• 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Lacks Durability

    • Written by from San Diego

    I've bought at least 10 of these this year alone, multiple computers of course in a computational environment. I'd guess half still work. They break in a few creative ways. One is only recognized after a ritual of (dis)connecting it a few times. A couple of others refuse to work with Cinema Displays. A few others have unresponsive keys.

    These keyboards attract a lot of dirt. I recommend cleaning them to our staff, which is probably where I got it wrong. Cleaning seems to break them. Maybe they'd last longer coupled with a cover, but I hate those.

    Probably go back to tried and true PC keyboards. Not as sexy, but I've never had one break. Ever.

    7 of 8 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Good functionality, but keys come off

    • Written by from Los Angeles

    I love this keyboard, but several keys are coming loose after I have been using it for regular desk work for a year and a half. The command key, which I use all the time, is held on with Scotch tape. The asterisk key on the numeric keypad, which I almost never use, is also coming loose, suggesting that it's not just from heavy usage but may be a design flaw. Not the workmanship I'd expect from Apple.

    4 of 4 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Wired Apple Keyboard

    • Written by from Montreal

    Once you get used to this flat-keyed (low profile) keyboard, you never want to return to the older-style.

    The trouble is that the most-common keys start to lose their black ink imprinted on the lettering, and the keys themselves seem to be "eroding". THe depth of the key is starting to get deeper and deeper, in terms of plastic loss.

    At $ 55.00 plus taxes, I would have expected better!

    3 of 6 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Doesn't feel crisp anymore.

    • Written by from Wolfratshausen

    I bought about half a dozen of these keyboards in the past couple of years. (Different language versions, home and office use, multiple computers, etc.) I was always very happy with this keyboard and I found it unmatched in terms of build and typing quality. Unfortunately, with the latest instance I bought I totally miss the typical crisp feeling of the keys. Instead, they feel spongy and the drag for typing is much higher than it used to be. -- If you are used to the quality of the old keyboards, typing with the new one is a pain. -- Please, Apple, fix it!!

    4 of 6 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Updated Keyboard doesn't fully function on OS X 10.5.8

    • Written by from Ocean View

    I should have read the fine print, the new keyboard sold on line doesn't fully function with my Mac. The increase volume control key takes me to widgets and the mute key does something else. I only had two choices of keyboards, this one, or the wireless. Since I had to replace two wireless keyboards in the last 4 years, I opted for this keyboard. It shipped really quickly, and I like the extended keyboard, just wish I knew that all the keys weren't going to function. My fault for not reading the specs. Just be warned if you have OS X 10.5.8, your $49 keyboard won't fully function.

    6 of 8 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    nice keyboard but keys break off

    • Written by from Dublin

    I have had two of these and like them. HOWEVER, not all of the keys stay attached, conveniently just out of warranty. I have had a caps lock and up arrow key both pop off and they cannot be re-attached (at at least I could not figure out how). A better build would be in order it seems to me, or a longer warranty. Can't decide whether to buy another one...

    4 of 4 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    not backwards compatible??

    • Written by from Madison

    I had the previous version of this keyboard, and I love the design. Now, three years later I needed another for work, so I bought one new this week, assuming it was the same product.

    I find that it works fine, except for the top row of function keys, which are no longer correctly recognized by my Snow Leopard OS X. Reading the product details more closely I now see that this was never guaranteed. I didn't even think to look at the OS X compatibility previously, since... it's a keyboard. My mistake.

    For those of us who code with highly customized MacBook Pros, upgrading to a new OS X can be a time consuming and not always worthwhile undertaking. So it's irritating when Apple's own products (especially something so simple as a keyboard) are no longer fully compatible with an operating system of their own design that is only 3 years old.

    For now I will just deal with the top row of keys being unusable until I have time to try updating my OS X. But, this is both frustrating and disappointing.

    49 of 53 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Ergonomics

    • Written by from Lincoln

    I love the style of this keyboard, but ergonomically it is terrible. I wish Apple would come out with an ergonomic keyboard with style.

    23 of 29 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Died within a year

    • Written by from brooklyn

    It's a nice looking and feeling keyboard but this was my second one in 3yrs. Keys just stopped working. the caps/shift keys are slow to respond which makes it hard to type just about anything. Can't open it to clean/repair since it's glued and doesn't have screws. I like the general feel but the other things are a big bummer. For $50 I don't want to have to buy a new one every year!

    37 of 46 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Let down by caps keys

    • Written by from COWES

    Both the Caps and Caps Lock keys are very slow to respond, you think you've depressed them but find out later that you haven't, resulting in a lot of wasted time going back and correcting caps that aren't as intended. OK otherwise, but I wouldn't buy one again, sadly let down by this basic flaw.

    19 of 36 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Great design. Lousy reliability

    • Written by from Arlington

    Had my keyboard die after about 14 months of use. A couple of the buttons the left side of the keyboard stopped working.

    20 of 27 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Mystery Keys

    • Written by from Studio City

    From time to time, keys stop working, then suddenly start working. Right now, I can't get a capital "w" using the shift key, I have to use the caps lock key. Very annoying.

    24 of 28 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Perfect in a universe where liquid doesn't exist.

