• 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Superb!

    I've had this now for about 6 weeks and still boggle at how nice it is to use. If you are a touch typist you will love the quiet light feel of the keys and the short press that is needed.

    It works out of the box on a MAC Mini and is great for all usual tasks like e-mail, word processing etc. My only gripe is the insistence of retaining the @ symbol in an incorrect full QWERTY location on the number 2 key which makes switching between this and my work laptop keyboard a pain.

    23 of 45 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    even works with windows!

    i bought this product for my new pc. obvously the pause/play didn't work and the other features like that. but with the help of sharp keys program i got all those keys working fine.i highly recommend this product for mac and pc users!

    26 of 36 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    F Keys set up backwards

    I bought this keyboard because I could not get the old style Apple keyboard which I have used since they came out with it for the production typing that makes my living. I especially liked the old price of the old one, because when keys starting sticking at all or anything else even marginally malfunctioned, I had the pleasure of breaking out a new one always in reserve and experiencing, once again, that smooth as butter newness. With this model, on the other hand, priced at nearly double the old one (which is very hard to find now and pricey as well) and not plug-in programmed for my essential function keys, it took me a while to even want to figure it out. When I did download the software for the second time and get it to install, I found that the function keys still would not program to my specification UNTIL I checked the box in the system preferences Keyboard pane that says it selects the functions printed on the keys (not what I wanted). Once I did this, however, the system preferences allowed me in keyboard shortcuts to set up the F keys for the menu operations I have always used them for, i.e. to customize them. This appears to be the opposite of what the check box says it does, but, oh well, I am off and running with this now. Thought others might want to know this.

    The touch is different, but I find one advantage over the old one is that striking two keys at once when an edge is hit does not happen - these keys have to be struck squarely to register. The space bar is not as responsive, but I'll adjust my stroke for that eventually. Otherwise, I do think this design will likely facilitate increased speed once I get adjusted to it. Another plus on this new one, to be fair, is it is the first keyboard I can easily see the light on for the caps lock - I've actually searched for one that would have an audible tone or some other alert feature to keep me from having to retype strings of text when the caps lock was unintentionally left on.

    In the final analysis, however, I don't think a company should simply discontinue a mainstay product for many users. Maybe I was the only one, but I was buying 2-3 of the old style keyboards a year and quite happy with them. So, that's my two cents worth on the new Apple Keyboard.

    30 of 45 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Keyboard, but USB memory sticks don't fit

    Just bought one of these keyboards from PC World for £29. Really nice to use like a MacBook keyboard, but if you use a USB memory stick in the USB port, found most of mine don't fit, because the clearance is too small between the port and the underside of the keyboard. This is a shame, because with the previous generation of keyboard, it just plugged straight into the port on the rear, rather than blindly trying to use the USB ports on the back of the iMac to plug in a memory stick.

    Tried to use the extension cable as a flying lead, but this only works with the USB port for the keyboard, because there is a "V" shape in the middle of the connector. So all rather annoying.

    36 of 59 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Error prone

    The combination of short key travel and low resistance makes mistyping far too easy.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Not just a pretty face

    When I first saw this keyboard, I thought "Wow! Looks cool - I wonder if you can actually type on it?". Well... I've had it for just under 3 weeks now, and I can honestly say that it's the best keyboard I've ever used.

    So, if you're a bit nervous about the radically different design of this keyboard, don't be. You'll be up to speed in next to no time, and you'll never look back.

    Congratulations, Apple, on (yet again) designing something that looks amazing AND performs amazingly.

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great

    I just bought this keyboard after testing it out at the store. I love this keyboard and typing with it proves to be extremely easy. With Apples old keyboard the keys sloped upwards and it hurt typing documents for long periods of time. The curve is less a problem here and now typing is much improved.

    Another plus side to this keyboard is that I personally think that the USB ports are placed better than the old. It gives the mouse more of a free range I thought.

    37 of 55 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    You need one!

