• 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Works well with PC

    I got this keyboard because I loved the light feeling of a laptop keyboard with a numpad. This keyboard delivers that very well. It works just fine with windows xp except for the multimedia buttons. As for the USB ports it is no different than what everyone else has experienced. I can use it to transfer files from my USB keys but not for my Ipod or anything else that requires power. If you are looking for a slim keyboard with a very light touch this is a great option.

    14 of 16 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars


    ...the best keyboard ever made!

    Why four Stars? Because there is a localization bug that make impossible for users with foreign language System setting (non-english) to access the Keyboard Shortcut Preference Pane.

    But there's a workaround: Set your System language (System Preferences/International) to "English", log out and in again and you'll get access to the Keyboard Shortcut Preference Pane. Make your setting, replace the System language to yours, log out and in again, et voilà!

    Keyboard software update 1.1 doesn't correct the bug. Will see with 1.2!

    Besides all this, it's the best keyboard touch I ever felt, well done Apple.

    5 of 8 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great design/under powered USB ports

    The original description of this keyboard said you could connect iPods, cameras and printers to the USB ports. They have since corrected the description to say that you can connect all those things but only if the keyboard is connected to a new iMac. Hopefully Apple will realize that more people than the new iMac users want a good keyboard. Until then, I guess I'll go back to my old clear and white "crumb-catcher"... at least it will let me connect flash drives and cameras.

    8 of 11 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    F3 and F4 not working?

    Great look and feel to this keyboard. Another piece of functional art from Apple. Nice response to the keys when typing. But, after downloading and installing the Apple Keyboard Update, two function keys (F3 and F4) do not work. Hmmm. sez I. Pismo running 10.4.10 with a gig of ram so everything should work as advertised... in theory.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Overall, nice product

    Overall, mostly satisfied with product, especially when compared previous model with the larger clear plastic frame…which was horrible to type on. I truly considered all the feedback (negative too) before buying, so here is what I consider to be a fair, balanced review…

    Pros: Smooth typing very similar to working on a laptop keypad--short relief and very responsive keys—so not recommended for people who prefer stiffer, larger PC-style boards. Easier to clean, unlike previous iMac board which would collect dust and small crumbs. Most of all, excellent ergonomics. Angle and placement of keys is very conducive to typing for long periods of time. Obviously a beautiful, aesthetically pleasing design…as usual.

    Cons: Biggest complaint, NO POWERED USB ports. No longer can you plug in flash drives (or any powered device from what I hear) to the board, a clear advantage of the previous model. Apple advertises this product as being able to power such devices, but this is not the case…very disappointing. It does, however, power my Logitech wireless mouse receiver. Also the ports themselves are tucked away, making plug-ins slightly more inconvenient.

    In a nutshell: Highly improved over last model, with the exception of USB issue, which for me, isn’t enough to not prefer this product over the last. For me, it’s mostly about smooth typing and comfort. I would like to comment on some negative feedback within this forum that almost prevented me from getting this product. It was noted in one case the space bar had a significant response delay. I have yet to experience this problem. It could be a personal typing style and you may just need to adapt to this particular keyboard, as you do ANY. Someone also raised a concern about cheap plastic keys. FYI, they ARE cheap plastic keys…everything around you is made of cheap plastic, why nitpick the keyboard? Overall, if comfort and accuracy in typing is most important to you, I would highly recommend this keyboard.

    6 of 6 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Update Keyboard Software

    Some of you complaining about the new keyboard not functioning as promised may need to update the keyboard software. see apple keyboard software update 1.1

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Quality, Work with PCs!

    I bought this to match my Dell 1501 laptop (silver and white). I've always liked Apple keyboards for years. On a whim, I thought I would try it with my PC. Works find, but no "print screen" function. There are programs out there that will allow mapping of the keys, etc.

