CropMark Apple compatible numeric bluetooth keyboard


If you’re still wading through your accounts and gamely trying to bash in figures using your Mac keyboard, here’s a gadget that could save your sanity (and you’ll be able to add it to your expenses for next year!). And because it’s not made by Apple, you can also avoid the fanboy fee.

CropMark’s numeric keypad has been designed to attach to keyboards on Bluetooth-enabled Macs, and with its brushed-aluminium finish it also looks like something you’d buy direct from Apple.

The 28–key numeric keyboard for Apple Wireless keyboards can either be used as a standalone keyboard or snapped onto your existing keyboard. It’s aimed at anyone who works with figures – whether you’re a small business doing your tax return, an accountant, bookkeeper or spreadsheet user – as you can enter figures using one hand.

As well as a full set of number keys, the keyboard features forward delete, page up, page down and five more function buttons.

Here’s a video review from Snazzy Labs:

The keyboard can also be used with Bluetooth enabled MacBook and MacBook Pro notebooks, but it won’t work with iPads or Windows PCs.

“The Mac community has been asking for a product like this ever since Apple’s mainstream shift to non extended wireless keyboards,” said Larry O’Connor, Founder and CEO, Other World Computing (OWC). “While a wired extended keyboard is still standard with the Mac Pro, there are plenty of mini, iMac, and Mac notebook users that want this functionality.”

The keypad is compatible with Bluetooth enabled Macintosh computers running Mac OS X 10.5.x and higher.  It includes two AA batteries, as well as rechargeable batteries.

Priced at £39.99 and available at the end of January.

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