• 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Short Lifespan

    I'm sorry I have to join the negative club, as it's a very nice keyboard while it lasts. But I've had to replace one for all the reasons listed by others. Keys lose their spring, and just lie flat. They lose their electronic connectivity, and no longer function. They lie lopsided, and cue multiple strikes whenever touched. These things should not occur as they do, at the age of the product that they do (and without warranty support that lasts long enough; unless you're okay getting just one year of protected use from your product).

    6 of 6 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Only use one USB port

    The keyboard itself is nice; however falls short in 2 places.

    The 2 USB ports on the keyboard cannot be used together. I plugged my iphone to charge in one side and a wireless mouse on the other side the phone continuously vibrates or chimes and the mouse freezes. If I unplug either the other device works fine :(

    Cord is very short

    5 of 6 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Just not reliable...

    Like so many others who have complained about this very thing, I too have had this keyboard get flakier and flakier until now it just doesn't work. It starts with you noticing it doesn't work and have to unplug it and plug it back in again. Over time that becomes more and more frequent and in the end the functionality is pretty much the same whether it's plugged in or not :-/.

    Now if this was a Bluetooth keyboard (with ALL of the existing keys) I'd be all over this. But everybody says that too, and nobody's listening...

    10 of 10 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Lost connection all the time!

    After about 3 months use, the keyboard are having trouble connecting to the Macbook. I have to restart the computer do try repair. Please fix this problem. Thanks

    6 of 10 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    funcion keys not workflow compatible with volume control

    the keyboard itself is okay. it works. it doesn't collect crumbs like the last model, which is nice. I do a lot of imaging work that requires use of the function keys. I like to listen to music while I do said imaging work. Say the phone rings, and I want to turn down the volume, it is not all that easy to turn down the volume or mute the volume. Not the fault of the keyboard, it's Snow Leopard—No way to remap those keys. Apparently there is some additional 3rd party software that can help a person create applescripts to remap the volume keys. It doesn't seem like I should have to spend an hour researching this, trying all kinds of system preferences to no avail and still not be able to use my new keyboard to its full potential.

    One more thing. It's been 3 days since I removed the keyboard from the packaging and it still has that "new keyboard smell". Ya it's kind of funny, but as a FYI for the chemically sensitive folks, it does smell really strongly of outgassing plastic, even after 3 days.

    16 of 22 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    fn keys functionally incompatible with "one touch" keys

    I use function keys all the time; in games, and in VMware. I also constantly adjust the volume and brightness, and use Expose and Dashboard.

    On this keyboard the top row of keys must be set to one of two modes (function keys or "one touch" keys), requiring use of a "fn" modifier key to get the alternate feature/behavior.

    Unlike the short keyboard or the MacBook Pro, the "fn" key is in a random location, below the F13 key. Similarly, the eject key is placed bizarrely between F12 and F13 instead of at the right end of the top row, as on all my other Apple keyboards.

    On my old iMac extended keyboard, the "one touch" keys were on the rightmost 13 keys of the top row, mapped onto F8 through F15 where they overlapped. There was no "fn" key, nor any need for one, in my experience.

    The choice of locations for the "one touch" keys here is odd, too. They were easy to find by touch on the old keyboard, because audio was on the rightmost 4-key cluster above the numeric keypad and brightness on the 3-key cluster above the arrow keys. On this model they are lost in the crowd above the main keyboard.

    I spent an hour trying to figure out how to remap the keyboard in System Preferences, and eventually gave up.

    I'm at a loss to identify even one benefit from the new layout and dual-mode top row keys. It seems to be an example of "change for the sake of change" and a concept of "one touch" keys that doesn't exclude the need for a "fn" modifier key.

    17 of 24 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Prone to fail

    I have gone through 2 of these with multiple and single non-functioning keys. I am not a fan but I like the action in usage. Warranty has been on the first two but when the next one goes out.. i will opt for someone else's product. cannot keep replacing keyboards every less than a year.

    15 of 22 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    One good, One awful

    Bought two of these keyboards back in January. One works fine and would get 4 stars. I don't quite love the "feel" of the keys, but they're not bad. The other has been getting worse and worse at intermittently missing keystrokes and (even worse) intermittently repeating keystrokes ad-infinitum. Will return or replace soon (it's practically unusable now). How long is the warranty? Can't find it anywhere... *sigh* Zero stars for the web-site designer!

    17 of 27 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    WIRELESS PLEASE!!!!

    very nice keyboard (feels and looks good) - but I won't buy it with wires attached :(

    14 of 25 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    No power, No glory!

    I just bought this keyboard and I cannot use the spare USB port for either my iPhone or my flash drive. No power for either! My old keyboard (came with my 20" iMac) at least was capable of supporting my flash drive. A $50 keyboard should be able to do it all! I am very disappointed in Apple! Are you listening Steve?

    21 of 25 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Raspberries to the engineers

    I've gone through 2 keyboards in 3 years. The spacebar died on both (I am pasting the ASCII space to type here). Other than losing the spacebar function, a great keyboard!

