• 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Hmmmmm, not sure I agree sorry guys

    About 4 months ago I bought a new 24" Silver and black iMac, gorgeous looks, fabulous power, quiet as a graveyard!!

    Having been a high end PC user for most of my working life I am a total Apple convert, I briefly had a Dual 1.8 G5 before getting my beloved iMac.

    I love the stability and design of these things and when I saw the look of the new keyboard couldn't wait to quite literally get my hands on one.

    At the Apple shop in Birmingham UK I decided to go for the wired keyboard because I liked the idea of USB connectors being easily accessible for my nano and for my digital camera, so with a big smile on my face I heaved the huge iMac box home.

    There's no doubt about it, the design is beautiful, the colour of green LED on the caps lock key is great, and the touch feels ok BUT ....

    I'm sorry to say I much prefer the older 'chunky' keyboard when it comes to doing lots of typing.

    I've given this a really good go but too often like others on here have posted I find that the Caps key doesn't lock on if you hit it too quickly, letters are sometimes missed when typing quickly and the overall 'feel' is a bit of a let down.

    I'm totally torn now .. I want USB 2 and great looks, but in the end it's the functionality that counts and I know I'm going against what most others have posted on here but my honest opinion is that this keyboard doesn't quite hit the spot, close but not quite!

    Personally I think others who have posted on here are getting a bit hyped up because of the looks and the fact that it's new, but really honestly I wish the keys were a little deeper maybe only 3-5mm and that they travelled just a little further so that you knew you had pressed something.

    It is definitely quieter than previous keyboards I have used and as I've said it does look fabulous, but when it comes down to it I'm yet to be convinced it is as hard wearing and robust as the older models and it certainly isn't as responsive.

    I am going to keep on trying with it to see if my experience improves, but after 4 months I suspect I will still find this falls short of previous offerings, worse still I look at the apple web site and I may be mistaken but it seems like you can't get the old ones anymore, so it may be a trip to e-bay for me I fear...

    In closing, I love the iMac and am definitely a bit of an evangelist for Apple nowadays, but this product misses the mark (in my opinion).

    116 of 175 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Apple Quality Assurance: Please check this out!

    Having just recently purchased two of these keyboards for our older Macs. I have a better understanding of why so many people seem to either love them or hate them.
    It seems that there are no two of these new keyboards that behave alike. One works great. I had to return the other because of a strange time delay with the “up arrow” and especially the ”right arrow” key. Not a computer or software problem, it has been isolated the individual keyboard. The replacement has the same intermittent delay on the arrow keys, plus a space bar that only works about half the time. Pressing the lower half of the bar usually gets no response, even though you feel and hear the “click” of the key.
    Apple has designed the “Caps Lock” key with a long delay in its response, requiring the typist to “lean” on that key for an abnormal period of time in order to get it to lock or unlock. Apple is compensating for poor typing technique at the expense good typists.
    To test your keyboard’s response , Open “Keyboard Viewer” (under the “flag” on the Menu Bar; if the “flag” isn’t there, go to System Preferences / International / Input Menu, and check “Show input menu in menu bar”). The Keyboard Viewer will give you a visual indication of the response for each keystroke, easily displaying flaky key contacts or strange time delays. If you end up with one of these new Aluminum keyboards that doesn’t work properly, my advice is to have it replaced immediately (and repeat if necessary, until you get a GOOD one). There seems to be a high percentage that truly are defective. It’s time for the Quality Assurance folks at Apple to get a handle on this problem!

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  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    not backwards compatible??

    I had the previous version of this keyboard, and I love the design. Now, three years later I needed another for work, so I bought one new this week, assuming it was the same product.

    I find that it works fine, except for the top row of function keys, which are no longer correctly recognized by my Snow Leopard OS X. Reading the product details more closely I now see that this was never guaranteed. I didn't even think to look at the OS X compatibility previously, since... it's a keyboard. My mistake.

    For those of us who code with highly customized MacBook Pros, upgrading to a new OS X can be a time consuming and not always worthwhile undertaking. So it's irritating when Apple's own products (especially something so simple as a keyboard) are no longer fully compatible with an operating system of their own design that is only 3 years old.

    For now I will just deal with the top row of keys being unusable until I have time to try updating my OS X. But, this is both frustrating and disappointing.

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  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Want to Like it

    I want to like this keyboard. It's a gorgeous object and looks great on my desk.

    Unfortunately, the low profile flat keys make maintaining a consistent typing position more difficult than it should be, and their extremely short travel provides little positive feedback. I find the half-size function keys impossible to hit without looking.

    The fn key is badly located for a modifier key, and requires weird contortions to use it. And Apple's habit if using standard icons to represent the other modifier keys but not printing them on the relevant keys continues.

    Worse, the handsome matte white keys don't stay handsome long. They're dirt magnets, and quickly stain to a uniform level of dinge that defies cleaning.

    Finally, I've been through three of them in 18 months. Admittedly, I pound on them 8-12 hours a day and no doubt need to get a life, but still... a keyboard, like a shoe sole, should be designed to take some pounding.

    Guess I'm just a sucker for a pretty face...

    56 of 72 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Order an extension cord with it

    The keyboard itself is fine, but unless you plan on using it directly under the monitor, the cord is at least a foot too short. My desk has a keyboard tray that requires the cord to go around the back edge of the desk and up to the computer. There needs to be another 12 inches (18 would be even better) for this to happen. I'd go with the wireless, but I need the 10-key. An excellent product made useless for lack of 3-cents worth of wire.

    69 of 100 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Great but its wired!

    It looks great, it types great, BUT WHY is it not wireless? The Apple Keyboard Pro is awesome and because it is wireless. (I am going back to it.) Apple please get back to a full size wireless keyboard.

