• 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.

    212 of 251 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.

    143 of 167 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

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    I like it, but it has its problems

    I got my keyboard today, installed the required updates, but the Expose and dashboard keys still don't function. From what I've read, people are only being told to wait for the update.

    Other than that issue, the keyboard is great. It looks awesome and feels great to type on since I've grown used to the keyboard on my MacBook.

    Besides the update issue, its great. I just hope that Apple addresses the issue sometime soon.

    14 of 17 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Not for touch typists

    I like the keyboard but the space bar is driving me nuts. Touch typists hit the space bar with the side of the thumb and that's just not a hard enough hit. I also find the keys spaced a little too close together. One more gripe,the keys are too pale. I complained about this two years ago when I bought the computer but I guess the folks at Apple prefer form over function.

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  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    USB Ports are a disappointment

    Ok... I understand the USB port not powering an iPod or iPhone or whatever... but I was shocked that I can't even use my USB thumb drive? How much power could a memory chip need?! Crazy! I was thinking that this would be the perfect thing for moving files around on my keychain drive. No long any need to feel around behind the machine... turn it around... etc... as I've been doing for the past 3 years with my USB-less Bluetooth keyboard. But no dice. My digital camera does work on the keyboard port.

    BTW... my drive is a 4GB Sandisk Cruzer Mirco. It has a tiny LED light on it... that's the only thing I can think of that would need power.

    The keyboard itself is absolutely wonderful. VERY fast to type on. VERY nice!!!!! Very accurate. Beautiful. It's an absolute joy to use.

    One issue though with those low profile keys... if you're a woman with nails or a classical guitarist with nails (like myself) or whatever... it's hard to use. The deep keys are much easier to use if you have nails. This keyboard is very hard to use unless you nails are trimmed right down. I haven't picked up my guitar in years... so I just gave my picking hand a little trim. I keep the nails because you never know when you might want to play.

    23 of 37 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Very ergonomic, but not without flaws

    I love the fact that it is so thin that I can rest my wrists on my desk and not strain to type on the keys. I do have an issue with the right arrow key often not registering the key press, even though it gives the tactile feedback like it has been pressed.

    Also, I applied the Apple Keyboard Update 1.1 to take advantage of the special function keys, however the Exposé and Dashboard keys are non-functional when used with my MacBook Pro.

    12 of 16 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Very nice overall, but good for pro users?

    Picked this up for my G5 tower the other day. Love it. The keys feel great, and I don't have to worry about dirt accumulating between keys anymore.

    Only complaint is that the function keys often overwrite the same keys as some applications, requiring me to change the keyboard shortcuts for insert/overwrite edits in FCP, for example. But in Dreamweaver where you can't change the Preview in Browser shortcuts, even using the command key with F12 doesn't work. In fact, using any modifier (cmd, ctrl, opt) key with assigned function keys no longer seems to do anything except what the key is labeled to do. Kind of odd. Hopefully a future keyboard software update will change this, and also allow some more flexibility with using the function keys in general.

    Also, using a G5, I had to do some fiddling around to get the Dashboard and Expose keys (F2, F3) to work.

    So the keyboard itself feels great, but pro users will have to make some adjustments. Not a deal breaker for me, but worth knowing.

    10 of 13 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Elegant, easy to use, but flawed.

    This Apple Keyboard is a nice addition to almost any system. The size is great, only slightly less wide than its predecessor, and the feel of the keys takes very little to get used to. However there are a few issues. One, there is virtually no incline to the unit and can be bothersome on some wrists. Second, and most importantly in this case, is that this keyboard will not function when attached to certain KVM switches. As a USB device it should "just work" ,but when connected to a USB KVM in the dedicated keyboard port, it simply does nothing. If there were a fix for this issue, it would be worthy of 5 stars.

    15 of 24 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Where'd the Apple logo go?

    Are they trying to phase out their own logo? The first thing I noticed about the new keyboard is that they are missing the Apple logo on the Command button. That has been on every keyboard made by Apple since the Macintosh came out.

