Apple’s newest keyboards are very sexy. They are almost impossibly thin with Chiclet-like keys and an anodized aluminum housing. I bought the full-sized USB version (actually, I bought two — one for the office and one for home), but there’s also a smaller Bluetooth version available.
After several months of use, I’ve determined that Apple’s emphasis was definitely on aesthetics when designing this keyboard rather than function. It’s certainly the most beautiful keyboard I’ve ever used, but it’s also one of the least comfortable and "accurate". By accurate, I don’t mean that it literally makes mistakes, but there’s something about its design that encourages me to make more mistakes than I typically make with other keyboards. In particular, I have problems with capitalization.
My other complaint is ergonomics. Even though Steve Jobs bragged about its good ergonomics during its world debut, I find it relatively uncomfortable to use. It probably isn’t any less ergonomic than its predecessor, however it’s much flatter which forces me to bend my wrists slightly further forward in order to meet it. According to Steve, this is a good thing, but occasionally, he and I don’t see eye to eye.
The new aluminum Apple keyboard looks and sounds better than any keyboard Apple has ever created, but when it comes to comfort and pure WPM, I much prefer my big ugly Goldtouch.
Update: I appreciate all the feedback I’ve gotten on this article. In fact, I’ve decided to give the keyboard another chance. I’m really going to work on ergonomics and see if that makes a difference. I’ll let you guys know what happens.
Update 2 (2/27/2009): All this time later, and I’m using two Apple aluminum keyboards — one at home, and one at work. I guess it just took time to get used to.