• 4.0 out of 5 stars

    excellent feel – F3 and F4 don't fully work

    I'm extremely picky about keyboards; I disliked the previous Apple Keyboard because the keys tended to be "sticky" and resist keystrokes. I tried the Macally Icekey, but that one felt "hollow" and plastic – keystrokes would resonate through the body of the keyboard and gave a cheap feel. In addition, the keys were loud.

    The new Apple Keyboard is just wonderful. The action is very solid; keystrokes resonate in the desk rather than the keyboard, making it feel reliable. The keys are about as quiet as they could be. You won't wake anyone up pounding away on this thing.

    It doesn't get 5 stars because the F3 and F4 keys don't work for Expose and Dashboard. You can program different F keys for those functions or hold down the "fn" key while pressing F3 and F4 to use Expose and Dashboard. I hope this will be fixed in a software update soon.

    I'm impressed.

    4 of 6 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    A good step forward!

    Top marks for innovation with this. Its about time someone broke the mold on the standard keyboard.
    Some reviews below say there are problems with certain keys not working: You have to download an update using software update before all the dashboard, exposé etc.. buttons work as it is a new layout. It all worked fine after that. Great keyboard!!

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Very Awesome!

    This keyboard is the best that I have used in a while! It is so comfortable! It is very much like the MacBook keyboard, which was my favorite untill Apple released this one! It feels very solid and looks wonderful in person! Thanks, Apple!

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Finally!!

    The immense difference in my typing is unbelievable. . I can finally type without having to go back every second word and correct what I've written. The ease of the keys is greatly appreciated, cheers Apple!

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Looks nice but order the right one.

    Still making my mind up. Like any keyboard it probably will take a bit of getting used to. Looks very nice though. USB 2 on the port is nice so I can plug my Shuffle and Elgato turbo.264 in without reaching around the back of my iMac. Both work fine from the keyboard - no low power issues. If you are from the UK order the English keyboard not the English International. I'm so used to English meaning American and English International being for everyone else I ordered the wrong one. I know where my £ key is anyway which seems to be the only difference. Wish they'd call it a British keyboard (sorry Northern Ireland).

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    mmmmmm so nice

    great keyboard, does take some getting used to. Very easy touch keys -LOVE IT!!!!!. My friend bought my used G5 iMac when I bought my new Intel iMac and I am going to get her this keyboard for Christmas. No question about it 5 STARS!!!

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Amazing!

    After having problems with the mighty mouse, i was throughly impressed when i first used the new keyboard. By far the best $49.00 I've spent in a long time!

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  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Great keyboard, questionable durablity.

    I purchased this keyboard straight away due it's slim good looks, new key design, additional functions and it's USB 2.0 ports that the previous keyboards lacked.

    Using the keyboard is great. It is much quicker and easier to use than any other desktop keyboard. The keys are light to the touch and clear to read. The function keys are useful, particularly for itunes.

    The first problem I notice is that the USB 2.0 ports do not appear to be able to power any of the USB 2.0 items i tried... low power messages appear.

    The main problem with this keyboard is with the laptop (same as the Macbook) type keys. The esc key has already fallen off in my hands. Thankfully there are plenty of F-keys I am not using to swap it with, but quite frankly for a key to fall off without any apparent misused is unacceptable! and I now have a gap on the keyboard where an F-key key use to be, and I now worry when then next key will fall off.

    For £29 I think it would be reasonably priced if the keys (the scissor mechanism particularly) were of alot better quality and strength. As it stands it is alot of money for something which falls apart so easily.


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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great keyboard

    This is the best keyboard I have ever used its so much faster to type with than the old Apple ones. If you are thinking about buying it. You should, you wont regret it.

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Nice Style. No performance problems. Why move volume keys?

    I am very pleased with the design of this keyboard. I feel like I can type half again as fast as before. It's much like typing on a laptop. If you're not into that sort of thing, perhaps this is not for you. My only qualm is the decision to move the volume keys. They should have left them on F16-19. I know that makes things difficult for the wireless keyboard, which doesn't even go that high, but still. Occasionally, I like to switch my keyboard over to a Windows machine, and I loved the fact that the volume up, down, and mute buttons worked so well even on another OS. Such is not the case with this keyboard. But hey...not everyone is in the same boat as me. Enjoy!

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Not bad!

    I purchased this keyboard in hopes of having the macbook keyboard feel for my Macbook Pro. I absolutely love how it looks, and everyone that sees it is blown away by how thin it is. USB ports are secluded underneath the keyboard so your device's unsightly plug doesnt stick out--you just see the wire coming out from under the keyboard. The feel is nice and the keys are quiet. Ergonomically its not much better or worse than any other standard keyboard.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Wow!

    That had to be the best $49 investment I have made lately. I was so happy to junk my old Apple keyboard you have no idea! I hope this new technology is what Apple intends to use on its laptops. Thanks Steve!

    7 of 11 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Beautiful! But....

