• 4.0 out of 5 stars

    At a desk, wired is better than wireless and here's why...

    • Written by from Bedminster

    For most Mac users, we delight in the fact that Apple products are SMART and INNOVATIVE. Well, once agan, that is just what THIS FULL KEYBOARD is. It's only as wide, long and thick as a keyboard needs to be. Due to the fact that it 2 has built-in USBs, it automatically comes raised/angled due to their design as compensated underneath the keyboard (so for all of you worried about ergonomic design, the keyboard is titled nicely).

    Now, I'm a HUGE advocate of having "extra space" on my desktop, so at first I only wanted the keyboard that's the exact same size/build as my MacBook Pro 13" 's...Much to my surprise, I bought the full wired keyboard because of the additional KEYS [ex: "delete >" (RIGHT) and delete (regular backspace), Arrow keys, sperate numerical pad!!] and they have DEFINITELY come in handy. (pun intended).

    If your needs are based on using any external keyboard at your desk (and you the additional keys/features appealing in a full keyboard) get this keyboard over the wireless. It even comes with an extension-cable (that I needed to utilize, in addition it's the regular wire, for the keyboard to reach from under my desk's keyboard tray, up and around to the back of desk and finally to my external monitor's USB plug). As set up in the manner which I have it, the cable NEVER gets in the way and I never even realize that it's there. If you MUST have the keyboard on top your desk, then I can see how a wire would be annoying: both noticeable and in-the-way. Also, if you want to use the keyboard to control your computer for strict multimedia use (say, from your bed or from livingroom couch/table with Apple TV) then the wireless version obviously suits your needs better.

    In my opinion, this keyboard is for the desk-worker who will utilize all of it's full features and also doesn't want to worry about batterie in a wireless keyboard. (That said, if Apple ever did make this same full-featured wired keyboard wireLESS, it would be the ultimate for everyone I imagine- but for now, this is what is available, I love it so far and I'm glad that I bought it over the wireless - again, it truly suits all of my desk-working needs and setup, perfectly).

    28 of 34 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    No backlighting

    • Written by from El Paso

    This is an excellent keyboard, the nicest touch of any keyboard I've ever used. The only drawback is no lighted keys, which have been available on Mac notebooks for years, which is a great feature for those of us who prefer to - or are able to only - work by the computer screen's light. Backlit keys would make this the perfect keyboard.

    33 of 43 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great keyboard but flawed.

    • Written by from Palo Alto

    The keyboard itself is brilliant- a great size and very nice to type on. However, the cable is too short and the USB ports on the back are NOT a real USB hub. You can only really use a low-power device like a mouse with it and usually only one at a time.

    31 of 37 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Keyboard, but...

    • Written by from Chesapeake

    ......I wish it was wireless, I use the number pad a lot and don't like being tethered. Maybe Mr. Jobs. will help us out with a wireless version of the full keypad real soon.

    21 of 24 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    too thin?

    • Written by from San Jose

    at first this keyboad was too thin. i went 2 radio shack and got some feet for it to raise it up a bit.. much better!!!

    10 of 11 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Wireless with Numeric would be better...

    • Written by from Hillsboro

    This is a great keyboard, it is beautiful and sleek-looking, but works really well also. The function keys are very useful, and since it is an Apple Keyboard I know I can expect the best from it. The USB ports on it are handy as well. However, I wish it was Wireless. The only thing that kept me from buying the Wireless Keyboard is that it doesn't have a Numeric Keyboard, which I use very often. But overall this is a great keyboard, it is thin and durable, and I love it. This is a good buy for anyone with a Mac, but if you don't need the Numeric Keypad I suggest buying without it to save the money. The Bluetooth Keyboard is the best way to go in my opinion if you don't need the Numeric Keypad and your Mac is Bluetooth-enabled.

    18 of 20 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    While only a 4 and not a 5

    • Written by from Oxford

    Lighed keyboard and this would be the best.

    6 of 9 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    apple aluminum keyboard

    • Written by

    i use this keyboard at school and on my aluminum mabook at home i like it but can live witout the keypad and if i get it it will be getting the keyadless one and use the upper one
    other then that love it

    14 of 29 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Might be the best keyboard I've ever had

    • Written by from Roseville

    This just might be the best keyboard I've ever owned. Sleek and quiet. I keep forgetting there are two extra USB ports in it too. I just wish there was a wireless version of it.

    13 of 15 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    If you don't need a wrist rest...

    • Written by from Lakewood

    This is a great keyboard and the number pad is a necessity. The new Apple keyboards? No thank you. This keyboard is nicely laid out and has good action. The only flaw I can see is there is no way to put a wrist rest in front. This simply makes using the keyboard clumsy and awkward.

