• 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great feel

    Worth the 50 bones. Great key response and very quiet. Would love if they made an ergonomic version though.

    53 of 84 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Valid replacement

    The design needs no review as it is stunningly minimal with clean lines. The keys are bouncy and the travel low so this makes a great kb for those like me that have arthritis which makes depressing keys a pain in the long run. The greater distance between the keys also help as the risk of clicking 2 keys at once is greatly reduced.
    Now, the powered USB ports: this has to be clarified: if you plug the keyboard directly into your Mac's USB port you'll get powered kb ports. If. like I, plug it at the back of your Apple display, the ports will not have enough power for items such as your iPod, flash drive, printer etc.
    This aside am still glad I got this kb.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Excellent KB, but lacks ONE big feature - Backlighting

    Apple finally got a KB right. It's close [but still not quite there] to the Thinkpad keyboards of world reknown. Then again neither is any other KBs. I can type 30-40 pages with this KB before I get finger tired - that's about double compared to the old KBs or a MacBook. Must be some of this KB in the MackBook Air because that little thing feels GREAT.

    This KB has the typical Apple pizazz, but it only took them 20 years. As usual when Apple gets something right they do it in a big way. Apple either has the best xxx or the worst - nothing in between.

    So how do you make a KB sexy of all things? Well Apple did. As long as you like your sex in daylight or a bright room.

    But I wonder - this is USB right? 500ma and all that. How much trouble would it have been to LED backlight this unit? I'd have paid the extra $10 for sure. Or $20. Or $30. I mean it's driving a $9k desktop computer and I've got a HomeDepot USB/LED light hanging over the edge. I'm sitting in a dark room, the monitor is my only light source. Monitor/hokey light gives it some light, but not much. Hey - Microsoft did it, so did Kensington.

    Nah, this really should have been backlit. Still give it a 4.5/5.0 though. I'm too old for sex anyway

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    breakthrough keyboard

    This is an incredible keyboard. It took me a few hours to get used to it, but now using anything else feels so clumsy and fat. I do wish you could adjust the angle a bit to raise it up, and I wish the USB ports could drive more than a mouse (an ipod would be nice), but really, it's for typing, and for that reason it's a sweet piece of kit.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Almost Perfect (for Some)!

    This is my latest keyboard in a line of different keyboards dating back to the Apple Extended Keyboard II (with its distinctive clacking sounds). I've used every Apple keyboard from then to now, along with many different Microsoft Keyboards, and a few Mac and PC laptop keyboards.

    You definitely have to spend a week or so on this keyboard before you'll get used to it (especially for using keys such as the Return key or Delete key). It feels quite like a MacBook keyboard, but it seems to have a little more tactile responsiveness than the average MacBook Pro keyboard or even the older Apple "Keyboard" (the white one—which I still use, from time to time). The keys are easy to press, but they're just tight enough that you won't accidentally hit one. And the keyboard has a pleasing sound to it, too. Not as annoying as the old Extended Keyboard II, and not as quiet as the former Apple white "Keyboard."

    The main reason I bought this keyboard, though, was it's size. It's about the smallest extended keyboard on the market, and it'll fit about anywhere. I used to use a Microsoft Photo Keyboard, so the amount of space I've regained on my desk has more than made up for the $49 I paid for this keyboard! The USB ports on it are nice (since they're finally USB 2.0), but they won't power a flash drive or hard drive (you'll get a USB low-power notice). The cable is of good length, and there's a nice extension cable included as well.

    My only real complaint is that the USB extension cable can *only* be used with this keyboard, because of a notch in the end which prevents me from plugging in any other USB devices with 'standard' plugs.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Keyboard, but White Keys?

    I love this keyboard, I even like the old "Crumb-Catcher" but this keyboard is GREAT!, the physical design is Awesome! But WHITE KEYS? Come on! the new imac is Aluminum with a black bezel, it only matches that "OUT-DATED" mouse (and not really), and you know that soon, there will be a new mouse from apple, but all-and-all EXCELLENT! product. If it was black 5 stars!!!!

