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#224244 9-Nov-2017 10:59
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ok so I posted a while ago about my '0' key not working on my MacBook keyboard and I've managed to get around that sort of - I have to open up keyboard viewer and the keyboard comes up on the screen and I manually click on the '0'. It's not ideal but it works

 

However,  my wife has to do a couple of data entry tests for a job agency and the method above won't work for her as the tests are measured on speed and accuracy.

 

I thought about getting a wireless keyboard (already have a wireless mouse) and wondered if that will work? if so what would be suitable?

 

Noel Leeming have quite a few ranging from $29.95 up to a proper apple one at $219

 

http://products.noelleeming.co.nz/search?p=Q&srid=S1-1SYDP&lbc=noelleeming&ts=custom&w=Wireless%20Keyboard&uid=328711997&method=and&view=grid&isort=score&ts=custom&srt=0

 

Would the $29.95 one do the trick, or would we have to buy the proper apple one

 

Any advice would be great


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  #1898151 9-Nov-2017 11:01
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do you have any old USB keyboards laying around?

 

 

 

Cheap one (bluetooth) will do the trick.




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  #1898216 9-Nov-2017 11:55
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Goosey:

 

do you have any old USB keyboards laying around?

 

 

 

Cheap one (bluetooth) will do the trick.

 

 

 

 

no - I've got an old Compaq one that I used on my old desktop Compaq computer, but the connection is different

 

 

 

I'll go into Noel Leeming and get a Bluetooth one.... most of the ones I saw on their site came with a wireless mouse too


 
 
 
 


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  #1898217 9-Nov-2017 11:59
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The only thing to watch out for is that a third-party one will map Command to the Windows key. As a Windows keyboard has the keys in a different order you might want to pop the key caps off and physically swap them - and you'll need to reassign them through System Preferences/Keyboard.




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  #1898221 9-Nov-2017 12:06
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Behodar:

 

The only thing to watch out for is that a third-party one will map Command to the Windows key. As a Windows keyboard has the keys in a different order you might want to pop the key caps off and physically swap them - and you'll need to reassign them through System Preferences/Keyboard.

 

 

 

 

sorry I don't really know what you mean?!?!

 

do you mean like the delete button on a wireless keyboard might not be the same as the delete button on the MacBook and if I press delete on the wireless keyboard it might do something else?

 

I don't really want to have to reassign keys... as long as the alpha and numeric keys are the same - that's the main thing


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  #1898229 9-Nov-2017 12:20
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Not Delete, only Command. On phone right now so sorry for terseness!



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  #1898234 9-Nov-2017 12:26
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ok thanks - I'm on a windows keyboard at work and don't know what key the command key is.... is it by chance the key with the windows logo on next to the Alt key?

 

If that's the only key that will need to be reassigned then that's ok


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  #1898235 9-Nov-2017 12:27
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Just get the Apple Wireless Keyboard, it's the best experience and compatibility.


 
 
 
 




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  #1898300 9-Nov-2017 13:29
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gehenna:

 

Just get the Apple Wireless Keyboard, it's the best experience and compatibility.

 

 

 

 

yes but it's $219 and I don't think I can justify spending that.... 

 

I'll have a look in Noel Leemings and compare


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  #1898311 9-Nov-2017 13:40
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OnceBitten:

 

yes but it's $219 and I don't think I can justify spending that.... 

 

I'll have a look in Noel Leemings and compare

 

 

There's plenty of cheaper 2nd hand ones on Trade Me.  I recently sold one for $75ish.

 

 




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  #1898314 9-Nov-2017 14:00
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gehenna:

 

OnceBitten:

 

yes but it's $219 and I don't think I can justify spending that.... 

 

I'll have a look in Noel Leemings and compare

 

 

There's plenty of cheaper 2nd hand ones on Trade Me.  I recently sold one for $75ish.

 

 

 

 

 

 

hmmm... not too keen on a 2nd hand one thanks


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  #1898317 9-Nov-2017 14:07
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OnceBitten:

 

gehenna:

 

OnceBitten:

 

yes but it's $219 and I don't think I can justify spending that.... 

 

I'll have a look in Noel Leemings and compare

 

 

There's plenty of cheaper 2nd hand ones on Trade Me.  I recently sold one for $75ish.

 

 

 

 

 

 

hmmm... not too keen on a 2nd hand one thanks

 

 

How come, they would be perfect for the purpose. 

 

I have one laying around, never used it, it collects dust.... I should sell it. 




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  #1898322 9-Nov-2017 14:17
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Goosey:

 

How come, they would be perfect for the purpose. 

 

I have one laying around, never used it, it collects dust.... I should sell it. 

 

 

 

 

well I intend to buy one tonight or tomorrow as wife needs to do these tests before the weekend

 

and I'd hate to buy a 2nd hand one and find one of the keys does not work.

 

 

 

cheers


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