• 1.0 out of 5 stars

    ZERO STARS

    • Written by

    The worst thing about a laptop is the keyboard, so why make a keyboard that isn't part of a laptop just like a laptop keyboard. Makes no sense!!! Sure, some people will love it because of the look. The look is not as important as the feel. Some people will love it because they do very little typing; just push a button here and there. For serious typing the keyboard needs to be bigger, tilted, and responsive with some sense of where your fingers are on the keyboard just like the previous generation Apple keyboard. That feeling is missing on this keyboard because of its smallness, flatness, and far too slippery keys. Do you get the idea I don't like it? Your mileage may vary.

    24 of 56 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    MAC Keyboard

    • Written by from Inglewood

    It is too small even with the 10-key extension. I have had it 4 months and the enter key on the 10 key does not work. THAT is awful! I use 10 key all of the time.

    11 of 15 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    I am disappointed with this keyboard

    • Written by from Cascais

    I have to say that I purchased this keyboard in October 2007 and suddenly last week, the "U" key stopped working.
    After calling Apple's assistance in Portugal, where I am, running some tests they've assigned me to confirm the malfunction and after taking it to an Apple's registered technician I had the response that it was not the key it is the keyboard!
    As my warranty expired 4 months ago they told me that I have to buy a new one!

    It is the first time in my years with computers and of being very fond of Apple's products, that I see a keyboard which is no longer useful after 2 years because one letter is not working.
    As I am very careful with my iMac and gadgets , it is obvious for me that this hardware is not made to last at least for a while, when it is something meant to be used on a daily basis, and it makes me wonder if Apple did not put Design and beauty ahead of the quality and resistance of this product .

    17 of 21 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    LAZY

    • Written by from Baltimore

    The volume controls are on the F10-F12 keys while the F16-F19 keys are blank.
    Optimal:
    F16 = vol down
    F17 = vol up
    F18 = mute
    F19 = eject

    The way was it stands is fine for the w/o keypads
    This was a lazy extension for the W/ keypads

    As the volume and ejects are not reassignable, one loses usage og them of the vital F-keys which they cramp. One has to choose wether to be forced to hold down function key half the time or throw the keyboard out the window.
    I am typing this on the clear/white plastic one from yesteryear, which was sensibly built.

    40 of 108 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Did not last beyond warranty period

    • Written by from miami

    I got this keyboard with the iMac I bought. I do not type much on it because I am not home very often. I do not eat, drink or smoke in front of the computer. Then after a year and 2 or 3 weeks the 'v' key started to require hard pressing in order to get the 'v' on the screen. Now being a fix-all-you-can type IT guy, I tried to open it to try to clean it. You cannot, unless you break the keyboard. Big disappointment, a disposable keyboard at a not-disposable price.

    30 of 54 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Was loving it until...

    • Written by from Nanaimo

    Although it looks great, I was against this keyboard for a long time. I picked one up anyways and once I got used to it I fell in love with it. However, after only 4 months it started going haywire and causing glitches in programs before completely shutting down. I thought it was my iMac that was dying because I couldn't see how a keyboard could cause so many frightening problems (screen flashes, apps randomly opening and closing, full freezing...). Thankfully, I switched back to the old white plastic keyboard and everything worked fine. Needless to say, I am taking this back. Hopefully, I can find the receipt and swap it out. I am on the fence about replacing it otherwise. Maybe I just got a bunk one. In any case, I am disappointed.

    43 of 62 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Keys are flat and slippery

    • Written by from Austin

    I work on a computer almost 8 hours a day, and do extensive typing. This keyboard seems cool and satisfies me for a couple of days. However, the practicality is doubtful at best. The keys are flat, and hence, while doing fast typing my fingers often slip and press wrong keys.

    Also, the white keys are easily stained. For that reason, I cannot return this product now, and I am using it as a 2-port USB hub. I am very satisfied with a much cheaper other-brand simple keyboard.

    55 of 74 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Apples Peripherals Are Made To Be Looked At, Not Used.

