• 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Worst Keyboard Ever

    • Written by Timothy B from Auckland

    For some unknown reason Apple have reduced the size of the left hand Shift key and the Return (or Enter) key. I am a touch typist (my trade was as a Typesetter) and I used to be able to type 80 words per minute, without typos. I now make a mistake every time I need to use these keys. If I retrain myself for this new Magic keyboard I will struggle to use any other keyboard, so I will be sending this one back and trying to find a keyboard with the correct sized keys in the correct place. What was the point Apple? Obviously this keyboard was designed by a non touch typist. I wish I could give 0 stars.

    1 of 1 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Bad design, no backlight, no Space Gray color

    • Written by Rob G from Gig Harbor

    Same complaints as dozens of other reviewers: too flat, not enough key travel, NO BACKLIGHT! ...and no Space Gray color. WHEN you fix the major design flaws in this product and release a new model, PLEASE make it available in Space Gray to match your Magic Trackpad and Magic Mouse in the Space Gray color. Thanks.

    2 of 2 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Charging Good. Key Placement TERRIBLE!

    • Written by Jasmine H from Omaha

    Why the Arrow Keys, and the entire top row of FN Keys were altered is beyond me. Now I have to look down to see what keys I'm trying to hit. Why does Apple continue to try and "fix" something that isn't broken? This just makes it so difficult to type and be efficient.

    I never write reviews, but this is SO BAD that I had to write it. Save your MONEY. I'm so disgusted.

    3 of 3 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Magic Keyboard

    • Written by AMANDA J from Charlotte

    I wish I would've read the reviews prior to purchasing this horrific keyboard. Outside of it being made cheaply it's impossible to type on comfortably! What has happened to Apple products?? They continue to go downhill. This will be returned this week. Be forewarned anyone thinking of purchasing. The only good thing about this keyboard is you can charge it but that in NO WAY makes up for all of the other disadvantages.

    7 of 11 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    never buy a keyboard without backlit keys. it's horrible

    • Written by Brandon Z from Grand Rapids

    There are many flaws to this keyboard, but the biggest is the lack of backlighting. Others are the changed arrow keys (my early 2015 MacBook Pro has much better designed arrow keys, which allow you to feel easily where your fingers are, but the "improvement" they made for this is a big step backwards in usability. And of course the stupid position of the function key, which Apple has inflicted on all of their keyboards except the largest. I opted for this smaller one so that I would have the same stupidity on my laptop as my external keyboard. I use Karabiner to partially fix the problem. But the lack of backlighting makes it really painful to use this under a surprisingly wide range of light levels. Obviously it's not so much a problem in brightly-lit rooms, but it's surprising how often the backlighting is really important.

    On positive notes, the battery is really nice to have built-in, and it charges quite quickly, and lasts almost forever. Because of the incredible battery life, and the very high price of the keyboard, I can't see the slightest excuse for not letting the user use a little of that power for making the keys visible. Big design flaw, Apple!

    7 of 13 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    horrible

    • Written by David K from Amsterdam

    I have been touch typing for over 30 years. This is by far one of the worst keyboards I have ever had the misfortune of typing on. I have never made as many typing mistakes on a keyboard as I do with this one. The short key travel, far from reducing fatigue, causes vibration in your fingers and by the end of a day of intense coding my fingers hurt.

    On top of this there's no LED to indicate anything happening on the keyboard so you don't know if it's trying to pair by bluetooth or the battery is dead.

    The previous wireless keyboard is perfectly fine. Why Apple had to create this junk to replace it is beyond me.

    7 of 12 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Downgrade over last generation.

    • Written by Don B from Wilmington

    This keyboard is extremely uncomfortable to type on due to the limited range of motion. I've switched back to the last gen Apple wireless keyboard instead.

    12 of 14 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Got this with new iMac

    • Written by Mitchel F from Springfield

    What a piece of zero feedback piece of junk. Apple's keyboards and mice may look good but they are worthless. If you buy a new machine just plan on getting a different keyboard and mouse. I would give it zero stars if allowed.

    6 of 10 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Not as I expected

    • Written by Sheroziy K from Monroeville

    You can buy mechanical keyboard for this price,
    letters not dark enough ,
    I like the design and its very compact.
    but not worth for 99$

    7 of 9 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Why, oh why?

    • Written by Dennis C from Poole

    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.

    6 of 9 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    2017 iMac magic keyboard — no magic at all

    • Written by Richard S from Collinsville

    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.

    13 of 19 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Very disappointed

    • Written by Adrienne R from Denver

    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.

    14 of 20 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Useless piece of equipment. just awful

    • Written by Maryam N from Houston

    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??!!!!

    9 of 20 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Painful to use

    • Written by Sandra P from Honolulu

    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.

