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    Apr 02, 2009
    I want to purchase a keyboard for my new iMac. I am very unsatisfied with the current Apple and other manufacturers design of placing the F-Keys in one contiguous line directly above the number keys. I use F-Keys with QuicKeys constantly, and I find their location by touch. The separation above the other keys, as well as being in groups in 4, is critical to my learned neurological touch/response. I've given it two months, an it just isn't working.

    I had a Matias. It was great. I spilled juice on it and it croaked. They've stopped making them. Harrumph!

    Logitech came out with two new Mac keyboards. They placed the F-Keys "correctly" in one (without a number pad), and "wrong" in the other. They are both Bluetooth.

    Then we have the iMac Bluetooth issue. In a nutshell, the new iMac has trouble staying connected to a keyboard. There is no fix and Apple isn't talking. I've tried 3 keyboards, and gave up. Please don't elaborate on this here -- there are other posts for that.

    I'm about at my wits end. I have scoured the internet, and seem to be stuck.

    I am looking for a wired keyboard that has the F-Keys in their "rightful place" (separated above the number keys, and delineated in groups), has a full compliment (F1-F15), and has keys that are or can be QuicKeyed (can I use that as that a verb?) to adjust the volume.

    A Windows keyboard with the right compliment of keys would be fine. I've found a few from some Chinese manufacturers (Mac Keyboard China Manufacturers) but not sure about their reliability or availability.

    I would rather not have the touted, but noisy, mechanical keys, as my desk sits on the opposite side of a wall to my bedroom. If one of us is on the keyboard, it could disturb domestic tranquility!

    Any suggestions?
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    Sep 30, 2007
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    Is there anything about these Matias keyboards (all available for sale) that don't meet your needs?

    Please verify and include the exact model/year of your Mac and OS X version number (available from "About This Mac", then "More Info" on the Apple menu).
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    Apr 02, 2009
    In fact, someone else recommended those shortly after I made this post yesterday. Don't know why I didn't find them earlier, nor why they do not show up when searching Google for Mac keyboards.

    At MacWorld in January, I learned Matias had stopped making the Tactile Keyboard, so I didn't even stop by their booth. Turns out, they have the Tactile 2 Keyboard!

    I've already ordered a USB 2.0 Keyboard from OWC. It will be here in a few days, and I'll update this post with a review.

    Thank you.
    "[Personhole] is not an acceptable de-sexed word."
    -- Shirley Dean, councilperson, Berkeley (CA) City Council, explaining why the Council changed the wording in a sewer equipment request back to manhole cover.

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