• 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.

    196 of 235 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Best keyboard I've used

    I can't give it 5 stars because it's not completely flat. That would be ideal. But realistically, you need to put the circuitry somewhere, so I understand why there's a small angle to this thing.

    It's worth the money. My wrists rest on my desk as I type. Keys feel good. Typing is easy on this thing. I'm positive that I'm reducing hand strain. And it's small & minimalist, leaving out any stupidity and preserving everything you need. Takes up a minimum space on my desk. Would definitely recommend to anyone.

    167 of 225 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.

    131 of 155 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!!!!

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great keyboard.

    I upgraded from a little microsoft wireless comfort curve keyboard. I currently use the keyboard as my main keyboard on my Windows Vista Ultimate (64bit) machine and it works flawlessly. It was very easy to remap the F13-F19 keys to do whatever I wanted them to do. The only keys that do not work in windows are the eject key along with the FN toggle. To be honest I was expecting the transition to be ok with a minimal impact on my typing speed, however the transition was almost instant and I could swear that I type 10-20wpm faster. The CAPS LOCK key is fantastic no more accidental presses since I switched keyboards.
    My only issue with the keyboard was the absence of windows drivers and software to get the full potential of this keyboard. I fully understand that it is intended to be a Mac keyboard, but windows drivers and software should have been provided. They're missing out on a large chunk of customers who will not try the keyboard as it states that it only works in OSX.

    62 of 71 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!

    57 of 66 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    A new design and layout.

    It's beautiful, but there should be an ergonomic version. If Apple had an ergonomic version, the keyboards might sell more because there are more comfort options. Then there is the two USB ports on the sides of the keyboard. They really come in handy when you want to keep clutter off your desktop. The only thing is they don't produce enough power. So when you are trying to charge your iPod, it won't work because there isn't enough power being produced. The only thing you can plug in there is Apple's Mighty Mouse or something that doesn't have to be charged when plugged in. If those issues where fixed, (those are the only two) there wouldn't be so many bad reviews. I hope you guys read this. It could be the next step up for the Apple Keyboard.

    62 of 77 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Awesome keyboard, and some responses to the criticisms.

    This is really a perfect keyboard for most people. The slim design is incredible, it looks beautiful and responds great. After using this keyboard for a while, when I go try to use a dell keyboard or most other keyboards that come with PC's the keys feel really fat and clunky and it's actually kind of hard to type on because I'm so used to the thin keys that you don't need to depress very much to register. It's much easier to type on, even though it takes a little bit to get used to at first for some people. Trust me, it's worth it.

    The review that I read that stuck out the most to me is complaining about "significant design flaws" like the fact that the key's aren't curved so you can't feel where the center of the key is and also that the spacebar is slightly unresponsive. I don't know where he/she is getting that information. I literally have never had it not register the space bar, even if I just push it lightly or in one corner or the other. To be honest, it's the most sensitive keyboard I've ever had. Every key, including the spacebar is just as responsive as it can be. As for the curved keys, I can't think of any reason that those are necessary. First of all, I don't understand why the center of the key is so important... you can hit it anywhere on the key and it works, second of all, it's all the same spacing between keys as any other keyboard so anyone who types on a semi-regular or regular basis will be able to type no problem at all, it will just be second nature... you don't need curved keys.

    The other complaint that doesn't make sense to me is people complaining about the fact that the 2 USB ports on the side aren't full function. First of all, it works for most things, I've had it work for my iPod no problem at all, and it works with flash drives and everything. That being said, I know there are certain times where iPods and stuff won't work, such as when you plug this keyboard into an apple monitor instead of directly into the computer. You have to realize when you plug it in to a monitor, that's already acting as a hub... so you're plugging this keyboard (another hub) into a hub, and it's basically splitting the signal multiple times, making the signal weaker every time. A lot of USB hubs won't work for things like that unless you plug them in to the wall as well as the computer, so I don't know why it's a surprise to have the keyboard be that way. The USB ports are nice to have for simple things, but if you buy this don't expect it just to be complete new USB ports.

    51 of 58 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    LOVE IT!

    This is a great product. I've been wanting one of these for quite a while, and I finally had a good excuse to buy it. I love this keyboard. It feels so nice under your fingers, and I think its more comfortable than the older ones. I have always preferred laptop keys to desktop keyboards, and it is also very quiet. Another good thing about this that not many people mention is that, with the old keyboard, you would always get dust and stuff between and beneath the keys, and you could see it because of the clear edges. The keyboards could get very disgusting at times. I'm glad that I won't be needing to get the canned air out for this one.

