• 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Beautiful keyboard, not for everyone...

    I bought this the morning it came on the site - my older apple keyboard whilst responsive was too clunky and heavy. and sitting 8 hours a day at it, I started to get tired wrists from the height.

    Let's set aside the looks - they're fantastic. And the anodysed look closely matches my monitors and mac pro case - good job apple!
    The response takes a very slight getting used to, but once you have it's far easier to type from and completely comfortable during long sessions.

    This keyboard might still not be a replacement for everyone though:
    the additional shortkeys at the top may be great for the casual user, but if like me you're a pro apps user, beware that such keys as the volume controls have been stuck onto the F keys. F keys that you may use constantly in Final Cut Pro.
    You can turn the volume controls off when you use such apps, but personally I find it a little tricky to juggle between the two.

    Just a word of warning if you are a heavy apps user, otherwise a very solid product that combines great looks with impressive functionality.

    AB

    1310 of 1800 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    USB ports really aren't full function

    "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.

    198 of 237 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Great look and feel, but...

    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.

    132 of 156 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Why that layout

    Ok so it's a nice keyboard and it Works well BUT why do Apple think everyone uses an American keyboard layout! All they have done is change the hash key to a pound sign. What if I want a Hash???? Why not stick to the correct English British keyboard layout! I don't want the @ symbol there the " should be and I don't want the \ on the wrong side of the keyboard. They have put the touch typing marks on the J and F keys but an English touch typist will have problems because the other keys are in the wrong place.
    APPLE PLEASE GIVE ENGLISH PEOPLE AN ENGLISH KEYBOARD NOT AN AMERICAN ONE!!!!

    83 of 107 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Very Nice

    Much better feel than the old fullsize. However, the old fullsize was wireless/BT why not this one? Would have been great!

    38 of 41 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    sleek design but sacrifices some ergonomics

    I love the way it looks and feels. key length is short making your typing noticeably quicker. I think my biggest complaint is that it is nice and sleek but it sits way to low. even lower than a standard laptop keyboard. It tends to hide under my 6"x11" wacom tablet which is already thin and low profile itself. I have to prop up the back of it on the base of my LCD. I think apple should package a simple base for it to sit about an inch higher in the back. Also I hate that apple moved around all the F-- keys. Should have left the musical controls where they were and same with dashboard.

    71 of 107 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    GOOD ... BUT ..

    Great feel! .. But if you have a WHITE imac .. the USB 2.0 from the keyboard won't work .. It only works with the aluminum iMac .. BOOOOOO!!

    37 of 45 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Nice looking but...

    I've been using this keyboard for a couple of months now, both home and office.

    Pluses:
    - Looks great from all angles.
    - Does not have the dirt-catcher plastic tray surrounding the keys that its predecessor had.

    Minuses:
    - Keyboard feel is bad. You'd think that after two months of use I'd be accustomed to it but still frequently miss characters and especially spaces. Space bar seems to have been hit but no space results.
    - The little gap between the caps lock key and the letter A key has been removed. As a result I do tHIS about ten tIMES a day. I eventually removed the caps lock key entirely so I could position my hands without having to look at the keyboard which, unfortunately, makes the keyboard look considerably less elegant.

    I think that function followed form a little too much on this one.

    J

    53 of 77 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    5 Stars for Style...

    ...but minus 2 for not having a wireless keyboard WITH numeric keypad. It's kind of a given that this is what would satisfy the majority of users.

    28 of 31 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Apple Keyboard with Numeric Keypad (not fully working with 10.5.8)

    KeyBoard works overall, but the Delete keys can not be held down to perform continuous delete. You have to keep hitting the delete buttons, one letter at a time.

    29 of 35 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    full size but missing something

    This keyboard is great, I like the low profile design and aesthetic appearance. I would have gone with the wireless to replace my old wireless one, but it doesn't have the numeric keypad thus I chose this one.

    I was tickled to know it had USB ports on both sides, only to be disappointed by them. The problem? They are NOT USB 2.0, thus they aren't compatible with any of my peripherals that could have benefited from them (ie charging an iPod, etc). They pretty much only work with a wired apple mouse, if your into that sort of thing.

    31 of 39 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    NICE AND MODERN KEYBOARD BUT THE USB PORTS ARE NOT WHAT THEY SEEM

    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

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Great until keys fall off

    This was a great keyboard until the keys started falling of randomly. I'm not talking about heavy usage just general home use.

