• 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Waited 18 months using Magic Keyboard before writing this review

    First, I am amazed at the litany of 1-2 star reviews on this keyboard. I just have to shake my head. I waited 18 months (purchased in May 2016) to write this review on purpose - I wanted to use it and then share my honest opinion. Disclaimer: I have no association with Apple or the computer industry. There is no keyboard on the market that has the response of key depression like this keyboard. End of story. I have tested hundreds of keyboards since 1995 and nothing comes close to this keyboard. I gave my son my old Windows PC and have purchased/returned multiple keyboards trying to resemble this one and cannot find one that even comes close to this Magic for his PC. It looks like I'll need to buy him a mac too. The battery life on this is incredible but it does take a while to charge! I don't crunch numbers so I don't need the number keypad version. I can't stress enough the key depression on this keyboard. It's so tight and responsive, there's nothing like it!

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Not As Bad As Some Say

    I am not too sure why this keyboard either gets five stars or one but for me it is pretty OK.
    Yes the keyboard sits really flat and the keys feel like a laptop key when struck but those are not my issues. For those who state that this keyboard will give wrist and hand issues, not too sure where they got their medical degrees but I have had both hands/wrists and all my fingers surgically altered and I don't see this keyboard causing me to have any further medical intervention.
    I will have to wait and see about the life of the keyboard and the battery before I pass judgment on that but for now I give the this keyboard a thumbs up until further notice.

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Worst keyboard ever

    This keyboard came bundled with a new iMac, which is just as well as i would never have paid £99 for it. The product feels cheap and lightweight, and is disproportionate to the size of the iMac. The keys are cramped together and don't press down enough to feel comfortable. I found it annoying to use so dug out an older wired Apple keyboard from 10 years ago (!) that feels comparatively solid. Surprised that Apple have re-engineered the keyboard design that feels so flimsy and cheap compared to previous generations. And the price tag is taking the proverbial.

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Pure Excellence

    I love this keyboard so much. It is the reason why I am dissatisfied with all my Macbook Pro keyboards. It has the perfect amount of travel, and snappiness, It is wonderful. Never had a mechanical problem, battery is like anything powered by AA's.

    Today I tried out the Magic Keyboard 2 on an iMac Pro, and I was blown away.
    It is just like this amazing keyboard, but more buttery and silky, much better than anything the Laptops bring to the table for me.

    I love these magic keyboards.

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Easy setup, works well

    I purchased the keyboard for use in the office with my (closed) laptop, a 27-inch monitor, and a trackpad. Setup was a snap and the keyboard is solid and comfortable. I do miss the touch-strip from my laptop, but mostly because of the fingerprint sensor for login. Maybe a future release of the keyboard will include that.

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Awesome: Best keyboard ever

    I've owned both the current version (lighter and powered by lightning cable) and the previous generation (battery powered).

    I LOVE IT!!

    I use one for both my home and office MacBook + external monitor setups, and my wife uses another Magic keyboard for her Windows docking station at work. It's far sleeker than those clunky Windows keyboards.

    BTW, several of the reviewers are mistakenly(?) commenting on the iPad Pro keyboards instead of the Magic Keyboard. This is *not* the keyboard that connects to the iPad Pro (though technically I have used these keyboards for iPads when I had something long to type). This is the keyboard for Macs.

    I actually prefer the size though I know some people who miss the extra numbers keypad (even though they never use it).

    My only suggestion (actually my wife's suggestion) is to make a version in black to hide a little makeup that seeps on it when she scratches her face, etc. Also, others have suggested backlighting, which also wouldn't hurt.

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Excellent keyboard!

    Despite the significant number of single-star ratings for this product, I love my Magic Keyboard! As with everything Apple, the design of the keyboard is minimal and clean. The product frees up swathes of desk real-estate which is greatly appreciated.

    The downsides:
    1. No backlit keyboard.
    2. The placement of the arrow-keys verge on annoying. (The up-arrow is too small)

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars


    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.

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Why, oh why?

    Just acquired the magic keyboard along with a brand new iMac 27" with Retina display. Love the iMac, absolutely hate the keyboard. Why, Apple, after so many iterations of keyboards that we've all got used to with iMacs and MacBooks over the years, have you now decided to change the key layout? Yes, it's a small thing but it has big impact, and I can't get used to it, especially as I still have other Apple products that deploy the original layout.

