• 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Overall - A delight, but with certain limitations

    A delightful keyboard to use (and look at), but with just a few limitations.

    Pros: Incredibly easy to keep clean, and very good and quiet key action. A slight adjustment to hand positioning and there's no strain at all - regardless of what other users have said. If anything, it's given me an easier time typing (I'm a professional writer and at the keyboard for around 8 hours a day) and actually helped increase speed and accuracy.

    The limitations: Bit disappointed that the angle can't be changed. Also, the USB ports on either side are set just a tad too close to the bottom. The result of this is that if you insert a thumbdrive that's on the slightly thick side, it's not totally clear of the desk. But, I suppose that's why the gods inspired someone to design USB hubs.


    It's a great keyboard and, once again, Apple designers are to be congratulated.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    USB cord too short for me

    I don't have any issues with the keyboard itself, it's great and I really like the way the keys feel. My only issue is that I have a keyboard tray that is just right for me, but the way my desk is in relation to the distance between monitor and keyboard, the USB cable is just too short. I thought about wireless, but I use the 10-key pad often, which the wireless doesn't have. I'm open to suggestion.

    30 of 59 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    great keyboard, but boot shortcuts don't work.

    I love the feel of this keyboard and don't regret buying it.

    But... none of the boot shortcuts work, so I can't boot with the install DVD or in Firewire Target Disk mode.

    I've done some reading on various forums and this seems to be a problem with many Macs that did not come with this keyboard as original equipment.

    I'm using an Intel core duo iMac, the first model of Intel iMacs.

    21 of 30 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Designed with quality

    I really do enjoy this keyboard. It's slick and visually appealing, but at the same time it gets the job done and works very well. The only issue I have is that I feel there was little false advertising at play, given that the "two USB 2.0 ports [that] provide high-speed connectivity for your iPod, Mighty Mouse, digital camera, and other USB-based electronic devices" don't actually work with your iPod, Mighty Mouse, and so forth. OSX claims that the devices don't have enough power to connect. You'd think that, with these USB ports being one of the major selling points of this keyboard, they would have tested to make sure that the keyboard offered enough power to at the very least make their own products be able to connect. However, the USB ports do work with one device I own, a Wacom tablet, so they're not completely useless.

    12 of 19 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Good, but something is odd...

    I purchased this keyboard about 6 months ago, and have really had no problems with it... until yesterday.

    PROS: Slim, lightweight, space saving, and very attractive
    CONS: Doesn't allow for some keyboard shortcuts.

    I installed Leopard and got the dreaded blue screen (I'm a Windows convert)... I tried everything, but couldn't get the CD out or even boot in safe mode. I called Apple support and even SHE couldn't figure out what was wrong.

    For some reason I got a feeling the keyboard wasn't working with the shortcuts (i.e.: command + S) so I switched it out with my old apple keyboard. Lo & behold... it worked.

    So it works great, but it does have some quirks.

    15 of 30 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great on a PC

    I actually bought this to work on my Dell Dimension E520. Aside from no Number Lock, it actually works great on my Windows XP machine! I'll soon be purchasing the wireless version for my Dell Latitude D600. (Yall get the 5th star when you fix the number lock issue, though it's not logical that you would).

    59 of 103 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Keyboard

    This is an excellent keyboard, best on the market. The only drawback is that it is not wireless... other than that, Apple has outdone themselves once again.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great feel

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

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Valid replacement

    The design needs no review as it is stunningly minimal with clean lines. The keys are bouncy and the travel low so this makes a great kb for those like me that have arthritis which makes depressing keys a pain in the long run. The greater distance between the keys also help as the risk of clicking 2 keys at once is greatly reduced.
    Now, the powered USB ports: this has to be clarified: if you plug the keyboard directly into your Mac's USB port you'll get powered kb ports. If. like I, plug it at the back of your Apple display, the ports will not have enough power for items such as your iPod, flash drive, printer etc.
    This aside am still glad I got this kb.

    314 of 364 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Excellent KB, but lacks ONE big feature - Backlighting

    Apple finally got a KB right. It's close [but still not quite there] to the Thinkpad keyboards of world reknown. Then again neither is any other KBs. I can type 30-40 pages with this KB before I get finger tired - that's about double compared to the old KBs or a MacBook. Must be some of this KB in the MackBook Air because that little thing feels GREAT.

    This KB has the typical Apple pizazz, but it only took them 20 years. As usual when Apple gets something right they do it in a big way. Apple either has the best xxx or the worst - nothing in between.

    So how do you make a KB sexy of all things? Well Apple did. As long as you like your sex in daylight or a bright room.

    But I wonder - this is USB right? 500ma and all that. How much trouble would it have been to LED backlight this unit? I'd have paid the extra $10 for sure. Or $20. Or $30. I mean it's driving a $9k desktop computer and I've got a HomeDepot USB/LED light hanging over the edge. I'm sitting in a dark room, the monitor is my only light source. Monitor/hokey light gives it some light, but not much. Hey - Microsoft did it, so did Kensington.

    Nah, this really should have been backlit. Still give it a 4.5/5.0 though. I'm too old for sex anyway

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    breakthrough keyboard

    This is an incredible keyboard. It took me a few hours to get used to it, but now using anything else feels so clumsy and fat. I do wish you could adjust the angle a bit to raise it up, and I wish the USB ports could drive more than a mouse (an ipod would be nice), but really, it's for typing, and for that reason it's a sweet piece of kit.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Almost Perfect (for Some)!

