• 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Terribly Disappointing

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    After struggling with this keyboard for more than a month, I finally gave it up and went back to my old one. I give this one 1 star only because it's cool looking, but it gets no stars for functionality. The space bar is terrible--I spent way too much time going back and correcting space errors. Caps Lock key doesn't work well, either, although it seems more responsive than space bar. I first thought it was user error, but I did everything possible to adapt, and still no improvement. (I have no problem with the keyboard on my new MacBook Pro.) I don't recommend this keyboard to anyone. How it's rated an average of 4 stars is beyond me!

    22 of 48 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Keyboard is unusable.

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    I could not type on the new flat chiclet keyboard. Some of the keys would not register. Some keys had to be hit just so, or very hard, or nothing would happen. I've never had to go back and retype so many words as I had to on this keyboard. At times I was so frustrated that I feltl like smashing it. I tried to adapt to it for three weeks but couldn't make the transition from the old keyboard. Eventually I switched back to my old plastic e-Mac keyboard and everything is hunky dory now. The new keyboard hangs on my wall as sculpture.

    17 of 32 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    I hate it

    • Written by from LA FARGE

    I got this keyboard with my iMac. I have to press harder because I'm used to higher keys, they're also spaced too far - since my hands are small this is a big problem. I write ALLOT. I get so frustrated with the typos this thing causes and its inability to actually work half the time, since you have to hit the key perfectly to get it to type, that I simply feel like breaking it in half. If it wasn't for the commands for Leopard I'd switch back to my old eMac keyboard.

    This keyboard also makes me hesitate to buy the new macbooks. I'd rather get a PC for writing to be bluntly honest.

    Although the keys are unbreakable, if something gets under it you can't fix it. When I got this something got under one of my keys and now I have to press really hard to make it work.

    I understand people like portable and small these days, but seriously, be a little less biased. I'd love to trade this in for my bulky one any day. Please apple, make a new keyboard with normal keys like the old keyboards. Maybe pimp it out with clear plastic and a back light to make it more interesting. I'd love a back-lit keyboard for my desktop.

    28 of 66 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    just awful!

    • Written by from new hope

    The keyboard is terrible! The keys are too thin and when there are children on the computer with sticky hands, and dripping juice, the keys stick! I'd like an older version as soon as possible. Where do I get one?

    13 of 33 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Simply awful

    • Written by from hartland

    If you're a pro app user, stay away from this #$$^%... The keyboard is not curved, the keys have no definite edges to feel the position of your fingers without looking at the keyboard when using a tool shortcut for example. The function keys are not grouped and you have to remap the keys to free up the F1-F10 range that pro apps use often. I need a real PRO keyboard, it's just the alu reincarnation of the dreadful white iMac keyboard.

    5 of 20 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    If you "hunt & peck," DON'T BUY THIS KEYBOARD!

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    There is NO give on this poorly designed keyboard, which I hope Apple is redesigning, so if you "hunt & peck" you are going to get repetitive motion stress and/or carpal tunnel syndrome from slamming your fingers into this no-give horror. There is hardly any lift to the angle of this keyboard, you will have to put wedges under it if you're used to the old style, and the placement of the USB receptacles is terrible if you need your keyboard to but up against a left or right edge of your underdesk tray.

    23 of 129 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    New Keyboard doesn't with with excel 2004

    • Written by from christiansted

    I like the way it looks but if it doesn't work with Excel what use is it. Haven't been able to get the arrow keys to move selection - a real slow down in effectiveness with Excel

    11 of 43 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Uhg, not a fan!

    • Written by from East Fallowfield

    We have had the new keyboards at work for some time now, and I would say about 85% of us do not like them at all. It is incredibly uncomfortable to type on, the keys are flat instead of curved like a MacBook and I am constantly missing the space bar and some letters while typing. It's also hard to keep clean, since dust and debris can easily get in behind the keys. They are cool looking, but completely impractical.

    50 of 78 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    BEWARE

    • Written by from Larkspur

    I have been through four of these keyboards!! I loved the feel and all the special Mac related keys, so I kept giving them chances. The last two I left in the plastic to make sure they got no dust etc in them. They all just stopped working. Beware, these keyboards may die on you.

    11 of 36 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Looks good. Works not so good.

    • Written by from Guthrie Center

    Fabulous looking keyboard. Horrible performance. It seems that you really need to press the keys or it doesn't register. Same thing with the Shift key seems like you have to depress it in the middle or it doesn't sense it. I would serious consider looking on ebay or the used market for the previous style keyboard or gulp!, third-party keyboard. Just doesn't have the right feel. Go to your Apple Store and try it first.

    14 of 28 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    The worst keyboard I ever used

    • Written by from Los Angeles

    While the design is sleek and trim looking, it is andexample of form over function. The result is a keyword that is just plain awful. It's like the keyboard from a cheap laptop from a company you never heard of. The Apple keyboard it replaced was much, much better. The product managers at Apple must have decided that it was better to have a cool looking keyboard than one that incorporated basic principles of ergomonic design. And to be honest, the more you look at it the more it just looks like a cheap piece of hardware.

    If you look at most well-designed keyboards you will see that each individual key is slightly concave so your fingers settle into the keys. You will also notice the keyboard itself has a gentle curve as the keyboard rises toward the back. Not this one. It is not easy to type on and you end up making more typos. I really hope Apple replaces this with a keyboard that is designed to please the human body not just the human eye.

