Tim Bray on the Apple keyboard
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Tim Bray on the Apple keyboard

Tim Bray on the current crop of Apple keyboards:

Geeks love misty-eyed reminiscing about the great keyboards of yore, with a rough consensus that the original IBM PC’s clackety high-travel product has never since been surpassed. I sure liked that, but if my tactile memory is right, the latest Apples may be better.

That’s my impression as well, and I couldn’t be more surprised. Before Apple introduced its aluminum keyboards, I thought this was the greatest keyboard ever, but even if Avant made a keyboard with the same mechanism just for the Mac, I wouldn’t trade.

Another nice feature of the new Apple keyboards is that they’re easier to keep clean than just about any keyboard since the Atari 400. It’s a nice change, since the old clear plastic Apple keyboards were impossible to keep clean.

8 thoughts on “Tim Bray on the Apple keyboard

  1. The greatest honor I can stow on any keyboard, in my opinion, is to buy extra ones to ensure, should the manufacturer discontinue them, I would have more. I have two backups of the current Apple keyboard in my storage right now.

  2. Same here – I went from a high travel ms keyboard to one of these (sort of a skeptical trial), then in about a day decided I liked it so much that I’d picked up a couple of more for home & a spare / second language (Spanish).

    I particularly like the fact that that the lower angle to the surface is much easier on the hands, particularly during long sessions.

    Easy on the hands, accurate, smaller footprint, looks good – what’s not to like?

  3. I am still getting used to mine and am typing a bit slower. But I bought it in part because it’s the coolest dern thing (in addition to reading some enthusiastic reviews). Is that total fanboy or what?

    Bot Mac fanbot

  4. I like this keyboard a lot, especially the ease of cleaning. The keyboard has gotten a lot of heavy use (especially from the children in games), but it is functioning perfectly almost one year after the purchase.

  5. I went with the wired keyboard. I would really miss the dedicated cursor keys in upside down T formation that the wireless keyboard lacks.

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