• 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Classic

    This is a good keyboard. I purchased is for my MacBook Pro to make it easier to work with when at a desk; it is a more ergonomic setup. As such I am leaning over a notebook trying to type while hunching forward at the small 13" screen.

    The keys have a nice touch and the additional numpad and home keys make it easier to navigate around files, and especially when navigating through and editing word processing and writing programs in C/C++ etc.

    Furthermore, the USB ports on each side are very handy for USB drives. Don't expect to use a hard drive or any high-powered USB device in one though; USB adapters simply can't carry the (electric) current necessary to power such devices.

    There is no "delete" key for reverse character deletion as is the case for Windows keyboards, however the fn key is conveniently located near the delete key to perform the fn+delete command so you can delete characters in front of the insertion point in text processing applications.

    Function keys F13-F19 are extra keys to which you can program further shortcuts in for your convenience.

    If you're into Apple computers, this keyboard is built for the purpose of navigating OSX. I highly recommend this for everyday desktop use.

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Mac External Extended Wired Keyboards

    I have 3. The oldest, 2010, I use at work because the company supplied ones are nasty. Works perfectly. No2, 2014 lost a line of keys after 1 year, No 3, 2015, has just lost 3 numeric keys. Tried it on a different computer to no avail. I notice that the 'feel' of the newer ones is not as good as the 2010 version. I have been advised to take the failing ones to an Apple store, but at the price they are I really resent having to appeal to Apple to back products just out of warranty. I can buy a cheap and nasty keyboard that lasts for years, Apple ones, sleek, impressive and nice to use appear to be sub standard on the longevity test.

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    lasted 5 weeks

    Mac does not detect

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    it reeks

    It might be a good keyboard but it will have to go back because it reeks. Its smells strongly of a mixture of acrylic nails and a touch of ammonia?

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Am I just unlucky or is it just that the quality dropped

    I am a web-developer and I travel a lot.
    I tend to take really good care of my products as they're the tools that bring food on my table.
    I've got my first keyboard about a year an a half ago, which died after a year, for no reason at all (never spelt anything on it, had a cover to protect it if such things were to happen) the keys started failing one after the other.
    So i decided to purchase another one. Delivery was fast, so at least one thing to be happy about. The keyboard by itself feels great but after only 6 month of use, never dropping it, never spilling anything on it, again the keys started failing.
    This time it was the light on the caps lock. Went to take my brake, locked my computer, came back and the "A" key stopped working, out of nowhere, which resulted in being locked out of the computer until i've found somebody to lend me a backup keyboard (one day of work lost as i didn't activated the digital keyboard so no way to bypass the password).
    So so far i've spent about 200 dollars on keyboards that keeps failing one after the other... Seriously ....
    On top of that the keyboard on my Mbair failed a week later, which then leaded to the screen failure according to the apple official retailer who offered me to fix the keyboard and the screen for the little price of 2800 dollars ... Yeah 2800 dollars for a Mbair that is only 3 years old.
    Fortunately i still have my Macmini for backup. So now i'm gonna have to purchase another keyboard, wait for you guys to release a new Mbpro which i hope will be a nice upgrade otherwise i'll have my two employees and myself to switch over another company because it is really exhausting to have products failing one after the other.
    I know i use them intensively but that is my job and i remember a time where my apple products would last and where the customer service would see me as a valuable customer ( 2Mac mini 2Mbpro13inch 1mbpro15inch and 1mbair + the numerous keyboard over the years).

    Anyways i'll give this guy another chance but if it fails again for no reason I swear i'll switch over another brand !

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Solid

    Perfect complement. Worth the wait.

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  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Just not reliable...

    Like so many others who have complained about this very thing, I too have had this keyboard get flakier and flakier until now it just doesn't work. It starts with you noticing it doesn't work and have to unplug it and plug it back in again. Over time that becomes more and more frequent and in the end the functionality is pretty much the same whether it's plugged in or not :-/.

    Now if this was a Bluetooth keyboard (with ALL of the existing keys) I'd be all over this. But everybody says that too, and nobody's listening...

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Works fine since '09

    Came in Jan 09 with my 24" iMac. Both continue to work fine. I'm on OS 10.5.8. The numeric keypad is essential for me.
    PROs:
    1. Key height – top row shorter, bottom row slightly longer (Apple screwed this up on the new Magic Keyboard).
    2. Tilt angle, tactile feel, ease of cleaning (always turn the keyboard upside down).
    CONs (makes keyboard awkward to use – PC influence):
    1. The registration bumps are on the wrong keys. Apple's original approach was better.
    2. Middle block is wasted. Move the cursor keys to the main keypad (like wireless keyboards) and lose the others.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Keyboard

    This keyboard has good performance, and I have actually noticed that I type more accurately, and faster. For $49.00, this keyboard is a really good choice.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    What happened to the quality?

