• 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Failure Rate

    Granted we are protools operators that use the keyboards daily, however I'm looking at a pile of keyboards in my office. I've had over 10 of these die within 3 years. The previous models have lasted 3 time as long. What gives Apple?

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Was loving it until...

    Although it looks great, I was against this keyboard for a long time. I picked one up anyways and once I got used to it I fell in love with it. However, after only 4 months it started going haywire and causing glitches in programs before completely shutting down. I thought it was my iMac that was dying because I couldn't see how a keyboard could cause so many frightening problems (screen flashes, apps randomly opening and closing, full freezing...). Thankfully, I switched back to the old white plastic keyboard and everything worked fine. Needless to say, I am taking this back. Hopefully, I can find the receipt and swap it out. I am on the fence about replacing it otherwise. Maybe I just got a bunk one. In any case, I am disappointed.

    43 of 62 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    HORRIBLE! Apple needs to update and improve external keyboards!!!!

    I am now on #6....all within 3 years. I am an author who makes her living writing. This keyboard will work one day, and the next, one or two of the keys just stop working. Nothing brings them back. No spills, no drops, no cat or dog hair....it just stops working. Happens EVERY time... these things are EXPENSIVE!!! What is wrong with Apple that they can't produce a reliable external wired keyboard? Tried the Apple wireless keyboard as well - it stopped working after 6 months.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Uhg, not a fan!

    We have had the new keyboards at work for some time now, and I would say about 85% of us do not like them at all. It is incredibly uncomfortable to type on, the keys are flat instead of curved like a MacBook and I am constantly missing the space bar and some letters while typing. It's also hard to keep clean, since dust and debris can easily get in behind the keys. They are cool looking, but completely impractical.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Please are all of you kids?

    Is everyone posting on this board a kid who uses a blackberry or something?

    Look, the guy that designed the keyboard probably won an award, it's beautiful.

    But for anyone who 'touch types'. It's horrible. It's like typing on a huge calculator keypad. Old typewriters and YES the evil PC keyboard was designed the way it is for a reason; it's the most comfortable to type on.

    Try typing on this thing for a day or week and you will end up with carpal tunnel syndrome fast! My boss bought me a new keyboard AND mouse by the way...the minute he saw the keyboard. I work for an ad agency and I type ALL day. I can't type on this thing!

    But yes....it's beautiful! Is Apple going to keep it around like that little round mouse they had on the original Imac that was soo horrible and uncomfortable; just to prove some point? No one liked the round mouse either.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Truly Disappointed

    Oh my gosh… HELP!! I have been typing for well over 30 years and this new keyboard has put me into a state of complete stress. I agree that visually this is a great looking keyboard but honestly my self-esteem is in jeopardy from all the errors I’m experiencing!! I had to go back at least 9 times in the first sentence alone because of mistakes I made from the keyboard. There seems to be no consistency to the way the keys react to the touch. F1 – F4 used to be my favorite keys for the type of work I do… (lots of cutting, copying and pasting) now I have to hit command c then command v to copy and paste. Not a clean flow. I know about the fn key but that still requires a stop and search move. Physically, I’m experiencing serious cramping and pain related issues in my fingers and hands. I LOVE my new iMAC but pray there’s another keyboard I can switch to. Any thoughts?

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Apples Peripherals Are Made To Be Looked At, Not Used.

    Extremely disappointed with the keyboard. First off the side USBs get in the way when you're trying to use them. Second, the USB ports couldn't even power a USB mouse and USB headset. But somehow the predecessor white USB keyboard had no problem with it.

    24 of 30 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Appearance won out over ergonomics

    This keyboard is attractive. Unfortunately that is the only positive thing I have to say. It was obviously designed with appearance in mind and no regard to ergonomics or usability. You have to tilt your wrists up in order to use the keyboard because it is so thin, leading to wrist pain. And the keys are so shallow in depth, that they are difficult to press and lead to strained fingers. If you are prone to wrist pain, and need to do a lot of typing I would pass on this keyboard.

    29 of 40 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    New Keyboard

    I dislike the new keyboard. It is fine aesthetically, but not ergonomically. It is too low, it slides too easily. It hurts my wrists and my fingers to use it. It is not for someone who writes all day. I think it would be fine for a child's hands but not for a grown person's hands--at least not mine. The old keyboard was better. I am replacing this with an ergonomic model.

