Tips For Using Your Falcon Bluetooth Keyboard With An Apple Operating System

We recently received the following question from a Falcon Bluetooth keyboard user:

Question: MacBook Air problems

I like the keyboard, but for some reason, I can’t get it to work properly in Mac OS. Many of the keys do nothing, like the Numlk & keypad do nothing. I didn’t see anything about it anywhere, either. How do I get it to work?

Answer:

The Mac Operating System, up to and including the latest version of OS X, does not support navigation using the numeric keypad. The standard Apple Extended Keyboard does not have the arrows, Home, Pg Up, Pg Dn, End printed on the numeric keypad keys and does not have the ‘Num Lock’ key. The Extended Keyboard does have separate arrow keys and Home, Page Up, Page Down, End keys which are supported by the Falcon Keyboard, although In different locations on the keyboard.

The ‘Num’ light does not come on when depressed on the Falcon Keyboard with the Mac OS, however, the numeric keys themselves do work.

All the top row of keys work with the Mac OS but only basic functions, such as Esc and F-1 through F-12 but not all the functions on the Apple Keyboard are supported such as ‘Volume Control’ and ‘Eject’. The functions of the F keys are determined by the application you are using. You will have to experiment to see which F keys do what in each application.

The ‘Caps’ light comes on when the ‘Caps Lock’ key is depressed with the Mac OS if you are connected via Bluetooth, as will the flashing Blue Light above the F1, F2 or F3 keys, depending on which Bluetooth channel you are using, and the slowly flashing green battery light.

The ‘Prnt Scr’ (Print Screen) key does not work with the Mac OS.

There are specialized applications for the Mac OS (games for example) which may have the ability to assign an alternate function to the numeric keys but that function is not supported by the standard Mac OS.

If you have any questions about your Falcon Bluetooth Keyboard feel free to contact support at falcon@falconkeyboard.com

Why The Tech Industry Loves the Falcon Keyboard

Our keyboard was designed to serve a range of different users, but has become especially popular with the tech industry. The Falcon Keyboard has proved to be a powerful tool for everyone from Software developers, Code writers, App Developers and Programmers. This keyboard was designed to make it easy to enter, work with and test new code on multiple devices. In fact, the Falcon Keyboard has many features that make your life as a software developer easier. 

The optical mouse built into the Falcon Keyboard makes it possible to control your cursor without taking your hands off the keyboard. Get more done, efficiently, with fewer interruptions reaching for the mouse.

Control up to 3 Bluetooth devices simultaneously with one Falcon Keyboard– with Bluetooth you can pair with three separate devices and switch control from one to the next with the ease of a simultaneous keystroke (Fn + F1, F2 or F3). Write code on one device and then test your code on two others, say a Windows machine and a Mac or an iPad and an iPhone.

Survive late night munchies, coffee, energy drinks or whatever without fear of destroying your keyboard. The Falcon Keyboard is sealed with a spill proof silicon rubber membrane that resists liquid spills, crumbs, gooey messes and the like and is easy to clean or sanitize.

Work “remotely” with your Falcon Bluetooth Keyboard. With a range up to 30 feet, you can work from anywhere in the room with the keyboard on your lap, the floor, a table or whatever is most comfortable. The keyboard is rigid and grips flat surfaces so it can be placed almost anywhere. The keyboard is ideal for stand up desks and workstations.

Work ergonomically with the low profile falconTM keyboard. Only 1 cm high, it is almost flush with the table top or desk allowing a comfortable typing position without use of a separate wrist rest or support. No “mouse cramps” either. The built-in optical mouse can be controlled by your thumb from a natural hand position with the fingers over the keyboard.

If you are working long hours entering code or typing in general, you will be pleasantly surprised how comfortable the falconTM keyboard is to use compared to conventional keyboards and mice.

Syncing with Multiple Devices

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Falcon Bluetooth keyboard can sync with multiple tablets.

As you may have figured out by now, our new computer keyboard has a mouse placed in the space bar. The cursor action is called the Falcon™, and this Bluetooth keyboard can be synced with three other components at the same time. This provides quick switching from a PC to a smart phone, or to a tablet.

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Falcon™ Keyboard Left-handed Keyboard Operation

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Falcon Bluetooth Keyboard showing left hand operation.

A new computer keyboard has come onto the market where the mouse has been placed in the space bar, allowing for easy use by either a right-handed or left-handed operator.

Even though only 7-10 percent of the population is left-handed, it is not easy for those whose job requires a lot of computer keyboard operation. Simple things like door knobs on the right side, writing from left to right, numeric keyboard pad on the right, and using scissors are just a few of the obstacles a left-handed person has to overcome. But let’s not forget that being left-handed can still be viewed as “hip” — five of the last seven presidents were left-handed. And, did you know that August 13 is Left Handers Day? Continue reading “Falcon™ Keyboard Left-handed Keyboard Operation”

Beta Testing the Falcon™ Keyboard Optical Mouse, Part III

Falcon Bluetooth Keyboard at Work
The Falcon Bluetooth Keyboard at work.

Last week we began a review of the Beta Test results and reviews for the Falcon™ Bluetooth Keyboard. Part I provided an overall summary, and Part II presented a few individual tester’s comments. This Part 3 concludes with the final group of individual tester’s comments.

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Beta Testing the Falcon™ Keyboard Optical Mouse, Part II

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Falcon Bluetooth Keyboard can be used up to 30 feet away from the device.

Our previous post, Beta Testing the Falcon™ Keyboard Optical Mouse, Part I, presented an overall summary, and a few individual tester’s comments. In this second part, we continue with individual tester’s comments and reviews.

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Beta Testing the Falcon™ Keyboard Optical Mouse, Part I

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Falcon Bluetooth Keyboard with a Mouse in the Spacebar.

The falcon™ is a multi-platform keyboard. It is compatible with any Bluetooth capable tablet, smart phone, laptop, or desktop computer. It provides a keyboard with a thumb-controlled cursor on the space bar, or “optical mouse”, and cursor activation keys under the fingertips of the computer operator’s hands.

The optical mouse that Falcon Keyboard has developed and beta tested is defined as the optical system including the activation keys for manipulating the cursor. While the Falcon keyboard has many unique features, the optical mouse can be incorporated in essentially any keyboard, and replace the need for a mouse or trackpad.

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