    101 of 158 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Learn to READ!!! ...then rate

    First of all this keyboard is awesome... especially for anyone that is used to using a notebook keyboard. Feels like a brand new macbook keyboard... but bigger.

    Don't listen to anyone that is complaining about insufficient power on the USB ports for iPods and external HDs that draw power from only the USB port. This is the case with ANY keyboard with USB ports on it; there is even a disclaimer for this in the product description!!!

    Bottom line: get this keyboard. If you need to plug in power-hungry devices; those belong on the back of the computer or on a powered USB hub anyways!!!

    45 of 47 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    The best keyboard ever?

    received one of these babys for my birthday and i have to say its perfection. perfect look ,perfect feel and perfect price.the aluminum is a really nice touch to the keyboard.i personally prefer this over the wireless version.couldnt recommend enough!

    156 of 269 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Keyboard but Wireless option is a MUST

    I love the feel of the keys, but am disappointed that the large keyboard isn't available in a wireless version.

    48 of 54 people found this useful

  • 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

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great keyboard (but be warned!)

    had this bought for me as a christmas present to replace my old white one. it took a while to get used to but now i love it. the keys are well spaced out, which makes it easy to type and it looks very slick into the bargain . Having only used it since christmas i was surprised to find the the alt key on the left hand side has lost its springiness and the key has sunk into the keyboard and is now flushed with the aluminum facia.i will be returning it to the authorized dealer that i bought it from and get a replacement. fingers crossed that this was just a faulty one.I'm having to use my old keyboard in the interim and its horrible in comparison very clunky and awkward to use i hope the dealer has a replacement. VP

    66 of 92 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Prefer this over the wireless keyboard

    Last week, I picked up the new Wireless Mouse and Wireless Keyboard. I was not sure if having a smaller keyboard without a numeric keypad would be worth the benefit of having a wireless keyboard. After trying it out for a week, I returned the wireless keyboard for the wired keyboard with Numeric keypad. I do a lot of work with Numbers/Excel and other financial programs, and it was too difficult for me to use the number keys at the top. It is just a personal preference. Both keyboards are awesome. I love the short keys....they make it so easy to type and so quiet too. I do not have a problem typing lengthy documents quickly even though the keys are flat. Some people may be bothered by the flat keys, but they work fine for me as long as you start your hands properly in the home position. You will love either of these great Apple keyboards, but if you type a lot of numbers, you might just want to stick with the wired version and make your life easier. Even with the wire, the new keyboard is a sleek, streamlined and minimal looking addition to my already-beautiful looking iMac.

    44 of 49 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Indestructible, Superior Key Feel, Immune to Liquid Spills

    The touch and feel of the keys and keyboard are the best of any keyboard that I've ever used. Everyone in the family remarks about how good the touch and feel of the keyboard are.

    I spilled a full glass of orange juice directly on the keyboard, Held it under the kitchen sink faucet until the water ran clear. Set it on end on paper tiles for 30 minutes then propped each end with books over an air conditioning register, keyboard side down for an hour. Plugged it in and it worked great. No effect on the keys, no stickiness.

    Great for klutzes like me.

    41 of 43 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Apple Keyboard A Must Have

    One of the most valuable "features" of this amazing new design is the quietness factor - these keys barely make a sound when you press them. This really pays off if you are in a work environment where several computers are near by. That doesn't mean Apple sacrificed responsiveness - they managed to improve on that as well. The key stroke distance traveled is much less than earlier designs, so you can really type fast with this thing. Another amazing piece of design work by Apple!

    131 of 224 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

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Beautiful.

    Been using the new keyboard for a day now. What the photos don't show is the compact size of the keyboard. It's slightly smaller then a standard keyboard... but it is absolutely beautiful. The keys are a pleasure to touch. The shortcut buttons on the function keys are convenient and the option of going all the way up to F19 enables you shortcuts galore!

    My only gripe is that the keyboard does not show the currency symbols over the number keys (apart from the USD). They are there and function fine; they are just not printed on the keys. I have the English International keyboard and was hoping that this would mean there would be all the currency symbols displayed across the keyboard. However, it's hardly an issue.

    Other things I should point out. The USB ports on either side are slightly recessed into the keyboard- which looks great. The cord is quite short but is provided with an extension cable. I thoroughly recommend it. Gorgeous.

    180 of 323 people found this useful