The Apple Keyboard with Numeric Keypad features an elegant, ultra thin anodised aluminium enclosure with low-profile keys that provide a crisp, responsive feel. It also has function keys for one-touch access to a variety of Mac features such as screen brightness, volume, eject, play/pause, fast-forward and rewind, Mission Control, and Launchpad. Its extended layout includes document navigation controls — page up, page down, home, and end — and full-size arrow keys for playing games and scrolling through documents. Its numeric keypad is perfect for spreadsheets and financial applications. And two USB 2.0 ports enable you to connect your mouse as well as a high-speed peripheral such as a digital camera or printer.
What's in the Box?
- Apple Keyboard with Numeric Keypad
- USB extension cable
- Printed documentation
- Mac OS X v.10.6 or later
- USB 1.1 or 2.0
- Aluminum Keyboard Software Update 2.0
Ratings & Reviews
Beautiful keyboard, not for everyone...
I bought this the morning it came on the site - my older apple keyboard whilst responsive was too clunky and heavy. and sitting 8 I bought this the morning it came on the site - my older apple keyboard whilst responsive was too clunky and heavy. and sitting 8 hours a day at it, I started to get tired wrists from the height.
Let's set aside the looks - they're fantastic. And the anodysed look closely matches my monitors and mac pro case - good job apple!
The response takes a very slight getting used to, but once you have it's far easier to type from and completely comfortable during long sessions.
This keyboard might still not be a replacement for everyone though:
the additional shortkeys at the top may be great for the casual user, but if like me you're a pro apps user, beware that such keys as the volume controls have been stuck onto the F keys. F keys that you may use constantly in Final Cut Pro.
You can turn the volume controls off when you use such apps, but personally I find it a little tricky to juggle between the two.
Just a word of warning if you are a heavy apps user, otherwise a very solid product that combines great looks with impressive functionality.
- Written by Adam B from London
1254 of 1734 people found this useful
Fabulous, an absolute joy to use
This is the best keyboard I've ever used. A bit like the MacBook keyboard but more positive in use and the keys feel really solid This is the best keyboard I've ever used. A bit like the MacBook keyboard but more positive in use and the keys feel really solid and responsive. It's supermodel sized (wafer thin and no excess around the sides of the keyboard), quiet and is a full keyboard with a proper numeric keypad and cursor key cluster.
The one I'm typing on is connected to a MacBook Pro and I'm just about to go and order 2 more, one to keep at work to save me carrying this one around and another for my Mac Mini. It's just a shame the wireless version doesn't have all the keys otherwise I'd be ordering one of those too!
As for the comments about missing anti slip pads, the one that arrived here today has 4 rubber feet underneath and I haven't had a problem at all with it slipping around on my laminated desk here. All the keys work as expected as well.
Apple, Well done on a genius keyboard, I'm gonna miss it when I'm travelling with just the MacBook pro. …
- Written by Jeff J from EASTLEIGH
821 of 1187 people found this useful
You know aside from the design the best thing about this keyboard is that it is very quiet. Much more so than the old ones. I am n You know aside from the design the best thing about this keyboard is that it is very quiet. Much more so than the old ones. I am now finally able to type while on the phone without people hearing the tapping noise!!! …
- Written by Sascha K from East Grinstead
744 of 1138 people found this useful
Well worth it
Mucked about with a couple of aftermarket keyboards, one wired and one wireless. Ended up buying this. A little more expensive but Mucked about with a couple of aftermarket keyboards, one wired and one wireless. Ended up buying this. A little more expensive but lovely to use, built for Mac. I spend 8 hours a day using it, so important that it makes me happy...! …
- Written by James S from Lynmouth
Fairly good keyboard - needs backlighting though
As a touch typist it has a better response than I thought it was going to have. I normally go for 'Ye Olde' style mechanical keyb As a touch typist it has a better response than I thought it was going to have. I normally go for 'Ye Olde' style mechanical keyboards from Cherry and Keytronic, but I'm quite pleased with this one. It feels good to type on (I know that's a personal preference) and it's not a flimsy little toy like the wireless keyboard. I like having the numeric keypad as well.
The only thing stopping it having 5 stars for me is the lack of backlighting. …
- Written by Shaun P from FELTHAM
Good except for letter visibility
When I first got this keyboard with my new Mac I was dismissive of its toy-like appearance, and thought it was a triumph of style When I first got this keyboard with my new Mac I was dismissive of its toy-like appearance, and thought it was a triumph of style over substance. A foolish verdict, as I soon discovered. I type a great deal in connection with my work (amongst other things I write textbooks). The keyboard is a joy to use and gloriously fast. Other keyboards feel clunky after using it. Admittedly my first keyboard did eventually wear out - I reckon after typing about 1.5 million words (as I said, I do a LOT of writing).
The only complaint I have about the keyboard is that the printing on the keys is not sufficient contrast for me, nor I suspect for many people aged over 50. Presbyopia is something that affects *everyone* as they get older, like it or not, and a key feature is inability to see low contrast displays in dim light. Luckily for me, I touch type for most of the time, but even so I have to look at the keyboard once in a while for the more obscure characters like the ampersand or hash tag. And when I do, it can be frustrating, particularly in a darkened room. I'm not saying that Apple should abandon the current keyboard, but couldn't they also offer as standard a keyboard with large high contrast print for those who need it? There is clearly a demand for such an item (look at the overlay sheets available) and I cannot imagine that Apple wants to exclude the grey pound. …
- Written by IAN S from PONTYPRIDD