• 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great, but not perfect.

    • Written by from Riverside

    The apple software update did not fix the broken dashboard/exposé keys as it should have, and others are having a similar problem.

    The keyboard is one of the best Ive ever used. However, my other gripe with besides the broken Fkeys is that the USB ports a placed in a way that many things like USB Audio adapters or key drives simply won't fit. And the extender cable that apple provides is notched to intentionally prevent using it for any other reason other than to extend the keyboard.

    It's a great keyboard, but I'm slightly disappointed in these software/design errors.

    2 of 2 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Dirty Keys!!!

    • Written by from Provo

    I think this keyboard is great. I really like its formfactor. Having said that I have one complaint. The keys get dirty very fast. My space bar, return, delete, O, P, L, and ; Keys are all dirty from use. I clean them with a slightly damp paper towel and they get dirty again within a day or two. I have not heard of this problem from anyone else. I wonder if I got one with out some sort of coating on the keys that keep them looking nice.

    5 of 6 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    SLICK PIECE OF FRUIT!

    • Written by from Bowie

    I use my new keyboard with my powermac g5 and i love it. nice and thin, takes up even less space than the previous keyboard and it has a great touch. i still kinda miss my light click noises, but who cares with a keyboard this nice, right?? Way to go Apple!

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    A big improvement

    • Written by from Berkeley

    It seems a lot easier to type on this than on the previous Apple keyboard (of which I somehow have acquired 5 over the years), and it looks cooler to boot. I used to think that more key travel = better, but now I realize that the opposite is true. It's got the nice crisp feel of some of their notebook keyboards, but a bit better even, and the keys are nicely spaced to minimize unintended keypresses.

    2 of 2 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Getting used to it...

    • Written by from Costa Mesa

    This keyboard takes a while to get used to, but once you do - it's a nice change. It's super small and takes up very little desktop real-estate, which is nice. 2 USB ports make it easy to connect a mouse, or whatever else you need. I will say that using one of the USB ports to copy to a USB jump drive / memory key was extremely slow. I would rate it around USB 1.1 speeds, however I am not 100% sure they advertise this keyboard as a USB 2.0 complaint device. It would be nice to be able to adjust the height of the keyboard, but ultimately, it's a minor complaint. The keyboard itself has a heavy feel to it, and I like that - it doesn't slide around when you type. I don't know if this keyboard is for everyone, I actually hated it when I tested it in the store, but I needed a new keyboard, so I figured I'd give it a shot...it has grown on me and I think I like it now...but then again, I am open to change a bit. If you don't like geting your feathers ruffled, this might not be the best keyboard for you.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Love the keyboard, and works on Ms Windows Vista too...

    • Written by from Singapore

    I just bought the keyboard, and I must admit, I love it so much, cool design, cool style, and the most important, it works and can type. The guy at the store told me it won't work with Windows, well, I plugged it to my PC with Vista, and now I am typing this review with it on my Vista PC. Not that I don't have Mac, I have MacBook and I bought the keyboard for the MacBook. But, one problem, the function key not "same" as MacBook keyboard, the expose,the dasboard , volume control shortcut keyy differ as they are in MacBook keyboard. Nevertheless, awesome product....

    3 of 4 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Not a bad Keyboard, could use some improvements.

    • Written by from Winnipeg

    Just test out the new apple keyboard and I love it. I wonder what all the big stink is about? I think it is very responsive and it feels great when I type. It's light to the touch and the usb stick works, I like the fact that the usb port is recessed, however I don't like the fact that when you have both usb ports in use, it makes the keyboard hard to maneuver.

    I found that it worked great on my Imac G5 isight, but when plugged into my 17" Macbook Pro, I found that some of the quick keys didn't work, like the Dashboard and Expose quick keys. Also the keyboard could be more functional if it had iPod support. Aside from these small quirks I would rate this keyboard and 4/5. Good job apple, but not an awesome one.

    1 of 2 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    New Apple Keyboard

    • Written by from Evanston

    I hated the old white keyboard that came with my PowerMac G5. The keys seemed to stick and weren't spaced correctly. I commonly misspelled my own passwords. On the other hand I loved the keyboards built into my PowerBook G4 and MacBookPro. They had a nice touch. The new keyboard (I purchased the USB version) has that same touch and feel as my laptops. Thanks Apple.

    14 of 18 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    wow

    • Written by from sherman oaks

    love the new keyboard.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Best Keyboard

    • Written by from Peotone

    If you don't like notebook keyboards, stay away. This keyboard has little resistance on the keys. It is the exact opposite of the last Apple Keyboard.

    Another negative of this keyboard is the placement of the USB ports. having them right on the side increases the overall space that is concerned, especially with my small college desk. I wish they would of been able to put them on the back again.

    Other than that I love this keyboard! The media keys are extremely useful. The dashboard and expose keys aren't really that useful, my mighty mouse takes care of that. I would say this product would be a nice addition to any Apple Computer set up.

    14 of 20 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Definitely a "thought different" keyboard

    • Written by from Georgetown

    The keys require very little force to press and this I believe will help to stave off carpal tunnel a little longer. So, this keyboard will require an adjustment period but I think it'll be a welcome adjustment to make. I do find it quite irritating that the USB ports on the keyboard operate in low power mode with the keyboard plugged into my MB pro. My USB memory keys don't work and that was quite a let down. Also the key surfaces seem a little slippery to the touch but as of yet I can't determine if that's a Bad Thing™ or just part of the adjustment to a different keyboard.

