• 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Silly arrow key sizing

    The keyboard itself seems fine, but as a developer I'm having troubles getting used to the enlarged left/right arrow keys.

    The reason I like having them equally sized with the empty space above the left/right arrow keys is because without looking at the keyboard it provides me with a better sense of relative position for the up/down arrow keys. It really feels like a designer decided they didn't like how the empty space looked so filled it in with larger keys.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Massive disappointment!

    It appears that Apple was only concerned with aesthetics and nothing else. The keyboard is not ergonomic as it is virtually flat. The up/down/left/right keys are only suitable for a toddler because the size is ridiculously small. I have now returned and bought the old variant (luckily it is still available at some stores).

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  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Not developer friendly

    While the improved key action is actually very noticeable (and a good thing), the rest of the keyboard should have been left alone.

    My three main gripes with this keyboard are:

    As a developer (programmer) I need to navigate around inside code and file structures very quickly, as I suspect do most other devs (and also anyone who uses spreadsheets, word processing etc). My natural resting place for my right hand is on the cursor keys, which on the older generation of keyboard can be felt without having to look down at the keyboard. Now I have to look down thousands of times a day during my work to see where the cursor keys are because it's impossible to distinguish them from the other keys. VERY ANNOYING!

    I find the keyboard very hard to pick up. Not a massive issue but again annoying.

    The keyboard angle is too horizontal for my liking. Apple seem to have angled it to match the flat angle of the touch pad (which is more horizontal by necessity). But most people won't have the touchpad, so I'm not sure they should have made this a priority.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    My view has changed from 1 star to 4

    Just brought magic keyboard to use with my iPad. No indication of battery status on keyboard and the instructions only explain how to get the information using an Apple Mac. Thoughts were to bring it back, however, I found that if you switch on your iPad and pull down on screen to see notifications, go to edit and move battery from widgets to notifications your will be able to see the battery status for your magic keyboard. RESULT...please be patient as it didn't happen instantly but on checking 10 minutes later I now have a view. I have now decided to keep my keyboard. Missed out on 5 stars because there should be an indicator on the keyboard. Come on Apple most electrical items have an indicator!!!! The Magic Keyboard is light and if you touch type, great to use. Nice to hear every key. Can type at the desk, dinner table even on my lap whilst watching telly. If you can't afford a Mac but have an iPad this is great. Applying for jobs is easier. You know that bit on the application that ask you why you want the job...now I can type quicker using my MAGIC KEYBOARD. Unlike the smaller keyboards that also act as a cover for the iPad, I know I can use my magic keyboard with the next new iPad I decide to buy. Some of the other keyboards (which are not made by Apple) can only be used up to iPad 3. Loving my new Magic Keyboard.

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  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    well, it's small...

    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

    keyboard for children

    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.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Like some sort of toy

    Cheap feel, tiny keys with poor feel to the keybed, poor layout results in finger twister to do common keyboard shortcuts. The whole thing is like a toy, and it costs £80 to add insult to injury

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  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Bottom keys too short

    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

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Nice product (don't understand negative reviews)

    I've never written a review before but I do value the options of others so I always read the good and the bad. The bad reviews really gave me pause in purchasing this product. Instead of buying online, I went to the store first to try it out because I didn't want to make a mistake.

    Got to the store, everything seemed fine. (I'm a software designer and spend my whole day in front of a computer working on specs and designs so obviously a comfortable keyboard is extremely important.)

    I've been using it for a week now and I have no issues. The key travel is a little less than the previous version but certainly not uncomfortable and worthy of the scathing reviews and comments on poor design.

    Personally I find it to be a well designed and I have no issues with it at all. I'm happy I got it and in the future would buy it again.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great keyboard with one minor issue

    Wasn't quite sure what to expect about this keyboard that came with my Late 2015 iMac 5K 27" computer (paired with a TrackPad2). Turns out it is a very nice keyboard to type on. Very much like a high quality laptop keyboard. I was previously using a large two year old gaming mechanical keyboard which was also a joy to type on - but curiously the week my iMac arrived the mechanical keyboard failed.

