• 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Good keyboard but no backlight

    • Written by Richard C from London

    This is a solid product, and performs well. However, there are two glaring problems:

    1. You can only connect to one device - there's no option to switch to, say, an iPad.
    2. The keys are not backlit... therefore hard to use late at night in a dimly lit room.

    Why do I mention these as missing features? Because there is a 3rd party keyboard available, for the same price, and identical form factor, which has these two features. Shop around, and I'm sure you'll find it.

    12 of 16 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Its Good - but with a disappointing retrograde feature

    • Written by Karen B from Salisbury

    I really like the new slimline Magic Keyboard. It is more ergonomic is design - better for the wrists.
    I also like it that its wireless AND I can charge it - no more batteries.
    However, the BIG disappointment is that its noisy. I loved my previous battery operated wireless apple keyboard particularly because it was so quiet. I am in a shared office and the sound of my typing disturbs my colleagues and especially me.
    Hey Apple - please resolve this problem on your next model.
    Thanks.

    10 of 13 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Great if you don't use arrow keys

    • Written by Scott M from Mound City

    This would be a 5-star product; however, the arrow keys are not up to par now that the left and right arrows are taller than they used to be. They need to be redesigned to be the old inverted "T" shape.

    7 of 9 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Limited, low key travel

    • Written by Ulas S from Dayton

    Unnecessarily low key travel. Similar issues to new macbook pro keyboard. What is the benefit of making thinner and thinner and at the end making the shallow key travel with bad tactile experience? At the end we dont put these into the purses. Just make professional grade keyboards with good travel and the same for the macbook pros having keyboards with scissor mechanism. Accept your mistakes, use the feedback and make a change.

    4 of 4 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Bad, really bad arrows

    • Written by Randolf R from Bucaramanga

    Keyboard is great for extended typing, but it has one big fault: the left and right arrows. Being the same size as the option key, it's very hard to proper positioning the hands without looking it, and you end up touching the left arrow instead of the option key and viceversa. How important/problematic this is? Well, It's very hard to use Xcode with such a problem.

    5 of 6 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Great typing feel marred by a couple of issues.

    • Written by Matthew Y from Edmonton

    The first issue is that the arrow keys are not the same size. Up and Down are half height keys, but left right are not. For programmers using these keys often to navigate around code without a mouse, this makes finding and using these keys by feel more difficult than it needs to be.

    The second issue is that the keyboard is only available in silver and white, not space grey with black keys. The full size keyboard offers both options, but this model without the number pad does not. For those of us with a nice Space Grey Mac mini, this pretty much rules out the keyboard if you want a certain look to your desk. Sounds petty, but you're dropping significant money on this keyboard, so you might as well get what you want rather than make do.

    Other than those two issues, though, the keyboard is nothing but positives. It holds a charge seemingly forever, has the perfect camber so that you aren't hurting your rights by bending them back while typing, has very little travel but enough that you can still feel the movement of the keys, is small enough to fit in many shoulder bags and is only ever so slightly longer than my 11" iPad Pro. In 5 rounds of testing online, I averaged 91 wpm, so you can really motor on one of these if you're a good touch typist. I prefer the feel of this to the keyboard on almost every notebook I've ever owned.

    3 of 3 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    1 year reliability - 1/8th of my last Apple Keyboard

    • Written by Mark B from Conowingo

    Pros:
    Small
    Lighweight
    USB/Lightning Rechargable

    Cons:
    Small
    Reliability

    I owned my first iMac from 2008 and a year or so after buying it bought the battery-powered keyboard. The iMac and keyboard were in great (though I did have to replace the hard drive and not-so-SuperDrive) shape when I sold them last year on Craigslist. Upon selling, I bought a new iMac in Aug 2017 and already - just 1 year later - the keyboard is acting up. The letter r would arbitrarily work/not work and then when depressing the shift, return, or some other keys, a series of letter r would begin streaming out. I made sure I fully charged the keyboard, enabled and disabled it from menu bar, ran through the recommendation for "keyboard isn't working as expected" and still had the same problem. In disgust and anger (was trying to complete a job application) I picked up the keyboard and gave it a good whack and...voila...it starting working. But it worked for only a bit. Another whack got it working again but I've made an appointment at the genius bar to get it looked at. I'm not happy that a keyboard this expensive does not have the reliability I came to expect from Apple products in the past and not having backlit keys really limits it's use in low-light conditions - I use my keyboard on pullout keyboard tray in my desk and the desktop block light from the monitor and desk lamp so backlighting would be nice...and expected at $100.

    5 of 7 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Get a basic wired keyboard instead

    • Written by Marc P from Chicago

    Pros: cute, rechargeable, and converts into a wired keyboard, which is what you should have got in the first place.

    Cons: missing useful keys, has to be recharged, useless for holding down Option key in order to use Boot Camp, and generally subject to all the downsides of a Bluetooth device.

    4 of 5 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Not great but the only option

    • Written by Vickraj R from Sutton

    I am on my 3rd of these keyboards. They are very much prone to stop functioning with no indication as to why.
    Though, they are a must to fully utilises your mac. When it works it is brilliant like most MAC products, feel great and very easy to use. Type a dozen of reports, 2 dissertations with this - no complains there. Probably will not buy again though as the quality (in terms of longevity) does not validate the price tag

    4 of 5 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    good in parts

    • Written by Roland J from London

    I quite like the compact dimensions as it takes up less space on the desk - but mot everyone will, I am sure.

