• 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Would be better if it had backlighting option

    The new Apple keyboard feels much like that of the ones on my Powerbook.

    Would have been more useful if it had the back lighting option like on the Powerbook and newer portable Mac.

    7 of 14 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    nice but misled

    its hard to say bad things about a keyboard... it either works or doesnt. in this case the keyboard WORKS.
    aside from the great looks; which is what attracted me to it in the first place (i am vain i guess) it really misses one of its biggest selling points. the USB ports.

    it is great that it comes with two ports right there at your finger tips but the problem is that they do not provide enough power for use with a FLASH DRIVE. well... that is not totaly true. you can use a flash drive if it has external power or if you have an in expensive flash drive that uses a bit less power. i use a macbook and need a second USB slot. the Kingston Data Traveler II+ is just too much and will not work. Crucial Gizmo also will NOT work. both of these sticks are high end fast memory. a cheap sandisk will work, but i cant use it because it is just too slow for the applications i use.
    if the keyboard provided more power it would be everything a keyboard of $50 should be. but not this time!

    5 of 7 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

    Great Keyboard - Terrible New Layout

    The key press feel is great and it's small and sleek. However the new button placement is terrible. They've basically eliminated the volume keys and eject from the right side of the keyboard and buried it in the center. There are no longer any convenient functions over the number pad. Also, for anyone who cares, all the function keys no longer work with bootcamp unlike the old white keyboard. If you don't care about the volume and eject key placement, then you'll love this keyboard. But I have to ask, why did they mess up a good layout?

    3 of 11 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Crummy responce to space bar strikes

    The keyboard is very nice in appearance but the fact that you have to hit the space bar perfectly every time drives me to distraction. I will probably return the keyboard.

    17 of 26 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    USB 2.0 Disappointment

    Apple should correct their marketing. The USB 2.0 ONLY works with the new iMac, occasionally with other computers, but not as reliably as we're led to believe. On my second one due to the space bar not working properly.

    Otherwise it feels and looks great. I do miss the eject and volume keys being off to the right not in the middle of it all, easier to access quickly over there. And I use my function keys for editing with Final Cut Studio so I had to remap the keys anyway. Disappointed but still using it.

    5 of 8 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    What the F -- keys??

    I went back to using my original "white" keyboard based solely on the F key layout. exposé is, for me, a very handy feature for quickly switching between programs and documents. Now I find myself accidentally ADJUSTING THE VOLUME??? Bring back fully functional F9 thru F12 keys and we'll talk. Looks good though!

    7 of 9 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars


    From seventeen years a Mac user: Congratulations to Apple - they have reinvented the keyboard. The trouble is, it didn't need re-inventing. Instead of giving us form over function for $49, why can't we have a keyboard with the feel of Apple keyboards of old, for which a lot of us would be entirely prepared to pay more? I know of many die-hard Apple users who are still using Apple Extendeds of early 1990s vintage. True, this new keyboard seems to be an improvement over the previous horrors, but its low profile and complete lack of adjustability fly in the face of ergonomic standards. And what's with the tiny Return key? But hey, it looks cool... and that's all that seems to matter these days. Jonathan, see me after class.

    13 of 31 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    USB Useless

    I like the design and the function of the keyboard, however the big shortfall is in the USB connections. The ports are useless because they do not supply any power to run devises. For example want to plug in your IPOD it won't work, want to plug in a USB wireless mouse no go.
    I called tech support and received two different answers. The first one was that the keyboard I have is defective, and the other answer I received from the store is that the USB on the keyboard is USB 1 and it will not power anything.

    27 of 47 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

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    I didn't buy it...

    I saw this at the Apple Store and, in spite of how sleek it looks, I didn't buy it.
    Here's why;
    1) I'm waiting on a backlit keyboard!!! You've put the technology into my Macbook Pro, why couldn't you take that best bit of tech to the Apple Keyboard as long as you were re-styling the thing? Until a backlit board is available, I'll stick with the one on the laptop. I'm VERY surprized that Apple isn't yet building a backlit keyboard for its wonderful computers....
    2) I'm rather concerned that the USB's don't really support all devices. One of the biggest reasons laptoppers buy a keyboard is to add USB power to the Book. If this new keyboard doesn't do that for me, it's another reason for not spending the money.
    3)Esthetically speaking...white keys in an aluminum board? Shoulda gone with aluminum keys. Even more sleek that way- it's one of the things that makes the Macbook Pro so appealing. Let's face it; Apple is about LOOKS too.

    10 of 24 people found this useful