    • Written by from Venice

    Extremely disappointed with the keyboard. First off the side USBs get in the way when you're trying to use them. Second, the USB ports couldn't even power a USB mouse and USB headset. But somehow the predecessor white USB keyboard had no problem with it.

    24 of 30 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Don't listen to new user's reviews, here's one after having it a while!

    • Written by from SOUTH WINDSOR

    One look at this keyboard (vb) and it's pretty clear it's mainly about visual design.

    I'm an architect and commercial interior designer, so for me - and especially in my office, visual design is VERY important. I will say that this is by far the best LOOKING kb I've ever seen or imagined; I'd actually hoped for something like this for years.

    Unfortunately it doesn't work!

    It's problems:

    1.) I noticed misspellings and a lot of word running together due to lack of space between them whenever I use this kb. I mentioned it and my wife said she was frustrated by the same thing (a renowned medical research scientist, she's been typing for decades). We've both been typing many years in fact w/out experiencing such a thing. (Misspellings were from missing letters, I never recall having had that with any other keyboard I've used)

    2.) The F-key keys don't follow the apple OS! Mostly I've noticed the problems are w/ the Expose' & Spaces; keys: F9 & 11, and F8 respectively. They don't follow what's given in the System Preferences > Keyboard & mouse, which has been std. since I started using OS X w/ the expose' function. I'm not on the beautiful aluminum KB right now because I've had to plug in an old KB from an iMac G4 Graphite to make things normal, but recall other irregularities w/ the F-keys that escape me now.
    You can make it behave by finding and holding the "fn" key along w/ the desired F-key, but what a hassle. I don't know about you, but I use both expose' functions constantly to find things on my desktop, and now spaces more and more since installing Leopard.

    How could apple make a KB that doesn't work w/ the OS that comes with the computer? (Note: you can make it function normally for expose' & spaces by resetting things in System Prefs., but you then loose the volume and mute keys, and I think other things printed on the keys of this otherwise fantastic looking KB's F-keys).

    Visual design credit is certainly due: Along with my 20" iMac and Herman Miller Eames Aluminum chair, this keyboard is, visually among the neatest commercially objects in my work space -or was, now it's up in my 10 year old's room on her mac because of the problems.

    I've had it 18 months. All the reviews I've read here are from people who just started using it around the time they wrote.

    Without doubt, it's a brilliant and beautiful design - can't wait 'till they fix it so it works! I REALLY love the aesthetics of it, everyone does.

    27 of 45 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Unusable for Older People

    • Written by from Fairfax

    When you get older you tend to develop a hand tremor. The old keyboard anchored the fingers and did not interfere with typing. The new keyboard design causes my fingers to slide from key to adjacent key, requiring lengthy editing and enormous frustration. It is incredible to me that Apple's great design staff did not do its market research with the older population. Everyone who buys computers is not under 50. Apple should have made its old keyboard available to those who need it. I had to spend another $79.95 to buy a Logitech wireless keyboard that still featured raised keys.

    58 of 79 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Don't waste your money!

    • Written by from Owings Mills

    Although, this is a nice keyboard, the keys are too small plus there is no wrist rest for this keyboard. It defies all the laws of ergonomics. Thanks to the keyboard, I now have carpel tunnel(ouch!)

    12 of 27 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    #1 Digit Failed

    • Written by from los angeles

    My number 1 digit failed on the numeric keypad after only 3 months of ownership (W/ 8 core 2.26). Hopefully I'll get a freshy exchange at the Mac store. First time I've had this happen on a machine.

    But the tactile and functional design is the best evolution yet. If my #1 worked.

