• 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Apple wireless keyboard only 2 years old but failed

    • Written by from Newbury

    Our keyboard failed today-the "m, backspace, space bar and shift" keys all stopped working and the keyboard is only 2 years old. Is it worth the money?

    3 of 5 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Going wrong after less than a month

    • Written by from Whitehouse

    Keyboard feels solid with nice low profile keys. Two USB connectors on the underside. BUT, I've had this keyboard just under a month, and the 7,8,9, and - keys on the keypad are no longer working.
    Between this and my MBP, I'm having serious concerns about Apple quality control. Going to opt for returning this one rather than replacing it.

    5 of 6 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    "o" key broke after 1 year

    • Written by from Winchester

    After having bought this keyboard the o key stopped working shortly after a year from purchase.

    It also arrived bent near the escape corner from its delivery. Too much money for a keyboard that's only lasted one year!

    1 of 1 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Unbelievable

    • Written by from Portland

    I cannot believe that this Apple keyboard gets a five-star rating. I have to order my THIRD keyboard today because they keep crapping out on me. One key goes out and I'm told, "Nope, can't fix it." Wow. They seem to be very cheaply built so it's no wonder they don't last. I think this last one may have lasted 2 years, maybe a little more. Yuk.

    6 of 8 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Keep a good keyboard around

    • Written by from SIDNEY

    This lasted almost 3 years. I have an old keyboard from the G5 that still works fine. Granted it does not look as good, but still works; which is more than I can say for the new one. If the new one would have lasted three years I would have given it three stars.

    6 of 10 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Lacks Durability

    • Written by from San Diego

    I've bought at least 10 of these this year alone, multiple computers of course in a computational environment. I'd guess half still work. They break in a few creative ways. One is only recognized after a ritual of (dis)connecting it a few times. A couple of others refuse to work with Cinema Displays. A few others have unresponsive keys.

    These keyboards attract a lot of dirt. I recommend cleaning them to our staff, which is probably where I got it wrong. Cleaning seems to break them. Maybe they'd last longer coupled with a cover, but I hate those.

    Probably go back to tried and true PC keyboards. Not as sexy, but I've never had one break. Ever.

    11 of 12 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Good functionality, but keys come off

    • Written by from Los Angeles

    I love this keyboard, but several keys are coming loose after I have been using it for regular desk work for a year and a half. The command key, which I use all the time, is held on with Scotch tape. The asterisk key on the numeric keypad, which I almost never use, is also coming loose, suggesting that it's not just from heavy usage but may be a design flaw. Not the workmanship I'd expect from Apple.

    6 of 6 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Wired Apple Keyboard

    • Written by from Montreal

    Once you get used to this flat-keyed (low profile) keyboard, you never want to return to the older-style.

    The trouble is that the most-common keys start to lose their black ink imprinted on the lettering, and the keys themselves seem to be "eroding". THe depth of the key is starting to get deeper and deeper, in terms of plastic loss.

    At $ 55.00 plus taxes, I would have expected better!

    6 of 9 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Doesn't feel crisp anymore.

    • Written by from Wolfratshausen

    I bought about half a dozen of these keyboards in the past couple of years. (Different language versions, home and office use, multiple computers, etc.) I was always very happy with this keyboard and I found it unmatched in terms of build and typing quality. Unfortunately, with the latest instance I bought I totally miss the typical crisp feeling of the keys. Instead, they feel spongy and the drag for typing is much higher than it used to be. -- If you are used to the quality of the old keyboards, typing with the new one is a pain. -- Please, Apple, fix it!!

    6 of 8 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Too easy to braeak

    • Written by from Sunnybank Hills

    Our company has almost 100 of this type of keyboard, at least we have 8 broken, some keys just suddenly stop working, and no way to fix it.

    I haven't every seen any kind of keyboard which is so easy to break like this.

    But anyway, when it is working, it is a good keyboard.

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Updated Keyboard doesn't fully function on OS X 10.5.8

    • Written by from Ocean View

    I should have read the fine print, the new keyboard sold on line doesn't fully function with my Mac. The increase volume control key takes me to widgets and the mute key does something else. I only had two choices of keyboards, this one, or the wireless. Since I had to replace two wireless keyboards in the last 4 years, I opted for this keyboard. It shipped really quickly, and I like the extended keyboard, just wish I knew that all the keys weren't going to function. My fault for not reading the specs. Just be warned if you have OS X 10.5.8, your $49 keyboard won't fully function.

