• 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Simply...

    ...the best keyboard ever made!

    Why four Stars? Because there is a localization bug that make impossible for users with foreign language System setting (non-english) to access the Keyboard Shortcut Preference Pane.

    But there's a workaround: Set your System language (System Preferences/International) to "English", log out and in again and you'll get access to the Keyboard Shortcut Preference Pane. Make your setting, replace the System language to yours, log out and in again, et voilà!

    Keyboard software update 1.1 doesn't correct the bug. Will see with 1.2!

    Besides all this, it's the best keyboard touch I ever felt, well done Apple.

    5 of 8 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Huge improvement! No more crumb catcher!

    I love the low profile and the feel of the keys - much better on my hands. However, the best part is the new design that eliminates the clear case on the bottom - the one that catches all the debris. This one will be much easier to clean.

    6 of 11 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Keyboard, superior to all other market keyboards!

    This keyboard is excellent, and the usb ports are no problem, I run a usb mighty mouse from one and transfer songs to my 80gb video ipod from the other. The keyboard is made from titanium and aluminum which makes it very strong unlike plastic logitech and microsoft keyboards that bend and scweak when you type. The keyboard is very powerful in a small and sleek size, I type at least twice as fast and its several times more comofortable than the old Apple keyboards. Owell I brought several of these for my mac pro and vista PCs. It's amazing.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great design/under powered USB ports

    The original description of this keyboard said you could connect iPods, cameras and printers to the USB ports. They have since corrected the description to say that you can connect all those things but only if the keyboard is connected to a new iMac. Hopefully Apple will realize that more people than the new iMac users want a good keyboard. Until then, I guess I'll go back to my old clear and white "crumb-catcher"... at least it will let me connect flash drives and cameras.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Apple Keyboard works great!

    This keyboard works excellent! The only thing is is that you need to have your computer updated to the latest version of Mac OS X in order for it to work. I think this is because the F-keys are different from the previous Apple keyboard. The USB ports work great on this keyboard. I hooked up my printer and my Mighty Mouse and they work really well.

    This keyboard is modeled after the MacBook keyboard, and I just happen to have a MacBook. The only reason why I use a keyboard with it is because the keyboard on the MacBook is a little small for me. The price for the Apple keyboard is good, too. $49.

    Kudos to Apple and the design team for another wonderful, eye-pleasing product.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    F3 and F4 not working?

    Great look and feel to this keyboard. Another piece of functional art from Apple. Nice response to the keys when typing. But, after downloading and installing the Apple Keyboard Update, two function keys (F3 and F4) do not work. Hmmm. sez I. Pismo running 10.4.10 with a gig of ram so everything should work as advertised... in theory.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Overall, nice product

    Overall, mostly satisfied with product, especially when compared previous model with the larger clear plastic frame…which was horrible to type on. I truly considered all the feedback (negative too) before buying, so here is what I consider to be a fair, balanced review…

    Pros: Smooth typing very similar to working on a laptop keypad--short relief and very responsive keys—so not recommended for people who prefer stiffer, larger PC-style boards. Easier to clean, unlike previous iMac board which would collect dust and small crumbs. Most of all, excellent ergonomics. Angle and placement of keys is very conducive to typing for long periods of time. Obviously a beautiful, aesthetically pleasing design…as usual.

    Cons: Biggest complaint, NO POWERED USB ports. No longer can you plug in flash drives (or any powered device from what I hear) to the board, a clear advantage of the previous model. Apple advertises this product as being able to power such devices, but this is not the case…very disappointing. It does, however, power my Logitech wireless mouse receiver. Also the ports themselves are tucked away, making plug-ins slightly more inconvenient.

    In a nutshell: Highly improved over last model, with the exception of USB issue, which for me, isn’t enough to not prefer this product over the last. For me, it’s mostly about smooth typing and comfort. I would like to comment on some negative feedback within this forum that almost prevented me from getting this product. It was noted in one case the space bar had a significant response delay. I have yet to experience this problem. It could be a personal typing style and you may just need to adapt to this particular keyboard, as you do ANY. Someone also raised a concern about cheap plastic keys. FYI, they ARE cheap plastic keys…everything around you is made of cheap plastic, why nitpick the keyboard? Overall, if comfort and accuracy in typing is most important to you, I would highly recommend this keyboard.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Awesome!

    I picked up the new keyboard after reading some reviews and struggling with my fat keyed G4 iMac keyboard for some time. The depth at which the key must be pressed to get a response is much less than that of a standard keyboard. The fact that the thing is so thin allows for your wrists to sit pretty naturally on the desk (ergonomically correct). I'm beginning to wonder if I should get one for my work PC as well!

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  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Not bad, expected better

    I like the look of this keyboard. I do have a few issues with it though. The FKeys numbers are too small. What required a quick glance now has me stopping to search for the right FKey. The flat buttons look great but they all feel the same now. I'm having to look to see where my fingers are placed. That slows me down. I liked the curved buttons of the old keyboard much more. They had a more unique feel. The USB ports are recessed about an inch in from the sides. You now have to flip the keyboard up to plug something in. The Eject key belongs in the top right corner of the keyboard. Putting it next to the F12 key is a mistake. I do like that the ports are USB 2 and the really flat muted sound the keys make when you tap them.

