• 3.0 out of 5 stars

    USB ports really aren't full function

    "And two USB 2.0 ports provide high-speed connectivity for your iPod, Mighty Mouse, digital camera, and other USB-based electronic devices."

    The above sentence is directly from Apple's advertising material for the new keyboard. Oh, how I wish it were true. I was facing the purchase of a USB hub because I was tired of turning my iMac, unplugging one item, plugging in another. I thought this keyboard would be a great solution. But even my Nano iPod kicks up a low power warning. The keyboard is great aside from the USB function. Great feel, easy access function keys, etc.

    199 of 238 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Great look and feel, but...

    I like this new keyboard a lot, but was VERY disappointed to learn that ipods and the iphone will not operate through the keyboard's usb ports. The keyboard's description on the apple site reads:

    "And two USB 2.0 ports provide high-speed connectivity for your iPod, Mighty Mouse, digital camera, and other USB-based electronic devices."

    Too bad.

    133 of 157 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Very Nice

    Much better feel than the old fullsize. However, the old fullsize was wireless/BT why not this one? Would have been great!

    38 of 41 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    sleek design but sacrifices some ergonomics

    I love the way it looks and feels. key length is short making your typing noticeably quicker. I think my biggest complaint is that it is nice and sleek but it sits way to low. even lower than a standard laptop keyboard. It tends to hide under my 6"x11" wacom tablet which is already thin and low profile itself. I have to prop up the back of it on the base of my LCD. I think apple should package a simple base for it to sit about an inch higher in the back. Also I hate that apple moved around all the F-- keys. Should have left the musical controls where they were and same with dashboard.

    71 of 107 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    GOOD ... BUT ..

    Great feel! .. But if you have a WHITE imac .. the USB 2.0 from the keyboard won't work .. It only works with the aluminum iMac .. BOOOOOO!!

    37 of 45 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Nice looking but...

    I've been using this keyboard for a couple of months now, both home and office.

    Pluses:
    - Looks great from all angles.
    - Does not have the dirt-catcher plastic tray surrounding the keys that its predecessor had.

    Minuses:
    - Keyboard feel is bad. You'd think that after two months of use I'd be accustomed to it but still frequently miss characters and especially spaces. Space bar seems to have been hit but no space results.
    - The little gap between the caps lock key and the letter A key has been removed. As a result I do tHIS about ten tIMES a day. I eventually removed the caps lock key entirely so I could position my hands without having to look at the keyboard which, unfortunately, makes the keyboard look considerably less elegant.

    I think that function followed form a little too much on this one.

    J

    53 of 77 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    5 Stars for Style...

    ...but minus 2 for not having a wireless keyboard WITH numeric keypad. It's kind of a given that this is what would satisfy the majority of users.

    28 of 31 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Apple Keyboard with Numeric Keypad (not fully working with 10.5.8)

    KeyBoard works overall, but the Delete keys can not be held down to perform continuous delete. You have to keep hitting the delete buttons, one letter at a time.

    29 of 35 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    full size but missing something

    This keyboard is great, I like the low profile design and aesthetic appearance. I would have gone with the wireless to replace my old wireless one, but it doesn't have the numeric keypad thus I chose this one.

    I was tickled to know it had USB ports on both sides, only to be disappointed by them. The problem? They are NOT USB 2.0, thus they aren't compatible with any of my peripherals that could have benefited from them (ie charging an iPod, etc). They pretty much only work with a wired apple mouse, if your into that sort of thing.

    31 of 39 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    NICE AND MODERN KEYBOARD BUT THE USB PORTS ARE NOT WHAT THEY SEEM

    Excellent keyboard, the keys have great and crisp feel,it has great design, but one of the reasons i bought this product was because apple told us it has 2 2.0 usb built in ports so i can plug in any device i want.
    You simply can´t plug any usb flash drive or an ipod, because the system tells you that the usb ports are low powered.
    So that´s a big disappointment for me, other than that, it´s all good!!

    23 of 24 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Pet Peeves got the best of me...

    Overall good keyboard. I bought this keyboard because it was easier to type on. I previously had the old white wireless keyboard with numeric pad, but I was getting tired of all the typo's I was having because I have to put more effort into pressing the buttons down hard. And when time is an issue (which is always the case for me) and you need to type up a template or respond to an email quickly, it gets really annoying.

