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#1 May 28 2013 at 4:20 PM Rating: Good
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Going to play FFXIV on my PS3, so I'm going to need a keyboard to be able to communicate. I was just wondering if anybody had any experience using a keyboard with their PS3, and may be able to tell me what my best options are. Thanks.
#2 May 28 2013 at 4:41 PM Rating: Good
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Summoner1980 wrote:
Going to play FFXIV on my PS3, so I'm going to need a keyboard to be able to communicate. I was just wondering if anybody had any experience using a keyboard with their PS3, and may be able to tell me what my best options are. Thanks.


A good rule of thumb for questions like this is to provide a little background info so we can best help you, i.e. how much do you want to spend, will you be sitting it on your lap or will you have it on a desk? Do you want wireless or is a wired device suitable? Let us know a few of these things first!

Here are two good options that are awesome for gaming one wired and one wireless!

http://www.cyborggaming.com/prod/v7keyboard.htm -- This one is awesome, beautiful design, lot's of customization

http://www.logitech.com/en-us/product/illuminated-keyboard-for-mac-ipad-iphone?crid=26 -- Another great device, with the added benefit of wireless!

So are you guys using any special gaming keyboard? Or just whatever you have lying around? I for one think MMOs are such a time investment that it's nice to have the little extra things that further enhance the experience!

Edited, May 28th 2013 6:52pm by Parathyroid
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#3 May 28 2013 at 5:16 PM Rating: Good
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I have done all my pc gaming with this

http://www.microsoft.com/hardware/en-us/p/arc-keyboard
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#4 May 28 2013 at 5:22 PM Rating: Excellent
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I know I wasn't the OP, but this is something I have been pondering too. i currently have a big clunky keyboard that came with a Gateway PC I owned about 12 years ago.

In a perfect world, I want a controller/keyboard combo like I had for FFXI, but wireless... As I've said many times before...

Barring something like that, what I'm looking for is a wireless keyboard that would sit on my lap or the arm of the chair. I'd like something around $50 or less.

Since I'm going to be playing PS3, I imagine it will be all but devoted to just chatting so programmability and things like that aren't important to me.

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#5 May 28 2013 at 6:33 PM Rating: Excellent
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Para, those are good PC keyboards, but since he is asking for PS3, something simple and inexpensive is all that would be needed. Something similar to was Electro posted, but with a smaller price tag.

I bought mine new at GameStop shortly after FFXI was released and it has lasted me a good 8 years. Long time, cost me about $20-40 at the time. and still works fine.

This is what I used.



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#6 May 28 2013 at 7:05 PM Rating: Good
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Logitech PS3 Media Board

I've used that for a little over a year now and changed that batteries once so far. It's pretty light and easy to use, though I'm not sure how it'll fair with FFXIV...

I wouldn't say it's on the high end in terms of price range, but it's definitely at a good price with a built in mouse.

Edited, May 28th 2013 9:07pm by Aekotie
#7 May 29 2013 at 12:44 AM Rating: Good
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Just about any USB keyboard should be fine with the PS3. It really depends on how fancy you want to get.
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Demonadrastos wrote:
Para, those are good PC keyboards, but since he is asking for PS3, something simple and inexpensive is all that would be needed. Something similar to was Electro posted, but with a smaller price tag.

I bought mine new at GameStop shortly after FFXI was released and it has lasted me a good 8 years. Long time, cost me about $20-40 at the time. and still works fine.

This is what I used.



Edited, May 28th 2013 8:37pm by Demonadrastos


Yup that's what I'm using as well :)
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#9 May 29 2013 at 3:24 AM Rating: Excellent
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I'd just get a cheap wireless Logitech keyboard for around $30. they are lightweight, compact, sturdy, and have a pretty solid signal. my friend is still able to use his 15ish feet away from the receiver.

I'm not a fan of all of the bells and whistles and this keyboard has done me fine. now, if only they would make a wireless PS3 version of this. Best. Thing. Ever.

Haha looks like some people have used the keyboard part of that Logitech NetPLay Controller.



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#10 May 29 2013 at 5:53 AM Rating: Excellent
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We've discussed that KB several times, seems many people remember it fondly. I still have the KB part.
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#11 May 29 2013 at 6:16 AM Rating: Good
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OP was asking about the PS3. Some of those, fancy ones, might not work so well or will lose features.

When looking for a KB for the PS3 you first have to ask, how much money do you want to spend and keep spending? Rechargeable vs. Wired vs. Battery.

Because the PS3 loses features and I don't want to keep replacing batteries, I have a wired one with a USB extension on it. The only problem is that the cord is across the room and you will trip over it many times, kids will yank it out, and anyone not you will 100% trip over it until you start warning them.

Also keep in mind that you will be using the KB to type only. You will be using the controller for Macros and Playing. You don't want to and can't use this. or this.




Edited, May 29th 2013 8:22am by WFOAssassin
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I still Recommend the Logitech K360 that I linked to previously. It just seems perfect for what the OP's needs are. There is a Power On/Off switch on the board if you are worried about battery life. I tend to turn mine off at night and when I'm not directly in front of it when I can remember to.
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DamienSScott wrote:
I still Recommend the Logitech K360 that I linked to previously. It just seems perfect for what the OP's needs are. There is a Power On/Off switch on the board if you are worried about battery life. I tend to turn mine off at night and when I'm not directly in front of it when I can remember to.


