• 2.0 out of 5 stars

    funcion keys not workflow compatible with volume control

    the keyboard itself is okay. it works. it doesn't collect crumbs like the last model, which is nice. I do a lot of imaging work that requires use of the function keys. I like to listen to music while I do said imaging work. Say the phone rings, and I want to turn down the volume, it is not all that easy to turn down the volume or mute the volume. Not the fault of the keyboard, it's Snow Leopard—No way to remap those keys. Apparently there is some additional 3rd party software that can help a person create applescripts to remap the volume keys. It doesn't seem like I should have to spend an hour researching this, trying all kinds of system preferences to no avail and still not be able to use my new keyboard to its full potential.

    One more thing. It's been 3 days since I removed the keyboard from the packaging and it still has that "new keyboard smell". Ya it's kind of funny, but as a FYI for the chemically sensitive folks, it does smell really strongly of outgassing plastic, even after 3 days.

    16 of 22 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Apple Keyboard with Numeric Keypad

    PROS: Keyboard

    CONS: USB extension cable. WARNING - for Apple Keyboard with Numeric Keypad ONLY !

    A sort of proprietary USB 2.0 connection that will not fit any other USB device or cable. As a result physical damage can occur if connected ( I damaged a cable itself and a 4 Gb drive due to this)

    Apple please provide an additional replacement and supply via store of extension cables alone. I will gladly pay to get a new one...

    Thank you

    19 of 23 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    At last the perfect keyboard.

    I got this keyboard about a week ago, and it is quite possibly the best keyboard ever made. Well, not everyone will agree with me I guess. But if, like me, you're tired of hearing noisy keys, and keys with too long a travel, keys that get stuck over time because of poor plastic components, and keyboards that take a lot of space on your work area, then this one's for you.

    This keyboard takes very little space, is virtually silent, keys feel great without too much travel, and it looks amazing too! The touch can be compared to a laptop computer.

    I am not a pro, nor do I possess a professional typist technique, so I guess people who are used to "full size, standard-typewriter-type" keyboards will have to adjust a little, as the spacing of the keys is somewhat closer.

    My only (small) complaints: the "return" or "enter" key is a little too small to my taste, and the two USB connectors provided are not powerful enough to use recharge my Ipad while I'm using it. They still can, however, recharge it very slowly if the Ipad is in sleep mode.

    Overall, for me it's the best $50 I've ever spent on a keyboard. But I understand people who might disagree with me. So my best advice to you is to go to a store which has one on display, and try it out for yourself before buying it.

    17 of 19 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    fn keys functionally incompatible with "one touch" keys

    I use function keys all the time; in games, and in VMware. I also constantly adjust the volume and brightness, and use Expose and Dashboard.

    On this keyboard the top row of keys must be set to one of two modes (function keys or "one touch" keys), requiring use of a "fn" modifier key to get the alternate feature/behavior.

    Unlike the short keyboard or the MacBook Pro, the "fn" key is in a random location, below the F13 key. Similarly, the eject key is placed bizarrely between F12 and F13 instead of at the right end of the top row, as on all my other Apple keyboards.

    On my old iMac extended keyboard, the "one touch" keys were on the rightmost 13 keys of the top row, mapped onto F8 through F15 where they overlapped. There was no "fn" key, nor any need for one, in my experience.

    The choice of locations for the "one touch" keys here is odd, too. They were easy to find by touch on the old keyboard, because audio was on the rightmost 4-key cluster above the numeric keypad and brightness on the 3-key cluster above the arrow keys. On this model they are lost in the crowd above the main keyboard.

    I spent an hour trying to figure out how to remap the keyboard in System Preferences, and eventually gave up.

    I'm at a loss to identify even one benefit from the new layout and dual-mode top row keys. It seems to be an example of "change for the sake of change" and a concept of "one touch" keys that doesn't exclude the need for a "fn" modifier key.

    17 of 24 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    aggravated carpal tunnel

    After using the new keyboard for just a couple of weeks I was in so much wrist pain that I had to stop using it. After switching back to my old keyboard, the wrist pain went away. Just a warning for others that may have carpal tunnel issues.

    17 of 33 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Brilliant keyboard!!!

    Apple raises the bar once again. This flat keyboard is another brilliant design from Apple! I purchased the iMac about a month ago as a companion for my MacBook and although, I loved the wireless keyboard that came with it; I needed the numeric keyboard to quickly pay bills and entering the daily spending into my monthly budget. It was easy to adjust to, from the bulky PC keyboards that I am accustom to using at the office. I suggest pairing it with the Magic Mouse.

    4 of 8 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Apple Keyboard

    Great Keyboard!!! I love it!!!

