• 3.0 out of 5 stars

    No BACKLIT >_<

    • Written by from Manhattan

    Could've rated 5 stars, but minus 1 star for no LED backlit, 1 more for the price (as for every other Apple accessory) =='' On the good side, i gave 3 stars for the thinness/design (still the best keyboard by far), usability (num keys for gaming + usb ports for charging my iPhone and gaming controllers), and compatibility (PC, even PS4)

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Good but I wanted a black-key version

    • Written by from Campina Grande

    I wonder if Apple would launch a black-keys version of this awesome keyboard... One thing I don't like on the one with white keys is that the keys eventually get dirty. I have a Macbook Pro Retina and its black keys are just what I would like in a keyboard. Please Apple, give us a black-keys keyboard!

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    This keyboard is problematic

    • Written by from Ellensburg

    One of these keyboards came with my iMac. I really liked it. However, one of the keys became dysfunctional. So, the keyboard was replaced under warranty. After using the replacement keyboard for a while; one of it's keys stopped working. So, I pulled out the old keyboard that came with my G3 and used it. Until today when some liquid got spilled on it. All of the bottom row of keys quit working from z-m. If I could get a replacement to the old G3 extended keyboard, I would do it.
    I am giving the keyboard 3 stars because I like the keyboard, it was fast and easy to use. However, I need a keyboard with built in USB ports and most of the Mac keyboards I've looked at do not have those ports on the newer keyboards and I really do not want to spend the money to get a keyboard identical to the ones that I had problems with.

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  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Could be better...

    • Written by from San Diego

    Things that would seriously make this keyboard nicer:

    1. Wireless version of this full sized keyboard... A lot of people are stuck with the wired version because many of the programs that people run on Macs, primarily graphic designers, rely on the numeric pad for specific functions, and is isn't offered in the wireless version.

    2. Magic Trackpad integration... Since this full sized keyboard isn't offered as a wireless unit, the Magic Trackpad can't be incorporated they way it is with the standard wireless keyboard using the MagicWand. Of coarse you could suggest sticking to the wireless rout for trackpad integration, but again many of the programs that designers would use the Magic Trackpad with would still need the numeric pad, and the MagicWand, or any other connective solution available, maxes out of space after the keyboard and trackpad, eliminating the possibility of a second trackpad with the Mobee Magic Numpad.

    3. Black Keys... If anyone is going to be buying a wired keyboard, their going to be using it a lot, too much to be worrying about battery life, which means it will get dirty fast. White keys even get dirty after a small amount of use. Black keys however eliminate the grime and keep the keys looking nice. Plus, black key would go better with the new black Mac Pro that will be coming out.

    4. Backlit keys... People use their keyboards more nowadays in low lit areas. And with this keyboard being wired, theres no reason why it shouldn't be an option; it certainly has the power supply for it, unlike the wireless keyboards to which backlighting would drain the battery.

    Other than those few things, I like this keyboard. However, I definitely expected more from Apple.

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  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Nice design but not recognized

    • Written by from Durham

    I really like this keyboard a lot. It is quiet, the keys feel very nice, etc.
    I use this as an external keyboard for my MacBook Air, running through the USB port on my Thunderbolt Display. Unfortunately, every time I put the MBA to sleep, when it wakes it does not recognize the keyboard. So I need to unplug everything and reboot from scratch (sort of ruins the best part of sleep mode).
    I can't say if this is a problem with the keyboard, the MBA software/OS, a driver in the Thunderbolt, or what. But I do know that I wasn't having this problem when I was using my old Logitech keyboard the same way.

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Good with MAc OS but not Win 7 in VMWare

    • Written by from Carrum Downs

    I bought this keyboard as I do a lot of data entry for accounting work.
    Unfortunately, I cannot seem to use the numeric keypad while in a Windows based accounting program used in the Win7 VM using VMWare. The number keyboard seems to only accept up/down/left/right commands and does not want to recognise the number keys. I cannot find a Num Lock key anywhere to change this.
    I would be happy to rewrite this review and change the rating if it can be shown I am wrong.

    3 of 6 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Wireless Version necessary

    • Written by from Dover

    This is a great piece but would be even better if it were wireless. I would prefer having a full keyboard without the wires.

    81 of 91 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Good Keyoard BUT, not backlit yet? c'mon it's 2013 already!

    • Written by from Weehawken

    I work in a dark environment most of the time and really wish this keyboard was backlit. After all, this is a wired keyboard so there no issue with power. The backlit keyboard was one of the main reasons I bought a Macbook Pro in the first place.
    Alas, I had to sell this keyboard and get a logitech with backlighting.


    Please Apple, Please make us a wired backlit keyboard:
    -Full Size Numeric
    -Backlit (of course)
    -USB hub
    -Awesome Apple Design
    -No batteries required

    Make this, and I will have no choice but to say," Yes please."


    P.s. why all the comments about making this wireless. Apple already has a wireless keyboard.

    23 of 32 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Beautiful, yes, reliable, no.

    • Written by from Portland

    I have a lot of admiration for Apple's computers, which is saying a lot because I am hyper critical, but I would recommend going with a 3rd party keyboard (and mouse, but that's another review). These keyboards are beautifully designed, but I've never had one last even a year and at $70 that is pretty shameful. If your usage is minimal it's sufficient and will extend the aesthetic pleasure of your Mac, but it isn't up to professional use. I buy $30 PC keyboards and haven't had one quit yet. We've had the same experience in our computer labs at school. ESPECIALLY if you are making the switch to Mac, don't let one of these sour the experience for you, because the Mac platform is great. It just deserves a better keyboard. If the aesthetics are that important to you I would suggest investing in a cover as well, thought I can't vouch for how well those work, since I can't bring to throw more money after a keyboard this expensive.

