• 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Update to the Wireless Keyboard

    I've had this keyboard for a few weeks now and it is remarkably improved when compared to the previous version. I have found myself typing way faster than I did on the previous wireless keyboard and I love how it has rechargeable batteries built in (a vast improvement over the previous model that chewed through AAs).

    4 of 4 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Worst Keyboard I've Invested Time and Money In

    I've given this keyboard a 14 day trial run. I really forced myself to like this keyboard, but no matter how hard I tried to convince myself of this keyboard's ability to be a great match with my mid-2015 15" rMBP it just wasn't.

    Well, I've returned this keyboard for a mechanical one at the same price point. I can now be productive again, work in the dark, limit my typos, not worrying about having to reposition my fingers, having the proper keys available to navigate files and web pages, and have the proper spacing of keys for accurate typing.

    For $100 not worth it! I would sell this for a maximum of $28. I'm sure it only costs $20 to manufacture anyhow.

    Thanks,
    Mark

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great on iPad Pro

    I bought one of these for my iPad Pro, and it connected and worked flawlessly.

    I don't usually write reviews, but I ended up here, because in the past when Apple calls something magic, it usually has some interesting features and I wanted to see what was magic about this keyboard LOL ;). What I found was a surprising amount of negative reviews... People complaining about the noise it makes, the key travel, etc. Really people? Apple people tend to be such nitpickers, and frankly, it's just gone overboard on this product.

    Is this keyboard a little clicky, I guess so, if that bothers your super sensitive ears (I usually have my music too loud to hear the clicking?) and I guess my big meaty fingers just aren't super sensative to key travel either? But....

    This keyboard is very small, very light, very long batter life, regular size keys, works great with everything I have connected it to so far. I might not use it on a daily basis for work (because I like full sized arrow keys and a num pad when working), but as a travel keyboard, or device keyboard, it really shines, so you can probably ignore most of those 1 star reviews IMO ;).

    So there you have it, a regular review from a regular Designer/Developer ;)

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  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Pretty disappointing

    I bought a Macbook Air earlier this year and I was expecting this keyboard to at least be on par with that, but it falls far short.

    I did know ahead of time that it was not backlit (for whatever bizarre reason Apple had) but I didn’t realize the ink that labels the keys was going to be so much duller than the previous model (did you really save that much money by skimping on ink, Apple?). You can’t really work at night anymore unless you have the overhead light on in the room.

    They keys are (thankfully) as thin as the Macbook, so you can type quite a bit faster on this new model. But the keys are also much stiffer than the Macbook or even the old Magic Keyboard. They are hard and clanky and noisy and just feels cheap all around.

    I bought this to use with my iMac at home and iPad on the go. I was excited for the on/off switch to make travel easier than having to take the batteries out and put them back in and screwdriver the cap back on each time. But the pairing process is arbitrarily more complicated now. You have to set it up as a new keyboard each time you switch and have to tell the other device to forget it each time. On the iMac you even have to type in the code each time. So it is less time physically setting up each time, but more time setting up the software each time. You can’t just turn it on and connect any more.

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  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Improved in some ways, not so much in others

    To start off, I've owned both the original (polycarbonate) and 2007 aluminum wireless keyboards, as well as the HP TouchPad Wireless Keyboard. Setup was okay. It's difficult to pair the keyboard with different computers, but running it as a wired keyboard over the Lightning cable will work. The key feel on the Magic Keyboard is fantastic, but it takes some getting used to because of the lower key height, which makes it more difficult to type by feel because the edges aren't as distinct. The keys are definitely more stable and less mushy than the 2007 version of the Apple Wireless Keyboard, and only slightly more so than the HP which has rounded key corners instead of the Magic Keyboard's sharp edges. Unlike the 2007 aluminum and HP TouchPad keyboards, the Magic Keyboard is a wedge shape, which makes it more difficult to grab and reposition (the other two hover above the desk and are easier to pick up. Additionally, I found the space bar too long and pushed the command keys too far towards the edge making my thumbs cramp up. The command keys are also smaller than all of the top row of keys, including Escape and Eject, which is rather odd because I (and probably a lot of other people) use command far more often than Escape or Eject. Aesthetically, the Magic Keyboard is probably the prettiest keyboard to come out of Cupertino and makes any desk look stunning. The rest of the keyboard however is a mixed bag. Buy with caution.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Surprisingly good, works with iPads!

    I fully expected to not like this keyboard. I had tried the scissor-switch keyboard on the new MacBook and really disliked how it felt. So, I figured the magic Keyboard would feel exactly the same. However, I was actually surprised when I tried in store. Yes, the shallowness of the keys takes some getting used to, but I found that I'm actually faster and more accurate in typing on it, than I am on Apple's previous generation keyboards, and even many PC keyboards.

