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4.0 out of 5 stars Almost Perfect. Very Hard To Fault, 22 May 2008
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This review is from: Apple Keyboard (MB110B/B) (Personal Computers)
I reviewed the previous Apple keyboard about a year ago, and found 4 significant problems with it. The good news is, it seems like Apple really do listen to their customers, since this new keyboard solves all of them. Well, almost.

The previous Apple keyboard had 2 USB 1.0 ports. This new keyboard finally has 2 fully working USB 2.0 ports. The only catch is, they don't work properly if you connect the keyboard to a white iMac. You can't plug things like USB Flash Drives or Digital Cameras into either of the USB sockets without getting a "USB Low Power Notice" warning. However, connect the keyboard to an aluminium iMac, and both sockets work as intended.

The previous Apple keyboard didn't have any dedicated buttons for controlling iTunes. While this new keyboard doesn't actually add any keys, it makes good use of the F1 to F12 keys with appropriate labels. The F7 key skips to the previous track and rewinds. The F8 key toggles between play and pause. The F9 key skips to the next track and fast forwards. The F10 key mutes the volume. The F11 key decreases the volume. The F12 key increases the volume. But wait, there's more. The F1 decreases the display brightness. The F2 increases the display brightness. The F3 key shows all windows using Expose. And the F4 calls up the Dashboard. There's also a dedicated key for ejecting CDs and DVDs; just make sure you hold it down, instead of tapping it.

The previous Apple keyboard didn't have a wrist rest. Wrist rests are typically used to bring your wrists up to the height of the keyboard, because keyboards are so thick. Well, this new keyboard is SO thin that it doesn't actually need one. The top surface of the keyboard is elevated just 6mm off your desk at the front! So that's one less piece of junk cluttering up your desk.

The previous Apple keyboard scratched very easily, because it was made partially from clear plastic. Well, this new keyboard is infinitely more durable, being made from a single sheet of aluminium. The previous keyboard also scratched your desk very easily, as it had metal studs as feet. This new keyboard has 4 rubber studs as feet, which will definitely NOT scratch your desk.

Overall, I really think this keyboard is almost perfect. The design is excellent. It has such a clean, simple, elegant shape. It feels very solid and well engineered, yet is very easy to pick up and move around. Some people don't like the flat keys, but they make the keyboard very fast and effortless to type on, plus they make very little noise. In short, if you like and appreciate the keyboards on the MacBook and MacBook Air, you'll love this.

The only thing I don't like about this new Apple keyboard is that it doesn't have Multi-Touch... yet. I really wish it had an integrated Multi-Touch trackpad, possibly replacing the numerical keypad, so that I could put my Microsoft mouse in the bin. Multi-Touch trackpads are such a joy to use. Having to move your hand over to a big plastic lump, that needs a special mat to run on, seems very old-fashioned and unnecessary. I want to move the pointer with my fingers, and control my computer using gestures. Hopefully, Apple will make this a reality some time within the next year.
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Initial post: 17 Jul 2010 17:44:51 BDT
I disagree with the Multi-Touch Pads. The Precision of a proper Mouse is far superior.

In reply to an earlier post on 25 Aug 2010 14:32:23 BDT
Last edited by the author on 25 Aug 2010 14:33:09 BDT
Alan says:
Have you tried Apple's Magic Trackpad? The tracking and pointer precision is very accurate.
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