    14 of 22 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Works well with PC

    • Written by from Toronto

    I got this keyboard because I loved the light feeling of a laptop keyboard with a numpad. This keyboard delivers that very well. It works just fine with windows xp except for the multimedia buttons. As for the USB ports it is no different than what everyone else has experienced. I can use it to transfer files from my USB keys but not for my Ipod or anything else that requires power. If you are looking for a slim keyboard with a very light touch this is a great option.

    14 of 16 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Simply...

    • Written by from Montreal

    ...the best keyboard ever made!

    Why four Stars? Because there is a localization bug that make impossible for users with foreign language System setting (non-english) to access the Keyboard Shortcut Preference Pane.

    But there's a workaround: Set your System language (System Preferences/International) to "English", log out and in again and you'll get access to the Keyboard Shortcut Preference Pane. Make your setting, replace the System language to yours, log out and in again, et voilà!

    Keyboard software update 1.1 doesn't correct the bug. Will see with 1.2!

    Besides all this, it's the best keyboard touch I ever felt, well done Apple.

    5 of 8 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great design/under powered USB ports

    • Written by from TRAVELERS REST

    The original description of this keyboard said you could connect iPods, cameras and printers to the USB ports. They have since corrected the description to say that you can connect all those things but only if the keyboard is connected to a new iMac. Hopefully Apple will realize that more people than the new iMac users want a good keyboard. Until then, I guess I'll go back to my old clear and white "crumb-catcher"... at least it will let me connect flash drives and cameras.

    8 of 11 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    F3 and F4 not working?

    • Written by from San Francisco

    Great look and feel to this keyboard. Another piece of functional art from Apple. Nice response to the keys when typing. But, after downloading and installing the Apple Keyboard Update, two function keys (F3 and F4) do not work. Hmmm. sez I. Pismo running 10.4.10 with a gig of ram so everything should work as advertised... in theory.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Overall, nice product

    • Written by from Flagstaff

    Overall, mostly satisfied with product, especially when compared previous model with the larger clear plastic frame…which was horrible to type on. I truly considered all the feedback (negative too) before buying, so here is what I consider to be a fair, balanced review…

    Pros: Smooth typing very similar to working on a laptop keypad--short relief and very responsive keys—so not recommended for people who prefer stiffer, larger PC-style boards. Easier to clean, unlike previous iMac board which would collect dust and small crumbs. Most of all, excellent ergonomics. Angle and placement of keys is very conducive to typing for long periods of time. Obviously a beautiful, aesthetically pleasing design…as usual.

    Cons: Biggest complaint, NO POWERED USB ports. No longer can you plug in flash drives (or any powered device from what I hear) to the board, a clear advantage of the previous model. Apple advertises this product as being able to power such devices, but this is not the case…very disappointing. It does, however, power my Logitech wireless mouse receiver. Also the ports themselves are tucked away, making plug-ins slightly more inconvenient.

    In a nutshell: Highly improved over last model, with the exception of USB issue, which for me, isn’t enough to not prefer this product over the last. For me, it’s mostly about smooth typing and comfort. I would like to comment on some negative feedback within this forum that almost prevented me from getting this product. It was noted in one case the space bar had a significant response delay. I have yet to experience this problem. It could be a personal typing style and you may just need to adapt to this particular keyboard, as you do ANY. Someone also raised a concern about cheap plastic keys. FYI, they ARE cheap plastic keys…everything around you is made of cheap plastic, why nitpick the keyboard? Overall, if comfort and accuracy in typing is most important to you, I would highly recommend this keyboard.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Update Keyboard Software

    • Written by from Houston

    Some of you complaining about the new keyboard not functioning as promised may need to update the keyboard software. see apple keyboard software update 1.1

    3 of 3 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Quality, Work with PCs!

    • Written by from Limestone

    I bought this to match my Dell 1501 laptop (silver and white). I've always liked Apple keyboards for years. On a whim, I thought I would try it with my PC. Works find, but no "print screen" function. There are programs out there that will allow mapping of the keys, etc.

    Quality is excellent--keyboard is hefty and sits still on the table. The USB ports will not support a jump drive as everyone ha smentioned. The keys are huge and easy to type on--with positive feedback. It does feel like a notebook keyboard, but with better tactile feel. My only reason for the 4 stars is that there is no vertical adjustment on the keyboard. I may add some rubber bumpers under the back to lift the back a bit.

    I suppose you can use a mouse with the keyboard USB, but who would want to? Afterall, the cord will ball up and get in the way.

    I was suprised to see a USB extention cable came with the keyboard--a $20 accessory. The attached cord is limited to like 3 feet - perfect for use with a laptop (in my case. I was also suprised that the control key works with Win XP...and the fn key works as the INS key for PCs.

    Overall, very pleased--looking to take one to work and cause a stir with the sleek look. :) Way to go Apple...nice product!

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Awesome

    • Written by from Brooklyn

    The keyboard has an awesome feel and is so thin and light that its perfect. the only problem that I do have with the keyboard is that Apple says we can plug in ipods and cameras to the keyboard's usb port but when you do a warning message pops up that says not enough power. which means we can only plug in things that are externally powered. that's my only complaint. all of the function keys work really well for me and the siz and weight of the keyboard is perfect for use. great product!

    9 of 15 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Good Keyboard

    • Written by from Davison

    The keyboard itself is a great piece of work. I bought it to get more accurate typing than I did on my MBP, and that's what I got. However, the complaints about the low-powered USB ports are sad, but true. They should be fully functional for what you pay.

    6 of 12 people found this useful