Apple Wireless Keyboard

Apple Wireless Keyboard

The Apple Wireless Keyboard doesn’t require heavy hands, making it a fast keyboard to type on.

 

Apple’s new wireless keyboard certainly looks fashionable, and it’s quickly becoming one of the more popular designs to come from the Apple design team. It’s Apple’s best keyboard to date.

 

The Wireless Keyboard has a narrower, more compact key layout than its wired brother. It uses the same ultrathin aluminum base and same key shape as the wired board, but has only 12 function keys compared to the wired keyboard’s 19. The trimmed-down Wireless Keyboard also lacks the wired option’s right-hand numeric keypad and pair of USB ports. But with this smaller keyboard, you can put it on your lap and work from the other side of the room.

 

The keyboard is raised a few millimeters higher off the table than the wired keyboard, not that you’d notice from the way it looks or feels in use. It still lies nearly flat on your desk, with the only raised element being the battery bay, which houses three AA batteries.

 

The amount of pressure needed to press a key is a fraction of that needed by most keyboards, and because the keyboard is so slim you don’t need to exert much effort to get your hands over the keys. It’s comfortable and extremely fast to type on. Because it’s compact, you get more desktop space too, and if you use a graphics tablet, we found you get a more ergonomic desk position for the tablet thanks to the space saved.

 

Next to the regular keys are some new arrivals. You get new Dashboard and Exposé shortcuts, plus track-browsing keys (previous track, pause/play, next track) that work really well with iTunes.

 

The bottom line. The superb Wireless Keyboard is yet another design classic from Apple.

 

COMPANY: Apple

CONTACT: www.apple.com
PRICE: $79

REQUIREMENTS: Mac OS 10.4.10 or later, Bluetooth, three AA batteries
Lets you type fast. No wire.

No keypad.

 

 

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gabrieljosh

The lightweight and stylish wireless keyboard offers mobility and comfort wherever you type.

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James McWhorter

I've been using the Wireless Apple keyboard for a couple of days now and have noticed that my typing speed has increased. I ride my Trek to work everyday and take the keyboard with me. It fits perfectly in by back pack!

I even wrote a blog entry about my experience: http://jamesmcwhorter.com/2008/05/10/upgrade-apple-wireless-keyboard/

Keep up the good work Apple!

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Anonymous

why the wireless keyboard does not have a numeric keypad?

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Ralph F

I love Apple's new keyboard offerings but, as much as I type, I need an ergo board. I use Microsoft's Natural Ergo 4000, which is a great board, but I want something from Cupertino with some Apple style.

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Tom

The wireless keyboard is very nice, but I like the mouse even more. It took about a week to get used to having to remove your hand before clicking the right side of the mouse, but now that I'm used to it it works every time. The best part, though, is the scroll button. Not only can you scroll up and down, you can also scroll left and right by moving your finger in the direction you want. It's entirely intuitive and works well ergonomically. It's much better than the Microsoft scroll wheel mouse I had previously.

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Anonymous

Great keyboard but I can't understand why they wouldn't offer one with a key pad as well, or at least an optional additional keypad. I ultimately took the wired version so I didn't have to give the keypad up.

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Anonymous

Apple must be prejudiced against the numerically inclined who want to be cable-free.

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magazine subscriber

I have an abnormal addiction to large televisions and new computer equipment. When you put those together you get an absurbly huge computer experience from your sofa. I highly suggest it. The problem is I want an Apple keyboard. Wireless isn't good enough. This keyboard would be perfect if it had 3 elements: a number key pad, rechargability, and a (laptop-esque) touchpad/mouse. It doesn't do me much good to have a wireless keyboard but have to sit next to an end table to use a mouse. I don't understand why or how these things could get overlooked. Is there a place to submit suggestions to Apple? Sometimes I feel like they do these things on purpose just to mess with us. I want to believe they don't if they sold flawless products from the beginning they'd be out of business, right?

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Bob Forsberg

Can't agree with you more on how nice the Apple bluetooth wireless keyboard is. If only Apple could get over its ego problem and build a normal mouse. Everything computer I have is Apple, except for mice. Make it white if you must but make them comfortable to fit the human hand and operate like all the others we know. What Apple did to the mouse is like moving the keys around on the keyboard so they would look better, be in alphabetical order and have a nicer design. Apple, PLEASE, build a normal 3 button mouse. The Mighty Mouse you supply with the computers, I used to sell on eBay and then buy a Microsoft bluetooth mouse. However, I can't get 1/2 price for new ones anymore. How Apple overlooks the most used mechanical part of a computer is beyond me.

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Ben

Completely agree, the mighty mouse is the weakest thing that Apple sells. I can't stand to use it, simply because it often misinterprets what side of the mouse I click and the scroll ball is too small. I rather liked the old 'Pro' mouses with only one button better...

Awesome new keyboards though! I'm considering getting this very one because it would make it easier to access my tablet by conserving space like the reviewer says above. That alone is the selling factor for me...

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Travis Ulrich

I actually bought the wired Apple keyboard, so I won't comment on the connectivity or the size but I will say, as a Dvorak typist, that this is a great keyboard for switching over. All the keys are the same size and shape so and they're pretty easy to take off and move into different spots.


Also, I quite like the feel of the keys.

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Kevin Jenkins

When the new Apple keyboard was announced by Steve Jobs, I remember reading several negative reviews about the wireless version because it lacked a numerical keypad. Having never been one who used the keypad before, its absence made no difference to me. I found the condensed keyboard to be a perfect fit for the desk in my home office and the redesigned keys required significantly less finger pressure. Because I'm a small town newspaper editor who spends much of my workday typing, the new keyboard design has been a dream come true! I'm such a fan of the new design, I've purchased one each of the wireless and wired versions. I use the wireless keyboard on my computer at home and the wired at my newspaper office. Using both has reduced the number of misspellings and increased my typing speed. Issues I encountered with previous Apple keyboards — especially the ones packaged with the original iMac— are now a thing of the past. The flat keyboard surface and shallow striking distance means I no longer tend to strike keys at an angle, causing them to stick on an adjacent key and not register the letter on my document. OK, maybe it's because I'm a left-hander that I love the new Apple keyboard design... but love it I do!

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