Today I received from amazon.com/vine as a free sample to review a keyboard with the long name iHome by Lifeworks Technology IMAC-K121S Full Size Mac Keyboard with 2 USB Ports. Between us my wife and I have two desktops and one laptops, all Mac. A few months ago I bought our newest: a large screen monitor. It came with a small wireless keyboard (our first) otherwise identical to the keyboard in our older OS10.6.8 laptop. I was curious how well a larger, wired keyboard would work. So I asked amazon.com/vine to send me one to review.
It arrived today.
I found that a delivery service had deposited a long, slender, rectangular box outside my front door. Inside, with no written instructions was a "made in China" computer keyboard with logo iHOME above the F14-F15-F16 keys -- keys taking up nearly half the 1/3 extra space to the right that my two older mac keyboards lacked.
Within two minutes I had opened the box and plugged its cable into an unused USB port behind my large monitor apple computer with MAC OS 10.74 operating system. A pop-up box announced that it did not recognize the candidate to replace the mac wireless keyboard that had come months earlier with the desktop computer. My first reaction was, "Oh, no!" After all, Amazon/VINE's on line come on had said: "Just connect the USB cable to your computer and you're ready to go." Not quite.
I have used computers for decades. But I mainly read email, do research via GOOGLE and write book reviews for various on-line sites and for my web site (which a friend set up for me ten years ago). The screen now told me to go ahead and strike (but not hold) the key just right of the leftmost of iHOME's three shift keys (it was "Z"). The next screen announced that my MAC had found the iHOME keyboard and it was was either American, European or Japanese standard. The screen had highlighted "American" as correct and told me to strike the key just left of my right-most shift key (it was ? /) and I would be in business. A true forecast!
I then started to make comparisons among our three co-located Macs My older wireless keyboard was the same size as that embedded in my Mac Book Pro Laptop, and included a helpful feature lacking in the just installed iHOME wired keyboard: intuitive symbols on the topmost "F" keys, at least on F1 - F4 and F7 - F12. I do miss those symbols. They make it easier to control sound, level of brightness and more.
Otherwise the iHOME keyboard works fine. I see that I can even use it simultaneously with the old wireless keyboard when both are active, though I haven't come up with a good reason why I should. The typing touch of the new iHOME is heavier than what came with my "newish" desktop MAC. But I am rapidly growing accustomed to that difference.
All in all, I am happy to have a plug-in keyboard with two USB cable ports. Another reviewer for amazon.com noted how rare it is -- but very handy -- for a keyboard to have its own extra USB. I have as a test plugged in my TOMTOM GPS to iHOME for a recharge. And that is notably easier to do than spinning around my wide monitor and finding an empty USB port on its backside. I plan to continue to use both keyboards, wired and wireless, interchangeably. Certainly, when the batteries go on the wireless, it is consoling to have a "big brother" iHOME keyboard handy and ready to roll.
This review of iHOME wired full size MAC Keyboard was typed on that very keyboard.
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(Thomas) Patrick Killough (qigongbear)
I am a retired American diplomat. Married for 47 years. My wife Mary (PhD in German and Linguistics) and I have two sons, six grandsons and two granddaughters. Our home is Highland Farms Retirement Community … more