• 1.0 out of 5 stars

    My least favorite Apple product (of all time)

    • Written by Mira A from Hyattsville

    This may be the only item I've ever been compelled to write a negative review about, for anything, ever. My dislike stems from the fact that, as others have pointed out (some in a positive light), that it feels just like using a laptop keyboard. Yes, it feels exactly like that. I didn't buy a standalone keyboard for it to feel like my MacBook Air (which, btw, I love). I wanted improved functionality, along with minimal cordage on my cramped desk. Having used an earlier version of the magic keyboard at work and finding it easy to use, I didn't have any qualms trading off the expanded functionality of the USB cable version for this smaller keyboard, though I suspected I'd miss it a little bit.

    So I was surprised to find out how different the usability of this keyboard is to the earlier magic keyboard I'd used before. The angle of the keyboard makes it difficult to type. The close positioning of the keys makes it difficult to type. The location of the fn key is constantly in my way. Oddly enough, when I'm on my laptop, I don't have any of these issues, like constantly losing letters I just typed or thought I'd typed), hitting the fn key accidentally when I want to use the control key, etc. This tells me it's not that I'm not used to a smaller size keyboard, it's that there are several major design flaws. Typing this review, even, borders on semi-painful. I'm a fast typer and a good speller -- if I were to submit this review as it were being typed, however, it would look like a 6-year-old wrote it (no offense to six-year-olds).

    Last but not least, I actually ALSO have a functional problem with it: the fn key doesn't work to allow me to interchange between fn keys and their other, more useful duties, such as sound control, screen brightness, etc. System preferences aren't making it work, so it's something else happening that I can't figure out. At least I can get my keyboard "fixed" ... but what I really wish I could do, is replace it entirely with the prior version of this, which may have had battery issues (or so I've heard), but at least was EASY TO USE for its intended purpose: TYPING.

    Sorry for the negativity. I just ... am so ... annoyed with this product.

    688 of 835 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    disappointed :(

    • Written by Victoria P from LAKE WORTH

    I had the battery blue tooth keyboard and LOVED IT. It was perfect but it went nuts on me and would not hold a connection and would not type numbers.. it was old and it decided it to call it quits.. and I ran out to replace it today and thought that this would be the same but without batteries. Its so flat. I have had to write a report tonight and my wrists are killing me! Its not at all ergonomic.. why no legs? Why no back light ? I dont mind the keys being more shallow, i can live with that kind of a change but when it does not work for basic healthy typing position what is the point? I use an external keyboard because the keyboard on the lap top is not at an angle that is healthy to work on for long hours and a lot of typing, I am curious as to what was the rational for many of these changes ? Ergonomics are a huge issue in any work station. . I suppose i could prop it up on stuff but that is not a very good solution for mobile use. Total fail.. the old one had a very very smart user friendly design. The angle was created by the little round area where the batteries went in.. was quite brilliant. Maybe I can find little rubber feet and glue them to the back and then find something to keep it from sliding towards me, it was not designed for that but I may be able to make it work. APPLE do you have any suggestions on how to fix this issue?

    449 of 531 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Worst Keyboard I've Invested Time and Money In

    • Written by Mark S from Wilkes-Barre

    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

    395 of 474 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Noisy and cheap-feeling, terrible value for money

    • Written by Rachel M from Birmingham

    I had to buy a new magic keyboard after I spilled tea on my old one (which was the earlier version with a slightly steeper tilt and a slot for batteries at the front). This new one is definitely a step backwards. The keys feel cheap and nasty and are very very noisy when you type. I record screencasts during which I'm often typing, and the noise is ruining my audio. Also the lower angle makes it more uncomfortable to type. Unfortunately this being apple you don't have much choice if you need a keyboard, but if you can find an alternative, buy it. There's no way this is worth the £79 I paid for it.

    164 of 251 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Excellent, as usual

    • Written by Tim S from Ascot

    I read a few reviews about this keyboard before I bought one and a lot of them said that the arrow keys were hard to use and in general wasn't easy to use, not sure what they are all talking about, it is a great product, yes the arrow keys are a little smaller than on the old keyboards but there is no difference in usability, my fingers found the right keys from the start!

