Equipment Failure

The bottomline with Mac computer accessories these days is they will fail eventually. I just replaced a printer a few weeks ago. Now, my 10-Port USB 3.0 Hub died along with my keyboard!! I guess everything dies at once. I bought a new keyboard and USB Hub. Let me tell you what I did.

10-Port Hub

I did research online at Amazon and ended up getting an Aukey 10 Port USB 3.0 Hub:

Aukey Hub

As you can see it has a brushed Aluminum. I like the way it sits at an angle, very easy to plug in a device. By the way, my old 10-Port Hub lasted about two years. The Aukey Hub got good reviews and was reasonably priced. So far, it seems to be working perfectly.

Yet Another Keyboard

I must be hard on keyboards. A couple of years ago I bought a Matias Mechanical Keyboard. I really prefer the feel of mechanical keys when typing. That keyboard died and Matias replaced it. Now the replacement keyboard is dying. It is only about 4 months old. So, I went looking for a keyboard online. I decided to stay away from mechanical keyboards, they are great, but they are also expensive. I do not like the keyboards with Chicklet Keys, like Apple’s keyboard. So, I ended up getting this MacAlly full-sized keyboard:

MacAlly Keyboard

When shopping for a Mac keyboard one needs to be careful to get a keyboard designed for Macs. That probably goes without saying, but you should be looking for the Control ⌃, Option ⌥ and Command ⌘ Keys next to the Space Bar.

This MacAlly keyboard was just plug and play with one caveat. Any wired keyboard that is not an Apple keyboard will put you through the keyboard identifier ritual. When you plug in the keyboard It displays this screen:

Keyboard identifier

After clicking “Continue” you have to perform a couple of steps. First is this the left Shift Key Procedure:

Shift Keft

When you are finished with the left Shift Key, it asks for the right Shift Key procedure:

Right Shift Key

Then, the macOS lists what type of keyboard you are attaching:

Type of keyboard

That is all there is to it. This procedure takes about one minute. When finished, you are good to go. 

I have been using the Macally keyboard for a while now. It definitely is not as good as a mechanical keyboard, but also definitely better than the Chicklet style keyboards for sure.


Thankfully, Mac peripherals are relatively inexpensive these days. I can remember when they cost a fortune because they were all SCSI (Small Computer System Interface) connectors. If something goes out, just go online and replace it, no worries. I am back in business again with my new peripherals, we will see how long they last.