    It indeed does have a natural feel. It's light and sleek like all Apple Products. I had a iMac but recently bought the new Mac Mini but kept my keyboard and mouse!!

    7 of 13 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Don't Listen To The Naysayers!

    I use an Apple 15" MacBook Pro for one job and use a 17" MacBook Pro (both all aluminum series) for another job and let me tell you, typing, leaning over a desk, and hands resting on the laptop for 12 - 14 hours a day was starting to do a number on my elbows and wrists. I got this keyboard and now I can sit back in my office chair, rest my hands on the arm rests of my chair, and get a lot of work done!

    The keyboard feels natural. I don't find that the keys are awkward, depressed too much or hard to navigate. I think the style and design is perfect, key placement is perfect and the number pad is an added plus! The keys are very quite and the keyboard is solid. It's not made of plastic but made out of the same aluminum material used in all of Apple's high-quality products now-a-days....come to think about it, an aluminum ipod would be slammin!!!

    Even though it's not wireless, at least now I have an extra USB that I never had before.

    I would highly recommend buying this if you type for long periods of time throughout the day.

    Hope this helps anyone!

    14 of 18 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Apple wired Keyboard

    Love, love, LOVE the new keyboard! I had a spill on my old one (first time for me) & I'm actually glad it happened - I didn't realize the new keyboard was so light and has almost silent key operation. I use the usb side ports for mice & cameras.

    26 of 33 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Amazingly low profile and very smooth

    I love the 1/4 press keys and the ease of use, and I have had it for more than a year and still love it. I type at least 12 pages a day on this aluminum keyboard and i have never experienced any cramping and my tendinitis never flares up. I find myself wanting to take it to work because the win pc's that we have at work still use the full key bulky keyboards and I'm always getting cramps and my tendinitis is killing me.

    Until mac comes out with a keyboard that improves on this one i will never switch back.

    29 of 34 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Apple Keyboard with Numeric Keypad (not fully working with 10.5.8)

    KeyBoard works overall, but the Delete keys can not be held down to perform continuous delete. You have to keep hitting the delete buttons, one letter at a time.

    29 of 35 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Totally cool!

    I love Apple so much! I like the wireless Apple Keyboard better but if you need the numeric key pad then this is a great keyboard! Buy it!!!

    6 of 14 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Excellent keyboard

    I recently replaced the keyboard that came with my computer (it had a run-in with lasagna once) and am entirely impressed by this new thinner, easy-to-use design. I am extremely happy with the feel of the keyboard and it makes typing much easier as you don't have to keep your hands so high off the desk. Will definitely be keeping this keyboard for a long time to come.

    11 of 17 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Prone to fail

    I have gone through 2 of these with multiple and single non-functioning keys. I am not a fan but I like the action in usage. Warranty has been on the first two but when the next one goes out.. i will opt for someone else's product. cannot keep replacing keyboards every less than a year.

    15 of 22 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    One good, One awful

    Bought two of these keyboards back in January. One works fine and would get 4 stars. I don't quite love the "feel" of the keys, but they're not bad. The other has been getting worse and worse at intermittently missing keystrokes and (even worse) intermittently repeating keystrokes ad-infinitum. Will return or replace soon (it's practically unusable now). How long is the warranty? Can't find it anywhere... *sigh* Zero stars for the web-site designer!

    17 of 27 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Very Nice

    Much better feel than the old fullsize. However, the old fullsize was wireless/BT why not this one? Would have been great!

    38 of 41 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    WIRELESS PLEASE!!!!

    very nice keyboard (feels and looks good) - but I won't buy it with wires attached :(

    14 of 25 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Great product

    Why not make it better and add wireless?

    43 of 91 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    A SOLID KEYBOARD

    This Keyboard is smooth, and sleek. The keys are easy to push down with little travel. This increased my keyboarding speed. Not to mention; it's one of the best looking Keyboards with a Numeric Keypad. The USB inputs on each side of the Keyboard are tucked under nice and neat. Apple design and innovation is why this Keyboard is under my fingers right now.

    17 of 21 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    undocumented

    This keyboard is much better that on the Macbook Pro, but the 'documentation is worse than useless - misleading, vague and intended for other keyboards, as is Apple's online information. There are 19 function keys, but what the last 6 are for or how to program, them is probably buried under some rock. The placement of the keys is easier to use than other Apple keyboards, and having page up and down, home and end keys is a relief for a professional writer. These work differently in different programs, Wish I didn't have to get the Numeric Keypad with it, but nothing's perfect. There are third party keyboards designed like that - with the middle row of keys - for the Mac, but they all work differently and most vendors won't let you try them out.

    10 of 25 people found this useful