• 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

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Works on Vista PC

    • Written by from Alexandria

    Plug and play compatible w/ PC running Vista Home Premium. Device manager seems to find/install proper driver. Only problem is with the special Apple keys and top row (function keys). Not work when used on PC. Technically astute users may be able to reprogram them. Though, not a big loss IMHO. I never use those function keys anyway.

    I've been using it for a couple days now. Must confess that while it looks cooler on my desk than the previous MS keyboard I had, it's a bit harder to type on owing to the shallow depth of the keys.

    8 of 15 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    TOO TINY FOR ME!

    • Written by from Vista

    I got the keyboard with my iMac Desktop. My only complaint is the size of the keyboard. It appears to be 2/3 the size of PC keyboard. I've been working with computer keyboards since 1975 and I find this Apple wired keyboard to be a bit too tiny for me! I have never made so many typo-erroes in my life. < (Just like that one!) The keys may be too sensitive, OR maybe I just have fat fingers, but I like a little more 'key' room.

    Other than that, and a not-so-pretty-good wired Mighty Mouse ... Apple computers are super! No more PCs for me!

    7 of 11 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    One Size Does Not Fit All

    • Written by from Snohomish

    It's pretty and elegant. But one size does not fit all. For an old-schooler who grew up on the IBM model M, this keyboard is a battle. The flat keys make for finding the home row position very difficult.

    Yeah, there are raised ticks. But you better have delicate fingers of Surgeon to feel them; otherwise, you are SOL. I spend more time undoing mistakes than typing because I cannot feel the home row position. That, of course, forces me to look at the keyboard way too much. Maybe that will change over time. But I work on an IBM, model M all day long at work so I doubt it will improve anytime soon.

    Okay, Apple, you have the pretty keyboard. Now make a practical one. Your last effort was good except for the sticky keys and the garbage collecting keyboard frame.

    My $0.02 cents

    14 of 18 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    New Keyboard great, but---

    • Written by from Charleston

    The new wired keyboard is great. Low profile works for me. Am using it with a Mac Mini with latest keyboard software and firmware.
    However, startup boot keys such as "option" for Bootcamp launch, and lettered keys for boot choices such as booting from a DVD or hardware test no longer work. Keyboard is not recognised until bootup is complete.

    4 of 5 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Caps Lock to Control re-mappers beware

    • Written by from Wyckoff

    The keyboard is great and fast, BUT if you're used to re-mapping the (useless) Caps Lock key to be a Control key, beware that it may not work as expected.

    The keyboard has a built-in hardware delay on the Caps Lock key which requires a little-bit longer press to activate. While this 'feature' may be great for avoiding accidental Caps Lock usage, the behavior is a hinderance when it is used as a Control modifier key.

    The delay behavior remains in effect even when the key is remapped and it does not seem possible to alter via software, which makes the keyboard potentially useless for coders, Emacs users, etc

    17 of 36 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Can't customize keys

    • Written by from SAINT CLOUD

    I had a wireless for MacPro Quad Intel

    This keyboard won't let me use the volume keys. I tried the keyboard update over and over.

    I can't get the volume keys to work.

    Otherwise love the look and feel, but not total function.

    15 of 31 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    not so great USB

    • Written by from lubbock

    I loved everything about this keyboard except the usb. It says will not work on ipods and other usb powered items that require more power but half the time it wouldn't work on a simple flash drive. On the positive side, the keys were very responsive and the design is great. I think the usb complaint was a problem with past designs also. Mac, get this fixed!

    1 of 7 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    AMAZING...but....

    • Written by from Altadena

    Well, on the OS X side this is the best keyboard I've ever had. Took a little while to get the feel of it, but now it's second-nature. Once problem...Boot Camp. This little baby uses Function keys for audio up and down and brightness, and Vista really didn't like it. Sadly, I'm going to have to keep using my old keyboard until they update BootCamp to work with this new keyboard. That's why I'm only giving three stars. Otherwise, it'd be a full FIVE, baby!

    :-)

    3700 of 5672 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Very nice overall, but good for pro users?

    • Written by from Vancouver

    Picked this up for my G5 tower the other day. Love it. The keys feel great, and I don't have to worry about dirt accumulating between keys anymore.

    Only complaint is that the function keys often overwrite the same keys as some applications, requiring me to change the keyboard shortcuts for insert/overwrite edits in FCP, for example. But in Dreamweaver where you can't change the Preview in Browser shortcuts, even using the command key with F12 doesn't work. In fact, using any modifier (cmd, ctrl, opt) key with assigned function keys no longer seems to do anything except what the key is labeled to do. Kind of odd. Hopefully a future keyboard software update will change this, and also allow some more flexibility with using the function keys in general.

    Also, using a G5, I had to do some fiddling around to get the Dashboard and Expose keys (F2, F3) to work.

    So the keyboard itself feels great, but pro users will have to make some adjustments. Not a deal breaker for me, but worth knowing.

