• 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Keys are flat and slippery

    I work on a computer almost 8 hours a day, and do extensive typing. This keyboard seems cool and satisfies me for a couple of days. However, the practicality is doubtful at best. The keys are flat, and hence, while doing fast typing my fingers often slip and press wrong keys.

    Also, the white keys are easily stained. For that reason, I cannot return this product now, and I am using it as a 2-port USB hub. I am very satisfied with a much cheaper other-brand simple keyboard.

    55 of 74 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Apples Peripherals Are Made To Be Looked At, Not Used.

    Extremely disappointed with the keyboard. First off the side USBs get in the way when you're trying to use them. Second, the USB ports couldn't even power a USB mouse and USB headset. But somehow the predecessor white USB keyboard had no problem with it.

    24 of 30 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Don't listen to new user's reviews, here's one after having it a while!

    One look at this keyboard (vb) and it's pretty clear it's mainly about visual design.

    I'm an architect and commercial interior designer, so for me - and especially in my office, visual design is VERY important. I will say that this is by far the best LOOKING kb I've ever seen or imagined; I'd actually hoped for something like this for years.

    Unfortunately it doesn't work!

    It's problems:

    1.) I noticed misspellings and a lot of word running together due to lack of space between them whenever I use this kb. I mentioned it and my wife said she was frustrated by the same thing (a renowned medical research scientist, she's been typing for decades). We've both been typing many years in fact w/out experiencing such a thing. (Misspellings were from missing letters, I never recall having had that with any other keyboard I've used)

    2.) The F-key keys don't follow the apple OS! Mostly I've noticed the problems are w/ the Expose' & Spaces; keys: F9 & 11, and F8 respectively. They don't follow what's given in the System Preferences > Keyboard & mouse, which has been std. since I started using OS X w/ the expose' function. I'm not on the beautiful aluminum KB right now because I've had to plug in an old KB from an iMac G4 Graphite to make things normal, but recall other irregularities w/ the F-keys that escape me now.
    You can make it behave by finding and holding the "fn" key along w/ the desired F-key, but what a hassle. I don't know about you, but I use both expose' functions constantly to find things on my desktop, and now spaces more and more since installing Leopard.

    How could apple make a KB that doesn't work w/ the OS that comes with the computer? (Note: you can make it function normally for expose' & spaces by resetting things in System Prefs., but you then loose the volume and mute keys, and I think other things printed on the keys of this otherwise fantastic looking KB's F-keys).

    Visual design credit is certainly due: Along with my 20" iMac and Herman Miller Eames Aluminum chair, this keyboard is, visually among the neatest commercially objects in my work space -or was, now it's up in my 10 year old's room on her mac because of the problems.

    I've had it 18 months. All the reviews I've read here are from people who just started using it around the time they wrote.

    Without doubt, it's a brilliant and beautiful design - can't wait 'till they fix it so it works! I REALLY love the aesthetics of it, everyone does.

    27 of 45 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    New Apple Keyboard

    II too touch type around 70-80 wpm and personally
    I don’t find it easy using this keyboard. I’m going to be buying my new
    apple imac in the next couple of weeks and a really nice chap in my local
    computer shop showed me the new keyboard after I told him that I wasn’t sure if I would like the
    response of the keys as I touched typed. After having a go of this keyboard straight away
    I didn’t like it because you really have to press the keys and it felt as though I was pressing
    buttons instead of the usual response you get from a regular keyboard. So Sorry Apple I don’t
    think you did enough research for those of us who can touch type. I personally would have
    preferred using the keyboard that came with your
    earlier Apple macs and loved the sound of them too.

    21 of 50 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Unusable for Older People

    When you get older you tend to develop a hand tremor. The old keyboard anchored the fingers and did not interfere with typing. The new keyboard design causes my fingers to slide from key to adjacent key, requiring lengthy editing and enormous frustration. It is incredible to me that Apple's great design staff did not do its market research with the older population. Everyone who buys computers is not under 50. Apple should have made its old keyboard available to those who need it. I had to spend another $79.95 to buy a Logitech wireless keyboard that still featured raised keys.

    58 of 80 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Don't waste your money!

    Although, this is a nice keyboard, the keys are too small plus there is no wrist rest for this keyboard. It defies all the laws of ergonomics. Thanks to the keyboard, I now have carpel tunnel(ouch!)

    12 of 27 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    #1 Digit Failed

    My number 1 digit failed on the numeric keypad after only 3 months of ownership (W/ 8 core 2.26). Hopefully I'll get a freshy exchange at the Mac store. First time I've had this happen on a machine.

    But the tactile and functional design is the best evolution yet. If my #1 worked.

    6 of 15 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    flat apple keyboard

    hate it hate it!!! very pretty but i can't feel where the keys are.
    hate it. stupid. it is supposed to be an input device, not an object d'art
    we should at least have a choice. 6,000 worth of workstation and a keyboard i can't type on without making mistakes!!!!!!!!!!!! BAH BAH

    26 of 89 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Poor functioning work of art

    There is no doubt that this keyboard is a work of art. However, there is a major problem with the space bar. You must strike it along the top edge or it will not properly insert a space. Itforcesyou toconstantlyslide yourhands upon theketboardfor your thumbs tohit that top edgeof the bar. Notice this last sentence, it gives you some ideahow pervasivethis problem is.

    11 of 32 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Not worth the money

    This keyboard is very stylish but lacking a bit on the practical side.

    1. I find it difficult to feel where my hands are on the keyboard since the keys are flat. This leads to many cases where I try to press one key and end up pressing 2 to 3 keys instead.

    2. The keys have a soft feel which is ergonomical but this (for me) leads to many miss-pressed keys since it is extremely easy (especially with the flatness of the keys) to trigger a key if your finger is not centered on the key you want to press.

