• 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.

    56 of 71 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.

    23 of 40 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

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Disappointed

    • Written by from DeWitt

    My keyboard is just 2 months out of warranty and the keys keep falling off. Some of the buttons also get stuck so then I can't use the keyboard at all. I can't afford a new one so I'm stuck with a keyboard that doesn't function properly.

    44 of 75 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Terrible. Failed after 2 years use.

    • Written by from Midland

    Worked great for the first year and half and started having key problems (I never eat or drink anything at my desk. NOTHING was spilled on it)

    The 8 key is stuck, cleaned underneath and it was already spotless, still the same problems. Now the o & 1 key doesn't work. Now am forced to use a hideous logitech keyboard as I can't afford 50$ for a new one.

    16 of 24 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    it just stops working

    • Written by from LAKE VIEW TERRACE

    this is like the third one i've had to buy and now it's broken too.... all of a sudden the keys just stop working. one day it's fine next day - half the keys stop responding. i didn't wet it or drop it - it's just dead. i guess i'll go to a LOGITECH this time, even though i love the look and feel of this keyboard. at least it should last more than 3 months.

    28 of 43 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Is there a warrantee

    • Written by from New Haven

    I bought my keyboard less than a year ago along with one from MacAlley. The Apple keyboard already has a problem. The shift key doesn't work on the left side. The MacAlley keyboard is fine still. the Mac keyboard is a delight to use so concept is good. The actual is a piece of junk.
    I have an untold number of Mac keyboards around here that don't work from many generations of Mac. Why can't these guys make a keyboard as good as their computers?
    Same goes for the mouses made by Mac. I have a drawer full of them and many died after less than a couple of years of use. All have been replaced with off brands that last and work better.

    24 of 41 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    I miss my old mac keyboard

    • Written by

    This keyboard is slim and elegant. I like the texture of the keys but not the tactile feel. After more than a year, i still have much more typos and have developed wrist pain. I wish my old trusty mac keyboard hadn't broken it was the most comfortable keyboard i've ever used.

    This rubbish isn't the slightest big ergonomic and a lot of people i know hate it. I wish apple would just swallow their pride and add one similar to the old one to the lineup. The Logitech Wave is better but not as good as my old white mac keyboard and i hear great things about the Matias Tactile Pro Keyboard 3.0. I do hear that it is not as good as the old mac with the clear sides that took two hours for people with mild ocd to clean. You know who you are.

    33 of 39 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    KEYBOARD

    • Written by

    We switched to the IMac about a year ago from a Dell. Oh how I wish I would have tried to type on this thing before making this purchase!! I have come to the conclusion that it is simply IMPOSSIBLE for me to transition to this pathetic excuse of a writing instrument. It is my understanding that my Dell Keyboard won't work with the iMac, so I feel as though I am trapped in a marriage that is destined to fail.

    27 of 67 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    NEW KEYBOARD DOESN'T WORK PROPERLY

    • Written by

    I never liked my wireless keyboard I got with my imac last year because it ate batteries like crazy so when i accidently got it wet and it died I went to the nortridge ca store and got the usb model with numeric keypad I was told to just hook it up to any usb port and it would work fine. I followed the directions in the booklet that came with it, there was no software included and was told to download the "apple keyboard software" and install it. well there is no such software to make this keyboard work right, the delete button doesn't work, the volume controls don't work all the fuction keys are screwed up...its a real mess and after several hours trying to find a fix .... I'm feeling as frustrated as I was so often when I owned microsoft products....I give it a 1 star because it does look nice....

    15 of 37 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Total Disappointment!

    • Written by from San Diego

    I have a lot of Apple products which I'm very happy with, but this is a total disappointment! I just got it Friday, used it for a couple hours, put it back in the box and am going to return it.
    The design is really bad. Apple totally missed the mark with this thing. Its much much too small, its too thin, its not height adjustable, and the keys don't have much give.
    It made my back and arm sore. Hopefully, they'll rethink this, and while they're at it, they should seriously think about giving the wireless keyboard a numeric pad.

    27 of 40 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    aggravated carpal tunnel

    • Written by from White Bear Lake

    After using the new keyboard for just a couple of weeks I was in so much wrist pain that I had to stop using it. After switching back to my old keyboard, the wrist pain went away. Just a warning for others that may have carpal tunnel issues.

    17 of 33 people found this useful