    66 of 82 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Another solid Apple product

    • Written by Nick H from keighley

    I have had this keyboard for a few days now, and I have found that I can type much faster on this keyboard because of the lower key travel. As most other reviews have said, this new version is louder to type. But I quite like the noise, each key makes a satisfying tap to compensate for the lower key travel. The lower key travel does make they keyboard much easier to use, and is defiantly an upgrade from my wired apple keyboard with the num pad.
    Although, the only thing I would want it to do is be able to act as a wired keyboard through the lightning cable, as at work we have really rubbish keyboards, but no bluetooth, therefore I'd love to be able to simply plug this keyboard into my work computer and continue to use it there.

    This is another great product from apple. Im not sure it's worth £79 however at least when you buy from apple you can rest assured that you are buying quality and that the product is designed by Jony Ive!

    58 of 68 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Had high hopes, but falls disappointingly short!

    • Written by Christopher B from Brooklyn

    Pros:
    - built-in battery, can use while charging
    - comes with lightning cable

    Cons:
    - huge price increase is not justifiable, from $70 to $100
    - arrow keys lost the gap between L/R and SHIFT, making finding them without looking very difficult
    - key travel is reduced, resulting in louder noise and stiffer, cheaper feel
    - spacing between keys is reduced, so typing feels cramped and becomes error-prone; the minor decrease in size isn't worth it

    Summary:
    I really wanted to like this keyboard, but sadly it's poorly designed. My biggest gripe, and arguably the most important one for a keyboard, is that it gives a very poor tactile experience. It looks like many others agree, but I felt I needed to add my voice to the pile so Apple can quickly redeem themselves with a redesign. I am a solid typist, and find this keyboard produces a lot of errors because it feels terrible. Please fix it!

    44 of 50 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Usability analysis: why these arrows are bad.

    • Written by JOHN H from Nashua

    Usability analysis: why the arrow keys are poor on this new keyboard.
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    Request: if someone knows how to reach usability engineering, please forward.

    I have read many other complaints about the new arrow keys. However, I am not sure if the reason for difficulty has previously been called out, namely: difficulty 'homing' the smallest finger on the right.

    That is, your biggest fingers naturally 'home' to the protrusions on two keys in the center; but these do not help when your little finger needs to reach far away.

    For me - and I suspect for others as well - it was absolutely crucial for my right pinky that on previous keyboards, there was a blank space directly underneath the shift key, to let me "home" my little finger. Something like this:

    ---shift-key---
    blank up blank
    left down right

    Apparently I have muscle memory from many years of touch typing which goes to a blank spot first, then from there knows immediately how to find the direction I need.

    Reason for writing this review: today, the MacBook Pro still has the blank spot. Please, do not take it away!

    Respectfully, I suggest that if Apple Usability Engineering films users reaching for arrow keys on old v. new bluetooth keyboards, you just must might find that 'homing' the little finger is important many people.

    34 of 39 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    The best keyboard for the iPadPro

    • Written by ROLLAND R from Cream

    I like the iPadPro and wanted to be able to use it like a computer. I thought about which external keyboard to use for home/office and especially when I am traveling. I bought the Magic Keyboard and I am extremely happy with the choice. The Magic Keyboard is robust, professional and has the right spring for each key and it paired easily and works seamlessly with the BlueTooth of the iPadPro. If you need a professional keyboard for typing on the iPadPro I recommend getting the Magic Keyboard. The keyboard is easy to carry around in a sleeve and easy to set up during travel.

    31 of 33 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Very disappointed

    • Written by Gilbert G from LOS ANGELES

    After 3 weeks of intense use, several keys started sticking. Also it would not sit flat anymore. Keyboard was bowing in the middle and it started to rock from side to side (I know this just by looking at it in profile view on my granite counter top). I would give this 0 stars but I can't. I wanted to see if this would replace my das keyboard so I can go wireless. But no I will have to stick to tried and true technology that doesn't break after a couple of weeks.

    29 of 32 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Horrible

    • Written by Mikayla N from East Freetown

    I am extremely disappointed. This keyboard continuously disconnects. Also, mine came with the volume keys not working. Two of the keys do not do what they are intended to and do something entirely different. Very displeased and upset. Waste of my money. Hopefully can return.

