• 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Best keyboard I've ever used - but

    • Written by from Holland

    I wish I could have the exact same model, but with backlit, black keys (to match the newer laptops), and bluetooth.

    I like the short travel of the keys, ultra-slim profile of the whole device, and rigid backbone. But I hate the cord, and I wish it matched my company's MacBooks. In comparison, the only model out there approximating what I want is the wireless mac keyboard from Logitech - which has a squishy plastic backbone that makes it feel cheap, and makes typing unpleasant.

    2 of 2 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    No decimal on numeric keypad....

    • Written by from Cabo San Lucas

    I just got my keyboard yesterday and I am happy to say it is really awesome. It's a Spanish version since I live in Mexico. However, the reason I got it is because of the number keypad, only problem is, that it does not have decimal. It has a coma instead. Am I missin sth here?how do I get that decimal on the numeric keypad?

    1 of 4 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Apple Keyboard with Numeric Keypad

    • Written by from PORT COLBORNE

    I bought this keyboard in early january of this year along with a monitor and mouse for my macbook pro. I opted into the wired model because I didn't need the range of the wireless one, and the number pad at the side is a nice addition for a student. I was skeptical as to weather or not I was going to like the keyboard, and it turned out to be an incredible investment. In my experience, the keys have just enough resistance to give a solid, undeniable "click" when pressed, but not so much as to make typing a chore. The inclusion of the OSX keys nested along with the function keys along the top is an invaluable feature in my opinion. I do have a few complaints however; first off, the key board is not backlit, which while it would be a nice feature, can be compensated for by turning a light on. Second, the builtin USB ports haven't had enough juice to operate anything I own, besides my iPod shuffle. Finally, the keys (being the white matte plastic) get dirty, I have never eaten at the keyboard, and all the keys are getting to the point where they wont come completely clean anymore. All in all, however, it is a nice keyboard

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Low durability

    • Written by from Somerville

    Owned this keyboard for three years without issue, until recently when I had my first accident. It's a great keyboard, but never in my life have I had so much trouble keeping a keyboard clean. This keyboard is impossible to clean without destroying it. Keyboards are supposed to be able to handle abuse of all kinds, from crumbs, sticky fingers, and the occasional coffee spill. Don't get me wrong, I love this keyboard, but I was very unhappy that after three years, I accidentally spilled a bit of coffee onto the edge, and the keyboard was permanently broken. All cleaning efforts failed tremendously.

    At this point, I would upgrade to the Bluetooth keyboard, but it's lack of a numeric pad is a deal-breaker.

    in the end, this is great keyboard that looks nice and fits the aesthetic of the Mac line. Just don't dare ever have an accident with a nearby drink.

    8 of 9 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great keyboard at a great price

    • Written by from Venetia

    I prefer a wired keyboard over the wireless model for several reasons. First, it has 2 USB connections on it second, it does not need batteries and finally, your Mac never loses it's bluetooth connection.

    3 of 3 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Would give it five stars, but...

    • Written by from Birmingham

    This is my second keyboard - the same model. Apparently I killed some keys on my first one by scrubbing a little too vigorously on a couple of keys - I'm really surprised that it was so sensitive!

    I'll handle this one with a little more TLC - I was lost for the four days that it took to get a new keyboard: I have really become accustomed to this one and like it a great deal!

    4 of 4 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic keyboard if Used Properly

    • Written by from Newport Beach

    After buying this keyboard for my iMac, I use nothing else. This is arguably the best keyboard I have ever used!

    The thin profile and heavy construction makes it a breeze to type on (much better than a squishy plastic keyboard) and also makes it easy to clean dirt out of. Kiss your air canister goodbye!

    The two USB ports are much easier to reach than the ones in the back of my iMac. And since the keyboard remains functional during a reboot, I can easily switch to Bootcamp Windows by simply holding down the Option key during the reboot cycle.

    The few negative reviews tend to be from people who abuse their keyboards. No matter what brand you buy, liquids and keyboards don't mix! Even a few lucky coffee drips seeping under a single key can short that key out. If you use your desk as a kitchen table and your keyboard as a napkin, steer clear. But if you can keep your workspace area free from drinks and spills, then you will have no problems with this keyboard.

