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USB Keyboards/Mice for Studio

Posted: Wed Jan 24, 2018 4:06 pm
by Slab Bulkhead
Any suggestions for good USB keyboards and mice that work well in a studio application and stand up to jock abuse?

Re: USB Keyboards/Mice for Studio

Posted: Wed Jan 24, 2018 8:55 pm
by Jim Sofonia
I've been using HP mice with good results. I know a lot of HP stuff isn't that good, but the mouse they sell at Best Buy runs with no problem . The batteries seem to last forever, well over a year. Give one a try. These are wireless of course.

Re: USB Keyboards/Mice for Studio

Posted: Wed Jan 24, 2018 10:51 pm
by w9wi
DO NOT use more than one wireless keyboard/mouse in the same studio!

I came in to work one day to find someone had, for aesthetic reasons, replaced seven wired keyboards/mice in the studio with seven wireless units. After about two hours' work I was able to get each keyboard/mouse paired with the right computer.

Two weeks later, we took a power bump. :(

Re: USB Keyboards/Mice for Studio

Posted: Thu Jan 25, 2018 7:36 am
by Dale H. Cook
w9wi wrote:
Wed Jan 24, 2018 10:51 pm
DO NOT use more than one wireless keyboard/mouse in the same studio!
For years I have run multiple Logitech devices with their Unifying software in the house without conflict (I sometimes have as many as four computers running at once). I think the key is to set them up one at a time with only one wireless receiver running at a time to make pairing easy. They have no problems recovering from power outages or laptop boot-ups because each USB receiver is paired with specific devices, and all machines come up communicating with only their own devices.

Re: USB Keyboards/Mice for Studio

Posted: Thu Jan 25, 2018 9:02 am
by TPT
In our live studio I try to replace the keyboards periodically. Not so much because of jock abuse, but they just get grungy after a while. Simpler to get another clean, new but cheap keyboard.

Re: USB Keyboards/Mice for Studio

Posted: Fri Jan 26, 2018 12:25 pm
by grich
w9wi wrote:
Wed Jan 24, 2018 10:51 pm
DO NOT use more than one wireless keyboard/mouse in the same studio!
And make the jocks set up a battery replacement schedule. One of my clients insisted on a wireless keyboard for their automation. They got REALLY lucky...the keyboard died at the end of the playoff football game broadcast this year. They called me, I remoted in and rolled their end break for them.