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Apple Keyboard Review: New vs. Old

Earlier this month Apple redesigned their keyboard along with the new iMacs and given the fact that our keyboards are dirty cesspools at this point we decided it was time we upgraded and gave the new models a spin. The new keyboards are made of sculpted aluminum and come in wired and unwired (it uses Bluetooth) models. On both models the keys are set much closer to the actual board than the older version, which both minimizes sound and allows less spring for your fingers. They also have function keys for one-touch access to features such as screen brightness, volume, eject, play/pause, fast-forward and rewind, Expose, and Dashboard.

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The wired keyboard features USB 2.0 ports for connecting to your iPod, Mighty Mouse, digital camera, and other USB-based electronic devices. The wireless keyboard uses Bluetooth wireless technology and can be paired with the new wireless Mighty Mouse.


Apple Keyboard Review: New vs. Old
Keyboard The good The bad The price
New Wired Apple Keyboard The design is sleek and slim. We like the robustness of the aluminum encasing, but adore the fact that its slimness means it's less likely to harbor crumbs and spills. Keys have been updated to resemble MacBook with new fonts and are very easy to type on. Many multimedia functions have been condensed with F keys. Has two extra hidden USB ports for a mouse, etc. Definitely a sleeker, quieter and easier to clean/keep clean device. Takes a bit of getting used to and you need to install the keyboard upgrade software to get started. Other than a few finger slips, the switch should be effortless. Costs $49
New Wireless Apple Keyboard It's cable free, which is every geek's dream. Same low-profile anodized aluminum frame as the Wired model. It connects via Bluetooth technology and apparently conserves battery by automatically powering down the keyboard when you’re not using it and turning it on the instant you start typing. We never love Bluetooth as much as we think we will. Maybe it's just us. Costs $79
Old Apple Keyboard Clear plastic frame, which is surprisingly durable. We loved the easy USB connectivity and have a certain nostalgia for the "click click" noises. No matter how much I try to keep it clean, it manages to get dirty in hard to reach areas. We had to use rubber wrist support because of the height of keyboard. After test driving the new ultra-thin keyboard, I can't say I'll be pulling out my old keyboard anytime soon. Maybe a back-up for emergency spills.

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