• 1.0 out of 5 stars

    bad, BAD keyboard!!!

    i've spent a few days with the new apple keyboard. admittedly, i miss the MEAT to the keys... but it's okay. in the spirit of progress - i can adjust...

    problems:

    - must use software update just to use the VOLUME KEYS?!??!? its just a KEYBOARD! ARRGGGH!!!... ok, BREATHE... i'm still in. just wonder why?
    - using flash. an app RIFE with FN key shortcut functions. now i have to use an additional FN key modifier key to access them - command+FN+f8... WHAT, THREE KEYS to add a symbol now? am i using a laptop here?
    - suddenly my option, command, spacebar no longer works the magnify tool in illustrator...

    GRRRRR - just tossed the new keyboard and plugged in the old one and THANKFULLY, life is back to where i left it!

    another apple hardware effort. another significant blunder. IBM tried this with the PC junior about 17 years ago and they quickly came back to what worked...

    imac round mouse - BAD IDEA
    g4 qube - horribly BAD IDEA
    mighty mouse - all over the place BAD IDEA
    chicklet keyboard - who didnt see this one coming?

    14 of 22 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Good looking, bad feeling

    Frank Lloyd Wright's designs were infamously uncomfortable. Human comfort and function were sacrificed for beauty, particularly in his furniture. Aesthetically perfect, it was torture to sit in his chairs. Guests at parties would go home in agonizing pain, but still unable to shake the beauty in his design.

    If Wright had designed keyboards, they might be something like this.

    The new apple keyboards are a drastic change from the old white and translucent plastic that I'd been using for so long. A new metal casing combined with a completely flattened out look really is a far cry from the old keyboards, Still, it does fit somehow. In spite of everything, it is somehow very inviting, perhaps because so much of the keyboard is actually keys. The excess has been cut and you're left with the bare essentials.

    Aside from the aesthetic, I find it a little difficult to adjust to the new layout regarding audio control, dashboard, expose, eject, and brightness. The addition of the audio controls strikes me as slightly superfluous since you could control most audio/video programs on the Mac with your keyboard already, but since they old controls still function I see no real problem with this and if it makes life easier for some then kudos to apple.

    My one major problem is ergonomics. While I love the feel of the buttons and the height of the board, I've gotten used to being able to hold my hands in a fairly natural position while typing and find it difficult to type for an extended period (i.e. this review) with this keyboard. I would think that after all these years and with all of apples designs to make things simple and easy they'd finally come up with a standard ergonomic keyboard that fits into the apple family.

    So maybe some day apple's keyboards will be as friendly on your arms and hands as they are on your eyes, but until that day I recommend getting a third-party keyboard.

    17 of 19 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Amazing!

    This is a sleek and beautiful keyboard. I've been using it for a few weeks now, and I've found that I can type more quickly than on my old Apple keyboard (Bluetooth). I wish this keyboard was wireless, but not a big deal. Recommended...

    35 of 68 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Stunning

    After a bad experience with Apple's new wireless keyboard (which Apple have since modified through an update), I'm pleased to be using it's wired cousin. The keyboard has minimal footprint, but is very easy to type on as it's extremely heavy. It also sports two USB connectors which are ideal for a wired mouse and USB memory card and/or digital camera.

    I only have two quibbles with this keyboard. Firstly it's angled at about 10 degrees towards the user. There is no option to flatten this or angle it away from the user (which I'm told is better).

    The second point might seem irrelevant. However this keyboard is as much about aesthetics, as it is about practicality. The belly of the keyboard and the connecting wire are both white. Apple have not followed their black and aluminum style completely, and the keyboard looks slightly like an odd match. Almost like a 3rd party product that's designed to look like the Mac range. I'm surprised that Apple didn't go for a chrome braid wire or use black for the plastic belly of the keyboard.

    There's also no backlit keyboard option although I would not expect this at the price of this keyboard. Overall, a beautiful piece of industrial design that makes everyone feel good.

    33 of 60 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Awesome!!

    I just bought this when I upgraded to Leopard. The price is great for $49 and I love the additional usb ports on the side of the keyboard. My sister bought one last month and I loved the way the keys are spaced a little wider than the unit that came with my iMac. For someone with thick fingers this works great! It types very smooth and flows a lot better. I highly recommend it, especially if you own a Mac!

    34 of 64 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Good but no wireless?

    This keyboard would be great wireless. The bluetooth wireless keyboard is too small and lacks the number pad and arrow buttons which I use all the time. The feel of the keys takes a bit to get used to but overall decent touch. Another great addition to these keyboards would be a backlight for use in dim light. I still prefer the touch/backlight of the Macbook Pro though. So until this keyboard becomes wireless, I won't be buying one. And when will Mac make a true ergo keyboard. The style on these are great but the ergonomics SUCKS!...I guess style wins over function.

    7 of 29 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    LOVE IT

    Works Great !!!!!!!! Easy to use right out of the box. I Have three of them. Thanks Apple!!!!!!!!

