• 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Very difficult angle to work

    • Written by Monica E from GRANADA HILLS

    I'm a 100+ wpm typist so my keyboards get a ton of use. I've been hanging on to my original magic keyboard knowing that this is the replacement but unfortunately I now have big divots in my keys and some of the keys are no longer connecting the way they should so I'm in need of a replacement. This version of the magic keyboard, however, is at such an uncomfortable angle that I find it has a massive impact on both my typing speed and how my hands/wrists feel at the end of the day. I thought it was just me until I read all of these reviews.

    2 of 3 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Be aware! 1 year warranty because it stops working after a year

    • Written by thaise P from Highgate Perth

    Bought the first Magic Keyboard 2 years and 3 months ago, exactly a year ago a couple of keys stopped working. I went to the Genius Bar, and after their evaluation of the issue, they gave me a new Magic Keyboard for free (obviously because I didn't do anything to damage it), one year later, today, the keyboard, out of the blue, starts playing up again, just this time, it went completely 'crazy', I press the "p" and it's like I pressed either the caps lock or the up arrow... Also, bluetooth just stops working completely, but not even plugged in my MacBook the keyboard works sometimes, it starts working whenever it wants, basically it has a life of its own. Tomorrow I have an appointment at the Genius Bar again, let's see what they will tell me. Will I get a new Keyboard? Well, I sure will if it's for free, as long as in 1 year from now, they give me a new one if needed. The ergonomics is great, it just doesn't last. And I'm a translator and a writer, I live to type.

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Inferior to previous version

    • Written by Paul B from Issaquah

    Not worth buying if you care about the feel of the keyboard. Major complaints: (1) Key has no height adjustment at the top to raise the keyboard, so it's completely flat on the desk. (2) Travel on the keys is very short, making long typing sessions very uncomfortable. The only positive is that it is more comfortable than the new butterfly keyboard, which gets not even a 1 star from me. But, it's still bad.

    5 of 5 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Good looking but that's it

    • Written by Hanze L from Irvine

    So overall this keyboard is not recommended.
    -> The design is elegant and the keys feel good. Also it's very light so it's easy to carry. Respond speed and battery life are good.
    -> HOWEVER, if you wanna buy it plz keep your receipt and test every key right after you get it. My keyboard has a dozen of malfunction keys(pretty much all the keys in the right end). The same thing happens on one of my friends who get half a dozen keys not working&replaced right away. So I'm quite disappointed that Apple has poor QC in literally this particular product, otherwise it'll be a five-star product.

    7 of 8 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Worked great...when it worked

    • Written by Eric K from Albany

    Stopped using for a 5-6 months and has been stored in my cabinet - nothing has been spilled on it nor has it been dropped. Now all of a sudden it won't charge and will only work while plugged into the USB. Oddly, it won't work while I have it plugged into a charging block. I've always liked the quality of Apple products in the past, but it seems like lately there are expiration dates now :/

    2 of 3 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    It's all about the arrow keys for me

    • Written by Joseph C from Glen Mills

    I've been using two of these since they first became available, one at home and one at work, and I'm still not used to them, many, many months later. The problem for me is the arrow keys; because they (inexplicably) increased the size of the left and right arrow keys, I can no longer tell where I'm at without looking. It's a real killer.

    9 of 15 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Too hard to type!

    • Written by Holly R from Reservoir

    I recently purchased a new iMac and this was the keyboard that came with it. I much prefer the old battery powered one from my 2012 iMac. This keyboard is at an odd angle for typing, and the flat keys that are close together make it hard to touch type or type very quickly. I make a lot of mistakes when typing and it's very frustrating.

    The only real redeeming quality of this keyboard is that it is able to be used while charging, which is convenient. It's quite light and compact too, although that's inconsequential for someone using a desktop computer.

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    not worth the price

    • Written by Adele A from GLENVIEW

    Within the 1 yr. of purchase, the vowel keys do not type. When I type an O, for example, a different key appears. Called Apple and many of their support people could not fix. They want me to buy another. No. I will just use my original 'old faithful' wired keyboard which, thank goodness, I still kept.

    3 of 6 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Not as good as the previous AA battery powered Apple Magic keyboard

    • Written by Dana M from Jackson

    I purchased this Lightning connector rechargeable keyboard to replace the previous model Apple Magic keyboard powered by 2 AA batteries. I find this newer keyboard more difficult to type on compared to that older keyboard, requiring me to look at the keys as I type to a greater extent than I did before. For example, re-sizing of the left and right cursor keys makes it more difficult to identify these by touch. This newer keyboard doesn't seem as "visually ergonomic" either. The keyboard body (silver space between the keys) has a smoother, more brightly reflective finish than the older keyboard, while the characters printed on the keys are a lighter shade of gray compared to the older keyboard. In other words "readability" of the older keyboard given a quick glance was superior to this newer keyboard. Although I personally preferred the greater keypress travel distance of the older Magic keyboard, I still find the keypress action of this newer Magic keyboard vastly superior to that of my 2016 15" MacBook Pro. And perhaps a trivial observation, but the small open space underneath the older keyboard made it a little slicker to pick up that keyboard and move it aside when necessary, as the newer keyboard lays close and flat against the table. Simply put, this new Magic keyboard seems to be more about a minimalist design and perhaps manufacturing economy than good ergonomics.

