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Packaging and Accessories
The keyboard packaging is very good as with most apple products. The box is white all around with all the information about where the keyboard was made and designed and other additional information on the bottom in silver writing. On the top of the of the box there is a very big picture of the keyboard itself, on the right of the box is the apple logo and name in silver writing. On the left there is also the same as the right hand side. The box is surrounded in plastic to ensure the box is ok.
Once you open the box there is a plastic covering that you lift up and you will find the keyboard itself, there is also some plastic covering the usb wire. Underneath the keyboard you will find the warranty and additional information, you will also get two apple stickers. Other than that there is not much in the box. Overall I think that the packaging is excellent and it definitely will not get damaged if you order the keyboard from online as it is well packaged.
Build and Features
Because this is the wired version you do have a wire attached to the keyboard and the keyboard is of reasonable length, it should be long enough to connect to any computer. All of the keys on the keyboard is made out of a white plastic material and they are all slightly curved to allow for a better response when typing. The keyboard is a standard keyboard with all of the qwerty features and some other keys that are used for apple computers. The rest of the keyboard is made out of a metal which i believe is aluminium. The keyboard does not weigh that much but if you pick it up it does have a bit of weight which to me makes it feel like it is better quality. As well as having the numeric pad on the far right there is also a number pad on the top which also goes from 0-9.
he actual keyboard is made to a very high standard and works very well. It is very durable and can easily be cleaned. There are small rubber feet on the bottom of the keyboard which stop it from sliding everywhere and also all the wire that is used to connect the keyboard to a usb port in the computer comes out of the silver bar and that is the part of the keyboard which also works as the stand. There is a full numeric part of the keyboard found on the right of the keyboard. I think that the design of the keyboard is really excellent and so is the build quality.
There are quite a few good points. The build quality is excellent something that i have now expected off Apple. I really like the design i think that the grey and silver looks very good and also works very well. The qwerty keyboard is also very responsive when you click the keys, much like all keyboards and also there is enough space between the keys to make sure that when you are typing you do not accidentally hit a key that you were not looking to hit.
The keys on the keyboard are very slim, and the are not sticking out of the keyboard very much, this takes a bit of getting used to when you first use the keyboard but after you've had the keyboard for a while it feels good when you type, you do not have to put much pressure of the keys for them to respond and the slimmer keys also adds to the nice design of the keyboard.
I think that another good point is the fact that the keyboard also has on the far right a full 0-9 numeric keypad. This is found on loads of keyboards but only on a few mac keyboards and it is nice to be able to use them. They work very well and i do use them regularly and they are very responsive. The keys that are found on the keyboard also have some nice shortcuts which make it easy to access things on your computer much like the shortcuts found on a normal keyboard.
Another good point is that if you buy the keyboard it also can be used on windows pc's as well as Mac pc's. It is more difficult to put it on to the windows pc. You have to download some drivers and do some key mapping but it does work, i think that it is a nice option to have, i am unsure whether the keyboard will be recognized straight away when you plug it in but it does work on windows pc's. if you are buying this keyboard for an apple keyboard than this is a great keyboard and works very well, i have used it on both and i can say that it is a very good keyboard and also you have the advantage of being able to use all of the keys on the keyboard
The keyboard because of it's simple design and great design is also really easy to clean, because the keys are very slim then dust and other things do not collect in the keys and so you can clean the keyboard very easy. So far none of the keys that i have used have stuck or broken or anything like that so i am very impressed overall with the apple wired keyboard.
One thing that i dont like about the apple wired keyboard is the fact that it is priced quite high and although it is a nice design and works well so do most other keyboards and you can get some keyboards which are a lot cheaper and still work as well. As i have previously mentioned there are some extra keys on the keyboard which are only for macs and other apple products and so if you try to use this keyboard on a windows pc you may not be able to use all of the buttons and you may have to map the keys to the pc. however this is not a problem if you are going to use the keyboard for mac's as it works wonderfully.
The keyboard also does lose some functionality if you are using it on a windows pc as it is built for mac. It will take a while to get used to the keyboard anyway but if you are using it on a windows pc then you will have to learn all the different buttons and that will take a long time to become fluent using the keyboard.
To conclude i think that the keyboard is a great keyboard and it has some great features and i would recommend this if you are looking for a reliable and well designed keyboard however for the price i would suggest looking around because i think that you could get a cheaper keyboard which will do the same job but for a much cheaper price.
I Recommend this product to Anyone as I think it is a great Product however you can buy cheaper alternatives and if you are planning to use this keyboard on windows pcs then you may have to do a few things with your computer for it to work.
