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at first I thought me and this keyboard were never going to get on, it was too different from my laptop keyboard (at the time that was a 2008 macbook pro), the keys had short travel and they were spaced apart, chiclet style. After a few days of discomfort I found myself getting faster and faster and now I touch type faster than I ever could on the old board, the shorter travel really does make typing a lot faster.
The aesthetics of the keyboard are amazing, of course it looks wonderful- it's apple!. It looks great next to a mac but also looks great next to a windows pc, it's a universally appreciable design. It is made of aluminium, (not just silver painted plastic), the keys are white plastic (but a high quality smooth plastic), on the side are 2 aluminium disks that have been engineered to perfection- one is the power button and the other is the screw cap to remove the batteries (battery life is a non issue by the way, i've been using it for a month and not had an issue), everything looks great, even the packaging looks good, clean and white.
I have had no problems connecting this to my computer, it just works out the box, no dongles and no set up, just turn on and once you type in a code that's it paired for life.
Just get one
only cons is that it might not work so well in a windows environment, and you will miss out on windows specific function buttons
After purchasing my Mac Mini it didn't feel right using a standard Windows keyboard, it was clunky and ugly so I decided to purchase the Apple Wireless Keyboard. I've never been more satisfied with a product.
-- The Design --
The design is truly beautiful, the keyboard fits perfectly on a desk and also rests nicely on your lap if you'd prefer. The aluminium finish is lovely and the white keys really do stand out and scream 'Apple'. The keyboard features function keys at the top of the keyboard so it's easy to pause/skip music, turn the volume up or adjust the brightness. You can also activate mission control and launchpad by using the F3 and F4 button which is really handy. I tend to use the pause button the most though to easily pause my music instead of going into the actual app itself which is really useful.
The keyboard is just the right size to comfortably type, at first I admit it was very strange as the keyboard is much smaller than traditional keyboards and it was hard to get used to but after about a week or so I'd mastered it and now when I have to use a standard keyboard it just confuses me!
The keyboard is roughly 11 1/4 x 5 1/4 inches.
-- Usability --
As I stated previously the keyboard is really easy to type with once you get used to it and the function keys make for some really handy features which will change the way you do things on your Mac.
Also you can not only use the product for the Mac you can also use it on a bluetooth enabled computer or laptop or even a tablet which has bluetooth connectivity. I have recently used it alongside my iPhone as I had to type out an extremely long email, set up was a breeze and it connected to my iPhone instantly. 'It just works' as Apple would say.
-- Setup --
Set up is easy, simple press the power switch on the side of the keyboard and you're good to pair with whatever device you are using.
-- Battery Life --
As this is a battery operated device it can get a tad annoying changing the batteries every once in a while. I've found my keyboard doesn't last too long maybe about 2 weeks? However I am currently using cheap £1 shop batteries so that is probably the case.
If this is something which will annoy you have a look into purchasing the Mobee magic charger which charges your keyboard through USB and is also rechargeable, I'd highly recommend that.
-- Build Quality --
Amazing build quality, sturdy and hasn't let me down yet. The keys are evenly spaced out and the aluminium finish really does give it a premium feel.
-- Is this product right for you? --
If you're looking for a stylish wireless keyboard then yes (wires are ugly and messy) this is the perfect solution to cut down on your wires. However if battery life may be an issue for you then I suggest you go with the wired version which is just as good and also features a number pad which the wireless version does not!
I've had to rate this product 4 stars sadly because of the battery life and the lack of a number pad however this is still an amazing product and it will make your desk look awesome!
I have had my Apple Wireless keyboard for over two years now. I purchased it at the same time as my iMac and admittedly it was a bit of an impulse buy at the time.
I had a few concerns when I first got it, including the battery life and also the connection strength. And my conclusion is the battery life is really good, and the connection strength is even better.
The sleek, white and silver look of this keyboard was the main attraction of this for me. It fits in perfectly with the decor of my room, as well as matching the sleek look of the iMac. In addition to this, having no wires adds to the look modern, sleek look of the product. One negative thing about the look, would also be due to the white keys. This is as they are prone to getting dirtier than a black keyboard, although this is probably more due to my boyfriend using it just after DIY tasks more than anything else.