    Quality is excellent--keyboard is hefty and sits still on the table. The USB ports will not support a jump drive as everyone ha smentioned. The keys are huge and easy to type on--with positive feedback. It does feel like a notebook keyboard, but with better tactile feel. My only reason for the 4 stars is that there is no vertical adjustment on the keyboard. I may add some rubber bumpers under the back to lift the back a bit.

    I suppose you can use a mouse with the keyboard USB, but who would want to? Afterall, the cord will ball up and get in the way.

    I was suprised to see a USB extention cable came with the keyboard--a $20 accessory. The attached cord is limited to like 3 feet - perfect for use with a laptop (in my case. I was also suprised that the control key works with Win XP...and the fn key works as the INS key for PCs.

    Overall, very pleased--looking to take one to work and cause a stir with the sleek look. :) Way to go Apple...nice product!

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars


    The keyboard has an awesome feel and is so thin and light that its perfect. the only problem that I do have with the keyboard is that Apple says we can plug in ipods and cameras to the keyboard's usb port but when you do a warning message pops up that says not enough power. which means we can only plug in things that are externally powered. that's my only complaint. all of the function keys work really well for me and the siz and weight of the keyboard is perfect for use. great product!

    9 of 15 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Good Keyboard

    The keyboard itself is a great piece of work. I bought it to get more accurate typing than I did on my MBP, and that's what I got. However, the complaints about the low-powered USB ports are sad, but true. They should be fully functional for what you pay.

    6 of 12 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    I'm glad I got it... but...

    First, it lays almost flat on my desk... the picture gives the impression that it is fairly elevated in the back, giving a fairly steep angle between the top and the bottom of the keyboard - which would have been great. I don't type "flat", so I had to find a rig a small box to prop up the back, to give me a greater angle.

    Second - the shipping department needs to be fired and/or educated about "shipping". My one-inch thick keyboard came in a 12-inch high box! My precious keyboard was placed on the bottom of the box, and 11 inches of packaging material was placed on top of it!

    How stupid and careless! Put 5 inches of packing on the bottom of the box, then the keyboard, then 5 more inches of packing...

    Show the guys in shipping how to treat packing a box like they used to make Big Macs... bun, meat, bun!

    This makes Bill Gates look smart!

    13 of 19 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Nice, could be improved, but nice.

    When I ordered my imac back in March, it came with the clunky old keyboard we all know and hate (atleast I did). As soon as I saw those leaked pictures on the web of this keyboard, I had been obsessing over getting it. I saved up my 50 bucks and went to the apple store on august 8th to pick it up. They hadn't received any yet at the one near me, so they had me order one. Two weeks later, here I am typing on it.

    My first observations were everyone's, thin. I took comparative photos of my old and new keyboard, and everyone I showed it to dropped their jaws. I've also had much fewer typos or missed keys, and one of my most favorite parts, to clean it, just wipe a damp cloth across it. No more popping off keys, trying to get between the keystands with a disinfecting wipe, its overall amazing. The dedicated keys work well for me, and I can now type faster with fewer errors for longer.

    My gripes for this product are few. As other's have said, The USB 2.0 ports are grossly mislabeled. One of the few reasons I decided to go for a wired version, which is a downgrade of my old wireless apple keyboard, was that I was running out of USB 2.0 ports. The only usb cable that seemed needed to be moved was my iPhone's sync/charge cable. I plugged this baby in and connected the iPhoen and powered up. I am met by a pop up with a bright red stop sign telling me I need to switch ports. In fact, none of my USb items worked, and all of them require USB 2.0. I'm hoping Apple either upgrades the keyboard ports or downgrades the advertisement.

    Overall this is an amazing improvement over the old one. Good job Apple, you've done it again.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    It's actually great, buy it.