    10 of 13 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    USB doesn't support Ipod

    • Written by from Westland

    While I love the low profile design of this keyboard and the smooth looks, the 2.0 USB ports do not support my ipod. I received this keyboard along with my new IMac. While I LOVE my IMac, it is a real pain to move it around just to plug in the iPod. I wish they would have truly tested these before they began telling us that you can plug in your iPod. Also, watch out! If you are wearing colored nail polish, it will rub off on the textured keys... My keyboard is now sporting pretty red stripes on it!

    3 of 8 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Where'd the Apple logo go?

    • Written by from Glenrock

    Are they trying to phase out their own logo? The first thing I noticed about the new keyboard is that they are missing the Apple logo on the Command button. That has been on every keyboard made by Apple since the Macintosh came out.

    Other than that, this keyboard is nice. I miss the old key configurations, however. I like having the volume buttons on the right hand side as well as eject. I also wish the bluetooth keyboard was a full keyboard. I want a full featured desktop computer, that is completely wireless but its not full-featured without a full keyboard. Hrm....

    I think I'll keep the white wireless keyboard.

    I am kind of in the middle with these new keyboards. I like and dislike them.

    5 of 5 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Nice, but keep your old one

    • Written by from Apeldoorn

    The keyboard looks nice, and works well. The only problem is that during startup the Alt-key is ignored, thus making it more difficult to switch between OSX and SP2

    0 of 2 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Good keys and footprint, useless USB

    • Written by from Athens

    I like the thin keyboard and footprint and the ability to keep it clean. The previous Apple keyboard attracted and kept every little crumb or piece of debris. But as others have said, the USB ports on this new keyboard are not as advertised. Not only don't they power things but they are recessed and hard to reach. The Apple Store photo would have you believe the USB ports are at the ends but they are actually over a half inch in from the outside edges.

    3 of 3 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    USB Ports are a disappointment

    • Written by from Halifax

    Ok... I understand the USB port not powering an iPod or iPhone or whatever... but I was shocked that I can't even use my USB thumb drive? How much power could a memory chip need?! Crazy! I was thinking that this would be the perfect thing for moving files around on my keychain drive. No long any need to feel around behind the machine... turn it around... etc... as I've been doing for the past 3 years with my USB-less Bluetooth keyboard. But no dice. My digital camera does work on the keyboard port.

    BTW... my drive is a 4GB Sandisk Cruzer Mirco. It has a tiny LED light on it... that's the only thing I can think of that would need power.

    The keyboard itself is absolutely wonderful. VERY fast to type on. VERY nice!!!!! Very accurate. Beautiful. It's an absolute joy to use.

    One issue though with those low profile keys... if you're a woman with nails or a classical guitarist with nails (like myself) or whatever... it's hard to use. The deep keys are much easier to use if you have nails. This keyboard is very hard to use unless you nails are trimmed right down. I haven't picked up my guitar in years... so I just gave my picking hand a little trim. I keep the nails because you never know when you might want to play.

    23 of 37 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Very ergonomic, but not without flaws

    • Written by from Reston

    I love the fact that it is so thin that I can rest my wrists on my desk and not strain to type on the keys. I do have an issue with the right arrow key often not registering the key press, even though it gives the tactile feedback like it has been pressed.

    Also, I applied the Apple Keyboard Update 1.1 to take advantage of the special function keys, however the Exposé and Dashboard keys are non-functional when used with my MacBook Pro.

    12 of 16 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    love the keyboard but...

    • Written by from los banos

    I can't get the volume controls to work! My system meets the requirements listed on the store web site. I use my MAC with eyetv and use the volume controls a lot. With the exception of the F-Keys I'm very happy with the keyboard.

    7 of 11 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Nice Style. No performance problems. Why move volume keys?

    • Written by from Alta Loma

    I am very pleased with the design of this keyboard. I feel like I can type half again as fast as before. It's much like typing on a laptop. If you're not into that sort of thing, perhaps this is not for you. My only qualm is the decision to move the volume keys. They should have left them on F16-19. I know that makes things difficult for the wireless keyboard, which doesn't even go that high, but still. Occasionally, I like to switch my keyboard over to a Windows machine, and I loved the fact that the volume up, down, and mute buttons worked so well even on another OS. Such is not the case with this keyboard. But hey...not everyone is in the same boat as me. Enjoy!

    2 of 4 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    USB Warning!

    • Written by from Effingham

    First off this keyboard is great to type on, but the main draw was the USB 2.0 (or so i thought) hub. It is not sufficiently powered as apple stated. "We Thought Of Everything" I guess you did think of everything, except the customer... I really hope this is fixed, just on the basis that i really do like typing on it... Pretty dissapointing, apple.

    10 of 16 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Faster typing?

    • Written by from Brookhaven

    Look I'm not a total Apple fanboy. I ordered this keyboard because I didn't like resistance of my old wired Apple keyboard and i sort of liked typing on my girlfriends MacBook. However, it seems that ever since I began using this new Apple keyboard I type slightly faster and with less mis-keystrokes. Maybe it's my imagination but it sure seems like my typing has improved.

    13 of 24 people found this useful