    This keyboard arrived pre-paired with my iMac, but also works fine on other devices. It is very portable so definitely possible to carry with my iPad Air 2 or any other IOS, Windows, etc. tablet. I normally use a Logitech keys-to-go with the iPad but this keyboard is so nice and almost the same size.

    Keyboard is very well built - took minimal time to get used to typing on it. Very similar to a laptop. Works perfectly in Windows 10 under BootCamp on my iMac. It just worked during the install and setup - no Bluetooth pairing/configuration was needed.

    Biggest negative for me is the lack of a numeric keys. I am getting by but I do hope someone releases a matching wireless numeric keypad for when I am working in spreadsheets at home. I also think Apple went a bit too far keeping the size small - an extra top row for function keys would also be nice.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    disappointed :(

    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?

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Worst Keyboard I've Invested Time and Money In

    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

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  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Pretty disappointing

    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.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Surprisingly good, works with iPads!

    I fully expected to not like this keyboard. I had tried the scissor-switch keyboard on the new MacBook and really disliked how it felt. So, I figured the magic Keyboard would feel exactly the same. However, I was actually surprised when I tried in store. Yes, the shallowness of the keys takes some getting used to, but I found that I'm actually faster and more accurate in typing on it, than I am on Apple's previous generation keyboards, and even many PC keyboards.

    In retrospect, there's just something to me about the placement and palm rest of the MacBook that I'm unhappy with, but the Magic Keyboard eliminates that, and I'm quite happy with it.

    Ultimately, I bought one and tried it on my iPad Air 2. It is now my favorite keyboard to type on.

    My only pet peeve is that a version of this keyboard doesn't exist in the full layout, with extended functions keys and numeric keypad. If this existed, I'd gladly replace the wired keyboards I have on my Macs. Come to think of it, a USB version of this keyboard would be nice, too.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Loving it

    My magic keyboard arrived this morning (extremely fast delivery) and so far I'm very impressed. It was easy to set up and having read some reviews can't understand about the noise - what noise? It's very elegant and hopefully will do what it says on the tin! I'm finding typing on it just as good as any keyboard I've ever used.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great buy !

    I just bought the new Magic Keyboard 2 and it feels great ! I will be using it at school, home and anywhere on the go with my Macbook Pro Retina. The keys feel very nice and does not require a lot of force to be pushed. The keyboard is not too noisy. It is very easy to configure with the Mac and I think that using the lightning port for charging is a great compatibility advantage compared to batteries. Definitely worth it !

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Best keyboard and still lashed as if it was new since 2 years of using it

    I'm pretty sure I can add to other users who don't think this is good with an insight here that this apple keyboard is what quality keyboards are. It goes without saying that It stays good as new and accidents I have done with it don't damage any of it at all! No clicks noises and it's easy to travel with. I highly recommend this if no one reading this hasn't. Those who don't believe me, too bad!

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  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Mmmh good but no cigar

    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.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    feel the magic !!!

    okay so i searched on Youtube for a bit before deciding on getting this keyboard as i love to sit back and chill and game but i was sick of stretching are having my macbook so close and typing so far away how ever i still use the macbook pro keyboard but after deciding ad give it a go like av always done this keyboards feel is unreal when typing so light and fast paste of turning on and off also the keys feel so soft and not as tense so more stability a lot actually the press feels insane compare to the old ones pick this up honestly dont look at youtube go into apple try one and buy it there are online if you cant test one as it comes with 13days refund and believe me when you buy it you wont wona take it back buy now also recharges with usb !!!!! don't miss the option to grab one good for the price to keyboard a lot better on how much shaped bigger it is same size as the last one same size but a bit chunkier thats all but lighter some how ones again apple changing the world buy this now !!!

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Why such a small keyboard?

    I have recently purchased a lovely iMac desktop. I got it because it was big. I like the big screen so I can see what I am doing. Why on earth have they supplied it with such a stupidly small keyboard?? It is virtually flat which is incompatible with long periods of typing, there is no number pad, they keys are small and close together. If this was for portability it would be lovely but for my huge desktop is virtually unusable.

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