    7 of 12 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    looks good, feels bad

    visually clean and elegant.
    tactile feedback is poor, and the upside-down-W graphic on the M key drives me nuts.

    4 of 9 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Great but its wired!

    It looks great, it types great, BUT WHY is it not wireless? The Apple Keyboard Pro is awesome and because it is wireless. (I am going back to it.) Apple please get back to a full size wireless keyboard.

    56 of 78 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Why rubber keys?

    It came with the iMac 24 I bought this past Summer. I opted for the usb with the numeric keypad...don't know why anyone would not want a numeric keypad
    It couldn't handle most usb devices I plugged into it. So that's a waste.
    The soft rubber keys with tight clearences simply invited trouble. I got a grain of sand stuck in the Control button once. It took me hours to figure out that problem.
    It has no back light. Something that would have gave it another star. The command button is awkwardly placed, making it impossible to enjoy Microsoft office applications.
    It was lightweight and moved around too easy

    After 4 months maybe, it failed completely. I was getting FS when I hit the F. VR when I hit the V, and a host of other double keys strokes. I unplugged it form my Mac and tried it on my Dell. Same issue.

    My microsoft natural keyboard failed after 3 years. Microsoft sent me a new one imediately without question. I still use that keyboard 9 years later.

    I've had a few other keyboards and none of them have ever failed or had stuck buttons.

    Mac refuses to even talk to me and there is no Warrentee info on the keyboard on this site or in the box it came in. So, enjoy this peice of.... or throw it in the trash when it shows up.
    I would recommend if you want practical and reliable. That you avoid all Mac input devices as a whole...I'm off to write a review for that useless power mouse next.

    If you want sleak, cute, and soft on the eyes. This is the keyboard for you. If you want to get some work done. Buy a Microsoft Natural keyboard and get-er-done

    14 of 21 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Inconsistent key sound

    An interesting keyboard marred by the lack of tonal harmony across all the key sounds when typing - the space bar sets a new low in Apple engineering. It sounds clumsy and weak similar to an old Imperial or Olivetti typewriter. Put the sound of the space bar with the other keys and you have the end to your perfect day at 8am! It seems unbelievable that Apple of all people should let this through unchecked. Not good value at around $50 - how much more for a consistent space bar sound? $2? $5? $10?
    Back to the drawing board, boys and girsl!

    8 of 60 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Want to Like it

    I want to like this keyboard. It's a gorgeous object and looks great on my desk.

    Unfortunately, the low profile flat keys make maintaining a consistent typing position more difficult than it should be, and their extremely short travel provides little positive feedback. I find the half-size function keys impossible to hit without looking.

    The fn key is badly located for a modifier key, and requires weird contortions to use it. And Apple's habit if using standard icons to represent the other modifier keys but not printing them on the relevant keys continues.

    Worse, the handsome matte white keys don't stay handsome long. They're dirt magnets, and quickly stain to a uniform level of dinge that defies cleaning.

    Finally, I've been through three of them in 18 months. Admittedly, I pound on them 8-12 hours a day and no doubt need to get a life, but still... a keyboard, like a shoe sole, should be designed to take some pounding.

    Guess I'm just a sucker for a pretty face...

    56 of 72 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Mac slow to adopt numeric key pad

    As a relatively new Mac user I'm shocked to discover that a wireless extended keyboard having a numeric key pad is not available. I'm a scientist that crunches numbers. If Mac wants to be considered seriously by serious users, they had better design keyboards for serious users. It's no surprise that Mac is considered a toy by most of the number crunching set. Maybe Mac wants it that way. If you are new to Mac - BEWARE; the 'delete' key is a really a 'backspace' key. Very strange indeed.

    41 of 112 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    keys stick

    I really have had trouble with this - the space key sticks all the time and it took me a long time to figure out that was the problem. I cannot recommend it - has a weird feel also.

    6 of 21 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Not always durable

    I've had mixed experience with this keyboard. The one that came with my iMac is still going strong after one year. But I bought one to replace a bad keyboard on my PowerMac at work and after only six months, one of the keys (up arrow) no longer works. And (interestingly enough) it stopped working while I was out of the office for a month of paternity leave and the computer was not in use. I was easily able to pop off the key and clean out dust but it still will not work. I don't think I've ever had a key on a keyboard stop functioning. So this will probably make me think twice about buying an Apple branded keyboard in the future, when I could have a decent generic one for half the price. I mean, I have 10 and 15 year-old keyboards that still work. What gives, Apple?

    5 of 15 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Cool but bad USB

    The keyboard is very good to use, even better than the one included in my MacBook. But the USB is bad... it will support an pendrive or an camera, but those USB powered HD will fail. And unfortunately, that's my case.

    I have Mighty Mouse to save in order to one USB port. But this keyboard is wasting that port giving me two low power USB ports. Bad trade (in my opinion).

    11 of 20 people found this useful