    I like the light touch keys. But the letters have rubbed off some of the keys after just a few months, which is poor. Happily I mostly touch type.

    3 of 3 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Looks good but did work for me (I type a lot)

    • Written by Aleksandr B from Fort Lee

    It felt really nice when I played with it in a store, but it's uncomfortable keyboard for long term use, especially when you type for many hours every day. It's pretty and holds the charge fairly well, but its keystrokes aren't even across keys (there are a couple of keys that need a tad more pressure to strike) and it has a very low profile - I initially thought it's a good thing but my palms feel more natural and comfortable over slightly taller boards. As much as I like the trackpad, the keyboard did not work for me.

    3 of 4 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Arrow keys placement - Unfit for developers / Excel users

    • Written by Pothi K from Srivilliputhur

    Pros: Looks nice. Less key travel. Works flawless in general.

    Cons: The placement of arrow keys make the developers and Excel users less-productive. Left and right arrow keys are fit to fill the space found just about them. And then, the up and down arrow keys are smaller for most grown-ups.

    Please do not waste your money if you are a developer or an Excel user.

    6 of 10 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    The F key

    • Written by Cory E from Imperial

    For some reason, the F key stopped working reliably. The key is more finicky than it used to be. Of course it is just out of the one-year mark and not covered by warranty.

    2 of 2 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    It is okay

    • Written by JIAPEI Y from Ottawa

    It works perfect with my Ipad pros most of time, except in the notes.

    Pairing with the ipad the caps lock key becomes the one used to change the typing. That means it is not convenient to capitalize letters on the ipad.

    But it is much better than smart keyboard, and more beautiful.

    Hopefully, there is a delicate keyboard case for it. It would be very popular.

    2 of 2 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Mmmh good but no cigar

    • Written by Rohan D from Haarlem

    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.

    4 of 6 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    an excellent keyboard overall with one serious flaw

    • Written by Paul I from Vancouver

    This keyboard is so good in so many ways that I keep trying to use it and love it.

    But the arrow keys are awful. It’s a large and unnecessary downgrade from previous versions of this keyboard. The full height left/right keys have made it much harder to use the arrow keys by feel, obscuring the inverted T-shape. It’s a baffling, unnecessary design choice that seems to have been made just for “symmetry,” a perfect example of form-over-function in design.

    (It’s also not backlit, which is frustrating. But no version of this keyboard has ever been backlit, so I can’t complain too much about that.)

    1 of 1 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Not as good as previous model

    • Written by Mark S from West Chiltington

    I acquired one of these with a purchase of an iMac. I also own the previous model and greatly prefer that one. The keys on this one do not travel quite far enough and are 'clicky' in comparison. It feels cheap in use and I find I miss-type quite often when compared to the previous version - I suppose because I can't feel the keys as well. I would use my older one but strangely some of the keys on that no longer respond. Strange how they break when the old £10 Cherry keyboards would go on forever, makes me wonder what the real production cost of these accessories is and what the markup looks like... I suspect its a number no Apple user would ever want to know.

    So in summary I would say 'not worth £100' and that there are superior products out there for the money.

    1 of 1 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Overpriced

    • Written by Kris A from Toronto

    This keyboard is extremely overpriced. Nonetheless, after trying many other brands I purchased it. Out of 5 different types of bluetooth keyboards I've tried, Apple's keyboard seems to have the most reliable bluetooth connection, it is compact and has a battery that needs charging about every six months, depending on use. I took away two stars because I don't like the fact the keyboard doesn't have a led lights built in, and also another star for the price.

    In my opinion, I would recommend this for those that want to have a wire free, clutter free desktop. Having said that, if you are one that works with number regularly, I would recommend getting the wired keyboard.

    1 of 1 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Keys feel good, terrible pairing

    • Written by Joel W from Grapevine

    I like the action on the keys better than the last gen keyboard though I miss the full numpad and the full size up/down arrow keys. The biggest problem with it is it continually disconnects from my computer, at least twice a day.

    5 of 9 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Mostly good, definitely some opportunity to improve

    • Written by Collin M from Saratoga

    This is the nearly the same layout and size as my MBP's keyboard (aside from the square left & right arrow keys and slightly larger keys with slightly less space between) so it is easy for me to get used to for that reason. Of course, I purchased this keyboard for the desktop experience and not as an additional portable device. While I did have all the facts about what the likely keyboard experience would be (small and without a numerical keypad) I did still shallowly purchase it to match my other apple products it would be paired with. For now I am content with my purchase and what I do like about the keyboard is the slim design, low profile keys and "feel" of typing. What I hope apple changes in the future would be to include a numeric keypad, get a bit more space between the keys and add back lighting. Another reviewer pointed out that if this keyboard had the numeric keypad, it would force a separate trackpad to be pushed further to the side which may negatively affect the economics of using that device. That's sound logic, but as I stated before, I bought this for the desktop experience and that requires a full sized keyboard with a numeric keypad. Seems weird that I cannot buy a proper full-sized wireless keyboard or Apple branded monitor for that matter from the most well regarded computer manufacturer on the planet. Maybe it's because Apple is distracted making watches few people want or need, wireless EarPods and rumors of developing a "smart" car, yikes!

    2 of 3 people found this useful