• 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.

    16 of 18 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Amazing Keyboard

    This is definitely my favorite keyboard of all time. I've purchased 3 or 4 over the years for my various computers, and it has never disappointed. The keys have the perfect amount of travel, and the widely spaced arrow keys are great for gaming. The USB ports on the side are excellent for a wireless mouse dongle or a speaker. It's also well-built, durable, and looks great. I can't recommend it enough!

    2 of 2 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?

    18 of 20 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Warning Not all keys function correctly

    The Keyboard is OK but Not All Keys function correctly. The Home and End keys do not reference the individual typed line. Home and End keys are the same as Page up and Page down in a small pages document. This is a Real Bummer if you are at the the beginning of a line and need to go to the end of the line to add a new carriage return.
    It is also Not a full travel keyboard.

    4 of 5 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Apple Keyboard with numeric keypad

    Very disappointed with this product. First 3 keyboards they changed at the store as they stopped working. Later I found out you have to use the extension usb cable and they work again. Today another one broke using a very dry damped cloth and cleaning keyboard upside down.

    9 of 12 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Only use one USB port

    The keyboard itself is nice; however falls short in 2 places.

    The 2 USB ports on the keyboard cannot be used together. I plugged my iphone to charge in one side and a wireless mouse on the other side the phone continuously vibrates or chimes and the mouse freezes. If I unplug either the other device works fine :(

    Cord is very short

    4 of 5 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Not Cordless

    I love the light weight slim design, but I upgraded to the one with a 10 key pad. It's not wireless, which is disappointing.

    9 of 18 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Exceptional Keybaord - Well Worth 49

    This usb keyboard is fantastic! I wish my iMac Retina had included this in the box instead of the BT keyboard which is tiny and cramped to type on, and totally nonfunctional to use all day for real work.

    Its surprisingly affordable for an apple add-on at 49. Great keys, great typing angle, and all metal! The keypad really is a necessary feature in my opinion. Of course since this keyboard in USB is has a cable (yikes!) and it seems this one should be backlit but its not.

    Even the solar keyboard from logitech is not backlit -- whats up with that?

    Ideally, Apple should allow an exchange with a new iMac - the tiny wireless one for this one imo.

    11 of 12 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Cuts out intermittently...

    It will cut out every once in a while, which is pretty annoying.

    If it stops working on you, and unplugging it / plugging it back in, or reseting the PRAM on your machine doesn't fix it, try plugging it in to a powered USB hub that's connected to your computer. Worked for me.

    5 of 7 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Working great so far

    I just got one of these with my new iMac. It's my first Mac so I wanted it for the full size arrow keys, numeric pad, delete, home, end, page up and page down keys. My Logitech receiver works well in the USB port for my mouse. I have it plugged in to a 10-port Xcellon powered USB 3.0 hub.

    I do wish Apple would make it even a little bit ergonomic. I mean, Steve went to India to 'find' himself. You would think he would have been more in touch with the body.

    Only time will tell how long it lasts for me. I do cover it when not in use to keep dust to a minumum.

    3 of 3 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    This is a great keyboard, but do your maintenance!

    This keyboard works wonderfully, but you do have to perform routine maintenance periodically in order for it to continue to work well. It is very responsive and actuators are made for years and years of use. I have had this keyboard for 4 years and it is still going strong with no signs of giving up anytime soon. But I do the maintenance to keep it working well.

