• 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Beautiful keyboard, not for everyone...

    • Written by from London

    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.

    AB

    1258 of 1738 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Fabulous, an absolute joy to use

    • Written by from EASTLEIGH

    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.

    826 of 1192 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Totally awesome.

    • Written by from East Grinstead

    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!!!

    750 of 1145 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Simply The Best - Get This Keyboard Over The Smaller Wireless One

    • Written by from Cannock

    Received my very first Apple product a few days ago - an iMac (I have never owned any Apple product before, not even an iPod or iPhone).

    This keyboard is beautifully made and is so lovely to use. They have clearly looked at the designs of keyboards and rethought it (eg: why are keys so high on other keyboards? Do they really need to have a tapered shape to them? No they don't). The keys are flat and low, perfectly spaced etc, so they are a joy to use.

    Why would anyone want the smaller wireless keyboard, when this one has the extra numeric keys and the arrow keys as well as the delete key? It is so much better to use and much more useful in everyday use than the smaller wireless keyboard.

    Perfect!

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Looks Awesome, Excellent Quality, Comfortable & Quiet but...

    • Written by from Bradford

    I've had all sorts of keyboards, with this being so thin I was concerned it may feel a little bit flimsy like a cheap laptop keyboard, but i was wrong. I think this has to be the best keyboard I've tried to date, it feels solid and it really makes typing a breeze. I actually look forward to typing on it.

    Because the keys are much lower profile than the old Apple and many other keyboards, your fingers don't have to press down as far or as hard. This reduces the strain on your fingers and hands, and allows your fingers to move to the next position/key much faster. The combination of that and the keyboard being virtually flush to the desk, means it feels natural and pleasant to type with your palms sat comfortably on the desk. The new labeled function keys are a nice touch too.

    Whilst it takes a little while (day of so) for your fingers to adjust you soon begin to realize how much energy has been wasted typing on an old keyboard. Plus its quieter too! no more clatter clatter like back in the old days.

    The only issue I have found is the tendency to miss the enter key as it is quite a bit smaller than most other keyboards. They should have made it bigger, (especially as stressed designers are notorious for bashing the enter key lol). This is my only design issue but one that I can live with for the speed gains, aesthetics & comfort. Of course it looks mint, and hopefully thanks to the aluminum will last for a long time.

    Besides a bigger enter key, as a final touch it would be great to to see a backlit option for the keys, however if you can touch type this isn't really an issue, but it would be nice to find those new function keys easily in the dark whilst gaming or watching a dvd / movie etc.

    A few small layout changes compared to the old apple keyboard include the eject key, which has moved from the right corner to F13 so all you fast restart / shutdown shortcut peeps may need to get used to it.

    Whilst it has 2 usb ports they don't provide enough power to power my usb flash thumb drive which is a disappointment (same as old apple keyboard). Finally with no visible way do disassemble the keyboard, cleaning may be an issue, but tbh at such a great price would probably be easier to buy another ;)

    Overall though an excellent keyboard, highly recommended, massive improvement on the old apple keyboards. The keyboard wins on quality & price. Apple design at its best.

    74 of 79 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!

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  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Hmmmmm, not sure I agree sorry guys

    • Written by from LICHFIELD

    About 4 months ago I bought a new 24" Silver and black iMac, gorgeous looks, fabulous power, quiet as a graveyard!!

    Having been a high end PC user for most of my working life I am a total Apple convert, I briefly had a Dual 1.8 G5 before getting my beloved iMac.

    I love the stability and design of these things and when I saw the look of the new keyboard couldn't wait to quite literally get my hands on one.

    At the Apple shop in Birmingham UK I decided to go for the wired keyboard because I liked the idea of USB connectors being easily accessible for my nano and for my digital camera, so with a big smile on my face I heaved the huge iMac box home.

    There's no doubt about it, the design is beautiful, the colour of green LED on the caps lock key is great, and the touch feels ok BUT ....