    45 of 74 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    IMac Keyboard

    Fantastic looking keyboard .. slim, matches silver color, 2 USB ... all good, but lousy in typing. Space bar is hard to press ... must be press just the right angle. I make too many errors in general. Feels like typing notebook keyboard.

    54 of 92 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    poor quality, nice design

    A beautiful design and it looks impressive on your desk. However, this is not a keyboard for serious work. you can push down a key beyond the touch point without seeing a response. This is unacceptable for a professional user. Especially the return key is a design error.
    if you hit this key on its vertical part or a bit off center you often see no response.
    The keyboard I bought also had one faulty key ("3") with a wobbling response, an unprecise touch point.
    Although I got used to the exrtremely short key hubs, a keyboard with short hub needs to have a precise, reliable touch point, and this keyboard is not precise enough. If you are trained and type fast, you will get annoyed very soon.

    34 of 53 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    I am disappointed with this keyboard

    I have to say that I purchased this keyboard in October 2007 and suddenly last week, the "U" key stopped working.
    After calling Apple's assistance in Portugal, where I am, running some tests they've assigned me to confirm the malfunction and after taking it to an Apple's registered technician I had the response that it was not the key it is the keyboard!
    As my warranty expired 4 months ago they told me that I have to buy a new one!

    It is the first time in my years with computers and of being very fond of Apple's products, that I see a keyboard which is no longer useful after 2 years because one letter is not working.
    As I am very careful with my iMac and gadgets , it is obvious for me that this hardware is not made to last at least for a while, when it is something meant to be used on a daily basis, and it makes me wonder if Apple did not put Design and beauty ahead of the quality and resistance of this product .

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    The worst keyboard I ever used

    While the design is sleek and trim looking, it is andexample of form over function. The result is a keyword that is just plain awful. It's like the keyboard from a cheap laptop from a company you never heard of. The Apple keyboard it replaced was much, much better. The product managers at Apple must have decided that it was better to have a cool looking keyboard than one that incorporated basic principles of ergomonic design. And to be honest, the more you look at it the more it just looks like a cheap piece of hardware.

    If you look at most well-designed keyboards you will see that each individual key is slightly concave so your fingers settle into the keys. You will also notice the keyboard itself has a gentle curve as the keyboard rises toward the back. Not this one. It is not easy to type on and you end up making more typos. I really hope Apple replaces this with a keyboard that is designed to please the human body not just the human eye.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Sorry Apple, please try again.

    Sorry but I think this keyboard is woefully bad. I'm returning it to the Apple Store today. I have 6 Macs in the house and love Apple products, but sometimes Apple designs things that are sexy and flashy but don't work well. Witness the "hockey puck" mouse. Ditto on the keyboard this one replaces. For those of us that like a responsive keyboard with a solid touch, this keyboard doesn't cut it at all. Typing on this keyboard is like typing on a laptop keyboard. Some people like that mushy feel; I don't. I'm reverting to my Matias keyboard with its more substantial, more solid, and springier feel. Sorry folks. I give this keyboard one star at best, and that's only because it looks so different.

    33 of 55 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Terrible keyboard

    Since January of '09 I have had a new, 24" iMac. Love the computer, but can't stand typing on the keyboard. It takes me 10 times longer to write emails. I have investigated buying a new keyboard or using the one from my old iMac, but neither a new keyboard nor the old one has the features of this one. Sometimes elegance isn't an improvement and the keyboard that comes with the new iMacs is proof.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Style over substance

    Wish I hadn't bought it. 1 week old and already the caps lock is dodgy - and it's the only key that lights up. I can see lots of dirt getting into the keys - gaps too big. Spend more money on practicalities and less on making it shiny. When are you going to make an ergonomic keyboard? What about adding ambient light to the keys? Oh, one other thing, you have to download the keyboard software to make the function keys work and if you have a powerbook like me the volume keys etc.. don't work any more. Great

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Don't get this keyboard if you expect to use it with a KVM switch

    Had an Iogear KVM switch. It has worked with every keyboard I've had (even the old style Apple keyboard). But not with this one. The only workaround probably would be to buy a expensive powered KVM. I work for Apple and still no one at Applecare could give me a straight answer about why this was happening. Well I figured out why. It draws way too much power (one reason the extra USB's won't work on a Mac Mini). Even Iogear was shocked when I called them to try and troubleshoot it. I've had it for over a month and tried everything. So hopefully I can get my money back or just sell it to another co-worker. But if you have more than one computer, don't waste your money on it.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Don't listen to new user's reviews, here's one after having it a while!

