• 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Nice clean keyboard

    I love this keyboard - best I've ever had.

    This keyboard is great for those who have a macbook, since the design and feel are identical. Light weight, solid feel from the aluminum frame and easy-to-clean because of the lack of gaps between each key (I hated that about the previous mac keyboard). The placement of the USB ports is better as well (on the sides instead of the back).

    As a bonus, with newer desktop macs, the keyboard actually carries high power and allows for you to plug in other peripherals, like ipods and cell phones. This only works on newer macs.

    As for the F keys (function keys)... you CAN use them as you'd like by changing the options in the system preferences so you don't have to press the fn key. While you're there, change the fn key back to the help key.

    This keyboard shines best with new mac computers, but is a nice upgrade for previous mac models as well if you make a few changes!

    10 of 11 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Looked great, but limited

    At first glance I loved the sleek look, but after trying it out found that the flatness of the keys made my fingers get lost on the pad. On old keyboards with their slightly raised edges, I can feel when my fingertips are getting off target. Not so with these. It's like being blind.

    When I got home I was doubly glad I had not spent money on it as realized the new placement of the usb ports would have made maneuvering my wired mouse impossible. I have extremely limited space for the mouse as it is, but a usb plug sticking out right into the mouse pad would allowed naught but the tiniest of movements. My old apple keyboard has the ports in the back where there is plenty of room for wires. Sure, I could go wireless, but I use the numbers keypad almost as much as I use the rest of a keyboard.

    Now I see other people having trouble with the dedicated F keys and I'm triple glad didn't purchase.

    4 of 7 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Sorry guys... style over substance doesn't cut it

    After three months I thought I would be getting used to this keyboard, but it isn't happening. It is the poorest keyboard I've ever used. Never a complaint about Apple keyboards on G5's, PowerBooks, iMacs... but this is another matter. The keys are flat, not concave so the surfaces are very close to one another. There is little or no feel or travel to them. I have never made as many typos in my life as with this design. Inexcusable to sacrifice performance over appearance as has been done in this situation.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Nice but will it break in <2 years like my other Apple Keyboard?

    I was forced to get a new one when my other Apple Keyboard (white iMac ca. 2006) unexpectedly stopped working. The buttons from the "tab" key straight down and to the space bar simply didn't work anymore.

    I tried everything then made an appointment with a Mac Genius at the Apple Store. He tested it and said it was broken. Mind you, I'd never spilled anything on it, my cat didn't have an accident on it, it never slid off the desk onto a bed of nails. It was simply used for...keyboarding! Less than two years? I thought Apple was all about quality.

    So I resigned myself to the fact that this one was kaput. Then, get this, the Mac Genius said I could get a replacement ordered for $69. Hold on there big fella, the redesigned newer one is $49. I informed/reminded him of this and he said, "Yeah."

    Anyway, the new one is quiet, easier to push each key (more shallow), and sleek. Two issues: (1) the USB ports are on the side making it function wider than the physical width of the platform (the old one had the USB ports next to the front-center where the out-going cord is; makes sense that way) and making it a tighter squeeze on the sliding drawer that houses my keyboard and (2) will this one break in less than two years? Email me in December '09.

    1 of 2 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    RE: I hate this keyboard. It is awkward and inconvenient. Here's why:

    I didn't know how else to help BM who wrote the above mentioned review. Go to Sytem Preferences>Keyboard and Mouse on the Keyboard tab select the checkbox next to "Use F1, F2, etc. as standard function keys". Now your keyboard is as you want it. And the new functionality of the keyboard can be accessed by holding down the Fn key.

    I love this keyboard but it took some time to get used to it. The keys are great, I find myself typing better, and I'm no longer pounding on keys because since they don't travel as far they invite a more gentle touch and I like that. I think I don't like how far the usb ports are recessed. Its nice that they hide the connector for the mouse, but I have a little fat usb drive that won't fit. Its not a huge complaint, but I thought it worth mentioning.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Looks Awesome, Excellent Quality, Comfortable & Quiet but...

    I've had all sorts of keyboards, with this being so thin I was concerned it may feel a little bit flimsy like a cheap laptop keyboard, but i was wrong. I think this has to be the best keyboard I've tried to date, it feels solid and it really makes typing a breeze. I actually look forward to typing on it.

