• 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.

    5 of 7 people found this useful

  • 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...

    14 of 17 people found this useful

  • 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!!!???

    21 of 34 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Terrible - do not buy

    Strike 3 - you're out. I've had 3 of these keyboards now in less than 4 years. Whole blocks of keys stopped working on the first. On the second and third - the whole keyboard just stopped working one day.

    Also, throughout their extremely short lifetime it was a battle for my MacBook Air or Thunderbolt display to even acknowledge it was attached. Had to restart the computer or, on a good day, un-plug and re-plug the keyboard.

    Looks good but is so flakey and short-lived that, in my opinion, it's bordering on dishonest to sell it.

    25 of 31 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Amazing keyboard

    This is simply the best keyboard I've had within the last 15 years.
    I've had about 3 of them (with different Macs) and haven't experienced any problems.

    It's light, responsive, very(!) sturdy and beautiful. White keys may not be the best design concept for something you touch 10h/day. But they are easy to clean even after 3 years.
    Other than that: highly recommended.

    9 of 9 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Do not buy

    Do your homework. Read these reviews. Check the support forums. All of them will show that this keyboard works with a Mac computer for 1-2 months before mysteriously failing. The reports are all exactly the same, the keyboard mysteriously stops working with the Mac, yet continues to work fine with clunky old PCs, meanwhile the Mac easily handles 3rd party keyboards... clearly some sort of OS or firmware issue between the two. DO NOT BUY. Apple will not support you on this issue. I spend hours trying to resolve and finally was given the option to buy a new keyboard... thanks Apple, enjoy your billions of profit.

    32 of 39 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Almost perfect

    I've had my wired Apple keyboard with number pad for a few days now and I have to say I think it's a marked improvement on the wireless variety which it replaced.

    The thing I don't really understand is why haven't Apple produced this keyboard in a wireless version for users that would prefer it.

    For my part the cable doesn't trouble me in anyway whatsoever with the exception that it takes up a USB port on my iMac but as pretty much everything else I use is wireless it's not an issue for me and considering I no longer have to be concerned with battery power/replacement and the occasional bluetooth disconnect this just isn't an issue, at least not for me. I suppose it would be more aesthetically pleasing without the cable but hey ho I think the advantages that this keyboard offers over the wireless version far outweigh any disadvantages.

    My only gripe is that although it's very pleasing to the eye as it is it would be better if it had the same profile as the wireless keyboard but only because it would then be a better match for the trackpad, perhaps an option for Apple to consider would be to produce a trackpad that matches this keyboard ... merely a suggestion ... I'm very happy with it the way it is.

    5 of 6 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Shame on me

    I've replaced two of these keyboards now and I'm done. I'm getting a cheap keyboard from amazon this time.

    19 of 26 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    USBs are the issue

    The two peripheral USB ports on the keyboard are a fabulous idea but I've had two keyboards and my OEM lightning connector USB gets stuck and I have to use a pair of pliers to pull it out of the keyboard!

    7 of 9 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Great feel but spotty reliability

    This keyboard is slim and feels great to type on. I prefer it to the wireless version because the design is a full-sized keyboard and I like having a separate numeric keypad and full-sized cursor and editing keys. Why Apple doesn't make a wireless version of this remains a mystery to me, particularly as the increased length would allow for the use of additional batteries and thus a longer life before needing to recharge. However, my biggest issue with this keyboard is that I've had two of them die on me for no apparent reason, the most recent one being barely a year old. Sometimes Macs will simply stop recognizing them. Some people have had luck by inserting a USB extension cable between the keyboard and the computer but that doesn't always work and shouldn't be required in any event. I do wish they'd work out the reliability of these as it's otherwise a great keyboard.

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Marty in VA

    This keyboard does not work very well i have had to take it back two times now for the same problem it stopes working and i have to plug in a windows base keyboard. i will be returning it for the third keyboard. very dissatisfied .

    22 of 28 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    2 broken keyboards later

    I bought this keyboard back in October. I returned it in January because my Thunderbolt was no longer recognizing it. They claimed it was the monitor but it wasn't it was the keyboard. Exchanged it and then had the same issue happen now in June. Thankfully I went in and they let me pay the difference for the wireless one (although it was $20 and is missing the 10 key..not too happy about that). I would recommend staying away from this keyboard as I had so many issues!

    15 of 21 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Not gaming keyboard

    Keyboard looks amazing but if you are gamer will not last for long...

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Poor build quality

    I have purchased four of these for my 2011 macbook pro. Only one lasted longer than six months. The These are great when they work, but are very delicate and break within a few months of moderate use. I use my mac to code and write documentation. I hate to say it, but if you do any amount of typing, you are better off going with a 3rd party keyboard.

    19 of 27 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Far Inferior to predecessors

    I had my old keyboard from 2007 to 2014, no problem. When it did finally get wrecked in an accident, I boayght this " new and improved" aluminum case product. I am about to go to the Apple Store and buy my FIFTH of these since. They basically work for six months and then begin to go haywire. May do better in clean room environments but out in the real, humid, particulate world, they go down super fast.

    Also they get grungy to the point of disgusting and (this is important) NEVER try to clean them. No matter how careful you are or how closely you follow their instructions, it will wreck the keyboard. I even saw a tech from a Genius Bar try to demonstrate how to clean one, and even he wrecked it.

    Basically, just get used to budgeting $50 every six months for a replacement. I don't know any other answer.

    21 of 27 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Apple Keyboard with numeric keypad - British

    bought this keyboard for my iMac 2012 love this keyboard when typing on the keyboard its quiet and the keys don't click like they did on my Logitec Keyboard had that keyboard for 8 years nice keyboard replace i also got a Apple Wireless Keyboard and thats the same for typing on..

    Highly recommend the Apple Wired Keyboard and Wireless keyboard they're so easy to type on :D

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    2 keyboards in 1 year! The quality of these keyboards is rubbish!!!

    I have two of these replaced within one year. Now using a cheap Dell keyboard.

    2 of 6 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Where is illumination?

    I can't believe Apple makes a wired keyboard with no illumination! Even Logitech has a wireless extended keyboard that is illuminated and has hand sensor to turn illumination on/off. Come on Apple, get with the program and innovate!

    10 of 13 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    No batteries required!

    Less environmental waste! Love this wired keyboard and associated wired mouse. Ordering a 2nd pair to replace my battery powered wireless keyboard and mouse.

    8 of 8 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Best of the Apple keyboards.... Almost

    the 27in iMac i purchased came with a wireless keyboard and wireless magic mouse. The wireless keyboard does not have a numeric keypad. But, I'm from the financial and programming world, so using a numeric keypad is a must. So, my options were to buy a separate wireless numeric keypad (which i hear is junk) or buy this full sized wired keyboard. I chose this full sized keyboard and I am glad I did. This keyboard works like a charm. So much more responsive than ANY wireless keyboard and it is FULL sized, with a numeric keypad which is exactly what i need. The only (tiny) gripe I have is that it takes up a USB slot and they're aren't that many on the iMac.

    11 of 12 people found this useful