• 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Where is illumination?

    • Written by from Santa Barbara

    I can't believe Apple makes a wired keyboard with no illumination! Even Logitech has a wireless extended keyboard that is illuminated and has hand sensor to turn illumination on/off. Come on Apple, get with the program and innovate!

    8 of 9 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    A nice overpriced keyboard

    • Written by from Halifax

    The keyboard is nice, but comparing to my mechanical keyboard around the same price point there's a number of things I just don't get, especially considering it's Apple who pride themselves on smart design and ease of use.

    #1: No cable management option, the power cable just sticks out of the middle at the top with no where to direct it or tuck it for a cleaner look
    #2: USB 2.0. They include two USB ports seemingly for convenience of file transfers and charging, but can't even make them usb 3.0? They're also hidden under the lip of the keyboard so you have to lift it up to use them.
    #3: Lack of adjustability- The keyboard cannot be raised or lowered to a desired angle, and it tends to slide around on my desk quite a bit.
    #4: Cleaning. The white keys are nice but attract dirt and grime easily, there seems to be no easy method of cleaning it as I've had one fail due to simply wiping it gently with a damp cloth. With my mechanical keyboard I could remove the keys and put them in the dishwasher if I wanted to.

    It's a good basic keyboard but if it was made by any other company would probably sell for $20.

    9 of 11 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Great keyboard but should be wireless

    • Written by from Brodheadsville

    This is a great keyboard and I'm looking to get a new mac. However, I would have thought by now that this keyboard would be wireless. I'm the type of person who uses that number keypad all the time instead of the top one above the letter keys. Especially since I'm an accountant, I use it even more than most. I wish they would finally make this as a wireless one.

    4 of 5 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Don't clean it!

    • Written by from Philadelphia

    Do not clean the keyboard. If you spray cleaner on it, it will break. If you use a bleach wipe, it will break. Apparently, it you spray a small amount of cleaner on a paper towel and clean the white keys..... it will also break. The last method worked great for about a year. I love everything about this keyboard, the feel, the look, the size, everything. But, I do not work in a sterile environment and I cannot look at, or use, a keyboard with dirt on it. I would love to give this 5 stars, but I just cannot because it cannot be cleaned without breaking.

    6 of 7 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Keyboard Good, Cord Too Short

    • Written by from Cary

    I like the look and the feel of the keyboard. It works well when my Macbook decides it wants to connect to it (not the keyboards fault). My main complaint is the length of the cable. I think its too short. I can't have the keyboard in a keyboard tray and run it to the mac or my display unless they are all super close. Its a frustrating thing. Otherwise, its a great keyboard.

    1 of 1 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Why no wireless?

    • Written by from Glendale

    I really like the keyboard, but can't figure out why Apple doesn't sell a wireless version. My iMac came with a wireless keyboard and wireless mouse, which was a great setup, no wires at all! So I've gone back to the wireless keyboard and this one sits an a drawer. :( Keyboard is 5 stars, that wire knocks off two stars.

    6 of 8 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    It's alright

    • Written by from la mirada

    Okay, I'll admit, the keyboard looks nice, but if anyone is planning on using this keyboard for typing keyboards then do not get this. I would recommend going with a mechanical keyboard instead since they give you a nice satisfying tactile feel whenever you press down a key.

    2 of 6 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Pourous Material attracts dirt...

    • Written by from Idyllwild

    I recently had to replace my apple numeric wired keyboard due to my space bar being bad. It's OK though...it lasted a good long time. My new keyboard has a different material that the keys are made out of. It's kind of gritty or porous and it gets dirty really fast. I have to clean it every couple days. The good news is I read somewhere the best way to clean a keyboard was with a "magic eraser" and it's true...it works great. But the keyboard still gets really dirty way too fast. I hope Apple will consider going back to the glossy material they used to use.

    6 of 6 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    No BACKLIT >_<

    • Written by from Manhattan

    Could've rated 5 stars, but minus 1 star for no LED backlit, 1 more for the price (as for every other Apple accessory) =='' On the good side, i gave 3 stars for the thinness/design (still the best keyboard by far), usability (num keys for gaming + usb ports for charging my iPhone and gaming controllers), and compatibility (PC, even PS4)

    3 of 4 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Good but I wanted a black-key version

    • Written by from Campina Grande

    I wonder if Apple would launch a black-keys version of this awesome keyboard... One thing I don't like on the one with white keys is that the keys eventually get dirty. I have a Macbook Pro Retina and its black keys are just what I would like in a keyboard. Please Apple, give us a black-keys keyboard!

