• 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Such a good keyboard

    • Written by from San diego

    I would love this keyboard even more if Apple made it wireless.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Best of the Apple keyboards.... Almost

    • Written by from East Northport

    the 27in iMac i purchased came with a wireless keyboard and wireless magic mouse. The wireless keyboard does not have a numeric keypad. But, I'm from the financial and programming world, so using a numeric keypad is a must. So, my options were to buy a separate wireless numeric keypad (which i hear is junk) or buy this full sized wired keyboard. I chose this full sized keyboard and I am glad I did. This keyboard works like a charm. So much more responsive than ANY wireless keyboard and it is FULL sized, with a numeric keypad which is exactly what i need. The only (tiny) gripe I have is that it takes up a USB slot and they're aren't that many on the iMac.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great keyboard

    • Written by from Lynn haven

    Awesome product just wish they would make it wireless.
    Besides that best keyboard I have ever owned.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Best keyboard I've ever used - but

    • Written by from Holland

    I wish I could have the exact same model, but with backlit, black keys (to match the newer laptops), and bluetooth.

    I like the short travel of the keys, ultra-slim profile of the whole device, and rigid backbone. But I hate the cord, and I wish it matched my company's MacBooks. In comparison, the only model out there approximating what I want is the wireless mac keyboard from Logitech - which has a squishy plastic backbone that makes it feel cheap, and makes typing unpleasant.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    No decimal on numeric keypad....

    • Written by from Cabo San Lucas

    I just got my keyboard yesterday and I am happy to say it is really awesome. It's a Spanish version since I live in Mexico. However, the reason I got it is because of the number keypad, only problem is, that it does not have decimal. It has a coma instead. Am I missin sth here?how do I get that decimal on the numeric keypad?

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Apple Keyboard with Numeric Keypad

    • Written by from PORT COLBORNE

    I bought this keyboard in early january of this year along with a monitor and mouse for my macbook pro. I opted into the wired model because I didn't need the range of the wireless one, and the number pad at the side is a nice addition for a student. I was skeptical as to weather or not I was going to like the keyboard, and it turned out to be an incredible investment. In my experience, the keys have just enough resistance to give a solid, undeniable "click" when pressed, but not so much as to make typing a chore. The inclusion of the OSX keys nested along with the function keys along the top is an invaluable feature in my opinion. I do have a few complaints however; first off, the key board is not backlit, which while it would be a nice feature, can be compensated for by turning a light on. Second, the builtin USB ports haven't had enough juice to operate anything I own, besides my iPod shuffle. Finally, the keys (being the white matte plastic) get dirty, I have never eaten at the keyboard, and all the keys are getting to the point where they wont come completely clean anymore. All in all, however, it is a nice keyboard

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Low durability

    • Written by from Somerville

    Owned this keyboard for three years without issue, until recently when I had my first accident. It's a great keyboard, but never in my life have I had so much trouble keeping a keyboard clean. This keyboard is impossible to clean without destroying it. Keyboards are supposed to be able to handle abuse of all kinds, from crumbs, sticky fingers, and the occasional coffee spill. Don't get me wrong, I love this keyboard, but I was very unhappy that after three years, I accidentally spilled a bit of coffee onto the edge, and the keyboard was permanently broken. All cleaning efforts failed tremendously.

    At this point, I would upgrade to the Bluetooth keyboard, but it's lack of a numeric pad is a deal-breaker.

    in the end, this is great keyboard that looks nice and fits the aesthetic of the Mac line. Just don't dare ever have an accident with a nearby drink.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great keyboard at a great price

    • Written by from Venetia

    I prefer a wired keyboard over the wireless model for several reasons. First, it has 2 USB connections on it second, it does not need batteries and finally, your Mac never loses it's bluetooth connection.

    4 of 4 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Would give it five stars, but...

    • Written by from Birmingham

    This is my second keyboard - the same model. Apparently I killed some keys on my first one by scrubbing a little too vigorously on a couple of keys - I'm really surprised that it was so sensitive!

    I'll handle this one with a little more TLC - I was lost for the four days that it took to get a new keyboard: I have really become accustomed to this one and like it a great deal!

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Fairly good keyboard - needs backlighting though

    • Written by from FELTHAM

    As a touch typist it has a better response than I thought it was going to have. I normally go for 'Ye Olde' style mechanical keyboards from Cherry and Keytronic, but I'm quite pleased with this one. It feels good to type on (I know that's a personal preference) and it's not a flimsy little toy like the wireless keyboard. I like having the numeric keypad as well.

