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Chemical Ali
23-02-2005, 06:34 PM
I am considering purchasing one of the new Mac Minis just out of sheer curiosity and have a couple or three questions:
1: Do I need to buy a mac mouse (one click style) to go with it or can I use a bog-standard USB mouse and only need to use the left click button??
2: Do I need to buy a mac keyboard or can I use a windows style USB keyboard??
3: Presume I can hoook up any standard type of CRT or LCD monitor to the Mac Mini so long as I emply the appropraite adaptor to connect the monitor.

23-02-2005, 06:44 PM
1. Your USB mouse will be fine

2. You can use your existing KB, however yiu won't get the advanced features, and you'll take both USB ports (No nice new camera or printer then), whereas the offical one was designed for ot and has a 2 port USB hub

3. It has a DVI port, but has a DVI -> VGA adaptor

23-02-2005, 08:37 PM
Edward is right, you can use your old keyboard & mouse as long as they are USB. SP2 to USB adapters are available.
The Mac Keyboard has two USB connectors, iTunes volume controls, CD/DVD Eject button etc. The windows keyboard F12 will work as eject on Mac.

The Windows keys will be remapped to Command/Apple keys.
Some MS keyboard have Mac drivers available that will remap the other keys too.

I played with a mini attached to a MS keyboard at the Hamilton Apple store a couple of days ago. Neat little box. USB hubs are easily available if you need more.
Apple have a good discussion site with a special area just for the mini.:-)


Have fun

23-02-2005, 08:59 PM
How much (including mouse & KB) are they?

23-02-2005, 09:51 PM
Hi Edward
Prices from Waikato Apple Store, the NZ online suppliers may be different.
Mac mini from $869
Mac Pro Keyboard $69 (Includes 2 x USB)
Mac Pro Mouse $69 (Optical wired)
plus gst.


I don't think many Windows users would give themselves time to learn to use a single button Mac mouse although I now enjoy using mine. I have a 3 button, scroll mouse too that I used while learning to use my Mac. Having the USB connectors on the keyboard makes changing the mouse a simple job. :)

the highlander
23-02-2005, 11:50 PM
"I don't think many Windows users would give themselves time to learn to use a single button Mac mouse although I now enjoy using mine."

I don't think it would be a matter of not enjoying using a single button mouse but rather the evolutionary backward step after using a real mouse. :D
By the way do those mini macs come with fries ? :)

24-02-2005, 08:21 AM
mmmm I thought the same to start with which is why I used a three button scroll mouse on my Mac.
I'm actually finding the single button mouse plus keyboard quicker for surfing etc. ymmd. :)