Take the 2-minute tour ×
Ask Different is a question and answer site for power users of Apple hardware and software. It's 100% free, no registration required.

Apple keyboards are different than PC keyboard because the Command ⌘ and Option/Alt ⌥ keys are switched. This causes a workflow disruption for me, because I use keyboard shortcuts for everything. I can't really use a Windows keyboard for my Mac, because of this problem.

Here's the Apple keyboard:
Apple keyboard
And the Windows keyboard:
Windows keyboard
Are there any third-part keyboards that have the Apple layout?

share|improve this question

6 Answers 6

up vote 3 down vote accepted

You can actually change the layout of your Windows keyboard. Go to System Preferences, Keyboard, and in the Keyboard tab, you will see a button "Modifier Keys..." Click on it and you can change the external keyboard layout.

For me, I mapped ALT key on external keyboard to Command and the Window key to alt/option, so my external PC keyboard now has the exact same layout as OS X keyboard.

share|improve this answer
    
Cool! Thanks! I will definitely keep this in mind. –  daviesgeek Jan 29 '12 at 2:08
    
Although this does not directly answer my question, out of all the answers, I have to accept this answer, because it answers the question the best. See the XY problem. Please continue posting answers, but this is the best answer for my situation. –  daviesgeek Feb 9 '12 at 20:00

There are many. Here are a few.

Matias Keyboards

MacAlly Keyboards

Happy Hacking Keyboard Lite 2

Kensington, Adesso and Logitech also offer keyboards for Mac, or keyboards you can adapt to use on a Mac. You can use any Windows-style keyboard with a Mac. You just remap the command and option keys.

I've never liked Apple's keyboards or mice, and I've been using third-party replacements on my Macs since the early 1990s.

Here's the list of dozens of third-party keyboards for sale at MacMall.

share|improve this answer

If you like old school "clicky" keyboards:

daskeyboard Model S Professional For Mac

Unicomp Spacesaver M

share|improve this answer

Razer has a Mac-layout of their BlackWidow mechanical keyboard.

http://store.razerzone.com/store/razerusa/en_US/pd/productID.211324200

Beyond that, it's fairly easy to remap the keys (which is what I've done) so they obey your Apple-created muscle memory.

share|improve this answer
    
Can you include a link please? –  daviesgeek Jan 28 '12 at 22:37

The happy hacking brand keyboards are made with Apple's OS X in mind.

share|improve this answer

Your Answer

 
discard

By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.