    Because the keys are much lower profile than the old Apple and many other keyboards, your fingers don't have to press down as far or as hard. This reduces the strain on your fingers and hands, and allows your fingers to move to the next position/key much faster. The combination of that and the keyboard being virtually flush to the desk, means it feels natural and pleasant to type with your palms sat comfortably on the desk. The new labeled function keys are a nice touch too.

    Whilst it takes a little while (day of so) for your fingers to adjust you soon begin to realize how much energy has been wasted typing on an old keyboard. Plus its quieter too! no more clatter clatter like back in the old days.

    The only issue I have found is the tendency to miss the enter key as it is quite a bit smaller than most other keyboards. They should have made it bigger, (especially as stressed designers are notorious for bashing the enter key lol). This is my only design issue but one that I can live with for the speed gains, aesthetics & comfort. Of course it looks mint, and hopefully thanks to the aluminum will last for a long time.

    Besides a bigger enter key, as a final touch it would be great to to see a backlit option for the keys, however if you can touch type this isn't really an issue, but it would be nice to find those new function keys easily in the dark whilst gaming or watching a dvd / movie etc.

    A few small layout changes compared to the old apple keyboard include the eject key, which has moved from the right corner to F13 so all you fast restart / shutdown shortcut peeps may need to get used to it.

    Whilst it has 2 usb ports they don't provide enough power to power my usb flash thumb drive which is a disappointment (same as old apple keyboard). Finally with no visible way do disassemble the keyboard, cleaning may be an issue, but tbh at such a great price would probably be easier to buy another ;)

    Overall though an excellent keyboard, highly recommended, massive improvement on the old apple keyboards. The keyboard wins on quality & price. Apple design at its best.

    76 of 81 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Macbook + Numpad

    This keyboard is really fast especially if you're used to the macbooks. The addition of the keypad was what made me buy this one as opposed to the wireless but the two USB ports more than makes up for it.
    Don't let the price tag make you hesitate. You always get what you pay for which is one of the main reasons of getting a mac anyways. Great buy.

    4 of 8 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Perfect, Compact, And Comfortable!

    I bought this keyboard from Best Buy and its great! I don't know what everyone else is complaining about when it shakes or whatever. The keys are very comfortable that I'm not used to my windows keyboard anymore, so I plug it in even to a windows laptop. I think it was worth it. Also what is great is, that there are no gaps so crumbs can't get in the keyboard. One small thing I don't like, its that since its white, they keys sometimes get dirty, but i clean them with some alcohol wipes. Lastly its good to carry around and it pretty light, so it is good for travel, even though I don't travel much anywhere besides around my apartment.

    Defiantly worth it, so go at and buy it! It also compatible with window, but not fully of course.

    6 of 9 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    I Love This Keyboard!

    This is perhaps the best keyboard I have used yet. It is smooth, quiet and easy to type on.

    I have not had a problem with the USB ports. It might say there is not enough power to link your iPod or other components, but I have been able to sync using the keyboard ports without a problem.

    What I like most about this keyboard is just how easy it is on the fingers as well as how simple and sleek it is. It makes typing just that much more enjoyable.

    3 of 6 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    I hate this keyboard. It is awkward and inconvenient. Here's why:

    Apparently Apple never considered that high end professional users of it's hardware may use SEVERAL software packages that have important functions mapped to the F keys.

    The utterly stupid design of this keyboard commandeers the F keys for system functionality such as controlling widgets and brightness...things that can be easily controlled from the dashboard and system preferences. If you needed to have extra keys so badly, why didn't you just put a thin row of extra keys above the F keys and leave the F keys alone???

    This design flaw has left me with having to remap my F keys for my Autodesk 3d design software and the entire Adobe CS3... Unfortunately, the new higher F keys that Apple has provided are not recognized by these companies and are therefore entirely useless at this time.

    In this same vein, the HELP key in the bank of keys to the left of the numeric keypad is gone, and has been replaced by an *fn* key which must be pressed in order to access the traditional uses of the F keys. This defies logic to me for F keys have always embodied convenient shortcuts for all types of computing. Counterintuitively, the need to push this STUPID fn key, to access the traditional functions of the F keys is extremely inconvenient and practically renders the F keys unusable. This *fn* key is not even located anyplace near the control, command, or option keys on the extended keyboard layout.