Where to Buy
You can buy the Apple Wired Keyboard with a numeric pad from quite a few places. I have found that online retailers such as amazon have them at the cheapest price which i have found to be around the £40 mark but the price does go up and down.
Thank you for reading my review.
You're not spoilt for choice in the mac keyboard market so the offical apple board is a logical purchase, if you want to save some money then you can get the wired option, and if you want the number pad you're forced to get the wired option.
By going wired you lose a USB port, but you also gain 2 usb ports (so a total gain of 1), which are slightly located either side of the board- if you plug in say a mouse then the position feels natural, but if you plug in something that requires frequent removal such as a USB stick then the position becomes slightly awkward, but it's not a deal breaker. I don't think they will power something like a usb hard drive though.
The key travel is very similar to the macbook/macbook pro keyboards, if you like that then you'll love this board, but if you're used to the chunky 'retro' keys then you might not, personally I type quicker and more accurately on this board than any other, including the dinovo edge on my other computer (a keyboard so expensive it makes the apple seem cheap).
After about 2 years of use there was no signs of key's fading and it still looked brand new, although unfortunately it suddenly stopped working and I had a permanant caps lock light on.
If you want to use a keyboard with your apple mac, definitely look for an apple specific board, otherwise the mapping will be all wrong, the official apple keyboard is worth the money and I am now looking to replace the dead board with the wireless version.
After my keyboard decided not to function properly a friend offered me one to borrow for a while which so happened to be this Apple Keyboard.
Firstly I will admit, as is the case with most Apple products, it looks amazing. The silver aluminium with white keys are practically trademark colours of Apple and it certainly looks nice on any desk. Also with the spaces between the keys there is no more dropping crumbs or spilling drinks into that dark pit under the keys that you can never seem to clean out. Well not unless you fancy taking off all your keys and then trying to play a game of scrabble.
Sadly I found that with all the focus on the style I found that Apple had lost sight of ensuring that the keyboard would be functional. I found that the spacing between the keys was too large, when I was typing it never felt as fluent or as comfortable compared to a standard keyboard. I also didn't like the low profile keys. I found myself doubting a lot of the time whether I had actually pressed the key or not and always had to check.
I didn't pay for mine but apparently Amazons best offer (at time of writing) is £42.72 to me this seems way too much for a keyboard. But then again I have never had one made out of aluminium so I can understand why it is so pricey. But I feel that I would enjoy typing away on a cheap £5 keyboard more so than this.
Overall it serves its purpose well and I can't fault that. It does everything you would want a keyboard to do and is a lot more appealing to the eyes than your average plastic keyboard. However, its design isn't suited to me which is why I wouldn't buy it and I probably couldn't justify the cost to myself.
When I purchased my Mac Pro 2 years back, it came with the USB wired Apple Keyboard. Having previously used PC keyboards, I found the Apple keyboard to be the most elegant that I'd ever seen and used.
It sports an ultrathin anodized aluminium enclosure with low-profile white keys that are a pleasure to use. The entire keyboard is so tactile and responsive. One feature that I loved about this keyboard was that it has two USB 2 ports to the left and right underside rear of it which is helpful if you need to plug either a mouse or card reader in. I do believe that you can also plug in a printer too, but I've never tried this as mine is connected at the back of my Mac Pro. Forget trying to plug a portable hard drive in, I tried this and it didn't want to know. At first I thought that my hard drive had packed up but then realised it required a USB port that proved power to the unit.
As far as features go it as everything that I'd expect a keyboard to have in this day and age. The number pad is situated to the right. On the very top you can find the function keys and one touch buttons which will allow you to access certain applications on your Mac i.e. CD/DVD play, rewind, forward fast, eject etc. Apart from this standard layout the keyboard has the usual arrow keys, which are situated to the right of the QWERTY keys this enables you to either scroll across or down through documents, or internet sites etc.
The Apple Keyboard comes with a handy USB extension cable which is much needed and an instruction booklet which you don't really need. It's very easy to install- just plug in and it is good to go. Your Mac will pick up any software updates that are available for the keyboard.
The keys do get a little bit grubby after a while but they are very easy to clean with a little disinfectant.
Needless to say that this keyboard is also compatible with a PC. I'd highly recommend it to anyone wanting to refine his or her daily experience of using technology.
