• 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Looked great, but limited

    • Written by from Phoenix, Az

    At first glance I loved the sleek look, but after trying it out found that the flatness of the keys made my fingers get lost on the pad. On old keyboards with their slightly raised edges, I can feel when my fingertips are getting off target. Not so with these. It's like being blind.

    When I got home I was doubly glad I had not spent money on it as realized the new placement of the usb ports would have made maneuvering my wired mouse impossible. I have extremely limited space for the mouse as it is, but a usb plug sticking out right into the mouse pad would allowed naught but the tiniest of movements. My old apple keyboard has the ports in the back where there is plenty of room for wires. Sure, I could go wireless, but I use the numbers keypad almost as much as I use the rest of a keyboard.

    Now I see other people having trouble with the dedicated F keys and I'm triple glad didn't purchase.

    4 of 7 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Not Worth It

    • Written by from Oakland

    This keyboard is not ergonomic although it looks good. I hate the feel of the keys because they are so flat. When I can afford it, I am going to get a Kinesis (very expensive). It is so much better than anything Apple or other manufacturers come up with. In the meantime, I am stuck using this flat keyboard. Ugh.

    41 of 83 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Does not work with KVM Switch emulators

    • Written by from Portland

    This is a great keyboard. I love the feeling of the keys and the slimmed down design; it's spoiled me for other keyboards. That said, form is one thing Apple did well, but they failed at function. This keyboard is incompatible with KVM switches that use emulation. It won't work with IOGear KVM's. I don't know if the keyboard works with Belkin KVM's, but I read that, if the KVM uses emulation (a common practice), you won't be able to use it with the KVM switch. Big, bummer.

    38 of 59 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Broken

    • Written by from Homestead

    Bought this keyboard tonight, but have to return it as one of the keys is broken. The keyboard is fine, I have a MacBook so I was used to the keys. I'm typing this review on the broken unit, it feels fine, but the broken key is a pain ... I'm asking for my money back - Spent more gas on getting to the apple store and returning the thing than it's worth!

    16 of 43 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    There are better keyboards for less.

    • Written by from Menlo Park

    I have been a touch typist for over 25 years. My Mom has been a touch typist for over 50 years. We both agree -- the keys on this new model have no natural weight to them and this causes us to make more errors.

    Apple, please bring back the previous model with normal sized keys and spring tension. That was an excellent, inexpensive keyboard.

    54 of 82 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Keyboard lacks functionality

    • Written by from Denver

    Finally broke my work keyboard. Three years is a pretty good run. The new one I got as a replacement isn't as good. Here's why. Apple has removed the function keys, or maybe made the common ones so that they are geared for Mac functions. The main thing I don't like is the disk eject button. If I have to boot up from a disk utility disk, on restart the disk eject key fails to eject the disk. So, I go through a lot of restarts trying to get the disk out of my superdrive before I have to crawl under the desk and hook up my old, broken keyboard, so I can get the boot disk out of my drive. Not cool.

    26 of 59 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Love the touch, hate the shape

    • Written by from West Linn

    As an ergonomic specialist who studies bodies for a living and has used Apple products for over twenty years, I can only say I really dislike the shape of this keyboard and WISH Apple would provide the same touch on a split keyboard. Apple was the FIRST company to understand the need for a split keyboard. Unfortunately, they abandoned the design too soon. It took longer for many of us to understand why a split board was necessary. The engineered positive tilt to the keyboard is a problem as it REQUIRES wrist extension. A second problem with this keyboard is getting it properly set on keyboard trays. The slight positive angle of the board and its 1/8? inch height makes it difficult to put the wrist in a healthy position.

    62 of 103 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Too Thin for anyone with fingernails

    • Written by

    I have been using this keyboard for about a month now and I am ready to put my old one back to work. I guess everyone else that has reviewed this product have very short fingernails. Since there is no depth to the keys, I keep striking more than one key at a time as there is no overhang area. My fingernails are natural and not that long. I do not want to type with the tip of my nails, I want to type with my finger tips.

    29 of 60 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Really icky

    • Written by from Bernardsville

    I like the bigger keys, but that's about it. The keys have no tactile response. Also the whole thing is too flush to the desk top. Really uncomfortable to type on.

    21 of 38 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Disappointed

    • Written by

    Yes the design is nice. But when you must space between words you actually have to hit the space bar pretty hard. A little hard with the typing. Meaning you have to press harder then you you should.

    36 of 65 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    All touch (I mean pound), no action

    • Written by from Dallas

    LOVE the look, but give me my old key board back..... This is a keyboard that wants to be all touch, but lacks the sensitivity - drops letters everywhere. I would stay with the old deep seated keyboard until they get the action right. We have an office with multiple keyboards that have been replaced with the old style or (worst yet) MS keyboards.

