• 3.0 out of 5 stars

    More on USB ports

    • Written by from Woodbridge

    First, this is an excellent keyboard. I got it because I was not happy with my old Microsoft wireless keyboard/mouse that I tried on my new Mac Mini.

    Feel, aesthetics...it is a work of art. Haven't done heavy typing on it yet, so can't comment on, for example, space bar or other problems that some have noted. So far, typing has been as pleasant an experience as something as mundane as typing can be.

    However, here's why it gets knocked down 2 stars:

    * Cord is too short. This makes you use the supplied USB extension cord. Some would see this as a plus (if you don't need a longer cord), but I see it as an extra connection that could impact USB performance. Also, as others have noticed, the extension cord female end is shaped in a way that makes it not compatible to use as an extension for some other peripherals.

    * The 2 USB ports were a big selling factor for me. I should have paid more attention to the Mac Keyboard page on the Apple website, which explains their limited functionality. They are powered, but not enough to power iPods and others. Plugged into the keyboard, my printer's (of course, a self-powered device) performance was erratic, and it had to be plugged into the back of the Mini. The wired Rocketfish Apple Mouse (mighty mouse look-alike) also has frozen/vanished while plugged into the keyboard. Webcam obviously a no-go. My camera and thumbdrive worked, but after seeing the printer repeatedly lose its connection in the middle of a job, I'm skeptical. Finally, as many have complained, the clearance between the USB ports and the underside of the keyboard limits what can be plugged in. So overall, the USB port feature is a huge let down, and I'm still left with a USB port shortage problem.

    Apple website says you get full USB functionality only on the aluminum Mac. I'm not sure if that means they are fully powered or what. Definitely not the case on the 2nd gen Mini.

    Searches on the web and Apple's support site have revealed other USB issues that seem tied to the latest OS X update (10.5.6, I think). If subsequent software pushes fix the USB, then I will fix this review.

    Overall, I like this keyboard too much to return it over the USB ports. It's not really false advertising, but kind of sneaky.

    14 of 16 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    My Mac Wont Sleep!

    • Written by from Brierfield

    Great feel, nice extra functionality, but I am typing this on my old keyboard :-(
    After many hours of fiddling I discover that the new keyboard is the reason that my G5 iMac wont sleep! As soon as you put it to sleep it wakes up again. Plug in old keyboard and viola it sleeps. (Yes the aluminium keyboard firmware update has been installed)
    Most disappointing.

    16 of 18 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    GOOD ... BUT ..

    • Written by from Toronto

    Great feel! .. But if you have a WHITE imac .. the USB 2.0 from the keyboard won't work .. It only works with the aluminum iMac .. BOOOOOO!!

    37 of 45 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    full size but missing something

    • Written by from Odenton

    This keyboard is great, I like the low profile design and aesthetic appearance. I would have gone with the wireless to replace my old wireless one, but it doesn't have the numeric keypad thus I chose this one.

    I was tickled to know it had USB ports on both sides, only to be disappointed by them. The problem? They are NOT USB 2.0, thus they aren't compatible with any of my peripherals that could have benefited from them (ie charging an iPod, etc). They pretty much only work with a wired apple mouse, if your into that sort of thing.

    31 of 39 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Frail laptop key design!

    • Written by from Camarillo

    I like the design and look of the keyboard, its very sleek. The feel is a bit strange at first but you quickly become accustomed to it and it types very nicely. I've had my keyboard for about 6 months now and I decided to remove some of the keys in an effort to clean it, however compared with the old generation of mac keyboard, the new keyboard uses the same design as the laptop keys and is held in place by a plastic hinge like system and connects in 3 points with 3 small U shaped hinge to pin connectors. They break extremely easy which I soon found out and then your keyboard is useless. So i've got a keyboard missing 3 keys because its new fragile design and the only solution is to buy another new one. I miss the robustness of the older model but it is still a nice keyboard, just never ever remove the keys.

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  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    If you use your mouse a lot

    • Written by from Richmond

    I find the key-board too wide. As I am using my mouse a lot, I have my right arm too far away from my body and it starts hurting my shoulder now, so I have to get the wireless key-board, that is narrower. If I had known that, I would have chosen differently to begin with.
    Other than that, I like the looks and feel of the key-board a lot.

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  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Mostly good.