Last year towards Christmas I made up my mind to buy a desktop computer to replace a very old Evesham desktop that was used for keeping data and various files including a huge folder of music files. The Evesham was completely reliable but newer components were no longer compatible for it and I made the hard decision to get rid of the Evesham desk top PC even though it came with an excellent sound blaster sound card and lots of other goodies. So as I went about partitioning what could be re sold or kept and set about looking for a new computer, I was at two minds on whether to get rid of my excellent premium keyboard that had given me excellent service. In my haste I ended up buying a Mac Mini and although I had a perfectly good QWERTY Microsoft keyboard with soft touch pads and multi functions, it was not compatible with the Mac system as it has a PS2 jack as opposed to USB and even with an adaptor, it just didn't seem to connect with my new Mac. To make the Mac Mini accessible I then bought my Texet gaming PC keyboard that can be used with Mac computers and apart from the cheapness of the keys and constantly rattling from the sound I made when it came to typing up reviews and general paper work, the gaming keyboard actually slowed down my typing speed as well as continually annoying me with its lack of quality, noise and cheapness of the keys. Thus with Christmas vouchers, I ended up buying Apple's wired full size keyboard for use with my Mac Mini. I've since bought another Apple wired keyboard for use with my Macbook as all will become clear, shortly!
When it comes to buying accessories bearing the Apple name, you can be sure of one thing - the accessories are usually and mostly stylish to the eye. The same aspect is applied here with Apple's wired keyboard. So, where general design & quality is concerned, the product here is so very nearly perfect. You get a beautifully thin rectangular panel with white 2mm "low profile" QWERTY keys and a numerical key pad sited to the right hand side. `All the while with a classy brushed aluminium panel behind like an artistic backdrop that inspires durability and style, white square or rectangular "chicklet," press keys abound that are visually clear to see and well detailed. The one touch keys comprise of volume up and down, mute, fast forward and rewind when using iTunes to dashboard, up and down to view screen, expose and brightness settings for your monitor screen as well as a handy eject function if you have a CD/DVD in your super drive player. The numerical keypad is also well placed and easy to access.
All the keys have grey decal writing on them and the keyboard measures nearly 44cm in length by 11cm width with the 0.5cm drop on the raised base for the USB expansion slots and main rest automatically incorporated into the design. On the underside, the keyboard is completely glossy white with a raised and permanent partition at the top to aid the keyboard at an angle for users. Function keys that I would normally find on my 2008 Macbook are similarly accessed and laid out on the Apple wired keyboard and I find the whole design extremely comfortable to use whilst the whole item sits on a level surface without moving - an aspect that I wish my previous gaming keyboard could do, regardless of its optional push-in flush angle points on the base.
Although I didn't take much notice of the equally pleasing packing box that the keyboard is sold in, it does come with a helpful user manual (should you really require it,) a very helpful optional long metre extension USB cable and the keyboard itself. What I didn't realise was that this keyboard's base has very helpful 2.0 USB slots on either side of the keyboard too, making the use of my corded mouse all the better for it, rather than stretching the wire over to the main USB point on my Macbook and they're hidden underneath out of the way. If you are the owner of a Macbook you'll know the restrictive nature of only having 2 USB ports on the computer itself, so it's a bit of a boon having USB slots on the keyboard for extra versatility and optional peripherals. The USB wire from the keyboard to the Macbook measures 85 cm, which is more length than I need, anyway. A bonus to the product where compatibility is concerned is that the Apple wired keyboard can be used with PC computers too, providing that they use XP and servers upwards with no PS2 points. Latterly though without a Mac, you'll miss out on the one-touch function keys that are made solely for Mac computers.
Where general performance is concerned - what a breath of fresh air! Compared to the thicker, deeper set keys on a standard PC keyboard, there is a beautifully absent noise created by the keys on the Apple keyboard, even if it lacks a soft, rubberised texture that more expensive rivals provide. The keys, though smooth have an actual slight grainy texture to them too, which lends itself for your fingers to grip the plastic rather than slide off. It is also far easier to clean this keyboard should it get dirty due to the white key finish.
The Apple wired keyboard is efficient and far more comfortable to actually touch type on as well as standard typing. I find that for most of the time when I'm doing reviews or typing work in general, that I'm merely forcing my hand to tickle the keys to get the words appearing on the screen compared to the continual banging my fingers are put through when using a standard PC keyboard. Less mistakes occur because of the natural design here and I find my typing gets quicker with very few glances required to look at the keys to check what I am typing! I could never do the same approach with a deep set PC keyboard. With the angle set in place, I don't miss having raised keys either as the natural positioning of the hand rests over the keys easily and hovering over the keyboard with less pushing in to ensure the correct letters of your choice appear on your computer screen.
