• 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Fairly good keyboard - needs backlighting though

    • Written by from FELTHAM

    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.

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Good except for letter visibility

    • Written by from PONTYPRIDD

    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.

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great keyboard, but...

    • Written by from London

    I purchased this because most vector design programs require a degree of number entry, I use AutoCAD a lot and need the numeric keypad. My new iMac shipped with a the tiny wireless keyboard – I sold that on eBay for £63 [god knows why people will pay above rrp on there!]

    They alpha-numeric keyboard is lovely to use and is every bit as stylish as Apples usual offerings, however; it comes with 2 USB ports which are only USB 2.0 support – there is no reason this shouldn’t be USB 3.0 in this day and age, additionally the ports are recessed so far into the board that you have to use the ugly extension cable the keyboard ships with in order to actually connect a memory stick to it.

    Personally I have no issues with the keyboard being hardwired but it does seem a little strange not to offer a wireless version without the USB connectivity.

    Just need to replace the world’s heaviest and un-ergonomic mouse [the magic one] with something useful now.

    In other news the new 27inch iMac is amazing.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    great product shame about caps key

    • Written by from Redruth

    ok so i have been using a normal keyboard and i thought i would get an apple keyboard as a few symbols were missing from a standard non apple key, which i need for scripting.

    i got to say its great really useful and helps me type a lot quicker with the slim keys. one big problem i found though was the caps key new delay system for noob typers. not a bad idea if you could turn this off and i know it isnt built into the keyboard for a fact as i have fixed the problem on mine, and the the light comes on if i tap it quick.

    how i did it i dont know all i know is that i changed a few settings in universal and keyboard setup and then restored them and this seemed to work. so try tweaking the response time of the keys and then swith it off. and try changing where the cap key is on the keyboard then restore it back to its original. thats what i did and it works fine now. once apple bring an update to allow you to change this i will give 5 stars. but untill then just tinker it may work.

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  • 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

    going wireless

    • Written by from London

    they should really make on of these keyboards wireless that way you could have a bigger keyboard but type anywhere
    (hense the name wireless!)
    any way i love typing on apple keyboards they are the best

    27 of 35 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    A typist dream come true!

    • Written by from London

    This keyboard is really good! Typing on it is just a pleasure, I love typing on it and I do it more than often just out of pleasure.

    It is extremely lightweight, very robust and you can clearly see the high quality.

    There is only one reason I am not giving out 5 stars... The lack of self illumination like my Macbook Pro keyboard.
    If Apple added the keys illumination than they would have made the ultimate keyboard!

    17 of 23 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Keyboard - but ....

    • Written by from Preston

    ... had spilt a bit of my drink and some dropped onto the keyboard, specifically the cursor keys. Now I can't move backwards when I press the left cursor key when typing a message. Can't remove the key to give it a clean underneath - I've tried and it feels like it's just going to rip away and fear I won't be able to replace it.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Old vs. New

    • Written by from Tulsa

    I like having the numbers on the right like I am use to. I am, however, having trouble getting used to the keyboard itself. It is so sensitive and very easy to hit the wrong key although I am proficient at typing on the "old style" keyboards. But, since this is what comes with it, I shall prevail.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great keyboard... and look at the price!! its amazing

    • Written by from RINGWOOD

    I bought this keyboard for my Sony Vaio and I plugged it in and it worked straight away. Also I think that this keyboard is great for people who touch type like me.... so overall great keyboard with nice feeling keys.

    10 of 14 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Hate that it is not cordless

    • Written by from Odense

    Don't understand why Apple have turned away from the bluetooth keyboard. It is a shame that no numeric keyboard from Apple is avaliable. Such a shame, and besides USB ports are used very rare cause of the internet.. Could easily live without the USB ports.


    Never the less, the keyboard is more than fantastic!!

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Best way to clean?.......

    • Written by from Tunbridge Wells

    Nice keyboards although occasionally manage to 'outpace' the wireless version and drop odd characters.

    Do get grubby quite easily and need regular cleaning....

    Best and safest way I've found?

    Use a MILD 'pump action' non-residue, clear, spray cleaner such as sold for cleaning glass.

    Hold keyboard upside down and spray a LITTLE cleaner upwards onto the keys - that way the possibility of liquid running down into the membranes is minimised.

    Use a soft, lint-free cloth to wipe over surface - while keyboard is still upside down - i.e. removing any excess liquid droplets....

    Turn right way up and work around the keyboard's now slightly damp surface with the cloth.

    Should come up as new - works well for me - never damaged one yet.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Beautiful design, good functionality

    • Written by from daresbury

    The design is really pleasing as I'm sure you can see.

    I have a problem with the capslock key - if you tap it, it doesn't do anything. You really have to press it. i.e. for 1/4 second or something. It doesn't register using my usual speed. I'm sure i'll get used to it, but it seems like an unnecessary quirk.

    I like the key press depth, sound, position of most of the buttons. There could be more correlation with the MBP, but never mind! It's a real pleasure to type on, so 4.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Absolutely fab BUT

    • Written by from Rodington Heath

    Until yesterday I was using my very old blue Apple keyboard. Everyone in the house knew when I was at the computer - you could hear the clicking. This is silent and quite gorgeous to look at. Keys pressure is taking a little time to get used.

    BUT it has to go back. The letter T and the space bar need to be thumped - which makes touch typing a bit difficult. Hence only 4 stars

    Judging byoher comments I don't doubthat I shall be awarding 5 sars o the replacemen

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    where is the £ key?

    • Written by from Oxford

    I cannot believe that the UK keyboard, bought here in the UK, fails to have a £ key. Also no 'go the end of the line' key (but perhaps there are some key combinations that do the same?).
    The quality and feel is superb so overall I am happy!

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  • 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

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Superb!

    • Written by from Reading

    I've had this now for about 6 weeks and still boggle at how nice it is to use. If you are a touch typist you will love the quiet light feel of the keys and the short press that is needed.

    It works out of the box on a MAC Mini and is great for all usual tasks like e-mail, word processing etc. My only gripe is the insistence of retaining the @ symbol in an incorrect full QWERTY location on the number 2 key which makes switching between this and my work laptop keyboard a pain.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Keyboard, but USB memory sticks don't fit

    • Written by from YORK

    Just bought one of these keyboards from PC World for £29. Really nice to use like a MacBook keyboard, but if you use a USB memory stick in the USB port, found most of mine don't fit, because the clearance is too small between the port and the underside of the keyboard. This is a shame, because with the previous generation of keyboard, it just plugged straight into the port on the rear, rather than blindly trying to use the USB ports on the back of the iMac to plug in a memory stick.

    Tried to use the extension cable as a flying lead, but this only works with the USB port for the keyboard, because there is a "V" shape in the middle of the connector. So all rather annoying.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Brilliant!

    • Written by from Thirsk

    It works with my eMac! BRILLIANT!! Is there a mighty mouse wired?

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    It's. . well. . . it's good

    • Written by from Solihull

    I think that once again Apple have excelled themselves in their design skills. This keyboard looks and feels fantastic. I do have a few niggles though. The return key is smaller than normal although the letter keys aren't so it takes a bit of getting used to. The keys are spaced further apart to so the transition from your old one takes a bit. I also find the caps lock key and the "k" key a little bit temperamental at times. This could just be mine but it is worth knowing. For extended sessions of typing, I will be keeping my older keyboard handy, but never the less, this is truly a work of art and a top notch keyboard!

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