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Old Aug 8th, 2007, 07:08 PM   #1
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New apple keyboard

So what do you guys think?

I am sure it will rock.
But I am a little unsure about a flat keyboard with flat keys.
I do like the convex keyboard and convex keys of my current keyboard (white).
Guess I will have to get one and see.

The wireless looks super cool. Is that a power on button for the machine?
Why can't the wired keyboards have one?

Also, the moved all the volume and brightness keys around.
I am sure it will take a bit to get used to that?
Also added, dashboard, expose, FF, RW, Play/Pause.

What do you think?

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Old Aug 8th, 2007, 07:15 PM   #2
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Here is the blurp from the apple store:
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I guess that means we can finally run our ipods from the keyboard.
Mine always gave me power warnings when I tried to do that.

I am also not 100% sure of the USB ports on the side.
When the white keyboards came out I missed the side ports.
But now I like them, keeps things looking a little neater with longer mouse cords.
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Old Aug 8th, 2007, 07:23 PM   #3
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They look good for me. I think I'll have a corded one (want the numeric keypad) before long.
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Old Aug 8th, 2007, 07:37 PM   #4
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I like the look, but I'm confused and a little angry about the bluetooth version being a mini keyboard.

I guess with this transition, it won't be long before the MacBook Pro's keyboard falls in line.
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Old Aug 8th, 2007, 08:42 PM   #5
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Anyone have seen them in stock somewhere?
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They look nice. I wish they had them out 3 years ago when I bought my G5. The Al keybord would compment it nicley.
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I like the look, though if keys were silver, it would be nicer, IMO.

Flat keys are fine --my Macally's flat and has served me well for over 3 years now.
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Old Aug 8th, 2007, 09:41 PM   #8
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Frankly it looks a bit of a mis-match with the new iMac given there's no hint of white on the iMac and no hint of black on the keyboard.

However, I suspect many current iMac owners (myself included), will update their current keyboards to this new one. And it will match very nicely with the aluminum base and all white iMac.

The round power on button on the wireless model does look cool. I'm stoked that the wired model finally has 2.0 USB ports vs. the old 1.1 ports.
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I too am disappointed with the bluetooth version of the keyboard. If it were full-size with the numeric key pad I would have bought one in a heartbeat.

I really like the looks of the wired version, but I don't think I could go back to being 'tethered' to my Mac.
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Old Aug 8th, 2007, 10:02 PM   #10
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I'm re-thinking my position on the keypad-less keyboard.

I've been using a Mac laptop for the last 2 years, with no keypad. When I stopped and thought about it, I realized that I don't really miss the keypad.

Having a keypad-less keyboard on my desk machine would put the mouse closer to the used portion of the keyboard, allowing me to center the keyboard better.

Right now, I think I prefer the wireless one. Besides, I've got a full sized wired one in reserve should I need it.
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