• 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Better Than Wireless

    • Written by from Boulder

    Much more dependable than my wireless Apple keyboard. The numeric keypad is a bonus.

    51 of 55 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Brilliant, but why not Wireless?!

    • Written by from FARNHAM

    It is the best keyboard I have used. It is quiet, the keys are perfectly spaced and great to type on - the speed and accuracy with which I type has increased immediately simply because of the keyboard. It also looks great.

    BUT. Why on earth is it not wireless? They layout and numeric pad are so perfect, that surely it would not take much to create a wireless version! It would sell. people would buy it. So make it! There are millions of people out there who do need to be able to input numbers rapidly into their macs, and it is a shame that there is not a version of this keyboard in wireless. Show your customers that you listen to their suggestions, and please bring out a wireless version!

    49 of 51 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Keyboard, but would like a wireless version!

    • Written by from Quesnel

    I love typing on this keyboard and everything about it is great except the cord! I know there is an Apple keyboard that is wireless but it would be nice to see this design in a wireless version.

    51 of 55 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    A new design and layout.

    • Written by from Spring

    It's beautiful, but there should be an ergonomic version. If Apple had an ergonomic version, the keyboards might sell more because there are more comfort options. Then there is the two USB ports on the sides of the keyboard. They really come in handy when you want to keep clutter off your desktop. The only thing is they don't produce enough power. So when you are trying to charge your iPod, it won't work because there isn't enough power being produced. The only thing you can plug in there is Apple's Mighty Mouse or something that doesn't have to be charged when plugged in. If those issues where fixed, (those are the only two) there wouldn't be so many bad reviews. I hope you guys read this. It could be the next step up for the Apple Keyboard.

    62 of 77 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    not backwards compatible??

    • Written by from Madison

    I had the previous version of this keyboard, and I love the design. Now, three years later I needed another for work, so I bought one new this week, assuming it was the same product.

    I find that it works fine, except for the top row of function keys, which are no longer correctly recognized by my Snow Leopard OS X. Reading the product details more closely I now see that this was never guaranteed. I didn't even think to look at the OS X compatibility previously, since... it's a keyboard. My mistake.

    For those of us who code with highly customized MacBook Pros, upgrading to a new OS X can be a time consuming and not always worthwhile undertaking. So it's irritating when Apple's own products (especially something so simple as a keyboard) are no longer fully compatible with an operating system of their own design that is only 3 years old.

    For now I will just deal with the top row of keys being unusable until I have time to try updating my OS X. But, this is both frustrating and disappointing.

    49 of 53 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Wireless 10 key keyboard please

    • Written by from Saint Augustine

    I have the wireless keyboard with my iMac quad core i5, but needed the 10 key functions, so I pennied up and purchased the wired 10 key keyboard. It feels great and is super quiet. It looks awesome with the iMac [if you don't look at the wire :-) ]
    OKAY APPLE, make a wireless 10 keyboard so I can be one of the millions with a wireless keyboard without 10 key, a wired 10 key keyboard, and (hopefully) a wireless 10 key keyboard. How cool would all three keyboards next to each other on my desk? If you build it, they will buy it.

    49 of 53 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

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Just short of Excellent...

    • Written by from Kelowna

    I cannot understand for the life of me why Apple did not produce a full size keyboard in wireless. I would gladly sacrifice the two USB ports for wireless! Other than that (thanks for the vent) it is an excellent keyboard. Stylish, functional, and easy to keep clean! Excellent value, and compliments my iMac beautifully.

    48 of 51 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Apple Quality Assurance: Please check this out!

    • Written by from O'Brien

    Having just recently purchased two of these keyboards for our older Macs. I have a better understanding of why so many people seem to either love them or hate them.
    It seems that there are no two of these new keyboards that behave alike. One works great. I had to return the other because of a strange time delay with the “up arrow” and especially the ”right arrow” key. Not a computer or software problem, it has been isolated the individual keyboard. The replacement has the same intermittent delay on the arrow keys, plus a space bar that only works about half the time. Pressing the lower half of the bar usually gets no response, even though you feel and hear the “click” of the key.
    Apple has designed the “Caps Lock” key with a long delay in its response, requiring the typist to “lean” on that key for an abnormal period of time in order to get it to lock or unlock. Apple is compensating for poor typing technique at the expense good typists.
    To test your keyboard’s response , Open “Keyboard Viewer” (under the “flag” on the Menu Bar; if the “flag” isn’t there, go to System Preferences / International / Input Menu, and check “Show input menu in menu bar”). The Keyboard Viewer will give you a visual indication of the response for each keystroke, easily displaying flaky key contacts or strange time delays. If you end up with one of these new Aluminum keyboards that doesn’t work properly, my advice is to have it replaced immediately (and repeat if necessary, until you get a GOOD one). There seems to be a high percentage that truly are defective. It’s time for the Quality Assurance folks at Apple to get a handle on this problem!

    54 of 63 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Cable is far too short

    • Written by from Albuquerque

    The cable is laughably short, especially when hooked up to a 27-inch iMac -- you can't get the keyboard far enough away from the monitor to use comfortably.

    58 of 72 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Awesome keyboard, and some responses to the criticisms.