I agree. In fact, my USB one looks very close to that, but its wired. I don't know how the batteries go for that, like some, and say that if you can manage the wired one, its one of the better options. Like for me, when I play the PS3 and would NEED a KB, I would be playing at night and the only one who would need to worry about the cord is me. Otherwise I would be doing something for 15-30min and won't care to say anything unless to say "hi," but the controller can do that, I'm sure (PS2 FFXI style).
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DamienSScott wrote:
I still Recommend the Logitech K360 that I linked to previously. It just seems perfect for what the OP's needs are. There is a Power On/Off switch on the board if you are worried about battery life. I tend to turn mine off at night and when I'm not directly in front of it when I can remember to.

Yeah, I think I'm leaning toward this one.
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#15Killua125, Posted: May 29 2013 at 2:46 PM, Rating: Sub-Default, (Expand Post) Can the PS3 users at least voice chat with each other?
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Are all USB keyboards PS3 compatible?
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Are all USB keyboards PS3 compatible?


I've used three different keyboards. For the most part they seem to be unless they come with disk installation software...?

Killua125 wrote:
Can the PS3 users at least voice chat with each other?


Here's to hoping! Although my experience with mic users that I'm not currently friends with is iffy...Usually a lot of mouth breathers and Russians. Nothing wrong with the later, just can't really communicate... ...And sometimes I feel like they're making fun of me >.>

Edited, May 29th 2013 4:50pm by Aekotie
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I have the official PS3 wireless keypad that fits on the controller.It could be the right solution for you depending on how you plan to use it. The PS3 version of FFXIV will only let you use a keyboard for communication so you don't have to worry about assigning macro keys and such. Having the keypad on your controller eliminates the need for a nearby table or other flat surface.

The only tricky part is that you need to be relatively comfortable using such a small keypad. I often find myself having to stare at the keypad to find the right keys to type, unlike a full keyboard where I can watch the screen instead.
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I have the official PS3 wireless keypad that fits on the controller.It could be the right solution for you depending on how you plan to use it. The PS3 version of FFXIV will only let you use a keyboard for communication so you don't have to worry about assigning macro keys and such. Having the keypad on your controller eliminates the need for a nearby table or other flat surface.

The only tricky part is that you need to be relatively comfortable using such a small keypad. I often find myself having to stare at the keypad to find the right keys to type, unlike a full keyboard where I can watch the screen instead.


The question is, would you recommend it? Is it something that you get used to or does it always feel awkward?
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#20 May 29 2013 at 3:13 PM Rating: Good
DamienSScott wrote:
I still Recommend the Logitech K360 that I linked to previously. It just seems perfect for what the OP's needs are. There is a Power On/Off switch on the board if you are worried about battery life. I tend to turn mine off at night and when I'm not directly in front of it when I can remember to.


I have this keyboard, love it. I'm a fan of slim keyboards with chiclet style keys. I think it comes from working in a crowded office for years with 50 people clacking away on mechanicals...the sound still haunts me Smiley: frown
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DamienSScott wrote:
I still Recommend the Logitech K360 that I linked to previously. It just seems perfect for what the OP's needs are. There is a Power On/Off switch on the board if you are worried about battery life. I tend to turn mine off at night and when I'm not directly in front of it when I can remember to.


I have this keyboard, love it. I'm a fan of slim keyboards with chiclet style keys. I think it comes from working in a crowded office for years with 50 people clacking away on mechanicals...the sound still haunts me Smiley: frown


My ops floor is around 800 lol... all Targus keyboards and Cisco or HP thin clients. The clickety clacking is deafening when we're really busy.
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#22 May 29 2013 at 3:29 PM Rating: Good
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DamienSScott wrote:
I still Recommend the Logitech K360 that I linked to previously. It just seems perfect for what the OP's needs are. There is a Power On/Off switch on the board if you are worried about battery life. I tend to turn mine off at night and when I'm not directly in front of it when I can remember to.


I have this keyboard, love it. I'm a fan of slim keyboards with chiclet style keys. I think it comes from working in a crowded office for years with 50 people clacking away on mechanicals...the sound still haunts me Smiley: frown


My ops floor is around 800 lol... all Targus keyboards and Cisco or HP thin clients. The clickety clacking is deafening when we're really busy.


Yeah, cannot stand that sound anymore...makes me shiver Smiley: lol
#23 May 29 2013 at 5:15 PM Rating: Good
Related question: Anyone use MMO mice for FFXI or XIV? I'm a controller guy but the Razer Naga and Logitech G60 look interesting.
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Related question: Anyone use MMO mice for FFXI or XIV? I'm a controller guy but the Razer Naga and Logitech G60 look interesting.


I have the Naga MMOG and I love it. I don't really use the buttons, I just like how it fits my hand Smiley: laugh
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#25 May 29 2013 at 5:32 PM Rating: Good
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SkinwalkerAsura wrote:
Related question: Anyone use MMO mice for FFXI or XIV? I'm a controller guy but the Razer Naga and Logitech G60 look interesting.


I have the Naga MMOG and I love it. I don't really use the buttons, I just like how it fits my hand Smiley: laugh


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I agree. In fact, my USB one looks very close to that, but its wired. I don't know how the batteries go for that, like some, and say that if you can manage the wired one, its one of the better options. Like for me, when I play the PS3 and would NEED a KB, I would be playing at night and the only one who would need to worry about the cord is me. Otherwise I would be doing something for 15-30min and won't care to say anything unless to say "hi," but the controller can do that, I'm sure (PS2 FFXI style).


The battery life seems pretty solid with my K360. I've had it 5-6 months and I'm still using the stock Duracell batteries. I just turn it off when I'm not using it.
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