• 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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!

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great quality keyboard

    There has obviously been a lot of thought gone into the design and functionality of this keyboard. The thin, anodised aluminium case makes for a great looking addition to my already silver appliance-ridden desk. The white keys could possibly be prone to some staining, but, from what I've read, this can easily be cleaned off with some alcohol or the like.

    Some reviewers complain about the un-adjustable, low profile of the keyboard being ergonomically unsound. However, from an ergonomical standpoint, the flat keyboard is technically a lot better.

    The keyboard, although extremely thin, is very high-quality and strong. It has a decent amount of weight to it, and does not flex as you may imagine. This leads me to the conclusion that it has a fairly significant chunk of metal in it!

    The keys have a nice, crisp feel, but for someone who likes more of a clicky feel like that of the IBM Model M keyboard, you will probably not appreciate this keyboard. I have been typing on laptops for a while now, and so the transition to this keyboard was natural. Another thing that I thought I'd add: I read in another review that the keys sound like those from a Hollywood movie. They really do! If you can imagine a dude hacking the mainframe of a huge corporation in the latest Hollywood blockbuster, you know what this keyboard sounds like!

    Overall, a great keyboard, and definitely worth the slightly, ...shall I say... exorbitant price.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Never thought...

    Never thought that I would come across a keyboard that I would like better than the good old trusted IBM model M keyboard. That model M was very sturdy and had a good feel to it. And my typing speed was higher than on other keyboards.

    This Apple keyboard is a lot more slender while not giving the impression that you have got something under your fingers that will easily break. And while I can imagine that some may not like the new keys, I suspect that I will leave my old M-based speed records behind me in a couple of days.

    Ergonomically this keyboard also suits me very well. I can easily type with my wrists in the same position as I play piano or synth. For me, a joy to type on.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    The worst keyboard I ever used

    While the design is sleek and trim looking, it is andexample of form over function. The result is a keyword that is just plain awful. It's like the keyboard from a cheap laptop from a company you never heard of. The Apple keyboard it replaced was much, much better. The product managers at Apple must have decided that it was better to have a cool looking keyboard than one that incorporated basic principles of ergomonic design. And to be honest, the more you look at it the more it just looks like a cheap piece of hardware.

    If you look at most well-designed keyboards you will see that each individual key is slightly concave so your fingers settle into the keys. You will also notice the keyboard itself has a gentle curve as the keyboard rises toward the back. Not this one. It is not easy to type on and you end up making more typos. I really hope Apple replaces this with a keyboard that is designed to please the human body not just the human eye.

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  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    great size/design, kind of "dull" feel

    I really like the design of this keyboard. It's heavy enough to stay put on my desk, too. The only thing I really don't like about it is that they keys are flat. This makes it difficult to ensure that your finger is on the correct key. (My other Apple key board keys have a slight concave surface.) I know it sounds kinda weird, but I tend to drag my fingers across the keys as I type... kind of like counting/feeling my way to the next key. This new key board has taken some time to get use to but I still have problems with it. All in all, the keys are quiet when pressed and it's a great design... maybe having slight concave depression on the keys would give it a better feel.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    great keyboard, but boot shortcuts don't work.

    I love the feel of this keyboard and don't regret buying it.

    But... none of the boot shortcuts work, so I can't boot with the install DVD or in Firewire Target Disk mode.

    I've done some reading on various forums and this seems to be a problem with many Macs that did not come with this keyboard as original equipment.

    I'm using an Intel core duo iMac, the first model of Intel iMacs.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Apple wired Keyboard

    This new, Apple wired keyboard, is really, a step forward in relearning to classically, “type,” and I, being a daily writer, am starting to feel better, comfortable now, that it’s being slowly, broken in, but, still, there’s still some strangely shallow “rough” response with the keys that I can’t, quite, “put my finger on.” It’s as if these newly designed, “laptop keys,” sit more than a bit too shallow, on what the keyboard, properly, was meant to be, and annoyingly, when typing, I find that I have to quickly push, instead of deeply strike, punching down in that firm, buttery feel, that seemingly, is absent. Still, there’s a lot to be said for this keyboard, negativity aside. (Would Raphael’s critics, have whispered, also?) Since the keys sit so low, it’s easier now than on a regular keyboard to, “find” a key. And it…it feel as if I’m caressing, the 4-cylinders of a Hot, Lotus Esprit, it’s that beautiful, and I will learn, I promise the designers, to make it functional!

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Favorite keyboard ever.

