• 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!

    5 of 8 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Nice, but keys need to have a black key option.

    • Written by from Oakdale

    Great action and design of this keyboard. Love how fast I can type on it and how easy it is to carry around. One thing to note is that your hands aren't perfectly clean all of the time, so the white keys start to look very dirty and takes away completely from the beautiful look that Apple is striving for. Also, Macbooks have black keys, so if they wanted to keep a standard design/look, these keys should be black and maybe back lit.

    4 of 5 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Really really good

    • Written by from Singapore

    I'm read the reviews, and still couldn't believe how good this keyboard is. It's so easy to press the keys, and the footprint is so tiny and slick. Best keyboard I've ever used!

    6 of 7 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    They Break... A lot...

    • Written by from Lake Forest Park

    Pros:
    * Looks great
    * Quiet, a very nice keyboard to use
    * USB ports

    CONS:
    * Gets dirty very quickly
    * THEY BREAK OFTEN (see below)

    I love this keyboard, it is easy to type on, fairly quiet, and just feels nice to use. On top of that it looks great. The problem is they break very easily and Apple does not even have the option to request support for them. At my office we have been through 3 of these, as well as one of the ones without the numeric keypad, and one bluetooth version as well. The issue is that keys just stop working without explanation. Apple offers trouble shooting on their website, but it is never the case that it is a software problem, and their solution is "replace it". Which gets costly when these run $50 each. We've spent close to $250 on replacement keyboards in the past year, with no remorse from Apple whatsoever.

    I would love to say don't buy this product, but they are great while they last.

    (Please note that any punctuation in this review had to be inserted using the On-Screen keyboard functionality in OS X, as I've recently had another one of these keyboards break on me).

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Zero stars if I could. Worst keyboard ever.

    • Written by from Seattle

    My keyboard started out working just fine, then certain keys stopped working after a few days. Then the volume would go up uncontrollably and other shortcuts were activated through what must have been some sort of short in the wiring. Apple contested it wasn't covered through the warranty since its not the keyboard that came with my Mac. Eventually, when I did get a replacement, it did the exact same thing. I have since smashed it and ripped it apart to gain what little consolation could be gotten from removing such a horrible product from the world. No one else should have to suffer like this. I have since bought a $10 keyboard from Amazon that has worked perfectly and as advertised. Sometimes paying extra for the Apple name simply isn't worth it. Do not buy this product!

    23 of 31 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!!

    5 of 7 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Come on Apple - listen to us...

    • Written by from Boca Raton

    Please, somebody from Apple, for the love of all things Mac, get this message to Dan Riccio:

    The wired and wireless keyboards are great; but, in the words of Steve himself, they're not "insanely great." This is because they're not one and the same. The Mac NEEDS a new, FULL-SIZE bluetooth keyboard (preferably backlit, but not necessarily.) It may well prove to be your biggest-selling computer accessory! Doesn't it cause a few twitches that Logitech, LMP, Mobee and so many others constantly have to fill-in the massive gap in your own market with inferior solutions? I have read thousands (literally) of comments from people saying they would commit to paying $100 for one... PLEASE, either do your fans a solid or at least give us an explanation why it isn't possible.

    Thanks loads, and keep up the excellent work - your hardware has never been better!

    13 of 13 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Breaks easily

    • Written by from Hopedale

    I have already gone through two of these keyboards. First the left Shift key stops working, then others follow. It also makes this terrible noise when plugged in and not being used. Almost like a key is being constantly depressed when it isn't. I'm not rough on keyboards so there is no reason I should have gone through two so far.

    20 of 25 people found this useful

  • 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

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    poor workmanship....x2

    • Written by from Billings

    got one with original purchase. one of the keys broke in about 2 weeks. problems getting the replacement sent...
    got replacement it qwuits.... finally figured out must be a short in the wire some where. i turned it upside downn while on hold with support, it started working.... i still want another . this is my office computer... i cant work with glitchy equipment... oh yea, i'm still on hold .
    i have a wireless now as backup... an $80.00 spare tire, but it has saved me twice
    i would have given it zero stars but it wouldnt let me

    13 of 17 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Could be better...

    • Written by from San Diego

    Things that would seriously make this keyboard nicer:

    1. Wireless version of this full sized keyboard... A lot of people are stuck with the wired version because many of the programs that people run on Macs, primarily graphic designers, rely on the numeric pad for specific functions, and is isn't offered in the wireless version.

    2. Magic Trackpad integration... Since this full sized keyboard isn't offered as a wireless unit, the Magic Trackpad can't be incorporated they way it is with the standard wireless keyboard using the MagicWand. Of coarse you could suggest sticking to the wireless rout for trackpad integration, but again many of the programs that designers would use the Magic Trackpad with would still need the numeric pad, and the MagicWand, or any other connective solution available, maxes out of space after the keyboard and trackpad, eliminating the possibility of a second trackpad with the Mobee Magic Numpad.

    3. Black Keys... If anyone is going to be buying a wired keyboard, their going to be using it a lot, too much to be worrying about battery life, which means it will get dirty fast. White keys even get dirty after a small amount of use. Black keys however eliminate the grime and keep the keys looking nice. Plus, black key would go better with the new black Mac Pro that will be coming out.

