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      07.12.2012 00:08

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      Needs a bit of tweaking for PC use.

      Please note that I am using this keyboard with a PC: I have owned this keyboard for about a year now, and it absolutely ticks all the boxes I wanted it to cover - it looks great on any surface, the keys give good traction, it has a very small footprint, and it acts as a USB HUB which is very useful. There are only two, relatively minor point, which detract from a perfect score. The first is that it is still wired - I'm pretty sure this is because it has a USB HUB, which although useful, I would've done without if they could have made the keyboard wireless (which I think would have fitted in much more nicely with its form factor). Then the second negative point is that the USB HUB is not fully powers - for instance it cannot charge an iPhone. Now - with a bit of tweaking in Windows you can force it to operate fully-powered, but it is very fiddly and took me a while to figure it out. Having said all of that, having the numeric keypad was a must for me and therefore it wins out over the similar wireless keyboard that Apple offers. Oh - and I should probably point out that some keys will need remapping when using this with a PC (but no keys that I use particularly, so personally this has not been a negative point for me).

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      26.11.2012 05:49
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      a compact keyboard with reliability and style

      Much like the Magic Mouse which I reviewed previously, the Apple wireless keyboard fashions a simple yet tasteful design with white plastic keys and an aluminium finish. The aluminium gives the keyboard sufficient and strong support for something so slimline, which also compliments the overall appearance of the keyboard and adds to it's lightweight feel.

      The keyboard is a more compact size in comparison to standard keyboards which is ideal for free movement and flexibility when it comes to positioning. Again much like the Magic Mouse, it runs on two AA batteries, which ideally should be rechargeable ones as they are more beneficial in the long run and won't cause an inconvenience to you if they happen to run out. The batteries slot down the side of the keyboard which blends in with the back riser area of the keyboard featuring a power button - adding to the simplicity of it's design.

      Signal hasn't been an issue for me, however I haven't distanced myself a great deal from my mac as you expect to be somewhat close to the screen, there have been no connectivity problems and no interruptions with the keyboard during use. The batteries generally last about 2-3 weeks with regular use so there isn't any need for excessive charging.

      The keyboard admittedly costs a fair amount and there are always cheaper alternatives available. But if money is not an issue, then again I highly recommend this as it does the job and looks really stylish, especially along with the magic mouse.

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        20.11.2012 23:01

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        Excellent. Why doesn't everyone use one

        I wanted to review this mainly to say they do work with Microsoft PCs.
        I had heard conflicting reports but thought I would take the gamble and I have bee delighted ever since. The only word of warning is some of the keys are different than you would get on a PC ie, no windows key but once you learn your way around then it becomes second nature.
        Having used a laptop for years and not liking the jumbo sized normal keyboards I wanted a slim line keyboard that resembled a laptop keyboard. For that alone it cannot be faulted.
        The build quality is as expected with Apple - robust and made of high quality materials. The cable is long enough for most desk situations but they also have a wireless option for use on the couch.
        I am not sure about the connectivity with a PC of the wireless type keyboard.
        The keys do get dirty when working on a building site so this may not be a problem in a cleaner environment and with a little gentle coaxing they can be cleaned easily enough.
        Everyone at work is jealous especially when they use it and two colleagues have followed my lead and purchased one.

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        09.03.2012 13:59
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        Great tool

        I am a little fussy when is comes to keyboards. At home I use a desktop PC but at work a use a Mac. No matter what computer im using I like the keyboard to be nice to type with. When I first started working I used the old fashioned, clunky Apple keyboard which was awful. I hated how difficult it was to push the keys and as a result made a load of typing mistakes. The office decided to change all the keyboards to the new style slim apple keyboards.

        The keyboard looks great. The white keys with grey background work very well and look great on the desk. The most noticeable thing about the keyboard in my opinion is the dimensions, at only 43 x 11.5 x 1.5 cm, the keyboard is tiny. I like the fact that there are no pointless buttons around the top and side of the keyboard, reducing the overall size. There is the additional number keyboard of the right had side which is very handy for inputting numbers, especially on large spreadsheets etc. The keyboard is surprisingly heavy considering the size, but if anything this is a benefit as makes it harder to slide around. The key layout is tradition Apple style, adopting the American layout rather than the traditional English layout which is common amongst other keyboard manufacturers. This takes a little getting used to but works well once you get to grips with it. The keys are easy and pleasant to push and are more comparable to a laptops keys instead of a traditional clunky keyboard.