As I have mentioned, this product has lasted me over two years so far - and has no signs of giving up anytime soon. Typing using this keyboard is very smooth, and very quiet too. This is due to the wider sized buttons as well as the keys being slimmer in depth. The slimmer depth also helps dirt not get stuck in between the keys. Set up of the keyboard was incredibly easy. Just put the batteries in and switch on the bluetooth on the device and let the Apple fairies do the rest.
It uses two AA batteries, which fit into the keyboard in a very discreet way. The batteries tend to last me about 6 to 8 weeks, depending on level of usage. I use my iMac most days, for around 2 - 5 hours and about 50% of that time is typing. My iMac monitors the battery life, although I quickly noticed to only use this as a guide. This is because the alert will say batteries will need to be replaced but I have found the batteries have lasted around a week longer than this. So my suggestion would be to always keep spare batteries in the house, and replace when the keyboard stops working.
The Apple Wireless keyboard is a really decent product, although due to its battery use as an ongoing expense I would deem it a luxury product. Saying that, it is a luxury I wouldn't do without now!
I mainly use this keyboard for my iPad when typing out long documents, since it's much more comfortable than tapping on the glass for an hour straight... The keyboard has a nice spacious layout and quite soft keys when you hit then really hard. The keys are marked with a grey paint for each letter and so far after several 1000+ word documents for work, and about 6 months wear and tear, none of the characters have rubbed off or worn smooth.
Cleaning is quite easy with a small tooth pick getting in between the really small grooves but other than that you can just get a wet wipe and clean straight across the keyboard. It takes less than a minute to clean the whole thing and by picking unwanted crumbs out you prevent jamming or breaking the circuit boards inside.
Connectivity is easy and simple with just a few things to do. Make sure your device is able to start bluetooth by turning bluetooth on, and making your device discoverable, then join the Apple Keyboard connection - note that you do get a quick start guide if you have difficulty with getting bluetooth to work.
My keyboard has multiple scratches and dents particularly around the back but it has stood up to the test of time quite well, no major mechanical faults and these scratches were from me just throwing it into a bag and not covering or protecting it properly.
The keyboard is very low power consumption, it uses just a few watts but the green energy saving stops right there. Activating bluetooth and then pairing with this drains my iPad battery like there's no tomorrow. I usually get just 4 hours when typing using this keyboard and the amount of draining it does really annoys me.
The keyboard is very comfortable to use, no aches or pains unless i hit the keys way too hard but generally they have a soft bounce and I have not yet worn down the tips under the keys so it feels quite bouncy still.
At around £50 you are looking at quite an expensive keyboard but remember this is Apple, you get a free 1 year warranty, it's bluetooth enabled and is quite comfortable compared to some of the stupid copy's with really annoying keys that stick or break.
This is a recommended keyboard and bear in mind what you're paying for given the high price.
This is everything i've come to expect from Apple and more, lovely aluminium face with very quiet keys, is lightweight compact and intelligent.
--> Intelligent lol does it make tea or coffee? <--
Sadly no but as i've always been hesitant about wireless consumables due to the amount of time i spend using a computer in an average week the battery's never seem to last that long.
But this keyboard is great and lasts a very long time on just 2 AA batteries thanks to it's "power management system" After x amount of time idle it powers down and then very quickly wakes up with the press of a key!
It did take a bit of time to get used to as i'm used to a full sized keyboard but once you get used to it i think your see no reason to switch back unless you have a need for a full sized keyboard.
--> Quick keys <--
All F (function) keys have functions built in except the F5 and F6 keys, which can be easily assigned to an application of your choice by going to keyboard in system preferences. There is also the option to disable the quick keys and use the F (function) keys as standard if that's easier for you (Then you need to press the fn key and appropriate function key to use the features assigned to the f (function) keys.
--> Battery indicator <--
With a couple of clicks from the menu bar you can easily see your battery level in percentage terms.
--> Changing batteries <--
Just use a coin to open the slot on the left hand side (Near the escape key) replace batteries and cover, then press the button on opposite side (by eject button) to green light comes on to re-pair with the computer or other device
--> On/Off <--
On the right side by the eject button there is a switch you press once to turn on or press and hold to turn off and whilst doing this your see a little green led above the eject key as well as image and text on screen of what your doing.
