• 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Inconsistent key sound

    • Written by from London

    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!

    7 of 59 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Want to Like it

    • Written by from Seattle

    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...

    54 of 70 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Mac slow to adopt numeric key pad

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    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

    • Written by from Atlanta

    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

    • Written by from Georgetown

    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

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    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

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    2 issues

    • Written by from Central Point

    The keyboard is decent, but I have 2 issues with it. First, why is there no black option? My chrome with white keys keyboard looks years old now, and I've only had it about 6 months. Second, there needs to be an ergonomic version. The MS keyboard I used with my PC was much more comfortable and never looked dirty.

    On the plus side, the keyboard works perfectly and I like having the USB ports built in to it.

    14 of 40 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Form over function?

    • Written by from Salt Lake City

    This keyboard is beautiful, has a slick slow profile, and consistent feedback. That said, if you're a touch typist that has to switch back and forth from a more traditional keyboard, you're probably going to hate it. I suspect if I had the option to have one at work, I would learn to use it more effectively. But I don't and after months of use, my fingers still stumble over the keys and my error rate is unacceptable. Also, my wrists and hands tire under the strain of using such a low profile design.

    If you're a "hunt and peck" typist or plan on using this as your primary keyboard where you rarely find yourself using another of a more traditional design, please disregard my feedback.

    5 of 8 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Apple Quality Assurance: Please check this out!

    • Written by from O'Brien

    Having just recently purchased two of these keyboards for our older Macs. I have a better understanding of why so many people seem to either love them or hate them.
    It seems that there are no two of these new keyboards that behave alike. One works great. I had to return the other because of a strange time delay with the “up arrow” and especially the ”right arrow” key. Not a computer or software problem, it has been isolated the individual keyboard. The replacement has the same intermittent delay on the arrow keys, plus a space bar that only works about half the time. Pressing the lower half of the bar usually gets no response, even though you feel and hear the “click” of the key.
    Apple has designed the “Caps Lock” key with a long delay in its response, requiring the typist to “lean” on that key for an abnormal period of time in order to get it to lock or unlock. Apple is compensating for poor typing technique at the expense good typists.
    To test your keyboard’s response , Open “Keyboard Viewer” (under the “flag” on the Menu Bar; if the “flag” isn’t there, go to System Preferences / International / Input Menu, and check “Show input menu in menu bar”). The Keyboard Viewer will give you a visual indication of the response for each keystroke, easily displaying flaky key contacts or strange time delays. If you end up with one of these new Aluminum keyboards that doesn’t work properly, my advice is to have it replaced immediately (and repeat if necessary, until you get a GOOD one). There seems to be a high percentage that truly are defective. It’s time for the Quality Assurance folks at Apple to get a handle on this problem!

    54 of 63 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Went right back into the packing box

    • Written by from San Antonio

    Half-size function keys and terrible key feel doomed this keyboard for me. It's a shame, because these (important) items aside, it's beautiful and well-made.

    10 of 36 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Shockingly annoying! LITERALLY.

    • Written by from Clifton

    It's lovely, as are all Apple products, but I'm constantly shocking myself with static electricity every time I come back to my desk after walking even a few steps. Also, because the keys are so flat, I can't locate my hands relative to the keyboard and regularly transpose one hand or both one key to the left or right. Overall, this keyboard is just terrifically annoying.

    10 of 16 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Fragile little thing

    • Written by from Olivia

    I only bought this because it had the number pad and I could not type without that. I also use it if my mouse dies on me and I need to charge the batteries.

    Overall, it's a decent product. It feels pretty good to type on in the fact that my wrists don't hurt afterward and the buttons are all of nice size. The function keys are very helpful to someone who likes listening to music while they work. The fact that they can be made into the regular F keys with the special functions accessed with the FN key is nice too. 19 function keys are great for the person who sets up a lot of shortcuts.

    On the flip side, the buttons that feel so nice to type on don't feel good once they've broken off. My "B" key is missing (broken off) and so I have to hit the little plastic nub underneath. My left control key is also only held on by it's top half. The space bar doesn't always recognize a strike and the shift keys don't always work without a bit of force either. I bought this wired keyboard over another brand's Bluetooth model because it had the USB 2.0 ports on the side. At least, I thought they were until I found out that only works with the newest Aluminum iMacs. That means no syncing my iPod from my keyboard. Or using my flash drive on the ports either. In fact, my digital camera is all that I really have that can plug into the ports and be useful because the device needs to have it's own power supply (batteries in the case of the camera). Even a simple SD card reader won't work. My F5 key also cleanly broke and won't even register a strike and I have no idea as to why or how to fix it. It's easy to get confused as to what key to hit in a dark room and the buttons are too easy stroke.

    Overall, it's a very fragile keyboard that didn't live up to the hype. I can't easily recommend this unless you absolutely have an Apple keyboard.

    8 of 11 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Say good-bye to touch typing.

    • Written by from Atlanta

    PROBLEMS: (1) Flat keys. This makes it difficult to anchor on the resting row for touch-typing (the itty-bitty raised dashes on the 'j' and 'f' keys do not suffice). (2) Flat keyboard. This puts the number row a greater distance from the resting finger position, which makes the ability to anchor on the resting row even more important. (I am 5'4", to give you a rough idea of my hand size.)