    The only thing stopping it having 5 stars for me is the lack of backlighting.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great keyboard, if only it was wireless

    • Written by from Underwood

    Very good quality keyboard, good size, easy to use, buttons have the same feel as on the Macbook Pro. Number keypad makes my job much easier.
    I only wish it was available as a wireless

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Good except for letter visibility

    • Written by from PONTYPRIDD

    When I first got this keyboard with my new Mac I was dismissive of its toy-like appearance, and thought it was a triumph of style over substance. A foolish verdict, as I soon discovered. I type a great deal in connection with my work (amongst other things I write textbooks). The keyboard is a joy to use and gloriously fast. Other keyboards feel clunky after using it. Admittedly my first keyboard did eventually wear out - I reckon after typing about 1.5 million words (as I said, I do a LOT of writing).

    The only complaint I have about the keyboard is that the printing on the keys is not sufficient contrast for me, nor I suspect for many people aged over 50. Presbyopia is something that affects *everyone* as they get older, like it or not, and a key feature is inability to see low contrast displays in dim light. Luckily for me, I touch type for most of the time, but even so I have to look at the keyboard once in a while for the more obscure characters like the ampersand or hash tag. And when I do, it can be frustrating, particularly in a darkened room. I'm not saying that Apple should abandon the current keyboard, but couldn't they also offer as standard a keyboard with large high contrast print for those who need it? There is clearly a demand for such an item (look at the overlay sheets available) and I cannot imagine that Apple wants to exclude the grey pound.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic keyboard if Used Properly

    • Written by from Newport Beach

    After buying this keyboard for my iMac, I use nothing else. This is arguably the best keyboard I have ever used!

    The thin profile and heavy construction makes it a breeze to type on (much better than a squishy plastic keyboard) and also makes it easy to clean dirt out of. Kiss your air canister goodbye!

    The two USB ports are much easier to reach than the ones in the back of my iMac. And since the keyboard remains functional during a reboot, I can easily switch to Bootcamp Windows by simply holding down the Option key during the reboot cycle.

    The few negative reviews tend to be from people who abuse their keyboards. No matter what brand you buy, liquids and keyboards don't mix! Even a few lucky coffee drips seeping under a single key can short that key out. If you use your desk as a kitchen table and your keyboard as a napkin, steer clear. But if you can keep your workspace area free from drinks and spills, then you will have no problems with this keyboard.

    The other problems tend to occur when people overload the keyboard's USB ports. The keyboard's USB ports meant for small items like mice or memory sticks. Neither port will charge an iPad quickly, and if you plug in stuff that draws a lot of power (like a cheap external hard drive that lacks its own power cord) you'll end up tripping the keyboard's overload circuit. (When this happens, the whole keyboard will stop working until you unplug the keyboard and plug it back in again.) Move high-powered items to the USB ports on the back of the iMac where they belong and your keyboard won't power down on you.

    - The shallow, metal, low-stroke keyboard is fast to type on, has excellent firmness and is highly response. This keyboard is MUCH easier on the hands and wrists of carpel tunnel sufferers than your traditional $20 plastic keyboard.

    - The keyboard remains functional during a computer reboot, allowing you to easily switch to Bootcamp Windows by simply holding down the Option key during the reboot cycle.

    - Two (low power) USB2 ports on the sides of the keyboard allow for easy connecting of USB sticks, mice, etc. Way easier than fiddling around the back of my iMac!

    - The numeric keypad is vital for serious number crunching and spreadsheet work.

    - The keyboard comes with a USB extension cord, so you can have as much or as little cord as needed to reach your Mac.

    - The flat, open, spacious design makes it a snap to clean between the keys. Kiss your air canister goodbye!

    - The shallow keyboard is vulnerable to spills. And keys will short out if any liquid gets into them. DO NOT clean this keyboard with a wet cloth!! And if you're probe to spilling stuff on your keyboard, stick to the cheap plastic keyboards. They're less costly to replace anyway.

    - The side USB2 ports cannot handle heavy power loads. When plugged directly into a Mac, you can get a full 500 mA of power out of ONE of the keyboard's USB ports. The remaining port will only get 100 mA (enough power for mice and memory sticks though). Overloading the USB ports will trigger the keyboard's overload circuit and shut the whole thing down, requiring you to unplug the keyboard and plug it back in again.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Nice, but keys need to have a black key option.

