• 4.0 out of 5 stars

    WORKS on MBP (early 2008 at least)

    I have an early 2008 MBP (15", 2.4GHz) and it works fine. Haven't had trouble with any of the USB ports either. I usually use an external hard drive, iPod, flash drive or M-Audio keyboard with the keyboard USB slots and haven't had any problems with them.

    The only thing I'd change about it is that you need to use the Fn key to activate the F buttons. I'd prefer it if it were reversed so that you would have to hit the Fn key to change the settings such as brightness of the screen or sound level, etc. It's not that big of a deal; the only time I notice it is when I'm gaming, but you can usually reassign the key shortcuts.

    Other than that, it looks real nice, it's easy to clean and I really like the feel of the keys when I'm typing. In fact, my typing seems faster on it when compared to the PC type keyboard I'm using now, at work. I suppose that's a personal preference thing though, so other people might find it difficult to type on.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    nice keyboard, good upgrade

    Nice step up for the keyboard. The key strokes are really smooth because of the low profile keys. It doesnt' get dirt trapped around the keys like the older keyboard did. The preset F keys are nice. There are pics on each key that correspond to their function. Those F keys with no preset have no pic so adding a function to those is a sinch and getting the functions confused is totally gone. Instant access to lots of features w/o having to open the program or utility. great apple keyboard feature.

    The only real issue I've had is the USB ports on the keyboard. I use a mac mini and the aluminum keyboard connected to the mini won't allow 2.0 devices. 2.0 use is only available when used with the aluminum iMac. my old keyboard when connected to the mac mini, allowed 2.0 device hookups (ie flash drives). I might pull my old keyboard out and compare the two. If you can give up the 2.0 feature its a good buy.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars


    When I don't have the mouse plugged in, only wire being the wire from the Keyboard, it seems to wobble and I can hear a noise from the keyboard as it seems to have warped/flexed in the middle, as if I connect the mouse to the LEFT USB port and make the wire go underneath the white strip thing at the top, I no longer near this noise.
    I THINK this is because I could've... well... did... throw my phone at the keyboard and I think I've bent it.
    I'm DEFINATLEY not saying this is Apple's fault, it's mine (without a doubt). Except normal keyboard wouldn't bend that easily. (Ex: I have a chunky Windows PS/2 keyboard, it's lasted me dropping bricks on it...)
    So all in all it is a good keyboard. THE KEYS DO FEEL AS CRISP AS YOU THINK! They're responsive and don't hurt my fingers as some keyboards do (Microsoft's...).

    I love the thinness itself, I just wish it was stronger...

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars


    the best keyboard ive ever owned..wish it was bluetooth though.it would be nice to have that feature in a 10 key version..over all 4 out of a 5 and thats only cause its not wireless..;)

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Keyboard, once you adapt, you can't go back

    Reading some of the reviews and knowing how particular our DTP jockeys in our office are (they all loved the old black Pro keyboards), I figured I would stay away from this keyboard. However, my wife needed a new keyboard, so I bought one for her to try. At first, she did not like it, but after a few days, it really grew on her and it became her favorite keyboard. Then, someone else from the office had to use her computer, and they got to like this keyboard too. Soon, I had to buy 5 more keyboards for everyone else in the office.

    The quality is excellent. It is not squeeky/flexy like regular plastic keyboards. The only reason It does not get 5 stars from me is because we have notice that the keys are starting to stain on a couple of the keyboards. This issue has been mentioned before in this forum. Black key tops would be a great option to claim the fifth star.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Pretty good

    I absolutely love the ergonomics of this keyboard. The keys are quiet and it feels like you're typing on a laptop. Typing is very smooth. I'm in love with it, it makes me actual want to type essays for school! One problem, though, is the caps lock key. It takes a serious push on it for it to respond. Most of the time when I'm typing and I try to push the caps lock key, it doesn't turn on unless I take the time to look at it and push it down harder in the very center. Otherwise, great product, I recommend it.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Mostly, I love it

    I love the thinness of the keyboard and the case. It allows me to type without the artificial bending up at the wrists. Looks awsome. Types just like my MacBook (which is to say wonderfully, easily). Once you learn to type on a 'small movement' keyboard, it makes you faster. And it becomes very hard to go back to a normal keyboard where you have to push WAY down on the buttons for no reason. Much faster typing on this kind of keyboard.

