• 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Don't let the batteries die.

    • Written by from Pasadena

    If you let the batteries die completely it turns into a nice paperweight. I left for a weekend and forgot to turn off my keyboard, batteries died. I put brand new, out of box, batteries in there and it would not turn on at all. Some manufacturing problem, Apple would not fix mine. Looking around online and this is a fairly common problem people are having. Great product but this is a HUGE flaw. Disappointing that apple would release a product with this kind of flaw and not be willing to replace the ones that break.

    48 of 56 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Terrible Connection

    • Written by from Tempe

    I like the way this keyboard feels when I type, nice short throw keys, well spaced.

    Then it disconnects. This keyboard disconnects from the computer for me CONSTANTLY. I'll be typing along and then suddenly letters aren't appearing on the screen and I see the dreaded Connection Lost symbol.

    And then you have to wait, I had to wait half an hour today for the keyboard to connect to the Mac again after it lost connection, and right now I'm writing this review on my PC's wireless keyboard because the apple wireless keyboard lost connection again.

    Terrible, terrible, terrible bluetooth in this device, truly abysmal, never buy this, buy something cheaper that will actually work for you.

    54 of 69 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Keyboard is Ok but it eats batteries

    • Written by from St Albert

    The Bluetooth connectivity is fine, and the keyboard is OK to use. I love not having wires on my desktop but this keyboard can get through a pair of AA batteries in a few hours. I have installed the updates for the keyboard but they made no difference.

    I have tried Energizers and Costco alkalines but the battery consumption is still very very high.

    46 of 53 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Some nice things but overall not impressed

    • Written by from North Platte

    I have the newest late 2009 two-battery version. It is sturdy, very cool looking and takes up little space on the desktop.

    Battery: After being on constantly for a week, the battery still says 100%.

    On the down side, the Caps Lock key is supposed to light when on, but doesn't light at all. Since I use caps lock for some of my work, that's a problem since most internet logins are case sensitive.

    Lightweight but keeps moving around on my desk unless I put a rubber mat underneath.

    I thought it would be backlit but it is not. I like working in a low light room, and was used to my backlit laptop.

    Size: overall it feels cramped because of the space between the keys. The keyboard itself is essentially the same as my laptop keyboard but without any edges around the whole thing. The MacBook Pro laptop has larger keys with smaller spaces between them.

    One last gripe: although I don't touch it too often, it's often enough to annoy me: why can't Apple make a keyboard or notebook edge that isn't sharp???

    52 of 65 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Battery Drainer

    • Written by from Brooklyn

    Every 2 days I've gotta use new batteries cause this keyboard drains the life out of them. Got rechargeable ones that go in one day. It also has a hard time connecting to blue tooth. The trackpad works better than this. Apple products just don't like me.

    54 of 71 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Latest MC184LL/B model function keys do not work with iOS 4.3.5

    • Written by from Blaxland

    Buyer beware - If they send you the latest version of the keyboard with the Lion specific function keys (MC184LL/B) none of the function keys will control brightness, media playback or volume on devices with iOS 4.3.5 (not sure about prior iOS versions). Specifically iPad 2 in my case but others have said iPad 1 as well. The remaining keys all seem to work fine though. Crossing fingers that an update to iOS will correct this.
    Everything works perfectly on a Mac running Lion so the issue is with the iOS device support.

    41 of 45 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Number Pad

    • Written by from APO

    Apple needs to bring back the number pad on the wireless keyboard. Previous incarnations of the wireless keyboard featured a number pad and even the current wired one has it, why not the wireless? They just took a laptop keyboard and made it wireless when one of the biggest downsides of a laptop keyboard is the lack of a number pad.

    43 of 50 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Some keys seem to stick.

    • Written by from Ottawa

    This keyboard came packaged with my new IMac. Shortly after receiving it I noticed that a couple of the keys would sometimes not work when pressed. I took it back to the Apple Store but of course when they checked it with another computer it worked. Since then I periodically get this problem. Most of the time it works but sometimes it doesn't. Very frustrating. It doesn't seem to relate to the battery strength or proximity to the computer.

    39 of 44 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Beware When Cleaning

    • Written by from Phoenix

    Using a dab of rubbing alcohol on a microfiber cloth has caused some of the keys to short. Pressing 't' causes a 't' followed by unending "'" keypresses until another key has been pressed. The same for the 'g' and 'b' keys. I've been cleaning keyboards like this for 10+ years with no problems. I've even had keyboards accidentally spilled on that continued working after sufficient drying. For what you pay, this keyboard is not reliable enough. It's a shame because I really like the Apple keyboards.

    41 of 50 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Flawed Keyboard

    • Written by from Boulder Creek

    This keyboard looks great, and is a staple if you own any apple computer. But great looking is about as far as it goes. I have had nothing but constant problems with this keyboard - it takes forever to connect, or doesn't connect... or just plain old does whatever it wants (typing the same letter over and over again until I have to take the batteries out). I own two of these, and one of them has a battery permanently stuck inside. I know it's probably because the battery corroded, but why not try to make a little space to work with? Please don't sacrifice reliability for good looks.

