• 3.0 out of 5 stars

    sleek design but sacrifices some ergonomics

    I love the way it looks and feels. key length is short making your typing noticeably quicker. I think my biggest complaint is that it is nice and sleek but it sits way to low. even lower than a standard laptop keyboard. It tends to hide under my 6"x11" wacom tablet which is already thin and low profile itself. I have to prop up the back of it on the base of my LCD. I think apple should package a simple base for it to sit about an inch higher in the back. Also I hate that apple moved around all the F-- keys. Should have left the musical controls where they were and same with dashboard.

    71 of 107 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    keyboard ok lar

    The keyboard is nice to type on and typing speed would surely increase. One issue with it is that I am using this with my mbp and some how or rather like it's being grounded properly. I get static almost every sentence I type. End up I have to get a silicon cover for it.

    One thing is for sure typing without the cover is much nicer.

    Hope I am the only with this issue.

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    love it but....

    Beautiful keyboard...nice feel,great look,should be easier to keep clean,& I like the the controls that work with iTunes....my only issue is with the fact that the USB ports are only 2.0 compatible with the new iMac.The extra ports were the main reason that I purchased this keyboard-needless to say,I was disappointed! There should be an asterisk on the product page to let people know that,especially in light of the fact that if you bought a new iMac the keyboard would've come with it,so,at this point anyone who buys it as an after-market addition to an older Mac is going to be bummed if they bought it for the extra ports.....

    18 of 35 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Good looking, bad feeling

    Frank Lloyd Wright's designs were infamously uncomfortable. Human comfort and function were sacrificed for beauty, particularly in his furniture. Aesthetically perfect, it was torture to sit in his chairs. Guests at parties would go home in agonizing pain, but still unable to shake the beauty in his design.

    If Wright had designed keyboards, they might be something like this.

    The new apple keyboards are a drastic change from the old white and translucent plastic that I'd been using for so long. A new metal casing combined with a completely flattened out look really is a far cry from the old keyboards, Still, it does fit somehow. In spite of everything, it is somehow very inviting, perhaps because so much of the keyboard is actually keys. The excess has been cut and you're left with the bare essentials.

    Aside from the aesthetic, I find it a little difficult to adjust to the new layout regarding audio control, dashboard, expose, eject, and brightness. The addition of the audio controls strikes me as slightly superfluous since you could control most audio/video programs on the Mac with your keyboard already, but since they old controls still function I see no real problem with this and if it makes life easier for some then kudos to apple.

    My one major problem is ergonomics. While I love the feel of the buttons and the height of the board, I've gotten used to being able to hold my hands in a fairly natural position while typing and find it difficult to type for an extended period (i.e. this review) with this keyboard. I would think that after all these years and with all of apples designs to make things simple and easy they'd finally come up with a standard ergonomic keyboard that fits into the apple family.

    So maybe some day apple's keyboards will be as friendly on your arms and hands as they are on your eyes, but until that day I recommend getting a third-party keyboard.

    17 of 19 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Works on Vista PC

    Plug and play compatible w/ PC running Vista Home Premium. Device manager seems to find/install proper driver. Only problem is with the special Apple keys and top row (function keys). Not work when used on PC. Technically astute users may be able to reprogram them. Though, not a big loss IMHO. I never use those function keys anyway.

    I've been using it for a couple days now. Must confess that while it looks cooler on my desk than the previous MS keyboard I had, it's a bit harder to type on owing to the shallow depth of the keys.

    8 of 15 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    TOO TINY FOR ME!

    I got the keyboard with my iMac Desktop. My only complaint is the size of the keyboard. It appears to be 2/3 the size of PC keyboard. I've been working with computer keyboards since 1975 and I find this Apple wired keyboard to be a bit too tiny for me! I have never made so many typo-erroes in my life. < (Just like that one!) The keys may be too sensitive, OR maybe I just have fat fingers, but I like a little more 'key' room.

    Other than that, and a not-so-pretty-good wired Mighty Mouse ... Apple computers are super! No more PCs for me!

    7 of 11 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    One Size Does Not Fit All

    It's pretty and elegant. But one size does not fit all. For an old-schooler who grew up on the IBM model M, this keyboard is a battle. The flat keys make for finding the home row position very difficult.

    Yeah, there are raised ticks. But you better have delicate fingers of Surgeon to feel them; otherwise, you are SOL. I spend more time undoing mistakes than typing because I cannot feel the home row position. That, of course, forces me to look at the keyboard way too much. Maybe that will change over time. But I work on an IBM, model M all day long at work so I doubt it will improve anytime soon.

    Okay, Apple, you have the pretty keyboard. Now make a practical one. Your last effort was good except for the sticky keys and the garbage collecting keyboard frame.

    My $0.02 cents

    14 of 18 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    New Keyboard great, but---

    The new wired keyboard is great. Low profile works for me. Am using it with a Mac Mini with latest keyboard software and firmware.
    However, startup boot keys such as "option" for Bootcamp launch, and lettered keys for boot choices such as booting from a DVD or hardware test no longer work. Keyboard is not recognised until bootup is complete.

