Mac USB & FireWire

Macally iKey
Guide to USB Keyboards

Last updated December 7, 1999 and no longer being updated.

This is as complete listing of USB keyboards as possible. Every known USB keyboard is listed.

All USB keyboards are not created equal. Some are beige, while others come in one or more colors to complement current Macs. Some have a lot of extra programmable buttons. One even has a volume knob. I was unable to find pricing on many of these. In some cases, these keyboards may not be available in your market.

They should all work with the Mac or USB-equipped PCs, but you'll want to verify that before buying.

Note that many of these have PC layouts which do not match the standard Macintosh Extended Keyboard layout. The biggest issues: the Alt and Cmd (or Windows) keys are reversed, and there may not be a power key. Keyboards with Mac layout are marked with bold type.

If you know of a utility that can remap the Alt/Option and Cmd/Windows keys, please email Dan Knight . I'm testing some Windows keyboards on the Mac, and such a utility would be a life saver.

Note that not all keyboards have additional USB ports. Specifications subject to change, so be sure to visit the manufacturer's site for more details before buying.

Brand: Product Name

Comments

US Price

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Acer: Aspire USB Keyboard

two ports, beige, PC layout (but looks close to Mac layout), volume control, review

$19

no

Adesso: NuForm USB

ergonomic, four ports, bondi, PC layout, wrist rest, review

no

Ariston: USB Keyboard

two ports, beige, PC layout

$30

Belkin: MediaBoard

two ports, beige, PC layout, extra buttons, quiet, wrist rest

$50

yes

Belkin: UltraBoard 98

two ports, beige, PC layout, quiet

$20

yes

Belkin: USB Classic Keyboard

two ports, beige, PC layout, wrist rest, quiet

$40

no

Behavior Tech: 7700U Keyboard

two ports, beige, PC layout

no

Behavior Tech: 7932M Keyboard

no USB ports, one PS/2 mouse port, beige, PC layout

no

Behavior Tech: 8112 Keyboard

ergonomic, two ports, beige, unique layout

no

Behavior Tech: 8113W Keyboard

no USB ports, one PS/2 mouse port, beige, unique layout

no

Cherry: G80-3000 Keyboard

three ports, beige, PC layout

$80

no

Macally: iKey

two ports, ice, Mac layout, review

$69

yes

Macally: iMediaKey Keyboard

two ports, ice, wrist rest, Mac layout, extra buttons

$89

no

Macally: NewWave Extended Keyboard

two ports, beige, wrist rest, PC layout, extra buttons

$35

no

Micro Connectors: USB Keyboard

two ports, all iMac colors plus graphite, Mac layout, compact

$60

blueberry, graphite, grape, strawberry, lime, tangerine

Microsoft: Natural Keyboard Elite

ergonomic, two ports, beige, wrist rest, PC layout

no

Microsoft: Natural Keyboard Pro

ergonomic, two ports, beige, wrist rest, PC layout, extra buttons

$80

yes

Qtronix: Scorpius 980N Plus

PS/2 mouse port, beige and all iMac colors plus ice, PC layout (but appears very close to Mac layout), wrist rest, extra buttons

no

Qtronix: Scorpius 980NH Plus

two ports, beige, PC layout (but appears very close to Mac layout), wrist rest, extra buttons

no

Qtronix: Scorpius 980A

beige and all iMac colors plus ice, PC layout (but appears very close to Mac layout)

no

Qtronix: Scorpius 980H

two ports, beige, PC layout (but appears very close to Mac layout)

no

Qtronix: Scorpius 990PW

beige, PC layout, no numeric keypad, trackball, compact, extra buttons

no

Qtronix: AppleGrace 105i

two ports, all iMac colors plus ice, PC layout

no

Samsung: USB Keyboard

four ports, beige, PC layout, wrist rest

no

iMaccessories: iBoard

ergonomic, two ports, ice, PC layout, wrist rest

$80

no


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