    • Written by from Salt Lake City

    This is really a perfect keyboard for most people. The slim design is incredible, it looks beautiful and responds great. After using this keyboard for a while, when I go try to use a dell keyboard or most other keyboards that come with PC's the keys feel really fat and clunky and it's actually kind of hard to type on because I'm so used to the thin keys that you don't need to depress very much to register. It's much easier to type on, even though it takes a little bit to get used to at first for some people. Trust me, it's worth it.

    The review that I read that stuck out the most to me is complaining about "significant design flaws" like the fact that the key's aren't curved so you can't feel where the center of the key is and also that the spacebar is slightly unresponsive. I don't know where he/she is getting that information. I literally have never had it not register the space bar, even if I just push it lightly or in one corner or the other. To be honest, it's the most sensitive keyboard I've ever had. Every key, including the spacebar is just as responsive as it can be. As for the curved keys, I can't think of any reason that those are necessary. First of all, I don't understand why the center of the key is so important... you can hit it anywhere on the key and it works, second of all, it's all the same spacing between keys as any other keyboard so anyone who types on a semi-regular or regular basis will be able to type no problem at all, it will just be second nature... you don't need curved keys.

    The other complaint that doesn't make sense to me is people complaining about the fact that the 2 USB ports on the side aren't full function. First of all, it works for most things, I've had it work for my iPod no problem at all, and it works with flash drives and everything. That being said, I know there are certain times where iPods and stuff won't work, such as when you plug this keyboard into an apple monitor instead of directly into the computer. You have to realize when you plug it in to a monitor, that's already acting as a hub... so you're plugging this keyboard (another hub) into a hub, and it's basically splitting the signal multiple times, making the signal weaker every time. A lot of USB hubs won't work for things like that unless you plug them in to the wall as well as the computer, so I don't know why it's a surprise to have the keyboard be that way. The USB ports are nice to have for simple things, but if you buy this don't expect it just to be complete new USB ports.

    51 of 58 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    LOVE IT!

    • Written by from Spencer

    This is a great product. I've been wanting one of these for quite a while, and I finally had a good excuse to buy it. I love this keyboard. It feels so nice under your fingers, and I think its more comfortable than the older ones. I have always preferred laptop keys to desktop keyboards, and it is also very quiet. Another good thing about this that not many people mention is that, with the old keyboard, you would always get dust and stuff between and beneath the keys, and you could see it because of the clear edges. The keyboards could get very disgusting at times. I'm glad that I won't be needing to get the canned air out for this one.

    101 of 158 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

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Learn to READ!!! ...then rate

    • Written by from Sacramento

    First of all this keyboard is awesome... especially for anyone that is used to using a notebook keyboard. Feels like a brand new macbook keyboard... but bigger.

    Don't listen to anyone that is complaining about insufficient power on the USB ports for iPods and external HDs that draw power from only the USB port. This is the case with ANY keyboard with USB ports on it; there is even a disclaimer for this in the product description!!!

    Bottom line: get this keyboard. If you need to plug in power-hungry devices; those belong on the back of the computer or on a powered USB hub anyways!!!

    45 of 47 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Best Keyboard ever

    • Written by from Nordhorn

    Thats the best Keyboard ever.

    But:
    I want it wireless !!!!!!!!!!

    47 of 52 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Keyboard but Wireless option is a MUST

    • Written by from Charlotte

    I love the feel of the keys, but am disappointed that the large keyboard isn't available in a wireless version.

    48 of 54 people found this useful

  • 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

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    It's so good, I bought another (wireless) keyboard

    • Written by from Hatboro

    After over 5 years with my iMac (heavy keyboard), I was concerned that this keyboard would not be very enjoyable.

    Glad I was mistaken with my thoughts because typing on this keyboard is a dream come true!

    The keys click as they are pressed, providing immediate feedback allowing me the confidence to type faster.

    Another cool feature is the ability to sync (and charge) my iPhone with the built-in USB hub.

    I love this so much, I bought another (wireless) keyboard for my iPhone!

    I get the same quality and I just love the aluminum look!
    The quality is absolute perfection!

    This keyboard was purchased with my new Mac mini.

    Recommended: Highly

    45 of 50 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.

    54 of 69 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Prefer this over the wireless keyboard

    • Written by from Concord

    Last week, I picked up the new Wireless Mouse and Wireless Keyboard. I was not sure if having a smaller keyboard without a numeric keypad would be worth the benefit of having a wireless keyboard. After trying it out for a week, I returned the wireless keyboard for the wired keyboard with Numeric keypad. I do a lot of work with Numbers/Excel and other financial programs, and it was too difficult for me to use the number keys at the top. It is just a personal preference. Both keyboards are awesome. I love the short keys....they make it so easy to type and so quiet too. I do not have a problem typing lengthy documents quickly even though the keys are flat. Some people may be bothered by the flat keys, but they work fine for me as long as you start your hands properly in the home position. You will love either of these great Apple keyboards, but if you type a lot of numbers, you might just want to stick with the wired version and make your life easier. Even with the wire, the new keyboard is a sleek, streamlined and minimal looking addition to my already-beautiful looking iMac.

    44 of 49 people found this useful