    12 of 18 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Surprisingly great ergonomics and response

    This keyboard is great for my MBP.
    While I love being able to travel around with my laptop, at work it's nice to have a "real" keyboard, complete with a numbers pad (I do a lot of data entry). I was skeptical that a keyboard so thin would have good responsiveness in the keys, but this works great. Even better, it fits nicely into my large computer bag. It's hard to realize just how thin it is from the online photos, but in person it is remarkable.

    12 of 18 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    WARNING: NOT COMPATIBLE WITH KVM SWITCHES

    First of all, this keyboard looks and feels great. However, I will be returning it because it doesn't work with my Iogear KVM switch, which I need to use to access multiple computers. There are multiple posts about this in the support forum, and it seems the keyboard doesn't work with ANY KVM switch, so if that's a requirement, get a different keyboard.

    27 of 46 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Apple Goes Stupid

    The good: Sleek design. One star or that.
    The bad: Apple goes Dell/HP in this design in that now they cater to complete morons who think that having "media buttons" is really slick. Only Dell & HP & such did that 8 years ago, Apple discovers it only now. Pathetic and stupid. F keys are assigned to silly iTunes functions, so when I need F9 in other applications, it skips a song in iTunes. If you're a serious user, get a serious keyboard like Lexington.

    17 of 61 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    wonderful!

    If you're looking to get a different feel to your typing experience - try this. I went to an Apple store to try it out and thought, yeah, this is good. Now at home I think it's much better than good; it's excellent. Seems to me the engineers behind this did their research: what is needed in a keyboard? What might a different typing experience be like? It's smooth, fast, springy, tight, elegant, slim, and feels surprisingly strong for such a thin tool. Leaves my old G4 keyboard with the large keys and deep touch in the dust. Just enough give in the keys to make it a hit, and nothing more. Less fatigue and fewer mistakes. Well done, Apple.

    12 of 18 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Fabulos product who ever see the product buy

    Well i just love it it is awsome in other keyboards when you or doing homework or some thing you always make mistakes because the key board its thight it doesnt have any space and this keyboard its just awsome i never make mistakes because the keys or seperate i just love it

    7 of 9 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Best Keyboard Ever

    Far and away the best keyboard I have ever used. Sleek, stylish, and the best part: it's a pleasure to type on. I wish every keyboard in the world could be like this one.

    7 of 12 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Apple Keyboard

    Aesthetically exceptional! Finished in high quality, handsome materials incorporating smooth rounded corners. Feel good, responsive keys.Operational quietness pleasing-space bar the only 'key' emitting any sound. Special function keys are helpful as Apple has chosen appropriate items to highlight. I would have accorded 5 stars, however, as reported in another post, the 'caps lock' key is a wee bit dysfunctional.....yes, I know, aren't we all!!!

    This kb, simply put, is just another thing that makes me remember why I fell in luvvv with APPLE in the first place!!! APPLE ROCKS-yes, indeed-ROCK ON!!

    3 of 4 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Nice Keyboard

    I just got this new keyboard to work with my MacBook and monitor. When I got the box and it said "made in China", I was a bit worried. I kinda vowed not to buy stuff made in China since I have not been impressed. However, this keyboard has been great. It feels well built, looks nice and if you can type.. you can fly on this keyboard.

    3 of 5 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Amazing Compatability

    I run the Linux distribution openSUSE, but have always loved the Apple style and operating system. My old keyboard needed replacement, so I decided to go all out and buy this keyboard, and don't regret it for an instant. I plugged it right into Linux, and it just worked! Beautiful keyboard all around!

    4 of 6 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    The best there is

    This is the ultimate Mac keyboard. I absolutely love it!

    2 of 3 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    USB2 port no good for memory stick

    Beautifully designed keyboard and a delight to use but... I bought it expecting that because it was USB2 (my old Apple keyboard was USB1) I could plug my memory stick into it. No such luck - I received a low poor warning.

    3 of 5 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Less Typos!

    Just "upgraded" from G5 Quad to 24" iMac 2.8Ghz with this NEW KEYBOARD. It is better, quite, much easier to type on since it lies flat, and looks better than the older white plastic model too. I am making MUCH less typos! I will be buying a second one for our MacBookPro and selling the old Apple pro Keyboard.

    4 of 5 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Excellent!

    I've used this for a couple of weeks now and I can say it is an absolutely fabulous keyboard. So different than the typical. Wasn't sure I'd like it at first, but it's really great. Very fast typing. Matches my MacBook in feel of the keys.

    Downloaded the keyboard update after connecting (just use Software Update and it will find it). All keys seem to work fine except I can't fine numlock for the number pad. Found this problem in the PC ver of Excel working under Parallels--the number pad doesn't type numbers, but I don't know how to turn it on.

    I like the dashboard and expose keys on F4 and F3.

    USB ports (2 of them) give me a low power error when I hook up my cell phone. Weird since it should be a pass-thru to the MacBook. Microsoft mouse in the other port.

    Very pleased overall. Plus, there's the WOW factor when people stop by my desk. Have to lock it up at night, though, to make sure it will be there in the morning!!

    8 of 9 people found this useful