• 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Should be standard with iMac

    I love it! Low profile keys took some getting-used-to, but my fingers are flying over those babies now, mostly typo-free. I use the extra USB ports daily for a flash drive. It's easier than reaching behind my iMac monitor.

    My beefs:
    1. It should be bluetooth (even if that means sacrificing the USB ports).
    2. It should be included with a new iMac.

    It really bugs me that my new iMac came with a keyboard minus number pad. I find the number pad essential for everyday use. I'm just a regular guy, not a financial professional. Makes sense to chop if off of a laptop. Laptops travel, so they need to be frugal on space & weight. I didn't buy a laptop. I bought a desktop. I also think the longer keyboard looks better under the widescreen iMac. For the next version, I suggest concave keys and if wireless, the keyboard should be solar-powered, like the Logitech that I came extremely close to buying, until I found one of these for half price on craigslist.

    Bottom line: Great keyboard.

    32 of 33 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Mac keyboard

    I really love my keyboard but hate that it is wired. I need the numeric functions, does make make the full alpha numeric keyboard in a wireless version and if not WHY?

    Just purchased a trackpad as well and love that too...

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Benign Neglect Contd

    ...Agree. This is the perfect keyboard but why Apple do you not make a wireless version??? This just doesn't make sense. You're the world leaders in electronics design & the ultimate in form & function. Why then am I tethered to my imac when i could be lounged back away from the desktop? Please consider a wireless version. I'd even wait another month for the next iPhone. :<]

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic keyboard for Mac or Windows PC

    As someone who bought a macbook last year for the first time, I quickly fell for the soft touch keyboard and now hate using standard clicky keyboards you normally get, even the so called expensive one's with all the bells and whistles just don't cut it.

    I bought this keyboard a couple of months back to use with my windows based work PC and I absolutely love it. I now use one at home and work! I found the additional function keys great for mapping special commands with work based PC, no special software required either which was a bonus.

    Hopefully Apple will bring out a backlit keyboard option in the future, that would really be fantastic...

    35 of 39 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great keyboard, even with the problems

    + looks great
    + feels great (especially for someone as picky as me)
    + sounds nice

    - manufacturing problems

    Unfortunately, the keyboard has some manufacturing issues (as described below) so you're better off to buy somewhere local and reduce your turnaround time in case you have to get a replacement.

    Problems:
    I recently bought this keyboard from a local store and unfortunately the '[' key wouldn't respond most of the time (i.e. you had to press directly on the center to get it to register -- not reasonable when you're hitting a key with your pinky finger).

    This is unlike the other keys where it doesn't really matter where/how I press them. I returned this keyboard and that store was out of stock so I went to another store and purchased another keyboard (obviously from a different batch).

    The new keyboard had the same problem, except now it's the left arrow key! I'm going to keep returning the keyboard until I get one that works for me.

    Bottom line: if you can get a properly manufactured keyboard, you will love it!

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Much Better Than Previous One

    I had the old Apple wireless keyboard on my Mac Mini, but I just got an iMac. At first glance, it looked much too thin, but then once I started to use it, I loved it. Now whenever I use my other keyboard on the Mac Mini, it feels much too bulky and I remind myself I must buy myself another one of these. The keys are nice and thin, and I love how the function keys have the Mac functions (such as play, fast forward, rewind, ect.) on them. I also love the USB ports, which help greatly since the cord on the wired mighty mouse is lacking a little in length. Overall, fantastic keyboard.

    39 of 47 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Nice looks, horrible to use

    I want to preface this by stating I normally love all of apple's products, their great keyboards and mice especially. However this thing really put its form over function. I got this keyboard with high hopes but it is really terrible to use. It is in no way adjustable in any way. The keys are totally smooth top with no curve for your fingers, so I found myself sliding off the keys a lot while typing. I easily type 100wpm on a good keyboard and I found this one very hard to use without looking at it all the time to make sure my fingers were where they should be. There is very little travel on the keys themselves, you don't push down on a key, you just touch it and it types a letter. It's like using a bad laptop keyboard, I found myself hitting the keys and just getting a thud way too soon. I know many people like that, but those people that love full travel keys will hate this keyboard. The best apple keyboard in my opinion is the old black key pro keyboard they shipped with G4 Powermacs, I still use that to this day on all my macs after trying this new one out.

    The lack of any adjustments, no curve on the keys for your fingers, and the small travel of the key mimicking a laptop keyboard are 3 issues that can't be overlooked if you do a lot of typing daily. Find yourself an old apple keyboard or go with a different brand.

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  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Died within a year

    It's a nice looking and feeling keyboard but this was my second one in 3yrs. Keys just stopped working. the caps/shift keys are slow to respond which makes it hard to type just about anything. Can't open it to clean/repair since it's glued and doesn't have screws. I like the general feel but the other things are a big bummer. For $50 I don't want to have to buy a new one every year!

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  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Good keyboard, however...

