• 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Keyboard shortcuts do not match the MacBook What was Apple thinking??????

    • Written by from Missoula

    I purchased this keyboard to use with my MacBook. None of the keyboard shortcuts match the shortcuts on the MacBook. What possible reason would Apple have for not being consistent throughout their product lines? Amazing! Unbelievable!

    17 of 27 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    terrible

    • Written by from Westwood

    I only bought this because my previous keyboard broke (space bar stopped working), making this keyboard #3 in 3 years. Hopefully 3 is my lucky number, as I'm now on my third power supply for my iMac G5 as well. This was the most basic keyboard I found in the Apple store at my local mall. Apparently you can't get anything for under $50, whereas my previous Apple keyboard was around $30. So I plug it in and find that I can no longer control the volume or screen brightness through the keyboard, since I am still running Panther (10.3.9) and this requires you have 10.4.10. The function keys are way too small and I have to lean in close to read the print on them. As a replacement, it's an inferior product at a higher cost. Apparently Apple is trying to force people to upgrade since this thing only works correctly with Tiger and you can't get the old keyboard anymore. No problem, I'll be upgrading to Vista shortly.

    22 of 68 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    BOO.

    • Written by from Keene

    I was disappointed with this keyboard....I actually hated it. I traded my keyboard with someone else, for the regular apple keyboard. Its hard to get used to, and after a month of having it, I decided to give it up. The keys are weird because they're really small and it feels like you don't have to push down a lot, but you actually do. It made me mess up too much. Me no like.

    19 of 40 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Loved it for new iMac but

    • Written by from San Francisco

    I love it for the new iMac, so I bought one for G5/MacPro combo switched by KVM. I ignored the other posts about it not working. Should have heeded. DOES NOT WORK WITH KVM. How can that be?
    I don't get it. Why? I don't know how to rate the stars because on one machine it's great, on two it is a paperweight.

    17 of 30 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Problem

    • Written by from Las Cruces

    This new keyboard (nice as it is) will NOT work with a KVM switch from IOGear. IOGear knows of the problem but thus far there is no fix,

    18 of 34 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    looks great -- hard to type!

    • Written by from Baton Rouge

    I own the previous-generation Imac at home and recently got the new Imac at work with the thin keyboard. Its beautiful to look at and annoying to type on. I'm usually pretty fast at typing and find that it misses a lot of keystrokes. What really bothers me is Apple discontinued the previous keyboard that was perfectly adequate. I wish I could buy the old Imac keyboard (not so beautiful but had the advantage that it works) and throw this one away!

    18 of 24 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Very Pleasing to the Touch

    • Written by from Mountain View

    My wife got me this for our anniversary.I was very pleased for the first few days,the feel of the thin profile was amazing,and the keys were very responsive!but soon the space bar started coming loose.After some more use, it completely fell out.If you buy this,try to limit the use of the spacebar,as it will pop out!Also, i use a USB fan, and after i plugged into one of the ports,it produced an incredibly weak breeze.I must say I am disappointed...you struck out on this one steve!

    4 of 14 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Don't get this keyboard if you expect to use it with a KVM switch

    • Written by from Pacifica

    Had an Iogear KVM switch. It has worked with every keyboard I've had (even the old style Apple keyboard). But not with this one. The only workaround probably would be to buy a expensive powered KVM. I work for Apple and still no one at Applecare could give me a straight answer about why this was happening. Well I figured out why. It draws way too much power (one reason the extra USB's won't work on a Mac Mini). Even Iogear was shocked when I called them to try and troubleshoot it. I've had it for over a month and tried everything. So hopefully I can get my money back or just sell it to another co-worker. But if you have more than one computer, don't waste your money on it.

    19 of 28 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    broken

    • Written by from Toronto

    i loved this keyboard but it stopped working after 2 days. i just died on me.

    6 of 35 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Toy Keyboard

    • Written by from Fountain Valley

    I hated this keyboard with it's chiclet keys and not enough angle adjustment. Not only did I send it back, I immediately ordered a bunch of the previous white keyboards to stockpile. It does look good, though and thus the single star.

    16 of 28 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Great with Mac, not with a KVM switch!

    • Written by from Everett

    Nice keyboard!
    I use an IOGear KVM switch with a mini & a powerbook. The new keyboard won't work with with the KVM no matter HOW nice it is to look at & type on! It's going back to the store tomorrow & the old keybd goes back into service (sigh...) The PC guys have to love this!

    6 of 10 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    No real feel to it and too small

    • Written by from Burlington

    Without a doubt, this is the worst keyboard I've ever struggled with. It's so thin as to feel like a toy. They keys are too short and don't provide worthwhile feedback. It's hard to touch-type on it without hitting other keys accidentally. And why is dashboard now on F2?

    12 of 26 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    OMG You can actually type with this thing

    • Written by

    But that's about it, first of all. For a company that presents itself as being so much more user friendly that windows I'm a little surpriced at having to do a 16MB download and a reboot to get this thing to work, (IT'S A KEYBOARD!!!) which it doesn't btw, I can type, but that's about it. I can't control the volume, the keys are wrongly mapped, for example the dashboard shortcut isn't f4 at all like the symbol on the actual key says, it's f12, and so many more incredibly annoying bugs.

    And needless to say this was the most expensive keyboard I have ever purchased, and the first that I had to download drivers to, welcome to 2007!

    And for some reason, my dock doesn't animate anymore...

    8 of 21 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Don't Waste Your Money!!!!