    This keyboard boggles my mind. It has a lovely feel and is quiet to type on. It's design is immaculate - every time I see it I smile and as a bonus it's connected to my PC (you can use free software called 'applekeys' to emulate the printscreen and scroll lock keys). How it's only £25 given the build quality and materials I'll never know. If it was £120 I can promise you, I'd be looking at how I could raise the funds! Already have two more on order for impressed friends and family...

    13 of 23 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Awesome!

    As a fast typer I was worried about the reviews stating that this keyboard easily produces typos, etc. However, I've been using one of these bad boys for several weeks and I love it. No problems, very smooth typing as little pressure is required..my hands pretty much feel like they are flowing and it is quite comfortable. I had been using the older apple keyboards for years (as well as apple laptop keyboards) and found no difficulty in switching to this newer layout-no adaption "phase" required at all. I even find that little things like eraser dust and other small particles do not get stuck in the keyboard as there are really no gaps, thus this keyboard stays clean and operational.

    I highly recommend it..no issues with it at all although since it is not highly slanted, some people may find that the keyboard is better placed low down. Also, a wrist guard makes typing on this keyboard even more comfortable.

    39 of 60 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Help...I've fallen and I can't get up!

    I have fallen in love with this keyboard!
    60 year old typist with arthritic fingers, finds spatial movement is lessened and accuracy is resplendently restored. Along with many other older, foolish folks out there, I spend many mealtimes sitting over the keyboard. My frustration level has also lessened as my tea and toast crumbs are no longer interacting with my keyboard. Bonus! This keyboard is a pleasure to drive. Now, if I can just find the brakes...maybe I can get up myself.

    45 of 55 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    WOW

    Best keyboard i have ever used! Looks good to with its sleed design get this!

    12 of 22 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Keyboard!

    This is the best Apple Keyboard I have seen! It feels so more nicer when you type, and it feels like you're typing with a Macbook! I put it next to my old Apple Keyboard, and it is so different! For a start, it is very thin and it looks more modern and not as plasticy as it is made out of aluminum, although the base is made from plastic. I like the idea of some of the function keys because you can Play/Pause songs on iTunes and it has got an Expose key and a Dashboard key. The brightness keys do not seem to work, unless that is because you need an Apple Cinema Display. Also, the Apple Logo has disappeared from the Command Key?.

    Overall, I rate it 9/10 (and 5 stars!) because it is a great modern looking keyboard, It hasn't got the full 10/10 because it would be useful for the brightness keys to work. I think this product is a must buy!

    14 of 21 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Numeric pad does not work with Parallels side

    I have spent a good amount of time on the phone with Apple help to no avail. They tell me I have to deal with Microsoft to get it working (not why I bought expensive apple equipment). I hooked up a $10 Kensington keyboard (using it now) and have no problems on the mac or windows side. I moved from a PC to an Apple because I thought it would be easier -- not the case on many fronts (eg heavy ms excel users be warned the Mac Office version does not handle many macros in excel -- that's why I am using Parallels - not a seamless transition).

    19 of 40 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Gold Star for Apple, keyboard is excellent.

    Layout is a little different from earlier versions, but I adjusted quickly and find this beats earlier boards I've used over 30 years using Apple keyboards and compatibles.
    Great job Apple!
    I bought two for my Dual G5 and 17" MB Pro. Both function uniformly same.

    37 of 65 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    These Keys Are Made For Typing

    The wired Aluminum keyboard was the best stocking stuffer for me this Christmas. It is small and cool-looking and has 2 USB 2.0 ports so I can hook up my digital camera to it (but not the iPhone). What’s more, my cats do not like to sit on it. A major plus.

    Best of all is the action, position and feel of the low-profile keys, similar to the feel of the keys on the MacBook’s built-in keyboard. If only I could admit to typing — and I do not — I would say that all in all this is the best keyboard I’ve used in absolute years, even surpassing the key response on the old $160 ADB Mac keyboard (we're going back to the late 1980s.)

