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Apple Pro Keyboard Review

Ok guys, i know u have all seen and possibly used one of these keyboards before but my review is from the POV of using the mac keyboard on osx86 on a pc!

I previously had a logitech pro wireless desktop (just used the keyboard) and I was frustrated with getting confused as to which key was the command key ( the modifiers on my system changed every reboot ). So while browsing and looking at the macbook pros (new at the time) i decided that maybe if i bought the keyboard that it would make my osx experience feel more genuine. And solve alot of smaller issues with key-mapping etc.

Looks: 4/5
This is a matter of preference tbh, i think the keyboard looks great its white and has clear plastic on the bottom, it looks nice on my desk next to my custom painted mx1000. the only downfall of its looks is really just that the rest of my hardware is silver and it doesn't match (i did say this was a hackintosh users review) but that isn't the fault of the keyboard as it would fit in with an apple desktop.

Build Quality 5/5
this thing is solid, its quite heavy for its size so it doesn't move around the desk at all and is unlikely 2 break anytime soon. But on a similar note i am unsure how easy it would be to clean any much that works its way under the keys! i will investigate this at a later date. The Keyboard has 2 usb ports on it aswell.

Feel 5/5
I really bought the keyboard for the feel of it. Now when i use my computer it actually feels like a mac and i dont think i could use osx with a pc keyboard and be happy now. the keys are just perfect feeling for me and the keys are nicely spaced apart. The volume and eject buttons are handy too.

Price 4/5
I payed £19 for the keyboard and i think its great value or an object of such high build quality. But i have payed £2.99 for a keyboard before and it did the job! I think the keyboard retails for $29 in the US.



OVERALL 4.5/5
Overall, i am very impressed with the product and would recoment it to anyone using a mac ( or hackintosh ).

In the case of the hackintosh it allows the user to geel more likr they are using a genuine mac and also helps to lower confusion over keymappings.

The extra buttons ( 16 function keys where pc keyboard has 12, volume/mute, and eject) add functionality as well as the two usb ports which i plug my wacom tablet into 1 and leave the other as a space for flash memory.

If you are using a hackintosh and want it to feel more "mac" then this is in my oppinion the easiest way!

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I also like this keyboard, I'm on my second after 3 keys went dead from a spill. The only bad thing is that it IS a pain to clean if you get crumbs or whatever in it.

One plus from having to buy another one is that I have an extra Apple usb extension cable.

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Yea but its got a little slit in it and not every usb will fit :(

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I just want to chime in here and say: "right on". Especially for Mac people, getting a Apple keyboard for your OSx86 box is the way to go. I did.

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got one after reading this thread and love it. as for cleaning i think you can unscrew the base and clean that (the clear base that is). i love how the keys feel and it's pretty quiet.

only thing i'm worried about is the keys turning off white with use.

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Yes, white keyboards and mice turn a nasty brown after a while. This is why I am keeping by older black Apple Pro keyboards.

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well have a friend with an older keyboard and it looks like its not as bright as mine but its still the same color all over and it still looks white, cud just b the lighting i guess.

yea u can remove the clear base but its between/under the keys that may be a task.
if i need to do it i will take sum picks and make a guide

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this KB is the best.. i really like it.. .good look + good feelings =)
just need some alcoholic solution (thought all of us - computers fans have it) to keep it so whity as stock.
mine is shine as new. it just need a care...

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hi,
does anyone now if the apple keyboard works on windows???

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yesh! just fine and also there is a eject program to make the eject button work... it is here.. http://forum.osx86pr...030&hl=keyboard

It's great..

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Yea the keyboard woks in windows with the exception of the eject button, althought the link antman provided allows the button to work it is not fully functional

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I just got one
Beautiful and strong hardward
I like it
But the home and end keys don t work
do you have a solution

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Has anyone used it who has a Pro keyboard from the time of the Quicksilver G4s? (the sorta clearish grey ones) How does it compare to those?

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That's what I've got. I like the newer white ones better. I think the key action is improved.

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I bought an Apple USB keyboard and it worked great for a while but now I get "No keyboard or keyboard error" from the Asus A8N-SLI BIOS when I boot up, and I can't seem to recover from this condition.

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yea u can remove the clear base but its between/under the keys that may be a task.
if i need to do it i will take sum picks and make a guide


I never thought of taking it apart. Thanks for the tip. I just took it apart and cleaned it with a vacuum. It worked alright, compressed air would have been better. If you do try it, make sure not to tear the ribbon cables that attach the keyboard to the base. I'm glad Apple made it so easy to get inside, only takes a few seconds.





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