• 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Keyboard, BUT...

    • Written by from Cornelia

    Apple hardware is sexy. We're all aware. This keyboard is no different. Very thin, lightweight, in a shiny silver aluminum shell. The USB ports on both sides are a very nice touch, since Apple put form over function with my 24" iMac, putting the USB ports on the back where they are not easily accessible. The thin, modern key design is pleasant and a nice change from the standard chunky keys that have been around since before disco.

    Enough flattery. When I purchased my iMac in 2008, I opted for the bluetooth wireless keyboard and mouse. Aside from the fact that the keyboard had no numerical pad and the mouse is a stupid one button design, I was very happy with their function and form. That was up until a few days ago. My wireless keyboard wasn't working. I assumed the batteries had died, so I charged them all day while I was at work. When I got home, I put in the fresh batteries. To my surprise, the keyboard still wasn't working. Apparently it was only good for 3 years worth of use. Very disappointing. It wouldn't hurt to mention that it was never dropped nor had any liquids spilled on it.

    I made the logical decisions to save myself $20 and buy a new wired keyboard this time around. Paying less and getting the numeric pad made a lot more sense to me since I don't NEED wireless. I plugged in the new keyboard, updated the software, and and was faced with yet another keyboard related challenge. NONE OF THE FUNCTION KEYS WORK!!! I had no idea that I needed Mac OS X 10.7 or later, according to the owner's manual that came with the keyboard. So now I'm expected to spend another $30 to upgrade my operating system? What a friggin' rip off. This brings "built-in obsolescence" to a whole new maddening level. Now I have a prematurely dead wireless keyboard and a brand-new one that I can't use to adjust my screen brightness, volume, or use its audio/video player controls. Not a happy customer! It's not like I could buy an older model keyboard that would be compatible with my 10.5 OS. They don't sell them anymore.

    32 of 60 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Not for typing enthusiasts--soft, mushy keys, be warned!

    • Written by from New York

    I purchased a new 27" iMac in July 2011 and the machine is a beauty. I opted for the bluetooth keyboard and it's amazingly stylish and typing on it actually feels relatively good (keys click but not loudly and keys are fairly responsive and tactile so typing feels pretty good) but I'm over 6 feet tall and have hands to match that height so my fingers felt somewhat crowded on the small keyboard. I also missed having a number pad, full-sized up/down/left/right arrow keys, home button, etc. Though it was hard to say goodbye to my cordless desk area, I bought this apple keyboard with numeric keypad to address these shortcomings...

    But I am returning it this week because, try as I might, I can't deal with its mushy, unresponsive, click-less keys. It feels horrible to type on this keyboard. I would much rather type on my relatively small bluetooth keyboard than type on this full sized keyboard. For those who want their keyboards to be responsive and feel good, step away from this one! I'm actually going to try one made by Matius.

    23 of 45 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Not a great solution

    • Written by from Melbourne

    I purchased the wired keyboard for the MAC with the ten key pad. I needed this specifically for Quickbooks and Excel that I use in the Windows environment through VMware Fusion. My problem is the ten key pad does not work when I am in VMware Fusion. That is serious enough to send me back to a PC because that is where I do my work. While I love the MAC, I use it for personal and fun. I am beginning to understand why accounting and financial people strongly advised I not make the switch from the PC to the MAC.

    46 of 65 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Shocking!

    • Written by from Great Falls

    Live in a dry environment? If you do, get ready for the shock of your life...plus you get the bonus of your mouse or anything else plugged into it not working until you unplug and replug in the keyboard...

    C'mon, aluminum keyboard, carpets, shoes, dry humidless places? Who couldn't have seen this coming from a mile away.

    Nice look, but needs to be fixed or at least grounded through the chassis of the computer!!

    23 of 37 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    This keyboard stinks

    • Written by from Bethesda

    I've had it for ages but still haven't gotten used to it. Less accurate than iPhone touchpad. It regularly skips keystrokes making it necessary to go back and clean up everything I type. Good looks don't make up for poor functionality.

    17 of 31 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Apple keyboard

    • Written by

    This keyboard looks stylish and sleek to behold. The main problem arises once you start typing words. Many letters get skipped and some of the keys need some extra pressure to register while typing. This looks great but poor performance.

