• 1.0 out of 5 stars

    HORRIBLE! Apple needs to update and improve external keyboards!!!!

    I am now on #6....all within 3 years. I am an author who makes her living writing. This keyboard will work one day, and the next, one or two of the keys just stop working. Nothing brings them back. No spills, no drops, no cat or dog hair....it just stops working. Happens EVERY time... these things are EXPENSIVE!!! What is wrong with Apple that they can't produce a reliable external wired keyboard? Tried the Apple wireless keyboard as well - it stopped working after 6 months.

    72 of 82 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Failure Rate

    Granted we are protools operators that use the keyboards daily, however I'm looking at a pile of keyboards in my office. I've had over 10 of these die within 3 years. The previous models have lasted 3 time as long. What gives Apple?

    51 of 57 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Keyboard doesn't work

    I'm this right moment using a the keyboard of my macbook pro because my work station is stopped. Sometimes the keyboard doesn't work, if you restart doesn't work, if you connect usb in other entrance doesn't work.... However, if you connect the same keyboard on 150U$ PC it works perfectly. I'm very upset with Apple on this product. I have Iphone, Ipods, Ipads, Macbook and others...

    27 of 29 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    This is a great keyboard, but do your maintenance!

    This keyboard works wonderfully, but you do have to perform routine maintenance periodically in order for it to continue to work well. It is very responsive and actuators are made for years and years of use. I have had this keyboard for 4 years and it is still going strong with no signs of giving up anytime soon. But I do the maintenance to keep it working well.

    I know a few people who had problems with this keyboard version and the first question I would ask them is: How long has it been since you vacuumed out the keyboard. their answer: "huh.." Real Answer: You should vacuum out the keyboard every 3 months at a minimum. Take a small hand vac (with the computer turned off) and run it across the keys (not pressing the keys down) Reason: there are small cracks where dust, small hairs, etc. will fall into (just like any other keyboard) and you don't realize how much accumulates over the weeks but if you never vac your keyboard then the gunk just accumulates eventually being forced further and further into the mechanism until keys start to stick and then get stuck in an up or down position where pressing they key does nothing. question #2: Have you ever spilled water, soda, beer, etc on your keyboard. answer "yeah, but I wiped it off and plugged it in and it worked fine." duh, it worked fine because the liquid hadn't made it's ways to the mechanism. By continuing to use the keyboard you worked the liquid down further into the mechanism. the liquid then dried (if it was beer or soda) and left a compound that was detrimental to the mechanism and over time corroded that area of the components. Spill something on the keyboard? Flip it over immediately, place it on a towel and let it sit where there is good airflow for 24 hours (no less!) so the liquid can dry without you working it into the keyboard components. if you spilled too much or didn't turn it over immediately this may have no effect, but it's your best chance at saving the component. My computer won't recognize my keyboard. Is it plugged directly into the mac or into a hub. answer: a hub. if it's not a powered hub or doesn't have fully usb compliant hardware then it may not communicate all data through to the mac resulting in it being unidentifiable.

    22 of 24 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...

    17 of 17 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Windows Compatible!

    Even works on my PC!! (....no choice, have to use Win at work)

    26 of 35 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Lot of money for something that won't last

    Nice looking keyboard but iMac won't acknowledge it exists. Just something that happens after a year or two. It of course does this on startup so i couldn't log in until I brought an old pic keyboard from work.Imay just stick with that keyboard instead of spending another $50

    15 of 16 people found this useful

  • 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).

    12 of 12 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    This Keyboard > More Expense Magic Keyboard

    I cannot believe this keyboard is half the price of the wireless one that has less keys and is less user friendly. I love that the keys are springy and raised up higher than the magic keyboard. It makes it so much easier and faster to type, especially if you have long nails like myself. I struggled to type on the magic keyboard but it is truly a breeze and pleasure on this keyboard. The keyboard is also physically raised up higher versus the magic keyboard, in my opinion making it much easier on your wrists and more effective for quick typing, which is what a keyboard's function is. This keyboard is sturdy and reliable, unlike the magic keyboard that loved to disconnect at times or act strange where I would have to disconnect the bluetooth and reconnect it again.

    The only con would be if you have a small work space, the keyboard is pretty long, and competes for space with my mouse and trackpad.

    ALL IN ALL, I love this keyboard, I never thought I'd genuinely enjoy a keyboard until I got my hands on this one. Highly recommend it.

    12 of 13 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Apple Keyboard with numeric keypad

    Very disappointed with this product. First 3 keyboards they changed at the store as they stopped working. Later I found out you have to use the extension usb cable and they work again. Today another one broke using a very dry damped cloth and cleaning keyboard upside down.