    56 of 78 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Died within a year

    It's a nice looking and feeling keyboard but this was my second one in 3yrs. Keys just stopped working. the caps/shift keys are slow to respond which makes it hard to type just about anything. Can't open it to clean/repair since it's glued and doesn't have screws. I like the general feel but the other things are a big bummer. For $50 I don't want to have to buy a new one every year!

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  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Perfect in a universe where liquid doesn't exist.

    This keyboard feels great, I love it, but my third one just died as a result of coming into contact with literally (really, literally) a single drop of water. The previous two suffered a similar fate, however after being sure that it was such a small amount (a drop of condensation from a can!). I'm not buying another. I have two older Macally IceKeys. In my frustration, I got one of them out and, using a pipette, put 5 mL of water, which is more than it sounds, right into the center of it. I'm typing on it now. It's not as pretty and doesn't feel as nice, but I'm typing on it. I can solve this difficult engineering problem for you, Apple. It'll cost a fraction of a penny on your 50 dollar keyboard. Hire me. If you have one of these, be extremely careful. Use in a room with at least 12 inches of desiccant covering all surfaces. Keep keyboard covered with the plastic from your grandma's sofa.

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  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Not a great solution

    I purchased the wired keyboard for the MAC with the ten key pad. I needed this specifically for Quickbooks and Excel that I use in the Windows environment through VMware Fusion. My problem is the ten key pad does not work when I am in VMware Fusion. That is serious enough to send me back to a PC because that is where I do my work. While I love the MAC, I use it for personal and fun. I am beginning to understand why accounting and financial people strongly advised I not make the switch from the PC to the MAC.

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  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    There are better keyboards for less.

    I have been a touch typist for over 25 years. My Mom has been a touch typist for over 50 years. We both agree -- the keys on this new model have no natural weight to them and this causes us to make more errors.

    Apple, please bring back the previous model with normal sized keys and spring tension. That was an excellent, inexpensive keyboard.

    54 of 82 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Too expensive for a consumable!

    These keyboards are the nicest to use I have ever tried - smart, tactile and accurate.
    If they lasted I'd never use anything else.

    Unfortunately I am currently using a nasty PC keyboard once again as my second apple keyboard in approx. 3 years has just gone mad! Same symptom with both keyboards - one or more keys stop working, and then starts sending all sorts of spurious characters when typing. Impossible to put mac to sleep as the keyboard keeps waking it up!!
    Plug in this (the one i'm typing on) nasty cheap keyboard and all the problems are gone! :-(

    At this price point I expect the keyboard to last at least as long as the cheaper keyboards i have - i.e 6-10 years

    So beware! This is an expensive 'consumable' that really taints the general Apple experience

    I am having to think very hard about whether I buy another one or go for a cheaper decent replacement that might last longer.

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  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    usb 2.0?

    The feel of the keys is great, but the usb ports are completely useless. I get an "underpowered" warning when I try to use my sandisk flash drive. This is the same flash drive that worked fine on my old wired keyboard with usb 1.1.

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  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Looks 10, Types 3

    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.

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  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Love the touch, hate the shape

    As an ergonomic specialist who studies bodies for a living and has used Apple products for over twenty years, I can only say I really dislike the shape of this keyboard and WISH Apple would provide the same touch on a split keyboard. Apple was the FIRST company to understand the need for a split keyboard. Unfortunately, they abandoned the design too soon. It took longer for many of us to understand why a split board was necessary. The engineered positive tilt to the keyboard is a problem as it REQUIRES wrist extension. A second problem with this keyboard is getting it properly set on keyboard trays. The slight positive angle of the board and its 1/8? inch height makes it difficult to put the wrist in a healthy position.

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  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Mystery Keys

    From time to time, keys stop working, then suddenly start working. Right now, I can't get a capital "w" using the shift key, I have to use the caps lock key. Very annoying.

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  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    My Fifth Keyboard in Two Years

    This is the first time I've used this particular model. On the plus side, the key response is far better than previous models, and for touch typists like myself, it makes for quicker typing. On the downside is that there's no riser support at the back of the keyboard, having to use my monitors stand for this. Also, the Enter key is too small, and feel that to give the keyboard more 'feel', the keys would be better being less flat and more like previous models (bevelled).

    Hopefully, this one lasts longer!

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  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    star print too late

    the keyboard is excellent indeed, except for one thing: the usb2 hub. i am a happy owner of the previous version of the iMac and i bought this new keyboard especially for it's high speed ports, and now i found out that they work only with the new iMac. frankly, i haven't seen that star print 'cause it wasn't there, so i am sure it must have been added there recently. a bit unfair but hopefully apple will release an update software to solve that issue SOON.

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  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Ergonomics

    I love the style of this keyboard, but ergonomically it is terrible. I wish Apple would come out with an ergonomic keyboard with style.

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  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    No power, No glory!

    I just bought this keyboard and I cannot use the spare USB port for either my iPhone or my flash drive. No power for either! My old keyboard (came with my 20" iMac) at least was capable of supporting my flash drive. A $50 keyboard should be able to do it all! I am very disappointed in Apple! Are you listening Steve?

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  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Does not work with KVM Switch emulators

    This is a great keyboard. I love the feeling of the keys and the slimmed down design; it's spoiled me for other keyboards. That said, form is one thing Apple did well, but they failed at function. This keyboard is incompatible with KVM switches that use emulation. It won't work with IOGear KVM's. I don't know if the keyboard works with Belkin KVM's, but I read that, if the KVM uses emulation (a common practice), you won't be able to use it with the KVM switch. Big, bummer.

    38 of 59 people found this useful