    I'm sorry to say I much prefer the older 'chunky' keyboard when it comes to doing lots of typing.

    I've given this a really good go but too often like others on here have posted I find that the Caps key doesn't lock on if you hit it too quickly, letters are sometimes missed when typing quickly and the overall 'feel' is a bit of a let down.

    I'm totally torn now .. I want USB 2 and great looks, but in the end it's the functionality that counts and I know I'm going against what most others have posted on here but my honest opinion is that this keyboard doesn't quite hit the spot, close but not quite!

    Personally I think others who have posted on here are getting a bit hyped up because of the looks and the fact that it's new, but really honestly I wish the keys were a little deeper maybe only 3-5mm and that they travelled just a little further so that you knew you had pressed something.

    It is definitely quieter than previous keyboards I have used and as I've said it does look fabulous, but when it comes down to it I'm yet to be convinced it is as hard wearing and robust as the older models and it certainly isn't as responsive.

    I am going to keep on trying with it to see if my experience improves, but after 4 months I suspect I will still find this falls short of previous offerings, worse still I look at the apple web site and I may be mistaken but it seems like you can't get the old ones anymore, so it may be a trip to e-bay for me I fear...

    In closing, I love the iMac and am definitely a bit of an evangelist for Apple nowadays, but this product misses the mark (in my opinion).

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    STOP If you use 10.4

    • Written by from DUBLIN 24

    I bought this keyboard to replace one that had a few non functioning keys due to coffee, delighted with my new purchase lovely look and feel to it but no software update is available for me to use it on Tiger 10.4.11. Result I have a keyboard that has a load of non functioning keys (not the same ones as the old one)EG I can't alter the audio volume, most all of the F keys don't do what they are supposed to. Be Warned, this will cost you an extra €129 to upgrade to OS 10.5 so that you can use it.

    85 of 115 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!!!!

    75 of 98 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    How about - wireless - numeric keypad for the new iMacs !

    • Written by from Hilleroed

    It's the best keypad i've ever had and used. And the new iMacs should have it available too, for sale at least - wireless off course - and that cannot happen soon enough :¬)

    Alle the best

    52 of 57 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    The best keyboard ever?

    • Written by

    received one of these babys for my birthday and i have to say its perfection. perfect look ,perfect feel and perfect price.the aluminum is a really nice touch to the keyboard.i personally prefer this over the wireless version.couldnt recommend enough!

    156 of 269 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great keyboard (but be warned!)

    • Written by from NORWICH

    had this bought for me as a christmas present to replace my old white one. it took a while to get used to but now i love it. the keys are well spaced out, which makes it easy to type and it looks very slick into the bargain . Having only used it since christmas i was surprised to find the the alt key on the left hand side has lost its springiness and the key has sunk into the keyboard and is now flushed with the aluminum facia.i will be returning it to the authorized dealer that i bought it from and get a replacement. fingers crossed that this was just a faulty one.I'm having to use my old keyboard in the interim and its horrible in comparison very clunky and awkward to use i hope the dealer has a replacement. VP

    65 of 91 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Beautiful.

    • Written by from Lewes

    Been using the new keyboard for a day now. What the photos don't show is the compact size of the keyboard. It's slightly smaller then a standard keyboard... but it is absolutely beautiful. The keys are a pleasure to touch. The shortcut buttons on the function keys are convenient and the option of going all the way up to F19 enables you shortcuts galore!

    My only gripe is that the keyboard does not show the currency symbols over the number keys (apart from the USD). They are there and function fine; they are just not printed on the keys. I have the English International keyboard and was hoping that this would mean there would be all the currency symbols displayed across the keyboard. However, it's hardly an issue.

    Other things I should point out. The USB ports on either side are slightly recessed into the keyboard- which looks great. The cord is quite short but is provided with an extension cable. I thoroughly recommend it. Gorgeous.