    11 of 15 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Magic Keyboard going back to store

    • Written by Don H from New York

    Why do I need a tiny little 11 inch wide keyboard to go with my 27 inch screen? I hate this keyboard with a passion and am bringing it back to the store today in hopes that I can trade it in on the full size keyboard. Otherwise I'll just use the wired keyboard from my prior i-Mac. I like the wireless mouse, but don' see the need for a wireless keyboard anyway.

    9 of 13 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Very very poor compared to last version

    • Written by Thomas V from Westminster

    I own a lot of Apple Products and this is by far the worst thing they currently make. In Apple's quest to make everything thin and tiny, they have completely ditched sturdiness and reliability. The new key design is awful, it provides little to no feedback compared to the prior "chiclet" design and quite frankly, is not sturdy at all. I have both a 2017 iMac and 2017 MBP and both keyboards for those devices are having issues after only 4 months!! The left shift key on the MBP and the number pad on the keyboard. I still prefer Apple products but the new keyboards are an absolute engineering failure. I know they will more than likely never go back to the thicker chiclet keys but if they do, I'll be there, day 1. If you can find the last model keyboard, I would suggest going with that over this.

    16 of 18 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Total waste of money

    • Written by Valarie H from Coventry

    I have owned my magic keyboad just over a year and I have to say it was a total waste of money. The keys keep falling off on a regular basis. The last time this happended on the ( N Key) and when I went to clip it back on the plastic clip broke. I have now superglued it on along with the other keys that keep falling off. I will sell it on to a pawn broker and I will use my old windows XP keyboard, these last forever. Take my advice and don't buy one like I did ( in my opinion these keyboards are poorly made and a waste of money).

    18 of 20 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Arrow keys are different than all other mac keyboards, sorry power-users

    • Written by James S from Somerville

    The short travel and sturdy nature of this keyboard is great, but then I find myself switching back over and over to my older apple keyboards because the arrow keys are different shaped than my macbook pro, macbook air, and all other mac keyboards.

    This is probably only an issue for developers or Excel wizards who rely on the keyboard's arrow keys. When you go to change cells in Excel or move 3 lines left in excel... do you look at the keyboard to find that key and then press it? Or, do you move your right hand down to the shift key and then your fingers find the dead space before the left/right arrows so you know where the arrow keys are, then you press the right now?

    On this keyboard, the left and right arrow keys are large, not like the small ones on the macbook pro, macbook air, or other mac keyboards. It means that you have a hard time telling (without looking) that your fingers are on the up or the down key, since there is no dead space between them.

    Shame, since it's an expensive keyboard that has so much right, then they FOR SOME REASON I DON'T UNDERSTAND, HAVE MOVED KEYS THAT ARE CRITICAL TO POWER USERS. :(

    Otherwise, this is a 6-star keyboard and is my favorite at everything else (rechargable battery, better power switch instead of button, lower travel, firmer support since it's flat on the desk, lower to desk so less wrist strain, quieter, etc.).

    15 of 19 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    I love Apple.... BUT

    • Written by Leonard C from Tarneit

    I have a new iPad Pro. Very excited. I also got the pencil no a keyboard. iPad, great. Pencil, good but a weird end that could snap off easily. Not so good.Keyboard.....
    I had to return the first one to an Apple Store far away, it didn't work t all. The second one.
    Well, it is easy to snap to the iPad but the connection is terrible,I almost never can type with it on my knees, they told me it has to be on a flat surface.
    I did. It eventually connected and then I liked it.Then it didn't connect, then it did, then it didn't..... on and on.
    I have it in a stable table and it only connect correctly every third or fourth time. So frustrating.
    Then, to top it off, when I fold and close it it often will cause the iPad to go into a terrible cycling event. You can hear it flashing white a 'woomp, woomp' sound. Open and it's flashing manically.
    This is not good enough Apple. I want a better keyboard that works every time, or refund my money. Goodness knows, we pay through the teeth for Apple products anyway.

    10 of 17 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Very Disappointed - Arrow Keys too big

    • Written by rafael G from Wellington

    I love previous version, they were perfect the only thing they need was just a rechargeable battery via usb.
    When I started using this new version some things seems odd. The angle is different doesn't feel confortable to me. The keys are to bulky and spaced differently with so little space between them. It feels too odd. The last issue that makes me stop using it is the arrow keys which I use a lot. They are now bigger as regular keys and don't have any extra space. I usually place my finger in the empty space for resting and as a reference point for keys location. Thus, with these new arrows I got lost every time and keep hitting the arrows by mistake :/
    Last but not least, the new design with the base solid instead of just air as before makes a huge dittence as well. I used to grab te keyboard easily to moving it around and even just place my finger in the air space just to move/tap my finger when thinking or reading (maybe I'm not so quite person i know, but at the end make me more comfortable)
    I'm using the bigger version for now but I prefer the smaller keyboard.
    Please bring the previous version and just add the battery, PLEASE!!

    13 of 14 people found this useful