    16 of 31 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars


    I tried to start-up using TechTool Pro and the Tiger Install disk and found that my keyboard commands (holding down Option and holding down the "C" key) wouldn't result in booting from the DVD. I booted from the DVD after selecting the DVD as my start-up disk in System Preferences ran the applications and restarted, expecting the restart to be in OSX 10.4.11. It started in TechTool Pro. Moreover, in other restarts, the DVD would not eject using the eject button, nor could I get a choice of start-up disks by holding down the Option Key. I pulled the keyboard, re-hooked up my old keyboard, restarted, ejecting my DVD and all the normal functions were present. Neither Apple Care nor the Geniuses at the Apple Store could figure out a solution. We got the same results using their keyboards. Otherwise, it's slick. My iMac is a 2GHz Intel Core Duo running OSX 10.4.11

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    iLike iT

    I just bought the keyboard and i have to say i was beyond surprised at how thin it was a very sleek and sexy desgin this keyboard leaves almost nothing to be wanted.

    The only cons i could find (and i had to think hard) was 1 it doesnt have any legs to life higher and 2 its energy efficient which means that if you start your PC with a dual boot it doesnt let you choose the parition you want to run.

    Otherwise it leaves nothing to be wanted the VERY best keyboard ive used, remember it IS originally designed for mac ergo there are SOME problems (ie the = key on the number pad doesnt do anything the F keys dont do what theyre labeled as) just use it as you would use your regual keyboard

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Very Nice--except

    A lovely keyboard with a solid feel especially considering the size. Way different from the Dell I've had for 5 years but I've already started getting used to this keyboard along with my new iMac. The biggest issue is the touch of the space bar. I am getting better at it but I do have to hit it just right--and hit it hard--to get a space between words. I think this will improve as I get used to it.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    This keyboard fits for PC just fine (with some remarks)

    Well, that's a fine piece of Apple stuff. I like its heavy enough aluminum base and flat buttons that fit my swift typing skills just fine. However there were some issues but they all natured of that I'm a PC user and bought the keyboard for my PC. So there was a problem with Alt and Win buttons swapped and the absence of Print Screen key. Both solved by free software. 4/5 for now, folks, keep up the good work. Hope next time I write a review for MacBook.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Mac/Windows/Linux it does it all

    First looking at this item online gives you a false sense by pictures, Once you have it you will be astound by the sleek design, capability, and lightweight. This item works well with Mac's PC and Linux.

    Now the parts i think that could be better. Back-lit-keys would always be nice. sure it will make the board a bit thicker but it will still have a nice feeling to it with the flat keys. The second thing is it needs a longer USB cored. it comes with a attachment but it would be nice for PC users to have a longer cord.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Awesome keyboard!

    Love the feel of this keyboard. Makes typing faster and more comfortable for me.
    Love the function keys however would like to see one for "Sleep Mode".

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Love it ... except....

    I love this keyboard for the most part. I too type a lot and have NOT had any problems with that. Matter of fact, typing seems to move along faster. It's also so quiet.

    My complaints ... the location of the USB ports. And the extension USB they give you must be for USB2(?) My card reader doesn't fit; there's an extra "nib" in the opening.

    Also, WHY did Apple discontinue their old keyboard? I only have OS 10.3 and had no other Apple option but this keyboard. (Or wireless, I think. But that would lead to more expense.) Since I don't have 10.4 (another expense!) the "F" keys don't work properly (except for the eject key.) The ones I miss most are the volume keys.

    I did have a problem w/the Caps Lock and "A" keys not responding unless I whacked them HARD; but I returned it to my Apple store for an exchange with no problems.

    Don't get me wrong; I do like the keyboard. Typing IS smoother/faster/quieter; "crud" doesn't build up and it looks so sleek. I'm just hoping Apple reads these reviews and takes our voices into account when they improve the original.

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  • 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.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    It's a go!

    - 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.

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  • 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!)

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  • 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.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Why move the buttons around?

    I really like this keyboard, but the change of the volume keys and the eject button to the function keys is rather frustrating. F16 thru F19 are now useless unless I figure out how to reprogram them.
    I love the design, but the buttons should have stayed the same.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Back Lights?

    I really like this keyboard, but I REALLY wish it had nice Blue lights under the keys that lit just the letters up like the Green under the CapsLock key.. I mean this is connected with a USB so why not? THEN it would definitely be worth the price it costs.

    It takes a little while getting used too, and if you have big hands it might be the wrong keyboard for you.

    I chose this one over the wireless one because it has the Home, Page Down, Page Up, Numpad, ect keys; which i use a lot when on the web and making websites.

    It works nicely in Windows and Linux.. In Linux the Eject button even works as an Eject button. :-)

    That's all.

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