• 2.0 out of 5 stars

    One good, One awful

    Bought two of these keyboards back in January. One works fine and would get 4 stars. I don't quite love the "feel" of the keys, but they're not bad. The other has been getting worse and worse at intermittently missing keystrokes and (even worse) intermittently repeating keystrokes ad-infinitum. Will return or replace soon (it's practically unusable now). How long is the warranty? Can't find it anywhere... *sigh* Zero stars for the web-site designer!

    17 of 27 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars


    very nice keyboard (feels and looks good) - but I won't buy it with wires attached :(

    14 of 25 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    No power, No glory!

    I just bought this keyboard and I cannot use the spare USB port for either my iPhone or my flash drive. No power for either! My old keyboard (came with my 20" iMac) at least was capable of supporting my flash drive. A $50 keyboard should be able to do it all! I am very disappointed in Apple! Are you listening Steve?

    20 of 24 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Raspberries to the engineers

    I've gone through 2 keyboards in 3 years. The spacebar died on both (I am pasting the ASCII space to type here). Other than losing the spacebar function, a great keyboard!

    6 of 11 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    looks good, feels bad

    visually clean and elegant.
    tactile feedback is poor, and the upside-down-W graphic on the M key drives me nuts.

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  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Great but its wired!

    It looks great, it types great, BUT WHY is it not wireless? The Apple Keyboard Pro is awesome and because it is wireless. (I am going back to it.) Apple please get back to a full size wireless keyboard.

    56 of 78 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Why rubber keys?

    It came with the iMac 24 I bought this past Summer. I opted for the usb with the numeric keypad...don't know why anyone would not want a numeric keypad
    It couldn't handle most usb devices I plugged into it. So that's a waste.
    The soft rubber keys with tight clearences simply invited trouble. I got a grain of sand stuck in the Control button once. It took me hours to figure out that problem.
    It has no back light. Something that would have gave it another star. The command button is awkwardly placed, making it impossible to enjoy Microsoft office applications.
    It was lightweight and moved around too easy

    After 4 months maybe, it failed completely. I was getting FS when I hit the F. VR when I hit the V, and a host of other double keys strokes. I unplugged it form my Mac and tried it on my Dell. Same issue.

    My microsoft natural keyboard failed after 3 years. Microsoft sent me a new one imediately without question. I still use that keyboard 9 years later.

    I've had a few other keyboards and none of them have ever failed or had stuck buttons.

    Mac refuses to even talk to me and there is no Warrentee info on the keyboard on this site or in the box it came in. So, enjoy this peice of.... or throw it in the trash when it shows up.
    I would recommend if you want practical and reliable. That you avoid all Mac input devices as a whole...I'm off to write a review for that useless power mouse next.

    If you want sleak, cute, and soft on the eyes. This is the keyboard for you. If you want to get some work done. Buy a Microsoft Natural keyboard and get-er-done

    14 of 21 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Inconsistent key sound

    An interesting keyboard marred by the lack of tonal harmony across all the key sounds when typing - the space bar sets a new low in Apple engineering. It sounds clumsy and weak similar to an old Imperial or Olivetti typewriter. Put the sound of the space bar with the other keys and you have the end to your perfect day at 8am! It seems unbelievable that Apple of all people should let this through unchecked. Not good value at around $50 - how much more for a consistent space bar sound? $2? $5? $10?
    Back to the drawing board, boys and girsl!

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  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Want to Like it

    I want to like this keyboard. It's a gorgeous object and looks great on my desk.

    Unfortunately, the low profile flat keys make maintaining a consistent typing position more difficult than it should be, and their extremely short travel provides little positive feedback. I find the half-size function keys impossible to hit without looking.

    The fn key is badly located for a modifier key, and requires weird contortions to use it. And Apple's habit if using standard icons to represent the other modifier keys but not printing them on the relevant keys continues.

    Worse, the handsome matte white keys don't stay handsome long. They're dirt magnets, and quickly stain to a uniform level of dinge that defies cleaning.

    Finally, I've been through three of them in 18 months. Admittedly, I pound on them 8-12 hours a day and no doubt need to get a life, but still... a keyboard, like a shoe sole, should be designed to take some pounding.

    Guess I'm just a sucker for a pretty face...

    55 of 71 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Mac slow to adopt numeric key pad

    As a relatively new Mac user I'm shocked to discover that a wireless extended keyboard having a numeric key pad is not available. I'm a scientist that crunches numbers. If Mac wants to be considered seriously by serious users, they had better design keyboards for serious users. It's no surprise that Mac is considered a toy by most of the number crunching set. Maybe Mac wants it that way. If you are new to Mac - BEWARE; the 'delete' key is a really a 'backspace' key. Very strange indeed.

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  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    keys stick

    I really have had trouble with this - the space key sticks all the time and it took me a long time to figure out that was the problem. I cannot recommend it - has a weird feel also.

    6 of 21 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Not always durable

    I've had mixed experience with this keyboard. The one that came with my iMac is still going strong after one year. But I bought one to replace a bad keyboard on my PowerMac at work and after only six months, one of the keys (up arrow) no longer works. And (interestingly enough) it stopped working while I was out of the office for a month of paternity leave and the computer was not in use. I was easily able to pop off the key and clean out dust but it still will not work. I don't think I've ever had a key on a keyboard stop functioning. So this will probably make me think twice about buying an Apple branded keyboard in the future, when I could have a decent generic one for half the price. I mean, I have 10 and 15 year-old keyboards that still work. What gives, Apple?

    5 of 15 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Cool but bad USB

    The keyboard is very good to use, even better than the one included in my MacBook. But the USB is bad... it will support an pendrive or an camera, but those USB powered HD will fail. And unfortunately, that's my case.