        I own the wired version, however I believe a wireless version is available. The connection is a simple USB which allows for plug and play usage, no installation required. The best part about the keyboard is the 2 usb ports on the side. This allows for easy use of memory keys, cameras or anything that requires a usb connection without having to fiddle around the back of the machine trying to locate one.

        The keyboard is expensive at around £45. However if you are a Mac owner is pretty essential. Ordering from amazon was easy as usual with fast delivery. The item came well packaged as with all Apple products.

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          24.02.2012 12:33
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          Another fantastic product for all Apple fans

          This keyboard is designed to be used with an Apple Mac computer. Because of this, it shows off the wonderful silver shine to it which matches that of the Mac's shell. The white keys are designed to go with the apple mouse which is white from head to toe. Combining these components together means the keyboard is right at home in the family.
          What i find most comfortable about this product is how the keys are seperated. This allows for less typos because you arent putting your fingers as close to the keys next to the one you want.
          What i really find addictive about using this keyboard is the sound that the keys make when you type! It sounds so satisfying that you dont want to finish working. The keys are low down so the keys arent as stiff and you dont have to press as hard on them, making typing much easier and quicker and more effective for work purposes.
          A feature that is extremely useful and which also looks great is the backlight for the keys. This is very handy when it gets darker, making the keys easier to see and so you dont have to slow down in order to see which key to press. It also makes the keyboard looks futuristic and utterly fantastic because of the gorgeous light LED blue that apple chose to pick.
          The keyboard is extremely thin and light so it doesnt take up all of the desk space but it rather slides elegantly into its spot next to the mac.
          I have loved this product from the moment i recieved it and wont be changing it anytime soon.

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          25.09.2011 17:36
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          Best keyboard i have ever used ( i now have 2 )

          The problem with all Apple products (excluding the I pod and Ipads ) is that they are and still remain a cult. It's a club, a minority, and a religion. Like all religious types Apple users have that look in there eyes, you know the one, its that vacant look of the brain washed Christian who knocks on your door and tries to get you to follow a carpenter from Nazareth, or the sparkling eyes of a Buddhist Monk, the ones that look like Moby. Apple computer users have been on the road to Damascus and like St Paul have chosen the path to enlightenment, or no more Ctl Alt Del moments that so invade your time with a windows PC. But as well as the near perfect Imac and Mac Mini ,Apple also make things that actually fit more than Mac's, the Mighty Mouse and the Wireless Keyboard are 2 of them, and so now I have offended the Christian readers (come on it takes more than a Punk loving geek from Wiltshire to knock your faith) I will look at why you should consider the Apple Wireless keyboard for both Imacs and even Windows PC's and of course Ipads

          Apple equipment is always expensive, I mean stupidly so. And this in a way makes it a bit exclusive, not in a naff designer label way, but in a high-end quality gear, weird fish kind of way. There is something good about being overcharged for something, which you know is the best quality it can be.
          The first thing you notice when you get it home is the weight of it, its really heavy, like laptop heavy. I want you to try an experiment for me ....try moving your keyboard with your little finger, I bet it slid along your desk like Torville and Dean, the Mac keyboard stays put. I also bet that some of you find bits of rubber feet on your desk? They fell off your £10.00 keyboard, the Apple ones stay on better than baby sick clings to your clothes. This weight also means that you can type happily with the board on your knees, which is handy if you are in the habit of trying to use a laptop at the same time as your PC and then run out of room on your desk.