--> Recommendation <--
I keep a makeup brush near the keyboard to dust it and keep it clean and pass the hoover over it from time to time as this is an investment which should last a very long time if looked after.
I bought this keyboard a year and a half ago when I got my 27"iMac, I really love Apple products as I do know how efficient they can be. I found this keyboard a pleasure to use and easy to clean. I've spilled some coffee on it one day after which I decided to clean it up washing it under the sink, I know it sounds crazy but I have done exactly that, then let it dry for 3 days. It worked perfect after that and still does. It also have the built in Bluetooth technology which is marvelous! The keyboard is generally quite affordable if you understand the "Apple" concept and you don't like messing around. It runs with AA batteries which I think is very handy and I must say that I change them maybe once every 4 month so overall it is a very handy tool and I definitely recommended it.
I love Apple products and at work I use an iMac and so of course I have the wireless Apple keyboard. I wasn't sure at first about it with it being so small, I thought it looked too delicate. However, after having used it for quite a while now and although my colleague still criticise it, I have to say I have really grown to quite like it and have no real problems with it. Like most Apple products, it has that beautiful sleek design and it just looks modern and really stylish and I like this about the whole keyboard.
This Apple keyboard is very small, the exact dimensions, I do not have to hand. It has an isolated keyboard and all white keys are very thing to touch but it is all on an aluminium backing. It is very lightweight with a power button on the side that you can just about notice. Obviously being wireless, you have no issues with dealing with cables all over the place getting tangled and just have the connection. The keyboard is at a slight slant to make it comfortable to type but it really is easy to use.
APPLE WIRELESS KEYBOARD
To set this laptop up is very easy it connects to your iMac and this connection is always very steady I find. However, there have been a couple of occasions upon the start up process where the keyboard has not been active but just moving it a little bit all of a sudden it will connect again and be ready to use. This laptop runs on 2 x AA batteries which isn't really that bad and I find the battery life is great on this keyboard and so far I haven't had any problems with the battery running out.
Being at a slight angle raised on a sort of cylindrical beam is great as it gives it just the perfect slant to lean my wrist on my desk and type very comfortably. The keyboard comes with function keys just to make life easier when using a Mac. These keys cover things such as brightness adjustment, volume, eject, play/pause and a few others which are all very useful, especially the volume one which I get the most use out of. Things like this just speed up the process of using a Mac to make life easier for the user.
There is a power on/off button on the keyboard for times when you are away from the keyboard and want to maintain the battery power. The actual keys are very easy to use, at first you may find you need to type a bit tougher to get the keys to really become effective but I find that it is very touch sensitive and so I type at my normal pace. The keys are well spaced out and clear to see so that you are hitting all of the right keys and that it is moving along as quick as you need to type.
I think if I were to pick any faults with using the keyboard then there is one major on which comes to mind right away. My main negative is the caps lock key, you hit it hard and sometimes three or four times and it will still not go on! Sometimes it works right away but other times it sticks and I am waiting to see the green light but you really have to hit it to get capital letters so now I just use shift to completely avoid it. However, really this is my only main annoyance from using it.
I think personally if you have an Apple computer and want a fantastic wireless keyboard, then you really have to get this. It is a good price and looks the part, being so small and lightweight even just having this on my desk from my previous PC has cleared up SO much space that I feel it looks quite bare now as the Apple keyboard is so minimal and I like that. It is comfortable to type with for long periods of time and it is nice to use, I can't really say much more than that.
if you want to buy this the the UK Apple store are currently selling this for just £57 with free delivery which is a lot or a keyboard but it isn't too bad for Apple.
The official UK Apple website is http://www.apple.com/uk/
I have used this keyboard for about six months now and i think its time to give an in detail review of it. I will review it in different categories to get the most in depth accurate review as possible.
When i first opened this product I was very impressed with the looks. I was sceptical about how the white keys and aluminium body would look but they actually go together very well. It looks better in person than it does in pictures online so definitely go to an apple store if you are unsure about the looks. The keyboard is quite small as there is no numpad but the keys are full sized. This products looks excellent combined with a magic mouse and an iMac and makes for a professional looking setup when you use it with a mac.
