Mouse and Keyboard for your Chromebook

By September 14, 2013Accessories, Reviews
mouse and keyboard for chromebook

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.

USB Mouse

Pros:

  • The USB type uses a tiny USB receiver, so you don’t have to enable Bluetooth.
  • Inexpensive
  • 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.

Bluetooth Mouse

The Bluetooth type of mouse connects directly to ChromeOS, but first make sure your Chromebook has Bluetooth.

Pro:

  • Doesn’t take up a USB slot.
  • No USB receiver to get lost.
  • Takes regular AA batteries.

Con:

  • 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.

Join the discussion 3 Comments

  • andre r gignac says:

    Thanks for the info about using a mouse with a Chromebook. You mentioned Samsung as a product, which brought to my mind the following. Last, I presented myself to an electronic store, decided that I was to buy my very first Chromebook. I chose a Samsung 11.6″ Chromebook and paid $300 Can. (taxes included). Once home, happy and excited at the prospect of discovering the tools of my brand new computer, I plugged it in and waited for the screen to come alive. I waited 5 hours. My brand new Samsung Chromebook never started. There was a faint light on the screen, but that was it. Next day I brought back the Samsung to the store, spat another 90 dollars and went this time for a Toshiba Chromebook 13.3. It works really great, and now I know that buying a Chromebook was a good decision. In a way, though, I am almost happy that the Samsung died at birth.

  • Keyboards that use the proper layout specifically for Chrome OS aren’t readily available. I’ve only found this one by Dell and it’s USB wired only:

    http://www.cnet.com/products/dell-kb115-multimedia-for-chrome-keyboard/specs/

    ASUS ostensibly makes one that’s wireless. But its either unavailable or ridiculously priced. I’m wondering whether the proliferation of Chromebits may generate an increased availability of Chrome OS keyboards.

  • joe says:

    where can i a buy mouse for my acer chromebook in Lakeland, Fla or on line

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