          The keys feel solid, but the only fault is that they feel a little sharp on the edges, and the lack of wrist support is also a problem for long term users, the keyboard has no outer edges and is only as big as the actual keys, i.e. it feels smaller than a standard keyboard (but the spacing are the same I have checked). Another slight flaw is that there is no adjustable height on the keyboard, you have it as it comes, or frankly tough.
          If you use this board with a windows PC you will notice a few extra keys which are of no use to you, such as the apple launch key, don't worry about them they mean you no harm, and they be can configured to act as anything you want, you could even programme them to run the ctrl alt del function you windows fools love to use so much.

          But the best bit is the wireless functionality, you may believe that the keyboard cable did not get in the way, and you are wrong. It's the difference between been handcuffed to a radiator in the Middle East and being allowed to run around free in the Avebury. The cable on a keyboard really does get in the way, and once its gone you will not go back. The fact that this a Bluetooth keyboard also means that it set up very quickly (took 2 mins on the Mac and about 3 mins on the Windows laptop (its work, they make me use it ) . The range is fantastic; I am actually typing this from another room, which is 5 metres away, that's why you can't blame me for offending anybody. I have moved back in to the room now and there is no input delay regardless of distance.
          The fact that its Bluetooth means of course that you need it built in (Imac do now) or get you a £10.00 dongle off Ebay, either way it works perfectly. It even works with my daughters netbook, Iphone and Ipad.

          On balance The Apple keyboard blends form and function, as a piece of art it's a classic, as a keyboard its impressive, and that's the apple difference, why make things ugly when they can be beautiful and work well, and if a little functionality is lost due to the Art then so be it.

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          29.06.2011 10:05
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          An excellent keyboard, which is a pleasure to use

          A keyboard is a necessity for any computer, and I feel that the Apple keyboard delivers in all areas, which is what matters. It has a sleek design and is very responsive to touch. It's full of features and capability, all encased within a beautiful aluminium frame.

          There are several Apple keyboards you can buy today. However, I will be reviewing the wired full length version with the keypad. This particular keyboard can be bought for around £40 online. Other ones may be a little more expensive, especially if they are wireless. You may be questioning why you might want to opt for this version? Well it may not have wireless capabilities, but it is a fair bit cheaper and works just as well, if not better as you don't have to worry about the wireless aspect working properly.

          The keyboard comes in quite a slim Apple designed box. As with all their products, it unpacks very nicely and is accompanied by manuals and anything else you may need to tell you about the keyboard and how it works. It simply plugs into your computer via a USB port. From then on, it is active and can be used.
          The keyboard has a standard QWERTY keyboard along with arrow keys, the keypad to the right, and a whole row of F keys, which are in conjunction with the many features that the keyboard boasts. These features, which work by pressing various F keys, enable you to do things such as access the dashboard quickly, enter Expose and view all windows, and control your iTunes music or other media - all at the touch of a key.

          The keyboard itself has white keys with grey font on them, which looks very modern. These keys are surrounded by a matt silver aluminium case, which looks just brilliant. It adds a sense of class to the keyboard and helps to make it so sturdy and lovely to use. The keys themselves are very responsive to touch, which makes it a dream to touch type on the keyboard. You barely have to tap them and they will register this.

          This keyboard also has USB slots itself on either side, which enables you to plug things in such as portable MP3 players or an iPhone for example to be charged. As long as your computer is powerful enough to charge these items through the keyboard itself, it will work perfectly. This is a great feature as it saves up on your USB slots on the main computer part - saving space for other devices such as your mouse, printer, scanner etc.

          The keyboard sits at a slight angle on the desk, tilted towards you, which makes a perfect position to type in. You can easily see all the keys if you are not a touch-typist and it feels quite natural for my hands. As you type on the keyboard it tends to stay very still too, thanks to the grip provided on the parts that make contact with the desk. This means even when you are most frantically typing, the keyboard will stay in position and not go for a walk around the desk!

          The quality of the keyboard seems excellent. I have so far had no issues with keys falling out or not working for example. It is relatively easy to maintain if you give it a wipe every now and then with a very slightly damp cloth. This will help to collect any dirt and prevent it from building up. Dirt can build up around the keys however and it will appear quite dark. It makes the keyboard look less professional as a whole as the contrast is lost between each and every key and the surrounding aluminium panel. This is an excellent keyboard and although it comes with iMacs today, I would certainly recommend one if you don't have one already.

