• 2.0 out of 5 stars

    usb 2.0?

    The feel of the keys is great, but the usb ports are completely useless. I get an "underpowered" warning when I try to use my sandisk flash drive. This is the same flash drive that worked fine on my old wired keyboard with usb 1.1.

    31 of 38 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    May not work with your KVM

    Sexy and nice feeling keyboard. However, I was unable to get it to work with my KVM switch (Iogear MiniView Micro USB PLUS).

    29 of 34 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Apple Keyboard with Numeric Keypad (not fully working with 10.5.8)

    KeyBoard works overall, but the Delete keys can not be held down to perform continuous delete. You have to keep hitting the delete buttons, one letter at a time.

    29 of 35 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Numeric Keypad: critical

    The full keyboard, with the traditional numeric keypad is a gotta have. I paid the extra $49 and stored the in-the-box shorter version when I bought my new iMac early September. I tell ya, I need the full board for two reasons. 1) For minor on-line computations the across the top layout just doesn't get it. I need the "numeric keypad" to complete my work. 2) The new keyboard is painfully small as a useful layout; may be my hands but it's too cramped to be functional. Tom

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Apple Keyboard

    Pros:
    I love the slim profile of the keyboard and the aluminum structure.
    It takes up way less desk space.

    Cons:
    You really have to strike the keys firmly to make sure they register.
    I would like to the keys back lit for night typing.
    The full size keyboard needs to be wireless.

    28 of 33 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Excellent keyboard

    I have had no difficulty at all adapting to the flat design. In fact, the keys have an ideal amount of sensitivity for me and typing is more comfortable than any other keyboard I have used in the last nineteen years.

    I am puzzled by many of the online complaints in this forum. I type by touch and view my monitor while typing, having being taught in high school to type on an IBM Typewriter. I wonder if a dependency on looking at the keyboard or not knowing how to type without looking at the keyboard poses problems for some of the dissatisfied buyers. From my experience, I can recommend the keyboard highly.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great keyboard!

    I purchased this keyboard to use with a Windows XP PC. After two weeks of use, my hands and palms haven't felt this great in a long time. In the first few minutes of use, you can really feel your palm muscles relaxing. Yes, it does take some time to get used to typing on this keyboard and there are the occasional hangups when using with a Windows PC, as others have mentioned, but these are insignificant when considering the overarching ergonomic benefits.

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  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    full size but missing something

    This keyboard is great, I like the low profile design and aesthetic appearance. I would have gone with the wireless to replace my old wireless one, but it doesn't have the numeric keypad thus I chose this one.

    I was tickled to know it had USB ports on both sides, only to be disappointed by them. The problem? They are NOT USB 2.0, thus they aren't compatible with any of my peripherals that could have benefited from them (ie charging an iPod, etc). They pretty much only work with a wired apple mouse, if your into that sort of thing.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Very Pleased

    As a previous PC user, and only just recently moving over to Mac, I've been really pleased with this keyboard. The build quality is really good, and the hot keys at the top are really useful. Also, the two USB ports are nice to have and make life a bit easier - no more messing about with cables at the back of the computer. All-in-all, a very good and comfortable keyboard that seems to be built to last.

    27 of 31 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Excellent & Different

    I'm a law student, so I have to do a tremendous amount of typing every day. I had the last version of the Apple Keyboard and really liked it for various reasons: 1. style, 2. functionality, 3. feel, and 4. ergonomics. But recently I've been hampered by the angle on the keyboard; after three hours of typing my hand started to cramp and I was having a difficult time typing at my usual speed.

    I went out and purchased the new Aluminum Apple Keyboard, a little skeptical of what others have said about it. But as soon as I sat down and began typing on one of my LARAW projects I suddenly realized all the wonderful attributes for this product:

    1. Ergonomics is the chief reason I love this keyboard. The lower angle allows me to just rest my writs on the tabletop and not have to worry about a greater angle to reach the keys. My hands lie much flatter, and my typing speed stays consistent throughout 3-hour typing project.

    2. The feel of this keyboard is different from all the previous versions. But it's still good. It feels very much like the keyboard on my MacBook Pro. Although I'm a fan of the "clickety-click" sounds when I type the keys, it's not such a big issue. I'll just get used to new sound.

    3. The key arrangement is better, I think. Since the keys themselves are much flatter there's less risk of getting dust and other nasties between the keys. My old keyboard suffered from this problem, but I don't suspect the new keyboard will have any difficulties. The easy Dashboard, Expose, and play controls on the the top are wonderful. It's about time Apple incorporated some of the controls the Windows-compatible keyboards have been including on their keyboards for the past few years.

    4. Overall style is good. I'm a big fan of plain white, so the white keys/aluminum background contrast doesn't jive too well with me. But that's just a personal issue. Give it time and I'm sure it won't bother me.

    So, I really would recommend this new keyboard. It's much easier to use than the previous versions, and the feel and look are not a hindrance (as some have posted on this thread). If you're someone who types a lot, or just need to free up some desk space, this keyboard is fantastic. It's pricey, but it's worth it.

    For me, the big seller is the angle on the keyboard. Anything that helps me analyze my cases and type away without cramping my hands is a boon.

