• 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Too expensive without back-lighting!

    • Written by Brian S from Dearborn

    Looks nice, but Apple should really consider having consistency with user's experiences. I own a MacBook Pro that includes a back-lit keyboard in Space Gray...then I go to use my iMac with this Space Gray keyboard and wish it was back-lit!!! Big disappointment for me, since I use it in a low light room while editing pictures. I agree with many who have also referred to the angle of the keyboard, although that's more easily solved by just proving up the back edge with some stick-on rubber feet.

    37 of 46 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Hard to see the dark keys...

    • Written by Jeff S from Cooper City

    This review is for the dark keyboard. What mistake not to have back-lit keys. I'm constantly struggling to read the keys. Had this had them it would have be 5 stars easily.

    17 of 22 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    For this price it should be better

    • Written by Ran E from Ramot Meir

    It's expensive product and i expect it to be great and not just ok. It should be a little bigger but the main issue I have with this one is the keys, they are just not stable enough to type fast. i have $50 keyboards that are much better than this one. In my country you can't return Apple product since there are no Apple stores, just authorised sellers.

    i have the feeling apple is laughing at us, you can't price it so high and have it function like $20 keyboard.

    14 of 16 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Single point failure...

    • Written by Paul D from Orangevale

    The keyboard does not illuminate. The print on the keypads is NOT easier to see in the dark. I suspect the majority of customers purchasing this keyboard are doing so because the white one your Apple product came with is impossible to read in low light. Unfortunately, the lack of illumination on this keyboard makes it a complete fail by user experience standards. Apple chose style, over functionality... therefore you should choose another company's keyboard... over Apple's.

    17 of 24 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Form Over Function

    • Written by Brandon S from Hattiesburg

    It looks fantastic! Its quieter than a "mechanical switch" type keyboard. (computer keyboard naming convention isn't helpful) I DID get used to typing on it but at only ½ the speed of my Microsoft Natural or Corsair K.

    You are paying for the look and mystique not features. No backlight. No extra programmable keys. Nothing special.

    TWO STARS due to price. This is a $50 max of computing value, but you may think it's art.

    11 of 14 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Magic Keyboard with Numeric Keypad - US English - Space Gray

    • Written by JOHN M. M from ROCKAWAY PARK

    Needs to back-lie.
    needs to be able to adjust the angle .
    For the price it needs these adjustments.

    9 of 12 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by Daniel P from Milwaukee

    I had a many regular Mac keyboards prior to this and the space bar is not aligned with the bottom row of letters. Doesn't seem like a big deal but my typos are up 50%. Also the numeric keypad has a lowered "-" button to make room for a f19 button. I keep hitting the "*" button. You don't realize how much you use the "-" button until it's moved out of it's usual place - all for a f19 button which I will never use. I go from 2 other Macs and 1 PC keyboard daily and this is the only keyboard I have issues with. I like that it holds a long charge via USB - so it gets 2 stars instead of 1.

    3 of 3 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Keyboard Warps

    • Written by Jason K from Vancouver

    Within the first few months of owning the keyboard, it warped. It bows in the centre, so the adhesive feet no longer touch the desk or workspace. This results in the keyboard spinning under your hands every time you try to type, and the back of the keyboard getting very scratched up. Extremely frustrating.

    1 of 1 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Keys aren't as nice as the old ones

    • Written by Ben S from Auckland

    I was a huge fan of the previous laptop-style keyboards, so was expecting the new ones to be as good or better.

    But these new keyboards:
    - Have slightly less depth/travel for each key so are less tactile (more mistakes)
    - Feel harder on each depress (they've lost that soft, padded feel)
    - Have a more clickity/clackity sound which is frankly annoying
    - Feel a lot cheaper to use

    If they were half the price, then fair enough but this is a premium keyboard so it's a bit of a shame all-round sorry.

    2 of 3 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Feels nice, looks nice but....

    • Written by Larry M from Shell Knob

    I gave it 2 stars when it should have gotten 5. I took off 3 stars because of the lack of backlighting. Really? Apple? Seriously? I am really trying to like my new MacBookPro and accessories but this really, REALLY expensive keyboard is a disappointment and just above useless without backlighting. The least you could have done is send along a desk lamp that plugs into one of the many (laugh) ports on the laptop.

    10 of 19 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Style over function

    • Written by Chris W from CHELMSFORD

    The keyboard looks great. It is not a great typing experience. There is too little travel on the keys and they come to a hard stop, making it uncomfortable with sustained use.

    My old Microsoft curve USB keyboard is far, far better and for £150, I expected something more from Apple. The other issue is (though it is unclear whether it is a keyboard or a computer issue) is that this keyboard will not react to the ALT button on power up, to go to the boot selection screen on a 2019 Mac Mini, unless the charge cable is plugged in.

    Apple can afford to hire an ergonomist. You make great play of making your software intuitive and easy to use. It should be a similar story for the man-machine interface.

    5 of 10 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by Christian G from Garden Grove

    Had this keyboard for over a year... came with my iMac Pro. Some keys are unresponsive and really "sticky" (see the MacBook's keyboard replacement issue) and there's really no documentation on how to properly clean the keyboard. Not to mention the price for a replacement is really unattractive...

    4 of 9 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Too shallow / hurts my fingers

    • Written by Steve M from Southampton

    Bought this as a replacement for my near 7-year old aluminium keyboard that came with my ye olde 2010 MacPro. It still works, just figured i could do with a fresh one.

    Old keyboard had two usb sockets - great for a wired keyboard / printer - this hasnt got those, so you loose an extra usb socket or two.
    Old keyboard for me is just the right height and key travel - feels nice to type on, this does not feel nice, after a week using it, i keep thinking 'oh god, i have to use that keyboard again' versus not thinking about using the old keyboard.

    I think this uses the much publicised 'butterfly' mechanism - it has less key travel to the old keyboard which basically means your fingers can feel like they are typing on concrete.

    Its also very low down versus the old keyboard which had more of an angle, accommodating two usb sockets.

    I started off wanting a backlit keyboard to replace my old 7 year old apple keyboard. I started with editorseys backlit keyboard which suffered from random ddouble kkey ppresses which i would class as a 'fault' editors keys charged me £5 for postage out to me and didnt refund my return postage of £4, so I was £9 out of pocket with these clowns.

    2nd. Logickeyboard astra backlit keyboard - when coming back from sleep for the 2-3 time, the keys did not work - usb hub and backliting worked, so again, had to post back to them in Denmark.

    3rd - this 'magic' keyboard which I will return and revert back to my old apple keyboard - i might try and find a new-ish one of ebay maybe as apple doesnt make a keyboard i want anymore.

    4th - last hope, arriving today is a £55 Logitech windows backlit keyboard k740 which I hope and pray will work as its a more regular keyboard versus this form over function / anorexia over a cheeseburger mess.

    If this is an indication of apples macbook keyboards I wont be buying their laptops again either, such a shame though, apple were never known for their excellent peripherals.

    9 of 26 people found this useful