• 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Very nice! Good performance/feel, looks kill!

    • Written by from Houton

    My wife spilled something on my 1st gen Mac Pro keyboard which I was actually quite fond of. Much to my disappointment Apple no longer produces those and the only replacement was a third-party clone. Thought I'd give the slim one a chance and after a brief adjustment of an hour or so I can honestly say that this keyboard kills! So sick! I'm a programmer and feel is a huge factor. The key response is nice and hand placement is comfortable. And wow, the aesthetics. Can't look any nicer than this. Definitely recommended.

    6 of 7 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    i like it

    • Written by from SAINT PAUL

    first of all this is very sleek. the keys are very responsive, and also it doesn't make that annoying loud click that other plastic keyboards make. although maybe not the best keyboard for the workplace. the keys are a little spread out than other keyboards so it will take getting used to. overall its a very nice keyboard.

    16 of 18 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great keyboard, even with the problems

    • Written by from Saskatoon

    + looks great
    + feels great (especially for someone as picky as me)
    + sounds nice

    - manufacturing problems

    Unfortunately, the keyboard has some manufacturing issues (as described below) so you're better off to buy somewhere local and reduce your turnaround time in case you have to get a replacement.

    Problems:
    I recently bought this keyboard from a local store and unfortunately the '[' key wouldn't respond most of the time (i.e. you had to press directly on the center to get it to register -- not reasonable when you're hitting a key with your pinky finger).

    This is unlike the other keys where it doesn't really matter where/how I press them. I returned this keyboard and that store was out of stock so I went to another store and purchased another keyboard (obviously from a different batch).

    The new keyboard had the same problem, except now it's the left arrow key! I'm going to keep returning the keyboard until I get one that works for me.

    Bottom line: if you can get a properly manufactured keyboard, you will love it!

    35 of 39 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Excellent

    • Written by from Eugene

    Functionally very well designed. The only thing I think it is lacking is the function button on the lower left as is the case on the MacBook. Might be nice to have backlight feature too. Other than these iI would recommend this item.

    5 of 8 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Needed an excuse to use my new keyboard...

    • Written by from ASTORIA

    ...so I decided to write a review on the Apple Store. That's how much I like it.

    I had a wireless Apple Keyboard (the old transparent model) and it got RIDICULOUSLY dirty. There's not really a good way to clean it, so I just got this from the Apple Store. It works great. The keys feel great and I think it actually increases my WPM, since the keys have a shorter distance to travel. It also looks great and I don't think it will be nearly as easy to get this one dirty.

    I am just really disappointed that Apple doesn't offer a wireless keyboard with the numeric keypad! That was a deal-breaker for me on the new Apple wireless keyboard. Either way, I'm much happier with this.

    9 of 13 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Keyboard

    • Written by from Miami

    Just moved from a wireless logitech keyboard to the wired apple keyboard to use with my laptop while it is docked during the day. The logitech was a typical pc keyboard and I couldn't use it while on the phone as it was just too loud. Also, there was a lot of travel in the keys. The apple is gentle on the fingers. Typing is crisp. It is very small and doesn't take up a lot of space either. I had thought about the bluetooth keyboard, but do like having the numeric keypad. Highly recommended.

    5 of 6 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    keyboard shortcuts

    • Written by from Newport News

    My old keyboard has an easy F9 to reduce the size of all open windows and F11 to eliminate all open windows to display the desktop. The new one has a new key for F9 (it is now F3) but where is the F11?

    3 of 5 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great keyboard!

    • Written by from San Diego

    I purchased this keyboard to use with a Windows XP PC. After two weeks of use, my hands and palms haven't felt this great in a long time. In the first few minutes of use, you can really feel your palm muscles relaxing. Yes, it does take some time to get used to typing on this keyboard and there are the occasional hangups when using with a Windows PC, as others have mentioned, but these are insignificant when considering the overarching ergonomic benefits.

    25 of 27 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Really nice !

    • Written by from New York

    I have this keyboard from October 2008 and its the best I have used.
    Its thin, solid, really nice looking.
    The keys a low, so typing is kind of a faster.
    The only problem is that i cant charge my Iphone from the 2 usb ports in the back, but i can live with it.
    The next one probably should be with a changeble height (this one is fixed .. the heigh is good, but probably i want to try it a bit higher) and with a backlight keys.
    Keep up the good work :)

    10 of 12 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Flipping Sweet, except for one thing....

    • Written by from Seattle

    I've had mine for about a year now. Love it!
    It's quiet, easy to keep clean, and sleek.

    Only one thing, for some reason, from time to time, whenever I need to capitalize "t" in what I'm typing, Shift + T won't work...

    I have not experienced this with any other key, just "t"... very weird. Oh well! If I back up and try again, it works. No biggy! =)

    6 of 8 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Beautiful and elegant, but...

    • Written by from Denali National Park

    The new Apple keyboard is a piece of art for itself, but there is only one flaw in my opinion. You can't use it with your iPod unless you have new aluminum iMac. I am using older version of MacBook Pro, and additional monitor so I have to crouch behind both keyboard and monitor in order to sync an iPod. Apart from that, BEAUTIFUL!
    4 of 5 stars only because of the iPod connection!

    7 of 12 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great keyboard

    • Written by from Mableton

    Great Keyboard.

    I would give it 5 stars if the USB ports on the side would actually be useful. A mouse is the only thing that can plug into them (so why have 2....)

    USB Sticks, iPods (HELLO!!??) or any powered device (camera) dont work there....

    24 of 32 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    It's true: the space bar is a problem

    • Written by from Brooklyn

    As someone noted a year or two ago, there is a problem with the build of the space bar. Specifically, if you hit the bottom--i.e., the lower edge of the space bar, the edge closest to your body--the keyboard will not type a space.

