USB Keyboards and Mice

in Current Mac Hardware edited January 2014
What is the advantage of having keyboards and mice using USB?


  • Reply 1 of 5
    ebbyebby Posts: 3,110member
    The interface is faster. (More accurate and sensitive mice). Fewer unique ports = lower hardware costs. And easy compatibility with other products encourages support and new products. (Just create new drivers, not another interface.)
  • Reply 2 of 5
    [quote]Originally posted by Stroszek:

    <strong>What is the advantage of having keyboards and mice using USB?</strong><hr></blockquote>

    So If you had a choice between a USB keyboard and a PS2 keyboard (or whatever that interface is called on a PC), there really isn't any advantage to either one? I mean, a faster interface may be helpful for a mouse, but will it help a keyboard?
  • Reply 3 of 5
    ebbyebby Posts: 3,110member
    Not much help for the keyboard. (The amount of information a keyboard sends to the computer is incredibly small) Some PC's don't support USB keyboards in the BIOS, and some have to have USB support enabled, but newer computers should be OK with ether PS/2 or USB.
  • Reply 4 of 5
    Having the keyboard using USB, it can also be used as an USB hub

    Not to mention that it's much easier to plug an USB cable into it's port than a PS/2 plug into it's, when you're not seeing the damned thing directly
  • Reply 5 of 5
    they are hot swapable.

    You don't have to worry about the 1 in 10,000 chance of blowing up your mobo when you pull your keyboard out of it's PS/2 or ADB port.
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