• 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Great keyboard, but USB port of limited use

    The keyboard itself is great, though black keys might help it remain looking clean and shiny for longer.

    My only complaint is the fact that I have had significant difficulties using the USB port to run my external hard drive which very much limits the usefulness of the port.

    23 of 41 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Looks great. But...

    ...the USB extension cable is useless. It has a flange on the female that prevents it from hooking into anything. Why would Apple design a cord that cannot be connected to a flash drive or other standard USB devices? Strange.

    35 of 48 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Good but fragile keyboard

    There's two sides to this keyboard.

    The good side is when it's brand new, if you're used to laptop keyboards, you will feel right at home. If you're not used to laptop keyboards, once you get used to the Apple aluminium keyboard, you will have a hard time to go back to regular-sized keys which have "stairs" in each row, it will feel like going back to a 1980's keyboard. That's how good the Apple aluminium keyboard is, anything else feels like a step into the past.

    The bad side of this keyboard is that it will get clogged. It's not a question of it, it's a question of when. The problem is that removing the keys to remove dust, fur, hairs, etc. will probably break the keys if you're not careful. The larger keys are especially problematic, the space bar doubly so. The way the keyboard is designed, mechanically, is really great but the actual product could be more sturdy, especially the small metallic loops that hold the keys to the keyboard.

    If those small metallic loops could be more sturdy and the whole thing easier to clean, this keyboard would deserve six stars out of five. Unfortunately, since it's designed to be good-then-throw-it-away (recyclable or not), it only deserve three stars.

    I would buy one again if those two flaws could be fixed. Actually, with those flaws fixed, I'd probably buy a few to have spares for a few decades.

    18 of 23 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Apple keyboard with numeric keypad and 2 usb ports

    Although I really like the keyboard, the usb ports are not very good. There is not enough power to support a memory stick. It may support a mouse, but my apple mouse is wireless. I was given a lead with the keyboard, but cannot find out how to use same, as the usb at one end doesn't fit anywhere.
    . When I purchased the keyboard I was told the usb ports had improved and worked well with a usb 2. This is definitely not the case, so anyone purchasing one should know.. I cannot understand why Apple would put a usb at each end of the keyboard when there is not enough power.
    There are 4 usb ports on my Apple computer, and the keyboard uses one of them. So I really believed that the 2 extra ports were an asset.
    If there is a solution I would like to hear from anyone who has one. I purchased a 4 port hub, and it worked at first, but then refused.
    I must add that there is very little data on my memory sticks, so there should not be a problem with the latest computer keyboard.

    27 of 36 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Keyboard lost it's 'snappiness' after about 18 months!

    I was shocked that after 18 months, the nice feeling you get from a key when you press it and it rebounds was gone! On my keyboard, the space and Mac keys both don't spring back anymore. Shame, cuz it's otherwise an amazing keyboard!

    12 of 13 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    What's up with F13-F19 keys?

    There appears to be no way to assign anything to these keys using Keyboard preferences. Apple support acknowledged that to be the case after spending about 45 minutes on the phone while they tried to figure it out. The keys do at least look impressive!

    35 of 42 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Doesn't work with older hardware

    Oddly enough, this keyboard does not allow boot options with my older Mac Mini. Holding down the option key, c key, or firmware boot does nothing. I needed to purchase an old keyboard and swap it out whenever I wish to boot with options. Otherwise, the keyboard will work once the system has already been booted.

    25 of 33 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    excellent touch, too much metal

    I love this keyboard ergonomically - fantastic tactile feedback, low-impact keys, optimal spacing, etc. There is none better, and it feels much more grounded and solid than the iMac wireless keyboard.

    BUT...it is ***quite*** wide and the right edge is rather sharp metal. What that means in practice is that my right (mouse) hand is constantly abraded by that metal edge. To clear it while using the mouse I have to extend my arm farther to the right than is comfortable or ergonomically sound. What happens in practice is that I keep banging against that edge in the course of a day and causing low-grade irritation to my hand. Not pleasant.

    There should be a version of this keyboard that eliminates the side numeric keypad. I use that thing once a week at the most and it extends the width of the keyboard by 2+ inches. Get rid of that, knock $10 off the price for that version, and this would be a perfect product.

    OR put some kind of padding or bumper on that sharp edge. It looks nice and clean now, but I don't like being a fashion victim.

    9 of 26 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Almost The Best

    I have been using Apple keyboards for almost 20 years. This is the best, by far. Smooth, fluid and simple, effortless keystrokes at a twitch of the finger, BUT...the decision to make the "extended" keyboard, only in a wired option really stinks. I would really like to see a wireless extended keyboard.