    One look at this keyboard (vb) and it's pretty clear it's mainly about visual design.

    I'm an architect and commercial interior designer, so for me - and especially in my office, visual design is VERY important. I will say that this is by far the best LOOKING kb I've ever seen or imagined; I'd actually hoped for something like this for years.

    Unfortunately it doesn't work!

    It's problems:

    1.) I noticed misspellings and a lot of word running together due to lack of space between them whenever I use this kb. I mentioned it and my wife said she was frustrated by the same thing (a renowned medical research scientist, she's been typing for decades). We've both been typing many years in fact w/out experiencing such a thing. (Misspellings were from missing letters, I never recall having had that with any other keyboard I've used)

    2.) The F-key keys don't follow the apple OS! Mostly I've noticed the problems are w/ the Expose' & Spaces; keys: F9 & 11, and F8 respectively. They don't follow what's given in the System Preferences > Keyboard & mouse, which has been std. since I started using OS X w/ the expose' function. I'm not on the beautiful aluminum KB right now because I've had to plug in an old KB from an iMac G4 Graphite to make things normal, but recall other irregularities w/ the F-keys that escape me now.
    You can make it behave by finding and holding the "fn" key along w/ the desired F-key, but what a hassle. I don't know about you, but I use both expose' functions constantly to find things on my desktop, and now spaces more and more since installing Leopard.

    How could apple make a KB that doesn't work w/ the OS that comes with the computer? (Note: you can make it function normally for expose' & spaces by resetting things in System Prefs., but you then loose the volume and mute keys, and I think other things printed on the keys of this otherwise fantastic looking KB's F-keys).

    Visual design credit is certainly due: Along with my 20" iMac and Herman Miller Eames Aluminum chair, this keyboard is, visually among the neatest commercially objects in my work space -or was, now it's up in my 10 year old's room on her mac because of the problems.

    I've had it 18 months. All the reviews I've read here are from people who just started using it around the time they wrote.

    Without doubt, it's a brilliant and beautiful design - can't wait 'till they fix it so it works! I REALLY love the aesthetics of it, everyone does.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Difficult to type on

    If you have fingernails of even short - moderate length, it's hard to hit the correct keys. I'm constantly missing keys, hitting between the keys and having to watch every word I type because there is no 'margin' - or enough height for one to feel the keys with your fingers/fingernails and I am making errors on almost every word I type. This keyboard seems more narrow than a regular keyboard. This keyboard came with my Mac Pro, but I will have to buy another with regular keys. I'm not the best typist, but It takes me FOREVER to type with this one!

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Font too pale, F key identifications way too small.

    This is an elegant keyboard. Probably the designer has won an aestheics award for it. I love the look and the quiet operation. But all that beauty is useless when you're wearing yourself out trying to see determine what's on the keys!

    The names of the keys are just plain hard to see. They are made for 20-something people in perfect health in a premium workspace--not over-30 people with glasses where changing light may create an occasional shadow

    First, if you are going to use sophisticated gray to identify these keys, please go a shade darker, say Charcoal or Slate rather than Dawn Mist.

    Second, the characters on the F keys, and some of the symbols are horribly small. There is plenty room for a larger identification. Trying to rmake out "F7" that is scrunched down into the corner in what looks to be 5-point type in pale gray on white is a frustrating nightmare.

    If you are new to the Mac, it's a lot of work trying to relate the tiny symbols to those in the also too-pale book.

    A lot of Mac product info, including the pale gray on the website, is practically illegible. It makes a new Mac user feel unwelcome-- as if they're not one of the Cool People who can respond properly to the illusiveness of high-end design.

    42 of 75 people found this useful