• 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Lousy key contacts

    • Written by from Minnetonka

    Worst keyboard ever. I am on my 2nd one. CAPS lock will not respond without 2 or 3 presses. Random keys make no contact at first. Apple, you should be ashamed (and I am a heavy typer. Never had a problem with the wireless - just got sick of replacing batteries. this is a loser! (see, that was supposed to be CAPS LOCK, but did not work!!!
    Ugh!!!! My HP is much better!

    25 of 80 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Buy a new one every year and a half!

    • Written by from Spring Hill

    After 18 months of use, the entire middle row of this keyboard stopped working. I tried to fix it using all the methods outlined in the keyboard troubleshooting pages on the Apple site to no avail. It had to be replaced. There was no spillage, no Windex sprayed into it, no dropping it on the ground, nothing to warrant it breaking. Just normal, regular use. Obviously after reading some reviews I find that I am not the only one with this issue. Furthermore I find it very odd that all of the similar, negative reviews of this keyboard mentioning reliability are found less "useful" with more "thumbs down." I would think that a "my keyboard died in 18mo of regular use" review is much more useful than an "zomg I just got it it's so cooool" review.

    Honestly I find a keyboard that dies in such a short amount of time unacceptable, especially from a company that sells expensive products. I have never, EVER had a keyboard die on me. I'm pretty sure my first one from '95 still works. There's obviously something faulty with this model and Apple should care to look into it as I don't feel like buying another faulty replacement. Honestly, I'm not going to comment that it is nice, because it doesn't matter how nice it is if it dies so quickly. What an absolute waste!

    132 of 143 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Great... BUT some keys just stopped working

    • Written by from Cape town

    This keyboard is almost perfect. I loved it. Nice and sturdy. No need for recharging batteries. Keys are nice and easy and doesn't make a noise when you type, like the previous white keyboard. So
    Had it for two years now and all of a sudden the "m" "j" "u" and "7" keys just stopped working. No damage or fault on my side caused it. Through a bit of online research, it became apparent, that I'm not the only one with this problem. All the keys are in a row, and the apple store said there's nothing they can do, I must just buy a new one. :( Now it doesn't matter that I love it. It's not possible to work on it.

    78 of 91 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Dead in 7 Months

    • Written by from New Hampton

    Worked great for 7 months of very light use - residential a couple days a week about an hour each time. Yesterday a warning window popped up saying "USB drawing too much power".
    The keyboard was the only thing I had plugged into the back of the IMac USB ports. At that point the keyboard died. Dead. As in not even the little caps locked light will not work. Checked the USB ports with other device and they work fine, so I have to assume that when the keyboard started to fry/die it started to pull too much power from the iMac. Love the bigger keyboard but wish they made it in a wireless version.

    62 of 67 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Failure prone

    • Written by from Dakota Dunes

    In the past few months I purchased 2 new iMacs with these wired keyboards. I prefer the wired models over the battery powered ones. Both of these keyboards failed quickly with similar issues of stuck keys or non functional keys. This forced me to buy a replacement keyboard due to the extensive time it takes Apple to replace failed components. Neither keyboard had extensive usage, just normal residential use in the evenings. I do like the feel of these keyboards but the poor quality is not acceptable. I would not recommend anyone buy one of these outright but select Logitech units which have never given me problems.

    53 of 63 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Are you Kidding ?

