• 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.

    47 of 96 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.

    61 of 102 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.

    44 of 73 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.

    3 of 4 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.

    11 of 29 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 74 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 81 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!

    24 of 40 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?

    32 of 45 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

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Beautiful, but too many problems for me.

    • Written by from La Veta

    Can only be plugged into back of iMac, leaving only 2 USB ports open for all the other equipment that wants those ports. The USB ports on keyboard won't even run my trackball or pen tablet or Compact Flash Reader. (Not enough power???) The space bar has to be really punched to work. As I said I find it beautiful and it looks good on my desk, but I would like my money back!

    8 of 16 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    I HATE THIS KEYBOARD

    • Written by from Los Angeles

    this keyboard is not very responsive. I have to type almost everything twice when using short cuts. It may look cool, but I miss the old keys and how sensitive they were. I don' recommend it for anyone trying to actually work.

    23 of 57 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Most un-ergonomic keyboard around - don't buy!

    • Written by from San Diego

    I recently bought several Mac Pros for my lab which unfortunately came with this horrible keyboard. Yes, it does look great - but that is all. After just 2 days of typing on it, my finger joints started aching. After 5 days my entire hand and wrist became stiff, the pain turned unbearable and I had to stop typing on these keyboards. Switching back to a conventional keyboard alleviated the problem completely. In short: The keys on this keyboard are so hard, it is essentially like typing on a rock hard surface. Apple unfortunately has increasingly put Ergonomics by the wayside for the mediocre benefit of looks and design in recent years, and this is the culmination. Plain awful and - darn, it hurts. I wonder whether Apple has suicidal intentions with this - I foresee a flood of liability lawsuits from customers who develop arthritis or destroy their hands otherwise using an Apple keyboard. A company that sells technically high-end equipment should make Ergonomics a top priority. Instead, Apple sells displays that are not hight adjustable, and keyboards that are just plain joint destroyers. Shame on you, Steve!

    29 of 62 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Hate the New Keyboard!

    • Written by from Fort Bragg

    The keyboard feels very cramped to me, like having a laptop keyboard for your desktop. I'm used to typing with the flat pads of my fingertips; this configuration doesn't allow that easily (as my rather short nails hit the higher row of keys). And I dislike how the function keys have been taken over for system stuff. I can't use my favorite e-mail program's function keys any more, which is really slowing down my productivity. Apple...give us some choice in keyboards...and bring back one with some key depth!

    16 of 30 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Bad for my wrists!

    • Written by from Geneva

    I tried to be patient and get used to it. I had an under-the desk tray installed, and tried some more. Today was the first day I actually tried typing on it much... and my wrist started hurting a lot. If you have any question about your wrists, I'd say avoid this one!

    26 of 43 people found this useful