tinkerBOY ADB (Apple Desktop Bus) to USB Keyboard/Mouse Converter

(9 customer reviews)

$37.00

The tinkerBOY ADB to USB Keyboard/Mouse Converter uses the TMK Core Library so you can use your old Apple Desktop Bus (ADB) keyboards/mice (like the AEK and AEK II Apple Extended Keyboard) to a modern computer. It’s plug-and-play and and it does not need any special drivers to work. The connector is a mini-DIN 4 connector, identical to that used by S-video.

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Description

The tinkerBOY ADB to USB Keyboard/Mouse Converter uses the TMK Core Library so you can use your old Apple Desktop Bus (ADB) keyboards/mice (like the AEK and AEK II Apple Extended Keyboard) to a modern computer. It’s plug-and-play and and it does not need any special drivers to work. The connector is a mini-DIN 4 connector, identical to that used by S-video.

What’s included?

  • 1 x tinkerBOY ADB to USB Keyboard/Mouse Converter

Note: The rectangular hole on the adapter maybe a bit tight on some ADB male cable with a bit wider connecting bar (the small plastic bar inside the connector) so you may have to push it a little harder. If it’s really that tight, you can also just remove the plastic bar from the male ADB connector or do something about the rectangular hole on the adapter to widen it.

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9 reviews for tinkerBOY ADB (Apple Desktop Bus) to USB Keyboard/Mouse Converter

  1. Clint

    I cannot believe I’m using my Apple Extended keyboard with my iMac. Thanks there buddy!

  2. Jeester

    Works perfect with my old AEK!

  3. Patrick (verified owner)

    I am typing this review from my circa 1988 Apple Extended Keyboard on my 2015 iMac – a 3-decade difference. 🙂 Thank you so much for your ingenuity with the electronics, and the simple, clean design of the device! Takes a while to ship to New York, but worth it.

    • tinkerBOY

      I’m glad you liked it. You’re welcome! 😊👍

  4. Chris

    Can I use this to connect my IIgs keyboard and mouse to a kvm
    I have on my desk?

    • tinkerBOY

      I have not really tested it with a KVM so I’m not sure if it works or not.

  5. Jared (verified owner)

    Worked first time with my Apple adjustable keyboard on my 2018 Mac Mini. I did have to widen the square hole slightly as you mentioned, but worked perfectly after that! Thanks for the awesome product.

    • tinkerBOY

      Thank you! Newer adapters don’t have that issue anymore and the female ADB connector already molded. 🙂

  6. Luca (verified owner)

    Well done! I received this ADB-USB converter today, in Italy 19 days from order, its works.
    The only problem is that my Apple extended keyboard II is QZERTY and the mapping is QWERTY. Probably I will exchange key fiscally, nobody have other suggestions? Thanks

  7. ysj (verified owner)

    Legit! The converter works. I bought an AEKII and I’m using it with my iMac!
    Dude is super prompt to reply and the shipment arrived despite the pandemic.

  8. Krzysztof

    I haven’t bought it yet so my rating right now makes no sense (but I cannot add this query without choosing it). Judging from what other buyers have written, it’s an excellent converter.

    Before I buy it, though, I would like to ask Luca (who commented on 27 March 2020) if he added in the Keyboard system preference “Italian – Typewriter” (which has the QZERTY layout) to Input Sources and if he chooses it while typing with his Apple Extended Keyboard II the resulting spelling still isn’t correct.

    The answer to these questions is important to me because I also have a non-English physical AEK II.

  9. Carlo Munguia (verified owner)

    I’m writing this review with an Apple IIgs keyboard after just receiving this converter.
    This is AMAZING.

    THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR MAKING THESE!!!!!! 😀

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