    The old clear keyboard I bought a year ago was a constant frustration and I sincerely hated to type on my Mac ever since I bought it despite how cool it looked. The new keyboard is a complete success. Even the mounting layout of the USB ports to the side makes everthing easier. It's super quiet and easy to type on. The keys are very thin and low-profile, but that's fine. I've had no trouble adjusting and am typing faster because they're so flat. It could stand to be adjustable for tilt, but I'll get by . Now why they can't sell it for $25 I don't know.... Anyway, you need one over that old disaster of a keyboard.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Very Nice

    I really wish i could give this keyboard five stars. The key strokes are quiet and responsive, the keys are easy to find, and the overall keyboard is gorgeous. The F3 and F4 keys work fine for me, the only reason the board doesn't get five stars is because of the iPod low power warning. I tried everything, plugging it into both sides, having it alone, with a mouse, having my MacBook Pro plugged in and not. Nothing worked. It's not a big deal because i have a monitor with an integrated USB hub, but based on the advertisement for the product, the iPod should work on the keyboard. Hopefully the issue will be resolved with a software update. If the iPod is not an issue for you, definitely buy this keyboard. It makes the transition between a notebook keyboard and an external keyboard very easy.

    3 of 6 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great.. Watch out for Cord Length

    I love the keyboard.. although I still find it difficult to type on it after using a powerbook for 3 years. I like the functions keys and the sleek design with the hidden USB ports. But the USB Cord it TOO SHORT! I can't reach my keyboard tray from the back of the iMac.. I got cords all over! I can't run it under my desk to my pull out tray (which isn't very far). Maybe a 2 foot cord. If you need any distance, go wireless.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    excellent feel – F3 and F4 don't fully work

    I'm extremely picky about keyboards; I disliked the previous Apple Keyboard because the keys tended to be "sticky" and resist keystrokes. I tried the Macally Icekey, but that one felt "hollow" and plastic – keystrokes would resonate through the body of the keyboard and gave a cheap feel. In addition, the keys were loud.

    The new Apple Keyboard is just wonderful. The action is very solid; keystrokes resonate in the desk rather than the keyboard, making it feel reliable. The keys are about as quiet as they could be. You won't wake anyone up pounding away on this thing.

    It doesn't get 5 stars because the F3 and F4 keys don't work for Expose and Dashboard. You can program different F keys for those functions or hold down the "fn" key while pressing F3 and F4 to use Expose and Dashboard. I hope this will be fixed in a software update soon.

    I'm impressed.

    4 of 6 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars


    This keyboard goes far beyond my expectations. By far the most comfortable keyboard I've ever used. It actually makes typing faster and fun. Only drawback is the fn key to use some of the more elaborate F functions. For $49.00 I'll probably get another to keep at work. Good luck selling the wireless though, no numbers section. BIG mistake.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Freak out.

    Apple's new keyboard is, hands down, (heh) the best-feeling keyboard I've ever typed on, and I've typed on quite a few.

    The separation between they keys improves my typing accuracy and the small travel distance means the time between initiating a keypress and the psychological registration of successfully doing so is shortened. The end result is a crispness to the typing experience which should have been there from the get go.

    The keyboard that preceded this one is an atrocity which makes the beauty, functionality, and design of this keyboard stand out all the more starkly.

    If you have been looking for a keyboard for just that perfect feel, this is the keyboard for you.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Using with a MacBook

    I have found that I used my MB more often as a desktop unit than a portable so this keyboard is great to use along with my iCurve. For those worried about keeping the wrist/palm area of their MB in pristine condition - this is the solution.

    The keyboard is light, the typing experience is very comfortable and the design is simply elegant. I have yet to program this keyboard and whatever deficiencies I find, I'm confident Apple will issue an update.

    This was a solid $49 purchase.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Best Apple Keyboard Yet

    This keyboard is really a pleasure to type on. The keys have very short action, so that you don't depress them nearly as far as on other keyboards. The long action of the keys on other apple keyboards results in miss-keying and sticky keys that don't always depress fully if they are not attacked just right. These keys require light pressure and they are big enough and spaced nicely.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great but, one bug!

    I love this keyboard it is the perfect companion for my MacBook, even better since it sits lower and allows my wrists to rest.

    One gripe though, even after installing the software update for the keyboard (from Apple) my Exposé and Widgets dedicated key DO NOT work. :-( All the other keys work, what gives!?

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