Ah, a keyboard for the living room. How times have changed from the days when my dad you used to tell me, “Son, get up and change to channel 43 on the TV. Benny Hill’s coming on.” Now I’m the dad, and I get to hear myself say, “Son, get the Logitech Harmony Smart Keyboard and do a search on the Apple TV for that Benny Hill sketch with Darth Vader.”
Christmas is fast approaching, and you want to give gifts to your favorite gamers, but you have no idea what to buy. Why not a mouse, controller, headphone or other accessory to go along with their Mac, iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch? They’ll be thanking your generosity every time they fire up their games.
It’s not uncommon to find decent accessories for Mac gaming these days. It’s not often, however, we see gaming products—mice, keyboards, mats, etc.—designed specifically for Mac gamers. But that’s what we’re getting from Rogue with their new Mondo series, a “… premium line of products that sport the Mac design language, and are packed with powerful features specifically designed for work and play on the Mac.”
Logitech has updated their Logitech Gaming Software for their Logitech G gaming mice and keyboards to support OS X. Prices range from $40 – $100 for the mice and $60 – $200 for the keyboards, all of which have enough buttons to take your gaming to the next level.
It’s going to be a while before I need another Bluetooth keyboard. My iPad, iMac, and (now) Apple TV are now synched up with the Logitech Easy-Switch Bluetooth Keyboard, and switching between them is as simple as hitting a button. It’s so convenient that I almost wish I had a holster or (not really) fanny pack to carry it around the house.
RadioShack now sells most of Apple’s Macintosh peripheral and accessory products on their website and brick-and-mortar stores. You can buy Apple’s keyboards and mice, USB Superdrives, AirPort and Time Capsule devices, EarPods, and a plethora of connectors, adapters, and cables. All are at prices comparable to those found at the Apple Store.
The Bluetooth Bamboo Keyboard for tablets, iPhones, and other Bluetooth devices is the newest addition to Impecca’s line of elegant, environmentally-sustainable bamboo computer accessories—claimed to be the first such bamboo computer product available in the market.
My enthusiasm for Apple system hardware hasn’t generally extended to Apple input devices—either keyboards or mice. Thankfully, there are many great third-party alternatives available to Mac users. Do you just opt to stick with Apple input devices, or do you have third-party favorites?
I haven’t yet gotten my hands on Logitech’s new Wireless Solar Keyboard K760 for Mac, iPad or iPhone, but I’m expecting it to be excellent given that it uses mostly the same technology, physical design details, and Logitech’s customary first-rate construction quality crossing over from the K750 keyboard and the companion Logitech Solar Keyboard Folio case for iPad.
It’s great to see big companies like Logitech implementing greener energy into their products, and they deserve to be proud of the release of their newest Wireless Solar Keyboard K760, made for both Macs and iDevices alike. The K760 touts a very slick design with a distinguished Apple feel to it, and runs completely on solar power from the sun or even artificial lighting thanks to a strip of photovoltaic cells across its top.
Apple can promote the music capabilities of the iOS and OS X hardware and software until the Dogcows come home, but it won’t do them much good without the support of third-party instrument developers. As such, Korg continues to expand their iPad and Mac compatible devices with the microKEY SUB powered keyboard and MIDI controller family. The portable microKEY-25 and studio-ready microKEY-61 have now joined the previously available microKEY-37.
Moshi has always been about finding that perfect balance between style and function. Their products look great and are priced accordingly, but the expense can usually be justified because of the quality of the products and the functionality they provide. With the Luna low-profile keyboard with Illuminated keys, however, you’d better really want that design.