3 Reasons to Stay Away from Apple Wireless Keyboard (Aluminum Model)

Apple Wireless Keyboard






When it comes to designing computer peripheral products, Apple, Inc. has been doing a horrible job for the past 7 years, at least. Apple seems to care less about their functions. Take the computer Mouse as an example. How long did it take Apple to come up with a 2-button computer Mouse after adopting USB? It seems that the first Mac computer with USB appeared in 1998. And Apple finally introduced a USB-connected 2-button Mouse called Apple Mighty Mouse in 2005. That doesn’t mean Mac-compatible 2-button Mice weren’t available through 2005. In fact, I bought a USB-connected 2-button Mouse from Ariston Technologies in the spring of 1999. (See Screenshot 1.)





Apple Wireless Keyboard
Screenshot 1 – Source: MacHouse






Apple’s computer Mice are bad except Apple Magic Mouse, which was first introduced in the fall of 2009. So are Apple’s keyboards. The worst type of models prevailed for the first half of 2000’s. This type of keyboards has a transparent outer cover frame, and the keys sink far down such that every keystroke make a terrible, large, awkward noise. (See Screenshot 2.) Unlucky to me, I have two of them.





Apple Wireless Keyboard
Screenshot 2 – Source: Wikimedia Commons





Apple Wireless Keyboard
Screenshot 3 – Source: MacHouse






Apple introduced Apple Wireless Keyboard (aluminum model) in the fall of 2009. (See Screenshot 3.) I call it Apple Wireless Kidboard. Many important keys have been removed, so only kids will find it adequate.  






1. Graphic Designers should hate Apple Wireless Keyboard because it doesn’t have a numerical keypad.

Why is a numerical keypad important to graphic designers? That’s because they often use Command plus + and Command plus – for zoom in and zoom out, respectively. These two shortcut keys are industry-standard. Adobe’s software products including Photoshop, Fireworks and Illustrator use them, and Apple’s Preview uses them, too. (See Screenshot 4-5.) Even QuickTimeX uses them. Without a numerical keypad, some international keyboards won’t give users access to + and – unless they hold down the Shift key.





Logitech Wireless Mouse M505
Screenshot 4 – Source: MacHouse
  Logitech Wireless Mouse M505
Screenshot 5 – Source: MacHouse






2. Accountants should hate Apple Wireless Keyboard because it doesn’t have a numerical keypad.

Why is a numerical keypad important to accountants? All numerical keypads out there have a small dot (See Screenshot 6) just as you find one on F and J keys. They use this dot to see where their fingers are. And they won’t be able to punch in numbers without it quickly. What, does Apple really expect accountants to use those numerical keys below function keys?





Apple Wireless Keyboard
Screenshot 6 – Source: MacHouse






3. Writers should hate Apple Wireless Keyboard because they have no access to Home key, End key, Delete key and others.

Apple Wireless Keyboard has a key labeled ‘delete’ right above the Return key. But this Delete key actually functions as a Backspace key. They aren’t the same. Software programmers also need both Backspace and Delete keys. Those who use TextEdit, Microsoft Word and web browsers could use Home, End, Page up and Page down keys to move to the top or the bottom of the page.





Apple Wireless Keyboard
Screenshot 7 – Source: Apple Store






So what can Mac users do to supplement those missing keys? Fortunately, Apple still sells a USB-connected keyboard with a numerical keypad. You can find it by asking Google about MB110. Some other online computer stores still should have it. The truth is that it’s not easy to find Mac-compatible keyboards. One way of finding Mac-compatible keyboards is go to the websites of online stores that only sell Mac products like MacMall and MacZone. You don’t have to buy one from them. At least, you can get product names.






References:

Apple Keyboard – Wikipedia
Apple Mouse – Wikipedia
apple-history.com

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3 Responses to 3 Reasons to Stay Away from Apple Wireless Keyboard (Aluminum Model)

  1. Josep says:

    Actually, with the wireless Apple keyboard, you can use Home, End, Page Up and Page Down by holding Fn and using the arrow keys (Left and Right = Home and End; Up and Down = Page Up and Page Down).
    As for the lack of a numeric keypad, I guess one can simply purchase an external numeric keypad, but that would be a different story depending on how they intend to use their computer.

  2. JJ says:

    The  wireless keyboard is not so bad. But it’s also not so great.
    What is bad is the continued state of the JIS Keyboard layout. It is unusable to me.
    If you use the US Keyboard layout, you’ll quickly find the modifier keys are in the correct locations vs the JIS model. (JIS layout puts the control key in a terrible place!)
    The JIS model does have a little more convenience if you use the @ mark a lot.
    But you cannot easily do command ~ to cycle through windows in an app with the JIS keyboard for example. The state of things is so bad that Japanese users do not know the great keyboard shortcuts they’re missing.
    The input switching keys are easily replaced with the default behaviors of command space, etc…

    I agree they should make a wireless keyboard with the full size, including number pad, arrow keys and those other odd keys.
    I’ve searched for one.
    The last one they made was one of those white ones. Those are now quite hard to find in new condition.
    That said, I prefer USB in general. Better for environment and less hassle. I don’t need to worry about replacing batteries or charging the unit. (or any latency)
    I feel the same about mice.

  3. Thank you for your insight, Josep and JJ. So, JJ, what do you use? Do you have no choice but to use the wireless keyboard or have the full keyboard purchased at Apple’s store?

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