• 3.0 out of 5 stars

    USB ports really aren't full function

    "And two USB 2.0 ports provide high-speed connectivity for your iPod, Mighty Mouse, digital camera, and other USB-based electronic devices."

    The above sentence is directly from Apple's advertising material for the new keyboard. Oh, how I wish it were true. I was facing the purchase of a USB hub because I was tired of turning my iMac, unplugging one item, plugging in another. I thought this keyboard would be a great solution. But even my Nano iPod kicks up a low power warning. The keyboard is great aside from the USB function. Great feel, easy access function keys, etc.

    211 of 250 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Great look and feel, but...

    I like this new keyboard a lot, but was VERY disappointed to learn that ipods and the iphone will not operate through the keyboard's usb ports. The keyboard's description on the apple site reads:

    "And two USB 2.0 ports provide high-speed connectivity for your iPod, Mighty Mouse, digital camera, and other USB-based electronic devices."

    Too bad.

    142 of 166 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.

    48 of 58 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    HORRIBLE! Apple needs to update and improve external keyboards!!!!

    I am now on #6....all within 3 years. I am an author who makes her living writing. This keyboard will work one day, and the next, one or two of the keys just stop working. Nothing brings them back. No spills, no drops, no cat or dog hair....it just stops working. Happens EVERY time... these things are EXPENSIVE!!! What is wrong with Apple that they can't produce a reliable external wired keyboard? Tried the Apple wireless keyboard as well - it stopped working after 6 months.

    31 of 33 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Failure Rate

    Granted we are protools operators that use the keyboards daily, however I'm looking at a pile of keyboards in my office. I've had over 10 of these die within 3 years. The previous models have lasted 3 time as long. What gives Apple?

    30 of 32 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    usb 2.0?

    The feel of the keys is great, but the usb ports are completely useless. I get an "underpowered" warning when I try to use my sandisk flash drive. This is the same flash drive that worked fine on my old wired keyboard with usb 1.1.

    31 of 38 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Let me repeat what everyone else has said....

    I go through keyboards as fast as a baby goes through disposable diapers. For me, the keyboard is the single most important experience for the computer user. There must be absolute comfort, feel and ability to type with
    an abundance of speed.

    I have used something as bland as the Logitech S530
    keyboard/mouse combo and something as expensive as the
    Logitech DiNovo which sells for $200.

    This new Apple Keyboard is something rather spectacular
    for what it is.

    Arriving in a HUGE box that gets shipped from Apple
    (this must be their idea of a joke), beneath the mounds
    of packing paper is a small sliver of a package that
    contains this tiny marvel.

    Setting up the keyboard was easy. Apple even included
    a USB extension. Though I detest wired keyboards as
    a rule, I suddenly don't seem to mind.

    This keyboard is ultra-responsive. People were not
    kidding when they said typing speed is dramatically
    improved thanks to the spacing of the keys. The overall
    touch is firm and responsive. The keyboard is a work
    of beauty. This is a "must buy!"

    26 of 30 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    I love it

    I must admit. I really did not like the previous keyboard. To me it looked cheap, was hard to clean, plus I didn't like response feel of the keys. The new design is outstanding. Apple removed all my complaints. The keys response is very good. The low angle is feel natural. If anything I would add it would be to return the Apple key. Anyway, it well worth the cost.

    21 of 23 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Beautiful keyboard, but

    with what seem to be a couple of bugs.

    First, just let me contribute to the applause regarding this keyboard - it is beautiful, amazingly sleek and wonderful to write on. I just love it.

    However, like a couple of others I have discovered that there is something strange regarding the function keys (F1 and so on). The F3 and F4 does not work according to symbols on them (Expose All windows and Open Dashboard), while the other keys with symbols on them work as indicated by their symbols.
    Instead, Expose All windows and Open Dashboard are still under F9 and F12, but has to be released with the "fn" key.

    And unless I check "Use all F1,F2, etc. keys as standard function keys" (System preferences - Keyboard & Mouse - Keyboard), a lot of the other shortcuts stop working. But by checking this option, the "fn" key has to be pushed to adjust the volume on the F11-F12 keys and so on. Then again, the Expose, Dashboard and other keys work as they did on the old keyboard...

    Something is not working as it should... :-)

    Rating: 5 stars for the keyboard, 3 stars for what seems to be a driver/software problem

    PS: Yes, I have installed the update for this keyboard.

    iMac 2,1 ghz G5, 1,5 gb ram, OS X 10.4.10

    19 of 20 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Windows Compatible!

    Even works on my PC!! (....no choice, have to use Win at work)

    25 of 32 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    One word - PERFECT!

    Finally a keyboard whose keys respond without a long distance stroke path - you touch the keys rather then having D E P R E S S them. Brings new meaning to "touch typing". I LOVE this keyboard!!

    And forget about gunk getting down into the keyboard and impairing your keyclicks - or like with that nasty see-through keyboard, seeing everything that and fallen inside and you couldn't get out!. The closed nature of the keyboard is wonderful.

    Don't the let thinness fool you. This is one heavy weight, sturdy, hardworking keyboard.

    18 of 19 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Apple Keyboard

    Hands down the best keyboard I have ever used. My typing speed has improved dramatically. You can also eat your danish in the morning without worrying about the crumbs falling down between the keys.

    21 of 26 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Good looking, bad feeling

    Frank Lloyd Wright's designs were infamously uncomfortable. Human comfort and function were sacrificed for beauty, particularly in his furniture. Aesthetically perfect, it was torture to sit in his chairs. Guests at parties would go home in agonizing pain, but still unable to shake the beauty in his design.