    Only complaints after 3 weeks of use: Caps Lock sometimes doesn't 'stick'. Have to push it again, because the first time it did not light up. Also, for good wrist angle and desk usage, and being used to a MacBook, I wish the numeric keypad was a trackpad instead. As a right-handed person, the location where the numeric keypad is located is prime desk space-- either for 'mousing' or for writing. So by wasting it on a numeric keypad (I never learned to 10-key fast), I end up needing a lot more desk space, and then it's hard to center they alpha keyboard on the monitor . . .

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    ooohhh...i like dat!!!

    I love this keyboard. It is thin, the keys are a little weird if you are used to standard big button keyboards. And it's not to light, it has some weight to it, and that's probably my favorite part about it. I don't feel like I am gonna punch through it.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Keyboard

    Works great. Actually a very comfortable keyboard. I got it to use with my powerbook G4 while I'm in the office and I love it.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    I love it, but one word of "warning"

    I love this keyboard.. and makes changing from desktop to laptop keyboards easier (I always have to adapt a bit typing on one vs. the other.)

    I did find one problem. I am on system 10.4.11 running on an Intel based mini. I had to work some disk repair magic and the computer would not recognize the new keyboard for booting off the CD drive - I had to use the old keyboard to do this command. Apparently, there is a firmware update, but only works with 10.5 (or so the Apple support page said at the time.) So might be good to hang onto the old keyboard for a bit if this is your situation.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Big on Feel, Small(er) on Features

    The thinness is sensational for this keyboard. I have a MacBook so the Keyboard was a natural extension for when I am at a desk. It really helps me type more quickly, but for you it would probably come down to a simple personal preference. I also like that the metal is cool to the touch and feels like a quality item (over the usual plastic used on keyboards).

    Now for anyone using this in conjunction with a MacBook Pro or MacBook:

    I also liked the inclusion of the media player keys, but they have a slight drawback in that they do not actually launch the media program (like iTunes). They just play/pause and change the track for the program once it is open. In this case, I still have to use the SizzlingKeys preference pane to launch iTunes (and use the media features when my macbook is not connected to the keyboard).

    The bad here comes in a few flavors. First, the keys for spaces, expose, and dashboard are all moved. This change is really annoying because now I have to change the shortcuts for two of them and get used to the new location for the other two. Also, if I change the shortcut in the keyboard preferences, it changes the shortcut on my MacBook's keyboard too, and that is confusing!

    In all, I think the form factor makes up for the loss in functionality so I gave it 4 stars.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Overall Great, some XP issues & no back lit keys

    This Keyboard is awesome the only things that I do not like about it is that it doesn't have back lit keys which are awesome for night time typing, you can use this keyboard with windows xp right out of the box and to get the print screen buttons and so on you need a program for windows called sharpkeys. With VMware or Parallels I'm positive this keyboard works 100% and I would advise turning on the F1 thru F12 since windows has issues with the "fn" key. there are some issues with the control button not being control in windows but a right click due to mac OS X, and there are no settings to change it to a windows CTRL key.

    Other then these dissapointments, this keyboard is the best keyboard i've ever used for button layout crisp button pressing and size. For gaming though I would use a G15 Logitech just because of the macro and back lit keys.

    I give this keyboard a 9 out of 10

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Not bad at all

    I really do like this keyboard, especially the tactile feedback and short throw of the keys. Well constructed and feels very solid.

    I also like the small footprint.

    But here's the only reason I didn't rate it at 5 stars: It is just a wee bit too thin. That disallows me from using my USB 2.0 thumb drive plugged into its USB port. Apple, in my opinion has carried this thinness a bit to far. However, I solved this by putting sticky bumper pads along the top top of the keyboard to raise it up a bit.