    64 of 69 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Mac keyboard

    I really love my keyboard but hate that it is wired. I need the numeric functions, does make make the full alpha numeric keyboard in a wireless version and if not WHY?

    Just purchased a trackpad as well and love that too...

    36 of 41 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    major Carpal Tunnel syndrome

    This keyboard is beautiful, definitely one of the best-looking products Apple has made.

    But I am having really bad Carpal Tunnel syndrome with my left wrist.
    I wonder if it's because everything is lower and a bit narrower that my hands, esp. my left hand has to bend as it's typing, thus the carpal tunnel.

    Is anyone else having this problem?

    16 of 23 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Benign Neglect

    A keyboard with a numeric keypad seems like a core element of a power user's system. Apple seems to have relegated these users to the first-generation archaic users group by choosing not to release a wireless version of this keyboard. Maybe Apple's marginal profit position does not support the return on investment for bluetooth product development of this item.

    60 of 79 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    So close to the perfect keyboard

    I needed a keyboard for my MacBook and even though I really wanted a bluetooth keyboard, like the one that came with my iMac, I also really needed a numeric keypad do do my work. Apparently I can't have both. I feel like I had to settle when I bought this keyboard. I've never felt that way with any other apple product.

    Apple, what is stoping you from making a wireless keyboard WITH a numeric keypad?

    Also, the USB extension cable that is provided with this keyboard has a serious design flaw. The female end of the cable has a "nub" to help hold the male end of a USB device. Unfortunately this "nub" is a little too large and actually makes it difficult to insert a male USB connector, and even harder to remove it. In fact I actually broke a USB stick trying to pull it out! I had to wedge a paper clip into the female end of the extension cord to pry the broken USB stick out!

    The keyboard is nice (despite the antiquated cord) but that USB extension cable went straight into the garbage.

    36 of 38 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Space Bar

    I replaced my wonderful wireless keyboard with this full size one because I needed the numeric keypad for data entry. I was surprised that the space bar was so loud, and actually has a different feel from all the other letters and numbers. I called Apple to inquire about a replacement, as I assumed this was a defect. I was surprised to find out it is not a defect, they are all that way. What? I don't see the purpose. The noise it makes is a very irritating, but hopefully I'll get used to it, since other than that I do like the keyboard.

    22 of 34 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    AppF Keys

    i wish it had the separation between the Function Keys. Otherwise it feels great.

    9 of 16 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Good keyboard BUT ...

    Overall, this keyboard is great. However, I am constantly getting shocked from the aluminum. It gets very dry here in the winter and I think that contributes to it. I prefer the old school keyboard to this one.

    14 of 19 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Great feel; needs wireless

    Pros need full size arrow keys and page up/down. But cables are ugly. Right now Apple only has compromises to offer you. Where is my wireless version?

    All that said, both this and the little wireless sister are the nicest keyboards I've typed on.

    22 of 27 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Almost....Very Very Noisy Space Bar!

    The keyboard is really nice. The keys have a great feel to them, they are the right size, it's easy to clean, and it looks fantastic. I read another review that said the USB ports wouldn't work with an iPod, but it certainly works with mine. I've also plugged in digital cameras with no problem.

    I have two complaints though. First, the USB ports are hidden underneath. It gives the keyboard a clean look, but you have to tilt it on end to access the USB port. Why not something easier to access?

    The USB location I can live with, but my biggest complaint is that the space bar is very very loud. Really loud! All the other keys are nice an quiet, but that space bar is unbelievable. If I get up before my wife she can't hear me typing on the other keys, but when I hit the space bar it's loud enough to get her up. I went to an Apple retail store to try and exchange it, but they opened up a brand new keyboard and it was just as loud. It's like it's missing some padding or shock absorbing material underneath. I see this as a design flaw that Apple should correct.

    15 of 17 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Where is the wireless version?

    I own and love this keyboard except for one small technicality. It only connects via USB thus cluttering my desk with an extra unnecessary wire and occupying one the four USB connections on my iMac. The wireless keyboard Apple offers is totally useless for anyone who needs a ten-key for work or personal reasons. Why doesn’t Apple offer a wireless version of this keyboard like they did in the past for former keyboard models? Puzzled Apple fan.

    49 of 53 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    OK but not great

    My wireless keyboard came by default with my new iMac 27in system. I like the quality and fell of the keyboard. Its design is also beautiful. However its main drawback is that people like me, software developers, the keyboard is much too small, is missing page up/down buttons, and the location of the CONTROL key is just painful to use. CONTROL i s more frequently used than FN so I would have place it in the current location of FN, that way one can use the left hand pinky to easily reach CTRL-A CTRL-something combinations without doing a Houdini with the fingers.

    27 of 32 people found this useful