• 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.

    19 of 24 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    I love to type now!

    I have this keyboard at work and I hate going home to my old Mac keyboard. The old one is terribly cumbersome and awkward compared to the near-effortless ease with which my fingers are allowed to glide around on this new one. Well done!

    16 of 18 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    i have carpal tunnel AND love this keyboard

    i use this keyboard all day every day at work and LOVE it... before I had a bulky old style keyboard and the amount of force that it required to push in the buttons was KILLING my hands. I requested a new aluminum keyboard and have been very, very happy with my decision ever since... the amount of pressure that you need to apply with your hands is so minimal, it is wonderful for my hand and wrist pain. If this keyboard is hurting your hands, you are typing incorrectly.... you need to keep your wrists straight and hands arched when you are typing.... if you don't keep your wrists straight as you type and instead let them rest on the tabletop, well that is how you end up with carpal tunnel after 18 years of being a very fast typist.
    Since I got this new keyboard pain and discomfort to my hands and wrists has decreased IMMENSELY, which is really great since I frequently forget to wear my wrist braces ;p

    88 of 162 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Poor for male speedy typists

    If you've got typical male fingers -- wider than a lady's or child's -- and you are used to typing very fast (> 50wpm), you'll find this keyboard terribly unresponsive. You really have to pound on it to get the keys to register -- there is no tactile feedback.

    Also, the angle shown in the photo is very misleading. The keyboard lies almost completely flat. The rear has less than 1/2 inch rise. If you are used to even a slightly elevated keyboard, you'll have trouble getting used to this one.

    In short, the keyboard is too dainty, keys are closer together than the previous iMac keyboards, typing angle is uncomfortably flat, and the tactile response yields considerable uncertainty as to what you have typed.

    Fortunately, I still have my old iMacs, so I simply use an older, less elegant, but much more functional and superior keyboard with my new iMac.

    30 of 46 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

  • 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

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    I am disappointed with this keyboard

    I have to say that I purchased this keyboard in October 2007 and suddenly last week, the "U" key stopped working.
    After calling Apple's assistance in Portugal, where I am, running some tests they've assigned me to confirm the malfunction and after taking it to an Apple's registered technician I had the response that it was not the key it is the keyboard!
    As my warranty expired 4 months ago they told me that I have to buy a new one!

    It is the first time in my years with computers and of being very fond of Apple's products, that I see a keyboard which is no longer useful after 2 years because one letter is not working.
    As I am very careful with my iMac and gadgets , it is obvious for me that this hardware is not made to last at least for a while, when it is something meant to be used on a daily basis, and it makes me wonder if Apple did not put Design and beauty ahead of the quality and resistance of this product .

    17 of 21 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great

    Everything is great. Only time you cant use video ipod is if the ipod has very low battery I updated my 160 gb classic through the keyboard usb yesterday, no problem.

    21 of 30 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great!!

    I found this particular keyboard to be great. The slimness of the keys allows for easy movement across the board and the addition of the numberpad allows for easy mathematical calculations. My only complaint is that there isn't a wireless keyboard with a numberpad.

    19 of 26 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Wonderful Keyboard but...

    This is a wonderful keyboard and I just love it but I would like Apple to make a wireless one with the numeric keypad

    14 of 16 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great keyboard!

    I'm a programmer and I've been searching for a while for a good and easy to use keyboard. At first the Apple keyboard seemed too flat and uncomfortable but when I tried it - it's nothing like it! The large crispy keys speed up typing, the distance between the keys prevents typos and the bigger and easily reachable modifier keys make using key shortcuts easier than ever! Except that the elegant grid-like rectangular design makes the keyboard intuitive and easy to use without even looking at it. Another great product by Apple! Thank you!

    13 of 14 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Totally new typing experience

    I bought one today to use on my MacBook Pro. Actually I'm used to Dell and Logitech Keyboards and the one from the MacBook of course.

    Using the Apple Keyboard is an interesting new feeling while typing. It's like sliding over the keyboard, which is a little confusing first, but gets cooler every minute. And I've got to say, that I'm typing noticeable faster with the new Keyboard.

    13 of 14 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Best Keyboard Ever

    I love this keyboard.The keys feel so crisp,and it looks outstanding.It is better than anything I have ever seen or used.

    17 of 22 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Wireless Please?

    This is by far the most well designed keyboard I have ever come across.
    It makes all of the others out there look like something from the early 90's.
    The ONLY thing I would want changed about this product would be a wireless option.
    (or perhaps a separate, matching, wired or wireless numeric keypad for use with the more compact version)

    14 of 16 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Keyboard. Very easy on the wrist.