    So, if you're like me and have to have all matching products, this is your only choice. But don't expect the quality of all other apple products, because this one is a lemon.

    52 of 73 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Great when it works

    • Written by from Raleigh

    I actually love this keyboard when it works. Right size to carry with my iPad for heavy notetaking etc.

    Unfortunately, it is kind of hit or miss whether it will be recognized by the iPad. There seems to be no way to correct this HUGE flaw. Like other Apple products, I just want it to work ... and it doesn't

    63 of 95 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Not enthralled

    • Written by from Toronto

    I like not having the cord, but the action isn't great on this thing. The keyboard has this really cheap, hollow, plastic-like feel to it. It's more Fischer-Price than Apple. I've had the wireless for about a month. I'm trying to like it, but I just can't used to the feel of the new keyboard. If I had a chance for a do-over, I wouldn't have bought this thing.

    40 of 50 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Won't last long

    • Written by from Ventura

    This is a great keyboard... for awhile. I've heard countless stories of them failing. Mine was brand new a year ago and now it doesn't work. This is one of the products that Apple has simply not mastered yet. Very Disappointed.

    34 of 40 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Angle is too high to be ergonomically correct

    • Written by from San Francisco

    I was so excited to get this keyboard and the wireless mouse! Unfortunately, after trying it out for a few days, my wrists were hurting. I am a home computer user, nothing too extensive - email, bills, and shopping. I had some repetitive injury to my wrists/tendons in the past (who doesn't have that these days?)

    The area where the batteries are inserted tilts the keyboard up a little too high. My wrists were no longer in neutral, but they were in extension. Add typing while planting my wrists for stabilization, along with my tendonitis, and I was a sad camper knowing this keyboard wouldn't work for me.

    I really wanted this keyboard.
    I ended up getting the regular wired keyboard instead.

    Basically, if you have some existing wrist/tendon/carpal tunnel pain, take this for a test drive first.

    51 of 74 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Stylish but with limited functionality

    • Written by from Brownsville

    A really nice piece of design but missing the critical element of a numeric keypad, up and down arrows, etc. Why no full keyboard with these functional elements included?
    Style with limited functionality is no bargain.

    38 of 49 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    It works, but...

    • Written by from Waterford

    It works like every Apple product, but it is compact so if you're used to Apple's wired keyboard, it's totally different. They need to release a full-size Bluetooth keyboard. I will be returning this one.

    27 of 28 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    not the best Apple keyboard: steep and flimsy keys, short battery life

    • Written by from Northfield

    took 3 stars off for 3 cons, gave 2 stars for 2 pros

    Cons:

    1. Taller than the Macbook keyboard (flat) and the Apple wired keyboard (slightly tilted). Noticeably harder to type and easier to develop sore wrists after minutes of use (compared to Apple's other keyboards).

    2. Battery died after 6 weeks of use (average 4 hours per day of typing). Previous logitech K250 lasted 3 months.

    3. Flimsy keys compared to Apple's wired keyboard. When I put my finger on the a key and move it sideways, the keys could hit the aluminum frame on all four sides. This did not happen on my unibody macbook's keyboard or Apple's 2010 wired keyboard.

    Pros:
    1. Updated key texture compared to Apple's 2008 keyboards. Now there's more friction on the keys!

    2. Easy connectivity on Mac and Ubuntu! Automatic and fast connection after each restart.


    Other Thoughts:

    I bought this keyboard for the iPad. As a computer science student, I have to constantly switch between Apple's wired, wireless, Macbook and dell's desktop keyboards.
    The other three keyboards all work perfectly for me, but the angles of the keys are just too steep on the wireless keyboard that my wrists starts hurting after a short time of use. This is even more bothersome than the many typos I make because my fingers keep hitting the aluminum frame in between the keys. Now I use it with a magazine tucked beneath to keep the keys flat.
    Also the keys give a high click instead of the usual firm click like Apple's other products. Overall, this is the first Apple product I bought that I felt was too much style over too little substance.

    Get the wired keyboard instead, for the right feel.

    29 of 33 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    On/off flawed...drains my iPad

    • Written by from Rochester

    When actually using it is works really well. It's light and responsive. It's clear why they didn't include the number pad,so that doesn't really bother me at all. The big beef I have with it is that you cannot tell by looking at it that it is on or off and it is easy to accidental turn on if it's in your backpack. This then turns on the iPad and doesn't allow it to sleep- effectively draining the iPad as collateral damage. A simple moving switch (eg, iPod) would fix this.

    29 of 33 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Caution - unreliable keys

    • Written by from Lockleys

    Key board approximately 6 months old. Caps lock key faulty or already broken. No authorised repairers located in central CBD. Disappointing apple product.

    31 of 38 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Keyboard Falls Short of the Mark

    • Written by from Chester

    This keyboard is great to the touch but falls way short for utility. Apple needs to design a wireless keyboard that incorporates a 10 key (calculator capability great addition) and a trackpad. With all of the gesture capabilities built in to Lion it's a waste not to have a trackpad. The keyboard can be deeper than the current providing room for wrist rest with trackpad in the middle probably.

    31 of 38 people found this useful