• 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Benign Neglect

    • Written by from Anthem

    A keyboard with a numeric keypad seems like a core element of a power user's system. Apple seems to have relegated these users to the first-generation archaic users group by choosing not to release a wireless version of this keyboard. Maybe Apple's marginal profit position does not support the return on investment for bluetooth product development of this item.

    60 of 79 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    So close to the perfect keyboard

    • Written by from Calgary

    I needed a keyboard for my MacBook and even though I really wanted a bluetooth keyboard, like the one that came with my iMac, I also really needed a numeric keypad do do my work. Apparently I can't have both. I feel like I had to settle when I bought this keyboard. I've never felt that way with any other apple product.

    Apple, what is stoping you from making a wireless keyboard WITH a numeric keypad?

    Also, the USB extension cable that is provided with this keyboard has a serious design flaw. The female end of the cable has a "nub" to help hold the male end of a USB device. Unfortunately this "nub" is a little too large and actually makes it difficult to insert a male USB connector, and even harder to remove it. In fact I actually broke a USB stick trying to pull it out! I had to wedge a paper clip into the female end of the extension cord to pry the broken USB stick out!

    The keyboard is nice (despite the antiquated cord) but that USB extension cable went straight into the garbage.

    36 of 38 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Space Bar

    • Written by from Alberton

    I replaced my wonderful wireless keyboard with this full size one because I needed the numeric keypad for data entry. I was surprised that the space bar was so loud, and actually has a different feel from all the other letters and numbers. I called Apple to inquire about a replacement, as I assumed this was a defect. I was surprised to find out it is not a defect, they are all that way. What? I don't see the purpose. The noise it makes is a very irritating, but hopefully I'll get used to it, since other than that I do like the keyboard.

    22 of 34 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    AppF Keys

    • Written by from San Juan

    i wish it had the separation between the Function Keys. Otherwise it feels great.

    9 of 16 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Good keyboard BUT ...

    • Written by from Greenville

    Overall, this keyboard is great. However, I am constantly getting shocked from the aluminum. It gets very dry here in the winter and I think that contributes to it. I prefer the old school keyboard to this one.

    14 of 19 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Great feel; needs wireless

    • Written by from BLACKHEATH

    Pros need full size arrow keys and page up/down. But cables are ugly. Right now Apple only has compromises to offer you. Where is my wireless version?

    All that said, both this and the little wireless sister are the nicest keyboards I've typed on.

    22 of 27 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Almost....Very Very Noisy Space Bar!

    • Written by from Gaithersburg

    The keyboard is really nice. The keys have a great feel to them, they are the right size, it's easy to clean, and it looks fantastic. I read another review that said the USB ports wouldn't work with an iPod, but it certainly works with mine. I've also plugged in digital cameras with no problem.

    I have two complaints though. First, the USB ports are hidden underneath. It gives the keyboard a clean look, but you have to tilt it on end to access the USB port. Why not something easier to access?

    The USB location I can live with, but my biggest complaint is that the space bar is very very loud. Really loud! All the other keys are nice an quiet, but that space bar is unbelievable. If I get up before my wife she can't hear me typing on the other keys, but when I hit the space bar it's loud enough to get her up. I went to an Apple retail store to try and exchange it, but they opened up a brand new keyboard and it was just as loud. It's like it's missing some padding or shock absorbing material underneath. I see this as a design flaw that Apple should correct.

    15 of 17 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Where is the wireless version?

    • Written by from Concord

    I own and love this keyboard except for one small technicality. It only connects via USB thus cluttering my desk with an extra unnecessary wire and occupying one the four USB connections on my iMac. The wireless keyboard Apple offers is totally useless for anyone who needs a ten-key for work or personal reasons. Why doesn’t Apple offer a wireless version of this keyboard like they did in the past for former keyboard models? Puzzled Apple fan.

    49 of 53 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    OK but not great

    • Written by from laval

    My wireless keyboard came by default with my new iMac 27in system. I like the quality and fell of the keyboard. Its design is also beautiful. However its main drawback is that people like me, software developers, the keyboard is much too small, is missing page up/down buttons, and the location of the CONTROL key is just painful to use. CONTROL i s more frequently used than FN so I would have place it in the current location of FN, that way one can use the left hand pinky to easily reach CTRL-A CTRL-something combinations without doing a Houdini with the fingers.

    27 of 32 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Good keyboard, however...

    • Written by from DENVER

    I do like this keyboard with the one exception of its non-ergonomic style. I have used the ergonomic keyboards on PC's before changing over to Mac and they are much friendlier on the hands and wrists.

    38 of 46 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Shocking!

