New Apple keyboard (mini-review)
Well, I went out and tried out one of the new USB Apple keyboards.
I was so prepared to hate this thing since i never liked any laptop keyboard.
I also hate the Apple mouse as well and actually use a Microsoft Notebook Optical Mouse 3000.
And I bought one. Why? Well, I quickly found that not only does it improve my touch typing for faster speeds, but on regular keyboards I found myself not being able to get my pinky finger off the shift key fast enough and that wound up capitalizing the first two letters of a word, forcing me to go back and correct it. Well, not anymore.
The keyboard itself also requires you to hit Apple's Software Update in order to download and install new drivers for the new keyboard otherwise it's not going to work right on your Mac.
The key spacing (pitch) is the same as on the regular Apple laptop keyboard.
I know, my iSkin Macbook Pro keyboard overlay fits the QWERTY key arrangement on the new keyboardperfectly except for the new keyboard having a bigger spacebar and bigger control, alt/option, command, function, and arrow keys.
This keyboard will not be everyone's cup o' tea with it's laptop-style keys.
The keys themselves are the same size as the old Apple keyboard, but with a shorter keypress needed.
I think Apple went this route because it will eventually lower their overall keyboard manufacturing costs. Less plastic to have to mold.
I could never type quickly on the Macbook Pro due to the damn touchpad being in the way. I hate touchpads and prefer to use a real mouse, but it seems every laptop today has one.
Overall, I can only recommend this new keyboard if you're really used to typing on a laptop. If you prefer the nice big keypresses found on a regular keyboard then stay far away from this one.
I'm ordering a bluetooth keyboard for on-the-go action, mostly because it's smaller than the old style bluetooth keyboard due to Apple dumping the numeric keypad.
The new Apple bluetooth keyboard is basically the same size as the keyboard found on Apple's laptops with the exception of the special keys being full-size.