• 1.0 out of 5 stars

    I hate this keyboard. It is awkward and inconvenient. Here's why:

    • Written by from Los Angeles

    Apparently Apple never considered that high end professional users of it's hardware may use SEVERAL software packages that have important functions mapped to the F keys.

    The utterly stupid design of this keyboard commandeers the F keys for system functionality such as controlling widgets and brightness...things that can be easily controlled from the dashboard and system preferences. If you needed to have extra keys so badly, why didn't you just put a thin row of extra keys above the F keys and leave the F keys alone???

    This design flaw has left me with having to remap my F keys for my Autodesk 3d design software and the entire Adobe CS3... Unfortunately, the new higher F keys that Apple has provided are not recognized by these companies and are therefore entirely useless at this time.

    In this same vein, the HELP key in the bank of keys to the left of the numeric keypad is gone, and has been replaced by an *fn* key which must be pressed in order to access the traditional uses of the F keys. This defies logic to me for F keys have always embodied convenient shortcuts for all types of computing. Counterintuitively, the need to push this STUPID fn key, to access the traditional functions of the F keys is extremely inconvenient and practically renders the F keys unusable. This *fn* key is not even located anyplace near the control, command, or option keys on the extended keyboard layout.

    WHAT IN THE WORLD WERE YOU ENGINEERS THINKING WHEN YOU LAID OUT THIS KEYBOARD? IT IS JUST ***AWFUL*** AND HAS LEFT ME WITH MANY UNDESIRABLE WORKFLOW ISSUES. THUMBS DOWN!!!!!!

    61 of 132 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Nice but useless USP ports

    • Written by from KLEIN

    Why would Apple make a keyboard USB port that doesn't have enough power to sync your Iphone or Ipod? The keyboard is really nice but I bought it to make Syncing my Iphone easier. Should have read these reviews first. Lessoned learned. I did mention I wanted to use the USB for my Iphone to the cute little girl at the Apple store and she told me that's what it was for. Maybe Apple needs a little tech support training for their staff.

    9 of 23 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    If you use F-Keys for other apps, this keyboard Stinks

    • Written by from Culver City

    The brightness, volume control, etc are all taken up by the F-keys.
    I have many custom shortcuts and scripts set up in photoshop that are activated by pressing an F-Key. Now i have to turn off my system's ability to change volume and brightness from my keyboard (which is frustrating to NOT have on a keyboard level) or sacrifice all my F-key shortcuts.

    Plus, while typing, this keyboard does not always recognize the keys you press. This keyboard stinks. I am going to take my old keyboard off my 2 year old G5.

    I love apple but they always miss the boat when it comes to this stuff... their Hockey puck mouse is another great example of their follies...

    42 of 77 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    awful terrible idea

    • Written by from clemson

    Why would anyone want to use a bad notebook keyboard with their desktop pc? This thing is just like the MacBook keyboard with the chiclet keys! A keyboard, like a mouse, must be functional before you make it cool. This on is totally cool but the function is awful.

    14 of 27 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    One of the worst keyboards I've used

    • Written by from San Marcos

    For those of us who really can type versus hunt and peck ~ this has no redeeming recommendations. Keys aren't responsive ~ you have to go back and hit the dang thing a couple of times. I've talk to the store who said they've had several return. If they would sell the old white classic keyboard, I've buy it. This is a REAL PIECE OF JUNK. If I could rate this with negative stars I would.

    22 of 37 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    NOT for FAST TYPISTS - space bar not responsive

    • Written by from hudson

    This is not a keyboard for fast typists. I type moderately fast, about 65 wpm, and am now on the second replacement - the third keyboard - of the aluminum model. I'll be returning it for a refund. The other two lasted a week before the space bar started malfunctioning, not registering spaces so words would string together, forcing me to go back repeatedly and separate words, an incredible waste of time and patience. It got progressively worse.

