• 5.0 out of 5 stars

    so new and already a classic

    I love this keyboard! It's slim and flat but also stylish (of course it would be!). The keys are great and on touch, offer the slightest of resistance, just sufficient to be able to lean the respective finger on it. Doing touch-typing the keyboard is quiet and responsive.
    A far cry from the "clonky" and oversized keyboards out there. Having seen the "compact" (small) Apple keyboard (without number pad), I think the one here WITH numeric pad is better, but that is personal taste.

    15 of 18 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Wonderful, but how do you clean the keys?

    Wonderful in every way but the keys soon get grubby (yes I do wash my hands). Does any one know of a safe way to clean these greying keys.

    17 of 22 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Totally new typing experience

    I bought one today to use on my MacBook Pro. Actually I'm used to Dell and Logitech Keyboards and the one from the MacBook of course.

    Using the Apple Keyboard is an interesting new feeling while typing. It's like sliding over the keyboard, which is a little confusing first, but gets cooler every minute. And I've got to say, that I'm typing noticeable faster with the new Keyboard.

    13 of 14 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Best Keyboard Ever

    I love this keyboard.The keys feel so crisp,and it looks outstanding.It is better than anything I have ever seen or used.

    17 of 22 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Wireless Please?

    This is by far the most well designed keyboard I have ever come across.
    It makes all of the others out there look like something from the early 90's.
    The ONLY thing I would want changed about this product would be a wireless option.
    (or perhaps a separate, matching, wired or wireless numeric keypad for use with the more compact version)

    14 of 16 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Keyboard. Very easy on the wrist.

    The ultra light touch is a big relief for the wrist pain caused from excessive typing!!!

    Liked it so much, took it to work and tried it on a PC running Red Hat Linux.

    Worked great, getting another one for work.

    14 of 16 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Invention

    Thought I was buying this keyboard because I needed a numeric keypad for my new 17" MacBook Pro. The price was less than $20 more than a plain numeric keypad that didn't even do the job correctly. Took it back and bought this keyboard. I love it! I had no idea how convenient it would be for not just typing numerics, but sitting with my feet propped up, this keyboard on my lap typing away . It is incredibly light and easy to use. The touch is light and easy. It is worth every penny. I give it a 5 out of 5 rating.

    14 of 16 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Love This Keyboard

    I purchased this keyboard the first week it was in the Apple Store. I have had no issues with is thus far. I am a Web Developer and am always coding something. I do not fumble around like I did with my previous keyboard. In my opinion Apple did a wonderful job on the design and and the placement of the keys.
    The only issue i have had in the past was sometime early last year (feb-march 2008) Apple changed the Firmware and I had to rearrange all my hot keys to accommodate the change. That was an annoyance but i got over it and moved on.

    14 of 16 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    More on USB ports

    First, this is an excellent keyboard. I got it because I was not happy with my old Microsoft wireless keyboard/mouse that I tried on my new Mac Mini.

    Feel, aesthetics...it is a work of art. Haven't done heavy typing on it yet, so can't comment on, for example, space bar or other problems that some have noted. So far, typing has been as pleasant an experience as something as mundane as typing can be.

    However, here's why it gets knocked down 2 stars:

    * Cord is too short. This makes you use the supplied USB extension cord. Some would see this as a plus (if you don't need a longer cord), but I see it as an extra connection that could impact USB performance. Also, as others have noticed, the extension cord female end is shaped in a way that makes it not compatible to use as an extension for some other peripherals.

    * The 2 USB ports were a big selling factor for me. I should have paid more attention to the Mac Keyboard page on the Apple website, which explains their limited functionality. They are powered, but not enough to power iPods and others. Plugged into the keyboard, my printer's (of course, a self-powered device) performance was erratic, and it had to be plugged into the back of the Mini. The wired Rocketfish Apple Mouse (mighty mouse look-alike) also has frozen/vanished while plugged into the keyboard. Webcam obviously a no-go. My camera and thumbdrive worked, but after seeing the printer repeatedly lose its connection in the middle of a job, I'm skeptical. Finally, as many have complained, the clearance between the USB ports and the underside of the keyboard limits what can be plugged in. So overall, the USB port feature is a huge let down, and I'm still left with a USB port shortage problem.

    Apple website says you get full USB functionality only on the aluminum Mac. I'm not sure if that means they are fully powered or what. Definitely not the case on the 2nd gen Mini.

    Searches on the web and Apple's support site have revealed other USB issues that seem tied to the latest OS X update (10.5.6, I think). If subsequent software pushes fix the USB, then I will fix this review.

    Overall, I like this keyboard too much to return it over the USB ports. It's not really false advertising, but kind of sneaky.

    14 of 16 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    One of my favorite keyboards

    I had one of these on an iMac and decided to get a separate one for my Powerbook G4 12-inch. This keyboard now comes with an extension cord about a meter long just in case your computer is a little farther away than usual. What I like about this keyboard is that the keys have a very short travel so that I do not need to use as much effort when typing. Also, it is fairly quiet unlike some of the keyboards that I used in the past. Also, the thin profile eliminates the need for a thick wrist pad that I used to use with my keyboards.
    The main reason why I got this instead of the wireless keyboard is that if you have desk space and do a lot of editing, you will enjoy the dedicated forward-delete key, home, end, and page up and down. Now to delete whole words in front of the cursor, I just need to press option forward delete instead of pressing fn option and the normal backspace key like I used to. Although some other people don't like the style of the keys, I find that at least for me it reduces typing errors because I often strike keys off-center and this design keeps me from pressing the adjacent keys when I do this.