    The other problems tend to occur when people overload the keyboard's USB ports. The keyboard's USB ports meant for small items like mice or memory sticks. Neither port will charge an iPad quickly, and if you plug in stuff that draws a lot of power (like a cheap external hard drive that lacks its own power cord) you'll end up tripping the keyboard's overload circuit. (When this happens, the whole keyboard will stop working until you unplug the keyboard and plug it back in again.) Move high-powered items to the USB ports on the back of the iMac where they belong and your keyboard won't power down on you.


    PROS:
    - The shallow, metal, low-stroke keyboard is fast to type on, has excellent firmness and is highly response. This keyboard is MUCH easier on the hands and wrists of carpel tunnel sufferers than your traditional $20 plastic keyboard.

    - The keyboard remains functional during a computer reboot, allowing you to easily switch to Bootcamp Windows by simply holding down the Option key during the reboot cycle.

    - Two (low power) USB2 ports on the sides of the keyboard allow for easy connecting of USB sticks, mice, etc. Way easier than fiddling around the back of my iMac!

    - The numeric keypad is vital for serious number crunching and spreadsheet work.

    - The keyboard comes with a USB extension cord, so you can have as much or as little cord as needed to reach your Mac.

    - The flat, open, spacious design makes it a snap to clean between the keys. Kiss your air canister goodbye!


    CONS:
    - The shallow keyboard is vulnerable to spills. And keys will short out if any liquid gets into them. DO NOT clean this keyboard with a wet cloth!! And if you're probe to spilling stuff on your keyboard, stick to the cheap plastic keyboards. They're less costly to replace anyway.

    - The side USB2 ports cannot handle heavy power loads. When plugged directly into a Mac, you can get a full 500 mA of power out of ONE of the keyboard's USB ports. The remaining port will only get 100 mA (enough power for mice and memory sticks though). Overloading the USB ports will trigger the keyboard's overload circuit and shut the whole thing down, requiring you to unplug the keyboard and plug it back in again.

    24 of 25 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Nice, but keys need to have a black key option.

    • Written by from Oakdale

    Great action and design of this keyboard. Love how fast I can type on it and how easy it is to carry around. One thing to note is that your hands aren't perfectly clean all of the time, so the white keys start to look very dirty and takes away completely from the beautiful look that Apple is striving for. Also, Macbooks have black keys, so if they wanted to keep a standard design/look, these keys should be black and maybe back lit.

    4 of 5 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Come on Apple - listen to us...

    • Written by from Boca Raton

    Please, somebody from Apple, for the love of all things Mac, get this message to Dan Riccio:

    The wired and wireless keyboards are great; but, in the words of Steve himself, they're not "insanely great." This is because they're not one and the same. The Mac NEEDS a new, FULL-SIZE bluetooth keyboard (preferably backlit, but not necessarily.) It may well prove to be your biggest-selling computer accessory! Doesn't it cause a few twitches that Logitech, LMP, Mobee and so many others constantly have to fill-in the massive gap in your own market with inferior solutions? I have read thousands (literally) of comments from people saying they would commit to paying $100 for one... PLEASE, either do your fans a solid or at least give us an explanation why it isn't possible.

    Thanks loads, and keep up the excellent work - your hardware has never been better!

    13 of 13 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Excellent keyboard - but I wish the keys were black.

    • Written by from Montreal

    This is a preliminary review because I've only had the keyboard for a few days, but in that time i've typed - i'm guessing - about 5000 words, so I've had enough time with it to at least offer my first impressions.

    Being a professional writer, I think this is what a keyboard should feel like. The solid construction, positive key action, and near flat/horizontal positioning of the keyboard make it an ergonomic dream, and the aluminum construction really makes it feel like a worthy extension of my 2010 MBP, to which the keyboard is attached. I also love that it comes with two USB ports - very useful.

    Now for the niggles and complaints: 1) I wish the keys were black instead of white, as they are on my Macbook, primarily because black would hide the inevitable grime that will be collecting on the white keys. (but yeah, i realize i can just wipe the keys down once in a while.) 2) I'll echo what's been mentioned ad nauseum, here and elsewhere: why on Earth has Apple not made a wireless Bluetooth version of this full-size keyboard? It's truly bizarre. I know Logitech makes a WiFi wireless keyboard, but after trying it in the store, I found the key action and overall feel of that unit to be not as sturdy. Moreover, the fact that it isn't bluetooth but WiFi-based means the Logitech requires a WiFi receiver, which would take up a computer's USB port, which I did not want.