          Thanks for reading

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          14.03.2011 14:52
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          An amazing keyboard that truly shows the workmanship of Apple!

          As well as my wireless logitech keyboard that I own, I also have an Apple Mac that I use for work! The Apple keyboards a simply lovely!

          Design: With scrumptious curves and the keys spaced out, I can easily type for hours and hours on this wonderful device! The colour scheme that Apple chose for this keyboard is also great and really brightens up my dark home! Since the keyboard is also really slim, it fits anywhere on my desk and even seems to blend directly into my desk!

          Build Quality: As with all Apple products, the build quality is exceptional! I have used this particular keyboard for years now and it has not let me down yet! None of the button names have been worn off and through carefully looking after it, the keyboard has had no damage at all! It is also made from aluminium which also massively helps for reliability!

          Features: It contains the full QWERTY keyboard and many other buttons such as being able to turn up the brightness, take control of your movies with forward and rewind, eject discs and it also includes two USB ports for your Apple Mouse and other low-powered USB devices! It also works well with gaming, when I'm playing Half Life 2 with this keyboard, all the buttons respond really well!

          Connectivity: It connects via a single USB 2.0 port, providing more than enough power for the keyboard and two other USB powered devices!

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          20.12.2010 19:31
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          Looks great, works well enough, but can be awkward and painful after long usage

          Hello all, here is some background information about me as a user before I give this review, I have been using Apple computers for the last 15 years, at home and in the office as a designer. I use the Apple keyboard approximately 8-10 hours a day.

          Tech Specs:
          Product Features
          Anodized aluminum enclosure
          Extended layout with document navigation controls, a numeric keypad, and special function keys
          Low profile keys
          Two USB 2.0 ports
          Ultra-thin design
          Connectivity Technology: Wired
          Keyboard Description: QWERTY
          Color Name: White
          Form Factor: External
          Input Device: Keyboard
          Hardware Platform: Mac
          Width: 7.3 inches
          Depth: 1.4 inches
          Height: 18.7 inches
          Weight: 2 pounds
          Minimum system requirements: Apple MacOS X 10.4.10

          The keyboard is encased in a very stylish and light Anodized aluminum enclosure, with off white keys and dark grey text. It is very easy to see the letters and numbers on the keys, and I love how crumbs now end up falling onto the keyboard and not inside! keeps it looking very smart, hygienic and easy to clean.

          The underside of the keyboard is also very nicely finished with white acrylic and a discrete Apple logo. There are also two USB ports hidden away at the bottom towards the back of the keyboard.

          The keyboard sits very low to the desk and the keys are almost flush to the keyboard too, and here is where my problem is, its simply too easy to end up pressing the wrong keys, and after long usage I find my fingers start hurting. Maybe if you are using the keyboard casually it will be fine, but for long term use it really isn't very comfortable to use, the other problem, granted its a small problem but annoying all the same... the little light on the CAPS LOCK key is not very visible, sometimes I don't know if it is switched on or not.

          Overall its a great looking keyboard, but not really been designed for long usage.

          I will stop writing this review now because my fingers are hurting :-)

          ouch!!

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          17.09.2010 20:18
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          A great product but the price is a bit of a let down

          Apple Keyboard

          I got this keyboard when I got the apple mouse that I have just reviewed and they are both connected to the iMac that I have. I bought them all from a apple store - no online, but you can get them from either.

          *About the product and my opinion on it*
          It has all of the normal buttons which every keypad/key board has, where it is apple or any other make. It also has a numerical keypad section at the right hand side of he keyboard - along with the numbers at the top of the keyboard.

          It also has extra/short cut buttons on it, which are specific to the apple mac and laptops. Like on the apple mouse where it has the scroll button which you can push in to get the widgets up such as the calender and time - this product also has a button for that feature too (F4).

          It also has a button on it which has the same function as the two side buttons on the mouse, which show you on the screen all of the current windows you have open (F3).

          It has other normal buttons on it such as the screen brightness control, mute, changing the volume and eject. It also has symbols on some of the keys which are not on normal key boards such as the command key and if you are not familiar with them they can look a little strange. For more information on some of the symbols/icons - http://support.apple.com/kb/ht1343.

