• 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Real nice, but.....

    • Written by from Los Angeles

    The KB takes time getting used to after you do your typing will speed up. I'm one of those that lives behind my keyboard. I mean live. work, play, eat, drink and sometime sleep at my desk. So a lot of stuff flying around and stuff gets into the KB. Most KB's it falls inside or I can use some canned air and blow it out. The keys are so close stuff gets stuck in-between key and the base and a royal pain to get out. So little concerned how KB will last over the long run.

    25 of 49 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Love at First Type

    • Written by from Malverne

    I love this keyboard! It makes typing so much easier than the original Apple keyboard that came with my iMac, which had such sticky keys that my hands ached after only a few minutes of having to pound on the keys.

    This one is responsive to my light touch, but seems durable enough to stand up to a harder typist. I haven't had any problems with the flat keys, though I know my husband is still adapting to them on his new MacBook.

    Lovely, easy, quiet. Finally, my fingers can keep up with my thoughts.

    I am not a power user--I pretty much just type, and have never need the function keys or the capability to program. So I cannot comment on those higher-end features.

    11 of 17 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Its too "Ultra thin", and bounces around

    • Written by from Seal Beach

    It would rate five stars, except that for some reason, this is the first keyboard that I've experienced that isn't level. I find it very awkward to type on because it keeps bouncing up and down - even on a level surface.

    Perhaps if it were heavier???

    70 of 131 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Best Apple Keyboard Ever

    • Written by from Bangor

    This is the best keyboard Apple has ever produced. The Pro keyboard from a few years ago was OK, and everything else has been incredibly difficult to type on. There is just one thing that annoys me - the USB power limit. I have a flash drive that gives me a low power notice when I plug it into one of the USB ports. However, I can use both the keyboard and the flash drive when I plug them both into an unpowered USB hub, and apparently this keyboard can deliver the power when connected to an aluminum iMac, so I don't understand where the disconnect is. Other than that, it's a superb keyboard.

    29 of 50 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great keyboard but I still like the old one better.

    • Written by from Tiskilwa

    I recently bought a new mac mini and used this keyboard at the store, but i liked the look and classic key feel of the previous model of the apple keyboard better. And for those who don't know about USB, you cannot plug an ipod into ANY USB hub device that doesn't have an external power source.
    An ipod uses almost all of the power from a usb port, and if this power is split between a keyboard and two usb ports then the ipod won't get enough power to charge. Don't blame Apple, that's just how USB was designed.

    18 of 29 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Easy to get dirty

    • Written by from Largo

    The keyboard is nicely engineered slim and heavy weight sturdy.
    The keys seem to get dirty easy on the left & is hard to clean if you would have put a finish on it, wouldn't get dirty so easy over all its been good over the few months, but I hear that the keys tend to break but that is if you mistreat it. SO overall I give it a 4/5.

    2 of 3 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    The second coolest keyboard I've ever used

    • Written by from Tinton Falls

    It's not perfect, but it comes very close. The thinness and responsiveness is incredible. I have the old white version and am thinking of getting this one even though my current still works. Great design, keys feel very nice to use. Only downside is the price.

    1 of 1 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Perfect (Almost)

    • Written by from Papillion

    This is, yet another, fantastic product from Apple. The wired keyboard is fast, silent, accurate, and a pleasure to use. While I was in Germany for five months I used, and got used to the keyboard from my MacBook, and when I returned home to my Windows based PC (Which I am very displeased now that I used the Mac OS for Five Moths) the Keyboard was just not doing the trick, so I took the next logical step and purchased this fine example of a Human Interface Device. My one complaint, and the reason the Keyboard only got four stars, It is not backlit. So in conclusion, if you are used to, or like the keyboards from your or other MacBooks, I highly recommend this keyboard, and if you are bugged by backlights, then this keyboard should be perfect for you.

    72 of 126 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    USB cord too short for me

    • Written by from Cotati

    I don't have any issues with the keyboard itself, it's great and I really like the way the keys feel. My only issue is that I have a keyboard tray that is just right for me, but the way my desk is in relation to the distance between monitor and keyboard, the USB cable is just too short. I thought about wireless, but I use the 10-key pad often, which the wireless doesn't have. I'm open to suggestion.

    30 of 59 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    great keyboard, but boot shortcuts don't work.

    • Written by from Phoenix

    I love the feel of this keyboard and don't regret buying it.

    But... none of the boot shortcuts work, so I can't boot with the install DVD or in Firewire Target Disk mode.

    I've done some reading on various forums and this seems to be a problem with many Macs that did not come with this keyboard as original equipment.

    I'm using an Intel core duo iMac, the first model of Intel iMacs.

    21 of 30 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Designed with quality

    • Written by from White Lake

    I really do enjoy this keyboard. It's slick and visually appealing, but at the same time it gets the job done and works very well. The only issue I have is that I feel there was little false advertising at play, given that the "two USB 2.0 ports [that] provide high-speed connectivity for your iPod, Mighty Mouse, digital camera, and other USB-based electronic devices" don't actually work with your iPod, Mighty Mouse, and so forth. OSX claims that the devices don't have enough power to connect. You'd think that, with these USB ports being one of the major selling points of this keyboard, they would have tested to make sure that the keyboard offered enough power to at the very least make their own products be able to connect. However, the USB ports do work with one device I own, a Wacom tablet, so they're not completely useless.

    12 of 19 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Good, but something is odd...

