• 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Fine, so long you have short fingernails

    It looks great and is perfectly functional if you keep your fingernails really short. If not, even moderate length nails will give you big problems on this keyboard (and the wireless version). If you're near an Apple Store, try out the ones on display and you'll see exactly what I mean. This wasn't designed by a woman, that's for sure.

    3 of 3 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Slim and so clean But...?

    This is a nice keyboard the only problem is that it cannot turn your computer "ON". It is the only button missing from the board.Maybe one less Function button and wa la an "ON" button. that appears to be the only disappointment...

    15 of 34 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Good for occasional use

    This is an elegant, very light-weight keyboard, unusually quiet to use. For travel purposes or occasional use it is perfect, but for anyone who wants to do some serious - or full-time - writing, it is far from ideal. Its keys are to shallow and close-spaced for comfortable use and the overall effect is markedly flimsy.
    Yet another triumph of design over function, presumably

    21 of 39 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Not for touch typists

    I like the keyboard but the space bar is driving me nuts. Touch typists hit the space bar with the side of the thumb and that's just not a hard enough hit. I also find the keys spaced a little too close together. One more gripe,the keys are too pale. I complained about this two years ago when I bought the computer but I guess the folks at Apple prefer form over function.

    43 of 77 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Keys not producing dollar or percent sign when shift clicked

    I love the touch of the keyboard but the number keys above the letters produce a 4 instead of a dollar sign when you shift and hit the number keys. I shifted and hit 4 in the previous sentence and it gave me a 4 rather than a dollar sign. The same goes for the 5 key. It produces a 5 rather than a percent sign.

    8 of 20 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Ok keyboard, beware of USB ports

    Both USB ports are not powered. In order to use USB ports, devices being plugged into them must have their own power source.
    1st trial: 1GB Sandisk Ultra II USB SD card did not work in either port. Warning displays on Mac screen, suggesting to use Mac USB port or powering USB device on it's own. Sandisk Ultra II USB SD card worked when inside camera, camera plugged into USB port, and camera power on.

    Next, clearance around both USB ports is limited. USB thumb drive didn't clear area in front of USB receptacle. Picture on website of keyboard is deceiving. USB ports are set back 1" from outside of keyboard.

    Lastly, a 3' USB extension custom matching cable is in package. For some reason, female end of cable is designed to only work the keyboard male receptacle and nothing else.
    If the above was known, the wireless bluetooth keyboard would be on my desk in it's stead.

    5 of 8 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Substantially less than genius

    Nice keyboard. Beautiful. Feels good under the fingers. But I bought it so that I could plug my USB flash drive into the keyboard rather than the 2.0 ports on the back of my PowerMac G4. But doing this will bring up an alert window telling you that the USB flash drive uses too much power and should be plugged into another USB port.

    Some online research at Apple reveals that:

    *Devices that draw high power from the USB connection, such as iPods, hard drives and some flash drives, can only be used with the new keyboard when it is attached to the aluminum iMac.

    That's funny, Apple. You mean it was too hard to make the USB 2.0 ports on the new keyboard capable of powering a teeny weeny USB flash drive on other Macs too?

    I'm disappointed. I don't know if it's just laziness or slipshod thinking, but the USB ports on this keyboard should not be called 2.0. They are more like 1.5. I never would let a product called USB 2.0 out of the door if they didn't fully function as such. And that means powering ANY USB 2.0 device.

    The keyboard comes in a long very white box. There's lots of space on the box where they could print a warning that the keyboard may not power some of your USB devices. They do not print such a warning. So if you go to the Apple store to pick one of these up, be warned.

    It gets 3 stars because half stars are not allowed.

    11 of 15 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    I love it, with one exception

    The feel, streamlined appearance and footprint, and the different shape and sensitivity of the keys makes it enjoyable to use and a lot easier on the eyes.

    BUT, I hate keyboards that make function keys primarily sound controls. For graphics professionals, a huge portion of mac users, this change is not a minor inconvenience, but a major pain in the toosh. It HUGELY interferes with work flow.

    It should be obvious how to toggle on/off the way function keys work - IF they toggle on and off.

    3 of 7 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    The New Keyboard

    Yes, it is beautiful but...Where was a user to find what each of the f keys was to accomplish? All of the f keys did not seem to want to do their job or were misplaced. Example, the Dashboard symbol appears at f4 (it doesn't work) and instead the Dashboard appeared when I pushed f12. I cannot find any button that controls volume even though the usual volume control symbols appear at f11 and f12. It all a mess and I will have to go to the discussion groups for assistance since there doesn't appear to be any literature that would help me find what the keys are supposed to do or how to redefine the function of the f keys.