    • Written by from Denver

    I have no problem with the key feel or ergonomics of this keyboard. My problem is that everytime I use it I get a static discharge, and not a small one. I don't know if this caused any problems with my computer (hope not), but it got irritating enough that I had to stop using it and I got an old plastic apple keyboard. I would love to get a wireless keyboard, but I have to have the numeric keyboard on the right, and Apple does not make one like that.

    10 of 16 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Dissapointing

    • Written by from Westford

    Well, i was very excited to get this keyboard because i spilled water on my old one. The thing that i was most looking forward to was the "USB 2.0" ports...which i thought i could charge/sync my ipod touch with, but i get a low power notice. Its a great keyboard itself, but the false advertising dissapoints me.

    14 of 29 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Apple Keyboard with Numeric Keypad

    • Written by from Fresno

    PROS: Keyboard

    CONS: USB extension cable. WARNING - for Apple Keyboard with Numeric Keypad ONLY !

    A sort of proprietary USB 2.0 connection that will not fit any other USB device or cable. As a result physical damage can occur if connected ( I damaged a cable itself and a 4 Gb drive due to this)

    Apple please provide an additional replacement and supply via store of extension cables alone. I will gladly pay to get a new one...

    Thank you

    19 of 23 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Apple Keyboard with Numeric Keypad (not fully working with 10.5.8)

    • Written by from westminster

    KeyBoard works overall, but the Delete keys can not be held down to perform continuous delete. You have to keep hitting the delete buttons, one letter at a time.

    29 of 35 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Very Nice

    • Written by from ladera ranch

    Much better feel than the old fullsize. However, the old fullsize was wireless/BT why not this one? Would have been great!

    38 of 41 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    undocumented

    • Written by from Los Angeles

    This keyboard is much better that on the Macbook Pro, but the 'documentation is worse than useless - misleading, vague and intended for other keyboards, as is Apple's online information. There are 19 function keys, but what the last 6 are for or how to program, them is probably buried under some rock. The placement of the keys is easier to use than other Apple keyboards, and having page up and down, home and end keys is a relief for a professional writer. These work differently in different programs, Wish I didn't have to get the Numeric Keypad with it, but nothing's perfect. There are third party keyboards designed like that - with the middle row of keys - for the Mac, but they all work differently and most vendors won't let you try them out.

    10 of 25 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    NICE AND MODERN KEYBOARD BUT THE USB PORTS ARE NOT WHAT THEY SEEM

    • Written by from Chicago

    Excellent keyboard, the keys have great and crisp feel,it has great design, but one of the reasons i bought this product was because apple told us it has 2 2.0 usb built in ports so i can plug in any device i want.
    You simply can´t plug any usb flash drive or an ipod, because the system tells you that the usb ports are low powered.
    So that´s a big disappointment for me, other than that, it´s all good!!

    23 of 24 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    style and function

    • Written by from Makawao

    I truly enjoy this keyboard but after a few months the "6^" key went nuts and randomly types sixes. The key "7&" has failed. I can't attest to the quality of this product as I can to my other Apple products. I don't have an Apple store locally and our Apple products seller here only warrants for 10 days. Maybe you'll have better luck than I did.

    11 of 16 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Pet Peeves got the best of me...

    • Written by from Los Angeles

    Overall good keyboard. I bought this keyboard because it was easier to type on. I previously had the old white wireless keyboard with numeric pad, but I was getting tired of all the typo's I was having because I have to put more effort into pressing the buttons down hard. And when time is an issue (which is always the case for me) and you need to type up a template or respond to an email quickly, it gets really annoying.

    So I bought this wired keyboard because of the numeric pad (I don't know why the aluminum wireless ones don't have 'em; very unprofessional) and the issue was resolved. I could type with speed and ease without the worry of typo's due to the actual keyboard. Better yet, I was super excited to have two USB inputs on either side of the keyboard. Hoping to use it for misc. electronic appliances (ie. both my blackberry and iPhone, IPod, Flash drives, etc.)

    But alas, the USB ports on the keyboard do not support power to any appliance plugged in through these slots and because of this it didn't recognize the plugged in device at all. Therefore, plugging my little gadgets through the USB ports on the keyboard was USELESS because everything draws power through the USB nowadays. That was a huge pet peeve for me because I lost an extra USB port on my iMac to support this keyboard. Hence, the loss of two stars (one for each USELESS USB port).

    I returned it and bought the bluetooth MacAlly keyboard with numeric pad.

    26 of 35 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Good but not Great

    • Written by from San Jose

    The light weight, angle for the hands, and overall strength and flexibility of the full keyboard are really great. It could be so much better if it came in a Bluetooth, wireless model. Some applications, such as Logic Studio, work best with a full keyboard - meaning that there is a numeric keypad on the far right of the keyboard. While one can go in to the application and reprogram / redefine the keys to fit on the wireless keyboard in some fashion or another. That is a lot of pain-in-the-neck work just to get a wireless keyboard.

    17 of 28 people found this useful