What Dead Wireless Keyboard Batteries Tell

Apple Wireless Keyboard

It has been more than 2 weeks but not 3 weeks since my new iMac Quad Core 2.8 GHz arrived. As I wrote a couple of times before, the Apple Wireless Keyboard (Aluminum Model) that comes with the latest lines of iMac models is a total, useless piece of junk. (See Screenshot 1.) It doesn’t have some keys like Delete (not backspace), Home, End, Pageup… The worst part is that it has no numeric keypad. And that is not it.

Logitech Wireless Mouse M505
Screenshot 1 – Source: MacHouse
  Logitech Wireless Mouse M505
Screenshot 2 – Source: MacHouse

A few days ago, I was going to use this new iMac though my main machine is still iMac Core 2 Duo 2.8 GHz. As soon as iMac Quad Core 2.8 GHz was up, I created a new folder. And I was going to rename it. But the keyboard was not responding. Opening Bluetooth Preference Pane, I discovered that Bluetooth did not recognize the keyboard. (See Screenshot 2.) And I said to myself, “Okay, so is the wireless keyboard already broken or what?” It was possible that the batteries in it were dead. In fact, if I put the batteries from Apple Wireless Mouse in, the keyboard got connected. So the batteries that were used with the keyboard for just 2 weeks are really dead? How? And I put a pair of rechargeable batteries in, and the keyboard worked. If I put the first pair in, the keyboard loses Bluetooth connection. This keyboard, which I call Apple Wireless Kidboard, really drives me crazy.   Continue reading

3 Reasons to Stay Away from Apple Wireless Keyboard (Aluminum Model)

Apple Wireless Keyboard

When it comes to designing computer peripheral products, Apple, Inc. has been doing a horrible job for the past 7 years, at least. Apple seems to care less about their functions. Take the computer Mouse as an example. How long did it take Apple to come up with a 2-button computer Mouse after adopting USB? It seems that the first Mac computer with USB appeared in 1998. And Apple finally introduced a USB-connected 2-button Mouse called Apple Mighty Mouse in 2005. That doesn’t mean Mac-compatible 2-button Mice weren’t available through 2005. In fact, I bought a USB-connected 2-button Mouse from Ariston Technologies in the spring of 1999. (See Screenshot 1.)

Apple Wireless Keyboard
Screenshot 1 – Source: MacHouse

Apple’s computer Mice are bad except Apple Magic Mouse, which was first introduced in the fall of 2009. So are Apple’s keyboards. The worst type of models prevailed for the first half of 2000’s. This type of keyboards has a transparent outer cover frame, and the keys sink far down such that every keystroke make a terrible, large, awkward noise. (See Screenshot 2.) Unlucky to me, I have two of them.

Apple Wireless Keyboard
Screenshot 2 – Source: Wikimedia Commons
Apple Wireless Keyboard
Screenshot 3 – Source: MacHouse

Apple introduced Apple Wireless Keyboard (aluminum model) in the fall of 2009. (See Screenshot 3.) I call it Apple Wireless Kidboard. Many important keys have been removed, so only kids will find it adequate.   Continue reading