    Overall though, I rate it as an excellent keyboard with a feel much like that of MacAlly's Ice Key boards, but without IceKey's ridiculously long connecting cable. As good as the IceKey is, and it's darn good, it still only has USB 1.0 ports.

    Between these two fantastic keyboards, I'll stick with Apple's and keep my IceKey for backup if needed.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    OK keyboard, volume keys could be better placed

    My one problem with it is that I use expose and the volume keys frequently. Expose is f-9 thru f-12, and the volume keys are mapped to f-10 thru f-12, requiring a fn key press. The previous keyboard model was nicer in that it had separate volume keys that didn't require a modifier to use them.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Beautiful, light, but poor ergonomics

    There is no point to repeat what many have noted what a beautiful piece of work this is, and how light and small it is in foot print. However, in order to reduce its overall profile, the keyboard is nearly flat on the desk and this forces you to raise your wrist during typing. Thus it is more tiring to type on this than on the older design. I need to put a stack of cards under the keyboard to raise it. This is one good example of forms over-take functions in the design.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Love this keyboard, but I want another color...

    Yeah, this doesn't have all the bells and whistles like other keyboards, but this amazing piece of armor (as I call it) can take its share of abuse and keeps on ticking. I love its size, its simplicity, its two USB ports (this is the main reason why I love this keyboard) and the fact it doesn't take up space. Simple as that. And, this baby can take some abuse. I have pounded on it, accidently dropped it, spilled liquids on it and had my two nieces on it (6 year olds) and this baby is still rolling along. You want fancy? Go out and get one. You want reliable, durability, simplicity and rugged? This is for you.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    GREAT! but I really want small usb version

    This is the best keyboard I've ever used over the last 25 years. It did require a little adjustment, but, once adjusted, I'm not going back to the old big key style. One thing Apple: please please please make a usb small version (like the bluetooth model). I use the bluetooth model at home ... and love the small form factor. But, bluetooth is not permitted at work, so i have to use the large one.

    I'd give five stars for a small form factor usb model.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Incompatible with IOGear GSC632U

    I liked this keyboard and believe it to be a likely long lasting one - a very solid feel. It's easy and very comfortable to use. However, the IOGear KVM switch I use does not recognize the keyboard at all. Therefore it is completely unusable to me.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Nice but will it break in <2 years like my other Apple Keyboard?

    I was forced to get a new one when my other Apple Keyboard (white iMac ca. 2006) unexpectedly stopped working. The buttons from the "tab" key straight down and to the space bar simply didn't work anymore.

    I tried everything then made an appointment with a Mac Genius at the Apple Store. He tested it and said it was broken. Mind you, I'd never spilled anything on it, my cat didn't have an accident on it, it never slid off the desk onto a bed of nails. It was simply used for...keyboarding! Less than two years? I thought Apple was all about quality.

    So I resigned myself to the fact that this one was kaput. Then, get this, the Mac Genius said I could get a replacement ordered for $69. Hold on there big fella, the redesigned newer one is $49. I informed/reminded him of this and he said, "Yeah."

    Anyway, the new one is quiet, easier to push each key (more shallow), and sleek. Two issues: (1) the USB ports are on the side making it function wider than the physical width of the platform (the old one had the USB ports next to the front-center where the out-going cord is; makes sense that way) and making it a tighter squeeze on the sliding drawer that houses my keyboard and (2) will this one break in less than two years? Email me in December '09.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    RE: I hate this keyboard. It is awkward and inconvenient. Here's why:

    I didn't know how else to help BM who wrote the above mentioned review. Go to Sytem Preferences>Keyboard and Mouse on the Keyboard tab select the checkbox next to "Use F1, F2, etc. as standard function keys". Now your keyboard is as you want it. And the new functionality of the keyboard can be accessed by holding down the Fn key.

    I love this keyboard but it took some time to get used to it. The keys are great, I find myself typing better, and I'm no longer pounding on keys because since they don't travel as far they invite a more gentle touch and I like that. I think I don't like how far the usb ports are recessed. Its nice that they hide the connector for the mouse, but I have a little fat usb drive that won't fit. Its not a huge complaint, but I thought it worth mentioning.

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