• 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Slim and so clean But...?

    • Written by from Apple Valley

    This is a nice keyboard the only problem is that it cannot turn your computer "ON". It is the only button missing from the board.Maybe one less Function button and wa la an "ON" button. that appears to be the only disappointment...

    15 of 34 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Not for touch typists

    • Written by from pasadena

    I like the keyboard but the space bar is driving me nuts. Touch typists hit the space bar with the side of the thumb and that's just not a hard enough hit. I also find the keys spaced a little too close together. One more gripe,the keys are too pale. I complained about this two years ago when I bought the computer but I guess the folks at Apple prefer form over function.

    43 of 77 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Keys not producing dollar or percent sign when shift clicked

    • Written by from Hilton Head Island

    I love the touch of the keyboard but the number keys above the letters produce a 4 instead of a dollar sign when you shift and hit the number keys. I shifted and hit 4 in the previous sentence and it gave me a 4 rather than a dollar sign. The same goes for the 5 key. It produces a 5 rather than a percent sign.

    8 of 20 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Ok keyboard, beware of USB ports

    • Written by from Zeeland

    Both USB ports are not powered. In order to use USB ports, devices being plugged into them must have their own power source.
    1st trial: 1GB Sandisk Ultra II USB SD card did not work in either port. Warning displays on Mac screen, suggesting to use Mac USB port or powering USB device on it's own. Sandisk Ultra II USB SD card worked when inside camera, camera plugged into USB port, and camera power on.

    Next, clearance around both USB ports is limited. USB thumb drive didn't clear area in front of USB receptacle. Picture on website of keyboard is deceiving. USB ports are set back 1" from outside of keyboard.

    Lastly, a 3' USB extension custom matching cable is in package. For some reason, female end of cable is designed to only work the keyboard male receptacle and nothing else.
    If the above was known, the wireless bluetooth keyboard would be on my desk in it's stead.

    5 of 8 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Substantially less than genius

    • Written by from Arvada

    Nice keyboard. Beautiful. Feels good under the fingers. But I bought it so that I could plug my USB flash drive into the keyboard rather than the 2.0 ports on the back of my PowerMac G4. But doing this will bring up an alert window telling you that the USB flash drive uses too much power and should be plugged into another USB port.

    Some online research at Apple reveals that:

    *Devices that draw high power from the USB connection, such as iPods, hard drives and some flash drives, can only be used with the new keyboard when it is attached to the aluminum iMac.

    That's funny, Apple. You mean it was too hard to make the USB 2.0 ports on the new keyboard capable of powering a teeny weeny USB flash drive on other Macs too?

    I'm disappointed. I don't know if it's just laziness or slipshod thinking, but the USB ports on this keyboard should not be called 2.0. They are more like 1.5. I never would let a product called USB 2.0 out of the door if they didn't fully function as such. And that means powering ANY USB 2.0 device.

    The keyboard comes in a long very white box. There's lots of space on the box where they could print a warning that the keyboard may not power some of your USB devices. They do not print such a warning. So if you go to the Apple store to pick one of these up, be warned.

    It gets 3 stars because half stars are not allowed.

    11 of 15 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    I love it, with one exception

    • Written by from ALPHARETTA

    The feel, streamlined appearance and footprint, and the different shape and sensitivity of the keys makes it enjoyable to use and a lot easier on the eyes.

    BUT, I hate keyboards that make function keys primarily sound controls. For graphics professionals, a huge portion of mac users, this change is not a minor inconvenience, but a major pain in the toosh. It HUGELY interferes with work flow.

    It should be obvious how to toggle on/off the way function keys work - IF they toggle on and off.

    3 of 7 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    The New Keyboard

    • Written by from Succasunna

    Yes, it is beautiful but...Where was a user to find what each of the f keys was to accomplish? All of the f keys did not seem to want to do their job or were misplaced. Example, the Dashboard symbol appears at f4 (it doesn't work) and instead the Dashboard appeared when I pushed f12. I cannot find any button that controls volume even though the usual volume control symbols appear at f11 and f12. It all a mess and I will have to go to the discussion groups for assistance since there doesn't appear to be any literature that would help me find what the keys are supposed to do or how to redefine the function of the f keys.

    18 of 39 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    agree with the others But need a download?

    • Written by from Levittown

    Just got this new keyboard. Bought it just for the looks really nothing wrong with my old style keyboard. Anyways, I have to agree with the other reviewers that this is too flush with the desk which makes it bad for my RA. The quietness of this is something to get used to.

    One thing though, I have the latest Leopard and the keyboard instructions said to go to the apple site to download a driver. Wasted my time doing so cause when I got done I got "newer version of this software already on this volume," Apple should state that the download is for OLDER models and Leopard models dont have to waste time DL.

    37 of 66 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Good Keyboard, but Lacks in Tactile Response

    • Written by from Seattle

    This keyboard has convenient, well-placed USB ports, well-defined F keys and a spectacular spill-safe structure. What it lacks in, however, is tactile response. The low profile keys lead to a lot of typos and a disappointing padding noise upon typing, as opposed to the classic clacking sound that I know and love. While it's certainly better and cheaper than a lot of keyboards on the market, I preferred the old Apple Keyboard models to this one.

    34 of 56 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    spacebardoesn'twork

    • Written by from Alexandria

    i agree with other reviewers. you have to push the space bar abnormally hard to get a space. i'm going to swap it out today.

    otherwise, i like thefeel of a more laptop style keyboard. and it looks great too.

