• 3.0 out of 5 stars

    hurts my thumb

    Keyboard looks great. Some keys are hard to use -- have to hit it them just right. But, the worst part is that the rounded lower edges are sharp and when I move my mouse too close -- ouch! my thumb!

    8 of 31 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    It would be perfect if...

    If it had illuminated keys.
    *since I work at night with limited lighting and the display doesn't quite shed enough light to see the icons.

    If it were about 3" less wide.
    *The extended keyboard takes up "mouse" space.
    *The middle set of keys could be condensed and the arrow keys moved (similar to laptop configuration).

    It is however beautifully designed.

    12 of 25 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic!

    This is a great keyboard! Love the response, how it feels and works. Amazing design -- just perfect!

    15 of 21 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    F Keys in system preferences

    I'm not a reviewer very often, but I do enjoy these keyboards, partly because I'm shallow and the aesthetics really appeal to me, but also I enjoy the touch and feel. I am writing this because I wanted to point out to all the reviewers that gave it a bad rating because "pro" apps use F keys that are set up for sound etc. In system preferences, under keyboard, there is a checkbox that says - Use all F1, F2, etc, keys as standard function keys. Check the box, problem solved. Enjoy.

    22 of 22 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    I hate it

    I got this keyboard with my iMac. I have to press harder because I'm used to higher keys, they're also spaced too far - since my hands are small this is a big problem. I write ALLOT. I get so frustrated with the typos this thing causes and its inability to actually work half the time, since you have to hit the key perfectly to get it to type, that I simply feel like breaking it in half. If it wasn't for the commands for Leopard I'd switch back to my old eMac keyboard.

    This keyboard also makes me hesitate to buy the new macbooks. I'd rather get a PC for writing to be bluntly honest.

    Although the keys are unbreakable, if something gets under it you can't fix it. When I got this something got under one of my keys and now I have to press really hard to make it work.

    I understand people like portable and small these days, but seriously, be a little less biased. I'd love to trade this in for my bulky one any day. Please apple, make a new keyboard with normal keys like the old keyboards. Maybe pimp it out with clear plastic and a back light to make it more interesting. I'd love a back-lit keyboard for my desktop.

    28 of 66 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    love this keyboard

    It does take a little getting used to... but it's great.

    this keyboard is thin and light, and it doesn't take as much room as other keyboards... plus it has 2 usb ports!

    It's a great keyboard... :)

    8 of 10 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    More on USB ports

    First, this is an excellent keyboard. I got it because I was not happy with my old Microsoft wireless keyboard/mouse that I tried on my new Mac Mini.

    Feel, aesthetics...it is a work of art. Haven't done heavy typing on it yet, so can't comment on, for example, space bar or other problems that some have noted. So far, typing has been as pleasant an experience as something as mundane as typing can be.

    However, here's why it gets knocked down 2 stars:

    * Cord is too short. This makes you use the supplied USB extension cord. Some would see this as a plus (if you don't need a longer cord), but I see it as an extra connection that could impact USB performance. Also, as others have noticed, the extension cord female end is shaped in a way that makes it not compatible to use as an extension for some other peripherals.

    * The 2 USB ports were a big selling factor for me. I should have paid more attention to the Mac Keyboard page on the Apple website, which explains their limited functionality. They are powered, but not enough to power iPods and others. Plugged into the keyboard, my printer's (of course, a self-powered device) performance was erratic, and it had to be plugged into the back of the Mini. The wired Rocketfish Apple Mouse (mighty mouse look-alike) also has frozen/vanished while plugged into the keyboard. Webcam obviously a no-go. My camera and thumbdrive worked, but after seeing the printer repeatedly lose its connection in the middle of a job, I'm skeptical. Finally, as many have complained, the clearance between the USB ports and the underside of the keyboard limits what can be plugged in. So overall, the USB port feature is a huge let down, and I'm still left with a USB port shortage problem.

    Apple website says you get full USB functionality only on the aluminum Mac. I'm not sure if that means they are fully powered or what. Definitely not the case on the 2nd gen Mini.

    Searches on the web and Apple's support site have revealed other USB issues that seem tied to the latest OS X update (10.5.6, I think). If subsequent software pushes fix the USB, then I will fix this review.

