• 1.0 out of 5 stars

    bad, BAD keyboard!!!

    i've spent a few days with the new apple keyboard. admittedly, i miss the MEAT to the keys... but it's okay. in the spirit of progress - i can adjust...

    problems:

    - must use software update just to use the VOLUME KEYS?!??!? its just a KEYBOARD! ARRGGGH!!!... ok, BREATHE... i'm still in. just wonder why?
    - using flash. an app RIFE with FN key shortcut functions. now i have to use an additional FN key modifier key to access them - command+FN+f8... WHAT, THREE KEYS to add a symbol now? am i using a laptop here?
    - suddenly my option, command, spacebar no longer works the magnify tool in illustrator...

    GRRRRR - just tossed the new keyboard and plugged in the old one and THANKFULLY, life is back to where i left it!

    another apple hardware effort. another significant blunder. IBM tried this with the PC junior about 17 years ago and they quickly came back to what worked...

    imac round mouse - BAD IDEA
    g4 qube - horribly BAD IDEA
    mighty mouse - all over the place BAD IDEA
    chicklet keyboard - who didnt see this one coming?

    14 of 22 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    WARNING: NOT COMPATIBLE WITH KVM SWITCHES

    First of all, this keyboard looks and feels great. However, I will be returning it because it doesn't work with my Iogear KVM switch, which I need to use to access multiple computers. There are multiple posts about this in the support forum, and it seems the keyboard doesn't work with ANY KVM switch, so if that's a requirement, get a different keyboard.

    27 of 46 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    terrible

    I only bought this because my previous keyboard broke (space bar stopped working), making this keyboard #3 in 3 years. Hopefully 3 is my lucky number, as I'm now on my third power supply for my iMac G5 as well. This was the most basic keyboard I found in the Apple store at my local mall. Apparently you can't get anything for under $50, whereas my previous Apple keyboard was around $30. So I plug it in and find that I can no longer control the volume or screen brightness through the keyboard, since I am still running Panther (10.3.9) and this requires you have 10.4.10. The function keys are way too small and I have to lean in close to read the print on them. As a replacement, it's an inferior product at a higher cost. Apparently Apple is trying to force people to upgrade since this thing only works correctly with Tiger and you can't get the old keyboard anymore. No problem, I'll be upgrading to Vista shortly.

    22 of 68 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Loved it for new iMac but

    I love it for the new iMac, so I bought one for G5/MacPro combo switched by KVM. I ignored the other posts about it not working. Should have heeded. DOES NOT WORK WITH KVM. How can that be?
    I don't get it. Why? I don't know how to rate the stars because on one machine it's great, on two it is a paperweight.

    17 of 30 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Problem

    This new keyboard (nice as it is) will NOT work with a KVM switch from IOGear. IOGear knows of the problem but thus far there is no fix,

    18 of 34 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Very Pleasing to the Touch

    My wife got me this for our anniversary.I was very pleased for the first few days,the feel of the thin profile was amazing,and the keys were very responsive!but soon the space bar started coming loose.After some more use, it completely fell out.If you buy this,try to limit the use of the spacebar,as it will pop out!Also, i use a USB fan, and after i plugged into one of the ports,it produced an incredibly weak breeze.I must say I am disappointed...you struck out on this one steve!

    4 of 14 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Don't get this keyboard if you expect to use it with a KVM switch

    Had an Iogear KVM switch. It has worked with every keyboard I've had (even the old style Apple keyboard). But not with this one. The only workaround probably would be to buy a expensive powered KVM. I work for Apple and still no one at Applecare could give me a straight answer about why this was happening. Well I figured out why. It draws way too much power (one reason the extra USB's won't work on a Mac Mini). Even Iogear was shocked when I called them to try and troubleshoot it. I've had it for over a month and tried everything. So hopefully I can get my money back or just sell it to another co-worker. But if you have more than one computer, don't waste your money on it.

    19 of 28 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    broken

    i loved this keyboard but it stopped working after 2 days. i just died on me.

    6 of 35 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Toy Keyboard

    I hated this keyboard with it's chiclet keys and not enough angle adjustment. Not only did I send it back, I immediately ordered a bunch of the previous white keyboards to stockpile. It does look good, though and thus the single star.

    16 of 28 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Great with Mac, not with a KVM switch!

    Nice keyboard!
    I use an IOGear KVM switch with a mini & a powerbook. The new keyboard won't work with with the KVM no matter HOW nice it is to look at & type on! It's going back to the store tomorrow & the old keybd goes back into service (sigh...) The PC guys have to love this!

    6 of 10 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    No real feel to it and too small

    Without a doubt, this is the worst keyboard I've ever struggled with. It's so thin as to feel like a toy. They keys are too short and don't provide worthwhile feedback. It's hard to touch-type on it without hitting other keys accidentally. And why is dashboard now on F2?

    13 of 27 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    OMG You can actually type with this thing

    But that's about it, first of all. For a company that presents itself as being so much more user friendly that windows I'm a little surpriced at having to do a 16MB download and a reboot to get this thing to work, (IT'S A KEYBOARD!!!) which it doesn't btw, I can type, but that's about it. I can't control the volume, the keys are wrongly mapped, for example the dashboard shortcut isn't f4 at all like the symbol on the actual key says, it's f12, and so many more incredibly annoying bugs.

    And needless to say this was the most expensive keyboard I have ever purchased, and the first that I had to download drivers to, welcome to 2007!

    And for some reason, my dock doesn't animate anymore...

    9 of 22 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Hardware nice, software broken

    Looks and feels good but the software is broken. Neither the expose or dashboard keys work and it has taken an inordinately long time for Apple to acknowledge or address this.

    Wait until the fix comes before buying

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Don't Waste Your Money!!!!

    I have been a happy Apple customer since my first Apple II+. Their products have always been of the finest quality and easy to use. I sure hope this new keyboard isn't an example of their new products. The space bar is very touchy and I have been typing run together words constantly. It seems that you have to press some of the keys very precisely or they don't work. I am now using my 'old' keyboard and my speed has increased about 3x over the new thin keyboard.

    Nice try guys, but this product stinks! P.U.

    33 of 76 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

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Please don't buy USB don't work

    worst keyboard i have ever had and i had atleast 10 of them. If you only care about look but nothing else then please buy it.

    15 of 114 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    KVM doesn't work!

    I am currently using the clear plastic Apple keyboard with a G7 wireless mouse. They are connected to a Iogear USB switch that connect a Apple G4 and a Sony desktop. The clear plastic Apple keyboard works GREAT in this Mac-PC network. Until I brought the brand new aluminum USB keyboard today, the keyboard simply does nothing with the KVM switch. Apple can do better than this. Don't they know how many Mac-PC users in the world? Please tell who ever doing the keyboard design to fix this problem ASAP! Also, please tell who ever doing marketing in the Apple headquarter, IT IS NOT ABOUT MAKING PC USERS SWITCHING TO MAC or MAKING PC WINDOWS WORKING IN MAC OS ENVIRONMENT, it is CO-EXIST - STUPID! Without PC comparison, people won't think Apple design is so cool. A lot of people, like me, in the world using both Mac and PC with KVM switch. Can't Apple fix a simple problem like this?

    ps. The 1-Star is for the good design of the box. For a keyboard doesn't work, there is no stars for it.

    21 of 50 people found this useful