          Other than the apple short cuts and the apple symbols, it is quite normal and really to use, once you have gotten used to it. Some of the keys are in different places on this one, compared to others such as the @ key and some other punctuation is in a different place and then if you use this product all the time, using any other can be a little bit different. When I got this and started to get used to it, it was fine, but then using colleges keyboards it was a bit more difficult as some of the key are mixed up.

          The keyboard is wired but I do think you can get wireless ones - like the mouse. Also other keyboards have quite deep keys but on this one that keys are quite shallow, which in my opinion makes typing quicker.

          Some of the best things about this product include the buttons at the top which are pause/play and rewind and fast forward. It is really easy to type on, it is lightweight and the best thing about this product is that it has a usb port at either end of it! So it is a lot easier just to plug the mouse, usb or sd card reader into the side of the keyboard instead of turning the iMac monitor are around and having to unplug the printer or something.

          One of the things about this and most apple products that is not that great is the price. This wired product is £39, which is quite a lot in my opinion for a keyboard (even if it does have two extra usb ports)! It can be bought online from the UK site or I bought mine from one of their stores.

          Conclusions
          Good points
          *Lightweight
          *Very durable - I have had this for years and I have not had to buy another
          *Looks great - like most apple products
          *Shallow keys - they call them low profile keys, which sounds a bit shifty to me but they are great!
          *The keys make it easier and quicker to type (for me anyway)
          *Shortcut buttons
          *two usb ports at either end

          Bad points
          *Gets dirty quickly
          *symbols and other buttons could make it confusing for people who are not used to the apple products (see the link above for information on the symbols/short cuts)
          *Expensive

          Note: I don't know how I am supposed to rate the speed of the keyboard as I have not seen it in a race...yet.

          Thank you for reading my review

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          13.08.2010 17:31
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          Five stars all round.... a first

          THE BASICS:

          The Apple Keyboard with numerical keypad comes in at a fairly competitive £39.99. It represents a complete redesign in anodized aluminum of the previous clear plastic model - whilst its main advantage over the similarly redesigned wireless version its the option for a numerical keypad.

          THE LOOKS:

          It's worth drawing a comparison with the earlier model of this keyboard in order to demonstrate quite how much it's come on. The earlier model sat on a 'solid' right angled base comprised of clear plastic with keys prone. Though undoubtedly stylish the deep rivets in between the keys had the unfortunate habit of attracting any dust/dirt/crumbs in the vicinity. So it rapidly became less stylish with half a slice of toast wedged in it, and keys rapidly began to stick.

          The main improvement with respect to the new keyboard - both in terms of style and functionality - is that rather than having a solid base the keyboard sits on a 'stack' at one end (which effectively holds the USB ports), with the very thin keyboard proper sitting at an angle from that (with a wedge of air underneath). Apologies if that's not the most easy to follow description! Keys are low set in a solid aluminium plate, altogether avoiding the crumbs issue. Letters, numbers, etc.. are inscribed in silver against a white background.

          The wire to connect it with your computer passes from the middle back of the keyboard, ensuring you don't get tangled in it.

          FUNCTIONALITY:

          While, as with previous and contemporary Apple keyboard, there's no option to adjust the height to personal preference, it just seems to work. After the usual short period 'getting to know' the keyboard (during which the number of errors is inevitably higher than subsequently) my typing has never been better.

          It just seems to work - as with other apple products they have the ergonomics just right. Key strikes are sharp, without creating excess noise (great for open plan offices in which you can sometimes feel like your next door neighbour is attacking their keyboard, rather than completing the latest accounts).

          While it's specifically designed for the Mac (and as a result has numerous Mac specific shortcuts) it could equally be used with a PC if you like the overall 'feel' of the keyboard.

          Two USB 2.0 ports can be found on the keyboard (see previous description) - highly convenient if those on your computer aren't very accessible, and particularly good for attaching a mouse without ending up with a tangle of wires. Custom keyboard mapping is also possible.

