• 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Perfect for injured Soldiers who type

    • Written by from KANEOHE

    Apple, keep on designing wonderful products!
    I after injuring my wrist in Iraq, I had a real hard typing. I bought everything in the market to support or help me with typing on my PC. None worked. My brother, nowing my disability informed me that Apple had a new keyboard and mighty mouse. I didnt think much of it until i got both of them in the mail from him. I reluctanly tired both. After an hour of typing and clicking i felt no pain as i would normally had felt using Ergonomic keyboards and mouse. Now i own 3 with mighty mouse(1 for work,1 for my PC and 1 for my laptop). I also gave 3 away to other fellow Soldiers who have wrist-hand problems. People at work have also changed theirs. Thanks for the great design for us disabled folks.

    47 of 60 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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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    PC Windows Owner Very Happy

    • Written by from Brighton

    I love this keyboard. As a PC owner I was very happy to have it just plug in and be completely mapped correctly on both Windows 7 and Windows Vista with no tweaking needed.
    First, the stainless steel is great compared to the usual plastic of other makes. And the keys, they're so smooth. The type action is beautiful as well. I just can't say enough good things about this. My typing experience has been greatly improved. Apple makes good hardware. I'd own a Mac if there was software available for my particular business which there is not.
    BTW the cable on this is just shy of 3ft but the extension cable that comes with it is just shy of 3ft as well. It's just perfect to go around the back of my desk and back to the back of the tower. Perfect.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    This is the best keyboard I have used!

    • Written by from Weston

    I thought Apple had gone crazy when they introduced this keyboard. "A chiclet keyboard in this day and age!" I exclaimed. I fully expected to hate it.

    However, I can type faster on this keyboard than on any other, and it has an excellent feel. It is also small and looks great. If only this one came in wireless...

    I have been working with computers for over 27 years and this is, without a doubt, the best keyboard I've ever used.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    well worth it

    • Written by from Phoenix

    Bought this about 3 weeks ago. I'm a PhD student so I type a LOT. Had a hard time deciding if I could compromise on the wireless and keep the num pad. In the end since the keyboard never leaves the desk I don't miss it. Turns out a wireless mouse to me is key, but a wired keyboard is fine. Using the laptop style keys has been fantastic. My typing is now faster and much quieter. The full size keyboard is a must for me...page up, page down, fwd & back delete, and nbr entry is necessary for me. Great keyboard, great quality, and USB ports to boot. Work the $. Giving it 4 stars only because I think Apple could have a wireless version of this but for some reason chooses not to. That would be a 5-star keyboard, to me.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Love it ... except....

    • Written by

    I love this keyboard for the most part. I too type a lot and have NOT had any problems with that. Matter of fact, typing seems to move along faster. It's also so quiet.

    My complaints ... the location of the USB ports. And the extension USB they give you must be for USB2(?) My card reader doesn't fit; there's an extra "nib" in the opening.

    Also, WHY did Apple discontinue their old keyboard? I only have OS 10.3 and had no other Apple option but this keyboard. (Or wireless, I think. But that would lead to more expense.) Since I don't have 10.4 (another expense!) the "F" keys don't work properly (except for the eject key.) The ones I miss most are the volume keys.

    I did have a problem w/the Caps Lock and "A" keys not responding unless I whacked them HARD; but I returned it to my Apple store for an exchange with no problems.

    Don't get me wrong; I do like the keyboard. Typing IS smoother/faster/quieter; "crud" doesn't build up and it looks so sleek. I'm just hoping Apple reads these reviews and takes our voices into account when they improve the original.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Please don't discontinue!

    • Written by from Bay City

    I love this keyboard! I don't know why they didn't include the 10-key on the wireless model, probably just to keep its footprint very small. I don't mind that it is a wired keyboard because I never move it very far away from the computer anyway. I hope I have a chance to buy 10 more of these if they ever decide to discontinue them. It is so popular, in fact, that I know PC customers that use them! (I guess they are just trying to make it look like they are Apple customers!) This keyboard is a perfect height, the key spacing is just right and the tactile feel of the keys took less than a day of use before it felt like I had never used anything else. The engineering on this keyboard is spot on.

