• 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Wireless: Great, Limited size: Mediocre

    • Written by from Atlanta

    I have the full (wired) Extended Keyboard at home and am using the Wireless keyboard here at work.

    First of all, the keys on all of these new keyboards feel amazing. It's quite a jump from an older apple keyboard and particularly from a standard PC keyboard, but once you get used to it, older keyboards feel like those old manual typewriters, plus the design is just incredible.

    Anyway, the wireless feature is very cool with the lack of cables on my desk, but to be honest, the keyboard is sitting right next to my laptop, so I can't comment on the wireless range (or the necessity of wireless). Bluetooth pairing works flawlessly. I take my laptop to meetings many times per day (too many) and the keyboard knows exactly when I leave and return and it reconnects - there is nothing needed to be done.

    So, since I'm used to the larger, extended keyboard at home, I have a hard time with these few items:
    1. The lack of the numeric keypad (obvious)
    2. That enter button on the extended numeric keypad perfectly located at the right corner of the keyboard - I live for that button.
    3. The additional "fn" (function) button on this wireless keyboard located in the bottom-left - I loath this button because I miss the CTRL, OPT and CMD buttons all the time
    4. I really dislike the need to use this "fn" button for some common key functions like ENTER (rather than RETURN) and DELETE (rahter than BACKSPACE)

    I guess the ultimate would be a wireless version of the extended keyboard, but that is not yet available. I plan to switch my wireless keyboard with the wired extended keyboard.

    290 of 312 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Glad I kept my old full-sized Apple wireless keyboard

    • Written by from Ballston Spa

    This keyboard is fine, but seems too-clever-by-half. Why no number pad? Or, back-delete key? Or, page up/page down, end, etc. keys? As someone else pointed out: it is great if you're sitting on a a plane or bus with a laptop; but for serious office work, it is inadequate. I bought a full-sized wireless Apple keyboard about 4 years ago and still use it (like, right now). Works fine, is not a battery-hog, and is full function. It would be nice if Cupertino would give us a choice of mini- or full-sized wireless.

    229 of 255 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Works beautifully except for the balance problem

    • Written by from PHILADELPHIA

    I bought the wireless keyboard for my 27-inch iMac (have been using the Apple extended keyboard) because I wanted to free up a USB slot. It works nicely (I do miss the extended keyboard features, though) except that it's poorly balanced and lightweight-- therefore, it rattles annoying on the surface my desk while I type. I don't know if I can get used to this irritating problem, or find a fix (perhaps some kind of fabric or other material on the desk? I shouldn't have to scrounge around for a fix.

    138 of 148 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Nice KB but watch out for battery leaks

    • Written by from Granite Bay

    I have multiple keyboards and only use this one sparingly. The problem is the battery compartment. If you leave unused batteries in there too long, they leak and are effectively cemented inside. You cannot remove them without damaging the keyboard beyond repair. So buy the keyboard if you intend to use it often and replace weak batteries at once. Otherwise, beware.

    104 of 129 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Mind of its own!

    • Written by from Riverdale

    I purchased this wireless keyboard to replace the dock-type keyboard I had been using with my iPad. I like the wireless keyboard, but am now experiencing the most irritating quirk. I'll be typing and the keyboard will stop reponding and the iPad built-in keyboard will pop up on screen. I have to sit and wait and then the built-in kepboard will go away and the wireless keyboard will work again. In fact, just in the time I've been typing this review, this has happened 5 times! In addition to this probem, sometimes the keyboard will just take off on its own (6 times now, in case you're counting), sometimes the keyboard will just get a mind of its own and keep typing the last letter I hit and it will run with it and the only way to stop it is to rub my hands over the entire keyboard and hit as many keys as I can. Then I have to use the delete key to erase all the 'eeeeeeeeeeeeeee's" or whatever key (7 times now) whatever key happens to go wild. I need the keyboard and like the touch. It could be a (8 times now), It could be a good product, (9 times now), but it is nearly not usable with this flaw. Wish I knew why it is doing what it is doing. Maybe I should just return the product. That's too much money to spend and then not have something reliable.

    81 of 86 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Nice, but ....

    • Written by from Palo Alto

    PROS -

    - Great (Apple) design of course
    - Relatively quiet keys while typing
    - Compact and lightweight
    - Bluetooth with decent range (I've used it about 8 ft. from my computer with no problems)

    CONS -

    - No numerical keypad
    - Battery life a bit short (compared to my MS 3000 keyboard)
    - Could be better ergonomics
    - No backlighting
    - Sometimes takes a few taps on the keys to "wake" it up; especially when using it with Win 7 via Bootcamp


    Vey nice keyboard overall .... albeit, with a few caveats. It's all a matter of personal preference. I'll use it until something better (for me) comes along.

    116 of 159 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Opinion after 65 years of professional typing!

    • Written by from Tucson

    The Apple Wireless Keyboard that came with my 27" iMac last March is slowly ruining my typing skills. Yes, it looks great, works great, feels great, but the keys are too close together and the home markers, i.e. on the "f" and "j" keys, that guide your hands to the correct position on the keys can hardly be felt. After 65 years of typing I find it most difficult to keep my fingers in the right place on the keyboard. I do not look at the keyboard when typing but this keyboard is just a little bit too small. I have tried for almost a year to adjust to it to no avail. I never had any problem with the traditional keyboards that I used all my life. There definitely is a problem using the Apple Wireless Keyboard, at least for a person who has been using the traditional keyboard all their life. Sorry, but I am forced to look for a different keyboard.

    67 of 75 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Surprisingly disappointed

    • Written by from Summit

    I just recently bought the new iMac, which comes with this wireless keyboard. It looks nice on my desk, but constantly needs to be given new batteries. But there are no other iMac keyboards, really, so I guess this is just a warning to keep a box of batteries near your computer.