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  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    NICE AND MODERN KEYBOARD BUT THE USB PORTS ARE NOT WHAT THEY SEEM

    Excellent keyboard, the keys have great and crisp feel,it has great design, but one of the reasons i bought this product was because apple told us it has 2 2.0 usb built in ports so i can plug in any device i want.
    You simply can´t plug any usb flash drive or an ipod, because the system tells you that the usb ports are low powered.
    So that´s a big disappointment for me, other than that, it´s all good!!

    23 of 24 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Keyboard

    The only thing better would be to add backlighing like the MacBook pro's have built in.
    (And the Wireless KB could use a Number pad too)

    22 of 22 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Full Keyboard should have just come with the iMac

    I bought my iMac two weeks ago and really gave the mini keyboard a try but, as a PC convert, there are some things that I just need, like my home and end keys, a backspace and a full size keypad. It should have just come with the system I bought but there was no swaying the sales person to swap it out for me. Oh well I ended up having to spend another $60 to get the full keyboard. I also ended up using the KeyFixer utility to remap the Home and End keys so that they operated like I expected them to. Overall I am very happy with my system and full keyboard.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Awesome keyboard with one minor problem

    As the other reviews state, and I endorse, the keyboard is great, the keys feel great and all, but there is one minor issue, and it has to do with apple USB connectors.

    The connectors in the keyboard are very strong and tight, but given the type of USB plugs from, say, an iPod touch, or a mighty mouse, it is VERY hard to pluck them out of the keyboard since they are square and smooth. If you never have to remove apple stuff from the keyboard, there is no problem, but if you do, you'd better have very strong fingers.

    29 of 36 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Excellent tactile feel

    Love the solid aluminum construction. The keys are actually chiclet-type keys that are silent, smooth, and great for touch typists like me. I actually enjoy using this keyboard! (I've been a PC user for 20+ years and switched to Macs recently). Love it!

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    F Keys in system preferences

    I'm not a reviewer very often, but I do enjoy these keyboards, partly because I'm shallow and the aesthetics really appeal to me, but also I enjoy the touch and feel. I am writing this because I wanted to point out to all the reviewers that gave it a bad rating because "pro" apps use F keys that are set up for sound etc. In system preferences, under keyboard, there is a checkbox that says - Use all F1, F2, etc, keys as standard function keys. Check the box, problem solved. Enjoy.

    22 of 22 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Uhg, not a fan!

    We have had the new keyboards at work for some time now, and I would say about 85% of us do not like them at all. It is incredibly uncomfortable to type on, the keys are flat instead of curved like a MacBook and I am constantly missing the space bar and some letters while typing. It's also hard to keep clean, since dust and debris can easily get in behind the keys. They are cool looking, but completely impractical.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Only One Complaint.

    I couldn't be happier about the style and performance of my new Apple Keyboard. It is sleek, easy to use, has 19 function keys, everything that I want from my keyboard, with one exception. It comes equipped with 2 USB ports (adding one overall because it uses up one), but the USB ports don't have enough power to support an iPod or my iPhone. I suppose this is not a huge problem, just my one complaint. The keyboard is a great investment. I am extremely happy with my purchase.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Nice solid keyboard!

    I have just received my keyboard direct from Apple after only ordering it on Friday.

    I am replacing an 8 month old white keyboard from my Mac Pro Tower. Nothing wrong with the keyboard, I have just got used to typing on the keyboard on my Macbook at home and it puts a lot less strain on my arm (after sustaining an injury last year - not Mac related!).

    The new keyboard is nice and solid and very responsive. It doesn't move around and has a nice precise feel to the key clicks. And it's oh so quiet, much quieter than the last keyboard! My co-workers have told me so!

    As for the function keys, I don't know what the fuss is all about. In System Preferences>Keyboard and Mouse, I simply checked the FN radio button.
    So now in Quark, Photoshop etc all my usual Function buttons work as they should do and to access the 'quick key' functions printed on the keys, I simply hit FN (above the arrow keys) and then the desired key. Believe me, I use the Quark/Photoshop/Illustrator function keys a lot more than I turn up or down the volume or adjust the brightness of the screen!

    And as to the guy having a problem with the eject key not working... not a problem for me, but there is always 'apple+E' or even having the eject button sat up in the menu bar so you don't even need to have a keyboard attached.

    This is a superb addition to my desktop. I love it!

    30 of 38 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Let me repeat what everyone else has said....

    I go through keyboards as fast as a baby goes through disposable diapers. For me, the keyboard is the single most important experience for the computer user. There must be absolute comfort, feel and ability to type with
    an abundance of speed.

    I have used something as bland as the Logitech S530
    keyboard/mouse combo and something as expensive as the
    Logitech DiNovo which sells for $200.

    This new Apple Keyboard is something rather spectacular
    for what it is.

    Arriving in a HUGE box that gets shipped from Apple
    (this must be their idea of a joke), beneath the mounds
    of packing paper is a small sliver of a package that
    contains this tiny marvel.

    Setting up the keyboard was easy. Apple even included
    a USB extension. Though I detest wired keyboards as
    a rule, I suddenly don't seem to mind.

    This keyboard is ultra-responsive. People were not
    kidding when they said typing speed is dramatically
    improved thanks to the spacing of the keys. The overall
    touch is firm and responsive. The keyboard is a work
    of beauty. This is a "must buy!"

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