• 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Just a GREAT Keyboard!!!

    I was very hesitant on purchasing this keyboard, but after much personal debate...I got it. And I have to say that I AM EXTREMELY PLEASED!!! I mean it's only a keyboard but it works great and I have had none of the problems that have been listed. Maybe beginners luck. It started out without any problems and I happen to like the 2 USB ports. I plugged my mouse into it and off I went.
    If you're debating between this keyboard and another, you should really give this one a try. It's also very comfortable if you have Carpal Tunnel due to the low profile of the unit.
    Maybe a lttle pricey for a keyboard, BUT WORTH EVERY PENNY!

    16 of 17 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Good if you have Fine Motor Difficulties

    I got this keyboard with my new iMac and use it with a word prediction program due to me having difficulties with my co-ordination.

    I find it easier to type on than my PC keyboard where I was constantly hitting two keys together. As there is a space between each key (around 3mm) and the flatter wider key I find it easier to hit an individual key with more accuracy without needing a keyguard on it too.

    I would recommend it to others.

    20 of 25 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    WORKS on MBP (early 2008 at least)

    I have an early 2008 MBP (15", 2.4GHz) and it works fine. Haven't had trouble with any of the USB ports either. I usually use an external hard drive, iPod, flash drive or M-Audio keyboard with the keyboard USB slots and haven't had any problems with them.

    The only thing I'd change about it is that you need to use the Fn key to activate the F buttons. I'd prefer it if it were reversed so that you would have to hit the Fn key to change the settings such as brightness of the screen or sound level, etc. It's not that big of a deal; the only time I notice it is when I'm gaming, but you can usually reassign the key shortcuts.

    Other than that, it looks real nice, it's easy to clean and I really like the feel of the keys when I'm typing. In fact, my typing seems faster on it when compared to the PC type keyboard I'm using now, at work. I suppose that's a personal preference thing though, so other people might find it difficult to type on.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Comfortable

    I have tendonitis in my wrists from typing improperly for years. Because of the slim nature of the keyboard, it takes little pressure to type, and does not aggravate my tendonitis like the heavy, clunky keyboards on other computers.

    20 of 25 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Awesome!

    I am a new MAC user and I must say this keyboard rocks.

    1. It is virtually quiet.
    2. The USB ports are a big plus.
    3. I like the size. Much smaller then what my DELL's was.
    4. I like the laptop style feel.

    Overall this is an amazing little keyboard that just brightens me day to use.

    19 of 23 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Simply Put: Amazing

    Where to start? Short Stroke,Very Good Function Keys, Water Damage and it still works!!! :D First, It feels very good to the touch it's a short stroke touch, so its like the beautiful Apple Laptops. Second all the function keys are very useful, for example I have F13 program with this application to open iTunes. Third, the most amazing thing occurred, I had water spilled on it, the number pad, and Amazing it works 100% perfect, now my advice is not to spill water on it, but if you do, dry it, what i did was a little harsh but hit it softly against the mattress, then with a hair dryer dry the area front and back, in my case it worked Perfectly. Simply Amazing a Keyboard can do that. I LOVE this Keyboard, definitely buy it.

    P.S I Wouldn't write such a long review, if it wasn't good :D

    17 of 19 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    poor quality, nice design

    A beautiful design and it looks impressive on your desk. However, this is not a keyboard for serious work. you can push down a key beyond the touch point without seeing a response. This is unacceptable for a professional user. Especially the return key is a design error.
    if you hit this key on its vertical part or a bit off center you often see no response.
    The keyboard I bought also had one faulty key ("3") with a wobbling response, an unprecise touch point.
    Although I got used to the exrtremely short key hubs, a keyboard with short hub needs to have a precise, reliable touch point, and this keyboard is not precise enough. If you are trained and type fast, you will get annoyed very soon.

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  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Not for hardcore users

    It looks great and feels great but if you are going to use it for a long period of time, such as coding or gaming, I'd say don't buy it. IMO it's not ergonomic and on long usage you will quickly feel the strain on your fingers and wrist.
    But if you want to impress your friends or the hot date you managed to bring into your flat, it's the best :)
    Even getting a wrist rest won't help since the height of the keyboard is too low.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    F Keys set up backwards

    I bought this keyboard because I could not get the old style Apple keyboard which I have used since they came out with it for the production typing that makes my living. I especially liked the old price of the old one, because when keys starting sticking at all or anything else even marginally malfunctioned, I had the pleasure of breaking out a new one always in reserve and experiencing, once again, that smooth as butter newness. With this model, on the other hand, priced at nearly double the old one (which is very hard to find now and pricey as well) and not plug-in programmed for my essential function keys, it took me a while to even want to figure it out. When I did download the software for the second time and get it to install, I found that the function keys still would not program to my specification UNTIL I checked the box in the system preferences Keyboard pane that says it selects the functions printed on the keys (not what I wanted). Once I did this, however, the system preferences allowed me in keyboard shortcuts to set up the F keys for the menu operations I have always used them for, i.e. to customize them. This appears to be the opposite of what the check box says it does, but, oh well, I am off and running with this now. Thought others might want to know this.

    The touch is different, but I find one advantage over the old one is that striking two keys at once when an edge is hit does not happen - these keys have to be struck squarely to register. The space bar is not as responsive, but I'll adjust my stroke for that eventually. Otherwise, I do think this design will likely facilitate increased speed once I get adjusted to it. Another plus on this new one, to be fair, is it is the first keyboard I can easily see the light on for the caps lock - I've actually searched for one that would have an audible tone or some other alert feature to keep me from having to retype strings of text when the caps lock was unintentionally left on.