    Reasons to love?

    1. Touch typing is faster than ever, with exact key edges and precise, efficient key travel.
    2. Slim design frees up desk space without sacrificing features or ergonomics
    3. Looks hawt hawt hawt

    One small complaint -- I like the USB ports, but why are they recessed so deep? I have to pick up the keyboard to plug in my thumb drive.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    A great keyboard!

    Just got it today. I had the old white thick one (got my iMac a year ago) and this one is great. Granted some of the function keys are different (the dashboard now has it's own key with the symbol on it among other ones), but I can't say a bad thing about it. It's great to toss the wrist support thing I had and the keys work so smoothly. It's very easy to type on. I would highly recommend it and wonder why I waited so long to get it.

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  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Good Keyboard, but Lacks in Tactile Response

    This keyboard has convenient, well-placed USB ports, well-defined F keys and a spectacular spill-safe structure. What it lacks in, however, is tactile response. The low profile keys lead to a lot of typos and a disappointing padding noise upon typing, as opposed to the classic clacking sound that I know and love. While it's certainly better and cheaper than a lot of keyboards on the market, I preferred the old Apple Keyboard models to this one.

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  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Hurts Wrist

    I love everything about the keyboard -- texture of the keys, crisp feedback, clean look, slim lines... but my wrists hurt after using it a while, especially my right wrist, which stayed sore and tender for several days until I realized what the cause was. I had thought that I wouldn't need a wrist rest since the keyboard was so flat, but not so. I returned to using my nice gel wrist pad, and the pain went away, but it was hard to type with my hand so much higher than the keyboard. I pulled out another pad that wasn't as firm or high as the gel pad, and it was still awkward. I'm back to using the gel pad, but my typing speed has decreased tremendously and my errors have gone up. If I can find a very low-profile wrist rest, then I'll keep using the keyboard. If not, I'll go back to my old clear/white Apple keyboard, which was just fine.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Best keyboard I have ever had except if you have big hands.

    Not to sound picky or anything but be warned this key board is very thin and if you have big hands just as I do, your hands get tired of slouching over the keyboard. Other than that this keyboard is great.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    AMAZING

    I love (d) this keyboard. I got it the week it came out, and have used it until about a week ago. I love the iTunes controls on the keyboard. Make sure not to put this is checked baggage. It being so thin, mine bent a ton, and was rendered useless, today I bought the wireless one. , and am loving it.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Keyboard

    After a couple weeks of use I can safely say that this is probably the best keyboard I've ever used. I've never been a fan of other "flat" keyboards, but this one feels very different. Just the right amount of ease and tactile feedback to allow super-fast typing. So if you know your way around a keyboard, typing will be a breeze. If you're bad at typing there's a chance you'll get lost.

    Funny enough going back to a "regular" thick-button style keyboard now feels a bit like ancient technology.

    If you use the F keys a lot the shortcut keys won't be of much help. But if you don't like most people these days, the shortcut keys are great. Very sleek design and highly recommended.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Suprise!

    I have always loved the latest and greatest, espeiclally when it comes to Apple. I had the iPone 2nd day it was realeased. When I saw the new keyboard I thought it was nice and well designed, but was concerned that it would not be as good to type with as my regular apple keyboard where the keys are more raised. To my suprise I took to the new keyboard like a duck to water! It's awsome! I love the low profile. I love the look of it, and for some weird reason, I feel I type better on it. I recomend this new keyboard. Apple.....you did it again!

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    looks great -- hard to type!

    I own the previous-generation Imac at home and recently got the new Imac at work with the thin keyboard. Its beautiful to look at and annoying to type on. I'm usually pretty fast at typing and find that it misses a lot of keystrokes. What really bothers me is Apple discontinued the previous keyboard that was perfectly adequate. I wish I could buy the old Imac keyboard (not so beautiful but had the advantage that it works) and throw this one away!

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    WORTH IT

    There are reviews on this product that trash how it's made. Saying that there are design flaws. I feel, now that I've had it for about a month now, that I couldn't do without this product. I agree that the keys can sometimes be a little disorienting at times because they are all flat and have no contour. I mean, even the MB's have contoured keys. However, since I do own a MB and cannot find a compatible ten key pad ANYWHERE, this keyboard is a must. I write music using notation software, and the ten key pad is necessary. That reason is enough to make me love this product, but I believe that if you need a small, sleek, and just want a 'futuristic' computer keyboard, THIS IS YOUR KEYBOARD!!!

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