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Beautiful design, but expect to buy a new one next year, because keys randomly die
on January 15, 2012
I'm a digital media producer and writer - I've tried virtually everything when it comes to computers in general. When I switched to macs and they had the old generation keyboards with keys constantly getting stuck, that made no sense from a design standpoint, so the new Aluminum generation of slim Apple keyboards was a blessing! Or it seemed to be a blessing. Sure, they were overpriced, but with Apple, you pay for the design and the brand, and usually you're getting a product that you can (sort of) rely on, even if quality control isn't the best.
Well, I'm now going to my 4th Apple keyboard in the last 4-5 years, and I think I'm giving up on them, and trying some alternative brand. The reason why is that keys just randomly stop working.
Even without heavy use, without spills and without any sort of abuse, these Apple aluminum keyboards just have a lifespan of about a year, in my experience. The first one had the N key die. The second one, it was some number keys and some letters. Now it's the Delete, Return and Page Up. All my electronic devices are kept pristine for years without a scratch and I'm always extremely careful - but Apple keyboards just die on me, with no apparent mechanical wear whatsoever - the problem is internal and seems to be completely electronic. If I go to an Apple store and explain the problem, all they can do is shrug and point me to buy yet another Apple keyboard, for the overpriced $50... just so it can die again in less than 2 years.
Keyboards just don't fail like this. It's not normal. I've had the cheapest keyboards ever, lasting for more than 10 years with heavy use.
With Apple, it seems like you're paying for keyboard design, but it's disposable design. And apparently they still suck at making keyboards.