    I noticed that my Apple Store still had a few of the old keyboards for sale. I think I'll go and pick up a couple of those.

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Update Keyboard Software

    Some of you complaining about the new keyboard not functioning as promised may need to update the keyboard software. see apple keyboard software update 1.1

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    BEST KEYBOARD EVA

    I bought the new aluminum keyboard just 2 days ago and it would have to be the most comfortable and elegant keyboard i have ever used or know of. They are so much nicer to use than the old sticky keyboards, buy 1 you wont regret it

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Greatest Keyboard Ever!

    I am a huge Apple fan. The mighty mouse was kind of a flop for me but this new keyboard is top notch. The keys are just under 2mm rising from the aluminum frame. The first time I wrote an Email it was the most fluid message I have ever sent. A wise investment to all who buy.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great keyboard!!

    Just got my new keyboard today. Can't say enough how much better this keyboard is than the old one. Like everyone says the typing speed is much better. I do wish the USB ports faced the back...but since I don't really ever use them anyway, it's not that much of an issue.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Quality, Work with PCs!

    I bought this to match my Dell 1501 laptop (silver and white). I've always liked Apple keyboards for years. On a whim, I thought I would try it with my PC. Works find, but no "print screen" function. There are programs out there that will allow mapping of the keys, etc.

    Quality is excellent--keyboard is hefty and sits still on the table. The USB ports will not support a jump drive as everyone ha smentioned. The keys are huge and easy to type on--with positive feedback. It does feel like a notebook keyboard, but with better tactile feel. My only reason for the 4 stars is that there is no vertical adjustment on the keyboard. I may add some rubber bumpers under the back to lift the back a bit.

    I suppose you can use a mouse with the keyboard USB, but who would want to? Afterall, the cord will ball up and get in the way.

    I was suprised to see a USB extention cable came with the keyboard--a $20 accessory. The attached cord is limited to like 3 feet - perfect for use with a laptop (in my case. I was also suprised that the control key works with Win XP...and the fn key works as the INS key for PCs.

    Overall, very pleased--looking to take one to work and cause a stir with the sleek look. :) Way to go Apple...nice product!

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Wonderful Surprise!

    My nearest Apple Store is, unfortunately, a couple of hours away. When they released this keyboard, I had no way of going on a road trip to try it out. I purchased a MacBook Pro when they were updated in June, and I've longed for an external keyboard ever since. The MBP Keyboard is fine, but I wanted a full number pad along with the home, end, delete, and page up/down buttons. I thought about purchasing the older Apple Keyboard but decided to hold off for a bit. I sure am happy I did! The Apple Keyboard was certainly something a bit new when I first laid eyes on it. I was also most certainly a skeptic; I did not think that it would be that great of a keyboard. However, I purchased it online anyway. I am VERY pleased with my purchasing decision. The Keyboard is very sturdy, and quite a bit heavier than I had imagined. It's a true wonder to type on. With the shorter distance the keys must travel, it seems like my typing speed has vastly improved.

    All in all, this keyboard is a great buy. The sheer fact that it matched my MBP isn't even a factor, this keyboard could be black and gold for all I care; it is simply the best keyboard I have ever used.

    If you have an Apple Store nearby, go check this thing out. If you don't, buy it online anyway. You will not regret it!

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Exactly as advertised!

    This keyboard is fantastic! Works exactly as advertised. Required the new aluminium iMac to use higher powered devices in the USB 2.0 ports. This keyboard feels great to type on and looks great too! This is the best keyboard Apple has ever made!

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  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Looking good but.....

    The design looks good but the material (aluminum) isn't a very good idea at all. It gives me some electric shock dues to high voltage of electric in Singapore (220V). So I ended up in buying another keyboard made from plastic which is more safer to use. A costly solution.

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    USB 2.0 Disappointment

    Apple should correct their marketing. The USB 2.0 ONLY works with the new iMac, occasionally with other computers, but not as reliably as we're led to believe. On my second one due to the space bar not working properly.

    Otherwise it feels and looks great. I do miss the eject and volume keys being off to the right not in the middle of it all, easier to access quickly over there. And I use my function keys for editing with Final Cut Studio so I had to remap the keys anyway. Disappointed but still using it.

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  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    What the F -- keys??

    I went back to using my original "white" keyboard based solely on the F key layout. exposé is, for me, a very handy feature for quickly switching between programs and documents. Now I find myself accidentally ADJUSTING THE VOLUME??? Bring back fully functional F9 thru F12 keys and we'll talk. Looks good though!

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  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Good keys and footprint, useless USB

    I like the thin keyboard and footprint and the ability to keep it clean. The previous Apple keyboard attracted and kept every little crumb or piece of debris. But as others have said, the USB ports on this new keyboard are not as advertised. Not only don't they power things but they are recessed and hard to reach. The Apple Store photo would have you believe the USB ports are at the ends but they are actually over a half inch in from the outside edges.

    3 of 3 people found this useful