    But that's really it for gripes/complaints. This really is the best chiclet-style keyboard I've ever used, and overall just a fantastic piece. It may be comparatively low-tech compared to other Apple products, but the price is right, and it's my new favourite. I'm glad apple still knows how - and cares - to nail the simple things, like this keyboard, alongside iPhones and new Mac Pro's.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Nice but wish it was backlit like my MBP

    • Written by from Victorville

    I like it, and works great, but it's a bit dated. I want an update with black chiclet backlit keys like my MacBook Pro. Would love another USB port or two and maybe an SD card reader, as well.

    0 of 7 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Wired Keyboard

    • Written by from Anchorage

    Love the numeric keypad... REALLY wish this was available in a wireless model....

    37 of 40 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great but expensive

    • Written by from Cambridge

    The keys feel really nice on your fingers, and I find I can type so much faster on it! It also makes my old BENQ monitor (I have a MacMini) look a lot nicer, as it is the same shade of aluminium. It looks really smart and professional! The function keys are really useful, as are the USB ports, which I use for my portable DVD player, purely out of convenience.

    The one thing I can't commend Apple on for this is the pricing. Granted, it is a very good quality keyboard, and you pay a premium for Apple's designs. However £40 for a keyboard is a bit steep. Next time, make it cheaper, like £30 max. This way families can buy an official Apple keyboard cheaply, while professionals can opt for the expensive, good quality wireless one.

    8 of 13 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic but needs wireless

    • Written by from Kalaheo

    I've bought about 3-4 of these keyboards over the years because I like them so much. Great quality, easy to clean, look sharp, and have all the key functions I want and the current wireless keyboard lacks. Unfortunately, I see no reason why Apple shouldn't have already released a wireless version of this keyboard while keeping the existing layout and features including the extra USB ports (if possible). For that reason, I'll rate it 4/5 stars. Hopefully Apple will listen.

    32 of 36 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great KB, only wish there was a wireless version

    • Written by from Red Deer

    I've had this KB for three years. Wife and I love everything about it. A year ago our iMac stopped going to sleep so after numerous diagnostic calls to AppleCare, the tech's last ditch effort was to try another KB. Luckily we had our little wireless KB which we never used as we need the full numeric KB. Long story short, the KB was the cause. I guess one of the keys somehow became defective and it was only evident from the iMac's sleep behaviour. Apple replaced it and it's been great again since.

    This is the first time we've ever experienced a KB failure which makes me a little leery about its long term reliability but outside of this issue it's been fantastic so we're happy with it. Our only wish is for Apple to make a wireless version of this.

    20 of 22 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Keyboard - but the white keys get dirty!

    • Written by from Newport Beach

    I love the keyboard, but white keys? While they look pretty they get dirty very fast and require regular cleaning. I think using black keys like on my MacBook Air would be much better.

    17 of 21 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    !!!Awesome Keyboard!!!

    • Written by from Ocean City

    This keyboard is really nice and easy to use. But when i put something in one of the USB ports i takes about a minute to get it out.

    18 of 29 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Wired keyboard

    • Written by from culver city

    Just bought one. Seems to do what it's supposed to do. Nice feel to the keys.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    its great keyboard

    • Written by from San Diego

    one of the things that i like is there is USB on the side that you can easily connect your thumb drive. on the other hand I wish it is illuminated keyboard like my macbook pro.

    23 of 24 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great keyboard

    • Written by from Aurora

    I really like this keyboard, I've been using it for many many years now. I like how you don't have to cram your fingers down on each key like most desktop keyboards, it has the thin key design you see on laptops which I like.
    Many complain that it isn't wireless, but it comes with 2 USB ports on either side I plug my mouse in to. My only complaint is that when I upgraded to Lion, the icons printed on my function keys were inaccurate, as I have the older model specially made for Leopard. That's not really too much of an issue.
    Another thing is that the USB ports only have enough power to them to use my mouse in it; most flash drives or my iPhone claim there isn't enough power when I plug them in. Not really a big issue either, I still recommend this keyboard.

    21 of 22 people found this useful