    • Written by from Louisville

    This keyboard feels great, I love it, but my third one just died as a result of coming into contact with literally (really, literally) a single drop of water. The previous two suffered a similar fate, however after being sure that it was such a small amount (a drop of condensation from a can!). I'm not buying another. I have two older Macally IceKeys. In my frustration, I got one of them out and, using a pipette, put 5 mL of water, which is more than it sounds, right into the center of it. I'm typing on it now. It's not as pretty and doesn't feel as nice, but I'm typing on it. I can solve this difficult engineering problem for you, Apple. It'll cost a fraction of a penny on your 50 dollar keyboard. Hire me. If you have one of these, be extremely careful. Use in a room with at least 12 inches of desiccant covering all surfaces. Keep keyboard covered with the plastic from your grandma's sofa.

    40 of 52 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Looks 10, Types 3

    • Written by from Bloomington

    So this keyboard has a great look and feels like a laptop. This is not a good choice for doing a lot of typing as the keys are too close together and don't give enough feedback - either tactile or auditory - when you type. This is a case of form being subservient to function. I made my own keyboard stand to put this keyboard in the proper angle and position to type with a wrist rest. Still not as good as some of the after market keyboards.

    30 of 39 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Not well made

    • Written by from Los Angeles

    Really flimsy - the wireless keypad that is included with the imac is better. Numeric keypad is great for excel, but otherwise not such a good product.

    18 of 32 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    nice but stinks

    • Written by from Hayden

    I've loved this keyboard (came w/ MacPro, 2008?) but spilled coffee on it. It then quit working, so I bought 2 more (one for another computer.) However, the plastic used to make the keys smells horrible and gives me a headache. I've had them 4 days and it's still strong.

    20 of 59 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Keyboard, BUT...

    • Written by from Cornelia

    Apple hardware is sexy. We're all aware. This keyboard is no different. Very thin, lightweight, in a shiny silver aluminum shell. The USB ports on both sides are a very nice touch, since Apple put form over function with my 24" iMac, putting the USB ports on the back where they are not easily accessible. The thin, modern key design is pleasant and a nice change from the standard chunky keys that have been around since before disco.

    Enough flattery. When I purchased my iMac in 2008, I opted for the bluetooth wireless keyboard and mouse. Aside from the fact that the keyboard had no numerical pad and the mouse is a stupid one button design, I was very happy with their function and form. That was up until a few days ago. My wireless keyboard wasn't working. I assumed the batteries had died, so I charged them all day while I was at work. When I got home, I put in the fresh batteries. To my surprise, the keyboard still wasn't working. Apparently it was only good for 3 years worth of use. Very disappointing. It wouldn't hurt to mention that it was never dropped nor had any liquids spilled on it.

    I made the logical decisions to save myself $20 and buy a new wired keyboard this time around. Paying less and getting the numeric pad made a lot more sense to me since I don't NEED wireless. I plugged in the new keyboard, updated the software, and and was faced with yet another keyboard related challenge. NONE OF THE FUNCTION KEYS WORK!!! I had no idea that I needed Mac OS X 10.7 or later, according to the owner's manual that came with the keyboard. So now I'm expected to spend another $30 to upgrade my operating system? What a friggin' rip off. This brings "built-in obsolescence" to a whole new maddening level. Now I have a prematurely dead wireless keyboard and a brand-new one that I can't use to adjust my screen brightness, volume, or use its audio/video player controls. Not a happy customer! It's not like I could buy an older model keyboard that would be compatible with my 10.5 OS. They don't sell them anymore.

    32 of 60 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Not for typing enthusiasts--soft, mushy keys, be warned!

    • Written by from New York

    I purchased a new 27" iMac in July 2011 and the machine is a beauty. I opted for the bluetooth keyboard and it's amazingly stylish and typing on it actually feels relatively good (keys click but not loudly and keys are fairly responsive and tactile so typing feels pretty good) but I'm over 6 feet tall and have hands to match that height so my fingers felt somewhat crowded on the small keyboard. I also missed having a number pad, full-sized up/down/left/right arrow keys, home button, etc. Though it was hard to say goodbye to my cordless desk area, I bought this apple keyboard with numeric keypad to address these shortcomings...

    But I am returning it this week because, try as I might, I can't deal with its mushy, unresponsive, click-less keys. It feels horrible to type on this keyboard. I would much rather type on my relatively small bluetooth keyboard than type on this full sized keyboard. For those who want their keyboards to be responsive and feel good, step away from this one! I'm actually going to try one made by Matius.

    23 of 45 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Not a great solution

    • Written by from Melbourne

    I purchased the wired keyboard for the MAC with the ten key pad. I needed this specifically for Quickbooks and Excel that I use in the Windows environment through VMware Fusion. My problem is the ten key pad does not work when I am in VMware Fusion. That is serious enough to send me back to a PC because that is where I do my work. While I love the MAC, I use it for personal and fun. I am beginning to understand why accounting and financial people strongly advised I not make the switch from the PC to the MAC.

    46 of 65 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Shocking!

    • Written by from Great Falls

    Live in a dry environment? If you do, get ready for the shock of your life...plus you get the bonus of your mouse or anything else plugged into it not working until you unplug and replug in the keyboard...

    C'mon, aluminum keyboard, carpets, shoes, dry humidless places? Who couldn't have seen this coming from a mile away.

    Nice look, but needs to be fixed or at least grounded through the chassis of the computer!!

    23 of 37 people found this useful