    4 of 5 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    needs more thought

    Well it looks great feels great but not really well thought out practically.The cable is too short especially if have the 24" screen you need to sit at a distance at least provide an ext cord.especially the wired mouse is even shorter,i mean how much would it cost to incl a longer cable maybe 30pence.Also the function keys could have been placed over the numeric keys on the right then they could be software setting to make them one touch as you already have one touch numbers above and the play/pause/brightness buttons can be left alone.The enter/return key is too small for a key thats used the most and can easily be missed.The caps key needs a few trys sometimes too i found that even with the wireless version.Apart from all this its a lovely keyboard if you can put up with the above points,its still passes the apple quality you would expect

    20 of 52 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Caps Lock to Control re-mappers beware

    The keyboard is great and fast, BUT if you're used to re-mapping the (useless) Caps Lock key to be a Control key, beware that it may not work as expected.

    The keyboard has a built-in hardware delay on the Caps Lock key which requires a little-bit longer press to activate. While this 'feature' may be great for avoiding accidental Caps Lock usage, the behavior is a hinderance when it is used as a Control modifier key.

    The delay behavior remains in effect even when the key is remapped and it does not seem possible to alter via software, which makes the keyboard potentially useless for coders, Emacs users, etc

    17 of 36 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Can't customize keys

    I had a wireless for MacPro Quad Intel

    This keyboard won't let me use the volume keys. I tried the keyboard update over and over.

    I can't get the volume keys to work.

    Otherwise love the look and feel, but not total function.

    15 of 31 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Good but does not activate start-up options on Mac Mini

    I absolutely love the look and feel of this keyboard. It's much better on my wrists than my old chunky white and clear keyboard, and it does not collect all the unsightly debris of everyday use that my old one did!
    However, I have had to keep my old keyboard spare... This one seems to have a flaw, at least when used with my Intel Core Duo 1.6GHz Mac Mini - It will not activate any of the start-up options (such as holding down "C" for optical drive boot-up, "N" for network boot, etc...).
    I have searched the support knowledge base on Apple's site and can find nothing about this.

    Shame, because it's otherwise a fantastic keyboard!

    19 of 50 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    not so great USB

    I loved everything about this keyboard except the usb. It says will not work on ipods and other usb powered items that require more power but half the time it wouldn't work on a simple flash drive. On the positive side, the keys were very responsive and the design is great. I think the usb complaint was a problem with past designs also. Mac, get this fixed!

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  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    keyboard

    its just a keyboard

    11 of 35 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Very nice overall, but good for pro users?

    Picked this up for my G5 tower the other day. Love it. The keys feel great, and I don't have to worry about dirt accumulating between keys anymore.

    Only complaint is that the function keys often overwrite the same keys as some applications, requiring me to change the keyboard shortcuts for insert/overwrite edits in FCP, for example. But in Dreamweaver where you can't change the Preview in Browser shortcuts, even using the command key with F12 doesn't work. In fact, using any modifier (cmd, ctrl, opt) key with assigned function keys no longer seems to do anything except what the key is labeled to do. Kind of odd. Hopefully a future keyboard software update will change this, and also allow some more flexibility with using the function keys in general.

    Also, using a G5, I had to do some fiddling around to get the Dashboard and Expose keys (F2, F3) to work.

    So the keyboard itself feels great, but pro users will have to make some adjustments. Not a deal breaker for me, but worth knowing.

    10 of 13 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    USB doesn't support Ipod

    While I love the low profile design of this keyboard and the smooth looks, the 2.0 USB ports do not support my ipod. I received this keyboard along with my new IMac. While I LOVE my IMac, it is a real pain to move it around just to plug in the iPod. I wish they would have truly tested these before they began telling us that you can plug in your iPod. Also, watch out! If you are wearing colored nail polish, it will rub off on the textured keys... My keyboard is now sporting pretty red stripes on it!

    3 of 8 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Where'd the Apple logo go?

    Are they trying to phase out their own logo? The first thing I noticed about the new keyboard is that they are missing the Apple logo on the Command button. That has been on every keyboard made by Apple since the Macintosh came out.

    Other than that, this keyboard is nice. I miss the old key configurations, however. I like having the volume buttons on the right hand side as well as eject. I also wish the bluetooth keyboard was a full keyboard. I want a full featured desktop computer, that is completely wireless but its not full-featured without a full keyboard. Hrm....

    I think I'll keep the white wireless keyboard.

    I am kind of in the middle with these new keyboards. I like and dislike them.

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  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    No backlight?

    One of the best things I like about the MacBookPro keyboards is the backlight.

    I wish these also had backlights. :(

    Much nicer than the old white ones though

    12 of 23 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Nice, but keep your old one

    The keyboard looks nice, and works well. The only problem is that during startup the Alt-key is ignored, thus making it more difficult to switch between OSX and SP2

    0 of 2 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Good keys and footprint, useless USB

    I like the thin keyboard and footprint and the ability to keep it clean. The previous Apple keyboard attracted and kept every little crumb or piece of debris. But as others have said, the USB ports on this new keyboard are not as advertised. Not only don't they power things but they are recessed and hard to reach. The Apple Store photo would have you believe the USB ports are at the ends but they are actually over a half inch in from the outside edges.

    3 of 3 people found this useful