          The only issue seems to be with its energy consumption; occasionally warnings pop up about this when used with a PC so maybe it isn't the most Eco option.

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          11.08.2010 22:14
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          A dream keyboard with lots of nice built in features

          There are computer keyboards and then there are Apple computer keyboards. Once you have experienced the sleek and smooth feel of the low profile Apple Keyboard, you will be hard pushed to want to go back to using anything else.

          Having used the wired numeric Apple Keyboard along side a lovely arctic white beauty of an Apple computer, known as the iMac, I can say that the keyboard is as sleek and useable as the day is long. It puts a stop to the feeling of tired hands and is great for prolonged use because of that.

          Apple sell the wired version for £39 but you can buy cheaper if you shop around. You can easily bag a slightly used model, unboxed for much less. with a bit of thoughtful shopping. I do feel that £39 is a fair price (ssh don't tell Apple) for this wired numeric keyboard, as it makes typing such an easy thing to do, even for a less experienced computer user.

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          Once you have your lovely Apple Keyboard you can look forwards, to no more tired and over worked hands and fingers, after a few hours spent typing on this fair beauty. The light way in which the low profile white keys work is a total joy.

          You hardly need to spend more than a fraction of the second on the keys, in order to type away like a pro. The light action means less pressure on your wrists. This could make this a good option for people with joint problems, as less exertion is required to use this keyboard.

          The keys are set up to offer a simple one touch only, way to alter settings for such actions as play/ pause/ rewind, brightness and sound. This makes altering your computers settings very simple indeed. Although to alter sound and brightness from a very high setting to a very low setting, you do need to press down on the corresponding key for a little longer.

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          There are not 1 but 2 USB ports and you can very easily connect up to your printer or mouse, as and when needed. Its also easy to connect your digital camera if you need to.

          You have all you need with this keyboard already set up for you when using an Apple computer, to be able to scroll up or down to view documents easily. The numeric keyboard is a great feature for anyone working with figures and/ or spreadsheets, as its side placed setting on the keyboard, is well laid out and very accessible.

          Whilst the keyboard is manufactured and promoted for use with an Apple computer, you can with a little bit of adjustment also use it with other brands. The only down side is that you may find that some of the functions do not run/ work as they should. You should also note that his numeric keyboard is only sold as a wired version, but you can also buy a wifi one without the numeric feature.

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          The materials used to make up the keyboard are light sleek and modern. The main body or base of the keyboard is made from a very light brushed anodized aluminum. The anodized aluminum is very slim yet strong and durable and is a perfect base for the yummy little soft touch, low profile, white plastic keys.

          You get the keyboard and a USB cable together. They also come with full instructions. If you are wanting to use the keyboard with a non Apple computer you should find that the keyboard will run ok, if you run your computer on Linux. Some Windows set ups will run most of the functions on the keyboard well enough, but with XP you may need to install a driver first.

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          Being a bit of an Apple fan, I have to say that I love the design, feel and simplicity of the Apple numeric keyboard. The ease of use is great, the soft touch easy action of the keys makes typing a doddle and is much better than some of the bulky chunky keyboards I have used in the past.

          I don't feel that £39 is too much to pay for the keyboard as it oozes class and takes the strain out of every day computer typing tasks. The keyboard is well made, long lasting and as such gets a super 5 star rating.

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          17.07.2010 00:29
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          A superbly built keyboard, which feels lovely to use

          If you have an iMac or Mac mini requiring a keyboard, you may be interested in the official Apple keyboard. Even if you have a PC, you can still connect a wired Apple keyboard into your computer using it's universal USB cable. The keyboard is so lovely and smooth to type on, and looks fantastic. It is made of pure quality aluminium and the keys are set firmly in place.

          You can get several different keyboards including a wired or wireless one. The wired ones can either include the one with a numeric keypad or without, but the wireless one lacks the numeric keypad on the side. I have not had the wireless one, but I imagine it's very pleasant to have with no annoying wires to deal with, leaving your desk look tidier.