    I do like this keyboard with the one exception of its non-ergonomic style. I have used the ergonomic keyboards on PC's before changing over to Mac and they are much friendlier on the hands and wrists.

    38 of 46 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    NICE!

    In traditional Apple minimalist style, this keyboard does not disappoint. At first, I was a little concerned about the fixed height, which is really pretty flat. My hands seem to like a larger slope. But then, I'd heard about all the ergonomic studies that went into this keyboard, and while it seems really pretty basic, it actually forces your hands to hover, which prevents carpal tunnel. The key presses are very short, leading to extremely fast typing speeds once you get used to it. There's also a handy little extender cable if you need more space than the default length -- something my previous keyboard was lacking. The addition of several new function keys is a boon, and the overall feel is so similar to the Apple notebooks that you can transition back and forth very easily, unlike the split-key ergo style keyboards ala Microsoft Natural. The only negative I have toward the keyboard is its price. At $50, it's not cheap for being a pretty basic board. On the flip-side, though, you'd probably be getting a plastic keyboard for $30, and it wouldn't have the same nice feel to it. For what it's worth, I did check out a similar board from Rocketfish, and it was actually even pricier, and felt a LOT cheaper. Overall, I'm quite happy with my purchase. :-)

    32 of 34 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic but needs wireless

    I've bought about 3-4 of these keyboards over the years because I like them so much. Great quality, easy to clean, look sharp, and have all the key functions I want and the current wireless keyboard lacks. Unfortunately, I see no reason why Apple shouldn't have already released a wireless version of this keyboard while keeping the existing layout and features including the extra USB ports (if possible). For that reason, I'll rate it 4/5 stars. Hopefully Apple will listen.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Best keyboard from Apple so far!

    This keyboard is the best keyboard I got from Apple for my mac. I got both mini wired and wireless keyboards but this one with numeric keypad and all extra function keys made my life a lot easier as a programmer. Typing on this keyboard feels great and having 2 USB ports (1 each side) like wired mini keyboard is a very nice touch and very practical too. It would be a dream come true if Apple made a wireless version of this keyboard. So if you are a programmer or some one who types a lot, give this keyboard a try, I promise you gonna love it. The combination of this keyboard and magic mouse is just great. It makes you feel you are in programmers heaven. :)

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  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Perfect in a universe where liquid doesn't exist.

    This keyboard feels great, I love it, but my third one just died as a result of coming into contact with literally (really, literally) a single drop of water. The previous two suffered a similar fate, however after being sure that it was such a small amount (a drop of condensation from a can!). I'm not buying another. I have two older Macally IceKeys. In my frustration, I got one of them out and, using a pipette, put 5 mL of water, which is more than it sounds, right into the center of it. I'm typing on it now. It's not as pretty and doesn't feel as nice, but I'm typing on it. I can solve this difficult engineering problem for you, Apple. It'll cost a fraction of a penny on your 50 dollar keyboard. Hire me. If you have one of these, be extremely careful. Use in a room with at least 12 inches of desiccant covering all surfaces. Keep keyboard covered with the plastic from your grandma's sofa.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Nice tactile feedback, and works well.

    Unlike the apple wireless peripherals, which in my experience tend to not work 100% or generate random input blips, the wired approach works every time. Apple have successfully made a product here with good tactile response and excellent typography on the keycaps. There was one small problem, with electrostatic discharge. Of course, the whole case of the keyboard being aluminum means that if you get a charge by walking around your office or whatever, you'll discharge it the moment you sit down again. But not to worry, I picked up an anti-static mat for about $16, a silicone shield to go over the keys for a few bucks and then all I needed was some cheap silicone glue for $6 and I could completely encase the aluminium chassis in silicone. Now I still have the great tactile response and full MacOS X key layout, with no electrostatic shocks. 5 stars!

    35 of 41 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    great keyboard ..... if only it was wireless

    very good keyboard. but felt as if I was settling.

    would have gladly bought a wireless version if it was available.

    not sure why it is not

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  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    GOOD ... BUT ..

    Great feel! .. But if you have a WHITE imac .. the USB 2.0 from the keyboard won't work .. It only works with the aluminum iMac .. BOOOOOO!!

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  • 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

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    yosemite does not recognize this wired keyboard

    if you are on yosemite, i would not advise buying this keyboard. there are documented issues. after i upgraded yesterday (to 10.10.2), this keyboard does not work. i have tried all the fixes on the support boards to no avail. how can an apple product + an apple product = non-functioning? color me unimpressed.

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  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    What's up with F13-F19 keys?

    There appears to be no way to assign anything to these keys using Keyboard preferences. Apple support acknowledged that to be the case after spending about 45 minutes on the phone while they tried to figure it out. The keys do at least look impressive!

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Keyboard, but Lacking Durability

    I really like this keyboard and enjoy using it more than other keyboards I've tried, but I got one drop of a drink under the space bar, and cleaning it with a tiny amount of rubbing alcohol damaged it to the point it is non-operational. I plan to buy another one, but it could be more durable to withstand such a tiny amount of moisture.

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