    37 of 42 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Mac keyboard

    • Written by from North York

    I really love my keyboard but hate that it is wired. I need the numeric functions, does make make the full alpha numeric keyboard in a wireless version and if not WHY?

    Just purchased a trackpad as well and love that too...

    36 of 40 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Should be standard with iMac

    • Written by from Cambridge

    I love it! Low profile keys took some getting-used-to, but my fingers are flying over those babies now, mostly typo-free. I use the extra USB ports daily for a flash drive. It's easier than reaching behind my iMac monitor.

    My beefs:
    1. It should be bluetooth (even if that means sacrificing the USB ports).
    2. It should be included with a new iMac.

    It really bugs me that my new iMac came with a keyboard minus number pad. I find the number pad essential for everyday use. I'm just a regular guy, not a financial professional. Makes sense to chop if off of a laptop. Laptops travel, so they need to be frugal on space & weight. I didn't buy a laptop. I bought a desktop. I also think the longer keyboard looks better under the widescreen iMac. For the next version, I suggest concave keys and if wireless, the keyboard should be solar-powered, like the Logitech that I came extremely close to buying, until I found one of these for half price on craigslist.

    Bottom line: Great keyboard.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Benign Neglect Contd

    • Written by from Batavia

    ...Agree. This is the perfect keyboard but why Apple do you not make a wireless version??? This just doesn't make sense. You're the world leaders in electronics design & the ultimate in form & function. Why then am I tethered to my imac when i could be lounged back away from the desktop? Please consider a wireless version. I'd even wait another month for the next iPhone. :<]

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great keyboard, even with the problems

    • Written by from Saskatoon

    + looks great
    + feels great (especially for someone as picky as me)
    + sounds nice

    - manufacturing problems

    Unfortunately, the keyboard has some manufacturing issues (as described below) so you're better off to buy somewhere local and reduce your turnaround time in case you have to get a replacement.

    Problems:
    I recently bought this keyboard from a local store and unfortunately the '[' key wouldn't respond most of the time (i.e. you had to press directly on the center to get it to register -- not reasonable when you're hitting a key with your pinky finger).

    This is unlike the other keys where it doesn't really matter where/how I press them. I returned this keyboard and that store was out of stock so I went to another store and purchased another keyboard (obviously from a different batch).

    The new keyboard had the same problem, except now it's the left arrow key! I'm going to keep returning the keyboard until I get one that works for me.

    Bottom line: if you can get a properly manufactured keyboard, you will love it!

    35 of 39 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Much Better Than Previous One

    • Written by from Barrington

    I had the old Apple wireless keyboard on my Mac Mini, but I just got an iMac. At first glance, it looked much too thin, but then once I started to use it, I loved it. Now whenever I use my other keyboard on the Mac Mini, it feels much too bulky and I remind myself I must buy myself another one of these. The keys are nice and thin, and I love how the function keys have the Mac functions (such as play, fast forward, rewind, ect.) on them. I also love the USB ports, which help greatly since the cord on the wired mighty mouse is lacking a little in length. Overall, fantastic keyboard.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Nice looks, horrible to use

    • Written by from Norman

    I want to preface this by stating I normally love all of apple's products, their great keyboards and mice especially. However this thing really put its form over function. I got this keyboard with high hopes but it is really terrible to use. It is in no way adjustable in any way. The keys are totally smooth top with no curve for your fingers, so I found myself sliding off the keys a lot while typing. I easily type 100wpm on a good keyboard and I found this one very hard to use without looking at it all the time to make sure my fingers were where they should be. There is very little travel on the keys themselves, you don't push down on a key, you just touch it and it types a letter. It's like using a bad laptop keyboard, I found myself hitting the keys and just getting a thud way too soon. I know many people like that, but those people that love full travel keys will hate this keyboard. The best apple keyboard in my opinion is the old black key pro keyboard they shipped with G4 Powermacs, I still use that to this day on all my macs after trying this new one out.

