• 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!

    27 of 29 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

    love the feel, poor quality

    • Written by nelson M from east derry

    I love the feel of this keyboard, not unlike my MacBook which I love. However several keys (including the 0, m, u, and delete key) stopped working without warning and with nothing more than me typing on it. Came with my iMac, and now it is going to cost me $99 for a replacement?

    16 of 20 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    keyboard for children

    • Written by Adam G from New York

    great pairing, keeps a long charge, but terribly sized. I feel like a child typing on this thing, it's far to small and the fact that the top and bottom arrow keys are significantly smaller then the left an right keys is beyond me. I don't have that big of fingers so I feel bad for those of you who are struggling with me and might have it worse. constantly finding myself deleting characters as everything is so squished on this thing.

    15 of 18 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Great, except for arrows -- Get an older model

    • Written by Stewart T from Valparaiso

    The keyboard is fine, except for the arrows. I cannot get used to them, and cannot touch type anymore. I HIGHLY recommend an older bluetooth keyboard model which has the proper arrow keys. These are useless, and I keep hitting shift, or the wrong arrow, or just plain cannot find them. It turns out this is SUPER FRUSTRATING.

    14 of 17 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Prefer old keyboard

    • Written by D L from Sittingbourne

    Just purchased the new Apple Magic keyboard after using the previous model for two years with the mobii wireless charger.
    Firstly I don't like the angle of the new keyboard, its too flat and you can't change it so I propped it up at the back a little.
    Also I'm finding'''' that I am mis typing as there is no longer any feedback from the keys. The travel is too short.
    I tried it for 24 hours and have now reverted back to my old keyboard of which I much prefer.

    What would be nice for me would be to put some form of adjuster at the back to allow us to change the angle, allow the keys to give more feedback ( give them a little more travel) and most defiantly make it back lit.

    16 of 21 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Too small and keys cramped for average user

    • Written by Guthrie W from Southwark

    Overall just way too small. If you are using a 27inch screen you surely have room for a normal sized keyboard, wireless or otherwise.

    I can live without the number pad on the right but bunching the arrow keys together just to fit the size is lazy design and doesn't, to me, take the average user into account.

    I find it's not suited to longer writing sessions and as a creative who routinely nudges elements in my designs by small increments using those keys, the whole half sized up and down buttons are awful.

    I find typing with it a pain. I thought the wireless aspect would be good as it would be one less cable on the desk but it forces me into an uncomfortable chicken wing position.

    I'm assuming it's a straight lift from the laptop. I'd like to see a wireless version of the standard desktop keyboard especially given the price bump on the wireless option.

    I expected better from Apple.

    15 of 20 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Bottom keys too short

    • Written by Herculano C from Lisboa

    By making the keys the same height the bottom keys, which I use very often, if not the keys that I use the most, became to less prominent. And the keys I use the least, the top keys, became more prominent.

    This makes me mistype on the arrow keys and the command keys, which is very annoying. The previous key design was much better, by putting functionality above visual design.

    It's very disappointing to see Apple changing to a "beauty" company, leaving its initial design principles behind.

    "Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works." - Steve Jobs

    "The aesthetic quality of a product is integral to its usefulness because products we use every day affect our person and our well-being. But only well-executed objects can be beautiful." - Dieter Rams

    12 of 15 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.

    9 of 10 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?

    12 of 16 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Nice keyboard, but...

    • Written by Maurizio C from Fontanelle

    The keyboard is nice, but it has a major problem to me: I continuously mistype arrow up instead of down and viceversa.
    This is a big issue.

    10 of 13 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    I wish there was the full layout model

    • Written by Thomas G from Banbury

    I love the new keys feel: you don't need to press the key much and it has a firm response. The fact it has a built-in battery you can charge using a Lightening cable is also great. However, being a software developer I move around the code quite a lot and I miss more accessible cursor keys, PgUp, PgDown - I know you can use Fn Up/Down but it's not the same. I also need to trim nails very short otherwise it is difficult for me to type. I wish there was the full layout model available with the new butterfly keys, but with num pad and normal cursor keys.

    10 of 13 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    ok, BUT

    • Written by Douglas R from Albany

    Keyboard is fine, especially with built in rechargeable batteries. And for the price of the keyboard, who decided not to put in a low ambient light sensor to engage back lit keys. Just another significant missing feature by Apple.

    10 of 13 people found this useful

  • 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.

    6 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.

    6 of 6 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.

    10 of 14 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Poor keyboard

    • Written by Joshua D from BROOKLYN

    All keys are the same exact shape and spacing so using keys by feel/muscle memory doesn't really work too well

    Actually went out and bought and older apple wireless keyboard to go back to the speed at which I could work at before I got this one

    8 of 10 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Pretty disappointing

    • Written by Alan H from Belpre

    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.

    7 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!

    8 of 11 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Poorly designed!!!

    • Written by Sean Y from Northridge

    It needs to be redesigned. Seriously.

    First, it needs to have more tilt.
    Second, keys need to have bolder and clear feeling.
    I can't really feel the keys during typing.

    It's not typing friendly.
    These two problems make mistyping.

    After using few hrs, I went back to the previous one.
    Oldies but goodies!!!

    9 of 13 people found this useful