• 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

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Works fine since '09

    Came in Jan 09 with my 24" iMac. Both continue to work fine. I'm on OS 10.5.8. The numeric keypad is essential for me.
    PROs:
    1. Key height – top row shorter, bottom row slightly longer (Apple screwed this up on the new Magic Keyboard).
    2. Tilt angle, tactile feel, ease of cleaning (always turn the keyboard upside down).
    CONs (makes keyboard awkward to use – PC influence):
    1. The registration bumps are on the wrong keys. Apple's original approach was better.
    2. Middle block is wasted. Move the cursor keys to the main keypad (like wireless keyboards) and lose the others.

    3 of 4 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

    What happened to the quality?

    I had one of these keyboards for years and it always worked perfectly. I had to buy a new one as I lost the old one in a house move. Well, I should have listened to the reviews. Just after the 90 day warranty expired, it failed. And I hardly even used it - maybe 10 times tops. Some keys no longer work, some keys do things they shouldn't do and basically, it's now useless. 3 month life for a barely used keyboard? Shame on you Apple. Sort your manufacturing and quality control out. Total waste of money. If I could give it no stars I would.

    2 of 3 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    $20 price increase? What for?

    Went to grab another one of these as I go through ~1 every 2 years and found the price had increased by $20. So, what are the new features? There aren't any. Here I was thinking they'd added backlighting, a feature I'd be willing to pay the extra for, but nope. The keyboard was already priced at a premium so I scoffed at the team member at my local Apple store once I was told of the price hike. Poor form, Apple.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Key Action

    We have had one of these for quite a while on our home computer, and it works fine except for one thing: the "r" key occasionally pops off the base and you have to snap it back on. (There have been some complaints here about quality control.) Unfortunately, I never bothered to take it back, even though it happened within the first week or two we owned the thing.

    I just bought another for my work machine, and the quality control issues seem to have been solved. It's a handsome piece of equipment. I love the key action. And everything stays where it's supposed to. So much better than the old Apple white extended keyboard, which was stiffening up beyond my ability to clean it. I can fly on this baby!

    I only wish it came wireless with Bluetooth.

    7 of 8 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

    8 of 12 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Rattles!

    The body of the keyboard is flexible so tends to bend when you press the keys. There should be a middle support (like at the ends) to stop this. Feels cheap. Don't buy

    1 of 3 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Such a good keyboard

    I would love this keyboard even more if Apple made it wireless.

    5 of 9 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    AVOID LIKE THE PLAGUE

    USB keyboard is not Apple's finest product, it does NOT just work!!!
    It regularly stops working requiring all sorts of workarounds.
    Just google it and observe the extreme frustration observed by many users.
    An unreliable product that should be avoided at all cost to avoid raising your blood pressure.
    Substandard quality not up to what we expect of Apple.
    AVOID LIKE THE PLAGUE

    5 of 6 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Almost perfect

    I've had my wired Apple keyboard with number pad for a few days now and I have to say I think it's a marked improvement on the wireless variety which it replaced.

    The thing I don't really understand is why haven't Apple produced this keyboard in a wireless version for users that would prefer it.

    For my part the cable doesn't trouble me in anyway whatsoever with the exception that it takes up a USB port on my iMac but as pretty much everything else I use is wireless it's not an issue for me and considering I no longer have to be concerned with battery power/replacement and the occasional bluetooth disconnect this just isn't an issue, at least not for me. I suppose it would be more aesthetically pleasing without the cable but hey ho I think the advantages that this keyboard offers over the wireless version far outweigh any disadvantages.

    My only gripe is that although it's very pleasing to the eye as it is it would be better if it had the same profile as the wireless keyboard but only because it would then be a better match for the trackpad, perhaps an option for Apple to consider would be to produce a trackpad that matches this keyboard ... merely a suggestion ... I'm very happy with it the way it is.