    So I bought this wired keyboard because of the numeric pad (I don't know why the aluminum wireless ones don't have 'em; very unprofessional) and the issue was resolved. I could type with speed and ease without the worry of typo's due to the actual keyboard. Better yet, I was super excited to have two USB inputs on either side of the keyboard. Hoping to use it for misc. electronic appliances (ie. both my blackberry and iPhone, IPod, Flash drives, etc.)

    But alas, the USB ports on the keyboard do not support power to any appliance plugged in through these slots and because of this it didn't recognize the plugged in device at all. Therefore, plugging my little gadgets through the USB ports on the keyboard was USELESS because everything draws power through the USB nowadays. That was a huge pet peeve for me because I lost an extra USB port on my iMac to support this keyboard. Hence, the loss of two stars (one for each USELESS USB port).

    I returned it and bought the bluetooth MacAlly keyboard with numeric pad.

    26 of 35 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Nice at first but .......

    Have had my iMac for about 6 months and LOVE it. The keyboard was cool at first--great looking. Only real complaint—and Apple, are you listening?—is that it gets absolutely filthy within just a short time of use. And you can't just brush or blow away the dirt. You must use water and a rag. Just thought I'd contribute this opinion for those out there who value a consistently good look and easy-clean option. Great keyboard otherwise.

    38 of 59 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Great. But USB lacks.

    The overall product is nice. The keys are perfect and presentation matches the Mac lines nicely. My only two complaints are the little rubber feet on the bottom offer absolutely no traction. My comp is at an angle (its on an artists table) and in the morning I find my keyboard to have slid considerably. Lastly, if your looking to use the USB ports for flashdrives and such, you won't find a solution here. The only way you can connect something through the USB is if it has its own power source. Otherwise the keyboard doesn't power it. Even tiny flashdrives with light indicators won't work simply because of the light.

    21 of 26 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Pleasemakethespacebarwork!

    It may be because of my typing style, but it seems I have to hit the space bar ridiculously hard to get it to register, and I often have to slow WAY down to ensure I don't get joined words. Other than that, I like it... but this one thing is pretty important when it comes to keyboard usage.

    40 of 64 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Apple Keyboard with Numeric Keypad

    PROS: Keyboard

    CONS: USB extension cable. WARNING - for Apple Keyboard with Numeric Keypad ONLY !

    A sort of proprietary USB 2.0 connection that will not fit any other USB device or cable. As a result physical damage can occur if connected ( I damaged a cable itself and a 4 Gb drive due to this)

    Apple please provide an additional replacement and supply via store of extension cables alone. I will gladly pay to get a new one...

    Thank you

    19 of 23 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Poorly designed USB ports

    The Apple keyboard is a superb product except for the USB ports: they're underneath the keyboard so you cannot connect a larger pen disc. The USB slot should be located much closer to the edge of the keyboard, or on the back, as in previous keyboards.

    23 of 31 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Not for hardcore users

    It looks great and feels great but if you are going to use it for a long period of time, such as coding or gaming, I'd say don't buy it. IMO it's not ergonomic and on long usage you will quickly feel the strain on your fingers and wrist.
    But if you want to impress your friends or the hot date you managed to bring into your flat, it's the best :)
    Even getting a wrist rest won't help since the height of the keyboard is too low.

    30 of 45 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

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    My Mac Wont Sleep!

    Great feel, nice extra functionality, but I am typing this on my old keyboard :-(
    After many hours of fiddling I discover that the new keyboard is the reason that my G5 iMac wont sleep! As soon as you put it to sleep it wakes up again. Plug in old keyboard and viola it sleeps. (Yes the aluminium keyboard firmware update has been installed)
    Most disappointing.

    16 of 18 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    lazy space bar

    Once earwigs took over my original iMac wireless keyboard I opted for a wired keyboard. I read all reviews and noted that the prime complaint was a non-responsive space bar. Now that I have been using the keyboard for about two weeks--I agree. The space bar is sluggish and requires a powerful tap. Purchasers be aware. You will need to retrain your entry touch.

    18 of 22 people found this useful