Love the new Apple Keyboard


Keyboard.jpg“Keyboard” – see it on dwarfland.com

I’ve always had a love/hate relationship with typing. I do it most of the day, yet i’m incredibly bad at it (as Mike, who proofreads most of my stuff before i goes on the website can attest to ;). It’s an hand-eye coordination thing — somehow i can’t get my two typing fingers to hit the keys in quite the same order that my brain wants them to be hit.

Like everyone, i’ve had countless keyboards over the years, some better, some worse,but they have had one thing in common: they had been traditional desktop keyboards with big keys that need to be pressed way down. I’ve always found that i could type much better on my laptops than a the desktop.

Enter the new Apple Wireless Bluetooth Keyboard that was recently launched along wit the new iMacs. I treated myself to one of these last week, and i can only say it’s been the best €79,— i have ever spent. The keyboard is a joy to type on (after even a few minutes, could no longer stand my old Microsoft keyboard), not to mention it’s stylish and really tiny (pictures don’t quite prepare you for how small the real thing it looks!), without giving up standard key spacing.

Many people complain about the lack of numeric and and cursor on the wireless version, but must say after trying both for a while i actually prefer that — it allows me to keep the keyboard centered without having to move the mouse to far off to the right.

Though not officially spported, the keyboard works well with my Windows Vista desktop (contrary to may posts out there), it was recognized as Bluetooth device right away and worked out of the box. The only downside is that the Fn key does not (yet) work under Windows, so you cannot dual-use the F keys to control media playback, etc., as you can on Mac. I’m hoping that Leopard’s Bootcamp will provide an updated driver maybe.

i can definitely recommend it to anyone who is looking for a new and improved typing experience. And if you do need a numeric pad, the USB wired version provides that, and otherwise looks and feels the same.

marc hoffman

Chief Architect and CEO here at RemObjects Software. Project Manager for Elements and lead developer of Fire, our awesome new development environment for the Mac.

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