which wireless keyboard the old or the latest ?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by MoeOz, May 28, 2008.

  1. MoeOz macrumors member

    Nov 18, 2007
    im a MBP user and i need to get a wireless keyboard , i have the option of both the old one and the new one but i cant decide actully , i like my MBP KB anyway but i really duno which the choose ?
    Anyone as a MBP user mayb have both of them can tell me so ..
  2. xUKHCx Administrator emeritus


    Jan 15, 2006
    The Kop
    Not a MBP owner but I have owned both wireless keyboards. The new style is so much better than the old in terms of style, comfort, speed, battery usage. The only downside for some is the lack of a dedicated number pad but I didn't find that to be a problem.
  3. Nydator macrumors member

    Jun 6, 2007
    I have both. I take the new aluminum one when I travel, but use the old one at home. I much prefer the look of the new one, and of course it is much more portable, but I prefer to type on the old one. The old one has a full keyboard layout, with Command, Option and Control keys on each side of the space bar, which I find makes a big difference to usability.
  4. Digital Skunk macrumors 604

    Digital Skunk

    Dec 23, 2006
    In my imagination
    I have the new one, used the old one at my previous job for more that two years, have a MacBook Pro and Aluminum iMac with the wired version of the keyboard.

    The aluminum keyboard is a gem, it's very easy to type on feels good and isn't that much of a pain to use for long periods. The only downsides I have with them are the low profile makes it hard to type A LOT of text for long periods of time, the tiny plastic keys will piss you off if you are used to the aluminum professional keys on the MBP, and putting any key cover on for protection makes the keyboard very NOT easy to type on.

    I have key covers on my MBP and my iBook before it and they didn't render the keyboard useless like with the aluminum one. It's great without it, and since the MBP or MB don't have a number pad anyway it's a great companion when you are traveling. I use it for my mobile editing suite and it's a beauty, but the covers and plastic keys may start wearing on your feelings for it.

    The previous wireless keyboard was the best Apple ever made IMHO. Since it was just the wired keyboard without the wire. The battery life sucked if you put anything other than lithium ion batteries in it, and even then they would die within three months. I am going on my third month using the new one ceaselessly and it only went down one notch.

    If you can live without the number pad, and don't plan on putting any covers on it, go for the new one. If not, then there are 3rd party options and the previous Apple one as well.

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