Last Tuesday Apple announced their new iMac and with it a new aluminum-clad Keyboard. There have been rumors floating around since they introduced the aluminum Cinema Displays that a matching keyboard was on the way. That was a few years ago and most just assumed they would stick with the rather crappy keyboard they had been using for years.
I always wondered how they would do an aluminum keyboard. I always assumed it would be silver plastic like the Powerbook and MacBook Pro keyboards. I should have thought simple. A sliver of aluminum with white plastic keys on top.
This one has the slim-type keys from the MacBook. I’ve always used laptop-style keyboards on my desktop machines because I didn’t like the few minutes it took to adjust going from a laptop to a desktop. Most recently I’ve been using the Kensington Slim-Type Keyboard. It took me about an hour to get used to the placement of the keys and now I’m typing as fast as usual. The keys have a great click to them and the travel is miniscule which means you can type a bit faster.
Aesthetically speaking, it matches the aluminum of the Cinema Display and PowerMac beautifully. Yeah, I know all you Dell guys are confused by a keyboard that isn’t a giant hunk of black plastic. Just trust that it’s beautiful and makes the entire office look better.
As usual with Apple, even the box for the keyboard is a work of art.
Overall, this is the best keyboard I’ve ever owned, and I’m a keyboard nut. It will take some getting used to for anyone not accustomed to a laptop-style keyboard but after a very short period you’ll probably be typing faster than you’re used to.