• 4.0 out of 5 stars

    This keyboard fits for PC just fine (with some remarks)

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    Well, that's a fine piece of Apple stuff. I like its heavy enough aluminum base and flat buttons that fit my swift typing skills just fine. However there were some issues but they all natured of that I'm a PC user and bought the keyboard for my PC. So there was a problem with Alt and Win buttons swapped and the absence of Print Screen key. Both solved by free software. 4/5 for now, folks, keep up the good work. Hope next time I write a review for MacBook.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Mac/Windows/Linux it does it all

    • Written by from North Saint Paul

    First looking at this item online gives you a false sense by pictures, Once you have it you will be astound by the sleek design, capability, and lightweight. This item works well with Mac's PC and Linux.

    Now the parts i think that could be better. Back-lit-keys would always be nice. sure it will make the board a bit thicker but it will still have a nice feeling to it with the flat keys. The second thing is it needs a longer USB cored. it comes with a attachment but it would be nice for PC users to have a longer cord.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Awesome keyboard!

    • Written by from Kent

    Love the feel of this keyboard. Makes typing faster and more comfortable for me.
    Love the function keys however would like to see one for "Sleep Mode".

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Love it ... except....

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    I love this keyboard for the most part. I too type a lot and have NOT had any problems with that. Matter of fact, typing seems to move along faster. It's also so quiet.

    My complaints ... the location of the USB ports. And the extension USB they give you must be for USB2(?) My card reader doesn't fit; there's an extra "nib" in the opening.

    Also, WHY did Apple discontinue their old keyboard? I only have OS 10.3 and had no other Apple option but this keyboard. (Or wireless, I think. But that would lead to more expense.) Since I don't have 10.4 (another expense!) the "F" keys don't work properly (except for the eject key.) The ones I miss most are the volume keys.

    I did have a problem w/the Caps Lock and "A" keys not responding unless I whacked them HARD; but I returned it to my Apple store for an exchange with no problems.

    Don't get me wrong; I do like the keyboard. Typing IS smoother/faster/quieter; "crud" doesn't build up and it looks so sleek. I'm just hoping Apple reads these reviews and takes our voices into account when they improve the original.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    F Keys set up backwards

    • Written by from Victoria

    I bought this keyboard because I could not get the old style Apple keyboard which I have used since they came out with it for the production typing that makes my living. I especially liked the old price of the old one, because when keys starting sticking at all or anything else even marginally malfunctioned, I had the pleasure of breaking out a new one always in reserve and experiencing, once again, that smooth as butter newness. With this model, on the other hand, priced at nearly double the old one (which is very hard to find now and pricey as well) and not plug-in programmed for my essential function keys, it took me a while to even want to figure it out. When I did download the software for the second time and get it to install, I found that the function keys still would not program to my specification UNTIL I checked the box in the system preferences Keyboard pane that says it selects the functions printed on the keys (not what I wanted). Once I did this, however, the system preferences allowed me in keyboard shortcuts to set up the F keys for the menu operations I have always used them for, i.e. to customize them. This appears to be the opposite of what the check box says it does, but, oh well, I am off and running with this now. Thought others might want to know this.

    The touch is different, but I find one advantage over the old one is that striking two keys at once when an edge is hit does not happen - these keys have to be struck squarely to register. The space bar is not as responsive, but I'll adjust my stroke for that eventually. Otherwise, I do think this design will likely facilitate increased speed once I get adjusted to it. Another plus on this new one, to be fair, is it is the first keyboard I can easily see the light on for the caps lock - I've actually searched for one that would have an audible tone or some other alert feature to keep me from having to retype strings of text when the caps lock was unintentionally left on.

    In the final analysis, however, I don't think a company should simply discontinue a mainstay product for many users. Maybe I was the only one, but I was buying 2-3 of the old style keyboards a year and quite happy with them. So, that's my two cents worth on the new Apple Keyboard.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    It's a go!

    • Written by from New York

    BOTTOM LINE
    - Most needed keyboard upgrade
    - Beautiful
    - Comfortable
    - Keys feel/sound nice
    - Convenient dedicated keys
    - Love USB ports
    - From a design standpoint, more in line with new Mac line
    - Would love to see a similar version even more in line from a design standpoint with MacBooks (graphite keys with same look and feel, add backlight). That's a second version, keep this one as it's beautiful. A black/white version to match MacBooks would also be great. Same goes for mighty mouse (white, black, graphite). Design, design, design, options, options, options (although too many is not good, options that is)
    - Would love to have 2-3 levels of adjustable tilt. Default tilt works fine though.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    mmmmm, sweet

    • Written by from GLASTONBURY

    first of: it works with PCs, a few of the keys are swapped (@, ¬ etc.) and the special function keys (dashboard, brightness etc.) don't work, but that's to be expected.

    overall this keyboard is a joy to use, i'm actually rather dissappointed i haven't had to do more typing, as it's that nice to use.

    A lot of people mention the short travel of the keys, some obviously hate it but personally i love it. I think it depends a lot on how used to a normal long travel type keyboard you are, if you have used a traditional keyboard eveyday for the past 10 years your going to have difficulty gettign used to this keyboard, although i think most people will find it quite easy to use.

    I would have given this 5 stars, although as a few people mention, you do get loads of typos for some reason. For example there were 5 in this review (before i corrected them!)