    15 of 21 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from RANCHO CUCAMONGA

    Great keyboard, I love it, no problems at all, Great feel and makes typing a joy. Only reason why i don't rate it 5 starts is because there isn't anyway if you have the small one, you can't use the numbers up top as the numbers on the right, like you can't compensate. That kind of stinks

    4 of 11 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Definitely What All Keyboards Will Be Like In The Future

    • Written by from Riverside

    I have a PowerMac G5 Dual and was using one of those cheapo external USB Bluetooth adaptors in combination with a Rocketfish keyboard that I acquired from a coworker. After a night of too much red wine, I walked past my G5 tower and my leg caught the BT dongle and snapped it clear in half, beyond repair. Desperately in need to have my computer back up and running, I swore I'd get a wired solution for now until I had the time to get the correct Apple built-in BT card (and then still keep the wired keyboard as backup in case the batteries died, etc.). What an excuse to buy the latest Apple keyboard, right? I went to the local Best Buy since it was closer than the Apple store and I was fortunate enough that they only had the large keyboard since I was torn between the large and small. I then justified it further by stating if I ever got the built-in BT adaptor, I would have the small-form factor Apple BT keyboard anyway.

    Anyway, I LOVE the feel of this keyboard. I haven't had any of the "spacebar" issues that others have complained about. The keyboard feels very comfortable and natural to type on. I would never go back to the Rocketfish even though the Rocketfish technically has more features with a built-in cushioned wrist pad, etc. I think I just prefer Apple keyboards with Macs. I'm sick of having to guess which key will perform "command", "option", and "control" and always being wrong. The Windows key always bugs me too. The "wondering which key will eject the drive" bugs me. I think the simple design of the Apple keyboard wins out. From an aesthetic point of view, It totally compliments my 30-inch Cinemascreen and my Powermac tower too. And I have two extra USB ports too (even though they would not power my iPhone no matter what port I plugged them into). Ah well. Fix that issue and add some backlighting (it's a wired keyboard after all), and you have a five-star product instead of the current four stars I'm giving it.

    8 of 12 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    excellent keyboard

    • Written by from MAGNOLIA

    with the numeric keypad it becomes very cable, in addition to being beautiful. the keys are much easier to type on than the old tall-profile keyboards, and even easier than my fall 2009 macbook pro. the only problem is that it is too low to be kept on a bare desk - my hands seem to be in an awkward position. i remedied this by placing a mousepad underneath, and now it is perfect. :-D

    3 of 5 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Wireless version pleeeese....

    • Written by from Dundrum

    Great keyboard; if only there were a wireless keyboard with numeric keypad!

    4 of 4 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Waiting for the next step...

    • Written by from LEXINGTON

    I have been using this keyboard now for 6 months and from the day I got it I loved it BUT I'd upgrade in a New York minute if I could just find a comparable illuminated keyboard.

    31 of 41 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Silver Spring

    I found this particular keyboard to be great. The slimness of the keys allows for easy movement across the board and the addition of the numberpad allows for easy mathematical calculations. My only complaint is that there isn't a wireless keyboard with a numberpad.

    19 of 26 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great keyboard.

    • Written by from Erie

    I've been using this keyboard for just under 2 yrs. My typing skills are lousy. But the feel and design of this keyboard is nice. It has a small footprint, and the spacing between the keys makes typing on it easier. If Apple made this keyboard in a Bluetooth wireless version, I would own it tomorrow.

    7 of 8 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Wonderful Keyboard but...

    • Written by from Sherman

    This is a wonderful keyboard and I just love it but I would like Apple to make a wireless one with the numeric keypad

    14 of 16 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from South Williamsport

    Works nicely with auto hotkey and windows vista and windows 7. Using it to replace my gaming keyboard because it takes up less space and just looks freaking slick. Only complaint is there is no driver from apple to make it work with a windows pc native. But auto hotkey fixes this for the most part by mapping the keys to w/e functions you want.

    5 of 8 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Nothing too exciting, but no doubt Solid

    • Written by from Natick

    USB ports and a keypad were a must have, and in Apple's lineup, this is the only option and its up to the task. If they were to make a bluetooth wireless version w/KP they would have to ditch the USB ports. Easy to type quickly. I don't like how I can't use F13/F14 to adjust the iMac screen brightness (by default) anymore. Nothing really innovative, its a keyboard that works quite well, yes you may like some 3rd party ones better, but this ones good enough to keep me happy.

    My only real gripe (which I didn't deduct for) is that my "N" key was smudged during Apples printing and a streak runs along the whole key and somehow this slipped by Apple's QC dept. Hopefully they will send out a new one, its a bit of an eyesore with such an otherwise great looking keyboard.

    9 of 15 people found this useful