Excerpt: (2 items) When Apple announced the aluminum iMac in August 2007 , the company also quietly released two new keyboards: the full-size, USB-connected Apple Keyboard and the smaller, Bluetooth-connected Apple Wireless Keyboard . Sporting a dramatically different look and feel from previous Apple keyboards, the new line featured an impressively thin design with MacBook-style keys, making the two keyboards unlike any other Apple had made—and unlike any other on the market,...
Pros: Good, low-travel key feel, Excellent battery life, Bluetooth wireless, Travel- and lap-friendly without reducing key size, Good number of special OS X functions, Doesn't require third-party drivers, Sturdy, Good, low-travel key feel, Doesn’t require third-party drivers, Good number of special OS X functions, Thin, Sturdy, 19 function keys useful for assigning keyboard shortcuts
Cons: Flat keys not ideal for touch-typists, Can't override special function-key functions, No numeric keypad or dedicated home, end, forward-delete, page up, or page down keys, Function keys and Escape and Eject keys run together, Flat keys not ideal for touch-typists, Can’t override special function-key functions, No space between function-key row and number keys, Function keys and Escape and Eject keys run together
Summary: Apple bundles its Wireless Keyboard with every new iMac because it matches the computer's strengths in terms of minimal design and simple functionality. While some may bemoan its lack of extra features, the Apple Wireless Keyboard does the job and looks good doing it.
Pros: Ultrathin profile; minimal footprint; simple Bluetooth pairing; top row keys offers one-touch access to popular Mac features; automatic shut off conserves energy.
Cons: Lacks number pad; small keys may feel cramped for some users.