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ginopiazza49 Jul 9, 2009 09:39 PM
Matias Tactile Pro 2.0 keyboard
Does anyone use the Matias Tactile Pro 2.0 keyboard? I see that the Tactile Pro 2.0 keyboard has a "power-on" button. While I am sure that the Tactile Pro 2.0 keyboard itself works fine, I am hoping that the Tactile Pro 2.0 keyboard's "power-on" button works with the Mac mini (2009). That will solve my problem of not being able to reach the "power-on" button in the rear of the Mac mini due to being in a wheelchair. I posted a question to Matias, just waiting to hear back from them.
 
ibook_steve Jul 9, 2009 10:22 PM
As mentioned in the other thread, power buttons on USB keyboards cannot power on recent machines. I doubt this keyboard will be any different.

Steve
 
shifuimam Jul 10, 2009 02:58 PM
Call me crazy, but why would anyone spend $160 on a plan old USB keyboard? I realize it's got supercoolninjaawesome keyswitches, but can't something just as good be found on eBay?
 
ginopiazza49 Jul 10, 2009 05:25 PM
Quote, Originally Posted by shifuimam (Post 3861147)
Call me crazy, but why would anyone spend $160 on a plan old USB keyboard? I realize it's got supercoolninjaawesome keyswitches, but can't something just as good be found on eBay?
Matias wrote me today that the power-on button is only for early era iMacs. Therefore, I will not be purchasing it.
 
cgc Jul 10, 2009 05:51 PM
I recently bought an Apple thin aluminum keyboard and it rox.
 
ghporter Jul 10, 2009 06:09 PM
Gino's issue is being able to manipulate the power button on his Mini, given that he has some mobility problems. Has anyone ever looked at the power button on the Mini? Is it hard to get out of the case? I think a pair of wires soldered to the button's terminals and going to an external button would probably do the job he needs, but I've never had a Mini open to see if this is as simple as I think it is.
 
tooki Jul 12, 2009 04:43 PM
The power button won't turn on any Mac made in many, many years, but once the computer is on, it'll still work to bring up the shutdown/restart/sleep dialog.
 
turtle777 Jul 12, 2009 05:15 PM
Aside from Glenn's suggestion to open the mini and solder a second switch, I think you should leave it on and put it to sleep when you don't use it.

Get a cheap USP for $ 45, which will also take care of the surge protection.

No need for a new keyboard.

Only downside: mini in sleep probably draws a little bit of power.
This site estimates the cost of a mini in sleep mode at $ 2 / year.

-t
 
Brien Jul 12, 2009 05:18 PM
Wouldn't it just be smarter (and cheaper!) to get a used Apple USB Pro keyboard on Ebay? These Matias keyboards look almost identical and they use the same keyswitch mechanics.

I'd still be using mine if it hadn't stopped working.
 
turtle777 Jul 12, 2009 05:20 PM
Quote, Originally Posted by Brien (Post 3861636)
Wouldn't it just be smarter (and cheaper!) to get a used Apple USB Pro keyboard on Ebay? These Matias keyboards look almost identical and they use the same keyswitch mechanics.
The OP's main concern is the power on/off switch on the keyboard, which doesn't work no matter what.

-t
 
ajprice Jul 14, 2009 06:30 AM
An option could be to set up the Mac to schedule a startup/shutdown or wake/sleep time in Energy Saver preferences if you use it regularly.
http://km.support.apple.com/library/.../304733_10.png
 
turtle777 Jul 14, 2009 09:09 AM
Good point. Together with sleep, that might be the next best thing.

-t
 
ThousandStars Jul 22, 2009 03:45 PM
Although I can't speak to the sleep button issue—it appears others already have—I can say that Tactile Pro 2.0 leaves much to be desired in other capacities, as I described in great detail in this review.
 
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