    This third one lasted a day. I'm now back on Apple's previous white model in the plastic tray, not nearly as slick, but it's nice and I'll take function over form any day.

    I wish Apple would fix the space bar problem, because otherwise I mostly love the keyboard, the easy touch, the beautiful design. My only other problem with it (and the white model as well) is the light gray and often too small characters. The F keys are half-size with tiny numbers and icons which I find impossible to read.

    I solve the light gray problem on Apple keyboards by using permanent black marker to darken and enlarge key characters, such as X,C,V, B,U,I, punctuation and hot-key functions.

    48 of 97 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Apple Wireless Keyboard not up to their usual standards

    • Written by from Winnsboro

    My thin Apple wireless keyboard was replaced with this keyboard and I absolutely hate it and use my keyboard on my MacBook. If I could give negative stars, I would give it minus 4 stars!

    17 of 41 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Please are all of you kids?

    • Written by

    Is everyone posting on this board a kid who uses a blackberry or something?

    Look, the guy that designed the keyboard probably won an award, it's beautiful.

    But for anyone who 'touch types'. It's horrible. It's like typing on a huge calculator keypad. Old typewriters and YES the evil PC keyboard was designed the way it is for a reason; it's the most comfortable to type on.

    Try typing on this thing for a day or week and you will end up with carpal tunnel syndrome fast! My boss bought me a new keyboard AND mouse by the way...the minute he saw the keyboard. I work for an ad agency and I type ALL day. I can't type on this thing!

    But yes....it's beautiful! Is Apple going to keep it around like that little round mouse they had on the original Imac that was soo horrible and uncomfortable; just to prove some point? No one liked the round mouse either.

    62 of 103 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    New Keyboard

    • Written by from Atlanta

    I dislike the new keyboard. It is fine aesthetically, but not ergonomically. It is too low, it slides too easily. It hurts my wrists and my fingers to use it. It is not for someone who writes all day. I think it would be fine for a child's hands but not for a grown person's hands--at least not mine. The old keyboard was better. I am replacing this with an ergonomic model.

    45 of 74 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Love it EXCEPT...

    • Written by from Concord

    Doesn't play well with early Intel iMacs running Tiger. I cannot boot from the DiskWarrior CD which may mean I can't boot from the iMac disk, either. I am finding others having problems with this. It works fine on the newer iMacs running Leopard. There is no info on the Apple site that I can find that tells you this and I was told the keyboard was compatible with my setup. I'm a little unhappy because now I can't buy the older keyboard that worked fine with my Mac.

    Of note, I was able to boot from my MacBook Pro just fine.

    4 of 5 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Apple Keyboards Getting Worse and Worse

    • Written by from New York

    First of all, Apple is making more and more products for people who do not have longer nails. This new keyboard was a problem for me because the flat, slippery keys caused nails to slid all over the place, causing LOTS of errors. Furthermore, some keys/key combinations worked sometimes and not others, including shift-control and the space bar. In a nutshell: LOTS OF TYPING ERRORS due to 1) design, and, 2) due to key malfunctions. Let the buyer beware and let Apple produce a keyboard with "old-fashioned" mechanical keyswitches, improving typing, not degrading it.

    12 of 30 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    no likey the keyboard

    • Written by from Dallas

    I just bought this keyboard and don't like it at all. It looks cool and all, but key pads are too thin/shallow for my taste - feel like I'm typing on a flat surface. I find myself making lots of mistake. Plus, it's uncomfortable. Don't feel I have any support and my arm aches after typing for a few minutes. Anyone else experience this?

    41 of 75 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Slamming my nails into this keyboard.

    • Written by from North Hollywood

    I have natural fingernails of a reasonable length and this keyboard is a total horror. Completely unfunctional, and I have never had this problem with any keyboard ever before including my iBook. I'm really kinda irritated that the keyboard (and the mouse because I use a 2-button) that came with my brand new iMac needs to be replaced so that I can type comfortably.

    Does no one at Apple have fingernails?

