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I owned and used both a wired version and the bluetooth wireless version of this keyboard. This review really applies to either, as they both actually feel the same when typing. However, for this review, I will concentrate on the wired version.
It sports a clear bottom casing (warning hairs and dust collect, so this can look really naff after a while), which has a flip out stand. This raises the back of the keyboard slightly, so it is angled slightly. On each side of the keyboard is a USB port, which can be used for plugging in a mouse, or something like a USB flash memory key. The keys themselves are white. Beautifully printed with the symbols and very slightly curved on the top. For purists the 'Apple' key is still marked on the keyboard, which in their newer keyboards has been dropped in favour of the Command (CMD) key. The function is still the same, but I love my little Apple symbol.
Typing on this wonder is really comfortable. The keys have just the right amound of travel. They feel firm with none of that spongy feel on cheaper keyboards. You will also notice that it is quiet. Other keyboards can be very plasticky and clatter away as you type... not so here.
A quick tip: If you have one of these that is looking a little grubby, or pick up a second hand bargain it is very easy to clean. Take a photo, or find an online image to remind you of where all the keys are. Set out some clear workspace. You can then pop off all the keys gently. This allows you to clean all that grime and dust out from underneath. Place the keys in a bag, add a drop of water and washing up liquid. Shake, rub, rattle, you get the idea. Then rinse. Lay out on a towel and dry and either leave overnight or use a hairdryer. Then pop all the keys back in place. Voila a lovely clean keyboard.
Just recently, Apple revised the design of their keyboards, to a slimline version with flat keys (which I have reviewed elsewhere on dooyoo). Until this slim version was released, I regarded this Pro Keyboard as the best ever. The slim one beats it in ergonomics, though I still do rate this one as having perfect travel of the keys, making feedback simply the best.
The Apple 'Pro Keyboard' comes in two different models. The first of which is the wired version (which connects via USB), and the second is the bluetooth version which takes four AA batteries and connects wirelessly.
This review relates specifically to the bluetooth keyboard - which I previously owned.
Looking rather stylish with a transparent plastic surround and white keys, you can tell instantly that this is a product designed by Apple. There is a slight curve from the back to the front of the unit which supposedly makes it more ergonomic to use.
I actually find the keys a little 'clunky' with this model, and it doesn't feel as pleasing to type on as the newer version with the aluminium frame.
As I mentioned earlier, the keyboard takes four AA batteries which fit in underneath the unit. These can actually run out fairly quickly - even with high quality rechargeables. I also notice that Apple's redesigned bluetooth version of this model only takes three AA's - so I imagine it's better at conserving power.
I had a long and happy use from the Apple Pro Keyboard until it mysteriously broke down a few weeks ago. It must have been something to do with the bluetooth, as my iMac suddenly stopped being able to 'detect' it.
If you see one of these going fairly cheaply on eBay, then I suggest giving it a go. Despite the couple of negative aspects which I have mentioned, it's still a beautifully designed piece of equipment which is unlikely to break down as mine did.
Apple has redefined the keyboard - not just in terms of what it does, but what it looks like. Naturally, what it feels like is a key factor too. The 108-key Apple Pro keyboard features full-size cursor keys perfect for zipping up, down and sideways in a game or on a spreadsheet. Additionally, it gives you 15 full-size programmable function keys. A single assigned keystroke may quickly launch a favorite application. The Apple Pro keyboard also comes with additional new full-sized keys for Page Up and Down, Home and End, Insert and forward Delete, plus a key for ejecting CDs or DVDs.