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?

  • Please do not include the answer in the question, post it as an answer below. – nohillside Dec 3 '18 at 18:41

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.. – mrbengi Jan 18 '17 at 16:24
  • @mrbengi "Scammed"? Do you mean just given bad advice? – owlswipe Jan 18 '17 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... – mrbengi Jan 18 '17 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. – Tom Gewecke Jan 19 '17 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 '17 at 13:09

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