    39 of 82 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    JUNK

    • Written by from San Francisco

    This keyboard is junk. Read the 1 star reviews. Why they still let this keyboard to be sold I cannot understand. The SPACE bar is the worst of its problems, works and then does not.. The feel of the keyboard will make anyone using it for more than a few mins wanting to soak their hands in a warm water. This is not a problem with just my keyboard read the reviews.

    Apple bring back the old keyboard.

    36 of 89 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Difficult to type on

    • Written by from Ft. Worth

    If you have fingernails of even short - moderate length, it's hard to hit the correct keys. I'm constantly missing keys, hitting between the keys and having to watch every word I type because there is no 'margin' - or enough height for one to feel the keys with your fingers/fingernails and I am making errors on almost every word I type. This keyboard seems more narrow than a regular keyboard. This keyboard came with my Mac Pro, but I will have to buy another with regular keys. I'm not the best typist, but It takes me FOREVER to type with this one!

    25 of 41 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Truly Disappointed

    • Written by from Natick

    Oh my gosh… HELP!! I have been typing for well over 30 years and this new keyboard has put me into a state of complete stress. I agree that visually this is a great looking keyboard but honestly my self-esteem is in jeopardy from all the errors I’m experiencing!! I had to go back at least 9 times in the first sentence alone because of mistakes I made from the keyboard. There seems to be no consistency to the way the keys react to the touch. F1 – F4 used to be my favorite keys for the type of work I do… (lots of cutting, copying and pasting) now I have to hit command c then command v to copy and paste. Not a clean flow. I know about the fn key but that still requires a stop and search move. Physically, I’m experiencing serious cramping and pain related issues in my fingers and hands. I LOVE my new iMAC but pray there’s another keyboard I can switch to. Any thoughts?

    33 of 46 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Font too pale, F key identifications way too small.

    • Written by from Babson Park

    This is an elegant keyboard. Probably the designer has won an aestheics award for it. I love the look and the quiet operation. But all that beauty is useless when you're wearing yourself out trying to see determine what's on the keys!

    The names of the keys are just plain hard to see. They are made for 20-something people in perfect health in a premium workspace--not over-30 people with glasses where changing light may create an occasional shadow

    First, if you are going to use sophisticated gray to identify these keys, please go a shade darker, say Charcoal or Slate rather than Dawn Mist.

    Second, the characters on the F keys, and some of the symbols are horribly small. There is plenty room for a larger identification. Trying to rmake out "F7" that is scrunched down into the corner in what looks to be 5-point type in pale gray on white is a frustrating nightmare.

    If you are new to the Mac, it's a lot of work trying to relate the tiny symbols to those in the also too-pale book.

    A lot of Mac product info, including the pale gray on the website, is practically illegible. It makes a new Mac user feel unwelcome-- as if they're not one of the Cool People who can respond properly to the illusiveness of high-end design.

    42 of 75 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Appearance won out over ergonomics

    • Written by from Vernon

    This keyboard is attractive. Unfortunately that is the only positive thing I have to say. It was obviously designed with appearance in mind and no regard to ergonomics or usability. You have to tilt your wrists up in order to use the keyboard because it is so thin, leading to wrist pain. And the keys are so shallow in depth, that they are difficult to press and lead to strained fingers. If you are prone to wrist pain, and need to do a lot of typing I would pass on this keyboard.

    28 of 39 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    IMac Keyboard

    • Written by from Beverly

    Fantastic looking keyboard .. slim, matches silver color, 2 USB ... all good, but lousy in typing. Space bar is hard to press ... must be press just the right angle. I make too many errors in general. Feels like typing notebook keyboard.

    54 of 92 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    New Keyboard Is Not Solid State

    • Written by from heber springs

    I have owned this keyboard for a couple weeks and already the "S" key has popped off. Of all the keys to pop off. This is like a cruel joke. This new keyboard is like a cheap toy.

    46 of 85 people found this useful