    16 of 29 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    don't like this keyboard

    • Written by from Dillingham

    I have 2 of these keyboards and I find them very frustrating after a month of use. The feel of this board is good but the keys are too squished together. I have not been able to adjust to the key spacing and I'm constantly switching on the caps lock. I have trouble finding other keys - I'm no whiz touch typist but this keyboard is the most irritating I've ever tried since the first lap tops came out. I have small hands. I can't imagine how someone with large hands could type on these.

    I don't like that there is no adjustment to the keyboard angle either, and that the mouse USB is at the end of the board - I get tangled in the wire frequently. Go wireless you say? No I don't want to support Duracell all the time.

    Also I wish the caps lock indicator light was much larger. I've found in some light conditions the teeny light is hard to see and I've been stumped why I couldn't log into some stuff, to eventually see the caps lock on AGAIN! grrrrr.

    Apple could do better just expanding this board by a few mm in length and width.

    15 of 23 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Good while it lasted

    • Written by from Toronto

    I purchased the Apple Keyboard with Numeric Keypad back in 2007 to use with my Macbook when hooked up to an external monitor. The keyboard worked great for the past 3 years until it suddenly died. One day it was working fine, the next day it was not detected. I would expect a basic USB keyboard like this to work for more than a few years, especially considering the price paid.

    14 of 22 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Random Problems with Tunes and key combinations

    • Written by from Lanham

    Over the past six months I have purchased several of these keyboards for my office and personal use, I have a problem with one which turns on my iTunes on and starts playing when the keyboard is connected to my MacBook Pro. The key combination of shift and W doesn't work. I contacted Apple they had no answers, I questioned warranty and was told there is no warranty since it wasn't purchased with a computer, I questioned more and got several stories, know one at Apple could tell me what the warranty is.
    My company has been loyal Apple users since the first Mac and this is the most run around I have ever had. I do know that other keyboard manufacturers have clear warranty statements and don't require a computer purchase get get warranty.
    other than these problems the keyboard would be a solid five star rating.

    15 of 17 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    NO USB 2.0!!!

    • Written by from Muncie

    Ok, Here's the scoop.... I purchased this keyboard to go with my PowerMac G4. The keyboard would be fantastic with one exception. That being the fact that the website advertises the USB ports as 2.0. This is not the case! The only reason I switched to this keyboard from the old 2002 style keyboard was for the USB 2.0 ports! I'm kind of wanting my money back, Apple! If there's a simple solution to this, please fill me in, or update the dang hardware to match your advertisements! It won't charge any of my USB 2.0 devices, and those range from three iPod's:2nd gen iPod touch, 5th gen ipod classic, and a 5th gen iPod nano. It won't charge my iPhone4 either! I wouldn't have purchased this keyboard had the advertisement been accurate.

    23 of 40 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    funcion keys not workflow compatible with volume control

    • Written by from San Francisco

    the keyboard itself is okay. it works. it doesn't collect crumbs like the last model, which is nice. I do a lot of imaging work that requires use of the function keys. I like to listen to music while I do said imaging work. Say the phone rings, and I want to turn down the volume, it is not all that easy to turn down the volume or mute the volume. Not the fault of the keyboard, it's Snow Leopard—No way to remap those keys. Apparently there is some additional 3rd party software that can help a person create applescripts to remap the volume keys. It doesn't seem like I should have to spend an hour researching this, trying all kinds of system preferences to no avail and still not be able to use my new keyboard to its full potential.

    One more thing. It's been 3 days since I removed the keyboard from the packaging and it still has that "new keyboard smell". Ya it's kind of funny, but as a FYI for the chemically sensitive folks, it does smell really strongly of outgassing plastic, even after 3 days.

    16 of 22 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    fn keys functionally incompatible with "one touch" keys

    • Written by from Redwood City

    I use function keys all the time; in games, and in VMware. I also constantly adjust the volume and brightness, and use Expose and Dashboard.

    On this keyboard the top row of keys must be set to one of two modes (function keys or "one touch" keys), requiring use of a "fn" modifier key to get the alternate feature/behavior.

    Unlike the short keyboard or the MacBook Pro, the "fn" key is in a random location, below the F13 key. Similarly, the eject key is placed bizarrely between F12 and F13 instead of at the right end of the top row, as on all my other Apple keyboards.