    In retrospect, there's just something to me about the placement and palm rest of the MacBook that I'm unhappy with, but the Magic Keyboard eliminates that, and I'm quite happy with it.

    Ultimately, I bought one and tried it on my iPad Air 2. It is now my favorite keyboard to type on.

    My only pet peeve is that a version of this keyboard doesn't exist in the full layout, with extended functions keys and numeric keypad. If this existed, I'd gladly replace the wired keyboards I have on my Macs. Come to think of it, a USB version of this keyboard would be nice, too.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Loving it

    My magic keyboard arrived this morning (extremely fast delivery) and so far I'm very impressed. It was easy to set up and having read some reviews can't understand about the noise - what noise? It's very elegant and hopefully will do what it says on the tin! I'm finding typing on it just as good as any keyboard I've ever used.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great buy !

    I just bought the new Magic Keyboard 2 and it feels great ! I will be using it at school, home and anywhere on the go with my Macbook Pro Retina. The keys feel very nice and does not require a lot of force to be pushed. The keyboard is not too noisy. It is very easy to configure with the Mac and I think that using the lightning port for charging is a great compatibility advantage compared to batteries. Definitely worth it !

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Best keyboard and still lashed as if it was new since 2 years of using it

    I'm pretty sure I can add to other users who don't think this is good with an insight here that this apple keyboard is what quality keyboards are. It goes without saying that It stays good as new and accidents I have done with it don't damage any of it at all! No clicks noises and it's easy to travel with. I highly recommend this if no one reading this hasn't. Those who don't believe me, too bad!

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  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Mmmh good but no cigar

    Been using the keyboard for a few months now and I have to see it toke a little getting used to. However it is far from perfect and I do have some gripes with the thing. So here goes:

    1. Why is there still a eject button on the thing? I do still have a DVD player attached but I never use the eject button anymore. Right now it is just wasted space and should have been used for something useful.

    2. Why are the keys still white. White keys used to be the thing that set Apple apart from the rest. However since every single Apple laptop now has black keys I think it is time for the Apple Mac peripherals to follow suit, or at least give customers the choice. I know what I would choose.

    3. The keyboard on my retina MBP is perfect love the stroke, don't hate the new feeling though, but what makes the keys on my Retina so much better is the fact that at low light they are backlit. Never have I loved any feature on a keyboard so much as the backlit keys on most of my Apple laptops. It really makes a difference to me.

    4. What would make it the ultimate keyboard, if it had come with a key that could make it switch between multiple device.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    feel the magic !!!

    okay so i searched on Youtube for a bit before deciding on getting this keyboard as i love to sit back and chill and game but i was sick of stretching are having my macbook so close and typing so far away how ever i still use the macbook pro keyboard but after deciding ad give it a go like av always done this keyboards feel is unreal when typing so light and fast paste of turning on and off also the keys feel so soft and not as tense so more stability a lot actually the press feels insane compare to the old ones pick this up honestly dont look at youtube go into apple try one and buy it there are online if you cant test one as it comes with 13days refund and believe me when you buy it you wont wona take it back buy now also recharges with usb !!!!! don't miss the option to grab one good for the price to keyboard a lot better on how much shaped bigger it is same size as the last one same size but a bit chunkier thats all but lighter some how ones again apple changing the world buy this now !!!

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Keyboard, a logical progression

    Not to sure why there are so many negative reviews, this keyboard is great. It isn't revolutionary by any means, but it has a few new additions that make it noticeably easier to type on. The larger keys, and the shorter travel distance. Some other small changes are the size of the function keys as well as the left/right arrow key. My favourite change is the new font (though I am a fan of typography). The best aspect of this keyboard however is a physical power button, and the ability to charge it without needing external batteries. The batteries seem to last a long time too which is great.

    The price (in Canada) is a bit excessive for what it is, and the keyboard does seem a bit cheaper in build, it flexes more than the previous generation... not that you would actively bend your keyboard...

    Overall it is a beautiful and great keyboard, and paired with the trackpad, it is delight to use. Highly recommended!

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Best apple keyboard yet

    I had planned to buy a third party keyboard to use with my new late 2015 iMac, but after using this keyboard for a couple of weeks, i really like the feel of the keys and responsiveness to them that I've decided to hold off purchasing the Logitech keyboard that I use with my PCs. My only gripe is that Apple still hasn't added the delete key like other keyboards have and that may be one of the only reasons I will switch but for now I am loving the feel of this new keyboard! The other improvement is they finally got rid of the AA batteries and it recharges on USB. I didn't have any connection issues as other reviews have mentioned. What took you so long Apple!! It is pricey for what it is though, and glad it came with my Mac because I don't think I would have dished out $99 to buy this if I didn't know what it felt like typing. I wish Apple would offer a larger keyboard as an option with 10-key, Pg up/down and a delete key.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Why such a small keyboard?