    6 of 7 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Great feel but spotty reliability

    This keyboard is slim and feels great to type on. I prefer it to the wireless version because the design is a full-sized keyboard and I like having a separate numeric keypad and full-sized cursor and editing keys. Why Apple doesn't make a wireless version of this remains a mystery to me, particularly as the increased length would allow for the use of additional batteries and thus a longer life before needing to recharge. However, my biggest issue with this keyboard is that I've had two of them die on me for no apparent reason, the most recent one being barely a year old. Sometimes Macs will simply stop recognizing them. Some people have had luck by inserting a USB extension cable between the keyboard and the computer but that doesn't always work and shouldn't be required in any event. I do wish they'd work out the reliability of these as it's otherwise a great keyboard.

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Not gaming keyboard

    Keyboard looks amazing but if you are gamer will not last for long...

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Apple Keyboard with numeric keypad - British

    bought this keyboard for my iMac 2012 love this keyboard when typing on the keyboard its quiet and the keys don't click like they did on my Logitec Keyboard had that keyboard for 8 years nice keyboard replace i also got a Apple Wireless Keyboard and thats the same for typing on..

    Highly recommend the Apple Wired Keyboard and Wireless keyboard they're so easy to type on :D

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Quality has gone

    We got one of these keyboards with our iMac in 2010 and it lasted and worked perfectly, including using the USB ports to charge and download from iPods and iPhones (don't know if that is really what the USB ports were for). Sadly I dropped a wee dram on the keyboard and letter E failed. So bought a replacement and had trouble ever since, we are now onto our third keyboard in a year. I also upgraded the iMac to Yosemite and that seems to have made things worse. The USB ports don't seem to work at all, or if they are used they cause the whole keyboard to fail. Pretty shambolic really. I will be looking for a non-mac next time.

    0 of 1 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Perfect to use

    Just get one, good to look and type. I thought to buy a wireless one but when I really look at it, I can't find an idea to buy that coz it doesn't have a numeric keyboard. Considering I won't use it out of home, bigger size will be a better choice. Great Apple:)

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Keyboard

    Never regret to purchase this keyboard. Responsive keyboard and elegant design of it which make I love it the most. With the two USB ports, I can charge my iPhone 6, read my flash drive or even power up my USB fan. Never have to worry about getting battery dried up like the bluetooth version of it. Talk about the durability, well, I'm just using it for a month. Go for the bluetooth if you don't like cables, otherwise this could be your perfect choice.

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Lasted 3 Months

    I bought one of these in 2005 before apple was cool and that keyboard lasted 9 years with a lot of heavy use and without any issues. Eventually it died so I got another one which only lasted a couple of months before the caps lock key failed. I got that replaced and this new one has died after 3 months with the return key failing. Since my original purchase in 2005 apple has become hugely popular and obviously their quality has gone straight down the toilet, at least for their keyboards. Prior to this the quality was unbeatable, presumably because they wanted to grow their customer base. I guess it's now cheaper for them to produce junk and accept the high number of returns since they've now got a massive following thanks to the success of their other products like the iphone.

    1 of 1 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Breaks just after your warranty ends

    I've bought this keyboard twice, and with both purchases, they've worked tremendously well, the best keyboard i've ever used. Unfortunately, it spoils just after a year of purchase, at least it did for me twice. Particularly the bottom left keys become unresponsive. Overall a great keyboard, but be willing to pay for a new one every year. I know I will be.

    1 of 1 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Comes with a little Bonus!

    Ok, So I got a Retina MacBook Pro and was really struggling with no Numeric Pad. I looked into some Microsoft Keyboards but just loved the design of this one (suiting my MacBook). When I opened the box, there was an extra USB cable extension. This is the best designed extension cable I have ever seen and they do come in handy.

    Great things about this keyboard:
    -Dedicated Delete Key (like on Windows, always use!)
    -Larger, Spread out keys (arrow keys especially)
    -USB Extension cable
    -Price ($80 isn't too bad)

    Grouping this keyboard with a Magic Mouse makes it so much easier to use your MacBook; especially if your Mac tends to stay at home.

    1 of 1 people found this useful