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The keyboard is a approximately 3/4 the size of my diNovo Logitech keyboard (without the numerical pad) it is really quite slim. The keyboard has an aluminium body with white keys. The keyboard is light but does not feel fragile. The keyboard is rather low and also the keys are not raised as much as a normal size keyboard which may cause problems for touch typists. I've been using a Logitech diNovo for a while which is similarly low, so the Apple keyboard is quite comfortable to type with. However, those using this keyboard for editing may find the lack of keys frustrating with the limit on short cuts and no numerical keys to the right of the keyboard. Another problem is the lack of a delete key to the right and the small directional keys placement.
If you are doing light editing as I do this is not a problem, but using excel without the numerical keys can be slow. I wish they would include a matching detachable numerical pad like the Logitech diNovo for a slightly higher price, but despite the minor negatives the keyboard is truly portable and an example of Apple's great style and design. I think its ideal for media setups due to its size. I currently using the keyboard for windows 7 in dual boot and it works perfectly.
If you need a portable keyboard this is one to get with its beautiful design it will look good in any media setup. A plus point is the battery life is quite long with the keyboard. I have had it a month and the batteries supplied are still going strong.(update batteries deplete faster then my logitech keyboard which can run for up to four months with out running out but uses 4AA batteries against 2 in this keyboard this is with everyday use)
It feel smaller than the standard keyboard, but when placed on to and side by side, they are the same angle and the same size. I thought I would miss the numeric pad, but have got used to using the numbers on the top of the keyboard. The one key I miss more than anything is the delete key. However, am now getting used to holding the function key down and hitting the backspace to get the same feature.
The one biggest drawback is that I have now lost the 2 USB ports at the side of the standard keyboard. I used to plug my iPhone into the side for charging and syncing. I now have to plug it in the back of the computer, which although easy and quick is annoying.
Now, if they could make a bluetooth full size keyboard with the numeric pads that would be great.
I find connectivity is immediate, and so far so good on battery life ... at least as good as other bluetooth keyboards I have owned.
There are one or two very minor niggles, the @ is located above the 2 (american keyboard) style, and I do seem to hit caps lock quite a lot.
That probably brings me round to my biggest quibble, and something I have not really marked the keyboard down on ... its size!!! it is very small, the keyboard on my 15.6 inch HP laptop is bigger! That is probably not a problem for the vast majority of people, but for an 18 stone ex rugby player (who can type reasonably well 2 handed, I found that I was mis-keying a lot, and my shoulders ached after a while.
I do bemoan the fact that you cannot get a full sized wireless keyboard, but this review is not the place for that.
The wireless keyboard is a slick, solidly built and nice to use bit of kit (see note above). It slides away nicely under my 27 inch iMac and I would recommend it. (esp alongside the trackpad or magic mouse)
Although I really like the iPad's own virtual keyboard, I do type a lot so I like to use this keyboard with that, too. Mostly I use it with my iMac, though, and switching between that and the iPad is very quick and easy. Incidentally, you CAN pair this keyboard to your iPhone, but only if you've got a 3GS or later).
I also have the wired version of this keyboard with the number pad. After using the wireless keyboard, I find the number pad feels 'odd' and in the way. Of course, if you're an accountant you might disagree. :-)
Bear in mind though, that this wireless version has no USB ports. The wired version has two. That might make your decision easier. However, having said that, some things like scanners, digital cameras etc. will NOT work if you plug them into an Apple keyboard's USB ports anyway. Me, I prefer to be wire free - after all, it IS a wireless keyboard - and use a hub for my kit.
For those who have either small desks, or a keyboard shelf and have struggled to get a keyboard and mouse side by side, this keyboard is the answer. It sits nicely in both those scenarios with plenty of room to spare. And of course, if you have the Magic Mouse too, you won't need to try to squeeze a mouse pad on because you don't need one.Read more ›
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What you would expect from Apple another great device. My only complaint is keeping the keys clean after significant use!Published 13 months ago by Robertyone