    RESULTS: 1) A lot of looking back and forth between the keyboard and the screen, slowing productivity. 2) A lot of typos. (All of this improves slightly but doesn't go away with practice.)

    CONTEXT: This is really frustrating if you're typing mostly words, but really really really frustrating for situations when you use numbers or bottom-row keys, or when a typo will make something not work. (E.g., working in LaTeX, writing code, using command shortcuts, passwords with weird combinations of characters).

    On the other hand, these design issues might not be a problem for you if: a) you have big enough hands, b) you already look at the keyboard when you type, or c) you have amazing proprioception.

    OK THINGS: 1) The silver is pretty.

    BOTTOM LINE: If you like to touch-type, I strongly suggest trying out this keyboard before you buy it.

    27 of 40 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Flattened design not suitable for all

    • Written by from Glebe

    I am an avid supporter of Apple products and welcome innovation, but this slimline design is not suitable for all. As a conventionally-trained, very fast touch typist, this design forces me to use my fingers in a 'flattened' way, which is both tiring and increases the incidence of typing error. This is compounded by the fact that I have arthritis in my hands and wrists.

    I have used the new keyboard at work since its introduction, so I have not drawn a hasty conclusion on this subject. At home, I continue to use an old-style Apple keyboard, and at work, I shall soon reluctantly be obliged to switch to a non-Apple, ergonomic keyboard. Surely it would be within Apple's means to offer a choice of keyboards for people such as myself, and others with a range of disabilities for whom the new keyboard is unsuitable, rather than force us to use a non-dedicated product?

    8 of 9 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Poor durability, weak usb

    • Written by from Portland

    This keyboard lasted a few months on an Imac, then simply stopped working entirely.

    Jeez.

    It's just a keyboard.
    Yeah - it's thin and light.
    Not sure why that matters though.
    It's too light to rest anywhere other than a flat surface with warping, so what's the point of being thin and light?

    The usb ports are really not useful for much other than a place to plug in the rodent, or a flash drive.

    They lack the ability to power anything like a usb hard drive, unless it's small and ancient.

    There's probably a technical reason, though I'm not sure what it might be.

    If Apple is in spec, the usb ports provide 100ma prior to enumeration and 500ma after enumeration.

    If they can't do this, they're broken by design.
    In fairness, the ports on the kb are just dumb pass-through ports, so the fault is in the Imac.

    Ibooks also have the weak usb ports, though PowerBooks seem unaffected.

    I'm sure this is under warranty, but I can get a decent non-apple kb for half the price, and know it can take some common office abuse and survive.

    8 of 20 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Not for fast typists. Requires exact hit on keys

    • Written by from MARION

    Right out of the box, the space bar workedinconsistently. (In this review, I will not correct the space bardefaults so you can see how frequently the space bar does not work.) Each key must be hit precisely at top center. For thisreason you can't push the keyboard forward on your desk and type, The keyboard has to be positioned just right so your fingers hit each key precisely. This is a problemfor me as a fast typist. Not every keystroke has precisely the same strength and not every stroke hits in precisely the same place on the key itself. This keyboard just drives me crazy. Requires so much backspacing to correct space bar defaults and key failures. I'll take a $15 PC keyboard every time. Unfortunately, they don't have theright labels on the buttons.

    12 of 17 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Lovely keyboard, but not sturdy

    • Written by from Winnabow

    This keyboard is great - i love the action. However after a few months of use (I am a Designer/Dev) keys started popping off, the first to go was the left apple/command key - if any of you are in web you know that pretty much makes a keyboard useless. After keys come off, you cant get them back on.

    That said, it is not worth the purchase unless you think of them as disposable keyboards where you are buying them 2 at a time so you have one when the keys come off, and knowing you have to keep buying them every few months...

    19 of 29 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    broken key

    • Written by from Mauren

    it is a splendid keyboard. great design, great keyboard... but keys are not one of the best, i guess...

    now i have the M key broken.. and i have no idea what to do... it kinda suxx...

    and i was so amazed by this keyboard... well... that`s it...

    4 of 7 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    It was good

    • Written by

    Well, I had been using it for about 3 months. It was a fantastic keyboard. (while it worked) Well, just recently several keys stopped working. I tried everything I could to get it to work. Now after dealing with those messed up keys for about a month, more keys stopped working. So now i have an expensive paperweight.

    The keyboard was fine when it worked like it was supposed to.

    It pains me to do it but I give this keyboard a 2/5

    13 of 19 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    If you are a designer...BEWARE!!!

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    Whilst the new keyboard is great for typing, the Function keys have been reprogrammed. If you're like me and are working in InDesign or Quark and turn the guides on and off on your layouts a billion times a day, this shortcut is now a two button action (fn>f7 instead of just f7) slowing me down considerably...WHY does Apple have to go changing things for no good reason, there's now a bunch of f-keys sitting largely redundant (and Quark or InDesign won't accept reprogrammed f-keys) so f13 - f19 aren't being used....sigh!

    24 of 43 people found this useful