    • Written by from manchester

    My first computer was an abacus so I've been around these things for a long time, and I've cleaned keyboards dozens of times, always simply spraying some cleaner on it and wiping it down. Exactly what every manufacturer tells you not to do, however it always worked for me.
    So when I did the same thing with this sleek looking piece of equipment with white keys, it failed. Several of the keys quit working. Even the tried and true "blow it out with compressed air " trick did not work, even though it has worked on every other KB I've ruined.
    So after all these years of violating manufacturer's cleaning instructions I figure it's time to pay the piper so I didn't even try to warranty it, especially since i learned the hard way that it is not possible to take these apart.
    On the second one (the one on which the on-board volume control did not work from day one) I did it the right way. Dampened-down a soft cloth with cleaner and went to work. Now 2 keys no longer work. Now tomorrow I'm looking forward to making the 1 hour drive each way to the Apple store, waiting in line behind an army of "20-something's" (who conduct "peaceful" demonstrations in every city about how they can't get jobs yet always crowd the Apple store) so that I can return this one. The worst part is that on the 1-hour drive home I will have plenty of time to worry about if the logic board or power supply on my imac G5 will need to be replaced AGAIN soon, since it's been a year or so since I've had that problem to deal with. Sorry guys, I'm pretty much done with Apple.

    33 of 162 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    I have a keyboard from 1995. This one died after one year and a half

    • Written by from ALTAMONTE SPRINGS

    Anyway, this is guaranteed to get you spending another $50 every year and a bit. It's pretty okay as a keyboard, and the usb things on the side are probably the one feature that saves it. However it won't last you. You will spend another $50 13 months from now.

    26 of 38 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Shocked by Apple Keyboard MB110LL/B Model 1243

    • Written by from San Jose

    Recently purchase Apple Keyboard for my my MacBook Pro. I repeatedly receive small shocks whenever if turn away from the computer (in my chair, with feet on plastic floor mat) or leave and return to the computer for any reason. I have tried grounding the metal, but that doesn't work. It is not only annoying, with a pacemaker I am scared of the impact. This is the second keyboard that has done this. Returned the first. HELP!

    32 of 62 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Defective

    • Written by from Davis

    Nice design, but the one I rec'd slipped through Apple with defects. The Caps Lock key doesn't work. The volume control buttons activate Expose. Yes, I know, I should return/exchange.

    28 of 63 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Great touch and feel, lousy reliability

    • Written by from Cochrane

    As soon as I discovered this keyboard on buying an earlier iMac I fell in love with it, great touch and feel, good ergonomics and very nice aesthetics. So much so that I replaced most of my existing keyboards with this unit, all told I bought four. Looks like that may not have been the smartest decision.

    About six months ago the first failed. You'd plug it in and whenever you'd hit one of several keys it would keep on entering that character as if on steroids. Because it was was hooked up to a mac mini, used primarily by my kids, I ascribed it to hard use.

    When I brought it back to the Apple store I was informed that it was outside the one year warranty (by 2 weeks) and that therefore I was just out of luck. However, the fresh faced specialist did inform me that they had a repair service. Yup I'm going to pay someone to look at a $50 item, so I not so kindly informed them to recycle it.

    Be that as it may, number 2 failed a few weeks ago, this time it was even more catastrophic. All you had to do is plug it in and it went nuts, who knows what the offending key was, it made no difference, the unit was toast. Sadly this unit was harder to dismiss as it was in it was in my personal possession for its entire life and hard use was not the term that comes to mind.

    Summation, two out the four units have failed within a period of what ..... 2 to 4 years. I have "Mac" ADB extended keyboards that are 25 years old that and still work flawlessly, not to mention various Compaq, Micron and IBM keyboards of a similar vintage.

    Learning; this is the new Apple and not the old Mac, a company that does not stand behind its product. I guess that's what happens when you "out source" your production.

    53 of 68 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Avoid if using a keyboard for more than 1 hour/day

    • Written by from New York

    After using this keyboard for a week (6 hours a day), my left thumb started hurting.
    It's very uncomfortable doing cmd-T, cmd-G etc. I know Apple puts design first,
    but keyboard is one thing where they should care about ergonomics at least a little.

    16 of 23 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Died with no warning

    • Written by from Beaver

    Worked a while, then, one day, with no warning it just went kaput.

    22 of 39 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Dead after 24 hrs, cord too short

    • Written by from Winnipeg

    The cord is way too short - I usually run the cord through the back of my keyboard tray, up through my desk, then to the back of the computer. Can't do it now.

