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Griffin 2001-ADB iMate/Universal ADB to USB adapter

4.4 out of 5 stars 44 customer reviews
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  • Works through your Macs or PCs high-speed USB port
  • No external power source needed
  • Allows users to connect any ADB peripheral to Macs and PCs with USB ports.
  • Allows you to continue to use your favorite mice, keyboards, trackballs, trackpads, hardware dongles and other ADB peripherals.
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Product Description

The iMate USB to ADB adapter is the perfect companion for your new PowerMac G4, PowerBook G4, iBook or iMac computer. It allows you to continue to use your favorite ADB mice, keyboards, trackballs, track pads, hardware dongles and other ADB peripherals.

Product Information

Product Dimensions 2.9 x 0.6 x 1.2 inches
Item Weight 2.9 ounces
Shipping Weight 2.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
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ASIN B000067V8L
Item model number 2001-ADB
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4.4 out of 5 stars 44 customer reviews

4.4 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #816 in Electronics > Accessories & Supplies > Television Accessories > Wi-Fi Dongles
#10,571 in Electronics > Televisions & Video
Date first available at Amazon.com July 7, 2004

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By Stephen Lang on January 29, 2008
I purchased one of these for use with an old ADB Apple Extended Keyboard, which along with the old IBM Model M is one of the more reknowned keyboards in history. If you want to use one of these classic keyboards with mechanical key switches on a Mac, you are pretty much restricted to the Apple Extended Keyboard due to the special Mac keys.

These classic keyboards can be had for a song on EBay, so even when combined with the cost of a Griffin iMate you are getting a great keyboard (which originally retailed at $199) for a great price. The keyboard works great with Leopard (and Windows too), and is plug and play with no software driver needed- the Panther and older compatibility is for other ADB devices that require the software driver.

Note- I do not have an Apple ADB mouse, so have not tested compatibility with those (would be useful if those work as well, since the Apple keyboard has an extra ADB port for a mouse.)
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By A Customer on February 9, 2004
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When we got my wife a new Mac a few years ago, we had to get an adapter to use her old ADB keyboard. (It's a $200 ergonomic keyboard, so an adapter was cheaper than a new one--and the anti-ergonomic keyboard Apple shipped with the Mac was not an option.) The one we got worked, most of the time, but it was a lot of hassle. We had to reinstall the drivers at least once; and it had a persistent problem that it kept hanging, or something, so that we had to unplug it and plug it back in again to reset it.
Then she moved to OS X, and the old adapter didn't work any more; no drivers for it. So, again, it was cheaper to get a new adapter than to get a new keyboard. This one turned out to be great: no flakiness, and it didn't need drivers; OS X just recognized it and it worked. It Just Works.
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Hey - IGNORE the dummy who left a bad review on this item, when he never bought or tried it (DUH!). I'm an Apple Mac tech, and after researching this item, I could see no reason why it wouldn't work with Mac OS 10.4 and my Intel Mac Mini. After all, OS X still supports generic ADB stuff. Asking it to support 3rd party ADB devices like Wacom tablets that require specific drivers is pressing your luck, but I figured my old ADB Datadesk Trackboard (combo keyboard & trackball) would work. Sure enough, I plugged it in and restarted, and without any drivers being installed it worked great. Even the power key works (a missing feature I really miss on the newer Apple keyboards). I'm running OS 10.4.11, and my old Trackboard is still doing the job. Thanks Griffin, and of course Apple!
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I'm using this through my monitor's USB hub, then through a USB switcher. On the Mac, it's running OS X 10.8.5, and on the Windows machine, that's running Windows 7 Pro 64 bit. Both machines recognized the keyboard with no glitches (OS X ran me through it's "which keyboard setup is this?" wizard-like operation, but it recognized it within a few keystrokes.) After years of collecting dust, "one of the greatest keyboards ever made" is back on my desk, helping me to work with a little less wrist strain and fewer flubbed keystrokes!
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Not much I can add to the overwhelmingly favorable customer reviews already postd here...

...except to serve notice that Amazon has the product bullets completely wrong. They have them confused with one of Griffin's other products from that same timeframe, the iMic. The iMic was (still is), in effect, an external sound card; it provided audio in and out for USB computers that had no built-in audio-in ports.

The iMate, though, is an ADB-to-USB adapter, for plugging in old-style ADB peripherals to the newer USB machines (starting with the iMacs and the blue G3 "pillowcase" tower), and it has nothing to do with audio. And it works great.
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Assuming this is still available, I grabbed one to extend the use of my treasured 1980's ADB extended keyboard-I to the USB era Mac desktops. There is no substitute for real ALPS key-switches soldered to a PC-board with a steel backing chassis.

Apple Aluminum wireless keyboards with Chiclet keys look cool, but they are more show than go.

I'll take the Apple wireless multi-touch track-pad though!
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Simple to use, and everything works. I have the 2011 i5 MacMini, and an Apple Extended Keyboard II. Just plug it in and start typing.

Apple has this fun feature on their OS, that popped up a dialog upon plugging in my older Apple Standard Keyboard, saying that this is a new unrecognized keyboard. It then asked me to press the key right of the left shift key. After pressing that key, OS X said we are ready to go :-) That keyboard also works perfectly. No need to install drivers or anything else... I have Mac OS Lion.

I also tried this with adb keyboard and mouse (Apple ADB Mouse II) and it worked perfectly!
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I've used an older Alps keyboard for the Mac with the Griffin iMate, from a G4 thru my present MacBook Pro running 10.4.10; and it still works like a charm. Love my old keyboard, and I appreciate the Griffin iMate that allows me to use it.
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