    • Written by from Mattoon

    I purchased this keyboard about 6 months ago, and have really had no problems with it... until yesterday.

    PROS: Slim, lightweight, space saving, and very attractive
    CONS: Doesn't allow for some keyboard shortcuts.

    I installed Leopard and got the dreaded blue screen (I'm a Windows convert)... I tried everything, but couldn't get the CD out or even boot in safe mode. I called Apple support and even SHE couldn't figure out what was wrong.

    For some reason I got a feeling the keyboard wasn't working with the shortcuts (i.e.: command + S) so I switched it out with my old apple keyboard. Lo & behold... it worked.

    So it works great, but it does have some quirks.

    15 of 30 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great on a PC

    • Written by from Roswell

    I actually bought this to work on my Dell Dimension E520. Aside from no Number Lock, it actually works great on my Windows XP machine! I'll soon be purchasing the wireless version for my Dell Latitude D600. (Yall get the 5th star when you fix the number lock issue, though it's not logical that you would).

    59 of 103 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Keyboard

    • Written by from Bozeman

    This is an excellent keyboard, best on the market. The only drawback is that it is not wireless... other than that, Apple has outdone themselves once again.

    23 of 41 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great feel

    • Written by from Milwaukee

    Worth the 50 bones. Great key response and very quiet. Would love if they made an ergonomic version though.

    53 of 84 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Valid replacement

    • Written by from Montreal

    The design needs no review as it is stunningly minimal with clean lines. The keys are bouncy and the travel low so this makes a great kb for those like me that have arthritis which makes depressing keys a pain in the long run. The greater distance between the keys also help as the risk of clicking 2 keys at once is greatly reduced.
    Now, the powered USB ports: this has to be clarified: if you plug the keyboard directly into your Mac's USB port you'll get powered kb ports. If. like I, plug it at the back of your Apple display, the ports will not have enough power for items such as your iPod, flash drive, printer etc.
    This aside am still glad I got this kb.

    300 of 350 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Excellent KB, but lacks ONE big feature - Backlighting

    • Written by

    Apple finally got a KB right. It's close [but still not quite there] to the Thinkpad keyboards of world reknown. Then again neither is any other KBs. I can type 30-40 pages with this KB before I get finger tired - that's about double compared to the old KBs or a MacBook. Must be some of this KB in the MackBook Air because that little thing feels GREAT.

    This KB has the typical Apple pizazz, but it only took them 20 years. As usual when Apple gets something right they do it in a big way. Apple either has the best xxx or the worst - nothing in between.

    So how do you make a KB sexy of all things? Well Apple did. As long as you like your sex in daylight or a bright room.

    But I wonder - this is USB right? 500ma and all that. How much trouble would it have been to LED backlight this unit? I'd have paid the extra $10 for sure. Or $20. Or $30. I mean it's driving a $9k desktop computer and I've got a HomeDepot USB/LED light hanging over the edge. I'm sitting in a dark room, the monitor is my only light source. Monitor/hokey light gives it some light, but not much. Hey - Microsoft did it, so did Kensington.

    Nah, this really should have been backlit. Still give it a 4.5/5.0 though. I'm too old for sex anyway

    25 of 44 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    breakthrough keyboard

    • Written by from Cambridge

    This is an incredible keyboard. It took me a few hours to get used to it, but now using anything else feels so clumsy and fat. I do wish you could adjust the angle a bit to raise it up, and I wish the USB ports could drive more than a mouse (an ipod would be nice), but really, it's for typing, and for that reason it's a sweet piece of kit.

    3 of 5 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Almost Perfect (for Some)!

    • Written by from Florissant

    This is my latest keyboard in a line of different keyboards dating back to the Apple Extended Keyboard II (with its distinctive clacking sounds). I've used every Apple keyboard from then to now, along with many different Microsoft Keyboards, and a few Mac and PC laptop keyboards.

    You definitely have to spend a week or so on this keyboard before you'll get used to it (especially for using keys such as the Return key or Delete key). It feels quite like a MacBook keyboard, but it seems to have a little more tactile responsiveness than the average MacBook Pro keyboard or even the older Apple "Keyboard" (the white one—which I still use, from time to time). The keys are easy to press, but they're just tight enough that you won't accidentally hit one. And the keyboard has a pleasing sound to it, too. Not as annoying as the old Extended Keyboard II, and not as quiet as the former Apple white "Keyboard."

    The main reason I bought this keyboard, though, was it's size. It's about the smallest extended keyboard on the market, and it'll fit about anywhere. I used to use a Microsoft Photo Keyboard, so the amount of space I've regained on my desk has more than made up for the $49 I paid for this keyboard! The USB ports on it are nice (since they're finally USB 2.0), but they won't power a flash drive or hard drive (you'll get a USB low-power notice). The cable is of good length, and there's a nice extension cable included as well.

    My only real complaint is that the USB extension cable can *only* be used with this keyboard, because of a notch in the end which prevents me from plugging in any other USB devices with 'standard' plugs.

    17 of 28 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Keyboard, but White Keys?

    • Written by from antelope

    I love this keyboard, I even like the old "Crumb-Catcher" but this keyboard is GREAT!, the physical design is Awesome! But WHITE KEYS? Come on! the new imac is Aluminum with a black bezel, it only matches that "OUT-DATED" mouse (and not really), and you know that soon, there will be a new mouse from apple, but all-and-all EXCELLENT! product. If it was black 5 stars!!!!

    16 of 31 people found this useful