I was reluctant at first to retire my old Apple keyboard as it had worked great for about 7 years. When it ain't broke, don't fix it� But when the space band started to skip more often than not, I wanted a replacement immediately! I couldn't even wait two days for Prime so I went to Best Buy and paid full retail. (model A1843)I dropped the keyboard package on the ground trying to unlock my front door. Uh oh! I unwrapped it and the corner of the box was a little crushed but the keyboard was totally untouched. Thank you, Apple, for not cutting corners on packaging.Some will think I'm nuts, but I always like the little �giftie' of opening an Apple product. I mean, this is just a boring keyboard for crying out loud. Who cares about how the packaging looks? And yet, Apple surprises me and makes opening my package a delight. Despite the crushed corner (my fault), the nice white sleeve reveals a pristine keyboard wrapped in a custom plastic vellum sheet with a little tab to help me get it out of the box. The Lightning to USB cable is coiled neatly in some kind of specially-designed holder. Thank you again, Apple, for not folding my cable and leaving it permanently crimped! Even the teeny, tiny manual has a little vellum ribbon around it. I confess I have trouble throwing these packages away because so much thought and care went into them.Well, now that you know I'm certifiably crazy, my eyes aren't what they used to be and I do find fault with that �teeny, tiny manual. I can barely read it it's so small!The key responsiveness is wonderful � even the space band works! ;) A review that I can no longer find said that you can hold down both shift keys on this keyboard and that it would type all the characters of �The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog. I had never heard of such a thing so I tried it on my old Apple keyboard which missed about every 2 out of every 3 keys I typed (not even factoring in my space band issue). This keyboard types them all! If I could find that review again, I would ask the reviewer what the significance of that test is. Pretty cool anyway.I got used to a numeric keypad decades ago so I feel lost without one. That said, I agree with reviewers that the arrows and numbers to the right makes mice and trackpads too far to the right. Even worse, keyboard trays are often installed on desks in a position that makes it really awkward. I was unable to move my tray so I trained myself to use my trackpad left-handed. I did that by playing Solitaire on my computer for a few weeks before doing it with work. Problem solved for me.I read a boatload of reviews and I don't understand most of the bad ones. Many criticize the flatness as if the old standard of the uphill slant of keyboards is ergonomic � it isn't. A slight slant downhill is more ergonomic but I doubt anyone would buy one because of the prejudice of how it's been done for decades. Honestly, it's cocking your hands up at the wrist so you can type on the uphill slant that predisposes you to carpal tunnel syndrome. If you don't type all day long, it probably doesn't matter what the slant is. Get over it! (I'm just sayin'.)Some complain about the keys being too close together. My 7-year-old Apple keyboard (model A1243) has the same spacing on the main keys. The keyboard itself is slightly narrower but the space was taken from the left and right of the arrow key section, not between the keys themselves. So maybe they have been using other brands of keyboards with wider spacing.I don't deny that when I first used my old Apple keyboard years ago, I was flummoxed at first by the flat keys. I was used to the really old Apple keyboard that had curved keys and you always knew where you were because you could just FEEL it. I got used to the flat keys and don't miss the curved ones anymore. If I remember right, the curved ones were really noisy. This keyboard is very quiet which is great because I type notes while I'm talking on the phone with clients and I don't want them to hear �ratta tat tat in the background!I will update this review if I ever have trouble with the keyboard down the road like some have had. My last one was trustworthy for many years so I hope this one will be as well. (Many years ago I tried a cheaper, non-Apple brand and it only lasted two years. So in that regard, Apple is more cost effective for me.) I am especially looking forward to no cable and being able to recharge it instead of using batteries like my Magic Trackpad. If I like the charging feature, I may upgrade my trackpad before it dies. Batteries are a pain!