    • Written by from Oakdale

    Great action and design of this keyboard. Love how fast I can type on it and how easy it is to carry around. One thing to note is that your hands aren't perfectly clean all of the time, so the white keys start to look very dirty and takes away completely from the beautiful look that Apple is striving for. Also, Macbooks have black keys, so if they wanted to keep a standard design/look, these keys should be black and maybe back lit.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Come on Apple - listen to us...

    • Written by from Boca Raton

    Please, somebody from Apple, for the love of all things Mac, get this message to Dan Riccio:

    The wired and wireless keyboards are great; but, in the words of Steve himself, they're not "insanely great." This is because they're not one and the same. The Mac NEEDS a new, FULL-SIZE bluetooth keyboard (preferably backlit, but not necessarily.) It may well prove to be your biggest-selling computer accessory! Doesn't it cause a few twitches that Logitech, LMP, Mobee and so many others constantly have to fill-in the massive gap in your own market with inferior solutions? I have read thousands (literally) of comments from people saying they would commit to paying $100 for one... PLEASE, either do your fans a solid or at least give us an explanation why it isn't possible.

    Thanks loads, and keep up the excellent work - your hardware has never been better!

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Excellent keyboard - but I wish the keys were black.

    • Written by from Montreal

    This is a preliminary review because I've only had the keyboard for a few days, but in that time i've typed - i'm guessing - about 5000 words, so I've had enough time with it to at least offer my first impressions.

    Being a professional writer, I think this is what a keyboard should feel like. The solid construction, positive key action, and near flat/horizontal positioning of the keyboard make it an ergonomic dream, and the aluminum construction really makes it feel like a worthy extension of my 2010 MBP, to which the keyboard is attached. I also love that it comes with two USB ports - very useful.

    Now for the niggles and complaints: 1) I wish the keys were black instead of white, as they are on my Macbook, primarily because black would hide the inevitable grime that will be collecting on the white keys. (but yeah, i realize i can just wipe the keys down once in a while.) 2) I'll echo what's been mentioned ad nauseum, here and elsewhere: why on Earth has Apple not made a wireless Bluetooth version of this full-size keyboard? It's truly bizarre. I know Logitech makes a WiFi wireless keyboard, but after trying it in the store, I found the key action and overall feel of that unit to be not as sturdy. Moreover, the fact that it isn't bluetooth but WiFi-based means the Logitech requires a WiFi receiver, which would take up a computer's USB port, which I did not want.

    But that's really it for gripes/complaints. This really is the best chiclet-style keyboard I've ever used, and overall just a fantastic piece. It may be comparatively low-tech compared to other Apple products, but the price is right, and it's my new favourite. I'm glad apple still knows how - and cares - to nail the simple things, like this keyboard, alongside iPhones and new Mac Pro's.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Nice but wish it was backlit like my MBP

    • Written by from Victorville

    I like it, and works great, but it's a bit dated. I want an update with black chiclet backlit keys like my MacBook Pro. Would love another USB port or two and maybe an SD card reader, as well.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great keyboard, but...

    • Written by from London

    I purchased this because most vector design programs require a degree of number entry, I use AutoCAD a lot and need the numeric keypad. My new iMac shipped with a the tiny wireless keyboard – I sold that on eBay for £63 [god knows why people will pay above rrp on there!]

    They alpha-numeric keyboard is lovely to use and is every bit as stylish as Apples usual offerings, however; it comes with 2 USB ports which are only USB 2.0 support – there is no reason this shouldn’t be USB 3.0 in this day and age, additionally the ports are recessed so far into the board that you have to use the ugly extension cable the keyboard ships with in order to actually connect a memory stick to it.

    Personally I have no issues with the keyboard being hardwired but it does seem a little strange not to offer a wireless version without the USB connectivity.

    Just need to replace the world’s heaviest and un-ergonomic mouse [the magic one] with something useful now.

    In other news the new 27inch iMac is amazing.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Wired Keyboard

    • Written by from Anchorage

    Love the numeric keypad... REALLY wish this was available in a wireless model....

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great but expensive

    • Written by from Cambridge

    The keys feel really nice on your fingers, and I find I can type so much faster on it! It also makes my old BENQ monitor (I have a MacMini) look a lot nicer, as it is the same shade of aluminium. It looks really smart and professional! The function keys are really useful, as are the USB ports, which I use for my portable DVD player, purely out of convenience.

    The one thing I can't commend Apple on for this is the pricing. Granted, it is a very good quality keyboard, and you pay a premium for Apple's designs. However £40 for a keyboard is a bit steep. Next time, make it cheaper, like £30 max. This way families can buy an official Apple keyboard cheaply, while professionals can opt for the expensive, good quality wireless one.

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