    6 of 8 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    nice keyboard but keys break off

    • Written by from Dublin

    I have had two of these and like them. HOWEVER, not all of the keys stay attached, conveniently just out of warranty. I have had a caps lock and up arrow key both pop off and they cannot be re-attached (at at least I could not figure out how). A better build would be in order it seems to me, or a longer warranty. Can't decide whether to buy another one...

    4 of 4 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Prepare for arm injury if you are right handed

    • Written by from Brighton

    Great keyboard except for one fundamental flaw if you are right handed. The keyboard is long with all the additional numeric elements to the right side, which is where your mouse would normally live, so you'll end up with your mouse arm extended at an unnatural diagonal angle if you place yourself in front of the main keypad area. This over time will result in the twisting of the bones in your lower arm and lots of pain. I've been there.
    The small Apple keyboard in this regard is BETTER than most normal keyboards because it doesn't have a keypad on the right at all, so gives a perfect natural arm angle. In fact, the small keyboard with a separate numerical keypad is the perfect solution and probably the best solution you'll find anywhere.
    Just think about it for a moment and look at the keyboard and you'll see what I'm on about.

    5 of 6 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    not backwards compatible??

    • Written by from Madison

    I had the previous version of this keyboard, and I love the design. Now, three years later I needed another for work, so I bought one new this week, assuming it was the same product.

    I find that it works fine, except for the top row of function keys, which are no longer correctly recognized by my Snow Leopard OS X. Reading the product details more closely I now see that this was never guaranteed. I didn't even think to look at the OS X compatibility previously, since... it's a keyboard. My mistake.

    For those of us who code with highly customized MacBook Pros, upgrading to a new OS X can be a time consuming and not always worthwhile undertaking. So it's irritating when Apple's own products (especially something so simple as a keyboard) are no longer fully compatible with an operating system of their own design that is only 3 years old.

    For now I will just deal with the top row of keys being unusable until I have time to try updating my OS X. But, this is both frustrating and disappointing.

    49 of 53 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Pretty, but ....

    • Written by from kareela

    This is a pretty keyboard, but I have two problems with it.

    1. It is made from materials that give off a noxious gas which some people are very sensitive to. It is OK for me, but even months after I bought it, other members of my family cannot be in the same room for very long. When are manufacturers going to understand that more and more people suffer from obscure chemical sensitivities, mainly to complex organics in plastics, perfumes, adhesives and solvents?

    2. The keys sit only a short distance above the base, so their edges are closer together than older keyboards which have higher keys which slope inwards at the top. I find I make many more typing mistakes with this keyboard as a result. Design must first of all be practical before it should be pretty.

    My old keyboard broke, but I prefer it. I liked the even older Mac keyboards even better, so things are definitely going backwards!

    0 of 1 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Ergonomics

    • Written by from Lincoln

    I love the style of this keyboard, but ergonomically it is terrible. I wish Apple would come out with an ergonomic keyboard with style.

    23 of 29 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Died within a year

    • Written by from brooklyn

    It's a nice looking and feeling keyboard but this was my second one in 3yrs. Keys just stopped working. the caps/shift keys are slow to respond which makes it hard to type just about anything. Can't open it to clean/repair since it's glued and doesn't have screws. I like the general feel but the other things are a big bummer. For $50 I don't want to have to buy a new one every year!

    38 of 47 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Too expensive for a consumable!

    • Written by from KINGS LANGLEY

    These keyboards are the nicest to use I have ever tried - smart, tactile and accurate.
    If they lasted I'd never use anything else.

    Unfortunately I am currently using a nasty PC keyboard once again as my second apple keyboard in approx. 3 years has just gone mad! Same symptom with both keyboards - one or more keys stop working, and then starts sending all sorts of spurious characters when typing. Impossible to put mac to sleep as the keyboard keeps waking it up!!
    Plug in this (the one i'm typing on) nasty cheap keyboard and all the problems are gone! :-(

    At this price point I expect the keyboard to last at least as long as the cheaper keyboards i have - i.e 6-10 years

    So beware! This is an expensive 'consumable' that really taints the general Apple experience

    I am having to think very hard about whether I buy another one or go for a cheaper decent replacement that might last longer.

    33 of 41 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Let down by caps keys

    • Written by from COWES

    Both the Caps and Caps Lock keys are very slow to respond, you think you've depressed them but find out later that you haven't, resulting in a lot of wasted time going back and correcting caps that aren't as intended. OK otherwise, but I wouldn't buy one again, sadly let down by this basic flaw.

    19 of 36 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Great design. Lousy reliability

    • Written by from Arlington

    Had my keyboard die after about 14 months of use. A couple of the buttons the left side of the keyboard stopped working.

    21 of 28 people found this useful