    Other than that, this keyboard is nice. I miss the old key configurations, however. I like having the volume buttons on the right hand side as well as eject. I also wish the bluetooth keyboard was a full keyboard. I want a full featured desktop computer, that is completely wireless but its not full-featured without a full keyboard. Hrm....

    I think I'll keep the white wireless keyboard.

    I am kind of in the middle with these new keyboards. I like and dislike them.

    5 of 5 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    USB Warning!

    First off this keyboard is great to type on, but the main draw was the USB 2.0 (or so i thought) hub. It is not sufficiently powered as apple stated. "We Thought Of Everything" I guess you did think of everything, except the customer... I really hope this is fixed, just on the basis that i really do like typing on it... Pretty dissapointing, apple.

    10 of 16 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Good keys and footprint, useless USB

    I like the thin keyboard and footprint and the ability to keep it clean. The previous Apple keyboard attracted and kept every little crumb or piece of debris. But as others have said, the USB ports on this new keyboard are not as advertised. Not only don't they power things but they are recessed and hard to reach. The Apple Store photo would have you believe the USB ports are at the ends but they are actually over a half inch in from the outside edges.

    3 of 3 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    love the keyboard but...

    I can't get the volume controls to work! My system meets the requirements listed on the store web site. I use my MAC with eyetv and use the volume controls a lot. With the exception of the F-Keys I'm very happy with the keyboard.

    7 of 11 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    No Dashboard and No Expose...

    The Keyboard Update that you download from Software Update doesn't allow the keyboard to use the Expose and Dashboard Keys. Other than that it works great!

    12 of 21 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.

    4 of 6 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Faster typing?

    Look I'm not a total Apple fanboy. I ordered this keyboard because I didn't like resistance of my old wired Apple keyboard and i sort of liked typing on my girlfriends MacBook. However, it seems that ever since I began using this new Apple keyboard I type slightly faster and with less mis-keystrokes. Maybe it's my imagination but it sure seems like my typing has improved.

    13 of 24 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    love it but....

    Beautiful keyboard...nice feel,great look,should be easier to keep clean,& I like the the controls that work with iTunes....my only issue is with the fact that the USB ports are only 2.0 compatible with the new iMac.The extra ports were the main reason that I purchased this keyboard-needless to say,I was disappointed! There should be an asterisk on the product page to let people know that,especially in light of the fact that if you bought a new iMac the keyboard would've come with it,so,at this point anyone who buys it as an after-market addition to an older Mac is going to be bummed if they bought it for the extra ports.....

    18 of 35 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Works on Vista PC

    Plug and play compatible w/ PC running Vista Home Premium. Device manager seems to find/install proper driver. Only problem is with the special Apple keys and top row (function keys). Not work when used on PC. Technically astute users may be able to reprogram them. Though, not a big loss IMHO. I never use those function keys anyway.

    I've been using it for a couple days now. Must confess that while it looks cooler on my desk than the previous MS keyboard I had, it's a bit harder to type on owing to the shallow depth of the keys.

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  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Nice Style. No performance problems. Why move volume keys?

    I am very pleased with the design of this keyboard. I feel like I can type half again as fast as before. It's much like typing on a laptop. If you're not into that sort of thing, perhaps this is not for you. My only qualm is the decision to move the volume keys. They should have left them on F16-19. I know that makes things difficult for the wireless keyboard, which doesn't even go that high, but still. Occasionally, I like to switch my keyboard over to a Windows machine, and I loved the fact that the volume up, down, and mute buttons worked so well even on another OS. Such is not the case with this keyboard. But hey...not everyone is in the same boat as me. Enjoy!

    2 of 4 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    A mixed bag

    Liked the looks of the last Apple keyboards, but they accumulated too much debris and my last one broke within a year. The keys on the new one have a better feel, albeit a little noisy. The space bar feels a little funky. I'm halfway on the looks: I like the minimalism, but not sure about the white keys on the aluminum. Seems like all white or all aluminum would've been much more attractive. In the end, it's overpriced at $49. I could see $29, or even $39, but c'mon. This is a really simple product.

    6 of 12 people found this useful