• 4.0 out of 5 stars

    I'm glad I got it... but...

    • Written by from Los Angeles

    First, it lays almost flat on my desk... the picture gives the impression that it is fairly elevated in the back, giving a fairly steep angle between the top and the bottom of the keyboard - which would have been great. I don't type "flat", so I had to find a rig a small box to prop up the back, to give me a greater angle.

    Second - the shipping department needs to be fired and/or educated about "shipping". My one-inch thick keyboard came in a 12-inch high box! My precious keyboard was placed on the bottom of the box, and 11 inches of packaging material was placed on top of it!

    How stupid and careless! Put 5 inches of packing on the bottom of the box, then the keyboard, then 5 more inches of packing...

    Show the guys in shipping how to treat packing a box like they used to make Big Macs... bun, meat, bun!

    This makes Bill Gates look smart!

    13 of 19 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Nice, could be improved, but nice.

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    When I ordered my imac back in March, it came with the clunky old keyboard we all know and hate (atleast I did). As soon as I saw those leaked pictures on the web of this keyboard, I had been obsessing over getting it. I saved up my 50 bucks and went to the apple store on august 8th to pick it up. They hadn't received any yet at the one near me, so they had me order one. Two weeks later, here I am typing on it.

    My first observations were everyone's, thin. I took comparative photos of my old and new keyboard, and everyone I showed it to dropped their jaws. I've also had much fewer typos or missed keys, and one of my most favorite parts, to clean it, just wipe a damp cloth across it. No more popping off keys, trying to get between the keystands with a disinfecting wipe, its overall amazing. The dedicated keys work well for me, and I can now type faster with fewer errors for longer.

    My gripes for this product are few. As other's have said, The USB 2.0 ports are grossly mislabeled. One of the few reasons I decided to go for a wired version, which is a downgrade of my old wireless apple keyboard, was that I was running out of USB 2.0 ports. The only usb cable that seemed needed to be moved was my iPhone's sync/charge cable. I plugged this baby in and connected the iPhoen and powered up. I am met by a pop up with a bright red stop sign telling me I need to switch ports. In fact, none of my USb items worked, and all of them require USB 2.0. I'm hoping Apple either upgrades the keyboard ports or downgrades the advertisement.

    Overall this is an amazing improvement over the old one. Good job Apple, you've done it again.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    It's actually great, buy it.

    • Written by from Saint Louis

    The old clear keyboard I bought a year ago was a constant frustration and I sincerely hated to type on my Mac ever since I bought it despite how cool it looked. The new keyboard is a complete success. Even the mounting layout of the USB ports to the side makes everthing easier. It's super quiet and easy to type on. The keys are very thin and low-profile, but that's fine. I've had no trouble adjusting and am typing faster because they're so flat. It could stand to be adjustable for tilt, but I'll get by . Now why they can't sell it for $25 I don't know.... Anyway, you need one over that old disaster of a keyboard.

    4 of 6 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Very Nice

    • Written by from Hampstead

    I really wish i could give this keyboard five stars. The key strokes are quiet and responsive, the keys are easy to find, and the overall keyboard is gorgeous. The F3 and F4 keys work fine for me, the only reason the board doesn't get five stars is because of the iPod low power warning. I tried everything, plugging it into both sides, having it alone, with a mouse, having my MacBook Pro plugged in and not. Nothing worked. It's not a big deal because i have a monitor with an integrated USB hub, but based on the advertisement for the product, the iPod should work on the keyboard. Hopefully the issue will be resolved with a software update. If the iPod is not an issue for you, definitely buy this keyboard. It makes the transition between a notebook keyboard and an external keyboard very easy.

    3 of 6 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great.. Watch out for Cord Length

    • Written by from Conesus

    I love the keyboard.. although I still find it difficult to type on it after using a powerbook for 3 years. I like the functions keys and the sleek design with the hidden USB ports. But the USB Cord it TOO SHORT! I can't reach my keyboard tray from the back of the iMac.. I got cords all over! I can't run it under my desk to my pull out tray (which isn't very far). Maybe a 2 foot cord. If you need any distance, go wireless.

    5 of 9 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    excellent feel – F3 and F4 don't fully work

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    I'm extremely picky about keyboards; I disliked the previous Apple Keyboard because the keys tended to be "sticky" and resist keystrokes. I tried the Macally Icekey, but that one felt "hollow" and plastic – keystrokes would resonate through the body of the keyboard and gave a cheap feel. In addition, the keys were loud.

    The new Apple Keyboard is just wonderful. The action is very solid; keystrokes resonate in the desk rather than the keyboard, making it feel reliable. The keys are about as quiet as they could be. You won't wake anyone up pounding away on this thing.

    It doesn't get 5 stars because the F3 and F4 keys don't work for Expose and Dashboard. You can program different F keys for those functions or hold down the "fn" key while pressing F3 and F4 to use Expose and Dashboard. I hope this will be fixed in a software update soon.

    I'm impressed.

    4 of 6 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Amazing

    • Written by from Washington

    This keyboard goes far beyond my expectations. By far the most comfortable keyboard I've ever used. It actually makes typing faster and fun. Only drawback is the fn key to use some of the more elaborate F functions. For $49.00 I'll probably get another to keep at work. Good luck selling the wireless though, no numbers section. BIG mistake.

    4 of 5 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Freak out.

    • Written by from Athens

    Apple's new keyboard is, hands down, (heh) the best-feeling keyboard I've ever typed on, and I've typed on quite a few.

