• 3.0 out of 5 stars

    USB Ports are a disappointment

    Ok... I understand the USB port not powering an iPod or iPhone or whatever... but I was shocked that I can't even use my USB thumb drive? How much power could a memory chip need?! Crazy! I was thinking that this would be the perfect thing for moving files around on my keychain drive. No long any need to feel around behind the machine... turn it around... etc... as I've been doing for the past 3 years with my USB-less Bluetooth keyboard. But no dice. My digital camera does work on the keyboard port.

    BTW... my drive is a 4GB Sandisk Cruzer Mirco. It has a tiny LED light on it... that's the only thing I can think of that would need power.

    The keyboard itself is absolutely wonderful. VERY fast to type on. VERY nice!!!!! Very accurate. Beautiful. It's an absolute joy to use.

    One issue though with those low profile keys... if you're a woman with nails or a classical guitarist with nails (like myself) or whatever... it's hard to use. The deep keys are much easier to use if you have nails. This keyboard is very hard to use unless you nails are trimmed right down. I haven't picked up my guitar in years... so I just gave my picking hand a little trim. I keep the nails because you never know when you might want to play.

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  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Very ergonomic, but not without flaws

    I love the fact that it is so thin that I can rest my wrists on my desk and not strain to type on the keys. I do have an issue with the right arrow key often not registering the key press, even though it gives the tactile feedback like it has been pressed.

    Also, I applied the Apple Keyboard Update 1.1 to take advantage of the special function keys, however the Exposé and Dashboard keys are non-functional when used with my MacBook Pro.

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  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    love the keyboard but...

    I can't get the volume controls to work! My system meets the requirements listed on the store web site. I use my MAC with eyetv and use the volume controls a lot. With the exception of the F-Keys I'm very happy with the keyboard.

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  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Great keyboard, questionable durablity.

    I purchased this keyboard straight away due it's slim good looks, new key design, additional functions and it's USB 2.0 ports that the previous keyboards lacked.

    Using the keyboard is great. It is much quicker and easier to use than any other desktop keyboard. The keys are light to the touch and clear to read. The function keys are useful, particularly for itunes.

    The first problem I notice is that the USB 2.0 ports do not appear to be able to power any of the USB 2.0 items i tried... low power messages appear.

    The main problem with this keyboard is with the laptop (same as the Macbook) type keys. The esc key has already fallen off in my hands. Thankfully there are plenty of F-keys I am not using to swap it with, but quite frankly for a key to fall off without any apparent misused is unacceptable! and I now have a gap on the keyboard where an F-key key use to be, and I now worry when then next key will fall off.

    For £29 I think it would be reasonably priced if the keys (the scissor mechanism particularly) were of alot better quality and strength. As it stands it is alot of money for something which falls apart so easily.

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  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Nice Style. No performance problems. Why move volume keys?

    I am very pleased with the design of this keyboard. I feel like I can type half again as fast as before. It's much like typing on a laptop. If you're not into that sort of thing, perhaps this is not for you. My only qualm is the decision to move the volume keys. They should have left them on F16-19. I know that makes things difficult for the wireless keyboard, which doesn't even go that high, but still. Occasionally, I like to switch my keyboard over to a Windows machine, and I loved the fact that the volume up, down, and mute buttons worked so well even on another OS. Such is not the case with this keyboard. But hey...not everyone is in the same boat as me. Enjoy!

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  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    USB Warning!

    First off this keyboard is great to type on, but the main draw was the USB 2.0 (or so i thought) hub. It is not sufficiently powered as apple stated. "We Thought Of Everything" I guess you did think of everything, except the customer... I really hope this is fixed, just on the basis that i really do like typing on it... Pretty dissapointing, apple.

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  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Faster typing?

    Look I'm not a total Apple fanboy. I ordered this keyboard because I didn't like resistance of my old wired Apple keyboard and i sort of liked typing on my girlfriends MacBook. However, it seems that ever since I began using this new Apple keyboard I type slightly faster and with less mis-keystrokes. Maybe it's my imagination but it sure seems like my typing has improved.

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  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Elegant, easy to use, but flawed.

    This Apple Keyboard is a nice addition to almost any system. The size is great, only slightly less wide than its predecessor, and the feel of the keys takes very little to get used to. However there are a few issues. One, there is virtually no incline to the unit and can be bothersome on some wrists. Second, and most importantly in this case, is that this keyboard will not function when attached to certain KVM switches. As a USB device it should "just work" ,but when connected to a USB KVM in the dedicated keyboard port, it simply does nothing. If there were a fix for this issue, it would be worthy of 5 stars.

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  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Great look and feel, but...

    I like this new keyboard a lot, but was VERY disappointed to learn that ipods and the iphone will not operate through the keyboard's usb ports. The keyboard's description on the apple site reads:

    "And two USB 2.0 ports provide high-speed connectivity for your iPod, Mighty Mouse, digital camera, and other USB-based electronic devices."

