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4.0 out of 5 stars Best available and generally nice, but not quite nice enough..., 7 Nov 2012
This review is from: LMP Bluetooth Keypad with 28 Keys (Standalone and Connectable with Apple Wireless Keyboard) (Personal Computers)
Considering the LMP Bluetooth Keypad is specifically designed to connect to the Apple Wireless Keyboard it's a real shame that the unit wasn't designed with greater attention to detail and manufactured to a higher specification.

The unit shares the silver metallic look (and is a very close match colour-wise - although not perfect), but it's actually constructed of inferior plastic. Because of this the unit does bend a little and doesn't maintain a chiselled profile like Apple's device. The finishing on mine was also lacking, with gaps on the underside of the Keypad between the silver and the white backing plastics.

Secondly the keys are oddly designed to be a slightly different size to the Apple keys, which is visually a little off-putting when the two device are sat next to one another, but this doesn't affect the usability of the keys at all and touch-typing fingers will find the keys without any issues.

Thirdly, the font used on each key is larger than that used on the Apple Wireless Keyboard. It's also a different shade of grey and, most unfortunately, blurred!

The fourth criticism is the feel of the keys themselves. Whilst there is nothing fundamentally wrong with the practical aspect of the Keypad the keys do not share the same tight-clicked feel of the Apple Wireless Keyboard they are supposed to mimic. They feel more sloppy and less punctuated when pressed. But they function perfectly well.

Finally, the Keypad to Keyboard pairing device is a silver plastic clamp that slots around the meeting edges of the two bluetooth devices. Like the Keypad, this too is made of plastic, which is a shame as it therefore bends and does not necessarily perfect a perfect bond between the Keypad and Keyboard - less obvious when sat on a level surface, but a bit of an issue when sat on an uneven desk and especially when sat on a lap.

Otherwise the LMP Bluetooth Keypad performs its duties well and without issue. It offers a row of useful keys often missed by users of the Apple Wireless Keyboard including 'Page Up' and 'Page Down' keys, and most importantly a forward 'Delete' key (which removes characters in front of and to the right of the cursor as opposed to deleting those behind and to the left of it).

Pairing the bluetooth device with an Apple or PC device is simple enough (if sometimes slightly flawed, such as when an Apple Mac states it does not recognise the device, but actually recognises it perfectly) and as bluetooth wireless keypads go it's definitely the best match for the Apple Wireless Keyboard and, seeing as it's sold in the Apple store, is officially supported by Apple themselves.

But knowing all this just can't help but make you wonder... Why didn't Apple just make their own perfectly matching and highest quality aluminium version in the first place.
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