    In the final analysis, however, I don't think a company should simply discontinue a mainstay product for many users. Maybe I was the only one, but I was buying 2-3 of the old style keyboards a year and quite happy with them. So, that's my two cents worth on the new Apple Keyboard.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Keys in Perfect Pitch

    This may sound a bit silly, since this a $49 part of a $2000+ iMac G5, but I love it like no other keyboard I've ever used.

    I find I make fewer tpyos, er, typos and love the short travel of each key. With previous Apple keyboard (white), keys often got "stuck" or my fingers would seek out wrong key by accident. It had poor tactile feedback. This Al beauty approaches legendary quality of Thinkpad' keyboards.

    I wonder if this 'board works seamlessly with Tiger? I want to get one for my friend.

    Happy Typing...

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  • 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.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great keyboard, add backlight and I'll buy another one!

    Everything has been said about this beautiful piece of engineering and design. Functional, easy to type on, great for your wrists, top notch. Just one more thing - that woudl make it EVEN better: Add keyboard backlight. I'm not saying that I need it as much as on the Mac Book Pro, but I know some people would almost switch to a Mac because of that alone. I'm in the market for an updated Mac Pro in Spring 2008 - maybe we can have a keyboard with backlight by then too? Thanks for great products, you guys make work more fun!

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Best Keyboard I've Owned

    This is very easily the best keyboard that I have ever owned. There are no problems with it that I have experienced. It is actually thinner than you think that it will be, which is definitely a good thing. There are many programmable keys to customize your layout and its ergonomically sound. I have it set up with my Macbook and a bluetooth mighty mouse with a stand for the macbook, making my desktop setup complete. Thank you apple.

    16 of 17 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Brilliant USB conections

    It's really handy to have two USB sokets on the keyboard as my computer base unit is tucked away so it is difficult to acssess the USB ports on the main computer

    16 of 18 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Keyboard!!! Highly Recommended!!!

    I purchased this keyboard when it was first released, I think about 2 years ago now. Not a single problem with it so far. I clean it periodically with iKlear and a microfiber towel. Some of the commonly used keys and the space bar have developed a bit of a shine from constant use. The keys "feel" great - very easy to use, the spring pressure feels very natural for me. The super thin design means less stress on your hands and wrists, and easier all day use. If you are looking for a really great replacement keyboard at a reasonable price, this is a solid choice.

    Two small requests...

    I think it would be great to have 2 USB ports on the front to each side of the cable, like the previous generation keyboard. Perhaps even a total of 4 USB ports. That being said, I rarely use the USB ports because they are a bit difficult to access on the side.

    I would really LOVE to have this keyboard in black and silver to match my iMac better, and to have the option for back lit keys like the Macbook Pro's have. Black and silver would be nice, with selectable back lighting would be super. On/off, adjustable brightness - maybe a few LED color choices like white, blue, red, green - depending on your conditions or mood. White for general purpose, red for stealthy operations, blue for that cool electric modern feel, green because geniuses pick green :-)

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Outstanding

    After using ergo keyboards with PCs for the past decade, transferring to a straight board was a bit scary due to my arthritis. However, they keys are easy to press but not too sensitive.
    Also, being an accountant, having a 10-key is extremely important. The placement of the function keys are a bit different but easy to get used to.
    The keyboard without the 10-key is similar to using a laptop.
    All-in-all, the full keyboard is a great investment.

    16 of 18 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Compliments Windows and Mac Brilliantly

    I just built a new rig running windows 7 and I was looking for a low profile keyboard. Needless to say, I couldn't resist the sex appeal of the apple aluminum keyboard. I'm happy to report that I plugged it into my PC and it worked flawlessly.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    i like it

    first of all this is very sleek. the keys are very responsive, and also it doesn't make that annoying loud click that other plastic keyboards make. although maybe not the best keyboard for the workplace. the keys are a little spread out than other keyboards so it will take getting used to. overall its a very nice keyboard.

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  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Improvement

    I just happened to be using my brother's rather ancient Mac with his new keyboard and it stood out just how much better his keyboard was - more reliable, less noisy, smoother action - than the original keyboard of my more modern machine that misses 1 out of every 100 or less key presses of mine. I think the difference in behaviour has to be quite marked for it to stand out like that.
    To type this review I've had to go back and insert missing letters several times.
    So that's why I'm here - buying a new keyboard like his! I think it will suit my typing style a lot better than the one I'm using right now.

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  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Say good-bye to touch typing.

    PROBLEMS: (1) Flat keys. This makes it difficult to anchor on the resting row for touch-typing (the itty-bitty raised dashes on the 'j' and 'f' keys do not suffice). (2) Flat keyboard. This puts the number row a greater distance from the resting finger position, which makes the ability to anchor on the resting row even more important. (I am 5'4", to give you a rough idea of my hand size.)

    RESULTS: 1) A lot of looking back and forth between the keyboard and the screen, slowing productivity. 2) A lot of typos. (All of this improves slightly but doesn't go away with practice.)

    CONTEXT: This is really frustrating if you're typing mostly words, but really really really frustrating for situations when you use numbers or bottom-row keys, or when a typo will make something not work. (E.g., working in LaTeX, writing code, using command shortcuts, passwords with weird combinations of characters).

    On the other hand, these design issues might not be a problem for you if: a) you have big enough hands, b) you already look at the keyboard when you type, or c) you have amazing proprioception.

    OK THINGS: 1) The silver is pretty.

    BOTTOM LINE: If you like to touch-type, I strongly suggest trying out this keyboard before you buy it.

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