    Too bad.

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  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    No Dashboard and No Expose...

    The Keyboard Update that you download from Software Update doesn't allow the keyboard to use the Expose and Dashboard Keys. Other than that it works great!

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  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    USB ports really aren't full function

    "And two USB 2.0 ports provide high-speed connectivity for your iPod, Mighty Mouse, digital camera, and other USB-based electronic devices."

    The above sentence is directly from Apple's advertising material for the new keyboard. Oh, how I wish it were true. I was facing the purchase of a USB hub because I was tired of turning my iMac, unplugging one item, plugging in another. I thought this keyboard would be a great solution. But even my Nano iPod kicks up a low power warning. The keyboard is great aside from the USB function. Great feel, easy access function keys, etc.

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  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    NIce, but Caps Lock key seems a little temperamental

    Very sleek, and capable of handling very quick typing. I'm still getting used to the limited key travel, but I don't think it will be a problem.

    The Caps Lock key, however, doesn't seem to work if I press it quickly. It only changes state if I press it quite deliberately. I suspect I've received a marginally faulty unit :-( I'd rate it higher, if it weren't for this problem.

    I wish there were a wireless version with the numeric keypad.

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  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Pretty but dumb.

    Ok, aesthetically this keyboard verges on beautiful and is whisper quiet.

    On the downside however it lacks some of the functionality for pro apps users. Moving the volume/eject keys is a daft idea and I'd really hoped they'd go back to the old version of having finger spaces between every four function keys borders on infuriating. For Pro Tools I utilise F5 - F8 most and with the spaces can find these keys in my sleep and lose this ability here. And with the new low level smoothness of the keys it is much easier to mis-key.(and am I being a bit moany if I mention the tiny return key?).

    Software update had to be installed before the new hot keys would work (make sure you try this rather than assuming it is broken) and it has little traction overall meaning it tends to slide about a bit.

    The USB ports spoil the overall sleek look by being right at the edge so the wires stick right out the sides and if you're on a small surface, interfere with your mouse movement.

    All said though it is a good solid keyboard, fantastically ergonomic and if you do a lot of touch typing then it will serve you well.

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  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    A mixed bag

    Liked the looks of the last Apple keyboards, but they accumulated too much debris and my last one broke within a year. The keys on the new one have a better feel, albeit a little noisy. The space bar feels a little funky. I'm halfway on the looks: I like the minimalism, but not sure about the white keys on the aluminum. Seems like all white or all aluminum would've been much more attractive. In the end, it's overpriced at $49. I could see $29, or even $39, but c'mon. This is a really simple product.

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  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    I like it, but it has its problems

    I got my keyboard today, installed the required updates, but the Expose and dashboard keys still don't function. From what I've read, people are only being told to wait for the update.

    Other than that issue, the keyboard is great. It looks awesome and feels great to type on since I've grown used to the keyboard on my MacBook.

    Besides the update issue, its great. I just hope that Apple addresses the issue sometime soon.

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  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Come on Guys, you can do better!

    Love the aluminum, the keys have a decent feel to them..but 3 things: Wireless version should have the NUMBER KEYS! , and WHERE IS THE BACKLIGHTING? Come on apple this should have been your starting point! the USB ports I prefer to be in the middle like the last generation.. just a personal preference, it's easier to route the mouse cable if the plug is in the back, on the side is a liitle harder to manipulate and place the cable.. other than those gripes.. love the material, and the feedback is resonalbly firm, love the size of the keyboard and it's about time they made it of aluminum!

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  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Keyboard looks hot but strange space bar??

    The keyboard looks hot and sits on the desk amazingly but my space bar doesn't space like the old one? sometimes it misses spaces and it needs to be pressed harder than the old mac keyboards? did i just get a dud one?

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  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    sent back keyboard

    i got my new keyboard and it looks great but the new keys
    dashboard,brightness,expose`did not work so has been sent back
    and by the sound of the support person idont think this is the first

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  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Beautiful keyboard, not for everyone...

    I bought this the morning it came on the site - my older apple keyboard whilst responsive was too clunky and heavy. and sitting 8 hours a day at it, I started to get tired wrists from the height.

    Let's set aside the looks - they're fantastic. And the anodysed look closely matches my monitors and mac pro case - good job apple!
    The response takes a very slight getting used to, but once you have it's far easier to type from and completely comfortable during long sessions.

    This keyboard might still not be a replacement for everyone though:
    the additional shortkeys at the top may be great for the casual user, but if like me you're a pro apps user, beware that such keys as the volume controls have been stuck onto the F keys. F keys that you may use constantly in Final Cut Pro.
    You can turn the volume controls off when you use such apps, but personally I find it a little tricky to juggle between the two.

    Just a word of warning if you are a heavy apps user, otherwise a very solid product that combines great looks with impressive functionality.


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