    3. The keyboard has a low profile which some people might like but I am used to a little more height. This is also one of the very very few keyboards in existence that does not allow you to adjust the angle that it sits on the table (I'm doing this instead with a thin textbook)

    The combination of the above (be they design flaws or personal preferences) has reduced my typing speed from a healthy 95 down to about 55-60 on average. I will officially ditch the keyboard as soon my new unicomp spacesaver comes in (which is comparable in price and far better for my particular style of typing, too bad its ugly).

    13 of 37 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Painful if you actually work for a living!

    So it looks cute. So what? When is Apple going to come up with a keyboard that does not leave me hands/forearms etc in pain? Don't get me wrong, the computers and players are great, but all their keyboards are not. All the other brands with ergonomic keyboards/mice don't actually interface well with Apple so it's either have a well designed keyboard that won't work with my computer or have a teeny, tiny really cute and shinny keyboard that makes my hands cramp up at the end of the day! Thanks.

    4 of 26 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    HUGE Problem

    I lOVED the look and feel of this keyboard, and fully need the extension for the numeric keypad. But I am not at all alone (see Mac Forums), in learning that this keyboard means that NONE of the other USB ports have enough power to function. Hub fails, card reader fails, iPhone wont sync (worse, it connects to iPhone and screws it up). The ports on the keyboard suffer the same. Not everyone has experienced this, but enough have, and enough Apple employees hare aware, that I waited for a firmware correction. None. Save your receipt and make sure it works before keeping!

    8 of 14 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars


    this is a nice keyboard, lovely ... doesnt ever get that 'you need a hazmat suit to sit there' look to it .. BUT ..if you have an iMac and try to eject a stuck DVD or CD forgetaboutit .. it doesnt work. We had to schlep our iMac into the Apple Store after a very competent phone tech walked us thru several ejection processes none of which worked ... the genuis at the Apple Store on 5th Ave in NYC said 'you have the wrong keyboard, this one wont eject stuck DVD/CDs' ...HELLO .. Apple doesnt sell the 'old' ones anymore ... so Apple .. why doesnt this keyboard eject stuck DVDs??????????

    11 of 46 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Back to my old keyboard

    I find it extremely uncomfortable to use. It is 1 inch lower at the top than my old one. In less than 24 hours I've gone back.

    I wanted to give it no stars, but the system won't let me.

    5 of 43 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Apple Keyboard with Numeric Keypad

    In the beginning I was a fan of this keyboard. Slim, stylish and it doesn't take up much room.

    However style soon gave way to function and this is where this keyboard starts to show a darker side.
    The metal frame especially around the lower section is very sharp. Prolonged use of this keyboard will cause a nasty RSI problem. I tried to fix it the ole fashion way, with a grinder, smoothed the edge off, but alas the damage to my overworked fingers is too great and I had to switch to a logitech.
    Form over function, not a good compromise, it's like a good looking girlfriend who is lazy, the good looks soon wear off.

    23 of 50 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Spongy Keys

    The original IBM keyboards are still unequalled in my opinion. The keyboard that came with my Mac Pro is far more stylish, but far less pleasant to actually type with! Please Apple, can't you commission Unicomp or someone to make a new version with a USB connection, Apple specific keys, and maybe even the fancy aluminium fascia, but retaining the original reliable contactless clicking keys for those of us who don't regard the keyboard as an afterthought and are willing to pay extra for some real quality rather than an elegant but ultimately rather useless appendage.

    30 of 63 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Looks Good, Bad Utility

    I like the way this keyboard looks, but I tend to have a light fast touch. This keyboard seems to require pounding of the keys (some harder than others). I loose characters often. I will be throwing this in the trash and buying something that has better utility.

    15 of 58 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Terribly Disappointing

    After struggling with this keyboard for more than a month, I finally gave it up and went back to my old one. I give this one 1 star only because it's cool looking, but it gets no stars for functionality. The space bar is terrible--I spent way too much time going back and correcting space errors. Caps Lock key doesn't work well, either, although it seems more responsive than space bar. I first thought it was user error, but I did everything possible to adapt, and still no improvement. (I have no problem with the keyboard on my new MacBook Pro.) I don't recommend this keyboard to anyone. How it's rated an average of 4 stars is beyond me!

    22 of 48 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Keyboard is unusable.

    I could not type on the new flat chiclet keyboard. Some of the keys would not register. Some keys had to be hit just so, or very hard, or nothing would happen. I've never had to go back and retype so many words as I had to on this keyboard. At times I was so frustrated that I feltl like smashing it. I tried to adapt to it for three weeks but couldn't make the transition from the old keyboard. Eventually I switched back to my old plastic e-Mac keyboard and everything is hunky dory now. The new keyboard hangs on my wall as sculpture.

    17 of 32 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    I hate it

    I got this keyboard with my iMac. I have to press harder because I'm used to higher keys, they're also spaced too far - since my hands are small this is a big problem. I write ALLOT. I get so frustrated with the typos this thing causes and its inability to actually work half the time, since you have to hit the key perfectly to get it to type, that I simply feel like breaking it in half. If it wasn't for the commands for Leopard I'd switch back to my old eMac keyboard.

    This keyboard also makes me hesitate to buy the new macbooks. I'd rather get a PC for writing to be bluntly honest.

    Although the keys are unbreakable, if something gets under it you can't fix it. When I got this something got under one of my keys and now I have to press really hard to make it work.

    I understand people like portable and small these days, but seriously, be a little less biased. I'd love to trade this in for my bulky one any day. Please apple, make a new keyboard with normal keys like the old keyboards. Maybe pimp it out with clear plastic and a back light to make it more interesting. I'd love a back-lit keyboard for my desktop.

    28 of 66 people found this useful