    WHAT IN THE WORLD WERE YOU ENGINEERS THINKING WHEN YOU LAID OUT THIS KEYBOARD? IT IS JUST ***AWFUL*** AND HAS LEFT ME WITH MANY UNDESIRABLE WORKFLOW ISSUES. THUMBS DOWN!!!!!!

    61 of 132 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Doesn't charge iPod but otherwise finger lickin good!

    In the description it says of will charge iPods which was my only reason to upgrade because of USB 2.0 so I wouldnt have to stick my head around the back of the iMac. Other than that huge disapointment is that its a huge sucess story when typing in comparison to the big stiff keys on the previous model plus it looks good and feels good. close but not close enough ... Still worth every dollar

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Only One Complaint.

    I couldn't be happier about the style and performance of my new Apple Keyboard. It is sleek, easy to use, has 19 function keys, everything that I want from my keyboard, with one exception. It comes equipped with 2 USB ports (adding one overall because it uses up one), but the USB ports don't have enough power to support an iPod or my iPhone. I suppose this is not a huge problem, just my one complaint. The keyboard is a great investment. I am extremely happy with my purchase.

    48 of 74 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Real nice, but.....

    The KB takes time getting used to after you do your typing will speed up. I'm one of those that lives behind my keyboard. I mean live. work, play, eat, drink and sometime sleep at my desk. So a lot of stuff flying around and stuff gets into the KB. Most KB's it falls inside or I can use some canned air and blow it out. The keys are so close stuff gets stuck in-between key and the base and a royal pain to get out. So little concerned how KB will last over the long run.

    25 of 49 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Nice but useless USP ports

    Why would Apple make a keyboard USB port that doesn't have enough power to sync your Iphone or Ipod? The keyboard is really nice but I bought it to make Syncing my Iphone easier. Should have read these reviews first. Lessoned learned. I did mention I wanted to use the USB for my Iphone to the cute little girl at the Apple store and she told me that's what it was for. Maybe Apple needs a little tech support training for their staff.

    9 of 23 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    So much improved!

    3 times faster than the previous transparent plastic keyboard, no more dust jamming. Also compare to my 12" Powerbook keyboard it is also improved by each individual key pad which, makes typing more accurate.

    3 of 8 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Best keyboard I've ever owned

    I've used hundreds, maybe thousands of keyboards over the last 20 years. This one is by far the best I have ever encountered.

    It's reliable, attractive, sleek, low profile, and uses scissor-switch keys (like laptops).

    I have hundreds of customers that use them, and I've never seen one fail (yet!).

    5 stars.

    8 of 12 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    A Great Look

    This keyboard is quite solid and very stylish. I want to point out that it does work with a PC. I have not been able to use the music control buttons and some other mac functions but everything you need for the PC works fine. I'm not sure if it's the same on an apple but the 2 USB ports are not good for much. I get a "power exceeded" error if I try to sync my iphone using one. They may just be meant for a mouse though.

    Also, the Apple Store ships super fast! I was however, surprised they packed this little keyboard in a big 12" x 24" box, but at least it's not damaged.

    All and all, it saves space, looks fantastic, and does not feel cheap at all.

    8 of 12 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great keyboard!

    I love this new keyboard! I would have purchased a wireless one, but the new wireless keyboard has no 10-key.

    5 of 11 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Love at First Type

    I love this keyboard! It makes typing so much easier than the original Apple keyboard that came with my iMac, which had such sticky keys that my hands ached after only a few minutes of having to pound on the keys.

    This one is responsive to my light touch, but seems durable enough to stand up to a harder typist. I haven't had any problems with the flat keys, though I know my husband is still adapting to them on his new MacBook.

    Lovely, easy, quiet. Finally, my fingers can keep up with my thoughts.

    I am not a power user--I pretty much just type, and have never need the function keys or the capability to program. So I cannot comment on those higher-end features.

    11 of 17 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Sensibility

    This keyboard is perfect for Stepmania and for some other video games! THANK YOU APPLE!!!!

    5 of 10 people found this useful