    Overall, I like this keyboard too much to return it over the USB ports. It's not really false advertising, but kind of sneaky.

    14 of 16 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Fragile little thing

    I only bought this because it had the number pad and I could not type without that. I also use it if my mouse dies on me and I need to charge the batteries.

    Overall, it's a decent product. It feels pretty good to type on in the fact that my wrists don't hurt afterward and the buttons are all of nice size. The function keys are very helpful to someone who likes listening to music while they work. The fact that they can be made into the regular F keys with the special functions accessed with the FN key is nice too. 19 function keys are great for the person who sets up a lot of shortcuts.

    On the flip side, the buttons that feel so nice to type on don't feel good once they've broken off. My "B" key is missing (broken off) and so I have to hit the little plastic nub underneath. My left control key is also only held on by it's top half. The space bar doesn't always recognize a strike and the shift keys don't always work without a bit of force either. I bought this wired keyboard over another brand's Bluetooth model because it had the USB 2.0 ports on the side. At least, I thought they were until I found out that only works with the newest Aluminum iMacs. That means no syncing my iPod from my keyboard. Or using my flash drive on the ports either. In fact, my digital camera is all that I really have that can plug into the ports and be useful because the device needs to have it's own power supply (batteries in the case of the camera). Even a simple SD card reader won't work. My F5 key also cleanly broke and won't even register a strike and I have no idea as to why or how to fix it. It's easy to get confused as to what key to hit in a dark room and the buttons are too easy stroke.

    Overall, it's a very fragile keyboard that didn't live up to the hype. I can't easily recommend this unless you absolutely have an Apple keyboard.

    8 of 11 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    just awful!

    The keyboard is terrible! The keys are too thin and when there are children on the computer with sticky hands, and dripping juice, the keys stick! I'd like an older version as soon as possible. Where do I get one?

    13 of 33 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Say good-bye to touch typing.

    PROBLEMS: (1) Flat keys. This makes it difficult to anchor on the resting row for touch-typing (the itty-bitty raised dashes on the 'j' and 'f' keys do not suffice). (2) Flat keyboard. This puts the number row a greater distance from the resting finger position, which makes the ability to anchor on the resting row even more important. (I am 5'4", to give you a rough idea of my hand size.)

    RESULTS: 1) A lot of looking back and forth between the keyboard and the screen, slowing productivity. 2) A lot of typos. (All of this improves slightly but doesn't go away with practice.)

    CONTEXT: This is really frustrating if you're typing mostly words, but really really really frustrating for situations when you use numbers or bottom-row keys, or when a typo will make something not work. (E.g., working in LaTeX, writing code, using command shortcuts, passwords with weird combinations of characters).

    On the other hand, these design issues might not be a problem for you if: a) you have big enough hands, b) you already look at the keyboard when you type, or c) you have amazing proprioception.

    OK THINGS: 1) The silver is pretty.

    BOTTOM LINE: If you like to touch-type, I strongly suggest trying out this keyboard before you buy it.

    27 of 40 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    I love it!

    I recently had to replace my older-version Apple keyboard and am impressed with the sleek design and surprisingly easy-to-reach keys on this one. The keys are actually built shorter than on traditional keyboards, allowing me to type faster without having to lift my fingers nearly as high, and in turn creating less movement for my wrists. Feels very good and natural, although it did take me about 60 seconds to get used to it. :) In other words, I LOVE IT and highly recommend it!

    10 of 13 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Speechless

    After picking this little toy up, my first impression wasn't a good one.
    I thought to myself "I'll be short on keys in no time". And the portable computer design frightened me somewhat, as I tend to type awfully slow on portables.
    Plugging it in and promptly plugging in a mouse on one of it's USB ports was a delight but as soon as I plugged in my iPod Touch's sync cable, that pleasant feeling just faded in the background. (Not 2.0 USB compatible).

    However, after spending a day typing on this and playing games, all of those minor details just went out the window.
    This keyboard's layout is fantastic for typing and once used to the layout, you'll be hitting macros and running around like a pro in almost any game you try it on (WOW/Bioshock/Prince of Persia were some of the few on my end).

    I strongly recommend this keyboard to just about anyone but specially those looking to maximize their typing speed while retaining a stylish look on their keyboard.