Generally where downsides are concerned, there are very few. When it comes to using the USB slots, I find that some peripherals won't work regardless of Apple's insistence of making the slots with a 2.0 grading. My external Firelight hard drive for example will not work on the USB slots in the keyboard. However, I do find my wired mouse or printer can be used and in addition, my compact Canon camera can easily be connected through the other USB slot rather than continually using my Belkin 4 USB slot bank. For excess wire worries and computer owners who hate wires clumping up, the Apple's on board USB slots are a godsend!
One downside that is of more importance and obvious is an aspect I have mentioned earlier is cost price. Apple products are notoriously expensive and seldom cheap. At cost, the wired apple keyboard has an average price of £40 to £45 and I seldom buy any peripherals I need direct from Apple stores because they do tend to mark up the prices fairly heavily. As a result, I usually buy my accessories if I can, from John Lewis or any other department store where the mark up is marginal and my wired keyboard cost me £40. For owners who have the Macbook Pro however, you may well miss the un-lit keys but I guess in time Apple could launch another keyboard with this worthwhile option - there's certainly enough power from the keyboard to the computer for lit keys to be added.
Within a year however, I began to realise that I liked the wired keyboard so much, I decided to go out and buy another for my own Macbook, turning my laptop into a versatile "desktop" design by buying an old BBC Computer mount to elevate the Macbook and to decrease my use with the Macbook's own keyboard, unless I am in transit with it. With the Macbook being mounted away from me, it also decreases any eye fatigue I've got in the past when writing or using the laptop so closely located to my eyes; so it's a win-win situation as far as I'm concerned! Well made, easy on the eye and infinitely useful, the Apple wired keyboard with numerical pad is a fantastic product that has improved my touch-typing skills and oozes good design intelligence. It is a must for product reviewers, if nothing else! Thanks for reading. ©Nar2 2012.
When your apple keyboard arrives, the thing you will first notice is the excellent packaging design and that brand new apple product smell. The box contains your apple keyboard, two apple stickers, a quick start leaflet and a usb extension leed. The usb extension lead is abit overkill as the lead attached is fairly long. If you use a mac pro and have the wires under your desk this may be necessary.
Ofcourse the keyboard is compatible with ALL macs on the market that have a usb slot and it is also compatible with any PC.
The keyboard rests at a slight tilt perfect for your hands however this is not adjustable, those of you out there who like a flat laptop style keyboard should look elsewhere however for 99% of people it is perfect.
The keyboard is designed to also provide an interface to your mac or pc with two unpowered usb slots built in. This can support your apple mouse/pc mouse or flash drives for example. It will even accept a usb hard drive.
The keyboard appears to be a brushed metal, aluminium i believe, and looks very good. The keys ofcourse are a plastic compound of sorts but they are of flat profile design. This lets me move my hands accross the keyboard at super speed for mega fast typing, very much like a laptop. Unlike a laptop however there is a decent space between the keys so you can not hit the wrong key easily.
The feel of the keys is lovely, i could type all day with their soft touch. Gamers may not like this however because they are so used to the old bulky keyboard designs.
The keyboard is also much easier to clean that most keyboard which is also a plus but i suspect it may suffer if anything were to be spilt on it.
Apple Wired Keyboard (with numerical keypad and usb ports)
I have had this keyboard for as long as I have had my apple mac, which is nearly three years I think and I use this keyboard literally everyday! This keyboard came with our apple mac and at the time you could pay a bit more a get the wireless version of this but we decided to just have this one as MACs are not cheap.
- Main features, specifications and Apple's description
Some of the main features of the keyboard includes: the numerical keypad, which most larger pc/mac keyboards have, Volume increase/decrease/mute buttons, play/stop/pause/fast forward/rewind buttons, Eject CD/dvd button and some individual keys which perform specific tasks on a mac. There are all of the normal buttons on the keyboard which you would expect on a normal pc keyboard and some additional ones. The length of the keyboard is approximately 43.5cm or 13.5inches. The width of the keyboard is approximately 12cm or 5inches. And the keyboard is more raised on one side than the other so the maximum depth of the keyboard when it is on a flat surface is about 1cm and the minimum depth is a couple of millimeters.
"The Apple Keyboard with Numeric Keypad features an extended layout; an elegant, ultrathin anodized aluminum enclosure; low-profile keys; and two USB 2.0 ports." Apple uk site.