    The separation between they keys improves my typing accuracy and the small travel distance means the time between initiating a keypress and the psychological registration of successfully doing so is shortened. The end result is a crispness to the typing experience which should have been there from the get go.

    The keyboard that preceded this one is an atrocity which makes the beauty, functionality, and design of this keyboard stand out all the more starkly.

    If you have been looking for a keyboard for just that perfect feel, this is the keyboard for you.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Using with a MacBook

    • Written by from San Antonio

    I have found that I used my MB more often as a desktop unit than a portable so this keyboard is great to use along with my iCurve. For those worried about keeping the wrist/palm area of their MB in pristine condition - this is the solution.

    The keyboard is light, the typing experience is very comfortable and the design is simply elegant. I have yet to program this keyboard and whatever deficiencies I find, I'm confident Apple will issue an update.

    This was a solid $49 purchase.

    5 of 12 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Best Apple Keyboard Yet

    • Written by from Loveland

    This keyboard is really a pleasure to type on. The keys have very short action, so that you don't depress them nearly as far as on other keyboards. The long action of the keys on other apple keyboards results in miss-keying and sticky keys that don't always depress fully if they are not attacked just right. These keys require light pressure and they are big enough and spaced nicely.

    2 of 3 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great but, one bug!

    • Written by from El Paso

    I love this keyboard it is the perfect companion for my MacBook, even better since it sits lower and allows my wrists to rest.

    One gripe though, even after installing the software update for the keyboard (from Apple) my Exposé and Widgets dedicated key DO NOT work. :-( All the other keys work, what gives!?

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great!!!

    • Written by from Anderson

    I received my new keyboard today and after plugging it in and downloading the needed updates, I have nothing to complain about. It's ultra-thin design and the new USB 2.0 are wonderfully welcomed. Plus, my kids love it!

    3 of 6 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Delightful!

    • Written by from Abilene

    Absolutely the very best keyboard I've ever experienced!

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Superb

    • Written by from Baden

    This is a great new keyboard, it looks great and types wonderfully. The reviewer with gripe (one star) must have got a dud, mine has no clicky sounds and the keys have a high quality feel and finish.
    My only complaint is the letters printed on the keys (ABCDEF...)are not centered or even equally off-centre, the one shown on the site is ok, so probably I was unlucky. This wont probably bother most of you but for me (graphic designer) it irritates & takes the shine off a little - for after all the design is its most striking feature and thats more or less why I bought it... so thats why I have given a four out of five..
    I really wanted a wireless one but need the extra number keys. I think this is a bit of an oversight by Apple seeing laptops don't have this built in and its often the reason to buy a keyboard for your laptop (which already has bluetooth & wireless functionality built in).
    The new function keys are bit annoying but work ok, I prefer the older setup...

    4 of 6 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    great keyboard, but unsure of dedicated buttons work correctly

    • Written by from Laguna Niguel

    i just bought this keyboard today, i was very excited to use it. i brought it home, plugged it in and downloaded the update. i then started to try out its new functions and found that the dashboard and expose buttons did not work. so i went into my preferences and had to make some tweaks. after making those tweaks the dedicated dashboard and expose buttons worked only if i used the fn button. i am still unsure if this is what i had to do to get those keys to work or do i have a faulty keyboard. i will call apple tomorrow and post a new update afterwards.

    5 of 7 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    May not work with your KVM

    • Written by from Scotts Valley

    Sexy and nice feeling keyboard. However, I was unable to get it to work with my KVM switch (Iogear MiniView Micro USB PLUS).

    29 of 34 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    close but no cigar

    • Written by from Tampa

    I love the new keyboard.But there is only one thing.I hate the white keys.Come on apple black keys would have been much better.At least give the customer a choice.That why i kept three of the old keyboards with the black keys.I hate white!!!!!!!!!But other than that its great.And illuminated with the ambient light like the mac book pro would have been nice.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    BUENO!!!

    • Written by from Whittier

    Overall it's a good keyboard. BUT I WISH THAT THE WIRELESS HAD THE NUMBER PAD ON THE RIGHT!!!! Some people use that thank you very much. That's my only nag. I would have gotten the wireless but i need the number pad so i got stuck with the wired. It's solid and types well. It take s a little getting used to from other mac keyboards (besides the Macbook). But that'll pass.

    17 of 19 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Just shy of 5 Stars

    • Written by from Seymour

    The sleek aluminum casing makes any desktop look great. That combined with its low profile keeps it out of the way, seeming to give you more desk space (although probably not).

    The 2 side USB ports are great, easy to access, and easier to use then its predecessor which placed the ports in the back by the wire which made the original model very inconvenient.

    This is by far worth the money, and is an excellent replacement to the other keyboards.

    2 problems, decreasing from 5 to 4 stars:

    1. They provided a USB adapter to lengthen the USB cord connecting to the back of the computer. Instead of providing a "universal" one to be used in the side USB ports, they made a small notch in the USB connection so that you can ONLY use it as a keyboard plug extension. This limitation was a disappointment, as you may want to extend the length of the peripheral you're plugging into the keyboard, not just the keyboard wire itself.

    2. F3 and F4 functions are not working for me, even after the software update. These are supposed to be Expose functions, but do not activate "all windows" or "dashboard" as indicated. I have tried reinstalling everything, and hope that Apple will have a fix. The current fix would be to assign expose functions manually to alternate F keys.

    Hope this helped!

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