I was told by the salesman that I cannot use USB keyboard and mouse with my Mac mini, so I have to use wireless keyboard and mouse.

Is there anything I can do to use USB keyboard/mouse?

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    Dec 3, 2018 at 18:41

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Apple's Mac mini is the "budget" line of computers and actually does not come with a mouse and keyboard and instead, Apple tells you to "bring your own".

From the current (2017) product page on Apple.com:

Mac mini is an affordable powerhouse that packs the entire Mac experience into a 7.7-inch-square frame. Just connect your own display, keyboard, and mouse, and you’re ready to make big things happen.

Nowhere on Apple's site does it state that it "only works with wireless keyboards."

Going all the way to the other end of the timeline, MacWorld.com has an article from 2005 that reviews the Mac mini. In it, it states:

Apple touts the Mac mini as being compatible with any USB keyboard...

If you cannot use a USB mouse and/or keyboard on your Mac mini, it's time to do some diagnostics to see if those USB ports are functional.


I use USB keyboards and mice with my Mac minis by plugging them into the USB ports on the rear of the Mac mini.

  • Hm okey I didn't know that it was possible. So it seems I'm scammed.. Jan 18, 2017 at 16:24
  • @mrbengi "Scammed"? Do you mean just given bad advice?
    – owlswipe
    Jan 18, 2017 at 17:16
  • No, my seller have said that I cannot use USB keyboard/mouse. But normally, you can trust him. So in fact, my Mac Mini model may not support it... Jan 18, 2017 at 17:51
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    @mrbengi So I guess you have a broken mini. You can either try to return it and buy a good one instead, or try to see if it can be repaired. I have no idea if repair would be possible, better to get a good one if you need usb. Jan 19, 2017 at 19:14
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    @mrbengi it's also possible you have a faulty keyboard. But model A1347 is being sold with a USB keyboard here: amazon.com/Apple-A1347-MC270LL-Intel-320GB/dp/B00AJMDVSW for example.
    – samh
    Jan 20, 2017 at 13:09

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