• 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

    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

    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!!!

    8 of 12 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    well, it's small...

    • Written by Alan S from La Crescenta

    I never used to care about clicky, mechanical keyboards, but I truly hate this completely misnamed Magic Keyboard.

    The one advantage is it's small. Disadvantages include (but are not limited to) the different sized arrow keys and the feeling that I'm drumming my fingers directly on my desk as I type.

    I gave myself two months to try to adjust to this, but it's now going back into the box, likely forever. I'm off to order a real keyboard with actual Cherry MX switches.

    7 of 10 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

    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

    One step forward....three steps backwards....

    • Written by Josh D from Ohio

    All the above reviews clearly state all the problems. One thing thats yet to be pointed out is the fact that they changed the size of the top row buttons.....and for what? Seriously!!! All that did was make any key cover or overlay that was previously purchased to fit the first version of the wireless keyboard NOT FIT now!!!! Stupid just freaking stupid. So now I'm suppose to buy another one that fits this just because you felt it was necessary to change the size of the F keys. C'mon Apple

    8 of 13 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 :/

    3 of 4 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

    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.

    1 of 1 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

    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

    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.

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Too Small

    • Written by Casey T from Mount Pleasant

    I just couldn't get used to how cramped my hands felt while I was typing. The up and down arrow keys are particularly tiny. The lack of a number pad was also disappointing.

    11 of 22 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    No number lock = no pro apps

    • Written by Thanh T from Astoria

    I would love to love this keyboard, but can't because there is no number lock, something needed to use Indesign Style Shortcuts. Would be even better if it was a numeric keypad. Even though I enjoy it for what it is, its a deal breaker and therefore must return it.

    10 of 20 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

    Really flat

    • Written by Timur C from Berlin

    Very poor tactile feedback, almost feels as you would type on a touchscreen

    8 of 17 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Too eager to try, bit disappointed

    • Written by Rebecca M from BRIGHTON

    Firstly, I upgraded from a wired numerical keyboard but not sure for some reason why this new Magic Keyboard is significantly louder... bit strange really and not sure if I want to keep it or not.

    29 of 44 people found this useful