The Internet Keyboard Pro is a PS2
and USB compatible full-sized keyboard that works on both a PC and a Macintosh. The
keyboard was tested both on a Windows system and a Mac system. This is the Mac version
of the review. Click here for the PC version.
Installation & Configuration
Installation, even on the PC, was simple as can be. Basically, I plugged in the keyboard
and it worked. Configuring the special keys required running the software that comes
with the keyboard, and setting the keys to do what you want. For the most part, their
default behavior was fine. I did define the mail button to run my desired email client,
and I changed the calculator button to start up a different program (rather than
a calculator). It would have been better to have some non-descript buttons for miscellaneous
Using the keyboard, I immediately experienced a big difference. I found that this
keyboard felt better to use than both the stock PC keyboard and Mac keyboard. The
layout of the keyboard felt sturdy, able to take a good key pounding, and the keys
themselves were fluid and just plain felt good to press.
The internet buttons were spaced appropriately to make reaching them and pressing
them an easy task. The buttons included web functions to the left (back, forward,
stop, refresh, search, favorites, and home) and multimedia functions to the right
(media, next track, prev track, stop. play/pause, volume up/down and mute). In the
middle was a larger sized key for opening mail. Off to the far right were 3 additional
buttons for My Computer, Calculator and Sleep.
As a replacement keyboard for a PC setup, I could not find any fault with the keyboard.
As a replacement for a Mac setup, however, Mac lovers may not take too well to a
Windows-themed keyboard. For instance, many of the common key combinations are labeled
on the front side of the keys, such as "Copy" on the "C" key.
However, they are labeled as "* Copy", where "*" represents the
Control key. On a Mac, this is mislabeled, as the Mac actually uses Command-C to
perform this function, not Control-C. Also different is that instead of the Command
(Apple) key, you are presented with a Windows key (a key with the Microsoft logo
on it), and it is to the left of the Alt key (whereas on Mac keyboards, the Command
key is to the right of the Alt/Option key). Finally, the number keypad is slightly
different on Windows than on a Mac. On a Mac, the top row is Clear, "=",
"/" and "*", but on Windows (and on this internet keyboard) it
is NumLock, "/", "*" and "-". Down the right side on
a Mac is "*", "-", "+", and Enter, where as on this
keyboard you have "-", "+", and Enter (one key less).
Other than the above discrepancies, everything worked just as well on the Mac as
it did on the PC.
The Internet Pro keyboard also comes with an ergonomic attachment to the button for
wrist support, fitting perfectly into the curved design of the bottom of the keyboard.
If you are fine with this attachment, then all is well. If, however, you prefer a
gel pad, or something softer than the plastic that this wrist support is made of,
then good luck trying to find a pad that is designed to fit the curved shape. Fortunately,
the curve is not too dramatic, allowing the possibility of using a straight wrist
pad. On the other hand, due to the curve pushing out beneath the space-bar, your
wrists will be farther from the keys than you want.
I have two different conclusions, depending upon the platform you use. If you are
using a PC platform, than the Internet Pro keyboard comes highly recommended. I have
not seen a better looking, betting feeling and functional keyboard for the PC. If
you are on a Mac, however, this keyboard may not suit your tastes as well. It's fully
functional and ergonimically rich, but sports Windows keys rather than Apple keys,
making it a runner-up to keyboards such as MacAlly.
- Ergonomically sound and stable keyboard
- Useful internet shortcut buttons
built into the keyboard
- Includes wrist support
- Curved button of keyboard makes
using your own straight wrist pad a problem
- For Mac users, some keys are mis-labeled,
in different places or missing
2 1/2 out of 5 Mice