    16 of 21 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Exceptional Keybaord - Well Worth 49

    This usb keyboard is fantastic! I wish my iMac Retina had included this in the box instead of the BT keyboard which is tiny and cramped to type on, and totally nonfunctional to use all day for real work.

    Its surprisingly affordable for an apple add-on at 49. Great keys, great typing angle, and all metal! The keypad really is a necessary feature in my opinion. Of course since this keyboard in USB is has a cable (yikes!) and it seems this one should be backlit but its not.

    Even the solar keyboard from logitech is not backlit -- whats up with that?

    Ideally, Apple should allow an exchange with a new iMac - the tiny wireless one for this one imo.

    12 of 13 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    very nice, and it works fine on a KVM too

    There have been reviews claiming that this keyboard does not work with a KVM switch. I have an iogear 4 port KVM (model GCS634U) with a mac, windows, and linux system. The keyboard switches ports just fine and it works with windows just fine. Since this keyboard does not have a "Scroll Lock" you do have to redefine the "port toggle" to be the control key (see the KVM documentation). You may also need to plug the keyboard directly into the PC so windows can detect it and install the HID drivers, after that's done you can connect it to the KVM.

    13 of 16 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Very Short lifespan

    I'm a MAC user for so many years. It was a nice keyboard until it stopped working just after some 6 months of usage. Really not happy that it didn't last longer after spending much money to get one! Will have to go for a third party one. Don't recommend it!

    9 of 9 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Warning Not all keys function correctly

    The Keyboard is OK but Not All Keys function correctly. The Home and End keys do not reference the individual typed line. Home and End keys are the same as Page up and Page down in a small pages document. This is a Real Bummer if you are at the the beginning of a line and need to go to the end of the line to add a new carriage return.
    It is also Not a full travel keyboard.

    10 of 11 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

    10 of 11 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Disappointing

    Nice form factor, really welcome having all the keys.
    But, a few disappointing points.
    Moving the fn key is a pain because on the laptop I had finally gotten used to it being bottom left. Now that is gone again.

    But the worst thing is the actual typing. 1 in 3 words, at least 1 letter will be mised. Makes you think you're typing wrongly, then you go bak and realise you DID hit the key, it just didn't respond. Looks like the macbook chiclet keyboard but is Nowhere near as good. The keys are wobbly and rattly and unresponsive.

    9 of 9 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Gold Star for Apple, keyboard is excellent.

    Layout is a little different from earlier versions, but I adjusted quickly and find this beats earlier boards I've used over 30 years using Apple keyboards and compatibles.
    Great job Apple!
    I bought two for my Dual G5 and 17" MB Pro. Both function uniformly same.

    37 of 65 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Keyboard...USB ports Pointless

    Bought this keyboard so I could have a desktop set up with my new 2015 MacBook. The keyboard itself looks great and is nice type on. The keys are laid out well and has all the apple fiction keys you would expect to find on a Mac keyboard. However the USB ports on the keyboard have so little power going to them that I can't even plug in a USB Flash key without getting the low power warning. As the new MacBook only has one usb-c port I would have thought that they would make its power output enough for the keyboard ports to be fit for purpose. Very disappointed.

    In a nutshell, if you are buying this keyboard to work with your new mabook, don't even think about being able to use the 2 USB ports!

    8 of 8 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Keyboard

    This keyboard has good performance, and I have actually noticed that I type more accurately, and faster. For $49.00, this keyboard is a really good choice.

    8 of 8 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    On 3rd keyboard in 2 years

    This keyboard works great…for a minute. First one, immediately would only work intermittently w the Thunderbolt I bought at the same time. Because of the timing, I assumed it was the Thunderbolt, so I brought it into the Genius Bar to be told it was fine and must be the keyboard. This was confirmed when I replaced that brand new keyboard to have it work fine the first few weeks, but then after those first few weeks...

    Now every time I restart my laptop (connected to the Thunderbolt screen which in turn connects the keyboard to the MacBook Pro) or re-plug in my laptop from being away, it does not work. Every time. I have to unplug it, plug it into a different port, wait 15-20 seconds to see if it acknowledges it, rinse and repeat about a dozen times until it finally sees it again.

    Today, after playing the above game for 1.5 years, it just stopped working altogether, even when plugged into my laptop directly or the iMac. Back to the Apple store I go for my THIRD keyboard in less than 3 years.

    If this third keyboard has the same connectivity issue, I will be returning it and going non-Mac moving forward. A shame, as if you take away the connection issues, it feels great, has a good bounce to the keys and a nice texture on the surface.

    14 of 21 people found this useful