    I have recently purchased a lovely iMac desktop. I got it because it was big. I like the big screen so I can see what I am doing. Why on earth have they supplied it with such a stupidly small keyboard?? It is virtually flat which is incompatible with long periods of typing, there is no number pad, they keys are small and close together. If this was for portability it would be lovely but for my huge desktop is virtually unusable.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Really not very good....

    I'm not sure I can add much to previous commenters on how poor this keyboard is but still feel compelled to do a review in order to register the one star.

    I've used it with my iMac for the last few weeks or so but I just can't get over the lack of key travel and the clackety sound. Yes, it looks nice but that's frankly not good enough. I've reinstated my previous keyboard and the new one has been given over to my iPad Pro as I type less on that so it won't annoy me as much. To be honest, the Amazon basics keyboard has a much better feel than the new Apple keyboard at around a quarter of the price.

    Massively disappointed.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great extra keyboard

    Reading some of the other feedback online about this keyboard, I was not sure if it was right for me to buy replacing my old wired Apple keyboard that has failed. It lasted over 10 years though! I went ahead and bought this new Magic Keyboard, and I love it! From the font type to the sensation from tapping the keys. Typing becomes faster and less of an effort. I am happy with my purchase. I would have given it five stars if the price had been a bit more attractive.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    New and Improved

    The new feel of the key strokes are good. Easy set up and no issues with connection or slow keys. Had it for a month the battery after a full charge was only 85%. I prefer this keyboard over the previous AA battery one.

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Does what it says on the can, except perform Magic

    I'm not sure what people expect from this, I think some actually are disappointed it doesn't perform magic. It's a small keyboard, it actually feels better to it's predecessor and feels more solid. Rechargeable battery is excellent, the only thing I would say is that there's not indicator for when the keyboard it fully charged. It's easy to pair with devices. I only have it paired to my Macbook Pro, I just wanted a small keyboard for when I used my TV as a monitor. I have big mitts, and the keyboard is perfect size for me, I'm not sure why there are so comments that it's too small. I think a lot more people should actually try before buying, go to an apple store, it saves a lot of pain. Again, too many comments about noisy keys, utter rubbish. It's no noisier than using the keyboard on my Macbook. Keyboard is well made, value for money.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    sloppy.

    1) poor typing angle. It's obviously uncomfortable to type on a flat surface, instead of the slightly angled up-from-the-back surface of the previous bluetooth keyboard. Why? Even the most cheapo of keyboards offer legs in the back to compensate this. Surely Apple could have come up with an elegant design solution to this, as the AA battery compartment was. Don't get me wrong, recharging via lightning is great: but the shape is bad and they should have known that.

    2)My mac is running the latest, and updated, El Capitan. When I set the keyboard up, the "keyboard" system preference tells me there's no keyboard present (so I couldn't figure out the setup), -- but it was actually set up and working fine: "Bluetooth" in system preferences correctly lists the connected keyboard.

    3) Despite finding, and selecting, what I want the function keys to do -- nope, they only work as function keys. No brightness or volume control. Every time I try to change the volume, I get a F10, F11, F12 window or desktop manipulation instead. That's right: screen awake all the time if I want to listen to music, mouse over to a system preference or iTunes window to adjust volume.

    IMHO At this point design and interoperability are the only handholds Apple has left on the market: microsoft and Android devices are moving faster with better features at lower prices. Idiotic imperfections like this will drive away the dinosaurs like me who just want things to be easy and work right.

    Apple, are you listening??

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Lithium-Ion batteries aren't for low power devices

    Having used previous apple keyboards for years, I had nothing but praise for them. The AA-powered Bluetooth keyboard had a sense of substance that the new keyboard doesn't. This new keyboard rests at a lower plane making typing less ergonomic for me. I never saw the need to stabilize the keys for I found them a dream to type on. For those who type 100 or more words per minute, a mechanical keyboard has long been the best solution.
    My biggest gripe?
    I have long understood the value of quality Eneloop batteries. I have a large collection for my camera flashes, flashlights, and older electronics. Lithium-ion batteries became a good choice for frequent use, high drain devices like laptops and phones. The other benefit was the extra freedom it gave industrial designers to make the batteries fit in noncylindrical shapes. - The catch? Physics. An Eneloop battery will last. I'm not talking about Duracell's or what you find at the drug store. Any battery that can be bought in bulk is mediocre at best.
    Eneloop batteries are designed specifically to hold a charge when not in use, and maintain sustainable output even when the charge is low. Eneloop batteries can be charged thousands of times while still maintaining full capacity. In comparison, lithium batteries loose a significant amount of their charge capacity after just a few hundred charges. An example is when a smartphone will no longer hold a charge.

    If it ain't broke don't fix it. I saw no reason to make any changes to the keyboards. Maybe it's Apple's way justify a price hike, maybe it's another excuse to sell their lousy lightning cables.

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