    23 of 34 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Great keyboard, but USB port of limited use

    • Written by from Edgeware

    The keyboard itself is great, though black keys might help it remain looking clean and shiny for longer.

    My only complaint is the fact that I have had significant difficulties using the USB port to run my external hard drive which very much limits the usefulness of the port.

    23 of 40 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

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Good but fragile keyboard

    • Written by from La Tuque

    There's two sides to this keyboard.

    The good side is when it's brand new, if you're used to laptop keyboards, you will feel right at home. If you're not used to laptop keyboards, once you get used to the Apple aluminium keyboard, you will have a hard time to go back to regular-sized keys which have "stairs" in each row, it will feel like going back to a 1980's keyboard. That's how good the Apple aluminium keyboard is, anything else feels like a step into the past.

    The bad side of this keyboard is that it will get clogged. It's not a question of it, it's a question of when. The problem is that removing the keys to remove dust, fur, hairs, etc. will probably break the keys if you're not careful. The larger keys are especially problematic, the space bar doubly so. The way the keyboard is designed, mechanically, is really great but the actual product could be more sturdy, especially the small metallic loops that hold the keys to the keyboard.

    If those small metallic loops could be more sturdy and the whole thing easier to clean, this keyboard would deserve six stars out of five. Unfortunately, since it's designed to be good-then-throw-it-away (recyclable or not), it only deserve three stars.

    I would buy one again if those two flaws could be fixed. Actually, with those flaws fixed, I'd probably buy a few to have spares for a few decades.

    18 of 23 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Apple keyboard with numeric keypad and 2 usb ports

    • Written by from Blackpool

    Although I really like the keyboard, the usb ports are not very good. There is not enough power to support a memory stick. It may support a mouse, but my apple mouse is wireless. I was given a lead with the keyboard, but cannot find out how to use same, as the usb at one end doesn't fit anywhere.
    . When I purchased the keyboard I was told the usb ports had improved and worked well with a usb 2. This is definitely not the case, so anyone purchasing one should know.. I cannot understand why Apple would put a usb at each end of the keyboard when there is not enough power.
    There are 4 usb ports on my Apple computer, and the keyboard uses one of them. So I really believed that the 2 extra ports were an asset.
    If there is a solution I would like to hear from anyone who has one. I purchased a 4 port hub, and it worked at first, but then refused.
    I must add that there is very little data on my memory sticks, so there should not be a problem with the latest computer keyboard.

    26 of 34 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Keyboard lost it's 'snappiness' after about 18 months!

    • Written by from Pointe-Claire

    I was shocked that after 18 months, the nice feeling you get from a key when you press it and it rebounds was gone! On my keyboard, the space and Mac keys both don't spring back anymore. Shame, cuz it's otherwise an amazing keyboard!

    11 of 12 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    What's up with F13-F19 keys?

    • Written by from Ann Arbor

    There appears to be no way to assign anything to these keys using Keyboard preferences. Apple support acknowledged that to be the case after spending about 45 minutes on the phone while they tried to figure it out. The keys do at least look impressive!

    35 of 41 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Doesn't work with older hardware

    • Written by from Holbrook

    Oddly enough, this keyboard does not allow boot options with my older Mac Mini. Holding down the option key, c key, or firmware boot does nothing. I needed to purchase an old keyboard and swap it out whenever I wish to boot with options. Otherwise, the keyboard will work once the system has already been booted.

    25 of 33 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    excellent touch, too much metal

    • Written by from Boulder

    I love this keyboard ergonomically - fantastic tactile feedback, low-impact keys, optimal spacing, etc. There is none better, and it feels much more grounded and solid than the iMac wireless keyboard.

    BUT...it is ***quite*** wide and the right edge is rather sharp metal. What that means in practice is that my right (mouse) hand is constantly abraded by that metal edge. To clear it while using the mouse I have to extend my arm farther to the right than is comfortable or ergonomically sound. What happens in practice is that I keep banging against that edge in the course of a day and causing low-grade irritation to my hand. Not pleasant.

    There should be a version of this keyboard that eliminates the side numeric keypad. I use that thing once a week at the most and it extends the width of the keyboard by 2+ inches. Get rid of that, knock $10 off the price for that version, and this would be a perfect product.

    OR put some kind of padding or bumper on that sharp edge. It looks nice and clean now, but I don't like being a fashion victim.

    9 of 26 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Almost The Best

    • Written by from Homestead

    I have been using Apple keyboards for almost 20 years. This is the best, by far. Smooth, fluid and simple, effortless keystrokes at a twitch of the finger, BUT...the decision to make the "extended" keyboard, only in a wired option really stinks. I would really like to see a wireless extended keyboard.

    62 of 67 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Mac keyboard

    • Written by from North York

    I really love my keyboard but hate that it is wired. I need the numeric functions, does make make the full alpha numeric keyboard in a wireless version and if not WHY?

    Just purchased a trackpad as well and love that too...

    36 of 40 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    major Carpal Tunnel syndrome

    • Written by from New York

    This keyboard is beautiful, definitely one of the best-looking products Apple has made.

    But I am having really bad Carpal Tunnel syndrome with my left wrist.
    I wonder if it's because everything is lower and a bit narrower that my hands, esp. my left hand has to bend as it's typing, thus the carpal tunnel.

    Is anyone else having this problem?

    16 of 23 people found this useful