    I know a few people who had problems with this keyboard version and the first question I would ask them is: How long has it been since you vacuumed out the keyboard. their answer: "huh.." Real Answer: You should vacuum out the keyboard every 3 months at a minimum. Take a small hand vac (with the computer turned off) and run it across the keys (not pressing the keys down) Reason: there are small cracks where dust, small hairs, etc. will fall into (just like any other keyboard) and you don't realize how much accumulates over the weeks but if you never vac your keyboard then the gunk just accumulates eventually being forced further and further into the mechanism until keys start to stick and then get stuck in an up or down position where pressing they key does nothing. question #2: Have you ever spilled water, soda, beer, etc on your keyboard. answer "yeah, but I wiped it off and plugged it in and it worked fine." duh, it worked fine because the liquid hadn't made it's ways to the mechanism. By continuing to use the keyboard you worked the liquid down further into the mechanism. the liquid then dried (if it was beer or soda) and left a compound that was detrimental to the mechanism and over time corroded that area of the components. Spill something on the keyboard? Flip it over immediately, place it on a towel and let it sit where there is good airflow for 24 hours (no less!) so the liquid can dry without you working it into the keyboard components. if you spilled too much or didn't turn it over immediately this may have no effect, but it's your best chance at saving the component. My computer won't recognize my keyboard. Is it plugged directly into the mac or into a hub. answer: a hub. if it's not a powered hub or doesn't have fully usb compliant hardware then it may not communicate all data through to the mac resulting in it being unidentifiable.

    13 of 15 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Doesn't Always Work

    This would be an amazing keyboard if when you connected it it worked. I use this keyboard in a docking station type set-up with my laptop. As Apple doesn't actually offer a docking station, I had to create my own. I use a macbook pro 13 inch retina. I plug this keyboard in and out depending on where I am working, at my desk or on the move. However, the keyboard (or my mac) fairly regularly fails to recognize the fact that the keyboard is plugged in. Restarts don't work. Plugging and unplugging doesn't work. The extension cable that people suggest worked for a bit then stopped. Above all Apple tech support couldn't help. I highly recommend staying away from this keyboard if you plan on using it with a laptop. It could be great, but isn't. :/

    8 of 12 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Legit Kboard in USA or EUROPE!

    Great and efficiency physics to inter-act with OSX at a democratic price!
    My experience is I push vertically keys too much deeply and it hurts!

    0 of 2 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Best keyboard I have ever used

    This is the best keyboard I have ever used. It is good looking and functional. I have had it for about five years and have experienced zero problems with it. It still types nicely and its easy to clean. I don't think that I will buy a different keyboard anytime soon, and if I do for some reason need another keyboard I would definitely get this one again. This keyboard has even gone so far as for me to dislike other keyboards because using this one is so satisfying.

    5 of 5 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Nice keyboard, but has some quirks

    This keyboard is the perfect accessory for those of us who are willing to trade a USB port for the number pad - myself included :) Been using it for 3 weeks, and I am quite happy with it, although, like all Mac keyboards, it tends to be on the small side, and takes some getting used to for us large-handed long-fingered types (after a full-size Windows keyboard).
    Two points I want to make about it, though:
    * The two USB 2.0 (yes, 2.0) ports that it has are NOT powered - can't charge your devices on them
    * Once you plug something into either of those ports - it's IN! As in - not coming out without a pair of pliers - literally! I had to use pliers to remove a USB extension cord from there.
    They really aught to add power to them - no reason for a wired keyboard not to have that, and make them a lot looser :)
    And, of course, I add my voice to those who are asking for a cordless keyboard with a number pad - it is long overdue.

    4 of 7 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Mac External Extended Wired Keyboards

    I have 3. The oldest, 2010, I use at work because the company supplied ones are nasty. Works perfectly. No2, 2014 lost a line of keys after 1 year, No 3, 2015, has just lost 3 numeric keys. Tried it on a different computer to no avail. I notice that the 'feel' of the newer ones is not as good as the 2010 version. I have been advised to take the failing ones to an Apple store, but at the price they are I really resent having to appeal to Apple to back products just out of warranty. I can buy a cheap and nasty keyboard that lasts for years, Apple ones, sleek, impressive and nice to use appear to be sub standard on the longevity test.

    2 of 4 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    lasted 5 weeks

    Mac does not detect

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    it reeks

    It might be a good keyboard but it will have to go back because it reeks. Its smells strongly of a mixture of acrylic nails and a touch of ammonia?

    9 of 19 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Solid

    Perfect complement. Worth the wait.

    4 of 4 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...

    9 of 9 people found this useful