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azgtwagon
03-29-2001, 08:46 PM
I've seen reviews at several Mac sites that spoke highly of the the Microsoft Natural Pro & Internet Pro keyboards. Thought I might try one but how do I get around the fact that their is no power key (for my 8600 & 9600)?

Big Al
03-29-2001, 09:17 PM
I don't think that Microsoft makes an Apple compatible version of their keyboard. Their keyboards come with a PS/2 connector for pc's. They do have a USB mouse that can run with Mac OS 8.5.1 and later, but I didn't see any Mac keyboards on their site. That's a bigger problem than no power button. If they ever make a Mac version of their keyboards it will probably be USB and you will need a USB card for your 8500.

What Mac sites did you see the reviews at? Maybe someone else knows about Mac versions of Microsoft keyboards.

[This message has been edited by Big Al (edited 29 March 2001).]

azgtwagon
03-29-2001, 09:40 PM
Can't remember the sites I saw these reviews at over the last 6 weeks or so. I went to Staples and looked at these - they have the Mac logo on them as well as the Windoze. They are USB keyboards. Like I said the problem I see for the older Mac's is no power key.

the_anarch
03-30-2001, 10:36 AM
My guess is you'd have to use the power button on the front of your 8500.

Maybe I'll head over to Staples and take a look at their keyboards over lunch...

Big Al
03-30-2001, 11:53 AM
Interesting. A few people have the natural keyboard at work. Some of the touch typists like it because your wrist is at a more natural angle. Those who use the two finger Bible method don't like it.

magician
03-30-2001, 01:51 PM
we're using Adesso keyboards here....I sure would like to try out a Microsoft keyboard, though. Maybe at outpost.com....

magician
03-30-2001, 02:31 PM
nope. No Microsoft keyboards listed under the Mac section at outpost.com....just surfed thru Microsoft.com....that Natural Keyboard Pro looks (http://shop.Microsoft.com//Products/Products_Feed/Online/NaturalKeyboardPro%5B679%5D/ProductDemos.asp) great.

No Mac support, though.

azgtwagon
03-30-2001, 02:39 PM
Okay, little more research and heres the best deal on the Microsoft Internet Pro keyboard.

On sale through Saturday at Staples for $39.94

Buy a box of paperclips or something worth 6 cents. You can save an extra $15 at Staples here:
http://bensbargains.net/txt/staples2.html

Then there is a $10 rebate from MIcrosoft on these keyboards. Staples has the rebate froms.

Final cost is $15 !!!!

I'm on my way there now - bye.

Now were down around $25 bucks for one!

azgtwagon
03-30-2001, 03:42 PM
I went to the source - they are supported!
http://www.microsoft.com/products/hardware/keyboard/download/mac/macdownload.htm

azgtwagon
03-30-2001, 04:02 PM
You can save an extra $15 here:
http://bensbargains.net/txt/staples2.html

There is also a $10 rebate from MIcrosoft on these keyboards. I found one at CompUSA.

Now were down around $25 bucks for one!

azgtwagon
03-30-2001, 09:23 PM
Whoops got there and realized my friend gave me a 2 week old Staples flyer so the keyboard wasn't on sale. Settled on paying $25.

magician
03-31-2001, 01:43 PM
holy shit!

I'm going to go get some now!

good work!

http://macgurus.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

the_anarch
03-31-2001, 03:05 PM
Yeah, I'll have to go get one too. Although I did go to Staples over my lunch break yesterday, like I said, and all the keyboards they had at my location had only Windows logos on them. Maybe these are older stock (even though our Staples opened less than a month ago), and all the newer products in the channel have the Mac logo on them now that Microsoft has Mac drivers for them.

This is good news, now I don't have to worry about funky MacAlly drivers. Just funky Microsoft drivers. http://macgurus.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

I just wish one of these keyboards had a volume knob, like PeeCee Girl's HP Pavillion does, instead of buttons.