    5 of 5 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Unhappy with Magic Keyboard

    • Written by Pauline G from Albuquerque

    This has got to be the most uncomfortable keyboard Apple has every designed. It feels like a toy. I doubt it would survive even one tumble from a desk, unlike the very sturdy aluminum body keyboards. And when and why was the "alt" text removed from the "option" key? Though I am somewhat thankful that Apple put their key command symbols onto some of the keys. This will hopefully encourage users to learn keyboard shortcuts (NOT!).
    The best thing going for this keyboard is the top row keys are larger, as are the left and right arrow keys (in comparison to the aluminum Magic Keyboard). But a caveat: the height of the bottom row of keys has shrunk making the space key and up and down arrow keys, overall, smaller.
    Repeat: uncomfortable!

    4 of 5 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Keyboard

    • Written by Kathryn A from Plymouth

    I am very disappointed with the keyboard. I didn't like the board provided with the Mac as I like a number pad so bought one with the key pad incorporated. Before the mac I had a windows PC and their keypads lasted me many many years.
    The mac keypad already has sticky keys and I have had to abandon it.
    This is the first time I have ever found a fault with an apple product and am very disappointed with the durability of it seeing that it isn't used for gaming or business.

    1 of 3 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Ugh.

    • Written by Claire D from Trenton

    Mine lasted less than a year and then kaput. I wish they would bring back the corded version. It lasted for ten years. I mean, wtf?

    11 of 15 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Magic Keyboard? Where´s the magic?

    • Written by Waldo L from Miami

    How does a $99 "magic" keyboard does NOT have backlit keys??????????? How am I supposed to use this in the dark of my room while my wife sleeps and I can´t turn on a light to avoid bothering her...how am I supposed to code in the darK? What´s the magic ah? the bluethooth thing? A technology that was initiated in 1989 called short link radio technology, so am I paying $99 for a keyboard that uses a tech of 1989 and has no backlit keys? This should be sold for FREE!

    26 of 28 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Apple keyboards get worse and worse with each new design

    • Written by Russell F C from London

    The keyboard in Apple's series of designs is one aspect where form takes precedence over functionality to the detriment of productivity. It is utterly useless if you have ever typed on a real keyboard. There is nothing magic about this keyboard. It is more 'Mickey Mouse' of a keyboard. It looks nice with your gleaming Mac. But that's about it. Every second character will be the wrong one typed and you will find yourself constantly having to correct what previously transferred from the keyboard to your screen like magic. Perhaps Apple felt the need to emphasise what is lost with this new keyboard - the 'magic' of typing. Typing with this keyboard is nothing but a painful chore. I am thinking of replacing it with something more functional and perhaps framing this one to hang on my wall as an interesting example of design freakery run amok.

    15 of 18 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    too cramped and layout is frustrating

    • Written by Sean T from San Francisco

    The real magic is the kind you'll need in order to reliably type the correct arrow key or to use the control button.
    This keyboard feels super cramped and there's no need for it.
    I've typed every day for twenty years and it's only after trying to use this that I've started getting repetitive use strain.

    5 of 8 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Magic?

    • Written by David W from Chertsey

    I've been an iMac owner for 48 hours now, having used PCs for as long as anyone. I was sceptical about the Magic Keyboard and Mouse that came in the box, and resolved to purchase replacement products for both; but after some practice and configuration I now love the pointing device, and the gestures that can be applied make it deserving of the adjective, "Magic". Not so the keyboard, which requires me to hold down the function key if I want to delete a character to the right of the cursor; has a strange arrangement of up/down/left/right buttons; is very thin, lies almost flat on the table and is small enough to hide under a stray sheet of A4 paper, making it difficult to find. I could also bemoan the movement away from mechanical keyboards which were lovely, but apart from gamers, I'm probably alone in that regard. Magic? Not really!

    7 of 10 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Great, except for the arrow keys

    • Written by Corey J from Raleigh

    Fantastic keyboard. It's very nice to have similar keyboards when switching from my MacBook Pro (2016) to my iMac. Both now suffer form the same problem, the arrow keys. If you use arrows at all, the change in the hight of the right/left keys makes it very difficult to feel one's way around. I assume apple did this for aesthetic reasons. Someone didn't like the appreance of "blank space," so now the right and left arrows match the combined height of the up/down arrows. Looks fine, but its a deal breaker... if you use arrows.

    2 of 4 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic—but ruined by arrow keys.

    • Written by William N from Greensboro

    I love everything about this keyboard with one exception: the up and down arrow keys are condensed to the size of one key. I've tried painstakingly to adjust to the change, but I can't do it. Sadly, I have to find an alternative. If you use arrow keys often, I highly discourage this keyboard.

    6 of 8 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    A step backward

    • Written by Johnny C from Aurora

    As always, nice basic design and aesthetic, but...

    Ergonomics are terrible. Lies TOO FLAT, key spacing is TOO CRAMPED and both of these cause user fatigue and incessant typos. Also, why eliminate the numbers pod/area on the far right of the keyboard?? Who wants a separate peripheral just to input numbers? Although the late 2013 Keyboard was flat, it's got a slight angle, the keys are spaced better and there's a conventional numbers pod, so I went back to that one.

    9 of 13 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Nice to look at...Not very Practical

    • Written by Cameron D from Whitby

    While the keyboard is compact and sleek, it lacks in functionality and practicality for any serious user. VERY crammed keyboard layout. The arrow keys, while present, are positioned in a very unnatural manner. Key travel is severely reduced to maintain its sleek form factor. The keyboard does not offer a kickstand for incline. The only strong point on this keyboard is the battery life. Very overpriced for a keyboard that is stripped of so many essential features. Would not recommend.