• 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Love this keyboard

    • Written by from Manhattan Beach

    I'm loving this keyboard much more than the wireless one, which I also own. I especially like the additional navigation keys and numeric key pad which is a great advantage if you type numbers frequently, like I do. I also find the two USB ports on the keyboard extremely useful. It allows me to attached my portable scanner and other items right on the keyboard. Highly recommend.

    28 of 33 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Typist's dream

    • Written by from EVERGREEN PARK

    I'm an Administrative Assistant and my boss is computer illiterate - he either handwrites or dictates his emails. I noticed that with my Mac keyboard at home, I can type like the wind, compared to the ordinary Dell/PC keyboard at the office. The distance from fingertip to electronic impulse is about half that of the PC keyboard, and therefore typing speed is much faster. Apple seems to have "reinvented the wheel" - and make my life a whole lot easier.

    27 of 31 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Apple Keyboard with Numeric Keypad (not fully working with 10.5.8)

    • Written by from westminster

    KeyBoard works overall, but the Delete keys can not be held down to perform continuous delete. You have to keep hitting the delete buttons, one letter at a time.

    29 of 35 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    No backlighting

    • Written by from El Paso

    This is an excellent keyboard, the nicest touch of any keyboard I've ever used. The only drawback is no lighted keys, which have been available on Mac notebooks for years, which is a great feature for those of us who prefer to - or are able to only - work by the computer screen's light. Backlit keys would make this the perfect keyboard.

    33 of 43 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Numeric Keypad: critical

    • Written by from Spanish Fork

    The full keyboard, with the traditional numeric keypad is a gotta have. I paid the extra $49 and stored the in-the-box shorter version when I bought my new iMac early September. I tell ya, I need the full board for two reasons. 1) For minor on-line computations the across the top layout just doesn't get it. I need the "numeric keypad" to complete my work. 2) The new keyboard is painfully small as a useful layout; may be my hands but it's too cramped to be functional. Tom

    27 of 31 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Apple Keyboard

    • Written by from Bloomington

    Pros:
    I love the slim profile of the keyboard and the aluminum structure.
    It takes up way less desk space.

    Cons:
    You really have to strike the keys firmly to make sure they register.
    I would like to the keys back lit for night typing.
    The full size keyboard needs to be wireless.

    28 of 33 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    My favorite keyboard thus far.

    • Written by from Denver

    I'm a full-time student and writer. As such, I often get caught in the electronics stores "typing" on their keyboard displays, as I have not found one that I really liked in years. Until I got my MacBook. I really liked the internal keyboard on it, and when I decided to set up a "docking station" for it with a larger monitor, I went out and bought one of these.

    My only complaint is that you can't change the tilt of the keyboard - there are no "legs", so unless it's at your ideal angle already, you're just going to have to live with it - or put some of those self-adhesive rubber dots on the back to raise it a bit. That being said, this keyboard is ideal. I did notice that, since the USB ports aren't powered, you really do need this plugged directly into your Mac, not into a hub, if you want to use the USB ports for anything (very handy for flash drives).

    I love my macs. I even like the keyboard on my iBook G4, but I really love this keyboard!! The mighty mouse, in my opinion, is a piece of junk, but the Apple Keyboard hit a bulls eye! If Apple ever decides to change this design, I might end up buying several of these as spares.

    24 of 25 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Excellent keyboard

    • Written by from Plano

    I have had no difficulty at all adapting to the flat design. In fact, the keys have an ideal amount of sensitivity for me and typing is more comfortable than any other keyboard I have used in the last nineteen years.

    I am puzzled by many of the online complaints in this forum. I type by touch and view my monitor while typing, having being taught in high school to type on an IBM Typewriter. I wonder if a dependency on looking at the keyboard or not knowing how to type without looking at the keyboard poses problems for some of the dissatisfied buyers. From my experience, I can recommend the keyboard highly.

    25 of 27 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

  • 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

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Excellent & Different

    • Written by from Santa Clara

    I'm a law student, so I have to do a tremendous amount of typing every day. I had the last version of the Apple Keyboard and really liked it for various reasons: 1. style, 2. functionality, 3. feel, and 4. ergonomics. But recently I've been hampered by the angle on the keyboard; after three hours of typing my hand started to cramp and I was having a difficult time typing at my usual speed.

    I went out and purchased the new Aluminum Apple Keyboard, a little skeptical of what others have said about it. But as soon as I sat down and began typing on one of my LARAW projects I suddenly realized all the wonderful attributes for this product:

    1. Ergonomics is the chief reason I love this keyboard. The lower angle allows me to just rest my writs on the tabletop and not have to worry about a greater angle to reach the keys. My hands lie much flatter, and my typing speed stays consistent throughout 3-hour typing project.

    2. The feel of this keyboard is different from all the previous versions. But it's still good. It feels very much like the keyboard on my MacBook Pro. Although I'm a fan of the "clickety-click" sounds when I type the keys, it's not such a big issue. I'll just get used to new sound.

    3. The key arrangement is better, I think. Since the keys themselves are much flatter there's less risk of getting dust and other nasties between the keys. My old keyboard suffered from this problem, but I don't suspect the new keyboard will have any difficulties. The easy Dashboard, Expose, and play controls on the the top are wonderful. It's about time Apple incorporated some of the controls the Windows-compatible keyboards have been including on their keyboards for the past few years.

