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Why one or the other?

I don't use the numpad nor much of the functional keys (delete, insert, etc.).

The latency with the wireless worries.

What are your experiences?

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Don't sweat wired or wireless. Use whatever you're comfortable working with for very long stretches of time. In my case that will never be a "chiclet" type keyboard. –  Ian C. Jul 5 '11 at 14:43

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I prefer the wired version primarily because it has a 10-key pad, the dedicated page up/down and home/end keys, and the arrow keys aren't so tiny.

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I use the Wireless Apple Keyboard and there isn't any noticeable lag when using it. Unless you program really really quickly, I don't see a problem with using the wireless keyboard.

The only problem with the keyboard is when it is far away from the Mac - the Bluetooth signal could weaken and slow down the process.

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I've always had fast response up to 30 feet away and never seen slowness. It seems to drop the connection entirely before lag due to retransmissions gets bad or even noticeable. –  bmike Jul 5 '11 at 14:48

I would also recommend the wireless keyboard (keeping any old USB one around only for maintenance boots/backup).

My dream setup is a Twelve South MagicWand connecting a Magic trackpad with the bluetooth keyboard. Gestures are so powerful in Xcode and for swiping windows around. Lion is just going to make that input method better. I expect it will be a one year period of weaning myself from my mouse. For now it's still always on my desk and ready, but I'm starting to use it less as I get more proficient on the trackpad.

More info on the MagicWand is here. As I commented below on another answer for wireless, I've never seen lag as the device disconnects with a nice animation on the mac screen if it's not a reliable and fast connection.

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cool, i've never seen those before. –  michaelmichael Jul 5 '11 at 15:06

I use the wired keyboard primarily because it has two easy access USB ports.

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