what a great keyboard!

coocooforcocoap

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Sep 22, 2007
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kathmandu, nepal
my wife just returned from bkk with a gift for me, the apple keyboard (wired usb) for my new macbook pro thats sitting on the icurve. wow, what a great keyboard, the best i have ever used. i was using an old chinese ibm and it makes such a difference having all the keys in the right place. the packaging was even beautiful - ya don't even want to throw away the wrapper! perfect match, well done :apple:
 

Chaszmyr

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Aug 9, 2002
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The reaction to this keyboard has been (generally) fantastic. I have one myself, and I love it. It's kind of weird considering flat keyboards have been around for ages (on laptops), I have no idea why they never made it to the mainstream desktop market before.
 

leekohler

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Dec 22, 2004
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I like the spaces between the keys. It makes it easier not to push the wrong key. For somebody who has trouble typing, this keyboard is truly amazing. I love it too.
 

koobcamuk

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Oct 23, 2006
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I sent mine back because:

a) the F keys are remapped and this confuses me when I am out with my MacBook...

b) the USB ports can't be used (MacBook)

c) Will get wireless version at a later date
 

119576

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I get confused sometimes with the F key mapping, but I got used to it after about three times using it.

Overall it's an amazing keyboard and I agree that the key spacing is absolutely perfect.
 

Anonymous Freak

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Dec 12, 2002
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My favorite part is that your fingers seem to just glide across the board making it very easy to gain typing speed.
I just did a few speed tests (did five, threw out highest and lowest, average of remaining three, rounded to nearest 5, margin was less than 5 WPM):

MacBook Pro internal keyboard: 90 WPM
old Apple Wireless Keyboard: 95 WPM
new Apple Wireless Keyboard: 120 WPM

What an incredible improvement! I haven't had a 100 WPM+ typing rate since college! (Heck, my brain can't even keep up with 100+ WPM, I can only do that when copying from a written page.)

I know my 10-key speed has gone down the toilet though. At least the MBP had an "integrated keypad", now I'm back to 'hunt-and-peck'ing my numbers. (I never did get good at touch-typing numbers on the top row.)
 

GSMiller

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Dec 2, 2006
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I love it too but my USB ports aren't working correctly. The only thing I can get to work in them is the mouse. If I plug anything else in (camera, USB port, iPod) i get the message stating there isn't enough power. This is crap because the day after I bought it I connected my camera to it and it worked fine. I'd really hate to have to return it but I don't want a $50 keyboard that isn't going to work right.
 

Marky_Mark

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Sep 30, 2005
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^^^

This might have more to do with how much juice your camera had. Was it fully charged the first time you did it?
 

Anonymous Freak

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Apple only says that the keyboard can provide enough power for devices that charge through USB if plugged directly into a new (Aluminum & Glass) iMac. They say that when connected to other computers, you should not use devices that draw more than 100 mA.
 

jstad

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Jun 13, 2007
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My only gripe with the new keyboard is that they moved the exposé and dashboard hotkeys to F3 - F4, when every other mac has them at the end of the keyboard. Very frusterating!!!
 

ZiggyPastorius

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Sep 16, 2007
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I just did a few speed tests (did five, threw out highest and lowest, average of remaining three, rounded to nearest 5, margin was less than 5 WPM):

MacBook Pro internal keyboard: 90 WPM
old Apple Wireless Keyboard: 95 WPM
new Apple Wireless Keyboard: 120 WPM

What an incredible improvement! I haven't had a 100 WPM+ typing rate since college! (Heck, my brain can't even keep up with 100+ WPM, I can only do that when copying from a written page.)

I know my 10-key speed has gone down the toilet though. At least the MBP had an "integrated keypad", now I'm back to 'hunt-and-peck'ing my numbers. (I never did get good at touch-typing numbers on the top row.)
Aha, you noob. I can type 267 WPM ;) As amazing of an accomplishment as this is for my non-computer oriented life goals, I'm going to have to ask that the autographs and sex be kept to a minimum. :p
 

Anonymous Freak

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Aha, you noob. I can type 267 WPM ;) As amazing of an accomplishment as this is for my non-computer oriented life goals, I'm going to have to ask that the autographs and sex be kept to a minimum. :p
heh. Back in school, a friend of mine could out-type a 2400-baud modem. (I assume he was technically overflowing the buffer of the communications program, as I really doubt he was honestly capable of typing faster than 300 characters per second (at an average of 5 characters per word, that would be 3600 words per minute.)) The fastest he ever clocked using a real typing test program was about 250 wpm. What was amazing was that his spelling was spot-on-perfect while typing, but handwritten, he misspelled all the time.
 

coocooforcocoap

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Original poster
Sep 22, 2007
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kathmandu, nepal
hi thanks all for the great response to this thread. while i can't type faster then a modem, i think i can type faster on this board then any other i have ever used. it's so smooth and natural. no idea why...maybe key response time or travel or something...another thing i really like about this kb is that my ancient ipod shuffle really fits nicely in the slot and looks pretty cool.

i also noticed the power thing...it wont support a harddrive even if powered...but it works with a small canon camera that i have. go figure.
 
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