    6 of 15 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    flat apple keyboard

    • Written by from Naples

    hate it hate it!!! very pretty but i can't feel where the keys are.
    hate it. stupid. it is supposed to be an input device, not an object d'art
    we should at least have a choice. 6,000 worth of workstation and a keyboard i can't type on without making mistakes!!!!!!!!!!!! BAH BAH
    YUK

    26 of 89 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Poor functioning work of art

    • Written by from Rochester

    There is no doubt that this keyboard is a work of art. However, there is a major problem with the space bar. You must strike it along the top edge or it will not properly insert a space. Itforcesyou toconstantlyslide yourhands upon theketboardfor your thumbs tohit that top edgeof the bar. Notice this last sentence, it gives you some ideahow pervasivethis problem is.

    11 of 32 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Not worth the money

    • Written by from Kingston

    This keyboard is very stylish but lacking a bit on the practical side.

    1. I find it difficult to feel where my hands are on the keyboard since the keys are flat. This leads to many cases where I try to press one key and end up pressing 2 to 3 keys instead.

    2. The keys have a soft feel which is ergonomical but this (for me) leads to many miss-pressed keys since it is extremely easy (especially with the flatness of the keys) to trigger a key if your finger is not centered on the key you want to press.

    3. The keyboard has a low profile which some people might like but I am used to a little more height. This is also one of the very very few keyboards in existence that does not allow you to adjust the angle that it sits on the table (I'm doing this instead with a thin textbook)

    The combination of the above (be they design flaws or personal preferences) has reduced my typing speed from a healthy 95 down to about 55-60 on average. I will officially ditch the keyboard as soon my new unicomp spacesaver comes in (which is comparable in price and far better for my particular style of typing, too bad its ugly).

    13 of 37 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Painful if you actually work for a living!

    • Written by from San Francisco

    So it looks cute. So what? When is Apple going to come up with a keyboard that does not leave me hands/forearms etc in pain? Don't get me wrong, the computers and players are great, but all their keyboards are not. All the other brands with ergonomic keyboards/mice don't actually interface well with Apple so it's either have a well designed keyboard that won't work with my computer or have a teeny, tiny really cute and shinny keyboard that makes my hands cramp up at the end of the day! Thanks.

    4 of 26 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    HUGE Problem

    • Written by from Stonington

    I lOVED the look and feel of this keyboard, and fully need the extension for the numeric keypad. But I am not at all alone (see Mac Forums), in learning that this keyboard means that NONE of the other USB ports have enough power to function. Hub fails, card reader fails, iPhone wont sync (worse, it connects to iPhone and screws it up). The ports on the keyboard suffer the same. Not everyone has experienced this, but enough have, and enough Apple employees hare aware, that I waited for a firmware correction. None. Save your receipt and make sure it works before keeping!

    8 of 14 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    BOO

    • Written by from New York

    this is a nice keyboard, lovely ... doesnt ever get that 'you need a hazmat suit to sit there' look to it .. BUT ..if you have an iMac and try to eject a stuck DVD or CD forgetaboutit .. it doesnt work. We had to schlep our iMac into the Apple Store after a very competent phone tech walked us thru several ejection processes none of which worked ... the genuis at the Apple Store on 5th Ave in NYC said 'you have the wrong keyboard, this one wont eject stuck DVD/CDs' ...HELLO .. Apple doesnt sell the 'old' ones anymore ... so Apple .. why doesnt this keyboard eject stuck DVDs??????????

    11 of 46 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Back to my old keyboard

    • Written by from Dexter

    I find it extremely uncomfortable to use. It is 1 inch lower at the top than my old one. In less than 24 hours I've gone back.

    I wanted to give it no stars, but the system won't let me.

    5 of 43 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Apple Keyboard with Numeric Keypad

    • Written by from Brighton

    In the beginning I was a fan of this keyboard. Slim, stylish and it doesn't take up much room.

    However style soon gave way to function and this is where this keyboard starts to show a darker side.
    The metal frame especially around the lower section is very sharp. Prolonged use of this keyboard will cause a nasty RSI problem. I tried to fix it the ole fashion way, with a grinder, smoothed the edge off, but alas the damage to my overworked fingers is too great and I had to switch to a logitech.
    Form over function, not a good compromise, it's like a good looking girlfriend who is lazy, the good looks soon wear off.

    23 of 50 people found this useful