    • Written by from Roblin

    I have been a happy Apple customer since my first Apple II+. Their products have always been of the finest quality and easy to use. I sure hope this new keyboard isn't an example of their new products. The space bar is very touchy and I have been typing run together words constantly. It seems that you have to press some of the keys very precisely or they don't work. I am now using my 'old' keyboard and my speed has increased about 3x over the new thin keyboard.

    Nice try guys, but this product stinks! P.U.

    32 of 75 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Sorry Apple, please try again.

    • Written by from Austin

    Sorry but I think this keyboard is woefully bad. I'm returning it to the Apple Store today. I have 6 Macs in the house and love Apple products, but sometimes Apple designs things that are sexy and flashy but don't work well. Witness the "hockey puck" mouse. Ditto on the keyboard this one replaces. For those of us that like a responsive keyboard with a solid touch, this keyboard doesn't cut it at all. Typing on this keyboard is like typing on a laptop keyboard. Some people like that mushy feel; I don't. I'm reverting to my Matias keyboard with its more substantial, more solid, and springier feel. Sorry folks. I give this keyboard one star at best, and that's only because it looks so different.

    32 of 54 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Be carefull, it work only with the new Mac Intel processor machine

    • Written by

    I was looking for a new keyboard. I decided to buy this one for the 2 high speed USB port. In is web site, the Apple company don't mention that you need a Mac with the Intel processor to use the USB high speed port. I have a macmini with the 1.42 GHz Power PC G4 processor. I can't use the USB port on the new keyboard. I gave a phone call to the Apple assistance service that told me that after I tried to connect my Ipod mini on it without success. It will be fair to mention that point on the Apple web site.

    279 of 353 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Please don't buy USB don't work

    • Written by from WARREN

    worst keyboard i have ever had and i had atleast 10 of them. If you only care about look but nothing else then please buy it.

    15 of 114 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    KVM doesn't work!

    • Written by from Naperville

    I am currently using the clear plastic Apple keyboard with a G7 wireless mouse. They are connected to a Iogear USB switch that connect a Apple G4 and a Sony desktop. The clear plastic Apple keyboard works GREAT in this Mac-PC network. Until I brought the brand new aluminum USB keyboard today, the keyboard simply does nothing with the KVM switch. Apple can do better than this. Don't they know how many Mac-PC users in the world? Please tell who ever doing the keyboard design to fix this problem ASAP! Also, please tell who ever doing marketing in the Apple headquarter, IT IS NOT ABOUT MAKING PC USERS SWITCHING TO MAC or MAKING PC WINDOWS WORKING IN MAC OS ENVIRONMENT, it is CO-EXIST - STUPID! Without PC comparison, people won't think Apple design is so cool. A lot of people, like me, in the world using both Mac and PC with KVM switch. Can't Apple fix a simple problem like this?

    ps. The 1-Star is for the good design of the box. For a keyboard doesn't work, there is no stars for it.

    21 of 50 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Intolerable design defect

    • Written by from LITTLETON

    I had great hopes for this keyboard. I played with it at the Apple store, and even though it was not what I would call an excellent keyboard by any means, it was better than most of the keyboards that you can buy these days, most of which are horrible in comparison to the typical keyboards of the decades past.

    This keyboard has one significant design flaw, and one design defect. The design flaw is that the top surface of the keys is too flat to permit you to sense whether your fingers are centered on the keys. There is a reason why the top surface of the keys is concave on most keyboards. The only reason why this unbiquitous practice was skipped on many notebook computers, is because flatter keys mean a skinnier notebook.

    The design defect is that the space key does not register the way that it should. With any keyboard or keypad, if you press the key just to the point where you have exceeded the force required to cause the key to "give", and you feel the discrete transition within the key, i.e., the "click", the key should register, without exception. If you feel the click, the key should register, each and every time, with no exceptions. The space bar on this keyboard does not do this, and that is why I am going to take it back to the store either today or tomorrow. For anyone who doubts what I am saying, the way to test whether this is true, is to gently press on the space bar just to where you feel it give, and no further. If you do this, you will find that if you are gentle enough, that even though you get the sensation of having pressed the key, that the keystroke does not register. No keyboard should work this way, and as far as I am concerned, this is a design defect. In any case, I can't tolerate it, because I can't stand having to continually go back and insert spaces where they were missed.

    Aesthetically, this keyboard is beautiful, and I've never said that about any keyboard before. It would never have occurred to me to think of a keyboard as a piece of sculpture. But sculpture is exactly what this keyboard is. So the question becomes, whether it is better to type on a piece of sculpture, or on a keyboard for which function was the only significant design consideration.

    Apple has become an enigma of sorts in recent years. More and more, Apple's products seem to be driven more by style and aesthetics than by function. The new iMac is beautiful to look at, and it is probably the best value of any Apple computer in perhaps twenty-five years, in terms of the hardware that you get relative to the price. Unfortunately, the iMac and its monitor are an integrated unit, and the monitor that you get with the new iMac, has a reflective front surface. Glossy monitors have strong show-room appeal, but I can't fathom that anyone who anticipates working in front of a computer day in and day out, would be in favor of the idea of having the constant reflections of the ceiling lights.

    While writing this, I would estimate that the space key has missed perhaps two dozen times. That's way too much. There is a used computer store a few miles from here, and I think that I will drop by there today and see if they have any good used keyboards.

    334 of 495 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Disappointing

    • Written by from North Augusta

    I bought this to replace the existing Apple "Crumb Catcher" keyboard I use with a KVM between my Mac Mini and Dell tower. Well, the Mac Mini won't recognize it through the KVM - yet the Dell does. So, it works fine on Windows but doesn't with my Mini. Infuriating. Such has been my 3 year journey with the Mac. This is the end of the road. I'm done with Apple.

    16 of 51 people found this useful