- Using the keyboard
This keyboard is really quite different in my opinion to a normal pc keyboard as firstly some of the buttons are in different places when compared to other keyboards. For example the '@' button is located differently on the apple keyboard/pc keyboards and also the buttons themselves are not as raised as other keyboards. The buttons only stand out from the keyboard by about 2/3mm (low profile keys) - unlike all PC keyboards I have used where the buttons are really quite big and they really stand out from the keyboard a lot more than these apple buttons do. The buttons in my opinion are a lot quicker and easier to press down than a normal/pc keyboard probably because they are low on the keyboard and also the buttons do not put up any resistance when pressing them - you don't have to press down a lot on the buttons with this keyboard. The letter buttons are of a similar size to the buttons my Acer notebook which are about 1.5cm by 1.5cm. One thing that I don't like about the layout of this keyboard is that there is the separate number keypad on the far right of the keyboard but there is also a set of numbers from 0 to 9 above the letter section - I don't see why there needs to be two sets of numbers on one keyboard. One other thing that I do not like about this keyboard is that the caps lock button can get stuck/become really quite unresponsive and some times I have to press the button a number of times for it to work - although I have had this same keyboard now for about three years. One thing I would have liked this keyboard to have is a actual print screen/screen grab button as you have to press three buttons together to get a print screen whereas a pc/normal keyboard has a separate button for this task (with the apple keyboard you have to press the apple key, shift and 3 to get a print screen). I really like the volume control buttons on this keyboard as they are really quite handy and conveniently placed so that you can control the volume really quickly and easily - this is the same for the brightness, play/rewind/fast forward/pause and stop buttons and the eject button. Although the eject cd/dvd button is handy I sometimes find that it does not work and then I have to use the mouse to eject the disk - which really does not take long at all but the button should actually work. Overall I like this keyboard with my mac, it works well on the whole but there are some flaws such as the unresponsiveness of a couple of the buttons.
- USB ports
There are two 2.0 USB ports on either side of this keyboard, which is a feature I personally have not seen on any other keyboard other than the apple keyboards. The two usb ports are so useful as my mac only has thee usb ports in the back of the screen (two of them are in use all of the time as the keyboard and mouse are connected to the mac via these usb ports at the back). The two usb ports are very handy in my opinion as I use them to connect my memory sticks to my mac, to connect my SD card reader to my mac and my printer connects to my mac via these keyboard usb ports too. So overall they are very convenient and a great addition to this keyboard. They are fantastic, although they do have some flaws, as sometimes I get a message on my mac saying that the keyboard usb ports do not have the capabilities to connect my memory stick to my mac. Also the usb ports can be a little bit sensitive - by this I mean that if I have my SD card reader in one of the usb ports the mac can sometimes drop the connection between the usb port and the mac.
Overall I really like this keyboard as it is easy to use - due to the low set buttons. The two usb ports on either side of the keyboard are very useful and convenient. There are specific apple keys on this key board which have specific functions for an apple mac, so you can't really plug this in to another pc that is not a mac because of these apple buttons. The keyboard is really quite durable as I have had this one for about three years and it is still just as good - although a couple of buttons have become less responsive over the years, as you would expect. The keyboard is really easy to clean, I just get a cotton pad and put a very small amount of nail polish remover on it and wipe it gently over the keyboard and it gets rid of all of the marks/dust etc without damaging the keyboard. The positive points about this keyboard out weight the negatives in my opinion. Although the occasional unresponsiveness of the usb ports/a couple of the buttons and the price are fairly large negative points against this product - these two points are the reason for the loss of two stars.
- Price and availability
The price of this product is really quite high for a keyboard in my opinion - and it is the cheapest of the two apple keyboards available! This product came with our mac and it can be bought from an apple store or the apple uk online store for £40. And the apple wireless keyboard is available from the same sources and is priced at £57!
*Easy to use due to the low set buttons
*Easy to clean and it is easy to store if you wanted to as it is thin and it is not heavy either
*Two USB ports on either side of the keyboard are really handy and conveniently located
*Connects to my mac via a usb port/cable but you can get a wireless version of this keyboard
*Handy short cut buttons, eg: play, pause, fast forward, rewind, mute, volume increase/decrease, eject, brightness increase/decrease buttons
*Some buttons can become unresponsive over time, such as the eject button and the caps lock button
*Price! It is £40 for this wired version and £57 for the wireless version
*Wired version takes up one usb slot that could be used for other things
*Sometimes the usb ports can be a bit unresponsive
Thank you for reading my review - this review is already posted on ciao under my username labellavita1992