    6 of 7 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Great but... not

    • Written by from LaRue

    Don't get me wrong, I love the keyboard. It works seamlessly with bootcamp (Windows Vista) but, I did have some issues with it:
    1) I have yet to find something I can plug into the USB ports on the keyboard, I've tried to use my ipod, a thumb drive, digital camera, and cell phone. They all gave me this "USB Low Power Notice"
    2)The supplied USB Extender is modified so it can only be used for the keyboard.
    3)There is no "NumLock" for bootcamp

    I love this keyboard, but I just wish I had known the USB power thing before I bought it!

    4 of 7 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Spacebar

    • Written by from Philadelphia

    Overall, my wife and I are pleased with this very beautiful keyboard, which we use connected to a PowerBook G4 for ease of typing.

    We found, however, that the spacebar was not as responsive as the other keys. We have to press more deliberately on the spacebar in order to produce a space character. So our typing would often omit the spaces, likethis.

    I found a useful suggestion in the review by JS on December 7, 2007. He cemented a half-millimeter thick plastic strip to the spacebar. Perhaps when I have more time I can try this. In the meantime, I've cut a wide popsicle stick to a length that will fit on the spacebar. I sanded a bevel on the front edge for comfort. And I've used two loops of scotch tape to hold the modified popsicle stick to the top of the space bar. This arrangement now functions much more reliably (but of course doesn't look very stylish).

    16 of 25 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Short Cord

    • Written by from Ames

    Great keyboard, but the cord is too short. It is impossible to connect the keyboard to the computer if you have a desk with a pull out keyboard tray and want to loop the cord behind the desk to connect to the computer. Apple is design conscious?

    2 of 6 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    New Apple keyboard

    • Written by from Seattle

    This is a decent keyboard, although the Return key does not always work and often requires re-type. The short keystroke is a plus. If you liked the IBM Peanut/PCjr keyboard, you'll like this one - it's "deja vu all over again".

    4 of 9 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Hurts Wrist

    • Written by from Jackson

    I love everything about the keyboard -- texture of the keys, crisp feedback, clean look, slim lines... but my wrists hurt after using it a while, especially my right wrist, which stayed sore and tender for several days until I realized what the cause was. I had thought that I wouldn't need a wrist rest since the keyboard was so flat, but not so. I returned to using my nice gel wrist pad, and the pain went away, but it was hard to type with my hand so much higher than the keyboard. I pulled out another pad that wasn't as firm or high as the gel pad, and it was still awkward. I'm back to using the gel pad, but my typing speed has decreased tremendously and my errors have gone up. If I can find a very low-profile wrist rest, then I'll keep using the keyboard. If not, I'll go back to my old clear/white Apple keyboard, which was just fine.

    23 of 34 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Space Bar?

    • Written by from Norcross

    The keyboard and 'feel' are excellent. But the space bar is a SOB trying to get used to. You will type at least a half million words, before you can get the space bar to 'move' when you want to, between words. I think it'll go back to the store and I'll hook the old one back up.
    :(

    11 of 17 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Pleasemakethespacebarwork!

    • Written by from Greenville

    It may be because of my typing style, but it seems I have to hit the space bar ridiculously hard to get it to register, and I often have to slow WAY down to ensure I don't get joined words. Other than that, I like it... but this one thing is pretty important when it comes to keyboard usage.

    40 of 64 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    sleek design but sacrifices some ergonomics

    • Written by from wrightwood

    I love the way it looks and feels. key length is short making your typing noticeably quicker. I think my biggest complaint is that it is nice and sleek but it sits way to low. even lower than a standard laptop keyboard. It tends to hide under my 6"x11" wacom tablet which is already thin and low profile itself. I have to prop up the back of it on the base of my LCD. I think apple should package a simple base for it to sit about an inch higher in the back. Also I hate that apple moved around all the F-- keys. Should have left the musical controls where they were and same with dashboard.

    71 of 107 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    love it but....

    • Written by from Brampton

    Beautiful keyboard...nice feel,great look,should be easier to keep clean,& I like the the controls that work with iTunes....my only issue is with the fact that the USB ports are only 2.0 compatible with the new iMac.The extra ports were the main reason that I purchased this keyboard-needless to say,I was disappointed! There should be an asterisk on the product page to let people know that,especially in light of the fact that if you bought a new iMac the keyboard would've come with it,so,at this point anyone who buys it as an after-market addition to an older Mac is going to be bummed if they bought it for the extra ports.....

    18 of 35 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Good looking, bad feeling

    • Written by from Minneapolis

    Frank Lloyd Wright's designs were infamously uncomfortable. Human comfort and function were sacrificed for beauty, particularly in his furniture. Aesthetically perfect, it was torture to sit in his chairs. Guests at parties would go home in agonizing pain, but still unable to shake the beauty in his design.

    If Wright had designed keyboards, they might be something like this.

    The new apple keyboards are a drastic change from the old white and translucent plastic that I'd been using for so long. A new metal casing combined with a completely flattened out look really is a far cry from the old keyboards, Still, it does fit somehow. In spite of everything, it is somehow very inviting, perhaps because so much of the keyboard is actually keys. The excess has been cut and you're left with the bare essentials.

    Aside from the aesthetic, I find it a little difficult to adjust to the new layout regarding audio control, dashboard, expose, eject, and brightness. The addition of the audio controls strikes me as slightly superfluous since you could control most audio/video programs on the Mac with your keyboard already, but since they old controls still function I see no real problem with this and if it makes life easier for some then kudos to apple.

    My one major problem is ergonomics. While I love the feel of the buttons and the height of the board, I've gotten used to being able to hold my hands in a fairly natural position while typing and find it difficult to type for an extended period (i.e. this review) with this keyboard. I would think that after all these years and with all of apples designs to make things simple and easy they'd finally come up with a standard ergonomic keyboard that fits into the apple family.

    So maybe some day apple's keyboards will be as friendly on your arms and hands as they are on your eyes, but until that day I recommend getting a third-party keyboard.

    17 of 19 people found this useful