    I had one of these keyboards for years and it always worked perfectly. I had to buy a new one as I lost the old one in a house move. Well, I should have listened to the reviews. Just after the 90 day warranty expired, it failed. And I hardly even used it - maybe 10 times tops. Some keys no longer work, some keys do things they shouldn't do and basically, it's now useless. 3 month life for a barely used keyboard? Shame on you Apple. Sort your manufacturing and quality control out. Total waste of money. If I could give it no stars I would.

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    $20 price increase? What for?

    Went to grab another one of these as I go through ~1 every 2 years and found the price had increased by $20. So, what are the new features? There aren't any. Here I was thinking they'd added backlighting, a feature I'd be willing to pay the extra for, but nope. The keyboard was already priced at a premium so I scoffed at the team member at my local Apple store once I was told of the price hike. Poor form, Apple.

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Key Action

    We have had one of these for quite a while on our home computer, and it works fine except for one thing: the "r" key occasionally pops off the base and you have to snap it back on. (There have been some complaints here about quality control.) Unfortunately, I never bothered to take it back, even though it happened within the first week or two we owned the thing.

    I just bought another for my work machine, and the quality control issues seem to have been solved. It's a handsome piece of equipment. I love the key action. And everything stays where it's supposed to. So much better than the old Apple white extended keyboard, which was stiffening up beyond my ability to clean it. I can fly on this baby!

    I only wish it came wireless with Bluetooth.

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  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Lost connection all the time!

    After about 3 months use, the keyboard are having trouble connecting to the Macbook. I have to restart the computer do try repair. Please fix this problem. Thanks

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Rattles!

    The body of the keyboard is flexible so tends to bend when you press the keys. There should be a middle support (like at the ends) to stop this. Feels cheap. Don't buy

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Such a good keyboard

    I would love this keyboard even more if Apple made it wireless.

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  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    IT SHOULD HAVE LASTED MORE THAN A YEAR!

    Bought the wired keyboard back on June, 2014 as my first flat keyboard after older apple's bulletproof version finally kicked the bucket. Given it has an awesome design, this thing failed after a little more than a year of light use. The keys are not responding or behave erratically, characters repeating themselves uncontrollably, etc. First i thought it's El Capitan update that caused the issue, but it did the same thing on other apple laptops with earlier OS. After reading a lot of forums and trying all the fixes possible, I concluded it was, in fact, the keyboard itself, and not the comp it's attached to. After reading all of the recent reviews here, i think i'm going for a third party keyboard this time.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    AVOID LIKE THE PLAGUE

    USB keyboard is not Apple's finest product, it does NOT just work!!!
    It regularly stops working requiring all sorts of workarounds.
    Just google it and observe the extreme frustration observed by many users.
    An unreliable product that should be avoided at all cost to avoid raising your blood pressure.
    Substandard quality not up to what we expect of Apple.
    AVOID LIKE THE PLAGUE

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  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    First one failed, second keyboard decent

    I bought this keyboard when I finally splurged on a macbook air and thunderbolt display.

    I use the display as a port, keeping my mouse and keyboard plugged into the display. The computer started failing to recognize the keyboard almost immediately, I'd have to unplug and replug the keyboard to use it. This got worse and worse until I brought it back to the apple store and it was exchanged for a different keyboard. Which works as intended. It's fine, it's a keyboard.

    Apple's QC is clearly terrible. The keyboard is nice for $50, assuming it works.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Failed after 12+ months

    The apple wireless keyboard that came with my iMac failed after warranty had expired, so I decided to get a new Apple keyboard. This one with numeric keypad was appealing, since it is much easier to input data in spreadsheets with it... I did not mind it was wired (my printer, mouse, touchpad, external drive... all those are wireless, so usually there are plenty of usb ports free). However, this keyboard failed on me as well, pretty much the same problem I had with the wireless one: several keys in a "column" (8, i, k, .) became irresponsive. Next day another row: "7, 4, 1"... This is a home computer, with very light use, the keyboard was never abused, or moved around... and there is nothing that can be done to try to fix it: its elegant design is achieved by glueing it together. This time I decided to look under my desk and bring back to duty a 2003 apple keyboard (A1048), not as sleek but extremely reliable, with actual full sized keys... It makes much more sense too: Why have a "laptop" style keyboard attached to a desktop computer? Footprint is the same, and I now think it looks and feels rather nice...

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    FORGET

    I don't never saw nothing like that!
    I'm an unconditional fan of Apple, but...
    I've an iPhone, a Mac Pro, a MacBook Pro and several applications from Apple.
    This is the 3 keyboard that I was buy!!
    How can it be possible, try to clean one key (according to Apple procedures), lost the key function and have to buy another keyboard!!!???

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