    I have Mighty Mouse to save in order to one USB port. But this keyboard is wasting that port giving me two low power USB ports. Bad trade (in my opinion).

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  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    2 issues

    The keyboard is decent, but I have 2 issues with it. First, why is there no black option? My chrome with white keys keyboard looks years old now, and I've only had it about 6 months. Second, there needs to be an ergonomic version. The MS keyboard I used with my PC was much more comfortable and never looked dirty.

    On the plus side, the keyboard works perfectly and I like having the USB ports built in to it.

    14 of 40 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Form over function?

    This keyboard is beautiful, has a slick slow profile, and consistent feedback. That said, if you're a touch typist that has to switch back and forth from a more traditional keyboard, you're probably going to hate it. I suspect if I had the option to have one at work, I would learn to use it more effectively. But I don't and after months of use, my fingers still stumble over the keys and my error rate is unacceptable. Also, my wrists and hands tire under the strain of using such a low profile design.

    If you're a "hunt and peck" typist or plan on using this as your primary keyboard where you rarely find yourself using another of a more traditional design, please disregard my feedback.

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  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Apple Quality Assurance: Please check this out!

    Having just recently purchased two of these keyboards for our older Macs. I have a better understanding of why so many people seem to either love them or hate them.
    It seems that there are no two of these new keyboards that behave alike. One works great. I had to return the other because of a strange time delay with the “up arrow” and especially the ”right arrow” key. Not a computer or software problem, it has been isolated the individual keyboard. The replacement has the same intermittent delay on the arrow keys, plus a space bar that only works about half the time. Pressing the lower half of the bar usually gets no response, even though you feel and hear the “click” of the key.
    Apple has designed the “Caps Lock” key with a long delay in its response, requiring the typist to “lean” on that key for an abnormal period of time in order to get it to lock or unlock. Apple is compensating for poor typing technique at the expense good typists.
    To test your keyboard’s response , Open “Keyboard Viewer” (under the “flag” on the Menu Bar; if the “flag” isn’t there, go to System Preferences / International / Input Menu, and check “Show input menu in menu bar”). The Keyboard Viewer will give you a visual indication of the response for each keystroke, easily displaying flaky key contacts or strange time delays. If you end up with one of these new Aluminum keyboards that doesn’t work properly, my advice is to have it replaced immediately (and repeat if necessary, until you get a GOOD one). There seems to be a high percentage that truly are defective. It’s time for the Quality Assurance folks at Apple to get a handle on this problem!

    57 of 66 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Went right back into the packing box

    Half-size function keys and terrible key feel doomed this keyboard for me. It's a shame, because these (important) items aside, it's beautiful and well-made.

    10 of 36 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Shockingly annoying! LITERALLY.

    It's lovely, as are all Apple products, but I'm constantly shocking myself with static electricity every time I come back to my desk after walking even a few steps. Also, because the keys are so flat, I can't locate my hands relative to the keyboard and regularly transpose one hand or both one key to the left or right. Overall, this keyboard is just terrifically annoying.

    10 of 16 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Fragile little thing

    I only bought this because it had the number pad and I could not type without that. I also use it if my mouse dies on me and I need to charge the batteries.

    Overall, it's a decent product. It feels pretty good to type on in the fact that my wrists don't hurt afterward and the buttons are all of nice size. The function keys are very helpful to someone who likes listening to music while they work. The fact that they can be made into the regular F keys with the special functions accessed with the FN key is nice too. 19 function keys are great for the person who sets up a lot of shortcuts.

    On the flip side, the buttons that feel so nice to type on don't feel good once they've broken off. My "B" key is missing (broken off) and so I have to hit the little plastic nub underneath. My left control key is also only held on by it's top half. The space bar doesn't always recognize a strike and the shift keys don't always work without a bit of force either. I bought this wired keyboard over another brand's Bluetooth model because it had the USB 2.0 ports on the side. At least, I thought they were until I found out that only works with the newest Aluminum iMacs. That means no syncing my iPod from my keyboard. Or using my flash drive on the ports either. In fact, my digital camera is all that I really have that can plug into the ports and be useful because the device needs to have it's own power supply (batteries in the case of the camera). Even a simple SD card reader won't work. My F5 key also cleanly broke and won't even register a strike and I have no idea as to why or how to fix it. It's easy to get confused as to what key to hit in a dark room and the buttons are too easy stroke.

    Overall, it's a very fragile keyboard that didn't live up to the hype. I can't easily recommend this unless you absolutely have an Apple keyboard.

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  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Say good-bye to touch typing.

    PROBLEMS: (1) Flat keys. This makes it difficult to anchor on the resting row for touch-typing (the itty-bitty raised dashes on the 'j' and 'f' keys do not suffice). (2) Flat keyboard. This puts the number row a greater distance from the resting finger position, which makes the ability to anchor on the resting row even more important. (I am 5'4", to give you a rough idea of my hand size.)

    RESULTS: 1) A lot of looking back and forth between the keyboard and the screen, slowing productivity. 2) A lot of typos. (All of this improves slightly but doesn't go away with practice.)

    CONTEXT: This is really frustrating if you're typing mostly words, but really really really frustrating for situations when you use numbers or bottom-row keys, or when a typo will make something not work. (E.g., working in LaTeX, writing code, using command shortcuts, passwords with weird combinations of characters).

    On the other hand, these design issues might not be a problem for you if: a) you have big enough hands, b) you already look at the keyboard when you type, or c) you have amazing proprioception.

    OK THINGS: 1) The silver is pretty.

    BOTTOM LINE: If you like to touch-type, I strongly suggest trying out this keyboard before you buy it.

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