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A Guide for Buying a Used Mac Keyboard and Mouse

Used Mac keyboards and mice usually sell at a bargain price. This Buzzle article gives you a few pointers to consider while you go shopping for used a mac keyboard and mouse.
Buying a used Mac keyboard and mouse
The Magic Touch
The Magic Mouse, Apple's latest wireless device is the world's first Multi-Touch mouse.
Apple is a name that is synonymous with great quality and brilliant design. Unfortunately, it is also a name synonymous with over-priced products. The Apple keyboard and mouse in particular have a very clean-cut and ergonomic design. You don't need to lose heart though, you could get to see the Apple and eat it too! That is, of course, if you're willing to make do with used or refurbished peripherals. These cost almost half as much as the brand new ones and are just as good.

Apple tends to release a new updated version of most of their computer peripherals every now and then, so you stand to get a very good bargain on a keyboard/mouse that is just a few months old. Here are a few pointers to keep in mind while looking around for a used Mac keyboard and mouse.

Aesthetics Check
  • Check to see if there is any visible physical damage or loose parts on the keyboard/mouse. Remember though, minor scuffs or scratches will not affect the functionality of the device. You stand to get the best deal on keyboards/mice that have a few cosmetic issues but work great.
  • In case of a wired peripheral, make sure that the connecting cable is not damaged and is securely connected to the device.
  • Make sure there are no loose keys on the keyboard.
  • Make sure the mouse does not have any problems with the left and right click buttons. Ensure that the scroll button too, turns smoothly.
  • In case of a wireless keyboard/mouse, make sure that the cover to the battery compartment secures firmly. Also, make sure that the battery compartment is not damaged in any way.

Functionality Check
  • Connect the device to the computer, and make sure that it is detected by the system.
  • Test the USB ports on the keyboard by attaching a USB flash drive to it, and check if the system reads it. Do this with both the ports.
  • For wireless keyboard/mouse, ensure that the range is proper by using the device a few feet away from the computer.
  • To check the keyboard, type in 'The Quick Brown Fox Jumped Over The Lazy Dog.'
  • On the mouse, check the scroll button and the right and left click. For Magic Mouse, check the 360 degree scroll, one-finger screen zoom, and two-finger swipe gestures.
  • Ensure that the response time of the device is consistently fast.

If you are looking to buy a used Mac keyboard and mouse online, try looking up reputed shopping sites like eBay and Amazon. Craigslist has some of the best deals, but it also features a lot of fraudsters. You can also choose to go in for a refurbished device, which may cost a little more than a used one, but usually comes with a company warranty.

Buying a used device can be tricky and rather stressful. Armed with the right info and just a little bit of luck, you might just get away with a steal. Cheers.
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Published: December 17, 2013
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