    11 of 15 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    the BEST keyboard. Only from Apple.

    This keyboard was designed beautify and it also performs responsively. The keys are just like the MacBook's so it is thin and crisp, making it a lot eaiser than typing on thicker keys. It is super easy to clean because the keys fit perfectly in their sockets so they don't let dust get in. FIVE stars because it is very unique from other keyboards, and functions perfectly.

    3 of 5 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    It's true: the space bar is a problem

    As someone noted a year or two ago, there is a problem with the build of the space bar. Specifically, if you hit the bottom--i.e., the lower edge of the space bar, the edge closest to your body--the keyboard will not type a space.

    Theoretically it's possible to retrain your typing execution so that both thumbs ride higher on the space bar--i.e., much closer to the top edge, the edge closest to the C, V, B, N, M, "," keys.

    I've already started doing that, on my first day of using the keyboard, with fairly good results.

    The Caps Lock key similarly does not always activate--but I'm not sure why.

    And of course there's the issue of the keys not being backlit.

    Otherwise, the keyboard is great. These problems might normally cause me to give it only 3 stars. But because the feel and look are so amazing, and because this keyboard gives you a fully separate numeral pad, AND dedicated Home, End, PageUp, PageDown keys, I think it's a good bargain at $50 (current price as of 1/3/09).

    The software install was seamless, too (firmware upgrade to the keyboard accomplished by Apple, Software Update).

    6 of 9 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    After a year of use...

    I'm torn.

    This unit, and the counterpart built into my macbook, are quiet, sturdy, and quite stunning—for keyboards.

    However, my fingers still get tripped up by the new design. This is frustrating because it means I type better on a standard PC keyboard. I feel as though I own a sleek new sports car but prefer my old sedan.

    But the keyboard is not rubbish. Apart from the usual dirt, it has shown no signs of wear. Also, after hours of use, my hands generally feel fine, whereas on a standard keyboard they would be tired.

    So, as I said, I'm torn. The keyboard has a lot going for it, but I would encourage everyone to try it first. With time you will certainly adapt to the new design, but it may take longer than expected.

    3 of 5 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Love it

    I just plugged in my new keyboard and I'm very happy with how it works. The flat design does take a few minutes to get used to, but I can type much faster now and it is very quiet. And I found that I do not need any wrist pad.

    Besides functionality, it is very sleek in its design. After reading some negative reviews, I was hesitant to buy this new keyboard, but I'm very happy that I did.

    7 of 8 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Best Apple Keyboard Yet

    This is by far the greatest Apple keyboard I have ever owned and I have bought the last three generations of them. I love the way the keys respond much like a notebook does. The only minor hiccup is that the angle it sits at can get uncomfortable if your desk is not very ergonomic but that's an extremely small complaint and easily fixable by placing a towel beneath your wrists. All in all another excellent Apple product.

    7 of 8 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great!

    I love my new keyboard! I was prepared to be disappointed going wired after having had the wireless...and since the new wireless doesn't have the extended keys I felt like I had to "settle." I do wish this were wireless, HOWEVER, it looks good, feels good... and lives up to the positive reviews that I read before I purchased it.

    8 of 9 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Extremely Practical & Aesthetically Pleasing

    I purchased this keyboard because I am a 3D animator and my MacBook doesn't have an extended keyboard which is ESSENTIAL for applications such as Lightwave and Maya. The keyboard is solid and has just the right tension on the keys. The standard section of the keyboard is identical to that of the new MacBooks and MacBook Pros, making it feel as though your not using a peripheral keyboard at all. The design, as with all Apple products is simple and effective. The simplicity of it is far more striking than that of other brand name gimmicky keyboards that seem to look over the top. All in all this is easily the best keyboard I have ever owned. It's so good that it makes typing a pleasure rather than a chore. Definitely recommended.

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Simply awful

    If you're a pro app user, stay away from this #$$^%... The keyboard is not curved, the keys have no definite edges to feel the position of your fingers without looking at the keyboard when using a tool shortcut for example. The function keys are not grouped and you have to remap the keys to free up the F1-F10 range that pro apps use often. I need a real PRO keyboard, it's just the alu reincarnation of the dreadful white iMac keyboard.

    5 of 20 people found this useful