• 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Please move the USB ports

    • Written by from Minard

    I use this keyboard with a Mac Mini. The main reasons for buying this keyboard were the full size keyboard with a numeric keypad, and the fact that 2 USB ports are included.

    Good enough keyboard. Nice feel to the keys, but the USB ports are stuck underneath where they can't be seen! The only way to connect a memory stick etc is to pick up the keyboard to find the ports. This is not ideal. Nice idea to have them on the keyboard, but the location could be much better.

    14 of 19 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Users of 10.5 beware

    • Written by from Corwen

    I use OS 10.5 because it's very stable in my commercial environment. My keyboard 'i' key stopped working after wiping with a damp cloth (beware) so I bought a new one. Now the volume and media keys do not work, which I have found out is due to changes in the keyboard to work with recent OS's. Whilst the brightness keys can be remapped in System Prefs, the others cannot. Come on Apple: get a grip ...allow us to remap these functions!

    73 of 83 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    The good and the bad!

    • Written by from Highcliffe

    Love the feel of the keyboard: I can type really quickly on it (much nicer than my Microsoft one).
    I wish it had two 'things' at the back to enable it to tilt, however. It would also mean that the mouse/keyboard cables don't catch underneath it. There can be quite a bit of wobble if this happens. Worst thing, though, is the very short length of the mouse cable. It twists incredibly easily and that, too, gets caught beneath the right side of the keyboard. The place where or near where - the cable goes into the mouse also easily sits on top of the rest of the cable, result no mouse. It only takes a moment to sit it on the desk again, but it's still a nuisance. Apart from that, though, really good.

    2 of 5 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Good, but also rubbish.

    • Written by from Accrington

    This keyboard is good, when you're typing, however, it can all go wrong very quickly. For example, though most keyboard ain't that good with water, they'd at least work even a drip were to enter the keyboard. However, the Apple one doesn't even perform the most basics, like for example, typing, when a drip enters it.

    And once it goes wrong, that's it. You'd need a new one, which costs £40! For a replacement?! That's just ridiculous! There's a limit to charges!

    So overall, a good product, could be made better however.

    34 of 96 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Great until keys fall off

    • Written by from Banbury

    This was a great keyboard until the keys started falling of randomly. I'm not talking about heavy usage just general home use.

    19 of 22 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Wot, no # key?!

    • Written by from wolverhampton

    Someone somewhere wasn't thinking when they designed the UK version. Spent ages thinking I had gone crazy staring at the keyboard, searching in vain. There is a work round but you would think they would include # key which is so important to programmers before they started filling the spaces with random symbols such as §!

    26 of 42 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Nice to type with but not spill proof

    • Written by from Sawston

    As a keyboard to type with it's nice, light & requires a positive action to activate a key, okay the alt & cmd keys are reversed compared to most keyboards which is a little disconcerting at first but you quickly get used to this. Cleaning is nice & easy, just a damp large fibre micro-tex cloth wiped over the keyboard when unplugged from the machine gets all of the marks & dirt off. It's small on the desk as well, an inch or so smaller than my PC's Logitech keyboard in width & depth. I like it, I like it a lot. If this was my entire experience of the keyboard I'd give it 5 stars.

    However, last night I spilt a glass of water over the keyboard. Cue the usual routine, of unplug the keyboard, turn up-side down while making sure it was off the desk over some kitchen towel & wait to dry overnight, which has worked with every other keyboard I've owned, was implemented. Come the morning however the keyboard is completely dead, this is very disappointing for pure water, more the response I'd expect from a drink with milk or sugar in it.

    The key question rarely answered by a reviewer is - Would I buy this again? My answer is a conclusive yes! I'm ordering 2 replacements, one to use & a spare.

    24 of 33 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Nice keyboard but be careful when cleaning

    • Written by from Glasgow

    After few months I've decided to clean up slightly. Tried be gently as is possible, turned up keyboard and cleaned with cloth and small dose of water. After that keyboard keyboard was completely dead! I haven't any problems with old white keyboard which was a lot more solid than this one. I must admit, recent keyboards are fragile and very sensitive on water.

    22 of 31 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    50/50

    • Written by from Bovington,WAREHAM

    Pretty much agree with most on ease of use and the top row keys for specific tasks are handy and well arranged with a good lay out but i also agree with others that i spend more time missing letters that don't register and the shift key works once in a blue moon. It works less due to nearly throwing the thing across the room, and i'm laid back. If you use it constantly at pace for typing then forget it, use the old one. This needs a re-think, mix the two designs and get a happy medium.

    12 of 14 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Love this design and style of this keyboard.

    • Written by from CRAWLEY

    Love this design and style of this keyboard, there's nothing else that can touch it! even those PC keyboards. Just wish is was wireless so, come on Apple bring a wireless full sized keyboard out.

    2 of 3 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Why that layout

    • Written by from Leyland

    Ok so it's a nice keyboard and it Works well BUT why do Apple think everyone uses an American keyboard layout! All they have done is change the hash key to a pound sign. What if I want a Hash???? Why not stick to the correct English British keyboard layout! I don't want the @ symbol there the " should be and I don't want the \ on the wrong side of the keyboard. They have put the touch typing marks on the J and F keys but an English touch typist will have problems because the other keys are in the wrong place.
    APPLE PLEASE GIVE ENGLISH PEOPLE AN ENGLISH KEYBOARD NOT AN AMERICAN ONE!!!!