The keyboard is wireless which immediately looks good as there are no untidy cables running our from it. This keyboard is extremely tin but at the same time maintains a large amount of durability and is rigid in construction. The design is excellent as you can move it around easily and is small and light enough that you can pop it in a bag and use it with a macbook or iPad. The keys are plastic but are good quality and i have not had any problems with them in terms of breakages and faults. The batteries are stored conveniently in the top and it is easy to change the batteries although you will not have to do that much at all. However there are a few ways in which the design could be improved. The arrow keys located in the bottom right hand corner of the keyboard are very small and are quite fiddly especially if you have large fingers. Also i think that the addition of a numpad would have been a nice touch as you only get a row of numbers above the main keys. Another thing to take into account concerning the design is the colour of the keys. They are white plastic and over time they do pick up dirt and get some grunge build up on them. For me i have just carefully wiped the keyboard with a damp cloth and that clears off any dirt if it is a problem.
This small keyboard has quite a lot of features but some are lacking which I will get to in a second. Firstly along the top of the keyboard there is a row of buttons which have some very useful functions. Going from left to right we have the brightness up and down, mission control button, launch pad, media controls and volume controls. These buttons are easy to access and are very useful when you are watching a film or listening to music. However i think that they could have added some more features for example hotkeys that oped applications with a press of a button and more advanced volume controls but the ones provided are sufficient for everyday usage. Another selling point is that this is wireless and connects via bluetooth. Even though this keyboard is wireless apple has pulled out all the stops in terms of battery life. The 2 AA batteries that are provided last for a very long time and I have only had to change the batteries once in the six months I have had this product. Also AA batteries are cheaper than most small batteries and are available in most shops. This is because of the intelligent power management system that powers the keyboard on only when you start using it so it isn't sitting dormant using up battery. When you press the caps lock key a green light shows up which is useful but when you are typing this is covered by your hand and a light placed nearer the top would be better.
Ease of use/ Typing Experience
This is the best keyboard i have used so far for ease of typing and general typing experience. The keyboard does not make very much noise when it is in use and the keys are very responsive. The keys are arranged in a chiclet formation which means that the keys are separate form one another (not touching each other). This makes it easy to identify the keys and typing is much easier and i have to say that my typing speed and accuracy has improved when i have used this product. This along with the magic mouse makes for an excellent experience and it interacts very well with mac os to enhance speed and efficiency. I would prefer this product had backlit keys and if it did that would definitely justify the price of this keyboard. Saying this i have had few problems with typing in the dark.
I'm not sure how much the average keyboard price is but this keyboard can be purchased for £57 straight from apple although I'm sure other websites will sell it cheaper than this. Even so the price your paying will be around £50 which is a large amount for a keyboard to I would recommend testing this in the apple store or at a friends house before you buy it although hopefully this review will have helped you make a decision. Luckily I did not have to pay for mine as you get one free with iMac. I have looked online and for this price you can get a decent wireless keyboard for example one made made by logitech and you would get a larger range of functions and a numpad. However considering aesthetics I am yet to see a keyboard which looks nicer than this for the money. If you do want a numpad with your keyboard you can opt for the wired apple keyboard which is the same but has a full size numpad and directional keys.
I would definitely recommend this to anyone with a mac as it really works well with the operating system to enhance and improve your experience in general when using osx. Make sure that your computer has bluetooth functionality before buying this. This speeds up your typing with its design and is portable enough to bring with you so i would say this is must have for apple users.
I am a big fan of all things Apple. I have seriously bought in to the whole Apple genre of technology - and, to be honest, I don't think anything even comes close. I have the Apple Wireless Keyboard for use with my iMac - and a few occasions with my iPad. As all Apple products, it doesn't come particularly cheap, but by Apple standards, this isn't actually too bad. The Apple Wireless Keyboard cost me £57.00 from the Apple online store - and this included the price of delivery.
I like the option of the wireless keyboard because wires just get on my nerves and make the place look scruffy. Apple products are so sleek and sexy that I really don't want the practicalities of cables getting in the way and making it look less elegant. The wireless keyboard is only a little more in terms of price and so I was willing to pay a little extra for this version.
The keypad is metallic on top and plastic on the underside and in the design of other Apple designs. It is quite a small keypad in terms of length, but it is also very thin and so when it's not being used it can be stored very easily in a really small space. I usually just tuck it down beside the side of the computer and then it's out the way. I really like how lightweight this is and so if I do want to use it with my iPad when on the go then it is perfectly reasonable to do so. I have to say that for my purposes I tend to find it more comfortable to use a keypad at an angle and this keypad is slightly raised at the back and so it is at a nice angle.