    18 of 39 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    agree with the others But need a download?

    Just got this new keyboard. Bought it just for the looks really nothing wrong with my old style keyboard. Anyways, I have to agree with the other reviewers that this is too flush with the desk which makes it bad for my RA. The quietness of this is something to get used to.

    One thing though, I have the latest Leopard and the keyboard instructions said to go to the apple site to download a driver. Wasted my time doing so cause when I got done I got "newer version of this software already on this volume," Apple should state that the download is for OLDER models and Leopard models dont have to waste time DL.

    37 of 66 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

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars


    i agree with other reviewers. you have to push the space bar abnormally hard to get a space. i'm going to swap it out today.

    otherwise, i like thefeel of a more laptop style keyboard. and it looks great too.

    6 of 7 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Great but... not

    Don't get me wrong, I love the keyboard. It works seamlessly with bootcamp (Windows Vista) but, I did have some issues with it:
    1) I have yet to find something I can plug into the USB ports on the keyboard, I've tried to use my ipod, a thumb drive, digital camera, and cell phone. They all gave me this "USB Low Power Notice"
    2)The supplied USB Extender is modified so it can only be used for the keyboard.
    3)There is no "NumLock" for bootcamp

    I love this keyboard, but I just wish I had known the USB power thing before I bought it!

    4 of 7 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars


    Overall, my wife and I are pleased with this very beautiful keyboard, which we use connected to a PowerBook G4 for ease of typing.

    We found, however, that the spacebar was not as responsive as the other keys. We have to press more deliberately on the spacebar in order to produce a space character. So our typing would often omit the spaces, likethis.

    I found a useful suggestion in the review by JS on December 7, 2007. He cemented a half-millimeter thick plastic strip to the spacebar. Perhaps when I have more time I can try this. In the meantime, I've cut a wide popsicle stick to a length that will fit on the spacebar. I sanded a bevel on the front edge for comfort. And I've used two loops of scotch tape to hold the modified popsicle stick to the top of the space bar. This arrangement now functions much more reliably (but of course doesn't look very stylish).

    16 of 25 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Short Cord

    Great keyboard, but the cord is too short. It is impossible to connect the keyboard to the computer if you have a desk with a pull out keyboard tray and want to loop the cord behind the desk to connect to the computer. Apple is design conscious?

    2 of 6 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    New Apple keyboard

    This is a decent keyboard, although the Return key does not always work and often requires re-type. The short keystroke is a plus. If you liked the IBM Peanut/PCjr keyboard, you'll like this one - it's "deja vu all over again".

    4 of 9 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Hurts Wrist

    I love everything about the keyboard -- texture of the keys, crisp feedback, clean look, slim lines... but my wrists hurt after using it a while, especially my right wrist, which stayed sore and tender for several days until I realized what the cause was. I had thought that I wouldn't need a wrist rest since the keyboard was so flat, but not so. I returned to using my nice gel wrist pad, and the pain went away, but it was hard to type with my hand so much higher than the keyboard. I pulled out another pad that wasn't as firm or high as the gel pad, and it was still awkward. I'm back to using the gel pad, but my typing speed has decreased tremendously and my errors have gone up. If I can find a very low-profile wrist rest, then I'll keep using the keyboard. If not, I'll go back to my old clear/white Apple keyboard, which was just fine.

    23 of 34 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Space Bar?

    The keyboard and 'feel' are excellent. But the space bar is a SOB trying to get used to. You will type at least a half million words, before you can get the space bar to 'move' when you want to, between words. I think it'll go back to the store and I'll hook the old one back up.

    11 of 17 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Low Power Warning - USB 2.0 ports a con!

    Great keyboard, however the reason I bought it was for the convenience of the USB 2.0 port for connecting my iPod, camera etc. When I plug these in I get a "Low Power Warning", and they don't work. Customer support now tells me that you actually need a Mac built in 2007 or later (?) to be able to run the keyboard ports as "2.0 high powered ports" and that my May 2006 computer will not be able to do so. Apparently the published minimum requirements:
    • Mac computer with available USB 1.1 or USB 2.0 port
    • Mac OS X v10.4.10 or later
    • Keyboard software update
    are required for the keyboard to work - not the USB ports. This is a joke! There are no publicly available articles that state this apparently, so not sure how the paying public are meant to make an appropriately informed decision before purchasing the advertised product. Anyway be warned.

    Not happy.

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars


    It may be because of my typing style, but it seems I have to hit the space bar ridiculously hard to get it to register, and I often have to slow WAY down to ensure I don't get joined words. Other than that, I like it... but this one thing is pretty important when it comes to keyboard usage.

    40 of 64 people found this useful