          You can buy a standard wired one with numeric keypad for around £26 on amazon.co.uk, which is a lot cheaper than from an Apple store. The wireless one still costs around £55, which in my opinion is not worth it. This may be a more premium price than any other keyboard, but they really are of excellent quality, and so long as you don't spill a drink all over it, it'll give you joy for years!

          The keys are fitted into a sturdy aluminium body, which has been shaped to perfection. The aluminium has a silver finish, which looks really modern. This tones brilliantly with the clear white keys and grey letters printed on them. The keyboard sits wonderfully on the desk at a perfect angle, slanted back slightly for easy typing. It doesn't move around when you type thanks to the grip underneath. The keyboard is so very thin too, that it looks really sleek from the sides. There are two extra USB ports on the back sides of the keyboard if your computer is powerful enough to charge an iPod through the keyboard for example. This is great as is reserves the computer's USB ports for other things such as printers or a mouse.

          The keyboard feels very nice to type on, and is extremely responsive. One little tap of the key and it responds instantly. It's lovely to touch type on the keyboard and feels effortless and smooth compared to other keyboards where the keys are so much taller and protrude out more. The keys are all very 'low key' (excuse the pun), and stay subtly above the aluminium frame. You barely have to press them down to activate them. The sound of typing on the keyboard is quite addicting too - it's not loud and harsh, but quiet and light. The feel of the keys is brilliant too - they feel very well-fixed onto the keyboard and you can tell it's of excellent quality.

          The normal wired keyboard with the numeric keypad contains all the keys you will need, including ones to access the Dashboard, show all your windows and control your music on iTunes for example. It's a first class keyboard and I'd highly recommend it - it's a must have for any mac user!

          Thanks for reading!

          :)

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          04.05.2010 12:18
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          A great keyboard

          When my manager left recently, I was lucky enough to adopt her MacBook Pro and Apple keyboard for work. The MacBook Pro is quite nice, but I'm really impressed by the keyboard because it's really good quality and nice to use.

          The Apple wired keyboard is available for around £29 from Apple directly; however, it's worth shopping around as many resellers will sell it cheaper, especially without the box. It's available in wired or wireless versions, and the wired version is available with or without a number pad. The version I'm reviewing is the wired numeric keyboard.

          The keyboard is really easy to use - simply plug into a USB port and you're ready to start typing. The keyboard is very compact, and includes the common keys you'd expect (alphabet, number, a set of numeric, shift and caps lock, function and arrow, escape etc.), but doesn't take up much space at all. There are no 'extra' bits like curves, space, or general bulk like you get with Windows keyboards (particularly Microsoft ones), and whilst it doesn't give you a massive amount of options in terms of customising keys, I find all that stuff useless anyway and prefer the extra desk space.

          The keyboard itself is made from aluminium so it's quite cold to the touch. However, the keys are made from white plastic, and are pretty flat, so the silver colour helps you to distinguish them more easily. The keys are also raised slightly off the flat aluminium surface, so it's much harder to spill liquids down them or lose bits of food - much easier to keep clean and hygienic. Because the keys are so flat, travel time across them is greatly reduced and I find it much quicker to type - my fingers pretty much dance over them, and they require only a little pressure which is good for me as I'm a light typist.

          The keyboard sits almost completely flat on the desk - it has a flattish bar on the back at the top which raises it slightly, but if you hate flat keyboards this probably isn't for you. I did start off by propping it up, but I got used to it after a few days and my wrists weren't hurting at all so I decided to stick with it. You might need a keyboard wrist rest for more comfort.

          The keyboard handily has a USB port on either side, which can support low-powered peripherals like USB sticks so you don't have to fiddle around at the back of your computer. This is an advantage over the wireless keyboard, which doesn't have any USB ports, however if you use them then your workspace will look more cluttered.

          So what are the disadvantages? Firstly, the price - it's reasonable for Apple hardware but expensive compared to many other keyboards with the same or better functionality, which can be bought for around a third of the price.

          Secondly, the keyboard's caps lock requires you to press it extra hard to register so you don't accidentally type in capitals. However, I find this really irritating as typing hard doesn't come naturally to me. A few weeks on, I'm still not used to it despite typing for around seven hours a day.

