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The world's quietest mechanical keyboard — the best Bluetooth keyboard. Without question, the best Bluetooth keyboard on the market today. Built from our Quiet Click mechanical keyswitches, you get the speed, comfort, and tactile feedback of a mechanical keyboard — without the noise. The compact form factor and wireless interface make it easy to use anywhere, and easy to take anywhere. Built from our Quiet Click mechanical keyswitches, they deliver a feel that’s unmatched for comfort — without sacrificing the tactile feedback you need to type really fast.
Mac / iPad
iPhone / iPod touch
Android 3.0 or higher
There are several benefits that come with a compact, wireless keyboard. More free space on your desk, and no wires to clutter it. Using your mouse is more comfortable — because you don't have to reach as far.
It's narrow enough to fit in your laptop bag, making it easy to take with you.
No expense was spared to make this the best Bluetooth keyboard possible. That includes putting a much bigger battery in it than we had to — 1,600 mAh. That's big enough to last 6 months to a year, on a single charge (under normal use).
The USB ports on the Laptop Pro let you do two things.
1) Charge the keyboard.
2) Charge up to 2 other devices, while you're charging the keyboard.
To charge only the keyboard, a USB port on your computer provides sufficient power (500mA or 2.5W). It takes up to 5 hours for a complete charge.
For charging multiple devices, you need more power. Apple's 5W USB Power Adaptor gives you enough power to charge one extra device. Apple's 12W USB Power Adaptor or a generic iPad charger provide more than enough power to charge 2 extra devices through the keyboard.
Note: The USB ports are for charging only. Plugging a flash drive or mouse into them will have no effect.
Mechanical keyboards offer the best performance, but they’re noisy — too noisy to use in most offices, or around other people. This is the first one that’s quiet. Over two years in the making, it’s the only mechanical keyboard that keeps both your fingers and your co-workers happy.
How quiet is it? The Laptop Pro is no louder than a regular (non-mechanical) keyboard. Your co-workers probably won't even be able to tell that you have one.
If you're a fan of the legendary Apple Extended Keyboard II, the Laptop Pro is for you. It was the inspiration for our design, and you can feel that heritage in every keystroke.
Just like an Apple keyboard, the Laptop Pro’s function keys let you control screen brightness, volume, iTunes, and more.
There's even an Fn key, that lets you momentarily change the function keys back to their traditional duties, when you need them.
Also connects to iPad & Android tablets,
We designed the keyboard to connect wirelessly to your Mac, but it's actually a standard Bluetooth connection, so it'll work with any device that supports Bluetooth keyboards.
That includes... Macs, PCs, the iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch, Apple TV, Android 3.0+ smartphones and tablets, Samsung Galaxy Tab, BlackBerry PlayBook, and many more.
When connected to a PC, the position of the Alt and Win keys are swapped.
Extra handy (but hard to remember) symbols are printed right on the keys. Simply hold down the Option key for the bottom-right characters, or Shift-Option for top-right characters.
All those symbols are handy, but what happens when they wear off? They won't. They're laser etched — burned into the keys with a laser — so they'll never wear off.
click for larger imageThe latest trend in keyboards is to have very flat & wide keys, with little or no space between them. You see this a lot on laptops and netbooks. While they look great, they can also be a little tricky to type on. The flatness makes it very easy to slide out of home row and lose your bearings.
The Laptop Pro bucks this trend. It has traditional sculpted keytops, curved to fit your fingertips, and keep you from sliding out of home position.
Most keyboards allow only a few keys to be pressed at once, so they can't keep up with very fast typists. The result is called ghosting — letters missing from what you actually typed, or additional letters that you didn't type.
The Laptop Pro has special Anti-Ghosting Circuitry (also called n-key rollover) to eliminate these problems. You can type as fast as you're able; the Laptop Pro will keep up.
Laptop Pro Keyboard for Mac / iPad / Apple TV / iPhone / iPod touch / Android 3.0 or higher
Laptop Pro Keyboard
Charging cable (USB)
Mac with Bluetooth
iPhone or iPod touch
Android 3.0 or higher
1 year limited warranty (more info)
13.26” x 6.5” x 1.38” | (33.7 x 16.5 x 3.5 cm)
6.5 feet | (2 m)
2.15 lbs | (974 g)
Tactile & sound dampened
Peak force: 60±5 gf
Travel distance: 3.5 mm
US Layout (FK303QBT)
How do I turn it on and off?
Press the Power button.
A Blue light will flash 3 times to indicate that it's On.
An Amber light will flash 3 times to indicate Off.
How do I pair?
Hold down the Power button for a few seconds, until you see the Blue light flashing continuously. This keyboard is now ready to pair.
What do the coloured lights mean?
The answer depends whether or not they are flashing, and for how long...
3 Blue Flashes Three flashes of Blue indicates On.
3 Amber Flashes Three flashes of Amber indicates Off.
Flashing The keyboard is in Pairing Mode.
Red This indicates low power. Time to charge your keyboard. If power is very low, it may not show the Red light.
Amber Your keyboard is charging. If power is very low, it may not show the Amber light until it's been charging for a few minutes. The light will switch off when charging is complete. A full charge takes about 5 hours, and lasts 6â€‘12 months.
Is it Windows compatible?
Yes, but since it is a Mac keyboard, there are a few quirks:
The Eject, Volume, and Media keys will not work on a PC.
However, they will work if you are running Windows on a Mac, via BootCamp, Parallels, or VMware Fusion.
They Alt and Windows keys have their positions swapped.
Is it Linux compatible?
Yes, but since it is a Mac keyboard, there are a few quirks, which are explained here.
Where is the Clear / Num Lock key?
