When I saw the new iMac, I couldn't take my eyes off the new keyboard. Like some village simpleton, I was transfixed by a component that was far from the centre of attention. Despite the iMac's aluminium bells and whistles, I just wanted to have a go on the shiny buttons.
And now I am. We just got the iMac in to play with. Naturally, we took amusing Photo Booth pictures first. But now I've pinched the keyboard to type with. As my dear colleague James has already pointed out, it's quite a lot thinner than most calculators.
It looks like something you'd see in a hip version of Star Trek, if such a thing could exist. But what's it like to use? I was a bit hesitant, as it kind of feels like a laptop keyboard. But it's nowhere near as awkward to use as a laptop keyboard. It's got a bit more spring, and it's spaced out like a full sized pad, so it feels pretty normal.
Plus, you don't need a wrist rest because you can rest your hands on the desk, as the thing is so flat (this claim has in no way been backed up by any professional medical body).
But the weirdest thing about it is it's so quiet. If you kitted out the office in one of these, you'd be able to hear a bored sigh from the other end of the room (unless someone was being hilarious and noisy on Photo Booth that is).
Even if you were really, really cross, I don't reckon you could draw attention to yourself by typing in a cross fashion. Although I do know people for whom that last observation would be a drawback.
On my G5, the new Exposé, window management, and volume controls don't work - presumably you can fix this but I don't want to mess with my defaults. It works a treat out of the box on the iMac though.
So yes, the iMac looks cracking. But if you, like me, went a bit wide eyed at the sight of the new arrangement of buttons on the keyboard, you won't be disappointed. And you may want to get a hobby or something.