    This is my latest keyboard in a line of different keyboards dating back to the Apple Extended Keyboard II (with its distinctive clacking sounds). I've used every Apple keyboard from then to now, along with many different Microsoft Keyboards, and a few Mac and PC laptop keyboards.

    You definitely have to spend a week or so on this keyboard before you'll get used to it (especially for using keys such as the Return key or Delete key). It feels quite like a MacBook keyboard, but it seems to have a little more tactile responsiveness than the average MacBook Pro keyboard or even the older Apple "Keyboard" (the white one—which I still use, from time to time). The keys are easy to press, but they're just tight enough that you won't accidentally hit one. And the keyboard has a pleasing sound to it, too. Not as annoying as the old Extended Keyboard II, and not as quiet as the former Apple white "Keyboard."

    The main reason I bought this keyboard, though, was it's size. It's about the smallest extended keyboard on the market, and it'll fit about anywhere. I used to use a Microsoft Photo Keyboard, so the amount of space I've regained on my desk has more than made up for the $49 I paid for this keyboard! The USB ports on it are nice (since they're finally USB 2.0), but they won't power a flash drive or hard drive (you'll get a USB low-power notice). The cable is of good length, and there's a nice extension cable included as well.

    My only real complaint is that the USB extension cable can *only* be used with this keyboard, because of a notch in the end which prevents me from plugging in any other USB devices with 'standard' plugs.

    17 of 28 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Keyboard, but White Keys?

    I love this keyboard, I even like the old "Crumb-Catcher" but this keyboard is GREAT!, the physical design is Awesome! But WHITE KEYS? Come on! the new imac is Aluminum with a black bezel, it only matches that "OUT-DATED" mouse (and not really), and you know that soon, there will be a new mouse from apple, but all-and-all EXCELLENT! product. If it was black 5 stars!!!!

    16 of 31 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Shortcomings

    I tried to start-up using TechTool Pro and the Tiger Install disk and found that my keyboard commands (holding down Option and holding down the "C" key) wouldn't result in booting from the DVD. I booted from the DVD after selecting the DVD as my start-up disk in System Preferences ran the applications and restarted, expecting the restart to be in OSX 10.4.11. It started in TechTool Pro. Moreover, in other restarts, the DVD would not eject using the eject button, nor could I get a choice of start-up disks by holding down the Option Key. I pulled the keyboard, re-hooked up my old keyboard, restarted, ejecting my DVD and all the normal functions were present. Neither Apple Care nor the Geniuses at the Apple Store could figure out a solution. We got the same results using their keyboards. Otherwise, it's slick. My iMac is a 2GHz Intel Core Duo running OSX 10.4.11

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    iLike iT

    I just bought the keyboard and i have to say i was beyond surprised at how thin it was a very sleek and sexy desgin this keyboard leaves almost nothing to be wanted.

    The only cons i could find (and i had to think hard) was 1 it doesnt have any legs to life higher and 2 its energy efficient which means that if you start your PC with a dual boot it doesnt let you choose the parition you want to run.

    Otherwise it leaves nothing to be wanted the VERY best keyboard ive used, remember it IS originally designed for mac ergo there are SOME problems (ie the = key on the number pad doesnt do anything the F keys dont do what theyre labeled as) just use it as you would use your regual keyboard

    18 of 37 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Very Nice--except

    A lovely keyboard with a solid feel especially considering the size. Way different from the Dell I've had for 5 years but I've already started getting used to this keyboard along with my new iMac. The biggest issue is the touch of the space bar. I am getting better at it but I do have to hit it just right--and hit it hard--to get a space between words. I think this will improve as I get used to it.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    This keyboard fits for PC just fine (with some remarks)

    Well, that's a fine piece of Apple stuff. I like its heavy enough aluminum base and flat buttons that fit my swift typing skills just fine. However there were some issues but they all natured of that I'm a PC user and bought the keyboard for my PC. So there was a problem with Alt and Win buttons swapped and the absence of Print Screen key. Both solved by free software. 4/5 for now, folks, keep up the good work. Hope next time I write a review for MacBook.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Mac/Windows/Linux it does it all

    First looking at this item online gives you a false sense by pictures, Once you have it you will be astound by the sleek design, capability, and lightweight. This item works well with Mac's PC and Linux.

    Now the parts i think that could be better. Back-lit-keys would always be nice. sure it will make the board a bit thicker but it will still have a nice feeling to it with the flat keys. The second thing is it needs a longer USB cored. it comes with a attachment but it would be nice for PC users to have a longer cord.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Awesome keyboard!

    Love the feel of this keyboard. Makes typing faster and more comfortable for me.
    Love the function keys however would like to see one for "Sleep Mode".

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Love it ... except....

    I love this keyboard for the most part. I too type a lot and have NOT had any problems with that. Matter of fact, typing seems to move along faster. It's also so quiet.

    My complaints ... the location of the USB ports. And the extension USB they give you must be for USB2(?) My card reader doesn't fit; there's an extra "nib" in the opening.

    Also, WHY did Apple discontinue their old keyboard? I only have OS 10.3 and had no other Apple option but this keyboard. (Or wireless, I think. But that would lead to more expense.) Since I don't have 10.4 (another expense!) the "F" keys don't work properly (except for the eject key.) The ones I miss most are the volume keys.

    I did have a problem w/the Caps Lock and "A" keys not responding unless I whacked them HARD; but I returned it to my Apple store for an exchange with no problems.

    Don't get me wrong; I do like the keyboard. Typing IS smoother/faster/quieter; "crud" doesn't build up and it looks so sleek. I'm just hoping Apple reads these reviews and takes our voices into account when they improve the original.

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