    On my old iMac extended keyboard, the "one touch" keys were on the rightmost 13 keys of the top row, mapped onto F8 through F15 where they overlapped. There was no "fn" key, nor any need for one, in my experience.

    The choice of locations for the "one touch" keys here is odd, too. They were easy to find by touch on the old keyboard, because audio was on the rightmost 4-key cluster above the numeric keypad and brightness on the 3-key cluster above the arrow keys. On this model they are lost in the crowd above the main keyboard.

    I spent an hour trying to figure out how to remap the keyboard in System Preferences, and eventually gave up.

    I'm at a loss to identify even one benefit from the new layout and dual-mode top row keys. It seems to be an example of "change for the sake of change" and a concept of "one touch" keys that doesn't exclude the need for a "fn" modifier key.

    17 of 24 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Prone to fail

    • Written by from Richmond

    I have gone through 2 of these with multiple and single non-functioning keys. I am not a fan but I like the action in usage. Warranty has been on the first two but when the next one goes out.. i will opt for someone else's product. cannot keep replacing keyboards every less than a year.

    15 of 22 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    One good, One awful

    • Written by

    Bought two of these keyboards back in January. One works fine and would get 4 stars. I don't quite love the "feel" of the keys, but they're not bad. The other has been getting worse and worse at intermittently missing keystrokes and (even worse) intermittently repeating keystrokes ad-infinitum. Will return or replace soon (it's practically unusable now). How long is the warranty? Can't find it anywhere... *sigh* Zero stars for the web-site designer!

    17 of 27 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    WIRELESS PLEASE!!!!

    • Written by from Victoria

    very nice keyboard (feels and looks good) - but I won't buy it with wires attached :(

    14 of 25 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    No power, No glory!

    • Written by from Naples

    I just bought this keyboard and I cannot use the spare USB port for either my iPhone or my flash drive. No power for either! My old keyboard (came with my 20" iMac) at least was capable of supporting my flash drive. A $50 keyboard should be able to do it all! I am very disappointed in Apple! Are you listening Steve?

    20 of 24 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Raspberries to the engineers

    • Written by from Morongo Valley

    I've gone through 2 keyboards in 3 years. The spacebar died on both (I am pasting the ASCII space to type here). Other than losing the spacebar function, a great keyboard!

    6 of 11 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    looks good, feels bad

    • Written by from Toronto

    visually clean and elegant.
    tactile feedback is poor, and the upside-down-W graphic on the M key drives me nuts.

    2 of 7 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Great but its wired!

    • Written by from Salem

    It looks great, it types great, BUT WHY is it not wireless? The Apple Keyboard Pro is awesome and because it is wireless. (I am going back to it.) Apple please get back to a full size wireless keyboard.

    56 of 78 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Why rubber keys?

    • Written by from Seal Beach

    It came with the iMac 24 I bought this past Summer. I opted for the usb with the numeric keypad...don't know why anyone would not want a numeric keypad
    It couldn't handle most usb devices I plugged into it. So that's a waste.
    The soft rubber keys with tight clearences simply invited trouble. I got a grain of sand stuck in the Control button once. It took me hours to figure out that problem.
    It has no back light. Something that would have gave it another star. The command button is awkwardly placed, making it impossible to enjoy Microsoft office applications.
    It was lightweight and moved around too easy

    After 4 months maybe, it failed completely. I was getting FS when I hit the F. VR when I hit the V, and a host of other double keys strokes. I unplugged it form my Mac and tried it on my Dell. Same issue.

    My microsoft natural keyboard failed after 3 years. Microsoft sent me a new one imediately without question. I still use that keyboard 9 years later.

    I've had a few other keyboards and none of them have ever failed or had stuck buttons.

    Mac refuses to even talk to me and there is no Warrentee info on the keyboard on this site or in the box it came in. So, enjoy this peice of.... or throw it in the trash when it shows up.
    I would recommend if you want practical and reliable. That you avoid all Mac input devices as a whole...I'm off to write a review for that useless power mouse next.

    If you want sleak, cute, and soft on the eyes. This is the keyboard for you. If you want to get some work done. Buy a Microsoft Natural keyboard and get-er-done

    14 of 21 people found this useful