          Thirdly, you may need to go into your computer's settings to configure some of the keys how you want them as the function keys don't work as you'd naturally expect. I also find that the keys revert too easily to their natural state. Having said that, changing the settings only takes a few seconds and is very easy to do.

          However, these disadvantages aren't too bad really considering the keyboard looks and feels so nice. The requirements state that it's to be used with a Mac computer, but the Internet suggests you will be able to use with a Windows PC - buy at your own risk if you don't have a Mac!! If I'd had a choice I would probably have gone for the non-numeric keyboard as I never use the number pad, but this version is the most popular. I'm not that keen on the wire and I imagine the wireless keyboard looks even better, but they do drain batteries very quickly so that's something to consider if you're unsure about which to buy.

          Overall, it's a great keyboard and worth the money - especially if you do a lot of typing.

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            28.04.2010 20:49
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            Great design, great keyboard

            The Apple Keyboard usually comes as standard with most iMacs along with a wired Apple Mighty Mouse.

            This keyboard is the standard, although it's worth noting that Apple also now produce a Wireless Keyboard. The wireless version is markedly different in both design and usability so this review will concentrate solely on the standard wired Apple Keyboard.

            As standard with my reviews, i'll break it down into sections:

            DESIGN

            The keyboard has a sleek and elegant design, very typical of an Apple product. It's a nice silver with white keys and the keys are spaced perfectly for ease of use.
            The first thing i noticed with the keyboard is how thin it is - it's the equivalent of most 'ultra slim' keyboards and the keys are extremely shallow; meaning there's no great depression when you hit the keys. I really like this element of it and it now feels notably different and slightly alien to use more standard keyboads.
            The back of the keyboard has a curved protrusion at the top, acting perfectly as a stand so the keyboard sits at a slight angle (towards you), making it easier to type and giving the keyboard a more ergonomic design. Cleverly, at either end of this protrusion are USB ports, which are extremely useful, although they're not powered, so won't run anything which requires power from the computer.

            CONNECTIVITY AND EASE OF USE

            The Apple Keyboard connects via USB and is extremely easy to use - it's literally plug and play; you don't require a driver and the keyboard isn't Apple specific, i bought another one for my laptop and it works perfectly. On any operating system you just plug it in and a few seconds later the keyboard is recognised and working; you couldn't really want any more withouth it being wireless.

            The keyboard is extremely easy to use and has several added functions apart from the extra USB ports (although most of these are Mac specific):
            One button screen lighten or darken
            Enter Screens
            Enter Dashboard
            Rewind
            Pause/Play
            Fast Forward
            One button volume up or down
            Eject
            The keyboard also has 9 buttons that can be assigned to any shortcut you wish (F5, F6, F13, F14, F15, F16, F17, F18, F19) which is a nice touch.

            PRICE

            Obviously this changes and although i bought mine new (£29.99) i would recommend getting one off eBay - they're extremely reliable and you can get one much cheaper on there. Yes it's a very nice keyboard with some great functions and design touches but £30 is expensive for any keyboard.

            Overall i'd recommend this keyboard thoroughly if you've got a Mac laptop, or are looking for a new keyboard for your PC (changes are if you've bought an iMac you'll have got one in the box).

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        • Product Details

          The Apple Keyboard has been completely redesigned, inside and out. It features an elegant, ultra-thin anodized aluminum enclosure with low-profile keys that provide crisp, responsive feel. It also has function keys for one-touch access to a variety of Mac features such as screen brightness, volume, eject, play/pause, fast-forward and rewind, Exposé, and Dashboard. Its extended layout includes document navigation controls and a numeric keypad. And two USB 2.0 ports provide high-speed connectivity for your iPod, Mighty Mouse, digital camera, and other USB-based electronic devices.

          Technical Data

          Product Description: Apple Keyboard with Numeric Keypad keyboard
          Device Type: Keyboard - wired
          Interface: USB
          Localisation: English - United Kingdom
          Hot Keys Function: Multimedia, optical media eject, volume, brightness, Expose
          Colour: White, anodised aluminium
          Designed For: Mac mini; MacBook; MacBook Pro
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