The keyboard is in the style of the typical QWERTY keyboard. The keys are slightly raised from the base, but only very slightly, and this actually makes typing on it really comfortable and easy. The major downside of the wireless keyboard is that it doesn't have a numeric pad. I can understand having the option of having a version without the numeric pad, but I do think the option of having a numeric pad should also be available. I don't use the numeric pad a lot, but on occasion I would like the option of being able to use it.
The keypad is powered by rechargeable batteries and they tend to last for ages. In terms of connectivity, it is connected by bluetooth and it is very reliable. I do usually use the keypad right next to the computer and so I can't really comment on the distance range, but it is very reliant when near the computer.
Overall, as with all my Apple products, I do think this is way up there in terms of quality. I don't think it is perfect, but it's a good and reliable produce.
Another great design from Apple which looks sleek and stylish with an aluminium body and white plastic keys. The aluminium body means the keyboard has an extremely strong build I have actually accidentally dropped mine on about 3-4 occasions and there has been absolutely no cosmetic damage done to the keyboard what so ever and certainly no damage to the functionality of the keyboard.
The first thing you notice is the size of the keyboard it's extremely small meaning it's perfect to move around or place on your lap if you're moving around the room with it. This does mean that the numerical keypad found on the larger wired keyboard is absent for me this isn't a problem at all but obviously it's something to consider if you frequently use that section of a keyboard. Because of the small design you will also notice the keyboard is very light probably lighter even than most wired keyboards you will find.
The keyboard only takes 2 AA batteries I would recommend paying for high quality rechargeable batteries because you will notice with disposable batteries that you could be going through quite a lot of them. To keep in with the sleek design the batteries slot in to the side of the back riser on the keyboard by screwing of the cap with a coin. Then on the opposite side you have a button the same shape which is used to switch on the power.
I'm not sure how well it functions in regards to signal strength all I can say is I have used it from across a room of about 2-3 metres in length and have had absolutely no problems at all in regards to functionality or connectivity.
The keyboard is quite expensive but you are definitely getting a product which reflects the cost as it's made to a very high standard and functions extremely well.
I am always very picky when it comes to keyboards as i want it to be comfortable on the fingers.
I previously was on a netbook that wasn't comfy to type on and didn't flow well. I then brought a iMac and this wireless keyboard came with it and i loved it. When you type, it just flows well without having to look at the keyboard.
The way they have put the keys separately rather than being pretty much stuck together on most other keyboards is a great idea being comfortable and looks so much better.
I currently use the Apple batteries which last a long time, having to recharge them once every 2-3 months. It is easy enough to change them out, just twist the allocated area with a coin then you have access to them. There is also a big button on the back right of the keyboard to turn the keyboard on.
The range is also very good.
There is lots of functional buttons at the top which work very well with the Mac.
In many ways, this keyboard pretty much sums up the principle behind Apple products - they look amazing, have good functionality, but they are not cheap. Cost wise, the keyboard certainly lives up to this - the £60 you will probably be spending on this keyboard is much more (probably double) than what one would pay for a keyboard made by a less prestigious brand. So, you may ask, is it worth it? It certainly goes great with any Macbook or other Apple computer, and will please those Apple fans who couldn't bear to have their Mac experience spoiled by an ugly, conventional keyboard. It also works great - the keys are ergonomically shaped and comfy to type on, and allow for a lengthy typing session without too much trouble. The wireless feature is invaluable, allowing you to type on your lap whilst looking at your computer screen from afar. The question is, is it worth the cost. In the end, only you can decide.
Keyboards don't come any sleaker than Apple's wireless keyboard. Housed in an aluminium enclosure with white keys, the device measures only 28cm (L) by 12.5 cm (D) and has a height of around 2cm at it's highest point. The keyboard works with all Bluetooth enabled mac computers and the iPad.
But being a stunningly attractive piece of hardware comes at a cost, you loose usability and functionality. For those who type on a standard PC keyboard, you might find the Apple wireless keyboard very small, a bit like a laptop keyboard. There's also no way of adusting the angle of the keyboard like you'd find normally, it's one height fits all. Laptop users may not find this such a problem. This particularly annoyed me at first, but after several weeks I got used to it.
