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Apple USB Wired Compact Keyboard MB869LL/A

by Apple

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  • The Apple Ultra-Thin Keyboard features an anodized aluminum enclosure with low-profile keys for eye-catching stylishness and saved space occupation.
  • Apple Wired USB Aluminum Compact Keyboard
  • With the convenient function keys, easily access various Mac features such as screen brightness, volume, eject, play/pause, Exposé, and Dashboard simply at a touch of the key.
  • The Apple Ultra-Thin Keyboard features two USB ports for hot-pluggability and easy connections to computers without the need for any software drivers, resulting in excellent compatibility with current desktop and notebook computers.
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Apple
  • Model: MB869LL/A
  • Color Name: WHITE/SILVER
  • Form Factor: Compact,Sleek design
  • Item Package Quantity: 1

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 4.5 x 11 x 0.7 inches ; 1 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B001UH4VFW
  • Item model number: MB869LL/A
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: March 3, 2009

Product Description

Apple Keyboard The new Apple Keyboard features the compact design of the Apple Wireless Keyboard and the elegant, ultrathin anodized aluminum enclosure and two USB 2.0 ports of the Apple Keyboard with Numeric Keypad. The keyboard has low-profile keys that provide crisp, responsive feel as well asfunction keys for one-touch access to a variety of Mac features such as screen brightness, volume, eject, play/pause, fast-forward and rewind, Expose, and Dashboard. Its compact design fits on your lap or on even the most crowded desk. And two USB 2.0 ports enable you to connect your Mighty Mouse as well as a high-speed peripheral such as a digital camera or printer. Box Contents: Apple Keyboard USB extension cable Printed documentation System Requirements Mac computer with available USB 1.1 or USB 2.0 port Mac OS X v10.5.6or later

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I really like its small size.
Kenneth Chen
Speaking of kludge, there's no delete key (what Apple labels delete is actually the backspace), but you can forward delete by hitting fn-delete.
mhill
The keys feel very nice and the keyboard is very comfortable to use.
Anonymous

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Parka TOP 50 REVIEWER on March 19, 2009
This is my third aluminum keyboard. The first was the wired with numeric keypad, and second the Bluetooth version.

This keyboard is smaller and lighter than the Bluetooth version because there's no battery compartment.

There are two USB2 ports underneath by the sides. To power electronic devices (e.g. cameras, iPod), it has to be plugged into a self-powered USB2 port. In case you don't know, not all USB ports on Macs are self-powered.

I like the tactile feel of the keys. Typing is faster compared to the previous white plastic keyboards. The very minor issue is sometimes I mis-type letters because my fingers hit the keys nearby -- these keys are flat and not indented to prevent slips.

The layout of the keys are exactly the same as those on the portable Macbooks. If you're a new user, you'll get used to it after sometime.

There are people complaining about the lack of numeric keypad for reasons I don't know. I don't think they have Macbooks or even PC portables because I don't hear a lot of complaints from laptop users about the lack of numeric keypad. Additionally, if you want the numeric keypad, you have that option.

This keyboard can also be used in a Windows OS environment. You have to read support documents on Apple's website for specific requirements, e.g. how to map the buttons and stuff like that.

Conclusion: This keyboard is really for Mac users whose computers have no Bluetooth, and who value table space very much (or need those extra USB2 ports).

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My Bluetooth keyboard had some issues so I had to use the wired version. Table space is my main priority. I bought this keyboard to replace my other wired keyboard, which still functioning perfectly well.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Shane on April 9, 2009
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This keyboard is replacing a Microsoft Wireless keyboard.

My goals for the keyboard were: 1. save desk space (keyboard drawer) and 2. Have a wired keyboard that doesn't need batteries.

I'm very surprised by how small the keyboard is. Make no mistake: the keys are full-sized. It's exactly the same size and layout of the keyboard on my MacBook Pro, which is convenient.

I do not miss the media keys from the Microsoft keyboard, nor the numeric keypad (used, but never by need).

The keyboard is extremely solid -- there is no bounce or play from pressing down hard. This wonderful and makes typing very easy.

The noise is acceptably quiet. It's not silent, nor does it click annoyingly. Some of the bigger keys do make more noise (such as the delete key), but not so much that it matters.

The only thing I really miss from it is back lighting. I wish it had that as I've come to enjoy it on the built-in keyboard.

Highly recommended as a keyboard attached to a MacBook -- or for any machine where desk space is important.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By George Powers on December 3, 2010
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Sadly, Apple has discontinued this keyboard. It has disappeared from their online store. Too bad, I really like a compact keyboard, so I can reach for the mouse more readily, and save on desk space. This was by far the best compact keyboard for Macs, so I'm buying a few now while I still can. My experience with third-party keyboards has been pretty disappointing.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Oliver Knill on December 2, 2010
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After having used wireless keyboards for years now and still have some, I went back to wired keyboards. They are more reliable. Shaking the bluetooth keyboard for example can lead to dropped connections. Batteries run out.By Murphys law, these things always happen in the worst moment and no spare batteries are around. The wired keyboard is not only more reliable and lighter, it also has two USB ports. This comes often handy especially if the computer is stowed away under the desk. An other advantage is that I use this keyboard now also for my linux boxes. For the paranoid, there is an additional advantage of wired keyboards is more security. I only wonder why apple does not offer the keyboard any more on their store. I hope it is not a sign that it will no more be produced.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By N. Phillips on March 4, 2011
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Most people fuss over not being able to have the extended number keys on their keyboards. This wired keyboard is fantastic because it works well with a Wacom tablet or a big mouse pad. And the wired aspect allows me to not have to worry about running out of batteries; it also allows me to hook up a mouse to the keyboard. I'm very happy to be able to get another after Apple discontinued it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jeff Chan on December 29, 2009
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I've bought and tried a variety of compact keyboards, including the Fujitsu Happy Hacker Lite 2, Adesso, and other random ones found at Fry's. My interest in compact keyboards is the lack of the keypad, etc., which are wasted space and push the mouse needlessly far to the right. The Apple Keyboard is the best I've found so far. It's small, very thin and light, but has full width keys. Key action is positive, but light. Construction is solid, perhaps due to using an eighth inch aluminum faceplate. Noise is much less than the Fujitsu, which is solidly built but has an irritating and faulty modal system of caps locking activated through a function key.

I'm using these with Windows and FreeBSD (Unix), and most of the keys are in standard IBM PC locations. The only key obviously missing is Insert. Delete, Return, tab, Esc, capslock all work as expected and are in standard locations. I am not using any drivers or special mappings in Windows; just plugged it in. The Option key performs the Alt function in Windows and Unix. Shift keys are large. The control key is second from the left lower corner since the function key is in the lower left. That's about the main weakness, as control is more useful than function for me. A full width control key would have been more useful. I don't use the function key. The upper right power key also has no use for me. A mapping that converts the power to insert and the function to control may help, but even without those, the keyboard is fully functional for me, works well, is comfortable to use, very conservative of desk space, etc. The top row of "F" keys and escape are half height, which saves a little space, but a full height escape key in particular would be welcomed for Unix.
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