    Not as a test or anything, but just because I am a klutz, about a week ago I got some coffee on the keyboard. (Mind you, we’re not talking Major Spill.) Nonplussed but recovering quickly enough for someone with “experienced reflexes,” I mopped up what I could see. The keyboard has not stopped working yet. I am seriously considering buying one for the office.

    One eensy negative: I have not yet gotten used to the position of the function key and have to look away from my work each time I use the fn+F11 in order to get to the desktop.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    It's a go!

    BOTTOM LINE
    - Most needed keyboard upgrade
    - Beautiful
    - Comfortable
    - Keys feel/sound nice
    - Convenient dedicated keys
    - Love USB ports
    - From a design standpoint, more in line with new Mac line
    - Would love to see a similar version even more in line from a design standpoint with MacBooks (graphite keys with same look and feel, add backlight). That's a second version, keep this one as it's beautiful. A black/white version to match MacBooks would also be great. Same goes for mighty mouse (white, black, graphite). Design, design, design, options, options, options (although too many is not good, options that is)
    - Would love to have 2-3 levels of adjustable tilt. Default tilt works fine though.

    26 of 44 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Aesthetically pleasing but impractical if you know how to type

    After using this newer board for just a few days, I decided to buy the old style wireless that Apple made prior to this cool looking new board. I found one from an Authorized reseller that stocked the old style. First, why everyone is so happy about this board's layout (or its wireless version) can only be related to its beauty. I'll give it that...it's a work of art. However, since I've typed for over 25 years, I can honestly say that if you know how to type fast and learned how to type on a traditional keyboard, you will be frustrated by this redesigned one. I suppose that if you want to look 'cool' then have the new board on display for guests to see. But if you really know how to type with both hands and need to type in a straightforward manner without necessarily having to adapt your fingering or typing skills (why would ANYONE do this?), I would suggest that you find yourself the older wireless version of the board that is still sold by some Apple resellers. If Apple really wanted to impress me, they would do what Texas Instruments has done with their new TI-Nspire calculators: Have interchangeable keyboards. Then, the beautiful board can be on display when you like, but allow real typists to switch to the older (more practical) keyboard.

    15 of 29 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    mmmmm, sweet

    first of: it works with PCs, a few of the keys are swapped (@, ¬ etc.) and the special function keys (dashboard, brightness etc.) don't work, but that's to be expected.

    overall this keyboard is a joy to use, i'm actually rather dissappointed i haven't had to do more typing, as it's that nice to use.

    A lot of people mention the short travel of the keys, some obviously hate it but personally i love it. I think it depends a lot on how used to a normal long travel type keyboard you are, if you have used a traditional keyboard eveyday for the past 10 years your going to have difficulty gettign used to this keyboard, although i think most people will find it quite easy to use.

    I would have given this 5 stars, although as a few people mention, you do get loads of typos for some reason. For example there were 5 in this review (before i corrected them!)

    32 of 45 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Much better than the old keyboard.. BUT

    I wanted to give it 3.5, but I didn't want to give it a 3, so I gave it a 4. The keyboard is great, although sometimes I have a hard time pressing the Caps Lock button. The response is usually good, and I like the style a lot better. Plus it's easier to clean. However. Both I and another person I know have installed the software for the keyboard, and ever since starting to use it, we have had problems with the computer. My friend's mouse will hang up and be stuck clicked on a window, and won't unclick. So when he drags his mouse across the screen the window goes with it. Everytime I quit Safari, a Pop Up window comes up reading:
    Safari has unexpectedly quit!...

    But, it didn't?

    Other than that, certain preferences on my Safari browser were changed, nothing too big. But it's worrisome. Especially since I'm going to back up my computer and upgrade to Leopard. Which, after reading reviews, can only imagine what horrible things could happen. My luck with computers is not very good, although I've always loved Apple software. I'm sure the problem with the keyboard is just minor and could be patched up.

    So all in all it's a good keyboard. Just need to work out a few bugs, I suppose.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Keyboard design!

    I love the new keyboard, but I want to know if it will work on Windows-based pc's.

    19 of 37 people found this useful