    4. Overall style is good. I'm a big fan of plain white, so the white keys/aluminum background contrast doesn't jive too well with me. But that's just a personal issue. Give it time and I'm sure it won't bother me.

    So, I really would recommend this new keyboard. It's much easier to use than the previous versions, and the feel and look are not a hindrance (as some have posted on this thread). If you're someone who types a lot, or just need to free up some desk space, this keyboard is fantastic. It's pricey, but it's worth it.

    For me, the big seller is the angle on the keyboard. Anything that helps me analyze my cases and type away without cramping my hands is a boon.

    27 of 31 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Looks great. But...

    • Written by from Laramie

    ...the USB extension cable is useless. It has a flange on the female that prevents it from hooking into anything. Why would Apple design a cord that cannot be connected to a flash drive or other standard USB devices? Strange.

    35 of 48 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    its great keyboard

    • Written by from San Diego

    one of the things that i like is there is USB on the side that you can easily connect your thumb drive. on the other hand I wish it is illuminated keyboard like my macbook pro.

    23 of 24 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    EXCELLENT USB Hub

    • Written by from fullerton

    I love this keyboard because it makes connecting my devices easy through the keyboard rather than fooling around with reaching in back of my iMac. I highly recommend this to any desktop owner.

    28 of 34 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    OK but not great

    • Written by from laval

    My wireless keyboard came by default with my new iMac 27in system. I like the quality and fell of the keyboard. Its design is also beautiful. However its main drawback is that people like me, software developers, the keyboard is much too small, is missing page up/down buttons, and the location of the CONTROL key is just painful to use. CONTROL i s more frequently used than FN so I would have place it in the current location of FN, that way one can use the left hand pinky to easily reach CTRL-A CTRL-something combinations without doing a Houdini with the fingers.

    27 of 32 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    At a desk, wired is better than wireless and here's why...

    • Written by from Bedminster

    For most Mac users, we delight in the fact that Apple products are SMART and INNOVATIVE. Well, once agan, that is just what THIS FULL KEYBOARD is. It's only as wide, long and thick as a keyboard needs to be. Due to the fact that it 2 has built-in USBs, it automatically comes raised/angled due to their design as compensated underneath the keyboard (so for all of you worried about ergonomic design, the keyboard is titled nicely).

    Now, I'm a HUGE advocate of having "extra space" on my desktop, so at first I only wanted the keyboard that's the exact same size/build as my MacBook Pro 13" 's...Much to my surprise, I bought the full wired keyboard because of the additional KEYS [ex: "delete >" (RIGHT) and delete (regular backspace), Arrow keys, sperate numerical pad!!] and they have DEFINITELY come in handy. (pun intended).

    If your needs are based on using any external keyboard at your desk (and you the additional keys/features appealing in a full keyboard) get this keyboard over the wireless. It even comes with an extension-cable (that I needed to utilize, in addition it's the regular wire, for the keyboard to reach from under my desk's keyboard tray, up and around to the back of desk and finally to my external monitor's USB plug). As set up in the manner which I have it, the cable NEVER gets in the way and I never even realize that it's there. If you MUST have the keyboard on top your desk, then I can see how a wire would be annoying: both noticeable and in-the-way. Also, if you want to use the keyboard to control your computer for strict multimedia use (say, from your bed or from livingroom couch/table with Apple TV) then the wireless version obviously suits your needs better.

    In my opinion, this keyboard is for the desk-worker who will utilize all of it's full features and also doesn't want to worry about batterie in a wireless keyboard. (That said, if Apple ever did make this same full-featured wired keyboard wireLESS, it would be the ultimate for everyone I imagine- but for now, this is what is available, I love it so far and I'm glad that I bought it over the wireless - again, it truly suits all of my desk-working needs and setup, perfectly).

    28 of 34 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    NICE AND MODERN KEYBOARD BUT THE USB PORTS ARE NOT WHAT THEY SEEM

    • Written by from Chicago

    Excellent keyboard, the keys have great and crisp feel,it has great design, but one of the reasons i bought this product was because apple told us it has 2 2.0 usb built in ports so i can plug in any device i want.
    You simply can´t plug any usb flash drive or an ipod, because the system tells you that the usb ports are low powered.
    So that´s a big disappointment for me, other than that, it´s all good!!

    23 of 24 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Keyboard

    • Written by from Conowingo

    The only thing better would be to add backlighing like the MacBook pro's have built in.
    (And the Wireless KB could use a Number pad too)

    22 of 22 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Full Keyboard should have just come with the iMac

    • Written by from Burnaby

    I bought my iMac two weeks ago and really gave the mini keyboard a try but, as a PC convert, there are some things that I just need, like my home and end keys, a backspace and a full size keypad. It should have just come with the system I bought but there was no swaying the sales person to swap it out for me. Oh well I ended up having to spend another $60 to get the full keyboard. I also ended up using the KeyFixer utility to remap the Home and End keys so that they operated like I expected them to. Overall I am very happy with my system and full keyboard.

    24 of 26 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Awesome keyboard with one minor problem

    • Written by from LONDON

    As the other reviews state, and I endorse, the keyboard is great, the keys feel great and all, but there is one minor issue, and it has to do with apple USB connectors.

    The connectors in the keyboard are very strong and tight, but given the type of USB plugs from, say, an iPod touch, or a mighty mouse, it is VERY hard to pluck them out of the keyboard since they are square and smooth. If you never have to remove apple stuff from the keyboard, there is no problem, but if you do, you'd better have very strong fingers.

    29 of 36 people found this useful