• 4.0 out of 5 stars

    At a desk, wired is better than wireless and here's why...

    • Written by from Bedminster

    For most Mac users, we delight in the fact that Apple products are SMART and INNOVATIVE. Well, once agan, that is just what THIS FULL KEYBOARD is. It's only as wide, long and thick as a keyboard needs to be. Due to the fact that it 2 has built-in USBs, it automatically comes raised/angled due to their design as compensated underneath the keyboard (so for all of you worried about ergonomic design, the keyboard is titled nicely).

    Now, I'm a HUGE advocate of having "extra space" on my desktop, so at first I only wanted the keyboard that's the exact same size/build as my MacBook Pro 13" 's...Much to my surprise, I bought the full wired keyboard because of the additional KEYS [ex: "delete >" (RIGHT) and delete (regular backspace), Arrow keys, sperate numerical pad!!] and they have DEFINITELY come in handy. (pun intended).

    If your needs are based on using any external keyboard at your desk (and you the additional keys/features appealing in a full keyboard) get this keyboard over the wireless. It even comes with an extension-cable (that I needed to utilize, in addition it's the regular wire, for the keyboard to reach from under my desk's keyboard tray, up and around to the back of desk and finally to my external monitor's USB plug). As set up in the manner which I have it, the cable NEVER gets in the way and I never even realize that it's there. If you MUST have the keyboard on top your desk, then I can see how a wire would be annoying: both noticeable and in-the-way. Also, if you want to use the keyboard to control your computer for strict multimedia use (say, from your bed or from livingroom couch/table with Apple TV) then the wireless version obviously suits your needs better.

    In my opinion, this keyboard is for the desk-worker who will utilize all of it's full features and also doesn't want to worry about batterie in a wireless keyboard. (That said, if Apple ever did make this same full-featured wired keyboard wireLESS, it would be the ultimate for everyone I imagine- but for now, this is what is available, I love it so far and I'm glad that I bought it over the wireless - again, it truly suits all of my desk-working needs and setup, perfectly).

    28 of 34 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Chicago

    Excellent keyboard, the keys have great and crisp feel,it has great design, but one of the reasons i bought this product was because apple told us it has 2 2.0 usb built in ports so i can plug in any device i want.
    You simply can´t plug any usb flash drive or an ipod, because the system tells you that the usb ports are low powered.
    So that´s a big disappointment for me, other than that, it´s all good!!

    23 of 24 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Keyboard

    • Written by from Conowingo

    The only thing better would be to add backlighing like the MacBook pro's have built in.
    (And the Wireless KB could use a Number pad too)

    22 of 22 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Full Keyboard should have just come with the iMac

    • Written by from Burnaby

    I bought my iMac two weeks ago and really gave the mini keyboard a try but, as a PC convert, there are some things that I just need, like my home and end keys, a backspace and a full size keypad. It should have just come with the system I bought but there was no swaying the sales person to swap it out for me. Oh well I ended up having to spend another $60 to get the full keyboard. I also ended up using the KeyFixer utility to remap the Home and End keys so that they operated like I expected them to. Overall I am very happy with my system and full keyboard.

    24 of 26 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Awesome keyboard with one minor problem

    • Written by from LONDON

    As the other reviews state, and I endorse, the keyboard is great, the keys feel great and all, but there is one minor issue, and it has to do with apple USB connectors.

    The connectors in the keyboard are very strong and tight, but given the type of USB plugs from, say, an iPod touch, or a mighty mouse, it is VERY hard to pluck them out of the keyboard since they are square and smooth. If you never have to remove apple stuff from the keyboard, there is no problem, but if you do, you'd better have very strong fingers.

    29 of 36 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Excellent tactile feel

    • Written by from HOFFMAN ESTATES

    Love the solid aluminum construction. The keys are actually chiclet-type keys that are silent, smooth, and great for touch typists like me. I actually enjoy using this keyboard! (I've been a PC user for 20+ years and switched to Macs recently). Love it!

    24 of 26 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    F Keys in system preferences

    • Written by from Providence

    I'm not a reviewer very often, but I do enjoy these keyboards, partly because I'm shallow and the aesthetics really appeal to me, but also I enjoy the touch and feel. I am writing this because I wanted to point out to all the reviewers that gave it a bad rating because "pro" apps use F keys that are set up for sound etc. In system preferences, under keyboard, there is a checkbox that says - Use all F1, F2, etc, keys as standard function keys. Check the box, problem solved. Enjoy.

    22 of 22 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Uhg, not a fan!

    • Written by from East Fallowfield

    We have had the new keyboards at work for some time now, and I would say about 85% of us do not like them at all. It is incredibly uncomfortable to type on, the keys are flat instead of curved like a MacBook and I am constantly missing the space bar and some letters while typing. It's also hard to keep clean, since dust and debris can easily get in behind the keys. They are cool looking, but completely impractical.

    50 of 78 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Only One Complaint.

    • Written by from Lake Tapawingo

    I couldn't be happier about the style and performance of my new Apple Keyboard. It is sleek, easy to use, has 19 function keys, everything that I want from my keyboard, with one exception. It comes equipped with 2 USB ports (adding one overall because it uses up one), but the USB ports don't have enough power to support an iPod or my iPhone. I suppose this is not a huge problem, just my one complaint. The keyboard is a great investment. I am extremely happy with my purchase.