Simply press Fnâ€‘N.
The Mac OS doesn't need a Num Lock key, so it was re-purposed and re-labeled "clear". In calculator applications, pressing it will clear the value display, just like an C or AC button on a physical calulator.
Where is the Help / Insert key?
Press Fnâ€‘Forward Delete.
The Mac OS doesn't need an Insert key, so it was re-purposed and re-labeled "help". In certain applications, pressing it will bring up the help system.
Why no Power key?
Apple no longer has Power keys on their keyboards, and we fear they will eventually discontinue support for it entirely, so we didn't include one.
To bring up the Restart/Sleep/Shutdown dialog box, simply press Fnâ€‘Controlâ€‘Up.
Eject & Volume keys don't work. Anything I can do?
The answer depends on which OS you're using...
Mac OS X Are you using USB Overdrive? If so, that's probably causing the problem. Please follow the instructions on this page... Restoring the Volume and Eject keys on Apple keyboards.
Mac OS 9 The Volume keys will not work in OS 9. You can use the menu bar volume control instead. To get Eject to work, you need to download a special Eject utility that Apple released but is now discontinued. You can download it here.
Microsoft Windows Unless you are running Windows on a Mac (via BootCamp or Parallels or VMware Fusion), these functions will not work.
I'm running OS X and I have multiple drives that I want to be able to Eject individually. Anything solution?
Double-click on Eject.menu which you will find in the following folder:
This will put an Eject icon on your menu bar.
Can I use this keyboard to type German / French / other non-U.S. layouts?
Yes, it can be remapped to non-U.S. layouts.
The letters on the face of the keys may not correspond to the new layout, but the keyboard will operate exactly as the selected (software) layout.
In order to select the keyboard layout in Mac OS X, follow these steps:
Choose System Preferences from the Apple menu.
Click on the International icon.
Click on Input Menu.
Scroll through the list of available keyboard layouts, and click to select the checkboxes of the keyboard layouts you would like to have available to you. Select U.S. if you would like to use the standard layout. You may select more than one layout, if you wish to be able to quickly switch between different layouts.
Click to select the checkbox at the bottom of the window, Show input menu in menu bar.
Close the window.
The “Flag” menu in the top-right of the menu bar controls the active keyboard layout. It will list all of the layouts that were selected in step 4.
Click and select U.S., or whichever layout you would like to use.
Can I change the layout to Dvorak?
Yes. However, we do NOT recommend that you remove the keycaps to configure it for Dvorak typing. Since the key heights and angles are different for each row, moving keycaps out of their standard positions will interfere with the feel of the keyboard.
We recommend using the following software solution instead:
DVORAK Installation Instructions (OS 9 & X) (3 KB)
DVORAK Keyboard software (OS X) (49 KB)
DVORAK Keyboard software (OS 9) (49 KB)
These keyboard layout files remap the main letter keys to the Dvorak layout, while maintaining the standard Option and Shift+Option key positions, so they match the Option Key Caps.
These layouts will work with any keyboard, not just this one. We encourage you to download and try them on your system, before you make a purchase.
R O U T I N E C L E A N I N G (monthly):
Run a vacuum brush over the top of the keyboard.
Alternatively, a compressed air can is also a good way to blow dust out from under the keys.
Wipe the top and bottom of the keyboard with a damp (not dripping) cloth.
D E E P C L E A N I N G (not generally recommended):
If your keyboard is working properly, we STRONGLY recommend AGAINST deep cleaning it.
These instructions are provided only for cleaning keyboards that are so dirty that they're not functioning properly — for example: sticking or non-working keys, etc.
Deep cleaning will void your warranty, so if your keyboard is less than a year old, we especially don't recommend doing this. Better to contact us for warranty support instead.
For a more rigorous cleaning, you can remove some of the key caps. This allows you to get under the keys and vacuum out anything missed by regular cleaning (for example, crumbs or larger bits of dust).
To avoid damaging the switches, you need a proper "key puller" tool to remove the key caps. Here are a few options:
Pull straight upward with the key puller, to remove each key cap.
The bigger keys must NOT be removed, because they are extremely difficult to put back on afterwards...
numberpad 0 (zero)
These keys must NOT be removed. You can clean under these keys by removing some keys around them.
We do NOT recommend opening the keyboard case enclosure, for several reasons...
It voids the warranty.
If you're not careful, you can easily damage the electronics from electrostatic discharge (ESD).
It's difficult to re-assemble the case if you don't know how.
It's not necessary for cleaning.
After the key caps are removed, simply vacuum out any dust and debris from inside the keyboard. Do NOT use water.
The key caps themselves can be cleaned by running them through a dishwasher. Wipe them down and let them dry out for a few hours before popping them back on to the keyboard.
R E A L L Y D E E P C L E A N I N G (if nothing else works):
Courtesy of Christopher Breen of Macworld magazine (and yes, this will void your warranty)...
If the keyboard is so filthy that it appears to be a lost cause—as it might after a major coffee, soda, or Mai Tai spill—put it in the dishwasher. Place it in the top rack, dial the dishwasher to a rinse only setting, don't put soap in the thing, and run it through. Remove the keyboard and let it drain, with keys down, until it's completely dry—this could take a couple of days.
This is controversial because some keyboard manufacturers suggest that you not do this as they won't guarantee that the keyboard will survive the ordeal—particularly if you hit the keyboard with really hot water, detergent, and flying cutlery.
Speaking from personal experience, I've done this with a beloved Matias TactilePro keyboard that I'd given up for dead (this is the perfect condition under which to conduct this experiment). I'm happy to report that not only did it survive, it works perfectly (and is a whole lot nicer to look at than it once was).
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