple Keyboards with PC system.

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  1. Richard Travale

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    I was recently at a friend's house and I was using his mac. I thought that the keyboard was great. The two USB 1.1 ports on the sides was brilliant in my opinion.
    I was wondering if anyone knew of a PC keyboard that was similar or if the Apple keyboard would be compatable with my PC. I'm guessing that it won't be but I figured I would ask anyway.
     
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    As long as you're running Win98 or higher it should work just fine.
     
  3. Richard Travale

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    Seriously? I was convinced that there would be some serious compatibility issues here.
    I think I'll be heading out and buying one next paycheck.
     
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    According to Apple's website, they'll only work with the Mac OS. But, I work at a computer lab with iMac G5s and IBMs, hooked up a Mac keyboard to an IBM, and just had to wait for the IBM to recognize the keyboard (it did take a couple minutes), and I was up and running. There are some keys that are missing such as "Print Screen", but it shouldn't be too big of a deal. I was surprised to see that the volume controls on the keyboard work! Man, now I might get one for my computer. [​IMG]

    Yeah, but they don't look nearly as cool as the Apple keyboard. [​IMG]
     
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    Yep, tested it as well. Works. The missing "Windows" key, function keys etc., however, sucks for those of us who touch type.
     
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    You can probably program the most used functionality (based on the missing keys) and create shortcuts for them using Autohotkey and work around it when using an Apple keyboard.

    -Christian
     
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    People actual use that? Navigating the start bar is so clunky using the keyboard that it's just easier to switch to the mouse.
     
  9. Richard Travale

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    yeah, I pretty much never use the windows key anyway, so I think I'm good on that note.
    I really appreciate all the research and input you guys have given.

    Cheers.
     
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    The Windows key is the Apple key.
     
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    Yep, but it does really suck not having a print screen key...
     
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    *laugh* I almost never use a mouse; rarely have time to get away from the keyboard. It took me a while to setup keystrokes to quickly navigate websites, but I tend to prefer it that way.. so much faster, cleaner, easier then picking up and switching over to the mouse, which I think breaks the rythm of typing.. but maybe it's just me..
     

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