    Otherwise, the design is rather elegant and aplomb the way it can be moved from one spot to another without the cord! I hope I help :)

    72 of 91 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Great, but why not full-sized??

    • Written by from Fairfax

    The smaller size is handy for throwing in a notebook bag and hitting the road, but at my desk I need the real thing. What I don't understand is why Apple discontinued the full-sized wireless keyboard. Why not have both? Rather short-sighted if you ask me. It's these types of moves by Apple that makes me wonder what they are thinking, or even if they're thinking, inside or outside the box.

    80 of 108 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Two issues

    • Written by from San Jose

    Apple Wireless Keyboard has a very nice, refined, minimalistic design. It looks great in front of your Mac. It's also practical and easy to type.

    But there are two problems.

    Problem 1: It runs out of batteries quickly. I use this keyboard everyday at work. Before I leave, I turn it off to save batteries. But two AA batteries only last 1-2 months.

    Problem 2: It sometimes doesn't find the connection to my computer. When that happens, I turn it off and back on and move it around on my desk but I never know what I'm doing that makes or doesn't make it work.

    55 of 58 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Before iPad I was happy

    • Written by from Metepec

    Generally speaking the keyboard accomplishes it mission of providing a more overall agile typing. However I am somewhat unsatisfied since you cannot "map" any key to the Home button. Since you very often use this button in real life operation, not having the ability to map it on the wireless keyboard requires you to constantly touch this button on the iPad, this combined with the Magic cover makes quite hard because in order to press this button you must usually hold the iPad so it does not turn over (if standing in the steep position).

    Another issue is that the directional arrows do not move the cursor while using the keyboard in an app like Numbers which again somewhat beats the purpose and agility of the keboard because once again you should touch the screen to change the cell you are currently working/editing.
    I think that if apple could provide a way to map these keys or even a key combo to achieve such a tasks the keyboard would still be great...

    56 of 60 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    This thing uses a lot of Batteries

    • Written by from redford

    I love having a wireless keyboard for my mac. I hope that in the future they will develop one that can be charged with a usb or ipod cable, the way you charge a controller for a ps3. Works great other than that.

    55 of 60 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Loved my wireless keyboard until it started double-typing randomly

    • Written by from Toronto

    I bought a wireless keyboard for my iPad2 because I wanted to journal and type without using the virtual keyboard. Unfortunately, a few weeks into using the keyboard, I have noticed that the keyboard will randomly start to double-type words when I use it. I have gotten so frustrated with it that, having changed batteries, re-paired it with the iPad, and found no solution, I no longer use this. It is now just another expensive piece of technology sitting around at home. I am disappointed with this purchase. Hopefully it will work better when I pair it with the Mac Mini that I plan to buy next year.

    68 of 87 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Needs improvement

    • Written by from LEANYER

    The key board looks good and works well. Issue which need to be addressed is the frequent disconnection and re-connection, with Imac, for reasons unknown even when new batteries are used. Even most trivial jolts can trigger a disconnection but most often the reason is not clear. Pressing the power button sometimes restores the connection and sometimes connection is established spontaneously.

    56 of 64 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Wish it was full sized

    • Written by from Highlands Ranch

    I would love to say I love this keyboard, but I can't. I generally make a lot of use of both the numeric keypad and the arrow keys. This keyboard has no numeric keypad and the directional arrows are very truncated. I wish Apple would offer a full size wireless keyboard as an alternative. Heck, even allow it to have additional battery capacity due to it's longer length, and I think they would have a winner.

    I understand the compact size works well for many. All I am saying is that choice is good, and I wish there was a choice of full size for those who need it and would still like wireless.

    56 of 64 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    MC184LL/B Special Keys DO NOT WORK ON iPad 2!

    • Written by from Oshawa

    First let me say that this keyboard is fantastic, very lightweight and portable! The only problem is that on the MC184LL/B (The Lion Model) the Brightness, Volume, and iPod Keys do not work! Therefore this product does not work as advertised and I can't give it a full rating at this time. Hopefully in iOS 5 this problem will be fixed then I will be able to re-rate it.

    56 of 65 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Nice feel, but too many missing keys

    • Written by from Spicewood

    The touch of the keys is really nice. Battery life is great. Only complaint is too many missing keys. I really want a wireless keyboard that has the number pad as well as insert, home, end, pgup, pgdown. Those keys are really missed when I remotely connect to a windows box.

    57 of 67 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Eats Batteries

    • Written by from Little Elm

    I love this keyboard, but I find that I am having to replace the batteries every 2 weeks. I'm looking for better alternatives (like rechargeable) but have not found it yet. Will keep using it, but not happy with the power drain.

    60 of 74 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Nice but can get better

    • Written by from Athens

    Would like to see a keyboard with:

    1) Auto/manual adjustable key lighting
    2) Full size with numeric pad
    3) Recharging ability with USB cable connection or wireless.

    60 of 75 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Great feel but lacking IPad integration

    • Written by from Andover

    I bought this for IPad. It's got a great feel and would work great for extended typing. But it's lacking in the ability to do simple keyboard navigation. For example, there's no way to tab to the next field on a web page or the next field in any app for that matter. There's no way to jump to a different app (like Alt-tab on windows) and no way to jump to a differ. You're forced to use a mix of screen gestures and typing - not ideal for an expert user!

    I'm not a Mac user (yet), so some of this may be "normal" for Mac - not sure.

    I'd buy the magic trackpad to help (easier than working on a vertical Ipad screen), but that isn't supported.

    49 of 55 people found this useful