    • Written by from Green Bay

    I will start off with the positives. First, it looks incredible. The slim design together with a full-featured keyboard is great. I have never been able to type so fast on a keyboard due to the short-throw of the keys.

    However, as much as I tried to love it, the ergonomics are just not there. I started to develop pain in my wrists after about two weeks. Unfortunately I had to go with a split keyboard that is much more comfortable but doesn't have the looks or response that the Apple keyboard does.

    If Apple develop a split ergonomic keyboard similar to this product I'd buy it in a heartbeat.

    6 of 9 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    lazy space bar

    • Written by from Sequim

    Once earwigs took over my original iMac wireless keyboard I opted for a wired keyboard. I read all reviews and noted that the prime complaint was a non-responsive space bar. Now that I have been using the keyboard for about two weeks--I agree. The space bar is sluggish and requires a powerful tap. Purchasers be aware. You will need to retrain your entry touch.

    18 of 22 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Not for FLASH users

    • Written by from Washington

    I love the feel of a laptop keyboard, and I feel this is very similar. I loved the keyboard until... I tried to use Flash. There is no function key on this thing, so even when you switch the option in the System Prefs to "use standard function keys" they still don't work. Meaning: using F5 to create frames doesn't work (as well as keys for making keyframes, deleting frames, create symbols, all of that). Hella annoying when you're trying to work in Flash.

    18 of 28 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Hurts my wrists

    • Written by

    I just bought an imac and I think this is the keyboard that comes with it. I love the way it looks, its lightweight, sleek, fairly quiet, and clean looking. It takes up minimal desk space. But after 1 1/2 weeks of using it I noticed my wrists have been hurting like crazy! If you are using your computer minimally and like the look of it, I'd say this keyboard is just fine, but if you are using your mac for extended periods of time, I'd look into buying another keyboard that is more comfortable. If the keyboard that comes with my imac ever breaks, I would not buy this keyboard again. I'd look for something else. I am actually looking to replace this keyboard with another kind.

    11 of 15 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    coolboard

    • Written by from Saint Petersburg

    Nice style and feel. Two issues: 1) it toggles between F keys or audio controls but you can't have it all at once like in the older white/clear model 2) too small print on F keys

    5 of 10 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Great w/ few downfalls

    • Written by from ARCADIA

    There are three main problems that I have with this keyboard.

    1. The keyboard is so thin and close to the table that the letters that require you to move your finger almost directly down (M, X, Comma, etc.) to type makes me scrunch my hand to type them, which is troublesome after a long time. As a solution, I put a notepad under each side to lift it up.

    1. Do not be fooled by the image if you have never seen the in person. The USB ports arent on the edge of the keyboard but rather it is farther in. Because of its placement, I have to lift my keyboard up to plug something into it.

    2. The ports themselves are extremely tight, requiring some forcing to insert the USB into the port and requiring even more force to pull it out.

    (I'm not sure if this is a defect or it is meant to be like that, but because I have already had to replace this keyboard once because of a different defect and they both had these problems, it's most likely its meant to be like this.)

    19 of 28 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Better than the last keyboard.

    • Written by from Los Angeles

    After using the previous white keyboard for a year I wanted to upgrade because some of the keys started sticking. I have a feeling that won't be a problem with the new one.

    The first thing I noticed is that this keyboard is much easier to clean than the last one. It takes a while to get used to typing on it, but things are fine after that. A lot of the hotkeys have been moved around, so get used to that.

    14 of 21 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Wired Keyboard and Typos...

    • Written by from Northampton

    Hey All.

    While the Apple wired keyboard looks great, it is by far the worst "performing" keyboard I have ever used. So many typos!! Really frustrating (like just spelled "really" as "relly") typing out a sentence; then having to go back and correct what you correctly spelled, urrgggggghhhh.

    In any case, I'm a switcher and am absolutely pleased with OSX -- long live Apple!

    Maybe the firmware upgrade will make these keys a bit more responsive; then I won't have to hammer away like on an old school type writer...

    15 of 27 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Nice at first but .......

    • Written by from San Francisco

    Have had my iMac for about 6 months and LOVE it. The keyboard was cool at first--great looking. Only real complaint—and Apple, are you listening?—is that it gets absolutely filthy within just a short time of use. And you can't just brush or blow away the dirt. You must use water and a rag. Just thought I'd contribute this opinion for those out there who value a consistently good look and easy-clean option. Great keyboard otherwise.

