• 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Magic?

    I've been an iMac owner for 48 hours now, having used PCs for as long as anyone. I was sceptical about the Magic Keyboard and Mouse that came in the box, and resolved to purchase replacement products for both; but after some practice and configuration I now love the pointing device, and the gestures that can be applied make it deserving of the adjective, "Magic". Not so the keyboard, which requires me to hold down the function key if I want to delete a character to the right of the cursor; has a strange arrangement of up/down/left/right buttons; is very thin, lies almost flat on the table and is small enough to hide under a stray sheet of A4 paper, making it difficult to find. I could also bemoan the movement away from mechanical keyboards which were lovely, but apart from gamers, I'm probably alone in that regard. Magic? Not really!

    1 of 1 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Great, except for the arrow keys

    Fantastic keyboard. It's very nice to have similar keyboards when switching from my MacBook Pro (2016) to my iMac. Both now suffer form the same problem, the arrow keys. If you use arrows at all, the change in the hight of the right/left keys makes it very difficult to feel one's way around. I assume apple did this for aesthetic reasons. Someone didn't like the appreance of "blank space," so now the right and left arrows match the combined height of the up/down arrows. Looks fine, but its a deal breaker... if you use arrows.

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  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic—but ruined by arrow keys.

    I love everything about this keyboard with one exception: the up and down arrow keys are condensed to the size of one key. I've tried painstakingly to adjust to the change, but I can't do it. Sadly, I have to find an alternative. If you use arrow keys often, I highly discourage this keyboard.

    4 of 5 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    A step backward

    As always, nice basic design and aesthetic, but...

    Ergonomics are terrible. Lies TOO FLAT, key spacing is TOO CRAMPED and both of these cause user fatigue and incessant typos. Also, why eliminate the numbers pod/area on the far right of the keyboard?? Who wants a separate peripheral just to input numbers? Although the late 2013 Keyboard was flat, it's got a slight angle, the keys are spaced better and there's a conventional numbers pod, so I went back to that one.

    7 of 10 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Great, except for arrows -- Get an older model

    The keyboard is fine, except for the arrows. I cannot get used to them, and cannot touch type anymore. I HIGHLY recommend an older bluetooth keyboard model which has the proper arrow keys. These are useless, and I keep hitting shift, or the wrong arrow, or just plain cannot find them. It turns out this is SUPER FRUSTRATING.

    12 of 14 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Nice keyboard, but...

    The keyboard is nice, but it has a major problem to me: I continuously mistype arrow up instead of down and viceversa.
    This is a big issue.

    9 of 11 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Poor keyboard

    All keys are the same exact shape and spacing so using keys by feel/muscle memory doesn't really work too well

    Actually went out and bought and older apple wireless keyboard to go back to the speed at which I could work at before I got this one

    5 of 6 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Really flat

    Very poor tactile feedback, almost feels as you would type on a touchscreen

    6 of 14 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Too Small

    I just couldn't get used to how cramped my hands felt while I was typing. The up and down arrow keys are particularly tiny. The lack of a number pad was also disappointing.

    10 of 20 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    love the feel, poor quality

    I love the feel of this keyboard, not unlike my MacBook which I love. However several keys (including the 0, m, u, and delete key) stopped working without warning and with nothing more than me typing on it. Came with my iMac, and now it is going to cost me $99 for a replacement?

    14 of 17 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    No number lock = no pro apps

    I would love to love this keyboard, but can't because there is no number lock, something needed to use Indesign Style Shortcuts. Would be even better if it was a numeric keypad. Even though I enjoy it for what it is, its a deal breaker and therefore must return it.

    9 of 18 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    One step forward....three steps backwards....

    All the above reviews clearly state all the problems. One thing thats yet to be pointed out is the fact that they changed the size of the top row buttons.....and for what? Seriously!!! All that did was make any key cover or overlay that was previously purchased to fit the first version of the wireless keyboard NOT FIT now!!!! Stupid just freaking stupid. So now I'm suppose to buy another one that fits this just because you felt it was necessary to change the size of the F keys. C'mon Apple

    7 of 11 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Poorly designed!!!

    It needs to be redesigned. Seriously.

    First, it needs to have more tilt.
    Second, keys need to have bolder and clear feeling.
    I can't really feel the keys during typing.

    It's not typing friendly.
    These two problems make mistyping.

    After using few hrs, I went back to the previous one.
    Oldies but goodies!!!

    7 of 10 people found this useful

  • 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.

    9 of 12 people found this useful

  • 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 9 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.

    13 of 15 people found this useful

  • 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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  • 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.

    6 of 6 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    ok, BUT

    Keyboard is fine, especially with built in rechargeable batteries. And for the price of the keyboard, who decided not to put in a low ambient light sensor to engage back lit keys. Just another significant missing feature by Apple.

    9 of 11 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Prefer old keyboard

    Just purchased the new Apple Magic keyboard after using the previous model for two years with the mobii wireless charger.
    Firstly I don't like the angle of the new keyboard, its too flat and you can't change it so I propped it up at the back a little.
    Also I'm finding'''' that I am mis typing as there is no longer any feedback from the keys. The travel is too short.
    I tried it for 24 hours and have now reverted back to my old keyboard of which I much prefer.

    What would be nice for me would be to put some form of adjuster at the back to allow us to change the angle, allow the keys to give more feedback ( give them a little more travel) and most defiantly make it back lit.

    14 of 18 people found this useful