    3 of 3 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    This keyboard is problematic

    • Written by from Ellensburg

    One of these keyboards came with my iMac. I really liked it. However, one of the keys became dysfunctional. So, the keyboard was replaced under warranty. After using the replacement keyboard for a while; one of it's keys stopped working. So, I pulled out the old keyboard that came with my G3 and used it. Until today when some liquid got spilled on it. All of the bottom row of keys quit working from z-m. If I could get a replacement to the old G3 extended keyboard, I would do it.
    I am giving the keyboard 3 stars because I like the keyboard, it was fast and easy to use. However, I need a keyboard with built in USB ports and most of the Mac keyboards I've looked at do not have those ports on the newer keyboards and I really do not want to spend the money to get a keyboard identical to the ones that I had problems with.

    3 of 7 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Could be better...

    • Written by from San Diego

    Things that would seriously make this keyboard nicer:

    1. Wireless version of this full sized keyboard... A lot of people are stuck with the wired version because many of the programs that people run on Macs, primarily graphic designers, rely on the numeric pad for specific functions, and is isn't offered in the wireless version.

    2. Magic Trackpad integration... Since this full sized keyboard isn't offered as a wireless unit, the Magic Trackpad can't be incorporated they way it is with the standard wireless keyboard using the MagicWand. Of coarse you could suggest sticking to the wireless rout for trackpad integration, but again many of the programs that designers would use the Magic Trackpad with would still need the numeric pad, and the MagicWand, or any other connective solution available, maxes out of space after the keyboard and trackpad, eliminating the possibility of a second trackpad with the Mobee Magic Numpad.

    3. Black Keys... If anyone is going to be buying a wired keyboard, their going to be using it a lot, too much to be worrying about battery life, which means it will get dirty fast. White keys even get dirty after a small amount of use. Black keys however eliminate the grime and keep the keys looking nice. Plus, black key would go better with the new black Mac Pro that will be coming out.

    4. Backlit keys... People use their keyboards more nowadays in low lit areas. And with this keyboard being wired, theres no reason why it shouldn't be an option; it certainly has the power supply for it, unlike the wireless keyboards to which backlighting would drain the battery.

    Other than those few things, I like this keyboard. However, I definitely expected more from Apple.

    4 of 4 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Nice design but not recognized

    • Written by from Durham

    I really like this keyboard a lot. It is quiet, the keys feel very nice, etc.
    I use this as an external keyboard for my MacBook Air, running through the USB port on my Thunderbolt Display. Unfortunately, every time I put the MBA to sleep, when it wakes it does not recognize the keyboard. So I need to unplug everything and reboot from scratch (sort of ruins the best part of sleep mode).
    I can't say if this is a problem with the keyboard, the MBA software/OS, a driver in the Thunderbolt, or what. But I do know that I wasn't having this problem when I was using my old Logitech keyboard the same way.

    1 of 1 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Good with MAc OS but not Win 7 in VMWare

    • Written by from Carrum Downs

    I bought this keyboard as I do a lot of data entry for accounting work.
    Unfortunately, I cannot seem to use the numeric keypad while in a Windows based accounting program used in the Win7 VM using VMWare. The number keyboard seems to only accept up/down/left/right commands and does not want to recognise the number keys. I cannot find a Num Lock key anywhere to change this.
    I would be happy to rewrite this review and change the rating if it can be shown I am wrong.

    4 of 8 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Wireless Version necessary

    • Written by from Dover

    This is a great piece but would be even better if it were wireless. I would prefer having a full keyboard without the wires.

    87 of 99 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Good Keyoard BUT, not backlit yet? c'mon it's 2013 already!

    • Written by from Weehawken

    I work in a dark environment most of the time and really wish this keyboard was backlit. After all, this is a wired keyboard so there no issue with power. The backlit keyboard was one of the main reasons I bought a Macbook Pro in the first place.
    Alas, I had to sell this keyboard and get a logitech with backlighting.


    Please Apple, Please make us a wired backlit keyboard:
    -Full Size Numeric
    -Backlit (of course)
    -USB hub
    -Awesome Apple Design
    -No batteries required

    Make this, and I will have no choice but to say," Yes please."


    P.s. why all the comments about making this wireless. Apple already has a wireless keyboard.

    26 of 35 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Beautiful, yes, reliable, no.

    • Written by from Portland

    I have a lot of admiration for Apple's computers, which is saying a lot because I am hyper critical, but I would recommend going with a 3rd party keyboard (and mouse, but that's another review). These keyboards are beautifully designed, but I've never had one last even a year and at $70 that is pretty shameful. If your usage is minimal it's sufficient and will extend the aesthetic pleasure of your Mac, but it isn't up to professional use. I buy $30 PC keyboards and haven't had one quit yet. We've had the same experience in our computer labs at school. ESPECIALLY if you are making the switch to Mac, don't let one of these sour the experience for you, because the Mac platform is great. It just deserves a better keyboard. If the aesthetics are that important to you I would suggest investing in a cover as well, thought I can't vouch for how well those work, since I can't bring to throw more money after a keyboard this expensive.

    24 of 35 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Great keyboard, but USB port of limited use

    • Written by from Edgeware

    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...

    • Written by from Laramie

    ...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

    • Written by from La Tuque

    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