Updated March 2017
A separate mouse and keyboard for your Chromebook aren’t the most obvious accessories for it. But, if you’re like me and you work at your desk in your home office, it really is. Just prop up your Chromebook on a laptop stand and hook up a mouse and keyboard to it. Works like a charm.
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Keyboard and Mouse Combo for Chromebook and Chromebox
Now I won’t be listing a whole slew of keyboards and mice here for you to pick from, you can do that over at Amazon. What I would suggest is that you pick the the keyboard and mouse shown here below and leave it at that. Why? Because this set is made for your Chromebook and Chromebox – it is THE Chromebox keyboard.
The ASUS Chrome Wireless Keyboard and Mouse (90MS0000-P00010) is the only external keyboard/mouse combo on Amazon (or anywhere as far as I can tell) that has the ChromeOS keyboard layout. It has the Chrome OS-specific keys like a dedicated search key and no Windows key. That means you won’t get confused when you switch between the on-board and external keyboard. This is the keyboard Asus came out with to go with their Chromebox, which makes it the perfect choice.
Chromebook-compatible Mouse Options
If you don’t like your Chromebook trackpad, you can get an external mouse. Your main options are Bluetooth and USB.
- The USB type uses a tiny USB receiver, so you don’t have to enable Bluetooth.
- Takes regular AAA batteries
Cons: It uses up a USB slot. If you’re working at a desk, it’s not a big deal to use a USB hub to connect your other accessories.
Recommendation: The TeckNet Ergonomic 2.4G Wireless Optical Mobile Mouse. It’s very inexpensive, and it’s well-loved.
The Bluetooth type of mouse connects directly to ChromeOS, but first make sure your Chromebook has Bluetooth.
- Doesn’t take up a USB slot.
- No USB receiver to get lost.
- Takes regular AA batteries.
- Bluetooth must be enabled on your Chromebook.
- More expensive than USB
Recommendation: Logitech M535 Compact Bluetooth Mouse. This model features a compact size ideal for your laptop bag and a long battery life (up to 10 months between battery changes with normal AA batteries).
Up Next: read about the other main accessories you can get for your Chromebook.