    The ultra light touch is a big relief for the wrist pain caused from excessive typing!!!

    Liked it so much, took it to work and tried it on a PC running Red Hat Linux.

    Worked great, getting another one for work.

    14 of 16 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Invention

    Thought I was buying this keyboard because I needed a numeric keypad for my new 17" MacBook Pro. The price was less than $20 more than a plain numeric keypad that didn't even do the job correctly. Took it back and bought this keyboard. I love it! I had no idea how convenient it would be for not just typing numerics, but sitting with my feet propped up, this keyboard on my lap typing away . It is incredibly light and easy to use. The touch is light and easy. It is worth every penny. I give it a 5 out of 5 rating.

    14 of 16 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Love This Keyboard

    I purchased this keyboard the first week it was in the Apple Store. I have had no issues with is thus far. I am a Web Developer and am always coding something. I do not fumble around like I did with my previous keyboard. In my opinion Apple did a wonderful job on the design and and the placement of the keys.
    The only issue i have had in the past was sometime early last year (feb-march 2008) Apple changed the Firmware and I had to rearrange all my hot keys to accommodate the change. That was an annoyance but i got over it and moved on.

    14 of 16 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    More on USB ports

    First, this is an excellent keyboard. I got it because I was not happy with my old Microsoft wireless keyboard/mouse that I tried on my new Mac Mini.

    Feel, aesthetics...it is a work of art. Haven't done heavy typing on it yet, so can't comment on, for example, space bar or other problems that some have noted. So far, typing has been as pleasant an experience as something as mundane as typing can be.

    However, here's why it gets knocked down 2 stars:

    * Cord is too short. This makes you use the supplied USB extension cord. Some would see this as a plus (if you don't need a longer cord), but I see it as an extra connection that could impact USB performance. Also, as others have noticed, the extension cord female end is shaped in a way that makes it not compatible to use as an extension for some other peripherals.

    * The 2 USB ports were a big selling factor for me. I should have paid more attention to the Mac Keyboard page on the Apple website, which explains their limited functionality. They are powered, but not enough to power iPods and others. Plugged into the keyboard, my printer's (of course, a self-powered device) performance was erratic, and it had to be plugged into the back of the Mini. The wired Rocketfish Apple Mouse (mighty mouse look-alike) also has frozen/vanished while plugged into the keyboard. Webcam obviously a no-go. My camera and thumbdrive worked, but after seeing the printer repeatedly lose its connection in the middle of a job, I'm skeptical. Finally, as many have complained, the clearance between the USB ports and the underside of the keyboard limits what can be plugged in. So overall, the USB port feature is a huge let down, and I'm still left with a USB port shortage problem.

    Apple website says you get full USB functionality only on the aluminum Mac. I'm not sure if that means they are fully powered or what. Definitely not the case on the 2nd gen Mini.

    Searches on the web and Apple's support site have revealed other USB issues that seem tied to the latest OS X update (10.5.6, I think). If subsequent software pushes fix the USB, then I will fix this review.

    Overall, I like this keyboard too much to return it over the USB ports. It's not really false advertising, but kind of sneaky.

    14 of 16 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    One of my favorite keyboards

    I had one of these on an iMac and decided to get a separate one for my Powerbook G4 12-inch. This keyboard now comes with an extension cord about a meter long just in case your computer is a little farther away than usual. What I like about this keyboard is that the keys have a very short travel so that I do not need to use as much effort when typing. Also, it is fairly quiet unlike some of the keyboards that I used in the past. Also, the thin profile eliminates the need for a thick wrist pad that I used to use with my keyboards.
    The main reason why I got this instead of the wireless keyboard is that if you have desk space and do a lot of editing, you will enjoy the dedicated forward-delete key, home, end, and page up and down. Now to delete whole words in front of the cursor, I just need to press option forward delete instead of pressing fn option and the normal backspace key like I used to. Although some other people don't like the style of the keys, I find that at least for me it reduces typing errors because I often strike keys off-center and this design keeps me from pressing the adjacent keys when I do this.

    12 of 12 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Spilled soda on keyboard, but it washed up good as new!

    Okay, this is somewhat random, but goes as a testament to the quality of this keyboard. Several months ago I spilled a full glass of soda across the entire keyboard. A real nightmare moment. Thinking I had nothing to lose, I washed the keyboard under full running water. I turned it this way and that, making sure I got water to flow under all the keys, etc. After a good drying off, the thing is as good as new and I am still using it! I was sure it would be ruined, but it's absolutely perfect -- a bit cleaner than before!

    13 of 14 people found this useful