    41 of 70 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    fingernails

    • Written by from Miami

    Many typos due to fingernails (and mine are not long at all)! I touch-type and have for many years, and my error rate has gone up significantly. I thought it would pass after I adjusted to the new keyboard, but so far no luck. Especially on the bottom row, I find myself having to type on the tips of my nails, which slide easily over the flat keys. I am a writer, and spend a lot of time on my keyboard so functionality is all I care about. I do like that the "F" keys are permanently labled.

    18 of 30 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Poor choice for a fast, touch typist

    • Written by from State College

    I think BK from MÜNCHEN sums it up nicely. I have tried to use this keyboard for about six months now after my last one wore out. I am about to give up. I love my Macs but my love does not extend to this good looking but inadequate keyboard. Apple needs to design one that is both good to look at and works.

    11 of 32 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    poor quality, nice design

    • Written by from MÜNCHEN

    A beautiful design and it looks impressive on your desk. However, this is not a keyboard for serious work. you can push down a key beyond the touch point without seeing a response. This is unacceptable for a professional user. Especially the return key is a design error.
    if you hit this key on its vertical part or a bit off center you often see no response.
    The keyboard I bought also had one faulty key ("3") with a wobbling response, an unprecise touch point.
    Although I got used to the exrtremely short key hubs, a keyboard with short hub needs to have a precise, reliable touch point, and this keyboard is not precise enough. If you are trained and type fast, you will get annoyed very soon.

    34 of 53 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Worst keyboard ever.

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    This is the worst keyboard I have ever used.
    There is almost no tactile feedback, key travel is horribly short and painful to type on.

    It does look great on the desk, but thats about it.
    If you type a lot, this is not the keyboard for you.

    I regret having to even give this product a single star, 0 would be the most appropriate.


    27 of 56 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Sorry guys... style over substance doesn't cut it

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    After three months I thought I would be getting used to this keyboard, but it isn't happening. It is the poorest keyboard I've ever used. Never a complaint about Apple keyboards on G5's, PowerBooks, iMacs... but this is another matter. The keys are flat, not concave so the surfaces are very close to one another. There is little or no feel or travel to them. I have never made as many typos in my life as with this design. Inexcusable to sacrifice performance over appearance as has been done in this situation.

    13 of 24 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    I hate this keyboard. It is awkward and inconvenient. Here's why:

    • Written by from Los Angeles

    Apparently Apple never considered that high end professional users of it's hardware may use SEVERAL software packages that have important functions mapped to the F keys.

    The utterly stupid design of this keyboard commandeers the F keys for system functionality such as controlling widgets and brightness...things that can be easily controlled from the dashboard and system preferences. If you needed to have extra keys so badly, why didn't you just put a thin row of extra keys above the F keys and leave the F keys alone???

    This design flaw has left me with having to remap my F keys for my Autodesk 3d design software and the entire Adobe CS3... Unfortunately, the new higher F keys that Apple has provided are not recognized by these companies and are therefore entirely useless at this time.

    In this same vein, the HELP key in the bank of keys to the left of the numeric keypad is gone, and has been replaced by an *fn* key which must be pressed in order to access the traditional uses of the F keys. This defies logic to me for F keys have always embodied convenient shortcuts for all types of computing. Counterintuitively, the need to push this STUPID fn key, to access the traditional functions of the F keys is extremely inconvenient and practically renders the F keys unusable. This *fn* key is not even located anyplace near the control, command, or option keys on the extended keyboard layout.

    WHAT IN THE WORLD WERE YOU ENGINEERS THINKING WHEN YOU LAID OUT THIS KEYBOARD? IT IS JUST ***AWFUL*** AND HAS LEFT ME WITH MANY UNDESIRABLE WORKFLOW ISSUES. THUMBS DOWN!!!!!!

    61 of 132 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Nice but useless USP ports

    • Written by from KLEIN

    Why would Apple make a keyboard USB port that doesn't have enough power to sync your Iphone or Ipod? The keyboard is really nice but I bought it to make Syncing my Iphone easier. Should have read these reviews first. Lessoned learned. I did mention I wanted to use the USB for my Iphone to the cute little girl at the Apple store and she told me that's what it was for. Maybe Apple needs a little tech support training for their staff.

    9 of 23 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    If you use F-Keys for other apps, this keyboard Stinks

    • Written by from Culver City

    The brightness, volume control, etc are all taken up by the F-keys.
    I have many custom shortcuts and scripts set up in photoshop that are activated by pressing an F-Key. Now i have to turn off my system's ability to change volume and brightness from my keyboard (which is frustrating to NOT have on a keyboard level) or sacrifice all my F-key shortcuts.

    Plus, while typing, this keyboard does not always recognize the keys you press. This keyboard stinks. I am going to take my old keyboard off my 2 year old G5.

    I love apple but they always miss the boat when it comes to this stuff... their Hockey puck mouse is another great example of their follies...

    42 of 77 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    awful terrible idea

    • Written by from clemson

    Why would anyone want to use a bad notebook keyboard with their desktop pc? This thing is just like the MacBook keyboard with the chiclet keys! A keyboard, like a mouse, must be functional before you make it cool. This on is totally cool but the function is awful.

    14 of 27 people found this useful