    180 of 323 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic keyboard for Mac or Windows PC

    • Written by from Dundee

    As someone who bought a macbook last year for the first time, I quickly fell for the soft touch keyboard and now hate using standard clicky keyboards you normally get, even the so called expensive one's with all the bells and whistles just don't cut it.

    I bought this keyboard a couple of months back to use with my windows based work PC and I absolutely love it. I now use one at home and work! I found the additional function keys great for mapping special commands with work based PC, no special software required either which was a bonus.

    Hopefully Apple will bring out a backlit keyboard option in the future, that would really be fantastic...

    35 of 39 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    A pleasure to use.. worth every penny!

    • Written by from ABERDEEN

    Nice piece of art!..very thin...i mean really thin. Very well built, if you have a macbook, or macbook pro, this item has the exact spaces, shape and look of your laptop's keyboard, except for the arrows and numbers.
    The 2 USB ports on each side, makes it even more useful. So you will not compromise losing one usb port for the keyboard, cause you will get 2 with it!
    100% Recommended.

    89 of 150 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    good product great design

    • Written by from Perth

    When it was first announced I was dubious that it would be up to the task, after all it was not a return to the much beloved, aircraft carrier sized, Apple Extended Keyboard or the stylish Apple Pro Keyboard and it didn't even have the full key travel of the infamous "crumbcatcher"

    after 3 years I can honestly say that it is my favourite keyboard, once I got used to the short travel of the keys and then go back to the long stroke traditional keyboards I realise how much more comfortable this keyboard is for normal every day use (I'm sure a typist would still prefer a more dedicated ergonomic keyboard though).

    Very easy to clean, easy to discretely stash away behind a monitor or on a shelf.

    and yeh it looks stylish which is important for a system that's used in your living area.

    one star lost because it can, sometimes, if you eat around it get food crumbs stuck between the keys and the housing which makes key pressed a bit clunky.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Looks nice but order the right one.

    • Written by from SHEFFIELD

    Still making my mind up. Like any keyboard it probably will take a bit of getting used to. Looks very nice though. USB 2 on the port is nice so I can plug my Shuffle and Elgato turbo.264 in without reaching around the back of my iMac. Both work fine from the keyboard - no low power issues. If you are from the UK order the English keyboard not the English International. I'm so used to English meaning American and English International being for everyone else I ordered the wrong one. I know where my £ key is anyway which seems to be the only difference. Wish they'd call it a British keyboard (sorry Northern Ireland).

    30 of 34 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Too expensive for a consumable!

    • Written by from KINGS LANGLEY

    These keyboards are the nicest to use I have ever tried - smart, tactile and accurate.
    If they lasted I'd never use anything else.

    Unfortunately I am currently using a nasty PC keyboard once again as my second apple keyboard in approx. 3 years has just gone mad! Same symptom with both keyboards - one or more keys stop working, and then starts sending all sorts of spurious characters when typing. Impossible to put mac to sleep as the keyboard keeps waking it up!!
    Plug in this (the one i'm typing on) nasty cheap keyboard and all the problems are gone! :-(

    At this price point I expect the keyboard to last at least as long as the cheaper keyboards i have - i.e 6-10 years

    So beware! This is an expensive 'consumable' that really taints the general Apple experience

    I am having to think very hard about whether I buy another one or go for a cheaper decent replacement that might last longer.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    best keyboard ever

    • Written by from swansea

    this is the best keyboard i have ever used in my life. worth the money you pay and it will work on windows to :)

    32 of 39 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic product with £ key!

    • Written by from Camberley

    This keyboard it just fantastic. It is beautifully designed and MUCH better than my old white heavy 'clacky' keyboard. Typing is now a pleasure rather than a chore. Delivery was super fast.

    Contrary to other reviews I can confirm that my keyboard does have a '£' key. However, make sure you order the United Kingdom version and not the International English version. There's a drop down list on the right hand side of the page where you can make your choice.

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