    Theoretically it's possible to retrain your typing execution so that both thumbs ride higher on the space bar--i.e., much closer to the top edge, the edge closest to the C, V, B, N, M, "," keys.

    I've already started doing that, on my first day of using the keyboard, with fairly good results.

    The Caps Lock key similarly does not always activate--but I'm not sure why.

    And of course there's the issue of the keys not being backlit.

    Otherwise, the keyboard is great. These problems might normally cause me to give it only 3 stars. But because the feel and look are so amazing, and because this keyboard gives you a fully separate numeral pad, AND dedicated Home, End, PageUp, PageDown keys, I think it's a good bargain at $50 (current price as of 1/3/09).

    The software install was seamless, too (firmware upgrade to the keyboard accomplished by Apple, Software Update).

    6 of 9 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    After a year of use...

    • Written by from Calgary

    I'm torn.

    This unit, and the counterpart built into my macbook, are quiet, sturdy, and quite stunning—for keyboards.

    However, my fingers still get tripped up by the new design. This is frustrating because it means I type better on a standard PC keyboard. I feel as though I own a sleek new sports car but prefer my old sedan.

    But the keyboard is not rubbish. Apart from the usual dirt, it has shown no signs of wear. Also, after hours of use, my hands generally feel fine, whereas on a standard keyboard they would be tired.

    So, as I said, I'm torn. The keyboard has a lot going for it, but I would encourage everyone to try it first. With time you will certainly adapt to the new design, but it may take longer than expected.

    3 of 5 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    WORKS on MBP (early 2008 at least)

    • Written by from Coquitlam

    I have an early 2008 MBP (15", 2.4GHz) and it works fine. Haven't had trouble with any of the USB ports either. I usually use an external hard drive, iPod, flash drive or M-Audio keyboard with the keyboard USB slots and haven't had any problems with them.

    The only thing I'd change about it is that you need to use the Fn key to activate the F buttons. I'd prefer it if it were reversed so that you would have to hit the Fn key to change the settings such as brightness of the screen or sound level, etc. It's not that big of a deal; the only time I notice it is when I'm gaming, but you can usually reassign the key shortcuts.

    Other than that, it looks real nice, it's easy to clean and I really like the feel of the keys when I'm typing. In fact, my typing seems faster on it when compared to the PC type keyboard I'm using now, at work. I suppose that's a personal preference thing though, so other people might find it difficult to type on.

    19 of 23 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    nice keyboard, good upgrade

    • Written by from Paragould

    Nice step up for the keyboard. The key strokes are really smooth because of the low profile keys. It doesnt' get dirt trapped around the keys like the older keyboard did. The preset F keys are nice. There are pics on each key that correspond to their function. Those F keys with no preset have no pic so adding a function to those is a sinch and getting the functions confused is totally gone. Instant access to lots of features w/o having to open the program or utility. great apple keyboard feature.

    The only real issue I've had is the USB ports on the keyboard. I use a mac mini and the aluminum keyboard connected to the mini won't allow 2.0 devices. 2.0 use is only available when used with the aluminum iMac. my old keyboard when connected to the mac mini, allowed 2.0 device hookups (ie flash drives). I might pull my old keyboard out and compare the two. If you can give up the 2.0 feature its a good buy.

    22 of 24 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Bends...

    • Written by from Leamington Spa

    When I don't have the mouse plugged in, only wire being the wire from the Keyboard, it seems to wobble and I can hear a noise from the keyboard as it seems to have warped/flexed in the middle, as if I connect the mouse to the LEFT USB port and make the wire go underneath the white strip thing at the top, I no longer near this noise.
    I THINK this is because I could've... well... did... throw my phone at the keyboard and I think I've bent it.
    I'm DEFINATLEY not saying this is Apple's fault, it's mine (without a doubt). Except normal keyboard wouldn't bend that easily. (Ex: I have a chunky Windows PS/2 keyboard, it's lasted me dropping bricks on it...)
    So all in all it is a good keyboard. THE KEYS DO FEEL AS CRISP AS YOU THINK! They're responsive and don't hurt my fingers as some keyboards do (Microsoft's...).

    I love the thinness itself, I just wish it was stronger...

    3 of 6 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    GREAT PRODUCT

    • Written by

    the best keyboard ive ever owned..wish it was bluetooth though.it would be nice to have that feature in a 10 key version..over all 4 out of a 5 and thats only cause its not wireless..;)

    5 of 9 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Keyboard, once you adapt, you can't go back

    • Written by from DALLAS

    Reading some of the reviews and knowing how particular our DTP jockeys in our office are (they all loved the old black Pro keyboards), I figured I would stay away from this keyboard. However, my wife needed a new keyboard, so I bought one for her to try. At first, she did not like it, but after a few days, it really grew on her and it became her favorite keyboard. Then, someone else from the office had to use her computer, and they got to like this keyboard too. Soon, I had to buy 5 more keyboards for everyone else in the office.

    The quality is excellent. It is not squeeky/flexy like regular plastic keyboards. The only reason It does not get 5 stars from me is because we have notice that the keys are starting to stain on a couple of the keyboards. This issue has been mentioned before in this forum. Black key tops would be a great option to claim the fifth star.

    10 of 12 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    good affordable keyboard

    • Written by from Export

    It's small-hand friendly with large, low profile keys that are still easy to reach without a lot of hand strain. It includes the numeric keyboard (unlike the Bluetooth one), which is indispensable if you work with data at all.
    The spare USB port is handy but I'd rather that it used bluetooth so it was more portable. I'm really spoiled by the function keys on my Macbook so I really like having them on this keyboard.

    9 of 12 people found this useful