• 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Nice at first but .......

    Have had my iMac for about 6 months and LOVE it. The keyboard was cool at first--great looking. Only real complaint—and Apple, are you listening?—is that it gets absolutely filthy within just a short time of use. And you can't just brush or blow away the dirt. You must use water and a rag. Just thought I'd contribute this opinion for those out there who value a consistently good look and easy-clean option. Great keyboard otherwise.

    38 of 59 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Nice looking but...

    I've been using this keyboard for a couple of months now, both home and office.

    Pluses:
    - Looks great from all angles.
    - Does not have the dirt-catcher plastic tray surrounding the keys that its predecessor had.

    Minuses:
    - Keyboard feel is bad. You'd think that after two months of use I'd be accustomed to it but still frequently miss characters and especially spaces. Space bar seems to have been hit but no space results.
    - The little gap between the caps lock key and the letter A key has been removed. As a result I do tHIS about ten tIMES a day. I eventually removed the caps lock key entirely so I could position my hands without having to look at the keyboard which, unfortunately, makes the keyboard look considerably less elegant.

    I think that function followed form a little too much on this one.

    J

    53 of 77 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    great size/design, kind of "dull" feel

    I really like the design of this keyboard. It's heavy enough to stay put on my desk, too. The only thing I really don't like about it is that they keys are flat. This makes it difficult to ensure that your finger is on the correct key. (My other Apple key board keys have a slight concave surface.) I know it sounds kinda weird, but I tend to drag my fingers across the keys as I type... kind of like counting/feeling my way to the next key. This new key board has taken some time to get use to but I still have problems with it. All in all, the keys are quiet when pressed and it's a great design... maybe having slight concave depression on the keys would give it a better feel.

    42 of 72 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Nice Looking, but Less Functional

    There is no doubt that this keyboard is attractive, especially if you have a newer model Mac that matches the aluminum. However, if you are expecting the old keyboard with a make-over, you will be disappointed.

    Many of the function keys are now doubled with OS X specific command keys; the play-pause, fast forward and rewind keys, as well as the sound keys, are now attached to the f7-f12 keys, and they are much easier to accidentally hit than before. Obviously, the extremely low-ness of the keyboard also makes typing more difficult until you've adjusted, so all in all, there is a medium-sized learning curve.

    The real problem, however, is not the re-mapping of the keys, but the fact that the keyboard and mouse now randomly freeze, and need to be unplugged and then re-plugged. I do not have the most recent version of the iMac, but I am only one generation behind (Intel, running 10.5) and I experience this problem a few times a day. It's extremely frustrating in general. I was told that it's a compatibility issue, and the only way to solve it was to have the newest version of the iMac.

    50 of 90 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Apple function over form over real-life function...

    It's taking some time to get used to ergonomically- but that's not my main concern - Jamming all the system control keys onto the F-Keys and defaulting them to the system - feh!

    The keys don't keep up with me, or sometimes will repeat themselves - usually just hitting the repeat offender will stop that, but as a touch typist, this is bad... (maybe just a bad keyboard?).

    Other than that tho, I do like the form factor, and feel I may get used to it... although I like keys that register a click audibly - I've also got relatively large hands and thought this would be a problem - but the space between the keys makes up somewhat for their seemingly smaller size and definitely shorter travel.

    I'm surprised it's not backlit, being hardwired - if there is one thing I would ask all keyboard mfg's to do - please leave the F-Keys alone, or default them to F-keys in the driver.

    In the case of the Apple here, there is enough space between the arrows and the upper set of keys to have 6 or 8 buttons for all their built in "functionality" (if one wants it) - brightness, Expose, volume, dashboard, etc.. while still keeping the same form factor.

    I like the keyboard overall, mostly due to the external USB locations, but it's like finger twister at times, depending on how I use it, or want to configure it... I'm an old schooler, hey, maybe that's all there is to it.

    The little rubber nubs on the plastic bottom are not enough to keep it from sliding off an ergo slope, actually even on a flat surface - put some more traction down there.

    It does look good tho, so even if I don't get used to it, and replace it with an "old schooler", I might mount it on a wall or something..


    19 of 40 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Not for hardcore users

    It looks great and feels great but if you are going to use it for a long period of time, such as coding or gaming, I'd say don't buy it. IMO it's not ergonomic and on long usage you will quickly feel the strain on your fingers and wrist.
    But if you want to impress your friends or the hot date you managed to bring into your flat, it's the best :)
    Even getting a wrist rest won't help since the height of the keyboard is too low.

    30 of 45 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    sleek but ... grubby

    love the design of this keyboard, it's sleek, low profile, has nice feedback on the keys ... my biggest fault is that the hard, white textured keys are IMPOSSIBLE to clean - I work in a relatively clean environment, and wash my hands on a fairly regular basis, but after 1 week my new keyboard looked horrible - when I tried to was it the nice textured keys held on to the dirt like crazy. soap and water? mmm perhaps not - archival gloves? now that would work!

    7 of 9 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Keyboard too large and number pad is annoying

    Pros:
    Silence, good feel, clean metal look.
    The keyboard has a well made feel.

    Cons:
    Wastes a LOT of space!
    Cannot put in tray with mouse!
    I never use the number pad and it forces me to move my right hand very far to reach the mouse.

    Why do I not buy a wireless keyboard?
    Because I will NEVER EVER buy a wireless keyboard. Bluetooth devices radiate at 2.4 GHz and I do not need my joints radiated. The mini keyboard should be offered with a USB connection.

    Thanks

    12 of 25 people found this useful

  • 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

    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

    spacebardoesn'twork

    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