    If Wright had designed keyboards, they might be something like this.

    The new apple keyboards are a drastic change from the old white and translucent plastic that I'd been using for so long. A new metal casing combined with a completely flattened out look really is a far cry from the old keyboards, Still, it does fit somehow. In spite of everything, it is somehow very inviting, perhaps because so much of the keyboard is actually keys. The excess has been cut and you're left with the bare essentials.

    Aside from the aesthetic, I find it a little difficult to adjust to the new layout regarding audio control, dashboard, expose, eject, and brightness. The addition of the audio controls strikes me as slightly superfluous since you could control most audio/video programs on the Mac with your keyboard already, but since they old controls still function I see no real problem with this and if it makes life easier for some then kudos to apple.

    My one major problem is ergonomics. While I love the feel of the buttons and the height of the board, I've gotten used to being able to hold my hands in a fairly natural position while typing and find it difficult to type for an extended period (i.e. this review) with this keyboard. I would think that after all these years and with all of apples designs to make things simple and easy they'd finally come up with a standard ergonomic keyboard that fits into the apple family.

    So maybe some day apple's keyboards will be as friendly on your arms and hands as they are on your eyes, but until that day I recommend getting a third-party keyboard.

    17 of 19 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Best Keyboard I've Owned

    This is very easily the best keyboard that I have ever owned. There are no problems with it that I have experienced. It is actually thinner than you think that it will be, which is definitely a good thing. There are many programmable keys to customize your layout and its ergonomically sound. I have it set up with my Macbook and a bluetooth mighty mouse with a stand for the macbook, making my desktop setup complete. Thank you apple.

    16 of 17 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Poor for male speedy typists

    If you've got typical male fingers -- wider than a lady's or child's -- and you are used to typing very fast (> 50wpm), you'll find this keyboard terribly unresponsive. You really have to pound on it to get the keys to register -- there is no tactile feedback.

    Also, the angle shown in the photo is very misleading. The keyboard lies almost completely flat. The rear has less than 1/2 inch rise. If you are used to even a slightly elevated keyboard, you'll have trouble getting used to this one.

    In short, the keyboard is too dainty, keys are closer together than the previous iMac keyboards, typing angle is uncomfortably flat, and the tactile response yields considerable uncertainty as to what you have typed.

    Fortunately, I still have my old iMacs, so I simply use an older, less elegant, but much more functional and superior keyboard with my new iMac.

    30 of 46 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    why r there no bad reviews?????????

    I am a long time apple fan but the one sided reviews are disappointing. This site use to be a lot more honest, but now it seems like it is just marketing and as long as you say good things your reviews will be left up for people to read, but if its negative its gone!
    I have put a couple honest reviews and they were deleted from the discussion or reviews...interesting.
    I bought the new keyboard and I am disappointed. It looks great and it was easy to download the software from the apple website, but it seems like the keyboard has contact issues with the buttons b/c my caps lock key has to be pressed a few times before it works and I notice when I type an email and review it there are a lot more typos from the keyboard b/c it is not registering all the keys I am pressing. I dont know if it is a software issue that just needs an update or not but I also have to custom set one of the unused F keys to set it to reveal the desktop since that is not one of the presets with the new software. The problem is whenever I go to preferences/keyboard and set it up with an unused F key it works fine, but as soon as I turn my computer off the next time I turn it back on the key no longer works and it is back to the default key (F11) which I cant use b/c the f11 key is used now to lower the volume. So on a daily basis I have to go into preferences and reset that key every time I turn the computer on. If they cant fix this I have to take it back and get a keyboard w/o any glitches that still need to be worked out.

    40 of 66 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Just not reliable...

    Like so many others who have complained about this very thing, I too have had this keyboard get flakier and flakier until now it just doesn't work. It starts with you noticing it doesn't work and have to unplug it and plug it back in again. Over time that becomes more and more frequent and in the end the functionality is pretty much the same whether it's plugged in or not :-/.

    Now if this was a Bluetooth keyboard (with ALL of the existing keys) I'd be all over this. But everybody says that too, and nobody's listening...

    12 of 12 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Suprise!

    I have always loved the latest and greatest, espeiclally when it comes to Apple. I had the iPone 2nd day it was realeased. When I saw the new keyboard I thought it was nice and well designed, but was concerned that it would not be as good to type with as my regular apple keyboard where the keys are more raised. To my suprise I took to the new keyboard like a duck to water! It's awsome! I love the low profile. I love the look of it, and for some weird reason, I feel I type better on it. I recomend this new keyboard. Apple.....you did it again!

    22 of 32 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    WORTH IT

    There are reviews on this product that trash how it's made. Saying that there are design flaws. I feel, now that I've had it for about a month now, that I couldn't do without this product. I agree that the keys can sometimes be a little disorienting at times because they are all flat and have no contour. I mean, even the MB's have contoured keys. However, since I do own a MB and cannot find a compatible ten key pad ANYWHERE, this keyboard is a must. I write music using notation software, and the ten key pad is necessary. That reason is enough to make me love this product, but I believe that if you need a small, sleek, and just want a 'futuristic' computer keyboard, THIS IS YOUR KEYBOARD!!!

    12 of 12 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Finally A Usable Keyboard!

    I had multiple strokes a couple of years back and it has been very difficult to type with a regular keyboard with raised keys. Apple's new slimline keyboard lets me type like I used to be able to. Thanks Apple!

    17 of 22 people found this useful