Well, I don’t need to shop for one anymore, because I had exactly what I needed. Check out what I dug out of my Big Box O’ Computer Stuff:
It’s an Apple wireless Bluetooth keyboard. I used it with my old MacBook, and almost-but-not-quite forgot that I still had it.
Vista may not have a shining reputation for flawless function, to put it mildly, but Bluetooth dongles work fine with it, which is more than you can say about old XP (which came out when “Bluetooth” was merely a dental condition in rural Appalachia.) I boxed this keyboard when my BT adapter wouldn’t work with my Core 2 Duo rig under XP, but it works just fine under Vista on the Atom/ION shoebox. It’ll be a good match for the rather minimalistic Mac mini.
Sitting on that desk mat, it kind of gives off that Zen rock garden vibe, doesn’t it?
The mouse, incidentally, is not an Apple product, but a Microsoft Wireless Laser Mouse 5000, which, in addition to working fine, also has a comfortable shape. I checked out the new Apple “Magic Mouse” at Best Buy the other day, and as much as I love Apple hardware, it looks like they continue to strike out on mice. That thing was only marginally more comfortable than the notorious “hockey puck” mouse on the original iMac. A multi-touch shell may be cool and all, but having your hand contorted into a painful claw from trying to hold a narrow and ridiculously flat mouse would be a rather hefty price to pay for that capability.
I wasn’t sure about those keys when I remembered the Apple aluminum keyboard, but I’ve typed this entire blog entry on it without errors, so I guess it’s fine after all. Robin uses the wired version with the number pad—I bought it for her a year or so ago, and it has held up well. The white keys do grime up after a while, but because of the flat design, they’re very easy to clean thoroughly.
Another nice property of the Apple keyboard: it’s tiny and lightweight, which makes it easy to pick up and stow out of the way when I break out the pen and paper.
Also: shiny. Ooh, so very shiny. Say what you want about Apple, but they know how to make their hardware pretty.