    20 of 23 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Pet Peeves got the best of me...

    Overall good keyboard. I bought this keyboard because it was easier to type on. I previously had the old white wireless keyboard with numeric pad, but I was getting tired of all the typo's I was having because I have to put more effort into pressing the buttons down hard. And when time is an issue (which is always the case for me) and you need to type up a template or respond to an email quickly, it gets really annoying.

    So I bought this wired keyboard because of the numeric pad (I don't know why the aluminum wireless ones don't have 'em; very unprofessional) and the issue was resolved. I could type with speed and ease without the worry of typo's due to the actual keyboard. Better yet, I was super excited to have two USB inputs on either side of the keyboard. Hoping to use it for misc. electronic appliances (ie. both my blackberry and iPhone, IPod, Flash drives, etc.)

    But alas, the USB ports on the keyboard do not support power to any appliance plugged in through these slots and because of this it didn't recognize the plugged in device at all. Therefore, plugging my little gadgets through the USB ports on the keyboard was USELESS because everything draws power through the USB nowadays. That was a huge pet peeve for me because I lost an extra USB port on my iMac to support this keyboard. Hence, the loss of two stars (one for each USELESS USB port).

    I returned it and bought the bluetooth MacAlly keyboard with numeric pad.

    26 of 35 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Nice at first but .......

    Have had my iMac for about 6 months and LOVE it. The keyboard was cool at first--great looking. Only real complaint—and Apple, are you listening?—is that it gets absolutely filthy within just a short time of use. And you can't just brush or blow away the dirt. You must use water and a rag. Just thought I'd contribute this opinion for those out there who value a consistently good look and easy-clean option. Great keyboard otherwise.

    38 of 59 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Great. But USB lacks.

    The overall product is nice. The keys are perfect and presentation matches the Mac lines nicely. My only two complaints are the little rubber feet on the bottom offer absolutely no traction. My comp is at an angle (its on an artists table) and in the morning I find my keyboard to have slid considerably. Lastly, if your looking to use the USB ports for flashdrives and such, you won't find a solution here. The only way you can connect something through the USB is if it has its own power source. Otherwise the keyboard doesn't power it. Even tiny flashdrives with light indicators won't work simply because of the light.

    21 of 26 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Pleasemakethespacebarwork!

    It may be because of my typing style, but it seems I have to hit the space bar ridiculously hard to get it to register, and I often have to slow WAY down to ensure I don't get joined words. Other than that, I like it... but this one thing is pretty important when it comes to keyboard usage.

    40 of 64 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Apple Keyboard with Numeric Keypad

    PROS: Keyboard

    CONS: USB extension cable. WARNING - for Apple Keyboard with Numeric Keypad ONLY !

    A sort of proprietary USB 2.0 connection that will not fit any other USB device or cable. As a result physical damage can occur if connected ( I damaged a cable itself and a 4 Gb drive due to this)

    Apple please provide an additional replacement and supply via store of extension cables alone. I will gladly pay to get a new one...

    Thank you

    19 of 23 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Poorly designed USB ports

    The Apple keyboard is a superb product except for the USB ports: they're underneath the keyboard so you cannot connect a larger pen disc. The USB slot should be located much closer to the edge of the keyboard, or on the back, as in previous keyboards.

    23 of 31 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Nice to type with but not spill proof

    As a keyboard to type with it's nice, light & requires a positive action to activate a key, okay the alt & cmd keys are reversed compared to most keyboards which is a little disconcerting at first but you quickly get used to this. Cleaning is nice & easy, just a damp large fibre micro-tex cloth wiped over the keyboard when unplugged from the machine gets all of the marks & dirt off. It's small on the desk as well, an inch or so smaller than my PC's Logitech keyboard in width & depth. I like it, I like it a lot. If this was my entire experience of the keyboard I'd give it 5 stars.

    However, last night I spilt a glass of water over the keyboard. Cue the usual routine, of unplug the keyboard, turn up-side down while making sure it was off the desk over some kitchen towel & wait to dry overnight, which has worked with every other keyboard I've owned, was implemented. Come the morning however the keyboard is completely dead, this is very disappointing for pure water, more the response I'd expect from a drink with milk or sugar in it.

    The key question rarely answered by a reviewer is - Would I buy this again? My answer is a conclusive yes! I'm ordering 2 replacements, one to use & a spare.

    25 of 35 people found this useful