    Keyboard worked great for the first 24 hours. Now it's dead. I opted for the wired keyboard to avoid pairing problems. How ironic.

    16 of 28 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    did not even take a few droplets of fluid...

    • Written by from Chicago

    I had the first spill (tea) in 1 1/2 year of use. It was a standard keyboard that came with my MacPro. It was a small amount of fluid and I cleaned it up right away. To my surprise, three keys (space and two others) stopped working completely. I called Applecare two weeks later and was told that, due to water damage, they would not replace it for free. C'mon, my old cheapo Dell keyboard took numerous serious spills and survived longer than 10 years. The problem with this design is that it is not serviceable. You can not open up the keyboard and clean it. According to the AppleCare guy, any moist gets under the thin bezel could zap the circuit underneath and permanently ruin it. I never like this design; it is not ergonomically sound at all. Now this... Steve, you should be ashamed of this product and fire the idiot who designed it.

    86 of 174 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Stylish but super cheaply made

    • Written by from san francisco

    I have bought two of these in the past year. now as of this mornings attempt to clean the current one I have, I am in the market once again!

    I have used many a keyboard over the past 20 or so years and these, while nice to look at and for the most part easy to use, has to be one of the cheapest made and one made to be easily broken so as to keep us coming back with credit card in hand. not this time.

    Thanks Scrapple!

    48 of 87 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Not fit to be an Apple product....

    • Written by from Gardnerville

    This keyboard came with my new Mac Pro. Sure, it looks pretty,but it's a piece of garbage and not fit to have the Apple name on it. Don't get me wrong. I love Apple products just not this one. All of the larger keys (shift, control, command, return, and the 0 and enter on the keypad) make clicking noises unlike all the other keys which feel and sound pretty much okay. It's the space bar that really gets me. It clatters like crazy and is finicky about where you press it to enter a space. I took my keyboard into the local Apple store and they replaced it, saying "They were all like that." Well, the second keyboard is worse than the first. I found a new replacement keyboard (M9034LL/A) same as came on my original G5 Quad tower. I used that one for almost 6 years without any problems. I'm now happy and feel back at home. I guess newer isn't always better.

    Doing this review, it won't allow me to post with zero stars. So it gets one undeserving star.

    34 of 65 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Lasted 3 1/2 months

    • Written by from LIVERPOOL

    Kids got me this keyboard for Christmas to replace the grimy looking original (5 years old) keyboard I got with my Powermac. I put the old one in storage and used this (with my old mouse) until last week. Keyboard function wandered off (actually the mouse function got weird) so I rebooted. Powermac wouldn't recognize the keyboard and fans went into overheat mode. Tried it with my Powerbook and same thing, sans fans. Got my old keyboard out of storage and everything is fine. No problems with mouse.
    Cheap is cheap. Don't save me money, screwing around with junk equipment costs more than the few bucks I save, time is money.

    20 of 32 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Utter rubbish

    • Written by from Milton Keynes

    Got this keyboard with my imac, within days keyboard would begin to type randomly. Took it to Apple store in London, they did not want to know and told me to buy another.
    Not worth $49 and from reading technical forums on the web is fraught with problems due to it's design. Sadly a $5 traditional plastic keyboard is doing a much better job.

    17 of 24 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Lasted 6 months

    • Written by from Rancho Santa Fe

    The first keyboard lasted only 6 months. Apple gave me a replacement. Hopefully the second one works longer.

    23 of 35 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    This keyboard doesnt work

    • Written by from Lakeland

    I just brought this keyboard today because I wanted the number keys on the side. It was working just fine then i was typing and all of a sudden it started typing one symbol and wouldnt stop i unplugged it and plugged it back in and it was still doing it. So i plugged my bluetooth one back in. If you want the numeric pad i would do what i am going to do tomorrow and that is just buy one that is by it self. You can buy a numeric keypad that is by itself for like 10.00 from target.

    26 of 53 people found this useful