Product Type: Apple keyboards
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Great design, great keyboard
Member Name: chief07john
Advantages: Extra USB ports, lots of functions, sleek design
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:
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
One button volume up or down
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.
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).
Summary: Great design, great keyboard
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