    The lack of any adjustments, no curve on the keys for your fingers, and the small travel of the key mimicking a laptop keyboard are 3 issues that can't be overlooked if you do a lot of typing daily. Find yourself an old apple keyboard or go with a different brand.

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  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Good keyboard, however...

    • Written by from DENVER

    I do like this keyboard with the one exception of its non-ergonomic style. I have used the ergonomic keyboards on PC's before changing over to Mac and they are much friendlier on the hands and wrists.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    NICE!

    • Written by from Phoenix

    In traditional Apple minimalist style, this keyboard does not disappoint. At first, I was a little concerned about the fixed height, which is really pretty flat. My hands seem to like a larger slope. But then, I'd heard about all the ergonomic studies that went into this keyboard, and while it seems really pretty basic, it actually forces your hands to hover, which prevents carpal tunnel. The key presses are very short, leading to extremely fast typing speeds once you get used to it. There's also a handy little extender cable if you need more space than the default length -- something my previous keyboard was lacking. The addition of several new function keys is a boon, and the overall feel is so similar to the Apple notebooks that you can transition back and forth very easily, unlike the split-key ergo style keyboards ala Microsoft Natural. The only negative I have toward the keyboard is its price. At $50, it's not cheap for being a pretty basic board. On the flip-side, though, you'd probably be getting a plastic keyboard for $30, and it wouldn't have the same nice feel to it. For what it's worth, I did check out a similar board from Rocketfish, and it was actually even pricier, and felt a LOT cheaper. Overall, I'm quite happy with my purchase. :-)

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  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    What's up with F13-F19 keys?

    • Written by from Ann Arbor

    There appears to be no way to assign anything to these keys using Keyboard preferences. Apple support acknowledged that to be the case after spending about 45 minutes on the phone while they tried to figure it out. The keys do at least look impressive!

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Nice tactile feedback, and works well.

    • Written by from San Francisco

    Unlike the apple wireless peripherals, which in my experience tend to not work 100% or generate random input blips, the wired approach works every time. Apple have successfully made a product here with good tactile response and excellent typography on the keycaps. There was one small problem, with electrostatic discharge. Of course, the whole case of the keyboard being aluminum means that if you get a charge by walking around your office or whatever, you'll discharge it the moment you sit down again. But not to worry, I picked up an anti-static mat for about $16, a silicone shield to go over the keys for a few bucks and then all I needed was some cheap silicone glue for $6 and I could completely encase the aluminium chassis in silicone. Now I still have the great tactile response and full MacOS X key layout, with no electrostatic shocks. 5 stars!

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    great keyboard ..... if only it was wireless

    • Written by from Somerville

    very good keyboard. but felt as if I was settling.

    would have gladly bought a wireless version if it was available.

    not sure why it is not

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  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    GOOD ... BUT ..

    • Written by from Toronto

    Great feel! .. But if you have a WHITE imac .. the USB 2.0 from the keyboard won't work .. It only works with the aluminum iMac .. BOOOOOO!!

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  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Nice looking but...

    • Written by from Oak Park

    I've been using this keyboard for a couple of months now, both home and office.

    Pluses:
    - Looks great from all angles.
    - Does not have the dirt-catcher plastic tray surrounding the keys that its predecessor had.

    Minuses:
    - Keyboard feel is bad. You'd think that after two months of use I'd be accustomed to it but still frequently miss characters and especially spaces. Space bar seems to have been hit but no space results.
    - The little gap between the caps lock key and the letter A key has been removed. As a result I do tHIS about ten tIMES a day. I eventually removed the caps lock key entirely so I could position my hands without having to look at the keyboard which, unfortunately, makes the keyboard look considerably less elegant.

    I think that function followed form a little too much on this one.

    J

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