• 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Brilliant Keyboard for Video/Audio work

    I'm not the biggest fan of typing on this keyboard, but I got it for use with my MacBook Pro 2017 15" for doing work in Cubase because it uses a lot of keys in the Num Pad, and these keys are brilliant for doing shortcuts on due to the short travel, so it's doing brilliant for what I got it for and I'm really happy with it, but I'm not yet up to speed on it when typing.
    If you're already used to Apple keyboards then it'll surely do you fine, but might be best to get a different keyboard if you're not if you just wanna type on this.

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    If you like 2016/17 MBP keys you'll likely enjoy this keyboard

    For those wanting a a shallower button push with a more click feel this keyboard is for you. Key presses are noticeably shallower than the previous USB keyboard with numberpad. Charges quickly over USB / lightning cable but disappointingly didn't come with a USB-C cable , so those with new MBP (2016/2017) you'll need a USBA->C adapter. Lastly the angle the keyboard rests is a little lower than that of the previous model which had a steeper wedge shape.

    Overall love the keyboard though, enough to make me replace all the hard wired keyboards in my various work areas.

    Four stars because of the lack of usb-c consistency.

    4 of 5 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Underrated

    I don't typically write online reviews, but with the negativity of the reviews for this product, I felt my positive experience should be discussed. I am a senior college student in the process of applying to graduate school programs, so I have used this product extensively since I first purchased it about a month ago. While it does take a little time to get used to (hence four stars instead of five), it feels very smooth when I use it. I am able to type out essays and research papers without much issue or hinderance to typing speed. While it is definitely set at a bit of an awkward angle when compared to traditional keyboards, Apple has never hid the fact that it is a company about product differentiation and innovation. I also feel I should acknowledge the impressive battery life on this keyboard; I began using it straight out of the box roughly four weeks ago and have yet to receive even some indication of a deteriorating battery. This keyboard is also handy if you have a smaller desk and may need to shift things around when tasks do not involve the computer. I have found this incredibly convenient for studying out of my textbooks on my desk; the wireless keyboard allows greater versatility to your desk compared to a wired version. If you are considering this keyboard and are willing to take a day or two to get used to the unique feel, do it. If not, there are plenty of other (cheaper) options, but I have yet to regret this purchase.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great keyboard from Apple

    I love this keyboard! I needed a new keyboard to replace my aging 8 year-old one that came with my 2009 Mac Pro. I am running MacOS Sierra. Just turn this baby on and everything is configured and works perfectly out of the box! All function keys worked as expected, including Dashboard and Spaces shortcuts. Adjust volume, screen brightness, even a key to eject my old DVD drive! Couldn't be happier.

    Some have criticized the keyboard for not being steeply angled or adjustable. To them I say this - ask your doctor which angle is better. You will find out that a keyboard sitting flat, or angled AWAY from you, is actually the proper ergonomic position for typing. This puts less stress on your wrists. Angling the keyboard towards you, raising it in the back, is the worst ergonomic position for a keyboard as it puts incredible stress on your wrists as you bend them upwards.

    Buy this keyboard if you want a solid, quality product that will no doubt serve you for years to come.

    14 of 17 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Keyboard...

    I struggle with some of the negative comments regarding function keys not working. The tech specs for the keyboard are pretty clear:

    Bluetooth-enabled Mac computer with macOS 10.12.4 or later
    iOS devices with iOS 10.3 or later

    If you are not operating your iMac/Macbook with 10.12.4 or later (OS Sierra) then it will not work as designed. To my knowledge the function key issues are only happening when running the keyboard with an older OS version.

    Besides the above: key travel is great and a good companion to the 16/17 MacBook Pro keyboards.

    Aesthetics: great fit with silver MacBooks or MBPs.

    Battery life: spectacular with one charge (about a month for me with daily usage of several hours).

    Comfortable to use (I have no issue with is being almost flat to the surface coming from the original battery model).

    Only negative for me is the sheer size/width of the keyboard coming from the previous version. It is significantly wider and when using a mouse as well that mouse get pushed quite far out to the side.

    Overall, great job Apple! Of course, $99 would have been sufficient as a price!

    11 of 11 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Waaaaay better

    I upgraded to this from the old style wireless keyboard and like this one much more. Not only does it have the number pad but also lots of F keys for use with keyboard shortcuts. This is absolutely essential to me. The large arrow keys are much better. The charging via Lightning is much better then having to rely on double A batteries. Providing this option allowed them to do away with the old wired option that should have long since died.

    But no touch ID or touch bar options? That lowers the rating by about a star or two. This is still much better then the options provided by third party manufacturers who often had poor build quality. With the third party I had a button that would break off from even the slightest drop. Solar powered would often be a problem if I forgot to turn the keyboard off at night and the power ran down. This keyboard doesn't have that problem.

    7 of 9 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    How are you at playing the piano?

    I love Apple products. First Apple computer I had was 1986. I have iPhone, watch, iPad, you name it. Big fan. This new Magic Keyboard with Numeric Keypad is no exception BUT it does present one challenge I haven't overcome, as yet. With Apple's new design, there are now TWO keys instead of one key to span in order to REACH the Return key with your pinkie finger. We've all seen examples of ridiculous complaining that makes you roll your eyes. Not my intention here. Merely saying if you don't have super-long fingers and/or big hands, or if you've had YEARS & YEARS of typing on a regular keyboard as I have, this change in design might present a challenge. Just sayin'

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Very Happy --- Almost perfect

    This keyboard works great; having numeric keypad, full-size arrow keys and full set of function keys is AMAZING! I came from the Apple full size wired keyboard and much prefer the feel of this keyboard, mainly as its closer to the "feel" of my 2017 13inch MacBook Pro. This makes switching back and fourth a lot easier.

    I am disappointed Apple did not:
    - include USB-C cable for charging (this is expensive and all your new MacBooks are USB-C only, this meant I needed to buy another dongle putting the price even higher)
    - did not include key "back-lighting," there are 3rd party options that include both space gray and back-lighting
    - does not sell a space gray version to match my brand new 2017 MacBook Pro
    - has not found a way to "un-map" the F14 and F15 keys from screen brightness (this was available within accessibility prior to Sierra OS X). To me, this is simply unacceptable.
    - finger print sensor (I can live without this as its easy enough to just use the MacBook Pro touch bar but slightly frustrating as the Microsoft equivalent of this keyboard includes this feature for the same price as the Apple keyboard)

    Some people complain this keyboard is not ergonomic as it doesn't tilt up (towards you). This is ABSOLUTELY ridiculous!!! If you understand ergonomics you would know that the keyboard should allow your wrists to remain as flat as possible. An "up tilt" only makes ergonomics worse, not better. This keyboard is fantastic for ergonomics as it lays flat, this also more closely mirrors your hand position on a laptop. This obviously is not a full fledged ergonomic keyboard as it does not split/separate in the middle, but that is more than clear in the picture.

    Overall, I'm very happy with the keyboard. In my opinion there isn't a better keyboard if you use Apple iMac or MacBook. With that said, Apple has the tech to make this keyboard much better and I'm disappointed they wouldn't. The changes I suggested would be very easy and relatively inexpensive with the exception of the finger print sensor.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Long awaited!

    Already have smaller version at home, been waiting the extended version for work, same excellent quality to use and great to have the additional key, plus no more replacing batteries!

    On a negative note my function keys (F keys at top) are not mapped out correctly, some not working at all, this may be due to my OS being on 10.11 and not 10.12 as its mentions in the spec.

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