Impressive keyboard replacement. (April 24th, 2008)
Product Manufacturer: Aevoe Corp., Moshi Division
Price: $120 US
- Low profile. Easy to type. Looks impressive. 2 USB 2.0 ports. Ergonomic.
- Large footprint. Expensive. Keys are noisy.
My Mac portable is useful for many things, but typing numbers is not one of them, because there is no number keypad. My last attempt at using an external keyboard was a serious disappointment. While the Saitek Eclipse II Backlit Keyboard worked well, it was too big and clunky, plus made my hands hurt because of the distance between each key. My next keyboard trial has fared much better.
Moshi Celesta KeyboardThe Aevoe Corporation has a great reputation for classy and functional packaging and the Moshi Celesta Keyboard stays true to form. It comes wrapped in a soft black, burlap-type material inside of a black and silver box. Upon removing the keyboard from the box, the first impression is that it is solid and well built. The brushed metal board with white keys is an elegant looking piece of hardware.
Features include two USB 2.0 ports, a nice long attached cable, and a black microfiber dust cover. The Celesta includes multimedia keys, such as eject and the sound key, oddly placed in the mid-key section where you find the help, home, and other navigation keys. It has a rather large footprint and measures 18.1 x 7.6 x 1.0 inches.
When I first started using the Celesta keyboard, I really liked it. It has more tactile response than my PowerBook keys, not to mention the number keypad that comes in very handy for applications like Quicken, Tax Cut, and other financial tracking applications. This very thin, full size keyboard is not suitable for travel, but serves as an acceptable replacement or external keyboard for your Mac laptop when placed on a desk.
The glossy metal on the top back includes three icons that light up when options, such as the Caps Lock key, are enabled. Underneath is a stand that feels a little flimsy, but allows you to tilt the keyboard at two angles. Plastic feet protect your desk surface, plus help the keyboard stay put.
The keys have a definite plastic feel and make clickety sounds when you press them. Even though the key caps have a bezel, just like my PowerBook's keyboard, it's easy to hit the wrong key. I found I often pressed the Caps Lock key when I tried to press the A key. Similar to the PowerBook keyboard the caps also move when you touch them; just a little, but I think this contributes to the noise. The lower profile makes it more comfortable to use than my portable's built-in keyboard, which is about an inch high. The Celesta is so thin that it is very comfortable to use for long periods of time.
While it's not as quiet the Apple keyboard that ships with all iMacs, the Celesta looks impressive and is a first-class replacement keyboard. It comes in Titanium Silver with white keys or Platinum Black with black keys, while Apple's keyboard only comes in white. It seems to be ergonomically sound, because it requires a light touch and the low profile doesn't put your wrist at an odd angle. As stated above, if you prefer a slight tilt to your keyboard that is also an option. I've never seen Apple's expected keyboard lifespan, but Aevoe claims the Celesta will last through nine million keystrokes. I don't think I want to count my keystrokes, but I'm sure this peripheral will outlast its two-year limited warranty.
PriceyThe only downside to the Moshi Celesta is its hefty price tag. You can purchase a replacement Apple keyboard for only $49.00, while Aevoe's MSRP is $120.00. If you want a black keyboard, it might be worth the price.
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