Does the A1048 USB ports work well with flash drives?
I currently use a G4 era keyboard with my iMac G5 ALS and I’ve had issues with a specific type of flash drive I use a lot of because of how easy they are to get - the current keyboard doesn’t have enough power for my commonly used USB drive (SDCZ60-0XXG). I didn’t get anything other then the system at the time, so I had to find one I can use. I have looked into cheap Bluetooth keyboards with the “correct” keys, but this is a 2.0 EDR machine and anything new is at least 4.0 and I don’t know if 4.X is that backwards compatible. The change to a blue LED from red hasn’t helped the power draw issues.
I don’t like the thin aluminum ones because of how bad they are to type on (they also can’t be repaired, so that’s another major negative), but I’ve always liked the A1048 the G5 series came with, which was included up until the 2007 aluminum iMac when the keyboard was changed to the one I don’t like. You also can’t buy the aluminum USB model new since they moved to the Magic keyboard and you run into the same issue I’m seeing with the generic BT keyboards - the Bluetooth standard is newer then what the Mac shipped with.
I vaguely remember the A1048 from school as we had them on the eMacs and the 2006 white C2D iMac being better then this G4 Pro keyboard, but I don’t remember how much better it was but I think it had a lot more power available. I understand the A1048 may not be a complete fix to the bus power problem even though it is newer, but in practice it should have more available power then my current keyboard and I can use with far more USB drives then this one.
This is the keyboard I was talking about I think will have compatibility issues with the iMac:
According to the manual, this is what I see:
- Bluetooth Specification
- Bluetooth 3.0
It lacks USB ports (and a wire), but I can quickly replace it if it breaks outside of warranty. I’ll need to get a mouse for the Mac as well, but I can get a cheap Logitech and be done with it unless I can also find a Bluetooth one I like.