One benefit of this keyboard is it's wireless capabilities. Not only does this free wires and clutter from your desk, you can also sit with the keyboard quite a distance away from the screen. Sometimes I have it on my lapwhile controlling a dvd on my iMac a couple of metres away. The keyboard connects to your mac or iPad through bluetooth, on my mac it's automatic. When the computer is on, the keyboard is on and there's no need to connect them each time.
The wireless keyboard, is a very useful accessory for the iPad where typing a long message or essay is difficult on the touch screen keyboard. Connecting to the iPad requires you to go into settings, select "general" then "bluetooth". When you turn on bluetooth, the keyboard should show up under your devices. You then enter a short code generated by your iPad to confirm the connection.
In terms of power, the current model requires only 2 AA batteries, and the keyboard powers down automatically when not in use. The batteries seem to last a fair while. I use the keyboard for perhaps an hour on most days, and I replaced 2 energizer batteries after about 10 months. On the mac, you get an on-screen warning when the batteries need replacing, so you should never be caught without a keyboard suddenly.
One thing missing from the wireless keyboard is a numeric keypad (at this point I should probably mention that the picture attached to this review is not an Apple wireless keyboard) which is annoying if you're using it for financial purposes with programs like Excel. Apple make a keyboard with numeric keypad, but this is wired.
The keyboard does however feature some function keys along the top row including access to Exposé and Dashboard, as well as volume control, stop, play, pause for iTunes etc.
Overall, it's a neat little keyboard which I enjoy using and I'm willing to lose some features for it's nice appearance, lack of wires and small desktop footprint.
Apple always like to lead the way with their products and I think they have achieved another success here. They have discarded the number keypad to give the product a thinner profile than the previous model. This new model is also more energy efficient (only using two batteries as opposed to three with the previous keyboard).
The board a unibody aluminium enclosure which ensures that there are less parts that can move (i.e. more sturdy, less prone to breaking). The key layout is identical to the MacBook Pro with all the shortcut keys on the top line e.g. for dimming and audio (really useful features).
By doing away with the numerical keypad the keyboard is shorter in length, I find this easier to work with than a standard keyboard as my right arm can move easily between keyboard and mouse, increasing my proficiency.
One drawback I would comment on is the size. Whilst for me I like the small buttons and compact nature of the keyboard for some with larger hands and fingers you may struggle with this product. The spaces between keys and the keys themselves are really quite small so large hands are an issue.
The cheapest I can find the product at the moment seems to be Amazon with a price tag of £52. This is a really good price for the product you get in return.
My parents' computer had pretty much bitten the dust - it was extremely old, extremely slow, and didn't even have built-in wireless. So for Christmas I treated them to an iMac (review to follow at some point). With iMac came the Apple Magic Mouse and the Apple Wireless Keyboard.
When buying a Mac you have a choice of wired and wireless keyboards. I chose the wireless version because I think that iMacs look cluttered with wires at the front. Unlike the wired Apple keyboards, you can't choose one with a numeric keypad (i.e. the number pad on the right hand side); they all come without. (The picture above isn't right). That's the option I would have chosen anyway as I never use the number pad and I don't think anyone else in my family does either. However, if you're typing in numbers on a regular basis and use the numeric keypad a lot, I would advise against choosing this wireless keyboard. The other main difference to note is that the Apple wireless keyboard doesn't come with any USB ports on it whereas the wired versions include two.
The main advantage of no numeric pad is that the keyboard is much shorter in length. I was hoping that this meant both keyboard and mouse could fit on the small pull-out shelf underneath my mum's computer desk, and I was surprised to find that the keyboard and mouse fitted easily with plenty of room to spare. Straight away this made a massive difference to how everyone uses the family computer as the mouse didn't have to be kept on top of the desk (which caused a lot of wrist strain and back ache in leaning forward), but rather next to the keyboard as standard.
I think everyone in the family was surprised at how small, thin and light the keyboard is. I've never seen a full-size keyboard which ticks all these boxes and manages to look as stylish and well-finished as the current Apple keyboards do. It's hard to describe how good it looks - you have to pick one up and look at it to be amazed. The top is aluminium with a matte finish, and the underside is made of shiny white plastic with an embossed Apple logo in the centre. The keyboard is flat and can't be raised via two 'legs' as with many keyboards, but it's surprising how fast you adjust to typing flat on this particular model.
