• 2.0 out of 5 stars

    "o" key broke after 1 year

    • Written by from Winchester

    After having bought this keyboard the o key stopped working shortly after a year from purchase.

    It also arrived bent near the escape corner from its delivery. Too much money for a keyboard that's only lasted one year!

    1 of 1 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Prepare for arm injury if you are right handed

    • Written by from Brighton

    Great keyboard except for one fundamental flaw if you are right handed. The keyboard is long with all the additional numeric elements to the right side, which is where your mouse would normally live, so you'll end up with your mouse arm extended at an unnatural diagonal angle if you place yourself in front of the main keypad area. This over time will result in the twisting of the bones in your lower arm and lots of pain. I've been there.
    The small Apple keyboard in this regard is BETTER than most normal keyboards because it doesn't have a keypad on the right at all, so gives a perfect natural arm angle. In fact, the small keyboard with a separate numerical keypad is the perfect solution and probably the best solution you'll find anywhere.
    Just think about it for a moment and look at the keyboard and you'll see what I'm on about.

    5 of 6 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.

    33 of 41 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Looks nice but I don't like the feel

    • Written by from LEEDS

    I was bought one of these keyboards at work, and although it looks very nice and it's nice that it has USB ports (unlike most non-Apple keyboards) I found typing on it very unpleasant. This is mainly due to the keys having very little travel, but I think that the fact that the keys are flat (not slightly recessed like the ones on most other keyboards) didn't help. I wouldn't recommend buying one without trying it first; if you don't like it you might want to buy the previous model of Apple keyboard (A1048) instead second hand - I have one of these at home and find it much more pleasant to type on.

    17 of 20 people found this useful

  • 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).

    116 of 173 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    My Fifth Keyboard in Two Years

    • Written by from AIRDRIE

    This is the first time I've used this particular model. On the plus side, the key response is far better than previous models, and for touch typists like myself, it makes for quicker typing. On the downside is that there's no riser support at the back of the keyboard, having to use my monitors stand for this. Also, the Enter key is too small, and feel that to give the keyboard more 'feel', the keys would be better being less flat and more like previous models (bevelled).

    Hopefully, this one lasts longer!

    33 of 47 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Nice design but...

    • Written by from LONDON

    I really like the slimline design and the keys are easy to use but...why is there no number (hash, gate) symbol key? Any web-designer/developer MUST use the number (hash)symbol when creating stylesheets and many tools like BBEdit don't provide a way of inserting the symbol as they assume you have the key!

    Apparently the wireless model has the same problem - so it looks like I will have to get a 3rd party keyboard!

    11 of 18 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    star print too late

    • Written by from st helier

    the keyboard is excellent indeed, except for one thing: the usb2 hub. i am a happy owner of the previous version of the iMac and i bought this new keyboard especially for it's high speed ports, and now i found out that they work only with the new iMac. frankly, i haven't seen that star print 'cause it wasn't there, so i am sure it must have been added there recently. a bit unfair but hopefully apple will release an update software to solve that issue SOON.

    30 of 41 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    It'll Do!

    • Written by from Leeds

    I'm a bit disappointed. I really liked the chunkiness of the old mac keyboard. Okay, so it won't collect the dirt (or the tea that I spilled all over my old one, hence having to buy a new keyboard) but it's flat like a laptop, and if I'd wanted a laptop I would have bought one. Having said that, it does it's job and that's a good thing!

    20 of 52 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    New ultra slim keyboard

    • Written by from Chatham

    From a prefessional designers point of view who uses Wireless / Mighty Mouse...this new aluminium keyboard looks good and feels good as texted at the Store.
    But for continual rapid keyboard commands and shortcuts in a working environment this soon makes fingers and wrists ache.
    Fine for home iLifers but not for 'shoppers using it non-stop three to four hours at a time! I need to 'feel' the keys.

    9 of 17 people found this useful