Apple Wired Keyboard (A1243) - £28 @ Best Buy (Instore)
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Apple Wired Keyboard (A1243) - £28 @ Best Buy (Instore)

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Found 6th Sep 2011
Been looking to pick one of these up recently, cant find it for less than £40 anywhere, so £28 seems a bargain for a well rated keyboard.
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i need a replacement for my iMac but refuse to pay so much just for a keyboard!
£28 for a wired keyboard? I don't think I would even pay that for a wireless one!
I dont even use a mac, I use Linux and sometimes windows, just love the feel and build quality... There are £40-50 keyboards from Logitech and others that just dont come close to the quality...
I spent £1300 on my iMac with i3 processor 4gb RAM, mediocre GFX, and 500gb hard disk, but there's no way I'd spend this much on a keyboard.
I think relative to its RRP (£59) £28 is a bargain. All Apple products are massively over-priced. £1300 for an i3 illustrates that. You pay for brand and build quality though...
Have the mini-wireless keyboard for my pc and its probably the best keyboard i have ever used.

This is a very good price for this keyboard.
50% of the price based on the fact it has an Apple logo on it... cold from me. Yes, I hate apple and I am happy to admit it
xera22xc

i need a replacement for my iMac but refuse to pay so much just for a … i need a replacement for my iMac but refuse to pay so much just for a keyboard!


Know the feeling. They've had you once..but won't have you again!
realblender

This is a great price for a premium keyboard. We Mac users approve. You … This is a great price for a premium keyboard. We Mac users approve. You really got to try it.



No, no its not, its a keyboard, same as any other with better specs at a cheaper price, its got an Apple badge and mugs will pay for that above all else.
apple...keyboard...mugs...
I recently got a second hand one off eBay for £20. I totally agree they are overpriced but at the same time, I cant recall the last time I saw/felt/used a keyboard with this level of build quality and choice of materials. I'm not going to argue: they cost more than they should, but can anyone really point to an alternative which is actually similar in terms of materials/build/key action for less money? (I genuinely mean it.. Many thanks if you can and do prove me wrong by pointing to one here!) Walking into PC world, I just see a sea of chunky plastic ones, some of which have a truely naff feel. I wish some of the other hardware vendors would put a bit more effort in!

On a side note, if materials/build/key action dont matter much to you, there is absolutely no point in spending this sort of money on a keyboard. A £5 one will do the same job. Unfortunately I spend more time than i'd care to admit sat at my computer, and frequently have to write very lengthy documents (i should be cracking on with an 18,000 word project as i distract myself typing this). Therefore to some people such as myself, having a nice keyboard really does make a big difference. And just consider from an ergonomics standpoint, it makes sense to have a keyboard and mouse with a nice feel. They are, afterall, the physical devices through which you actually interact with your computer. I'm not saying 'go for mac branded or otherwise expensive input devices', but if you're spending a lot on your machine, software, screen etc... Doesnt it make sense not to actually cripple the experience by settling for some plasticky, uncomfortable or ugly keyboard mouse combo? Afterall, they are what you actually handle and use every time you're on the computer.

For people who can justify splashing out on a premium keyboard (and i agree, most people really dont need to), this is a deal, simply because its more expensive everywhere else. Heat added.
realblender

This is a great price for a premium keyboard. We Mac users approve. You … This is a great price for a premium keyboard. We Mac users approve. You really got to try it.




Coming from the same guy that had a DELL logo as avatar few weeks ago!
Cant think of the name of mine at home at present, possibly a logitech, has backlit keys, lovely and soft feel to them , adjustable wrist support etc, cost me £30 - that was full price, seen it on sale since, so yes there are plenty out there that are better and cheaper. Apple logo's don't make things better, just more expensive.
happyblob

I recently got a second hand one off eBay for £20. I totally agree they … I recently got a second hand one off eBay for £20. I totally agree they are overpriced but at the same time, I cant recall the last time I saw/felt/used a keyboard with this level of build quality and choice of materials. I'm not going to argue: they cost more than they should, but can anyone really point to an alternative which is actually similar in terms of materials/build/key action for less money? (I genuinely mean it... I spend more time than i'd care to admit sat at my computer, and frequently have to write very lengthy documents (i should be cracking on with an 18,000 word project as i distract myself typing this). Therefore to some people such as myself, having a nice keyboard really does make a big difference. And just consider from an ergonomics standpoint, it makes sense to have a keyboard and mouse with a nice feel



This really will not do. I am also a Mac user but not blind to the fact that Apple has NEVER been able to produce I/O devices that also were not ergonomic disasters. The current crop of keyboards and mice are some of the worst. A keyboard that lies almost flat with very little key travel and flat keycaps just lead to constant typos. It is, furthermore, wearying to use for any length of time. The Magic Mouse is a curate's egg of interesting technologies, which for the most part work quite well (the touch surface) and yet is hobbled by being too flat for a comfortable grip and also inexplicably sharp-edged. Apple clearly did not learn from the hockey puck mouse.
I ditched these and went back to my wireless Logitech S520 set (now discontinued) for the Mac, which set me back a princely £25. The oversized keyboard embellished with a plethora of useless media keys and the mouse scream cheap with a rattly and plasticky build, but...it is a joy to type on.

Unlike the above, sadly.
Edited by: "spraint" 6th Sep 2011
Fair points, well made.. But not applicable to everyone and certainly not to me! That's something I should have noted in my above comment actually, while materials and build quality are probably fairly objective things (preference still has a bearing of course), key action and the richness of experience (or lack thereof) are highly subjective. For example, I have absolutely no qualms with the slight angle of the keyboard, coming from (and still frequently using) laptops which lay completely flat... I would rather a slight angle than constantly radically readjusting my typing style from device to device. With regards to the slight travel, I absolutely think these keys have a great action. Keys with a lot of travel feel clunky and unweidly to me, and I find I cant type at the same speeds on them. As for the flat keycaps, the isolated chiclet form gives me all the tactile feedback I need to avoid typos, which I generally do fine. I cant comment on the magic mouse as I use the mighty mouse, but i'm perfectly happy with that.

To clarify, I'm of course not saying you are wrong, but what I am saying is you cant really or fairly say I'm wrong either! I'm not a blind apple fanboy, in fact ironically I'm a somewhat reluctant mac user. I'm a masters student, studying usability and user experience... Pretty much everyone on the course and all academic staff use macs hence i've started using them. If these things were inherently or universally bad to use, I would know

Edit- just re-reading my comment, i dont mean to come across arrogant (which I do probably sound a bit). What i meant to say is i think we can both reasonably agree to disagree, but you're dead right that these Mac keyboards are not 'the best' to use full stop, as it might have looked like I was trying to make out. Personally I just reckon they're damn good!



Edited by: "happyblob" 6th Sep 2011
Cool, so we are all happy to agree, Apple stuff is pants and a rip off.

Nice
Wow, so much Apple hate in this thread.

I use one of these at work everyday and it's the best keyboard I've used.
Edited by: "bunkum100" 8th Sep 2011
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