    74 of 97 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Improvement

    • Written by from SHERBORNE

    I just happened to be using my brother's rather ancient Mac with his new keyboard and it stood out just how much better his keyboard was - more reliable, less noisy, smoother action - than the original keyboard of my more modern machine that misses 1 out of every 100 or less key presses of mine. I think the difference in behaviour has to be quite marked for it to stand out like that.
    To type this review I've had to go back and insert missing letters several times.
    So that's why I'm here - buying a new keyboard like his! I think it will suit my typing style a lot better than the one I'm using right now.

    16 of 18 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Good for occasional use

    • Written by from SALISBURY

    This is an elegant, very light-weight keyboard, unusually quiet to use. For travel purposes or occasional use it is perfect, but for anyone who wants to do some serious - or full-time - writing, it is far from ideal. Its keys are to shallow and close-spaced for comfortable use and the overall effect is markedly flimsy.
    Yet another triumph of design over function, presumably

    21 of 39 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    needs more thought

    • Written by from bromley

    Well it looks great feels great but not really well thought out practically.The cable is too short especially if have the 24" screen you need to sit at a distance at least provide an ext cord.especially the wired mouse is even shorter,i mean how much would it cost to incl a longer cable maybe 30pence.Also the function keys could have been placed over the numeric keys on the right then they could be software setting to make them one touch as you already have one touch numbers above and the play/pause/brightness buttons can be left alone.The enter/return key is too small for a key thats used the most and can easily be missed.The caps key needs a few trys sometimes too i found that even with the wireless version.Apart from all this its a lovely keyboard if you can put up with the above points,its still passes the apple quality you would expect

    20 of 52 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Good but does not activate start-up options on Mac Mini

    • Written by from SALFORD

    I absolutely love the look and feel of this keyboard. It's much better on my wrists than my old chunky white and clear keyboard, and it does not collect all the unsightly debris of everyday use that my old one did!
    However, I have had to keep my old keyboard spare... This one seems to have a flaw, at least when used with my Intel Core Duo 1.6GHz Mac Mini - It will not activate any of the start-up options (such as holding down "C" for optical drive boot-up, "N" for network boot, etc...).
    I have searched the support knowledge base on Apple's site and can find nothing about this.

    Shame, because it's otherwise a fantastic keyboard!

    19 of 50 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    keyboard

    • Written by from West Bromwich

    its just a keyboard

    11 of 35 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    No backlight?

    • Written by from London

    One of the best things I like about the MacBookPro keyboards is the backlight.

    I wish these also had backlights. :(

    Much nicer than the old white ones though

    12 of 23 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Great keyboard, questionable durablity.

    • Written by

    I purchased this keyboard straight away due it's slim good looks, new key design, additional functions and it's USB 2.0 ports that the previous keyboards lacked.

    Using the keyboard is great. It is much quicker and easier to use than any other desktop keyboard. The keys are light to the touch and clear to read. The function keys are useful, particularly for itunes.

    The first problem I notice is that the USB 2.0 ports do not appear to be able to power any of the USB 2.0 items i tried... low power messages appear.

    The main problem with this keyboard is with the laptop (same as the Macbook) type keys. The esc key has already fallen off in my hands. Thankfully there are plenty of F-keys I am not using to swap it with, but quite frankly for a key to fall off without any apparent misused is unacceptable! and I now have a gap on the keyboard where an F-key key use to be, and I now worry when then next key will fall off.

    For £29 I think it would be reasonably priced if the keys (the scissor mechanism particularly) were of alot better quality and strength. As it stands it is alot of money for something which falls apart so easily.


    7 of 10 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    NIce, but Caps Lock key seems a little temperamental

    • Written by from ISLE OF MAN

    Very sleek, and capable of handling very quick typing. I'm still getting used to the limited key travel, but I don't think it will be a problem.

    The Caps Lock key, however, doesn't seem to work if I press it quickly. It only changes state if I press it quite deliberately. I suspect I've received a marginally faulty unit :-( I'd rate it higher, if it weren't for this problem.

    I wish there were a wireless version with the numeric keypad.

    0 of 1 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Pretty but dumb.

    • Written by from PAISLEY

    Ok, aesthetically this keyboard verges on beautiful and is whisper quiet.

    On the downside however it lacks some of the functionality for pro apps users. Moving the volume/eject keys is a daft idea and I'd really hoped they'd go back to the old version of having finger spaces between every four function keys borders on infuriating. For Pro Tools I utilise F5 - F8 most and with the spaces can find these keys in my sleep and lose this ability here. And with the new low level smoothness of the keys it is much easier to mis-key.(and am I being a bit moany if I mention the tiny return key?).

    Software update had to be installed before the new hot keys would work (make sure you try this rather than assuming it is broken) and it has little traction overall meaning it tends to slide about a bit.

    The USB ports spoil the overall sleek look by being right at the edge so the wires stick right out the sides and if you're on a small surface, interfere with your mouse movement.


    All said though it is a good solid keyboard, fantastically ergonomic and if you do a lot of touch typing then it will serve you well.

    4 of 5 people found this useful