    29 of 32 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

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Very disappointed

    • Written by Stuart S from Newton

    The new keyboard is fine until it stops working. I'm on my second one now, and for the second time the "n" key has become unresponsive. It's a hardware, not software issue. For the money I'd have expected better.

    33 of 42 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Truly terrible.

    • Written by Kevin P from Brooklyn

    My biggest gripe with this is the new layout of the directional keys. Touch typing on them is nearly impossible. As a designer I understand the idea of visual simplification, but I also understand that user experience comes first, and the UX here is bad. Next up, the distance between keys has been reduced, as well as the key travel, so your fingers will be cramped, and you won't know if you hit the key or not. Ugh.

    26 of 33 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Awesome

    • Written by Jacob S from Eden Prairie

    Was really wary of this keyboard after reading all these reviews about how the thing bends because there aren't any feet under the middle of the keyboard. It's total BS. If you're pressing hard enough to bend the keyboard you should stop for a minute and remind yourself that this isn't a 1940's typewriter. It's also not a big gigantic hipster mechanical keyboard that all the cool kids are using now either.

    This thing is awesome. Short key throw and virtually no key ghosting which is more than I can say for a bunch of other wannabe low profile keyboards out there today. Here's your test - hold both shift keys and then type "THE QUICK BROWN FOX JUMPS OVER THE LAZY DOG". This is the first I've owned that hasn't had a ton of spaces and missed keys.

    This keyboard rules. It's perfect for typing and gaming (which I do a lot of). My only gripe is that it's expensive. Meh.

    20 of 22 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Key travel is just too weird

    • Written by Charles S from Boulder

    Really don't like the key travel on this new keyboard. I don't understand why they made this change. They didn't need to save space (like on the Macbook). Were people asking for this? I can't imagine they were. The travel on mac keyboards is already low enough. I sincerely hope they backtrack on this decision in the next generation of product.

    25 of 32 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Total waste of money

    • Written by Valarie H from Coventry

    I have owned my magic keyboad just over a year and I have to say it was a total waste of money. The keys keep falling off on a regular basis. The last time this happended on the ( N Key) and when I went to clip it back on the plastic clip broke. I have now superglued it on along with the other keys that keep falling off. I will sell it on to a pawn broker and I will use my old windows XP keyboard, these last forever. Take my advice and don't buy one like I did ( in my opinion these keyboards are poorly made and a waste of money).

    19 of 21 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Hate this keyboard!

    • Written by Jessie W from Boyce

    I type really fast typically with relatively few typos. I've used this keyboard for over a year now. I often switch from my laptop keyboard to my cinema display with wireless keyboard and mouse setup. I code for 8+ hours a day and I cannot get used to this POS. The good: The metal frame is solid and the battery lasts a long time between charges. The HORRIBLE: The keys don't feel right. The keyboard is cramped compared to my macbook pro. It lays almost flat on the desk and if i am not 100% perfectly lined up with the keyboard my typos increase dramatically. This is due to the board not having any feel. There are basically no edges to touch and the distance in terms of key depression and distance are all wrong. The worst of the problems revolve around the terrible design of the arrow keys and the cramped command and control keys. I am writing this review now because i hate it so much that i stopped what i was coding out of frustration. I am totally distracted by this keyboard. Apple has basically out designed itself on this one.

    19 of 22 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Don't

    • Written by Ted G from Flushing

    Apple seems to think that your body should conform to their devices and not the other way around. This cramped keyboard is an ergonomic nightmare. If your goal is to develop wrist pain and carpal tunnel syndrome, than by all means purchase this keyboard.

    23 of 30 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Very very poor compared to last version

    • Written by Thomas V from Westminster

    I own a lot of Apple Products and this is by far the worst thing they currently make. In Apple's quest to make everything thin and tiny, they have completely ditched sturdiness and reliability. The new key design is awful, it provides little to no feedback compared to the prior "chiclet" design and quite frankly, is not sturdy at all. I have both a 2017 iMac and 2017 MBP and both keyboards for those devices are having issues after only 4 months!! The left shift key on the MBP and the number pad on the keyboard. I still prefer Apple products but the new keyboards are an absolute engineering failure. I know they will more than likely never go back to the thicker chiclet keys but if they do, I'll be there, day 1. If you can find the last model keyboard, I would suggest going with that over this.

    17 of 19 people found this useful