    4. Backlit keys... People use their keyboards more nowadays in low lit areas. And with this keyboard being wired, theres no reason why it shouldn't be an option; it certainly has the power supply for it, unlike the wireless keyboards to which backlighting would drain the battery.

    Other than those few things, I like this keyboard. However, I definitely expected more from Apple.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Cheap, never worked

    • Written by from Newark

    I am extremely disappointed. This is the second keyboard I've purchased in one year. The second one never worked unless I wiggled the USB port. Quality does not seem to be synonymous with Apple any longer.

    13 of 17 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Excellent keyboard - but I wish the keys were black.

    • Written by from Montreal

    This is a preliminary review because I've only had the keyboard for a few days, but in that time i've typed - i'm guessing - about 5000 words, so I've had enough time with it to at least offer my first impressions.

    Being a professional writer, I think this is what a keyboard should feel like. The solid construction, positive key action, and near flat/horizontal positioning of the keyboard make it an ergonomic dream, and the aluminum construction really makes it feel like a worthy extension of my 2010 MBP, to which the keyboard is attached. I also love that it comes with two USB ports - very useful.

    Now for the niggles and complaints: 1) I wish the keys were black instead of white, as they are on my Macbook, primarily because black would hide the inevitable grime that will be collecting on the white keys. (but yeah, i realize i can just wipe the keys down once in a while.) 2) I'll echo what's been mentioned ad nauseum, here and elsewhere: why on Earth has Apple not made a wireless Bluetooth version of this full-size keyboard? It's truly bizarre. I know Logitech makes a WiFi wireless keyboard, but after trying it in the store, I found the key action and overall feel of that unit to be not as sturdy. Moreover, the fact that it isn't bluetooth but WiFi-based means the Logitech requires a WiFi receiver, which would take up a computer's USB port, which I did not want.

    But that's really it for gripes/complaints. This really is the best chiclet-style keyboard I've ever used, and overall just a fantastic piece. It may be comparatively low-tech compared to other Apple products, but the price is right, and it's my new favourite. I'm glad apple still knows how - and cares - to nail the simple things, like this keyboard, alongside iPhones and new Mac Pro's.

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  • 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

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Product

    • Written by from Boston

    I use Bootcamp, and need my machine to operate as windows like as possible, and the addition of this keyboard makes it complete.

    The function keys initially operate within Windows exactly like they do in OS (volume controls, screen brightness, etc.). To modify, you need to change the settings within bootcamp to remove the OS style functionality and instead make a windows keyboard...

    Seriously, why would anyone buy a PC? I love Windows (cringe), yet abhor the instability most hardware provides...This macbook is the most reliable PC I've ever owned.

    3 of 4 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Nice design but not recognized

    • Written by from Durham

    I really like this keyboard a lot. It is quiet, the keys feel very nice, etc.
    I use this as an external keyboard for my MacBook Air, running through the USB port on my Thunderbolt Display. Unfortunately, every time I put the MBA to sleep, when it wakes it does not recognize the keyboard. So I need to unplug everything and reboot from scratch (sort of ruins the best part of sleep mode).
    I can't say if this is a problem with the keyboard, the MBA software/OS, a driver in the Thunderbolt, or what. But I do know that I wasn't having this problem when I was using my old Logitech keyboard the same way.

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Great but not Wireless

    • Written by from Zwaag

    I have got the new 27" imac everything expect the power is wireless, trakpad, mouse keyboard: Great! Only I'm missing the numeric part of the keyboard, I'm ready to order but wait this is wired. Why, prop[ably because of the USB hub but I would like to trade that for wireless any day. Only alternative that I have found until now is the logitech wireless k750 solar powered, but it is just not the real thing. I hope that a new keyboard will be announced soon otherwise it will need to be the alternative version.

    12 of 41 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Nice but wish it was backlit like my MBP

    • Written by from Victorville

    I like it, and works great, but it's a bit dated. I want an update with black chiclet backlit keys like my MacBook Pro. Would love another USB port or two and maybe an SD card reader, as well.

    0 of 7 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Good with MAc OS but not Win 7 in VMWare

    • Written by from Carrum Downs

    I bought this keyboard as I do a lot of data entry for accounting work.
    Unfortunately, I cannot seem to use the numeric keypad while in a Windows based accounting program used in the Win7 VM using VMWare. The number keyboard seems to only accept up/down/left/right commands and does not want to recognise the number keys. I cannot find a Num Lock key anywhere to change this.
    I would be happy to rewrite this review and change the rating if it can be shown I am wrong.

    3 of 7 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    I would give this keyboard a 1/2 star but that is not one of the options

    • Written by from Augusta

    My keyboard stopped working and I wondered if it was me or a software patch. I came online to troubleshoot (on my Dell Laptop) and saw how many people had similar problems. Quite honestly, I had no idea this keyboard had so many problems when I got my fully loaded desktop Mac-Pro. It now died with no apparent reason. It started with the delete key, then the M and now nothing. I rebooted but I can't log in because none of the keys work to log in. I can't use a Bluetooth keyboard because it can't pair. I will have to get at least a used one just to reboot. The keyboard has not been damaged in any way. Hmm. Maybe my keyboard from my Radio Shack Model I, TRS-80 will work?

    13 of 21 people found this useful