    I'm referring to the shrinkage in size of the left shift key, which is now much smaller than the caps lock key above it and less than half the size it used to be. Why mess with this? The old layout was perfectly fine. You've taken this space to insert the ` key which I now keep hitting by accident every time I need an upper case character. I hate it so much that I'm going back to my old keyboard. If this is magic, you can keep it.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    What’s not to like?

    I have an ipad pro 12.9. I bought the smart keyboard cover and found it difficult to use - the keys have virtually no travel, and the keyboard butts up too close to the screen. In any event, the thing died shortly after it went out of warranty (as it seems they all do) and I was not in the mood to spend a ton of money on another one. It’s a great concept, but really not very useful. The various aftermarket keyboard covers all seem heavy and clunky, so I decided to try using the Magic Keyboard and a Canopy keyboard sleeve/ipad easel, and replaced the smart keyboard/cover with the much lighter, plain vanilla smart cover.

    Contrary to the numerous negative, one star reviews here, I find this little keyboard to be a wonderful device. It’s very light, and together with the ipad it doesn’t weigh any more than the smart keyboard and ipad combo. The keys are precise and easy to use - admittedly, I’m not a true touch typist but I can type like the wind using two or three fingers, always have.

    The Magic Keyboard pairs with the ipad in a matter of seconds, no problemo. I haven’t used it long enough to find the limits of battery life, but it charges up with a lightning cable and an outboard battery in no time flat. If I can get a few weeks between charges, I’ll be more than satisfied. One quibble - there really ought to be backlighting for the keys. I don’t often use a keyboard without adequate ambient lighting, but it still would be a nice feature and for the price, it ought to be there.

    I’d suggest you ignore the naysayers here. This is a really useful tool and well worth the $99 investment. If you’ve got a grand tied up in an ipad pro, I don’t see cutting corners.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    This keyboard makes my Retina MBP 15" 2012 keyboard feel obsolete.

    I was amazed to see how low this product was rated, which is unusual for an Apple product. I decided to give it a try and I honestly can't understand why a single person is complaining about this marvel. It takes a day or two to get used to the shorter travel of pressed key, but once you are used to it, you simply can't get back. After 2 weeks, I now hate my rMBP original keyboard. As a bonus, this keyboard now accepts 6 simultaneous pressed keys as the MBP keyboard (the old model of the bluetooth keyboard did accept only 4 and it was annoying when you type really fast).

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    2017 iMac magic keyboard — no magic at all

    I agree with most of the other postings here. The magic keyboard is just insanely small, which makes it impossible to use for an adult who was taught how to touch type. Disgraceful, just disgraceful. Only a 12-year-old has hands tiny enough to fit this keyboard. And to compound the problem, apparently Apple no longer makes a full-size iMac keyboard.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Very disappointed

    My iMac wireless keyboard went nuts sporadically typing forward slashes for no apparent reason. I read blogs and it was recommended to get a new keyboard. I opted for Apple's Magic Keyboard. I can't tell you how bad and cheap this keyboard is. It is not comfortable, completely flat, the keys feel like cheap plastic wobbling in the base. If I had to work with this keyboard all day my hands would ache. I don't recommend this keyboard at all.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Good, But Bundled Cable Not Compatible With Latest MacBook Pros

    Nice design and I personally like the feel and responsiveness of the keyboard. However...

    The keyboard comes bundled with a Lightning to USB cable but unfortunately the latest MacBook Pros only ship with USB-C sockets! Given that I've just spent £99 on the keyboard, slightly aggrieved that I have to pay an additional £25 for a cable so that I can charge the thing!

    Buyers beware.

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  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Not great but the only option

    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

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Useless piece of equipment. just awful

    This keyboard in the most awful thing I have ever owned, I want to smash it against a wall. How do they let this junk past production??!!!!

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Painful to use

    I really hate this keyboard.
    I have never been picky about keyboards.
    It is not the size. I replaced it with a small Logitech keyboard.
    I wrote three novels on my 11 inch Air, but the first time I tried to work with the keyboard that came with my 27in iMac, my fingertips were hurting after less than an hour of work. I am a touch typist and do not pound my keyboard.
    I even prefer to work on my iPad using a Logitech case keyboard. I even wrote one whole novel on in while traveling.
    I reverted to working on my iPad while waiting for my new Logitech wireless keyboard to arrive.

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  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    good in parts

    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.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    9/10 good keyboard

    good, reliable keyboard.
    also good battery life

    I have two suggestions for the next gen magic keyboard:
    -Backlight Display
    -Little heavier

    some might not like the weightlessness, can be unsteady in certain situations ex: typing on your lap

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  • 2.0 out of 5 stars


    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?

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