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Much better than the old keyboard.. BUT

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    I wanted to give it 3.5, but I didn't want to give it a 3, so I gave it a 4. The keyboard is great, although sometimes I have a hard time pressing the Caps Lock button. The response is usually good, and I like the style a lot better. Plus it's easier to clean. However. Both I and another person I know have installed the software for the keyboard, and ever since starting to use it, we have had problems with the computer. My friend's mouse will hang up and be stuck clicked on a window, and won't unclick. So when he drags his mouse across the screen the window goes with it. Everytime I quit Safari, a Pop Up window comes up reading:
    Safari has unexpectedly quit!...

    But, it didn't?

    Other than that, certain preferences on my Safari browser were changed, nothing too big. But it's worrisome. Especially since I'm going to back up my computer and upgrade to Leopard. Which, after reading reviews, can only imagine what horrible things could happen. My luck with computers is not very good, although I've always loved Apple software. I'm sure the problem with the keyboard is just minor and could be patched up.

    So all in all it's a good keyboard. Just need to work out a few bugs, I suppose.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Keyboard design!

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    I love the new keyboard, but I want to know if it will work on Windows-based pc's.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Why move the buttons around?

    • Written by from Riverton

    I really like this keyboard, but the change of the volume keys and the eject button to the function keys is rather frustrating. F16 thru F19 are now useless unless I figure out how to reprogram them.
    I love the design, but the buttons should have stayed the same.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Back Lights?

    • Written by from Cedar Rapids

    I really like this keyboard, but I REALLY wish it had nice Blue lights under the keys that lit just the letters up like the Green under the CapsLock key.. I mean this is connected with a USB so why not? THEN it would definitely be worth the price it costs.

    It takes a little while getting used too, and if you have big hands it might be the wrong keyboard for you.

    I chose this one over the wireless one because it has the Home, Page Down, Page Up, Numpad, ect keys; which i use a lot when on the web and making websites.

    It works nicely in Windows and Linux.. In Linux the Eject button even works as an Eject button. :-)

    That's all.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Product, Wrists Disagree

    • Written by from Littleton

    The keyboard is simply amazing, it is quiet and features a great design. The keys are close together, just like any laptop keyboard, and keys differ from those of a MacBook's slightly. Keyboard features function keys from F1 thru F19. All aspects of this keyboard are top notch, especially the USB ports on both sides.

    Though the product is simply amazing functionality wise, usability lacks in the wrist department. Wrists are slammed to the desk due to the slanted positioning of the keyboard and causing straining after about two hours of use. A gel pad would be nice.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    The fingers have it

    • Written by from chicago

    Like many things the new keyboard takes a moment to adapt to. It is sleek and the keys don't stand as tall as the older keyboards but I've found that it took only a few minutes of typing (actual typing) to acquire the touch needed to work freely.

    You're reading mixed reviews here so my advice is to stop into the store and give it a try. If it doesn't feel good instantly, type a letter to Santa telling him what a good boy or girl you've been and by the end, you'll know if you like the keyboard or not.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    sexy and sleek

    • Written by from Kew Gardens

    love this keyboard, although it's very low so i'm still adjusting. i wish the wireless version had the full keyboard. i dislike wires cluttering my desk. i have red polish on; maybe i type too hard but there are some marks on the keys.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great

    • Written by from CALGARY

    I love this new keyboard that I got with the iMac 24. At first I was a little worried about it but it seems to just work for me. I do not have the biggest hands in the world but they are not small either. The only problem I seem to have is the delete button seems to be about 5 mm out for me, I seem to either hit \ or eject button a bit to much. But I seem to be adapting pretty quickly. I have a mac book pro as well but I do not seem to have the same issue. I would say give a try and don't ride off this new keyboard too quickly.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    works great with XP too

    • Written by from Boise

    Thin, clean and fairly sturdy feeling, this keyboard has good looks too. The slightly oversized keys take a day of getting used to, but overall has great action.
    Works great with XP, and having two USB 2.0 ports built in give the product wonderful value.
    The key's do feel light so only time will tell on how long term durability will be.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Keys in Perfect Pitch

    • Written by from Washington

    This may sound a bit silly, since this a $49 part of a $2000+ iMac G5, but I love it like no other keyboard I've ever used.

    I find I make fewer tpyos, er, typos and love the short travel of each key. With previous Apple keyboard (white), keys often got "stuck" or my fingers would seek out wrong key by accident. It had poor tactile feedback. This Al beauty approaches legendary quality of Thinkpad' keyboards.

    I wonder if this 'board works seamlessly with Tiger? I want to get one for my friend.

    Happy Typing...

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Nice Keyboard

    • Written by from Tucson

    I just got this keyboard for my MacBook. It is nice. The action of the keys is good and it looks amazing! To the reviewer who complained about the usb ports not supporting the Ipod or hard drives, it warns you it does not before you buy it. The keyboard is an unpowered usb hub, so it is no surprise it does not support devices that draw extra power.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Best Keyboard Yet

    • Written by from Grapeview

    After a short adjustment period, getting used to the action of this wonderful little keyboard, I'm ready to buy my second one! The price is right and the construction is high quality.
    Every Mac user should have a chance to try this so they can fall in love with it.


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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    My fingers are happy!!

    • Written by from Elkford

    I was leery when I looked in the box. Skeptical when I installed it. After 1 hour it was pure delight. I love the tactile sensation. My fingers don't slip off the keys and it is comfortable. I often wonder why it took me so long to join the Apple family. ..

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