• 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Keyboard

    I've only had this keyboard for a few hours, but I absolutely love it. I am using this keyboard with my MacBook while it is on my desk. Obviously the transition to this keyboard was very easy, as I was already familiar with the MacBook keyboard, but I feel that this keyboard is even better. Of course, you get more keys, like the numerical keypad, which is a nice thing to have sometimes, but I think the tactical feedback on this keyboard is even better than the MacBook's.

    12 of 13 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    No Problemo with 10.4.11!

    I use this keyboard on my old G4 running 10.4.11 and I have not noticed anything wrong with it, all functions ok. Download the keyboard software update 1.2 dmg if necessary. If you "lost" some keys, just check the keyboard viewer button in the inpout menu of the international pref pane, and you'll discover that to get the £ (yes, this one!) you just have to press shift-3... Otherwise great built quality, superb looks and really nice feeling under the fingers... I better stop...

    14 of 17 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Easy to type on

    Smooth typing.

    12 of 13 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Amazing

    1. looks incredibly amazing.
    2. Keys when typed have a crisp , yet quiet feling
    3. Convenient 2 usb 2.0 hubs
    Conclusion: One of the best keyboards out there! Worth the $49

    11 of 11 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Love it!

    My new keyboard arrived today and I can't say enough about how enjoyable it is to work with! The low profile will take a little getting used to, but I can already type with much more ease than with my older keyboard. The best part is, that despite the reported power issues with the USB connections, that the new Razer Pro V1.6 mouse I also ordered works well with this keyboard. I am most satisfied with this purchase!

    39 of 67 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Best 50 bucks I ever spent at Apple.

    My only gripe is that they switched around some of the F keys, eject, and sound keys. Other than that, best keyboard since the one that came with my Quadra 660av.

    25 of 39 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Solid product, minor faults

    Excellent keyboard, almost identical in keyboard response as the keyboard on the Macbook. This keyboard is excellent for those that prefer a scissor-type response (laptop equivalent keyboard mechanism). The two problems of this keyboard: deep USB ports, hard to access unless you lift the keyboard up; keyboard rubber padding is not enough to prevent the keyboard from sliding around but does not happen if used properly. This keyboard would be perfectly priced at 10$ less.

    16 of 21 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Hooked to my PC at work...everyone is jealous.

    This is a beautiful keyboard. the super thin deisng seems to beldn into the desk, making it incredibly comfortable to use. As a tall person with large hands, I appreciate the increased "dead space" between each key. Additionally, the keyboard FEELS great under your fingers. The keys feel substantial, and the motion is very crisp. The low power USB ports are handy for mice, but most peripherals draw too much power to use with them.

    The short key travel is a bit of an adaptation, because it is slightly longer than a usual laptop keyboard. The motion feels crisp, but when you first switch over, your fingers want to press the keys to far, and I felt a little sore the first day till I got used to the motion. Now, I find that I can type considerably faster on this keyboard than any I have had before.

    Like all keyboards, there is a simple matter of comfort and preference, and this may not suit your tastes. But the construction is very solid, and the keyboard has a very high-quality feel to it, and definitely merits consideration, even for PC users.

    13 of 15 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Awsome Keyboard. Money well spent!

    I went through about half a dozen keyboards after purchasing my Mac Pro. I didn't care for the Apple one so tried models from Logitech, McAllay, Kensington, Matias and others. I kept going back to the Apple one despite my reservations because none of them were that much better for the money spent than the one that came with my computer. I was going to buy one of the Moshi Celesta keyboards, but just as I was gearing up to drop the $120 on one Apple released the new keyboard for $49! I thought wow $49? Really? How good could it be for $49? I decided what the heck..why not try one out and needless to say the search ended there. Not only is it an awesome keyboard (I absolutely love the look and feel) the price is an incredible bargain.

    12 of 13 people found this useful

  • 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

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    I like it, but it has its problems

    I got my keyboard today, installed the required updates, but the Expose and dashboard keys still don't function. From what I've read, people are only being told to wait for the update.

    Other than that issue, the keyboard is great. It looks awesome and feels great to type on since I've grown used to the keyboard on my MacBook.

    Besides the update issue, its great. I just hope that Apple addresses the issue sometime soon.

    14 of 17 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Just not reliable...

    Like so many others who have complained about this very thing, I too have had this keyboard get flakier and flakier until now it just doesn't work. It starts with you noticing it doesn't work and have to unplug it and plug it back in again. Over time that becomes more and more frequent and in the end the functionality is pretty much the same whether it's plugged in or not :-/.

    Now if this was a Bluetooth keyboard (with ALL of the existing keys) I'd be all over this. But everybody says that too, and nobody's listening...