    12 of 12 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Spilled soda on keyboard, but it washed up good as new!

    Okay, this is somewhat random, but goes as a testament to the quality of this keyboard. Several months ago I spilled a full glass of soda across the entire keyboard. A real nightmare moment. Thinking I had nothing to lose, I washed the keyboard under full running water. I turned it this way and that, making sure I got water to flow under all the keys, etc. After a good drying off, the thing is as good as new and I am still using it! I was sure it would be ruined, but it's absolutely perfect -- a bit cleaner than before!

    13 of 14 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great quality keyboard

    There has obviously been a lot of thought gone into the design and functionality of this keyboard. The thin, anodised aluminium case makes for a great looking addition to my already silver appliance-ridden desk. The white keys could possibly be prone to some staining, but, from what I've read, this can easily be cleaned off with some alcohol or the like.

    Some reviewers complain about the un-adjustable, low profile of the keyboard being ergonomically unsound. However, from an ergonomical standpoint, the flat keyboard is technically a lot better.

    The keyboard, although extremely thin, is very high-quality and strong. It has a decent amount of weight to it, and does not flex as you may imagine. This leads me to the conclusion that it has a fairly significant chunk of metal in it!

    The keys have a nice, crisp feel, but for someone who likes more of a clicky feel like that of the IBM Model M keyboard, you will probably not appreciate this keyboard. I have been typing on laptops for a while now, and so the transition to this keyboard was natural. Another thing that I thought I'd add: I read in another review that the keys sound like those from a Hollywood movie. They really do! If you can imagine a dude hacking the mainframe of a huge corporation in the latest Hollywood blockbuster, you know what this keyboard sounds like!

    Overall, a great keyboard, and definitely worth the slightly, ...shall I say... exorbitant price.

    12 of 12 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Never thought...

    Never thought that I would come across a keyboard that I would like better than the good old trusted IBM model M keyboard. That model M was very sturdy and had a good feel to it. And my typing speed was higher than on other keyboards.

    This Apple keyboard is a lot more slender while not giving the impression that you have got something under your fingers that will easily break. And while I can imagine that some may not like the new keys, I suspect that I will leave my old M-based speed records behind me in a couple of days.

    Ergonomically this keyboard also suits me very well. I can easily type with my wrists in the same position as I play piano or synth. For me, a joy to type on.

    12 of 12 people found this useful

  • 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.

    41 of 70 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    perfect

    Been using the Apple keyboard for a few days and it is great. Looks fantastic, thinner and more elegant than the photos make out! Very responsive keys with a great feel and a great price.
    Highly recommend it!

    46 of 80 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    great size/design, kind of "dull" feel

    I really like the design of this keyboard. It's heavy enough to stay put on my desk, too. The only thing I really don't like about it is that they keys are flat. This makes it difficult to ensure that your finger is on the correct key. (My other Apple key board keys have a slight concave surface.) I know it sounds kinda weird, but I tend to drag my fingers across the keys as I type... kind of like counting/feeling my way to the next key. This new key board has taken some time to get use to but I still have problems with it. All in all, the keys are quiet when pressed and it's a great design... maybe having slight concave depression on the keys would give it a better feel.

    42 of 72 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Apple wired Keyboard

    This new, Apple wired keyboard, is really, a step forward in relearning to classically, “type,” and I, being a daily writer, am starting to feel better, comfortable now, that it’s being slowly, broken in, but, still, there’s still some strangely shallow “rough” response with the keys that I can’t, quite, “put my finger on.” It’s as if these newly designed, “laptop keys,” sit more than a bit too shallow, on what the keyboard, properly, was meant to be, and annoyingly, when typing, I find that I have to quickly push, instead of deeply strike, punching down in that firm, buttery feel, that seemingly, is absent. Still, there’s a lot to be said for this keyboard, negativity aside. (Would Raphael’s critics, have whispered, also?) Since the keys sit so low, it’s easier now than on a regular keyboard to, “find” a key. And it…it feel as if I’m caressing, the 4-cylinders of a Hot, Lotus Esprit, it’s that beautiful, and I will learn, I promise the designers, to make it functional!

    41 of 70 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Favorite keyboard ever.

    Reasons to love?

    1. Touch typing is faster than ever, with exact key edges and precise, efficient key travel.
    2. Slim design frees up desk space without sacrificing features or ergonomics
    3. Looks hawt hawt hawt

    One small complaint -- I like the USB ports, but why are they recessed so deep? I have to pick up the keyboard to plug in my thumb drive.

    38 of 64 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    A great keyboard!

    Just got it today. I had the old white thick one (got my iMac a year ago) and this one is great. Granted some of the function keys are different (the dashboard now has it's own key with the symbol on it among other ones), but I can't say a bad thing about it. It's great to toss the wrist support thing I had and the keys work so smoothly. It's very easy to type on. I would highly recommend it and wonder why I waited so long to get it.

    38 of 64 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Good Keyboard, but Lacks in Tactile Response

    This keyboard has convenient, well-placed USB ports, well-defined F keys and a spectacular spill-safe structure. What it lacks in, however, is tactile response. The low profile keys lead to a lot of typos and a disappointing padding noise upon typing, as opposed to the classic clacking sound that I know and love. While it's certainly better and cheaper than a lot of keyboards on the market, I preferred the old Apple Keyboard models to this one.

    34 of 56 people found this useful