• 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Good keys and footprint, useless USB

    • Written by from Athens

    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

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    USB Ports are a disappointment

    • Written by from Halifax

    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.

    23 of 37 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Very ergonomic, but not without flaws

    • Written by from Reston

    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.

    12 of 16 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    love the keyboard but...

    • Written by from los banos

    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.

    7 of 11 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

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

    • Written by from Alta Loma

    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!

    2 of 4 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    USB Warning!

    • Written by from Effingham

    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.

    10 of 16 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Faster typing?

    • Written by from Brookhaven

    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.

    13 of 24 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Elegant, easy to use, but flawed.

    • Written by from Chesapeake

    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.

    15 of 24 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Great look and feel, but...

    • Written by from Washington

    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.

    131 of 155 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    No Dashboard and No Expose...

    • Written by from Bluffton

    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!

    12 of 21 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    USB ports really aren't full function

    • Written by from Cottage Grove

    "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.

    195 of 233 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    A mixed bag

    • Written by from BROOKFIELD

    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.

    6 of 12 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    I like it, but it has its problems

    • Written by from Cedarville

    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.

    14 of 17 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Come on Guys, you can do better!

    • Written by from Garland

    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!

    9 of 20 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Apple New Wired Keyboard

    • Written by from Foothill Ranch

    Hooked up the new keyboard today and its is a real site to behold. Very thin and lite weight. The new key design has a great feel and very large keys so you don't make many mistakes.

    THE ONE PROBLEM I HAVE WITH IT IS the two usb ports will not support an ipod. I have the video Ipod and I get a warning that the USB power is too low to power the attached device. I bought this key board to clear away clutter on my desk and hopefully eliminate a few cords. Unfortunately its not true and I was disappointed. I am very much an apple fan but the low USB ports were a not as advertised on the website.

    4515 of 6678 people found this useful