    31 of 46 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    space bar needs revamping

    • Written by from Danville

    I have used this keyboard for over a month now.
    Many good things here.

    But I continue to be frustrated with the space bar. Maybe my touch of the space bar is light and it doesn't trigger moving one space. I am not sure why this works so much different than other keyboards I have used.
    Maybe the space bar needs to be raised one eight of an inch or made more sensitive.
    But it continues to be frustrating to look at a few sentences that I have typed and a fair number of word have no separation between them (in spite of taping on the space bar).
    And I can say the same thing about the shift key as it has the same problem.
    I can not rate this keyboard higher because to me this is unacceptable.

    7 of 13 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Elegant, but too small

    • Written by from Saint Louis

    I'm with another reviewer - too small, too flat, very uncomfortable to use - like a laptop keyboard. I am always fixing mistakes. I'll be using the wireless keyboard that came with my old mac, and give this to the buyer of same.

    Mac stuff IS elegant, but sometimes I wish they would consider function, too. I sold my iPod touch for the same reason - keyboard almost impossible to use.

    187 of 367 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Too small for me

    • Written by from Hampton

    I recently bought a new imac which I love, but the keyboard is so small that I am constantly hitting the wrong keys and having to go back and correct what I write. I don't know if I am going to try to get used to it or get a new, bigger keyboard. The features are very nice otherwise and for that reason hate to give it up. I've been looking at the Mcally full sized one on Amazon.

    12 of 21 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Order an extension cord with it

    • Written by from Joelton

    The keyboard itself is fine, but unless you plan on using it directly under the monitor, the cord is at least a foot too short. My desk has a keyboard tray that requires the cord to go around the back edge of the desk and up to the computer. There needs to be another 12 inches (18 would be even better) for this to happen. I'd go with the wireless, but I need the 10-key. An excellent product made useless for lack of 3-cents worth of wire.

    69 of 100 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Eject button placement...stupid

    • Written by from Calgary

    I love the keyboard... except for the location of the EJECT button in the F keys??? I've hit Eject a couple of times now while burning when I only ment to hit the backspace button under it. Why didn't the freaken EJECT button go at the END of the F keys and not in the middle of them?? VERY frustrating if your in the middle of a burn. The other thing... you can't turn the monitor brightness buttons off on the keyboard!! Our 23" Apple monitors are calibrated with the brightness buttons on the monitor turned off! One mistake on the keybard and BAM... recalibration time.

    4 of 6 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Nice, when it works.

    • Written by from Greenwood

    The keyboard looks great, feels great, but doesn't work great. Occasionally the keyboard will stop responding, and will have to be unplugged and plugged back in, or will miss keystrokes, or will start sending the same keystroke over and over. For a programmer, this is enough to make you want to throw the device full force into a concrete floor.

    Perhaps I just got a bad one, but I can't justify buying another one to find out, and I can't return this one now. Luck of the draw.

    4 of 6 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Incompatible at boot with Mac Mini

    • Written by from Ottawa

    This keyboard is not supported by the current Mac Mini firmware.

    The keyboard options at boot ('C' for CD-ROM, 'Alt' for OS list, ...) with a Mac Mini (1.66GHz Intel Core 2 Duo) do not work. Drivers render the keyboard functional during the booting process.

    The design of the keyboard is fantastic; however, if you're upgrading and you've got a Mac Mini, you might want to wait for the firmware update.

    21 of 33 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Good but no wireless?

    • Written by from Boulder

    This keyboard would be great wireless. The bluetooth wireless keyboard is too small and lacks the number pad and arrow buttons which I use all the time. The feel of the keys takes a bit to get used to but overall decent touch. Another great addition to these keyboards would be a backlight for use in dim light. I still prefer the touch/backlight of the Macbook Pro though. So until this keyboard becomes wireless, I won't be buying one. And when will Mac make a true ergo keyboard. The style on these are great but the ergonomics SUCKS!...I guess style wins over function.

    7 of 29 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Apple Goes Stupid

    • Written by from Monterey

    The good: Sleek design. One star or that.
    The bad: Apple goes Dell/HP in this design in that now they cater to complete morons who think that having "media buttons" is really slick. Only Dell & HP & such did that 8 years ago, Apple discovers it only now. Pathetic and stupid. F keys are assigned to silly iTunes functions, so when I need F9 in other applications, it skips a song in iTunes. If you're a serious user, get a serious keyboard like Lexington.

    17 of 61 people found this useful