• 3.0 out of 5 stars

    5 Stars for Style...

    ...but minus 2 for not having a wireless keyboard WITH numeric keypad. It's kind of a given that this is what would satisfy the majority of users.

    28 of 31 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Sometimes an extra six inches is undesirable

    After using an Apple wireless keyboard for two years, I decided to move the wireless keyboard into the living room to control another Mac in my home entertainment system. So I went to the Apple Store to get a new keyboard for my desktop. They were out of the wireless keyboards, and all they had were this extended wired keyboard and the smaller wired keyboard that mimics the wireless keyboard. I thought, "Once in a while I miss the number pad. I'll get the extended wired keyboard." It was a mistake. I now have to move my mouse six inches farther over to the right, which is uncomfortable. I still hardly ever use the numpad. And the USB ports on the side are useless. No matter how small a device I plug into them, I get the message, "A USB device needs more power." Even when I just plug in a little SD or CF card reader or a jump drive. It's ridiculous. It seems that the only thing the two USB ports might be good for is a mouse. And I already have a wireless mouse.

    Let me clarify that I love the looks of it and the ease of typing and cleaning. But these qualities are present in the smaller wired and wireless keyboards, so I recommend those instead, unless you *really* need the extra six inches for 10-keying.

    17 of 30 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Mistake Prone

    Beautifully designed. A real esthetic addition to your office space. I've had this keyboard for some time. Takes some adjustment. Comparatively speaking, I tend to make a lot of typos on this keyboard due to the thin keys and dead space between them so I don't recommend it for those who type really fast. The action is a bit siff and funky somehow.

    10 of 21 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Looks great but not for professionals who have to write a lot.

    For some reason keys don't register often.
    I often have to go back to sentences to correct for missing characters.

    Also the keys lack backlighting which would be nice for low light and nighttime typing.

    19 of 43 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Nice to type with but not spill proof

    As a keyboard to type with it's nice, light & requires a positive action to activate a key, okay the alt & cmd keys are reversed compared to most keyboards which is a little disconcerting at first but you quickly get used to this. Cleaning is nice & easy, just a damp large fibre micro-tex cloth wiped over the keyboard when unplugged from the machine gets all of the marks & dirt off. It's small on the desk as well, an inch or so smaller than my PC's Logitech keyboard in width & depth. I like it, I like it a lot. If this was my entire experience of the keyboard I'd give it 5 stars.

    However, last night I spilt a glass of water over the keyboard. Cue the usual routine, of unplug the keyboard, turn up-side down while making sure it was off the desk over some kitchen towel & wait to dry overnight, which has worked with every other keyboard I've owned, was implemented. Come the morning however the keyboard is completely dead, this is very disappointing for pure water, more the response I'd expect from a drink with milk or sugar in it.

    The key question rarely answered by a reviewer is - Would I buy this again? My answer is a conclusive yes! I'm ordering 2 replacements, one to use & a spare.

    25 of 35 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Great. But USB lacks.

    The overall product is nice. The keys are perfect and presentation matches the Mac lines nicely. My only two complaints are the little rubber feet on the bottom offer absolutely no traction. My comp is at an angle (its on an artists table) and in the morning I find my keyboard to have slid considerably. Lastly, if your looking to use the USB ports for flashdrives and such, you won't find a solution here. The only way you can connect something through the USB is if it has its own power source. Otherwise the keyboard doesn't power it. Even tiny flashdrives with light indicators won't work simply because of the light.

    21 of 26 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Nice keyboard but be careful when cleaning

    After few months I've decided to clean up slightly. Tried be gently as is possible, turned up keyboard and cleaned with cloth and small dose of water. After that keyboard keyboard was completely dead! I haven't any problems with old white keyboard which was a lot more solid than this one. I must admit, recent keyboards are fragile and very sensitive on water.

    23 of 33 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Totally great keyboard.... but...

    This keyboard is truly great if you're a typist, but there is one thing I don't like about this keyboard. You can't dis-assemble it. It's glued together.

    I've enjoyed my Apple aluminum keyboard for six months now, but today one of the keys had stopped functioning and I hadn't spilled anything on it. My best advice to anyone interested to buy this keyboard is - SAVE YOUR RECEIPT! Keys shouldn't stop working after only six months. I hope this piece of aluminum might still be under warranty.

    7 of 12 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    50/50

    Pretty much agree with most on ease of use and the top row keys for specific tasks are handy and well arranged with a good lay out but i also agree with others that i spend more time missing letters that don't register and the shift key works once in a blue moon. It works less due to nearly throwing the thing across the room, and i'm laid back. If you use it constantly at pace for typing then forget it, use the old one. This needs a re-think, mix the two designs and get a happy medium.

    12 of 14 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Love this design and style of this keyboard.

    Love this design and style of this keyboard, there's nothing else that can touch it! even those PC keyboards. Just wish is was wireless so, come on Apple bring a wireless full sized keyboard out.