The keys are white and slightly raised off the keyboard, and as they are set quite close together and don't require much pressing. There's less 'travel time' and so typing is much faster, and also quieter due to the flatter keys. My mum isn't fast at typing, but I watched her fingers whizzing along the keys much faster than usual! Another thing to get used to is that the keys aren't all in the same place as a Windows keyboard - for example the @ sign isn't on the right hand side in the middle but shares a key with the number 2. There is also no delete key and backspace is used instead. They keys are pretty much normal size; backspace is shorter than on a Windows keyboard, but other than that you shouldn't have problems whether your fingers are big or small. The only minor annoyance for me is that the caps lock requires a firmer press than all the other keys (so you don't type in ALL CAPS by accident), but it generally means you end up typing in lower case when you don't want to.
It took me ages to figure out where the batteries went and how to remove them! On the back of the keyboard there's what can only be described as a metal tube, which runs along the length of it. By unscrewing the concealed cap from the side, you can remove and add batteries. The keyboard came with fresh batteries already in it, and it has a saver mode which kicks in when you're not using it to preserve battery life. The family has been using the keyboard practically every day since Christmas and there have been no problems yet, so I would say that you don't have to change the batteries very often. It takes two double A batteries, with the older model taking three. If this is a concern for you, there's the option of using rechargeable batteries.
The keyboard connects to the iMac via Bluetooth. I was initially concerned about how to set it up as the instructions that came with it were poor to non-existent, but as it turns out I needn't have worried. It simply connected to and worked with the iMac from the second the computer finished booting up - not so much plug and play as just 'play'! I hate to quote the tedious Apple marketing slogans, but in this case 'It just works' was completely true. There were no problems whatsoever.
I believe this keyboard does work with non-Apple PCs and computers should you wish to use it with them, but they must be Bluetooth-enabled and I've never tested it so don't take my word for it! You also have the option of buying this keyboard in different 'languages', including British, American English, Russian, Swedish, Spanish, German, Swiss, French, Italian, Portuguese, Danish, Norwegian, and Belgian, so you get easy access to the symbols and characters you need for that particular language.
On to the price, which may well be the biggest issue for most people. The keyboard alone costs a hefty £57 from Apple.com, or £52.75 on Amazon. It's really not cheap, and I would avoid buying from eBay due to fakes. Considering you can get a Logitech set of wireless keyboard and mouse for around £18, paying over £50 for just a standard wireless keyboard seems like a rip off. However, this is an extremely high-quality keyboard which isn't going to date easily, and even with everyday use I'll be very surprised if it doesn't last at least 5-6 years (and more optimistically even up to 10). Although overpriced, the resell value is also high and like almost all Apple products, it will hold on to most of its value over time. If you're buying it with a Mac, you can also choose to include it at no extra cost from Apple.com (and don't forget student discount if you have one in the family).
Overall, this is an excellent keyboard with a couple of minor niggles, being the price and the mildly annoying caps lock key. As I got it with my iMac and didn't pay over £50, I'm going to award it five stars. If you're a gamer or a number pad obsessive, steer clear.
Use the Apple Wireless Keyboard on your desk, on your lap, or anywhere within 30 feet of your Mac or iPad - all because of its built-in Bluetooth technology. Its compact design takes up 24 percent less space on your desktop than full-size keyboards, so you have extra room to move the keyboard around and mouse comfortably alongside of it. You'll also feel a difference when you type on its low-profile anodized aluminum enclosure with crisp, responsive keys. Use the function keys for one-touch access to a variety of Mac features such as screen brightness, volume, eject, play/pause, Exposé, and Dashboard.
The Apple Wireless Keyboard requires just two AA batteries - one less than the previous model. And its intelligent power management system conserves battery life. So when you're not using the keyboard, it automatically powers down. The instant you start typing, it turns back on. Use the on/off switch when you're away from your computer for a long time.
|Product Description:||Apple Wireless Keyboard keyboard|
|Device Type:||Keyboard - wireless|
|Localisation:||English - US|
|Hot Keys Function:||Volume, brightness, Expose, play/pause|
|Features:||Intelligent power management|