    10 of 10 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    funcion keys not workflow compatible with volume control

    the keyboard itself is okay. it works. it doesn't collect crumbs like the last model, which is nice. I do a lot of imaging work that requires use of the function keys. I like to listen to music while I do said imaging work. Say the phone rings, and I want to turn down the volume, it is not all that easy to turn down the volume or mute the volume. Not the fault of the keyboard, it's Snow Leopard—No way to remap those keys. Apparently there is some additional 3rd party software that can help a person create applescripts to remap the volume keys. It doesn't seem like I should have to spend an hour researching this, trying all kinds of system preferences to no avail and still not be able to use my new keyboard to its full potential.

    One more thing. It's been 3 days since I removed the keyboard from the packaging and it still has that "new keyboard smell". Ya it's kind of funny, but as a FYI for the chemically sensitive folks, it does smell really strongly of outgassing plastic, even after 3 days.

    16 of 22 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    fn keys functionally incompatible with "one touch" keys

    I use function keys all the time; in games, and in VMware. I also constantly adjust the volume and brightness, and use Expose and Dashboard.

    On this keyboard the top row of keys must be set to one of two modes (function keys or "one touch" keys), requiring use of a "fn" modifier key to get the alternate feature/behavior.

    Unlike the short keyboard or the MacBook Pro, the "fn" key is in a random location, below the F13 key. Similarly, the eject key is placed bizarrely between F12 and F13 instead of at the right end of the top row, as on all my other Apple keyboards.

    On my old iMac extended keyboard, the "one touch" keys were on the rightmost 13 keys of the top row, mapped onto F8 through F15 where they overlapped. There was no "fn" key, nor any need for one, in my experience.

    The choice of locations for the "one touch" keys here is odd, too. They were easy to find by touch on the old keyboard, because audio was on the rightmost 4-key cluster above the numeric keypad and brightness on the 3-key cluster above the arrow keys. On this model they are lost in the crowd above the main keyboard.

    I spent an hour trying to figure out how to remap the keyboard in System Preferences, and eventually gave up.

    I'm at a loss to identify even one benefit from the new layout and dual-mode top row keys. It seems to be an example of "change for the sake of change" and a concept of "one touch" keys that doesn't exclude the need for a "fn" modifier key.

    17 of 24 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Don't Listen To The Naysayers!

    I use an Apple 15" MacBook Pro for one job and use a 17" MacBook Pro (both all aluminum series) for another job and let me tell you, typing, leaning over a desk, and hands resting on the laptop for 12 - 14 hours a day was starting to do a number on my elbows and wrists. I got this keyboard and now I can sit back in my office chair, rest my hands on the arm rests of my chair, and get a lot of work done!

    The keyboard feels natural. I don't find that the keys are awkward, depressed too much or hard to navigate. I think the style and design is perfect, key placement is perfect and the number pad is an added plus! The keys are very quite and the keyboard is solid. It's not made of plastic but made out of the same aluminum material used in all of Apple's high-quality products now-a-days....come to think about it, an aluminum ipod would be slammin!!!

    Even though it's not wireless, at least now I have an extra USB that I never had before.

    I would highly recommend buying this if you type for long periods of time throughout the day.

    Hope this helps anyone!

    14 of 18 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    love it or hate it

    This keyboard came with my iMac I purchased a year and a half ago. At first I was taken aback by the typing feel, but after a day or two, I couldn't go back to my split, ergonomically correct PC keyboard. I type quickly and accurately and love the feel. The USB ports are a little unhandy, but a hub fixed that. That was the only drawback that I could think of. As far as getting sticky keys if something is spilled on it, well jeezo-pete, it is a keyboard. I have a bad habit of eating at the computer and try to be careful about crumbs and sticky stuff finding its way to my keyboard. I never type on my lap because a cat frequently occupies that spot. So I find typing at the computer desk very comfortable and efficient. Keyboards and mice are very personal, and just because I love this one, you may not. If you can, try it out first.

    14 of 18 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.

    22 of 34 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Keyboard!

    I purchased this keyboard because I needed a keyboard with a numeric keypad. I own a MacBook Pro and being a recent switcher from Window's, I can't live without that numeric keypad! I already enjoy the keyboard on my MacBook Pro, and this one has pretty much the same response and feel. Although very thin, the keyboard is very rigid. The two USB ports on either end of the keyboard are a great bonus. It is nice to be able to charge/sync my iPod if all of the other USB ports are being used. I could of gone with a cheaper alternative, but I would not of had a product of this quality, functionality, and durability.

    15 of 20 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great keyboard!

    This keyboard is wonderful! It is so small it hardly takes up any space on your desk and is very nice to type on. The best keyboard I've ever owned. There are so many function keys I hardly need the mouse! Much better than the apple pro keyboard and dell keyboards! I recommend it to anyone who wants a nice easy to type on keyboard!

    11 of 12 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Wish keys were black

    I love my aluminum apple keyboard, with numeric keypad. I just wish the keys were black, like my Macbook Pro. I've had my desktop keyboard for a while now (a year?) and it's not too dirty yet (not like the clear and white models from yesteryear) but I would feel better if the keys were black (and backlit, like my Macbook Pro also)

    11 of 12 people found this useful