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    Smile The Wireless Aluminum Keyboard
    I have a older iMac, and in the next month or so I'm going to buy a new one. I looked in stores to get a feel of the new hardware, one thing troubles me. The Aluminum keyboard is great, it's sleek, responsive, and just feels overall good. All of these are the pros, the cons are big hits for me; Missing a num-pad, and it's simply way to small for my hands. So Does anyone have a alternative that still contains the mac keyset so I don't have to stare at a ugly windows logo.

    I would prefer a larger keyboard, at least 18in min. I like the sleek, nice design of the Apple keyboard, It needs to have a numberpad, Wired/wireless is not a important matter, but I prefer a wireless that works NICELY with the iMac.

    Please do tell me if anyone knows of a keyboard that fits this description.

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    I'm not sure if you can buy it when you order the iMac, but Apple makes an aluminium keyboard that already has the numpad.

    Apple Keyboard with Numeric Keypad - English (USA) - Apple Store (U.S.)
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    Yes, I saw that. The fact is that it's still to small for me.

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    Small in what way?

    Width, or thickness?
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    I really do like the thin design, but the fact that the keys are so small. I prefer a keyboard with larger keys.

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    Maybe you should look at this one:-

    Apple Keyboard with Numeric Keypad - English (USA) - Apple Store (Australia)

    It will be available from Online Store USA, and no doubt much cheaper! Even with a wireless keyboard always handy to have a wired board and mouse in the cupboard for software installs etc.
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    That USB Apple keyboard is a full sized keyboard. The keys don't stick up as much as some Microsoft or Logitechs but the spacing at least to me seems the same. I use one daily and can fly on it.

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    In the next couple days I'm going to take a trip to the Apple Store, I'll see if they have one out.
    So let me get this right, the USB keyboard with number pad's KEYS are bigger than the wireless one? Ex., on the wireless let's assume the A key is 1/2 inch, on the USB the A key is 1in? (Thats just imaginary numbers)

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    No. I have both keyboards (wired and wireless) and the keys are the same size and stick up the same in height. The difference is the missing numpad and several other convenience keys on the wireless model. (Which by the way, I can't stand.)

    The best Apple keyboard is sold here. Not inexpensive though.

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