    2 of 3 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Handsome but USB connection/detection problems

    This handsome keyboard has two usb ports. Sounds convenient, but if you keep a wired mouse plugged into the keyboard's usb port-- which is the device you are most likely to leave connected-- neither the keyboard nor mouse are detected when you plug in the keyboard. Therefore every time I re-attach the keyboard, I must first detach the mouse, attach the keyboard, and reattach the mouse. Perhaps this is the fault of my PowerBook G4, and its ports, but this now seems an unanticipated flaw with the keyboard.

    13 of 16 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    It looks great, but that's pretty much it...

    At first, I found this keyboard to be eye-pleasing. It's slim design and nice white keys struck me as nice. However, after taking it home, I found that the keys are very similar to those of a laptop (by that I mean that it feels like it's going to break in the near future). This presents as a problem to me because as I'm typing, I feel as if I'm typing too hard. It feels as if over time, the keys will just give out due to my typing style (I tend to have heavy fingers). The only reason why I'll probably keep this keyboard because there's not much of an alternative to a nice Mac keyboard out there. Like another reviewer had stated, it seems as if Apple has chosen form over function once again. Ideally, I would like someone to come out with a keyboard that's comfortable, provides nice feedback from the keys and, being the student that I am, ergonomic. And oh, it'd also be nice if the keys felt as if they were sturdy and could withstand my typing.

    11 of 19 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    flat, keys = cool look and cheap to make i guess...>

    It's like trying to type on a scrabble board.
    if you touch type even to a small degree, you'll find it a real pain (i'm no secretary - but get by without looking at the board %100 of the time).

    I can type way quicker and more accurately on my old powerbook, which has the nice scissor keys, but they are larger, and curved to suit you fingers so you naturally find the middle of the keys. this problem means you fingers also bump in to other keys if you go to far to the edge of one.

    they really need to re-think what has clearly been a bit too much style over content for the only part of the mac you really touch rather than look at.

    and while you're at it apple, how about some backlighting for all us late night dingy room lovers?

    14 of 22 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Why that layout

    Ok so it's a nice keyboard and it Works well BUT why do Apple think everyone uses an American keyboard layout! All they have done is change the hash key to a pound sign. What if I want a Hash???? Why not stick to the correct English British keyboard layout! I don't want the @ symbol there the " should be and I don't want the \ on the wrong side of the keyboard. They have put the touch typing marks on the J and F keys but an English touch typist will have problems because the other keys are in the wrong place.
    APPLE PLEASE GIVE ENGLISH PEOPLE AN ENGLISH KEYBOARD NOT AN AMERICAN ONE!!!!

    82 of 106 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    It's OK...errors now and then

    I do seem to make typos every now and then but apart from that its a great product...better priced unlike the mighty mouse. Will need to get use to this keyboard.

    10 of 18 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Would rather have the older design keyboard

    I bought this keyboard when my original got damaged by water. I do not like the flat keys. I liked the dipped shape of old ones that fit the curve of your finger. I think the keys on the new one are too tight together. It is like using a laptop keyboard. If I wanted a laptop I would buy one. I wanted a big full sized keyboard that I can type fast with. I make so many typing errors with this one that it is frustrating. I am not impressed!

    13 of 19 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Not very good for actual "typing"...

    I use these keyboards with the iMacs we have at school for my typing class. They look great and are super-thin, but the key spacing doesn't really work out for me. That class is suppose to teach us the "proper" way of typing-- with fingers on all specific keys, and things like that. And to be honest, with these kinds of keyboards, I find it very hard to type, and grasp this keyboarding concept. If I type the natural, but improper way, it's okay, but I can definately tell a conventional keyboard is better.

    Just something to think about before you buy.

    16 of 26 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Not Bad

    This keyboard is very nice. It seems very well crafted, looks good, and is nice and simple, that much I like. Would have been nice to have an illuminated keyboard but its not the end of the world.

    My only issue is the 2 extra USB ports on the keyboard are not powerful enough to run such things as an ipod or an external hard drive. Taking up one of the two powered USB ports on my MBP kind of leaves me running short when multi-tasking. I guess I could just plug in the keyboard after I finish charging the ipod, or put off downloading photos to the hard dive till later.

    Apple, if you want my 5 stars you'll have to put higher powered usb's into this keyboard!

    8 of 11 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Improvement

    I just happened to be using my brother's rather ancient Mac with his new keyboard and it stood out just how much better his keyboard was - more reliable, less noisy, smoother action - than the original keyboard of my more modern machine that misses 1 out of every 100 or less key presses of mine. I think the difference in behaviour has to be quite marked for it to stand out like that.
    To type this review I've had to go back and insert missing letters several times.
    So that's why I'm here - buying a new keyboard like his! I think it will suit my typing style a lot better than the one I'm using right now.

    16 of 18 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    hurts my thumb

    Keyboard looks great. Some keys are hard to use -- have to hit it them just right. But, the worst part is that the rounded lower edges are sharp and when I move my mouse too close -- ouch! my thumb!

    8 of 31 people found this useful