    38 of 59 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Nice looking but...

    • Written by from Oak Park

    I've been using this keyboard for a couple of months now, both home and office.

    Pluses:
    - Looks great from all angles.
    - Does not have the dirt-catcher plastic tray surrounding the keys that its predecessor had.

    Minuses:
    - Keyboard feel is bad. You'd think that after two months of use I'd be accustomed to it but still frequently miss characters and especially spaces. Space bar seems to have been hit but no space results.
    - The little gap between the caps lock key and the letter A key has been removed. As a result I do tHIS about ten tIMES a day. I eventually removed the caps lock key entirely so I could position my hands without having to look at the keyboard which, unfortunately, makes the keyboard look considerably less elegant.

    I think that function followed form a little too much on this one.

    J

    53 of 77 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    great size/design, kind of "dull" feel

    • Written by from NORTH LAS VEGAS

    I really like the design of this keyboard. It's heavy enough to stay put on my desk, too. The only thing I really don't like about it is that they keys are flat. This makes it difficult to ensure that your finger is on the correct key. (My other Apple key board keys have a slight concave surface.) I know it sounds kinda weird, but I tend to drag my fingers across the keys as I type... kind of like counting/feeling my way to the next key. This new key board has taken some time to get use to but I still have problems with it. All in all, the keys are quiet when pressed and it's a great design... maybe having slight concave depression on the keys would give it a better feel.

    42 of 72 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Nice Looking, but Less Functional

    • Written by from Ontario

    There is no doubt that this keyboard is attractive, especially if you have a newer model Mac that matches the aluminum. However, if you are expecting the old keyboard with a make-over, you will be disappointed.

    Many of the function keys are now doubled with OS X specific command keys; the play-pause, fast forward and rewind keys, as well as the sound keys, are now attached to the f7-f12 keys, and they are much easier to accidentally hit than before. Obviously, the extremely low-ness of the keyboard also makes typing more difficult until you've adjusted, so all in all, there is a medium-sized learning curve.

    The real problem, however, is not the re-mapping of the keys, but the fact that the keyboard and mouse now randomly freeze, and need to be unplugged and then re-plugged. I do not have the most recent version of the iMac, but I am only one generation behind (Intel, running 10.5) and I experience this problem a few times a day. It's extremely frustrating in general. I was told that it's a compatibility issue, and the only way to solve it was to have the newest version of the iMac.

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  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Apple function over form over real-life function...

    • Written by from Traverse City

    It's taking some time to get used to ergonomically- but that's not my main concern - Jamming all the system control keys onto the F-Keys and defaulting them to the system - feh!

    The keys don't keep up with me, or sometimes will repeat themselves - usually just hitting the repeat offender will stop that, but as a touch typist, this is bad... (maybe just a bad keyboard?).

    Other than that tho, I do like the form factor, and feel I may get used to it... although I like keys that register a click audibly - I've also got relatively large hands and thought this would be a problem - but the space between the keys makes up somewhat for their seemingly smaller size and definitely shorter travel.

    I'm surprised it's not backlit, being hardwired - if there is one thing I would ask all keyboard mfg's to do - please leave the F-Keys alone, or default them to F-keys in the driver.

    In the case of the Apple here, there is enough space between the arrows and the upper set of keys to have 6 or 8 buttons for all their built in "functionality" (if one wants it) - brightness, Expose, volume, dashboard, etc.. while still keeping the same form factor.

    I like the keyboard overall, mostly due to the external USB locations, but it's like finger twister at times, depending on how I use it, or want to configure it... I'm an old schooler, hey, maybe that's all there is to it.

    The little rubber nubs on the plastic bottom are not enough to keep it from sliding off an ergo slope, actually even on a flat surface - put some more traction down there.

    It does look good tho, so even if I don't get used to it, and replace it with an "old schooler", I might mount it on a wall or something..


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  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Not for hardcore users

    • Written by from Worcester

    It looks great and feels great but if you are going to use it for a long period of time, such as coding or gaming, I'd say don't buy it. IMO it's not ergonomic and on long usage you will quickly feel the strain on your fingers and wrist.
    But if you want to impress your friends or the hot date you managed to bring into your flat, it's the best :)
    Even getting a wrist rest won't help since the height of the keyboard is too low.

    30 of 45 people found this useful