    I just brought the wired keyboard. Its beautiful, and feels really good to type on.
    It took me a while to figure out that I needed to download new software from apple to make the function keys work (hint hint to the review below this) but after that it was perfect. The music control keys are especially useful as I no longer have to switch apps if I want to change what I'm listening to.
    My only complaint is that in system prefrences under the dashboard and expose tab, it still shows the old key assignments, also, there is now no obvious way to access the expose functions other than "show all windows" as there is no way to assign "show desktop" and "show application windows" to the other function keys.
    Also, i think that a key for front row would have been nice.
    Sloppy on the software apple!

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  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Why?

    From seventeen years a Mac user: Congratulations to Apple - they have reinvented the keyboard. The trouble is, it didn't need re-inventing. Instead of giving us form over function for $49, why can't we have a keyboard with the feel of Apple keyboards of old, for which a lot of us would be entirely prepared to pay more? I know of many die-hard Apple users who are still using Apple Extendeds of early 1990s vintage. True, this new keyboard seems to be an improvement over the previous horrors, but its low profile and complete lack of adjustability fly in the face of ergonomic standards. And what's with the tiny Return key? But hey, it looks cool... and that's all that seems to matter these days. Jonathan, see me after class.

    13 of 31 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    New keyboard works great

    We got two keyboards directly as they came out. Since we had never used them it was a buying decision based entirely on aesthetics and the clear advantage of them being obviously very easy to clean. We've been using them for about two weeks now and the ease of use is tremendous. Not only do they look good and are easy to clean, the typing itself is fast and a lot less noisy, the keys are more solid and easier to press, and the flatness dramatically reduces strain on the wrists when typing (why didn't anyone come up with this before?). All in all a tremendous product we would recommend to anyone.

    9 of 12 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    USB Warning!

    First off this keyboard is great to type on, but the main draw was the USB 2.0 (or so i thought) hub. It is not sufficiently powered as apple stated. "We Thought Of Everything" I guess you did think of everything, except the customer... I really hope this is fixed, just on the basis that i really do like typing on it... Pretty dissapointing, apple.

    10 of 16 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Love, Love, Love It!

    I ordered this keyboard as a replacement for the one that came with my iMac (that keyboard significantly slowed down my typing speed and accuracy) and I absolutely love it, after having used it for a mere 10 minutes. My typing is faster and more accurate with this new keyboard.

    All of the special keys worked perfectly as soon as I finished downloading and installing the keyboard software update.

    The only thing I do not like is that I cannot plug a USB drive into the keyboard. When I do, I get a message saying there isn't enough power for the device. Other than that one minor difficulty, it's an excellent keyboard, which I would recommend to anyone.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    KVM doesn't work!

    I am currently using the clear plastic Apple keyboard with a G7 wireless mouse. They are connected to a Iogear USB switch that connect a Apple G4 and a Sony desktop. The clear plastic Apple keyboard works GREAT in this Mac-PC network. Until I brought the brand new aluminum USB keyboard today, the keyboard simply does nothing with the KVM switch. Apple can do better than this. Don't they know how many Mac-PC users in the world? Please tell who ever doing the keyboard design to fix this problem ASAP! Also, please tell who ever doing marketing in the Apple headquarter, IT IS NOT ABOUT MAKING PC USERS SWITCHING TO MAC or MAKING PC WINDOWS WORKING IN MAC OS ENVIRONMENT, it is CO-EXIST - STUPID! Without PC comparison, people won't think Apple design is so cool. A lot of people, like me, in the world using both Mac and PC with KVM switch. Can't Apple fix a simple problem like this?

    ps. The 1-Star is for the good design of the box. For a keyboard doesn't work, there is no stars for it.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Quiet, clean, and solid.

    A huge leap forward for Apple keyboards. The new keyboards are more comfortable to type with, due to the low-rise of the keys from the desk and due to the crisp, responsive motion of the keys. The new key style is extremely quiet. The particular location of the auxilary USB ports means that the keyboard maintains its slick and elegant appearance even with all manner of devices plugged into it. (Besides, it appears to me that it will be less prone to dirt build-up beneath the keys as most keyboards are.) An overall excellent product, of which I have no complaints. I make excuses to use this keyboard!

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    An incredible achievement.

    The new Apple Keyboard is a work of art. The tactile sublimity must be experienced first-hand; I can't adequately describe it, but I'll try. The keys are solid. Really solid. I can hear the faint "thud thud thud" of my keystrokes resonating through my desktop as I type.

    For right-handers, the smaller footprint allows you to move the keyboard closer to your mouse, bringing the letter keys into alignment with the center of your monitor. The low profile provides for a much more natural positioning of your hands, even if you rest the heels of your hands on the desk.

    Aesthetically, it is stunning. I've never been emotionally moved by a keyboard until now. It is design in its purest form. There are no unnecessary lines or forms. Only functional beauty. As a product designer and an engineer, the keyboard simultaneously fills me with joy and envy. If you have one in front of you, take a close look at the corners of the keyboard frame. Notice how the radius of the frame is concentric to the radius of the key. That is a line of poetry in a love letter to design.

    Though seemingly insignificant compared to the recent high-profile product launches, I believe that the future will look back on this keyboard as a watershed achievement in Apple's legendary design history.

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