    48 of 74 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Nice solid keyboard!

    • Written by from Fort Worth

    I have just received my keyboard direct from Apple after only ordering it on Friday.

    I am replacing an 8 month old white keyboard from my Mac Pro Tower. Nothing wrong with the keyboard, I have just got used to typing on the keyboard on my Macbook at home and it puts a lot less strain on my arm (after sustaining an injury last year - not Mac related!).

    The new keyboard is nice and solid and very responsive. It doesn't move around and has a nice precise feel to the key clicks. And it's oh so quiet, much quieter than the last keyboard! My co-workers have told me so!

    As for the function keys, I don't know what the fuss is all about. In System Preferences>Keyboard and Mouse, I simply checked the FN radio button.
    So now in Quark, Photoshop etc all my usual Function buttons work as they should do and to access the 'quick key' functions printed on the keys, I simply hit FN (above the arrow keys) and then the desired key. Believe me, I use the Quark/Photoshop/Illustrator function keys a lot more than I turn up or down the volume or adjust the brightness of the screen!

    And as to the guy having a problem with the eject key not working... not a problem for me, but there is always 'apple+E' or even having the eject button sat up in the menu bar so you don't even need to have a keyboard attached.

    This is a superb addition to my desktop. I love it!

    30 of 38 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great feel

    • Written by from Milwaukee

    Worth the 50 bones. Great key response and very quiet. Would love if they made an ergonomic version though.

    53 of 84 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Let me repeat what everyone else has said....

    • Written by from Tinton Falls

    I go through keyboards as fast as a baby goes through disposable diapers. For me, the keyboard is the single most important experience for the computer user. There must be absolute comfort, feel and ability to type with
    an abundance of speed.

    I have used something as bland as the Logitech S530
    keyboard/mouse combo and something as expensive as the
    Logitech DiNovo which sells for $200.

    This new Apple Keyboard is something rather spectacular
    for what it is.

    Arriving in a HUGE box that gets shipped from Apple
    (this must be their idea of a joke), beneath the mounds
    of packing paper is a small sliver of a package that
    contains this tiny marvel.

    Setting up the keyboard was easy. Apple even included
    a USB extension. Though I detest wired keyboards as
    a rule, I suddenly don't seem to mind.

    This keyboard is ultra-responsive. People were not
    kidding when they said typing speed is dramatically
    improved thanks to the spacing of the keys. The overall
    touch is firm and responsive. The keyboard is a work
    of beauty. This is a "must buy!"

    26 of 30 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Disappointing... again

    • Written by from Wilmington

    Second keyboard fail in less than a year.
    Comfy, quiet, fast, and I love the 'thin-ness'. But it just doesn't last. I can't say it's a battery hog, because it's not wireless. It just...dies.
    So not cool.

    22 of 23 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Keyboard fail

    • Written by from North Salt Lake

    Bought one, failed within 3 months. Little over a year later, the replacement is dead. Bought another, hopefully lasts longer.... I've had cheap Logitech and Microsoft keyboards last much longer. Serious quality issues.

    21 of 21 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Cool, but junk. Keyboard worked for less than 9 months.

    • Written by from Ivins

    I bought one of these in July of 2013 and yesterday it failed. It's a wired usb keyboard for god sake, how tough can it be to make it last more than 8 months?

    How come there is no warranty information on this device? I had a similar issue with a wireless keyboard and it just started acting weird after about 6 months.

    25 of 29 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Poor quality

    • Written by from Springfield

    Beautiful but fragile. Better keep an extra on hand because you cannot clean them with a damp wet wipe. Never press too many keys at a time. The most rugged apple keyboard I've used is for a G4 (and older but they are not usb).

    23 of 25 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Repeatedly fail within a year.

    • Written by from Ipswich

    I have had 3 of these wired keyboards since purchasing my last iMac (MB420LL/A). Each one has failed completely in about a year or so.

    28 of 35 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    amazing keyboard

    • Written by from Regina

    I like this keyboard a lot. Have it hookup to MBP and it works great with all the features. Main reason I bought this over the wireless was because of the keypad.

    22 of 23 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Looks 10, Types 3

    • Written by from Bloomington

    So this keyboard has a great look and feels like a laptop. This is not a good choice for doing a lot of typing as the keys are too close together and don't give enough feedback - either tactile or auditory - when you type. This is a case of form being subservient to function. I made my own keyboard stand to put this keyboard in the proper angle and position to type with a wrist rest. Still not as good as some of the after market keyboards.

    30 of 39 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    great keyboard

    • Written by from New york

    been using this now for about two years. I type with my wrists leaning on the table, so I love the fact that its low profile, so I don't have to bend my wrists to type. Also like the feel of the keys, with short keystrokes.

    Only issue I had was I spilt soda on it once, and the keys became sticky. Tried taking them off and cleaning them by hand and the stickiness prevailed. Then I read somewhere that you can run this keyboard through the dishwasher to fix the issue. It worked out great and the stickiness went away.

    26 of 31 people found this useful