• 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Not as good as the previous AA battery powered Apple Magic keyboard

    I purchased this Lightning connector rechargeable keyboard to replace the previous model Apple Magic keyboard powered by 2 AA batteries. I find this newer keyboard more difficult to type on compared to that older keyboard, requiring me to look at the keys as I type to a greater extent than I did before. For example, re-sizing of the left and right cursor keys makes it more difficult to identify these by touch. This newer keyboard doesn't seem as "visually ergonomic" either. The keyboard body (silver space between the keys) has a smoother, more brightly reflective finish than the older keyboard, while the characters printed on the keys are a lighter shade of gray compared to the older keyboard. In other words "readability" of the older keyboard given a quick glance was superior to this newer keyboard. Although I personally preferred the greater keypress travel distance of the older Magic keyboard, I still find the keypress action of this newer Magic keyboard vastly superior to that of my 2016 15" MacBook Pro. And perhaps a trivial observation, but the small open space underneath the older keyboard made it a little slicker to pick up that keyboard and move it aside when necessary, as the newer keyboard lays close and flat against the table. Simply put, this new Magic keyboard seems to be more about a minimalist design and perhaps manufacturing economy than good ergonomics.

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Unhappy with Magic Keyboard

    This has got to be the most uncomfortable keyboard Apple has every designed. It feels like a toy. I doubt it would survive even one tumble from a desk, unlike the very sturdy aluminum body keyboards. And when and why was the "alt" text removed from the "option" key? Though I am somewhat thankful that Apple put their key command symbols onto some of the keys. This will hopefully encourage users to learn keyboard shortcuts (NOT!).
    The best thing going for this keyboard is the top row keys are larger, as are the left and right arrow keys (in comparison to the aluminum Magic Keyboard). But a caveat: the height of the bottom row of keys has shrunk making the space key and up and down arrow keys, overall, smaller.
    Repeat: uncomfortable!

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Keyboard

    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.

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  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Ugh.

    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?

    10 of 14 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Magic Keyboard? Where´s the magic?

    How does a $99 "magic" keyboard does NOT have backlit keys??????????? How am I supposed to use this in the dark of my room while my wife sleeps and I can´t turn on a light to avoid bothering her...how am I supposed to code in the darK? What´s the magic ah? the bluethooth thing? A technology that was initiated in 1989 called short link radio technology, so am I paying $99 for a keyboard that uses a tech of 1989 and has no backlit keys? This should be sold for FREE!

    25 of 27 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    too cramped and layout is frustrating

    The real magic is the kind you'll need in order to reliably type the correct arrow key or to use the control button.
    This keyboard feels super cramped and there's no need for it.
    I've typed every day for twenty years and it's only after trying to use this that I've started getting repetitive use strain.

    3 of 6 people found this useful

  • 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!

    6 of 9 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.

    1 of 3 people found this useful

  • 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.

    5 of 7 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.

    8 of 12 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 15 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 12 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

    6 of 8 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 15 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 21 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 18 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 19 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 12 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 11 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 13 people found this useful